Aren’t you due for a girls’ night out? A date night sans the kiddies? Call the sitter! Here are 15 things to do without the kids in November.
Last Chance for Fall Fun!
If you didn’t get into costume for Halloween, this is just the ticket. The Fox & Falcon in South Orange, a super popular date night restaurant, is hosting the Like Totally 80’s Halloween Party on November 1. There’ll be a live DJ, drink specials, a costume contest and tarot readings. On November 8, snag a seat at the Saint Joseph School Autumn Gala at The Graycliff in Moonachie. Head there for an evening of dinner, dancing, beer and vino—it all benefits the school. Before you dig into all that turkey and stuffing, hit LSC After Dark’s Friendsgiving on November 21. This 21-and-up event boasts drinks, local eats, live music, themed science exhibits, a dance floor and vendors.
For the Foodies
As far as things to do without the kids, you can indulge your own taste buds without your picky eaters in tow at one of these delicious events in and around the state. On November 2, hit the St. Theresa Food Truck Festival & Vendor Fair Fundraiser. There’ll be six food trucks to sample, plus 20 vendors, live performances, raffles and more. If you’re all about this beloved breakfast side, PA Bacon Fest on November 2-3 is a can’t miss. Head to Easton for 150+ vendors, more than a dozen musical acts, local beer, Pig and Weiner Dog Races and tons of bacon-infused bites (maple bacon cupcakes, anyone?). Best part? Admission is free. For murder mystery dinner fans, try something a little different on November 8: Harry Potter Mystery Dinner Theater at The Pop Shop in Collingswood. Solve a mystery at Hogwarts while munching on a buffet dinner and dessert. On November 16, score sample slices from the best pizzerias and restos around at the 3rd Annual Hoboken Pizza Fest. Your ticket gets you a menu item or half-slice from every participating vendor (think Tony Boloney’s, Stewed Cow, Napoli’s and more), live music and access to contests and games (prizes, people!).
Sit back and relax at a local performance, whether it be rock n’ roll, comedy or classical music. On November 2, get ready to laugh the night away in Hammonton for another installation of the Comedy Series. See one of two shows that night, featuring stand-up comedian Jeff Arcuri. Hit the wine lounge before the show starts. If you’re all about classic rock, see Pink Floyd: The Wall Laser Concert at the planetarium at RVCC in Branchburg on November 2, 9, 16 and 23. Be mesmerized by lights and effects against the planetarium dome to tracks like “Hey You” and “Another Brick in the Wall.” The Cashore Marionettes will be performing at UCPAC in Rahway on November 9. This unique performance pairs classics by Beethoven, Vivaldi and more with stunning marionettes and stage illusions. If dancing is your idea of the perfect date night, hit Belleville every week for the rest of the year for Super Swing Tuesdays, where you’ll learn plenty of steps from West Coast Swing.
Shop ’Til You Drop with The Girls
Who says the little ones get all the holiday cheer? There are plenty of things to do without the kids this holiday season. Get in on festive fun and holiday shopping early this year at these NJ celebrations. Round up your girls for some daytime seasonal shopping. Head to the gorgeous Lambert Castle in Paterson for Holiday Boutique Wine and Cheese Preview Night. Take in stunning holiday decor, peruse the castle’s artwork and sculptures, shop holiday gifts and crafts and munch away on cheese and vino. Can’t make it? No worries: The boutique is running Wednesday through Sunday through December 1. On November 17, cross some people off your gift list at a Christmas Bazaar and Gift Auction in Perth Amboy. Go for 50/50 raffles, games and prizes, crafts, vendor wares, food and more. Other holiday markets include The Lovlee Chic Artisan Holiday Market in Bloomfield also on the 17th (local vendors and cafe bites, gift wrap station, prizes, crafts) and Crafts in Ridgewood on November 22-23 (handmade crafts and goods, free admission).
What are your favorite things to do without the kids? Let us know in the comments.