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