It’s the first weekend of November and even though the kids had off from school this week, there’s still a weekend to plan, with plenty of fun activities on deck. Many fall festivals are concluding with a final weekend, so don’t miss out if there’s one you really wanted to try. And now that Halloween is over, some spots are now welcoming visitors with free admission. Don’t forget to check out one famous children’s author who will be at an epic drive-thru event you don’t want to miss!
Sherlock Holmes Weekend
First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May
Friday – Saturday
East Lynne Theater Company invites you to be part of their “radio audience” when they perform the play “Sherlock Holmes Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle” with live sound effects and commercials, and actors portray several roles to make the tale come to life.
Explore Warren History Trail
Various locations, Warren
Many of Warren County’s historic sites have coordinated plans for a self-guided county-wide tour, with family activities at each location. Join for a weekend of fun and discovery as each stop along the trail offers something different and exciting for the whole family. Start at any site and pick up your map and guide.
TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park
414 County Rd. 517, Verona
Friday – Sunday
TreEscape Aerial Adventure Ropes Courses is a unique blend of wooden platforms built high in the trees and connected by exhilarating combinations of rope walks, obstacles, climbing elements, and zip lines all located in a beautiful forested setting. The Park offers the thrill of climbing through the treetops to complete a wide range of challenges for adventurers of all age levels, providing hours of fun.
Great Pumpkin Festival 2021
Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
Saturday – Sunday
This event dubs itself the “Largest Fall Festival in Northern New Jersey,” and has over 40 different activities each day. Kids will love the hay crawl, pig races, pedal carts and more. Heaven Hill Farm also offers seven different food stands. Final weekend of the season!
Diggerland, West Berlin
Saturday – Sunday
It’s the time of year all of the pumpkins sprout up to drive, ride and operate all of the amazing machines. Enjoy live music, specialty food, hayrides and plenty of fun and games at this fun fall festival. Final weekend of the season!
Skylands Stadium, Augusta
Friday – Sunday
Skylands Stadium is transformed with over 6,000 Jack-O-Lanterns throughout the stadium, and surrounding cornfields. Sussex County’s Family Entertainment Destination will be set ablaze with spectacular visuals and a thrilling Fall Festival. Final weekend of the season!
Fall Family Fun Weekends
Terhune Orchards, Princeton
Thursday – Sunday
October may be over, but fall fun is still happening — for free! Visit the barnyard of animals, adventure barn, hay bale & corn mazes, food tent, farm market pedal tractors and enjoy fresh, open air. The winery is open Thurs – Sunday, 12 – 5 pm.
Harvest Moon Nights
Alstede Farms, Chester
This event offers something for everyone, from delightful harvest moon hayrides to nighttime corn maze fun. Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy live entertainment, sip fresh-pressed cider, all while creating the perfect family memories around a campfire.
Day of the Dead Community Celebration
Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton
The community is invited to celebrate Day of the Dead with strolling mariachis, sugar skull decorating, folk arts and crafts and delicious food. Enjoy a performance by Grupo de Danza Folkorica La Sagrada Familia and learn about this rich cultural holiday at this free, family-friendly afternoon event.
Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center, New York, NY
The Rink at Rockefeller Center, the most famous ice skating rink in the world, will open today for the 2021/22 season. Skaters can purchase tickets in advance at www.skatingatrockcenter.com. The Rink will be open daily from 9 am until midnight. Admission prices range from $20-$54 per person depending on the date and time of day. Skate rentals are available for $10. Skaters can also purchase a membership to have access to the rink and unlimited skating all season long.
Let’s Talk Cranberries
Double Trouble State Park, Bayville
Bring a blanket or chair and hear the story of Double Trouble’s former cranberry industry from the porch of the century-old Cranberry Packing House. Learn how cranberries were harvested over the centuries and where the industry is today. Great for all ages.
Howell Living History Farm, Hopewell Twp.
Fresh apple cider awaits those who help make it! To earn a taste, all you have to do is turn the crank of the cider press…and then help re-fill the hopper with the Macs, Cortlands and Red Delicious apples that make for a perfect blend. In the farmhouse kitchen, apple pie is in the oven and applesauce is on the stove.
2021 Car, Truck & Cycle Show
Burke Motor Group, Cape May
This event will feature cool and classic cars, a live concert by Keith Hickman and lunch by Hit the Road Jack’s Food Trucks. As always, admission is free for spectators and vehicle registration is just $10 per vehicle. Vehicle registrants will receive special gifts, complimentary lunch and a festive atmosphere. All event proceeds will go to the Cape May County Coast Guard Community Foundation.
Preserving the Garden Workshop
City Green Farm Eco-Center, Clifton
Learn how to preserve the fruits of the garden through the winter! Join in pickling, seed saving and more! This program is fully outdoors and is open to Clifton residents & non-residents. There are two time slots available, 10-11am and 11:30-12:30 pm.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” author Jeff Kinney Drive-Thru Book Tour
George Innes Annex Parking Lot, North Fullerton Ave., Montclair
Watchung Booksellers is excited to bring back Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney to celebrate Big Shot, his latest book in the series. In the Big Shot Drive-Thru Tour, families will drive through sports-themed interactive vignettes, followed by the final moment when Kinney will personally deliver children their signed copy of Big Shot.
Drew University, Madison
The SOPAC Gala brings together patrons, community leaders and artists to celebrate the nonprofit theatre’s achievements and pay tribute to supporters. Typically held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, this year’s soiree is being moved off site as SOPAC recovers from damage caused by Hurricane Ida. During this hybrid event on Saturday, November 6, guests can choose to participate in-person or virtually.
Forest Bathing Walk
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts, and Recreation, Ringwood
From the Japanese ‘shinrin-yoku’, the practice of forest bathing means to immerse oneself in the forest and soak in the atmosphere through the senses. This walk will focus on connecting to nature through mindfulness, as we explore the senses and the present moment through short, guided, meditations in the forest. Forest bathing has been shown to help decrease stress levels and anxiety, and to improve the immune system and symptoms of depression, to name a few benefits. Come explore a new way of walking through the forest! Led by Weis Educator Lauren Lynch.
Outdoor Adventure: Autumn Leaves
Van Vleck House & Gardens, Montclair
Meet up in the gardens as you explore and learn with our fun self-guided activity kits. Registration is required and includes everything you need to participate in the program. Outdoor Adventures Activity Kits will be available outside the Raymond Family Education Center during the scheduled time on the day of the program. Kits will include activities for self-guided exploration. Ages 4 -11 but all are welcome.
NJ Youth Symphony Presents Together We Celebrate! An American Salute Honoring Our Veterans
Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, Trenton
Join for an uplifting concert to honor our veterans including NJYS performing American Salute, Lincoln Portrait narrated by Diana Solomon-Glover and Bamboula Rhapsodic Dance. Come sing along to America the Beautiful and the Armed Forces Medley. Free for all Veterans.
Anansi Story Festival
East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway
ReThink Theatrical presents Anansi Story Festival, an interactive theatrical production that explores and celebrates historical figures, myths, urban legends, and folklore from New Jersey and around the world. With the historic East Jersey Old Town Village as a backdrop, this immersive production explores the Village’s beautiful architecture while complementing the timelessness of these classic tales.