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Historic Encampment Top NJ Events This Week
Fall is a fantastic time to enjoy all the fun things to do in New Jersey and there are so many NJ events and activities happening this week that it was quite a challenge to narrow this list down to just five events. However, after much consideration, I’ve come up with a nice variety of things to do in New Jersey this week that will appeal to all ages and interests. Here are the top five things to do in New Jersey this week…
Top 5 Things To Do In New Jersey This Week
September 22 – 25, 2016
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Free admission! (fee applies for golf tournament and run/walk registration)
The Irish Fall Festival is the largest Irish festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage. This event is packed with music, dancing, food and craft vendors, and food and drink specials at participating Irish pubs. Some of the highlights of the festival include a golf tournament (Thursday 9/22), free Irish music performances all weekend, free Irish dance lessons, a 5K run and 1 mile walk, and a pipe band exhibition. The events conclude on Sunday with a parade. Bus service is available throughout the event dates.
September 23, 2016 / 3:00pm – 11:00pm
September 24, 2016 / 12:00pm – 11:00pm
September 25, 2016 / 12:00pm – 9:30pm
Admission: Adults- $5 / Senior Citizens (65+) – $4 / Children (12 & under) – FREE
Mercer County Park
1678 Old Trenton Road (near S. Post Rd.)
West Windsor, New Jersey
The Mercer County Italian American Festival has been named one of the top fall festivals in New Jersey by CBS New York. The festival features many of fun things to do for the entire family including Italian and Italian-American music, a food piazza featuring Italian specialties from many of the area’s finest Italian restaurants and vendors as well as wine and beer gardens, Italian market tent offering handcrafted Italian and Italian-American products, Bocce lessons and tournaments, a near-life-size replica of the world-famous Trevi Fountain, an Italian heritage pavilion with over 200 displays showcasing notable Italian-Americans, Italian crafts, displays and presentations by Italian American organizations, amusement rides, Italian cooking demonstrations at the cultural theater, Friday night fireworks, and live entertainment by numerous performers including the Don Felice Trio, Jimmy Alleva, T-Rock Italian Folk Group, Dave DeLuca, the Greater Kensington String Band, Natalie Pinto, the Rich Scannella Band, Lights Out’s “Decades” Generations of Music, Michael Amante, Kim Jenkins Strictly 60’s Music, Boheme Opera NJ, No Way Out, Tramps Like Us (Springsteen Tribute), and many more.
September 24 & 25, 2016
Fort Mott State Park
454 Fort Mott Road
Journey back in time and see, hear and touch real history through the life of a typical soldier during the French & Indian War, Civil, World Wars and beyond at the Historic Soldiers Weekend at Fort Mott State Park. Historic Soldiers Weekend features historical reenactors and their equipment from every American conflict spanning the French & Indian War to the Vietnam War. In some instances, both sides of the conflicts will be present, such as the Revolutionary War loyalists and “redcoats”, Civil War Union and Confederate units, and WWII German infantry units. The reenactment units will be encamped at Historic Fort Mott for the entire weekend, living as their ancestors did. Rain or shine.
September 25, 2016
11:00am – 6:00pm
between Observer Highway & 7th Street
The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival will feature live music on three stages (one stage is devoted exclusively to children’s entertainment). Performers will include headliners Spyro Gyra, as well as Swingadelic, The Amazing Incredibles, Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns, Zydeco Revelators, the Hudson City Rats, Emily & The Ideals, Mya Hansen, Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra, Chrissy Roberts, Garden Street School Band, Preschool of Rock, Jason Didner & the Jungle Gym Jam, and many more. Hundreds of artists, crafters, and photographers will be on hand to display and sell photos, paintings, pottery, blown and stained glass, jewelry, metal, wood work, soap and body products, candles, hand knit items, fashion accessories, upcycled furniture, home accessories and more. Other festival highlights include delicious food for purchase from Hoboken’s best restaurants and food vendors and fun things to do for children including games, rides, creative activities, sand art, face painting, and more!
September 25, 2016
12:00pm – 5:00pm
1686 Route 517
The 9th Annual Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival at Rutherfurd Hall will feature great music and food, an extended list of craft and merchandise vendors, and fine wine for tasting and purchase by New Jersey wineries including Brook Hollow Winery, Villa Milagro Winery & Vineyard, Cava Winery, and Ventimiglia Winery. Tour the grounds and mansion, enjoy gorgeoues scenic views, and sit by the lake as you enjoy the sounds of Steve Kirchuk, The BanjoDoodles, Pentley Holmes, Grace Jensen, and Electric Gumbo. This New Jersey wine festival benefits NORWESCAP, The Arc of Warren County, and WNTI.ORG.
Looking for more things to do in New Jersey this week? Check out the September Calendar of Events!
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Featured Photo Credit: Jeff Meade via Flickr