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Things to Do Without the Kids in September

It’s back to school, which means that the kids will be bogged down with homework and extracurricular activities. Whether it’s Girl’s Night, Date Night or anything in between, send them to a buddy’s house and enjoy these adult-friendly activities!


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September 2-3

Bacon, Bikes and Brews

Leave the kids at home and head to Allaire Village for this very grown up fall festival (local attendees are encouraged to ride their bikes to the festival). The food trucks will be packed with bacon-themed items, there is plenty of great live music and a beer garden filled with great brews. Even better, you can indulge in your favorite foods while walking through a display of historic bikes and motorcycles.

September 2-4

Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival

Head off for a day at the races to watch thoroughbred racing while you also enjoy samples of 40 of the finest craft beers around. And you can indulge in treats like pulled pork and brisket.

Hell of the North Bike Ride

If you are looking to finally get in some exercise and also some community service, try this 30-mile ride through Hunterdon and Warren County (be warned, it is hilly and not for the faint of heart). As you burn some calories with your besties, you will also be raising money for Avery’s Hope, a foundation that raises money for children with rare genetic diseases which insurance does not cover.

September 8-9

Abbott & Costello Film Festival

The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum in Netcong will be hosting two nights filled with comedy from the classic film duo. “Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein” will be shown Friday, Sept. 8, 8 p.m. A double feature, with “The Time of Their Lives” and “Hold That Ghost,” will be shown Saturday, Sept. 9, at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., respectively.

September 9

NJ Taco Festival

Sip margaritas and chow down on tacos at this food fest at Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. Don't miss the luchador wrestling match, chihuahua costume contest and live music.

September 9-10

Wine on the Beach Festival

Sip on wine and soak in the sun during this weekend event. Enjoy samples from different wineries and food vendors. Live music will be featured by Eaglemania and the NY Bee Gees.

September 13

Martina McBride

Be taken back to the '90s to enjoy country music from award-winning artist Martina McBride at the Morristown Performing Arts Center.

September 15

An Evening With Randy Newman

For a relaxing and amazingly soothing night, try this musical event. Randy Newman, well known for music from Toy Story, Parenthood, Maverick and other films dating back to the 1980s, will be performing his masterpieces live.

September 16

Jazz and Brew Fest

The Oscar Schindler Performing Arts Center will host several great jazz musicians, you can relax and listen to the amazing music and indulge in some great beers.

Sunset Fiesta on the River

The Shrewsbury Sailing and Yacht club will be home to this special event benefiting the Monmouth Museum. Pat Guadgano and Friends will provide the music, and you'll be feasting on gourmet foods from local restaurants.

Outdoor Waterfront Yoga

Need some quality time to center yourself and find inner peace? Head down by the water in Jersey City for some all-abilities yoga, perfect for newbies or those who are chaturanga pros.

September 15-17

Central Jersey Jazz Festival

This three-day jazz fest will have you hopping across the state from Flemington to New Brunswick to Somerville to hear some amazing sounds. Each location will have a stocked wine and beer garden, and offer up some delicious foods, that you can eat in the outdoor settings.

September 16-17

The Lakewood Lions Annual Renaissance Fair

Grab a giant turkey leg, put on your best renaissance garb and enjoy a day of living in history. Watch belly dancers, listen to Celtic music and root for  your favorite knight at the joust.

Champion of the Grill BBQ & Blues Festival

This giant festival at the Sussex County Fairgrounds checks off a lot of boxes for a fun-filled afternoon. You'll benefit from competitors trying to impress with their grilling techniques for BBQ, you'll get enjoy blues music and a classic car show. If you are a grill master, you can even enter the amateur competition.

September 24

Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival

This annual event is a favorite, that celebrates food, music and of course beer. There will be tons of delicacies featuring the titular Guinness or oysters, and if that's not your cup of tea there will be lots of Red Bank restaurants on hand providing additional provisions.

September 28

Uncorked and Uncapped: Wine, Beer and Food Festival

This benefit event helps The Arc of Essex County - a program that supports individuals with Down syndrome, Autism, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. In return for your donation, you'll get to indulge in fine wines, craft beers and food from some of the best restaurants in Essex county.

September 30

Tracy Morgan

If you need a distraction from the hustle and bustle of life and are in need of laughter, this is the perfect event for you. SNL Alum and Emmy nominated comedian Tracy Morgan will be putting on a show that will have you laugh the night away.

Every Friday Night

Nocturnal

This weekly party at iPlay America, is exclusive for adults. You can play all the fun video games and take on your spouse in laser tag without any kids around at this 21+ event. Don't miss the DJ and the go-kart ride.

Anytime Favorites

Mr. Adams Steakhouse

This restaurant in downtown Newark is a meat lover’s paradise. You and a special someone or a group of friends can enjoy the delectable options on the menu or enjoy endless meats with the $35 Rodizio package. Don’t forget to grab some grilled pineapples sprinkled with cinnamon.

Flight Risk Aerials

From aerial work and pole fitness, to belly dancing, this location is the perfect way to let off some steam and have a whole lot of fun. Located in Randolph, you can even rent the studio for private parties and lessons.

Pro Martial Arts

Who said the Karate Kid was the only martial artist out there? This location offers special classes for adults. They pride themselves on convenience, fitness, weight control, confidence and self-defense.

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