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Things to Do Without the Kids in November

Ditch the kiddos to enjoy the holiday season and tail-end of autumn with friends or your partner. We've found local events so great they'll make you call the sitter.


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November 2

Grain House Comedy Night

This Basking Ridge restaurant will have you belly-laughing in no time. Enjoy the jokes of Michael Dean Ester, a nationally-known comedian. Make reservations ahead of time to snag a seat at the table. 

November 4

Holiday In Hopewell Crafts & Gift Show

Peruse the crafts, wreaths, soaps and more of more than 80 vendors in Bridgeton. Best part? Entry is free when you donate a can of goods to the church food pantry. 

Diwali Festival of Lights

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is hosting this Hindu festival that celebrates good conquering evil. Enjoy cultural activities, Indian food and traditional music. Consider donating to Speak 4 Silent Voices, an org that helps low-income families in India and Nepal. 

November 4-5

Bacon Fest

Make the trip to Lehigh Valley for this food fest chock-full of pig races, pig roasts and, of course, tons of bacon. This event brings in 80K visitors with its eight stages, 20 musical acts and 100+ vendors. 

November 8

Paint ‘n’ Gulp

If beer is more your thing than vino, head to these events at Plank Pizza Company Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook. This pub has 41 taps of craft beer (much of it from NJ), 300+ bottles, ciders and a handful of wines, plus unconventional sourdough flatbread pizzas and appetizers. Go November 8 to paint a Bridge in the Fall or November 22nd for Midsummer Moonrise. You can also get a 35 percent discount on your tix with the coupon code PLANK35 on the Paint Nite website. 

November 10

Midnight Market

On the second Friday of every month from 6:30 pm to midnight, Midnight Market has a pop-up food market/fest where admission, food and drinks are all $5 each (bring cash). They’re featured at events around NJ and NYC, but are based in Jersey City. This month's event is a 90s Night Market, this time hosted in Kearny.

November 11

Just Jersey Food Truck and Music Festival

In Rockaway, you can taste craft beer and local wine while listening to live music. Also collecting canned non-perishables and boxed items for Roxbury Social Services.

Jersey Spirits Infusion Class

Learn something new at this Fairfield distillery on November 11. Find out how to infuse spirits like vodka and rum with flavors like orange, coffee, lemon and cucumber.

Crafts and Drafts

Belmar's Beach Haus Brewery is hosting a beer-loving creative's dream event. Taste local NJ craft brews while perusing the crafts of 20 artisans from the Jersey Shore. Take in stellar views from the taproom or balcony while you sip. 

November 11-12

More Than Just Wine Wine Trail Weekend

Taste the vino of the Vintage North Jersey wine trail at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. Pair your samples with gourmet bites from local restaurants and eateries. Don't miss out on pie sampling either; find one you like and put in an order for Thanksgiving before you leave.

November 12

Crafts and Drafts at Lone Eagle Brewing

If you can't make it to Beach Haus on the 11th, head to Flemington's Lone Eagle Brewing instead for another craft and draft. Hang in the private bar, work your way through 12 taps of craft beer or chill on the garden patio. Don't skip out on The Maiden Flight West Coast Style IPA, which won first prize for Best IPA at the 2017 AC Beer Fest. 

November 13

18th YCS Annual Festival of Flavors

Taste signature dishes prepped by NJ chefs, as well as wine, beer and spirits from the area at the Park Ridge Marriot. Enter to win gift baskets and auction items. 

November 15

Brain Candy Live! Starring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens

Are you a big Mythbusters fan? See former co-host Adam Savage team up with Michael Stevens, a YouTube personality, at Brain Candy Live. They're whipping out toys, tools and demos that will wow you. 

November 16

LSC After Dark

This Jersey City museum transforms into a 21-and-over nightclub on the third Thursday of every month. Local vendors, live music and food and drink come together to turn this learning center into a party, but guests can still explore scientific exhibits around the museum. This month's theme is Game of Thrones. 

November 18

Hometown History Bus Tour

Calling all history buffs! Head to Montclair's Crane House and Historic YWCA for a two-hour bus tour on which you'll learn about this Essex County town from an expert town trustee. 

Girls Night Out

This musical duo will have you dancing and tapping your toes in no time. Sing along to Motown faves and pop hits at the Warren Township Library. 

November 18-19

Pie and Wine Pairing

Folino Estate in Kutztown, PA is a great find (and worth the trip). Spend a while in the tasting room, vineyard and Italian restaurant all on site. Head there November 18-19 for a special pie and wine pairing event.

November 22

Get the Led Out

You're never too grown up to rock and roll! This Led Zeppelin cover band will bring you blues, rock, folk and more in their authentic and inspired set. See it at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. 

November 23

Flemington Turkey Trot

Stretch and rest up for this 5K run. If you want to take it a little slower, take part in the 2-mile fitness walk instead. This is the largest event of its kind in NJ. 

November 24

Rahway's Winter Wonderland

This free event will lift your spirits and pump you up for Christmas. Enjoy ice skating, bonfires, Santa meet-and-greets, carriage rides and more. Don't miss the tree lighting or parade.

November 24-26

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

Get in the holiday spirit with award-winning wines, baked goods, farm-fresh treats (apple butter, anyone?) and more. Visit the barnyard, pick out a Christmas tree and more at Terhune Orchards in Princeton. 

November 27

18th Annual Winter's Eve

What beats NYC at Christmas? Make the trip to Lincoln Square for the biggest outdoor holiday festival in the city, chock-full of music, dancing, seasonal eats and more. The party is 10 blocks long and all free. 

November 30

Music of the Season with Tim Farrell

Make your way to Branchburg's RVCC Theatre to see this trailblazing guitarist play live on the acoustic. There's no better way to get in the holiday spirit. 


Classic Thyme Cooking School

This Westfield cooking school hosts classes for kids and grown-ups alike. November sessions include Easy Weeknight Italian Dinner, Seafood 5 Ways and Hors d’ Oeuvres for Entertaining.

Chocolate Classes at 2 Chicks with Chocolate

Throughout November you can register for the Cocoa 101 class at the Metuchen location, in which you’ll learn about the hot drink, pair wine and chocolate and roll your own chocolate truffles.

Bridges of Madison County

From November 3 to 18 on weekends, see the stage rendition of this quintessential chick flick at the Summit Playhouse. Follow Francesca Johnson's journey that turns her whole world upside down.

Somers Point Restaurant Week

Get a taste of good food and delicious deals during this food celebration. Discounted dinners at 16 area eateries will have you beyond satisfied. 

Jekyll and Hyde

Not over Halloween yet? See this classic play all about duality, but infused with rock and soul stylings. See it at Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal on weekends November 4 to 19. 

Lambert Castle Holiday Boutique

Head to this Paterson staple for some A1 holiday shopping any day from November 4 to 26. You'll find holiday decorations, crafts, food, gifts and more. 

Seeger: A Multimedia Solo Show

From November 9 to 12, you can see this concert honoring icon Pete Seeger at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown. Take in folk hits and patriotic imagery. 

NYBG Holiday Open House

From November 30 to December 3, visit the New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood to see the Historic Skylands Manor decked out for the holidays. Sip champagne, check out the "Magical Holiday" decorations and go wild in the gift shop. 

Macy's Herald Square Holiday Attractions

This is truly an NYC holiday institution. Make your trip here a tradition any day between November 24 and December 24. You'll feel like a kid again in Santaland, a magical place full of mountains, glittery trees, cookies, lights and more. Christmas Village will entrance you, all 13,000 square feet of it!

Any Time

The Tasting Room

Taste Faustini Wines straight from Napa, CA at the Long Branch tasting room. Sample 3 different 1.5 oz pours alongside chocolate (courtesy of 2 Chicks with Chocolate, a chocolatier with locations in Metuchen and Middletown) and cheese pairings with the help of a wine enthusiast.

Muah Makeup and Lash Bar

Book a seat at this Westwood makeup bar and take a lesson in smoky eye, cat eye, contouring and more. Choose a date and time, then the wine and snacks. You’ll also get a cool 10 percent off all Muah Makeup products after the class.

Dry Bar

Get styled as a group at Drybar in Paramus or Summit. Sip some bubbly while getting signature styles like the Old Fashioned, Cosmo and Uptini. All products and styles have punny names inspired by classic cocktails.

Pinot’s Palette

This is a popular outing for girls nights across the state, as there are 17 locales in NJ. Choose a paint day, throw on an apron and get to work. And, of course, don’t forget your snacks or wine to this BYOB fave.

ArteVino Studio

This gem has studios in 6 NJ towns and operates similarly to Pinot’s Palette. You can join a regularly scheduled class or book a private party.

Top Golf

Reserve a bay for you and the girls in Edison to shoot golf balls while chowing down on exclusive cocktails and high-end grub. Best part? There’s no experience necessary.


Stumpy’s Hatchet House in Eatontown offers a unique way to get your stress out (what mom doesn't need that?). Get safety training before taking a lesson in hatchet throwing. Then practice your skills by throwing in a private pit. You’ll have a blast trying to nail the bullseye on wooden targets.


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