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20 Amazing Things To Do in NJ This Weekend – October 21 & 22 2017

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Top Things To Do in NJ This Weekend

Looking for fun things to do in New Jersey this weekend? We’ve got the scoop on amazing NJ events happening all over the state! From fantastic theatre productions, to the New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge, to a concert by one of New Jersey’s quintessential rockers, to historic reenactments and much more… the Things to Do in New Jersey Calendar of Events features tons of awesome NJ events happening around the Garden State this weekend! Read on to learn all about the best things to do in NJ this weekend …

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20 Things To Do In New Jersey This Weekend




1. Hoboken Harvest Festival

Hoboken NJ | October 21 2017

Enjoy an afternoon of family friendly fun for all ages at the Hoboken Harvest Festival. There will be live music and dancing, pumpkin painting, a hay maze, horse & carriage rides, a trackless train, inflatable rides, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, craft activities, local vendors, great food and much more! Free admission! Read more…

2. Downtown Toms River Harvest Arts Festival

Toms River NJ | October 21 2017

The Downtown Toms River Harvest Arts Festival will feature live entertainment and many artists who will be displaying their work in juried art show. There will also be food trucks, handcraft & merchandise vendors, a beer and wine garden, and kids activities and games including pumpkin painting, inflatables & rides, sand art, and more! Free admission! Read more…

3. American Finals Rodeo

Atlantic City NJ | October 21 2017

The American Finals Rodeo will feature the top 12 American Professional Rodeo Association contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The event will feature competitors from all over the world who will have competed as part of the regular season in states as far west as Indiana, south as Tennessee and north as Maine. Read more…

4. Dinosaurs After Dark

Leonia NJ | October 21 2017

Dinosaurs After Dark at Field Station Dinosaurs is a fun, mysterious expedition into a shadowy, prehistoric world. But things get a little scary when the lights go out and it’s discovered that there’s a vicious T-Rex on the loose! Expedition Commander Guy Gsell, will lead a Tyrannosaurus Hunt along the Field Station’s darkened trails with a stop at every dinosaur and a few surprises along the way. Read more…

5. Nathan Lane and The Birdcage

Newark NJ | October 21 2017

The Birdcage is a wacky comedy starring Nathan Lane as Albert and Robin Williams as his cabaret-owning partner, Armand. When Armand’s son comes into town and brings his fiancée’s conservative parents along, Albert agrees to pose as Armand’s “wife” in order to make them seem like a more conventional couple. See The Birdcage at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, then enjoy an appearance by Tony award-winning Nathan Lane himself! Read more…

6. Billy Elliot: The Musical

Williamstown NJ | October 21 2017

Set to what the New York Post called Elton John’s “best score yet,” and named Broadway Musical of the Decade by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical fills the stage with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. See Billy Elliot at the Grand Theatre and cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that’s enduring more than its fair share of hardship. Read more…

7. Kiss Me, Kate

Haddonfield NJ | October 21 2017

Two divorced and flamboyantly egocentric performers find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of Taming of the Shrew in Cole Porter and Sam and Bella Spewack’s tribute to the theatre, in all its greasepaint and glory. Enjoy Kiss Me Kate at the Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center. Read more…

8. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Collingswood NJ | October 21 2017

A mainstay of the tight-knit New Jersey rocker community, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes have swapped songs and members with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, and others. But they’ve held onto a strong following of their own for more than four decades with their blend of classic blues-rock and horn-driven soul, legendary live shows and signature singles like I Don’t Want to Go Home, The Fever, and Talk to Me. See Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood. Read more…

9. Tango Buenos Aires

New Brunswick NJ | October 21 2017

Tango Buenos Aires has become one of Argentina’s great cultural exports, known throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East as the most authentic and uncompromising representative of the Tango, the dance of lovers. This world renowned dance company was created for the Jazmines festival at the famous Buenos Aires cabaret Michelangelo by renowned composer and tango director Osvaldo Requena. Met with tremendous success, it was immediately added to the season of the General San Martin Municipal Theatre. Since then, the company has toured the world bringing culture and dance to regions around the globe. See them at the State Theatre this weekend. Read more…

10. New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge

Various New Jersey Lighthouses | October 21 & 22 2017

How many New Jersey lighthouses can you visit in one weekend? Hop in the car this weekend and find out while you take the annual New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge! Visit up to a dozen lighthouses, as well as the Barnegat Light Museum and lifesaving stations in Ocean City and Stone Harbor. Read more…

11. Chatsworth Cranberry Festival

Chatsworth NJ | October 21 & 22 2017

Celebrate New Jersey’s cranberry harvest (the 3rd largest in the US!) at the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival – the second largest cranberry festival in the US and a tribute to the local arts and culture of the New Jersey Pine Barrens! This free family friendly features local artists and craftsmen, live southern/classic rock, great food, an antique and classic automobile show, antique dealers, cranberry bog tours, and more! Of course, there will be fresh cranberries and cranberry products offered for sale. Free admission! Read more…

12. Four Centuries in a Weekend –
Explore Historic Union County!

Various Historic Union County NJ Sites | October 21 & 22 2017

This exciting weekend offers the opportunity to visit more than 30 historic sites in Union County NJ and enjoy special activities at each site. The family-friendly event includes children’s games and activities, demonstrations of early farm life activities and trades, battle reenactments, free tours, guided hikes, flashlight tours of historic cemeteries, the opportunity to “meet” historic figures courtesy of reenactors, craft activities, and much more! Free admission! Read more…



 13. Morristown CraftMarket

Morristown NJ | October 21 & 22 2017

The Morristown CraftMarket is one of the top juried and longest-running fine art and fine craft shows in the nation. The show features the exhibition and sale of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind and limited edition fine arts and crafts in all contemporary media, including original creations in jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, wood, metal, wearable fiber and more. Read more…

14. Disney’s High School Musical

Rahway NJ | October 21 & 22 2017

Boy (Troy) meets girl (Gabriella) by chance at a New Year’s party where sparks fly over karaoke. The next semester, Gabriella fatefully transfers to Troy’s East High, where the sweethearts decide to audition for the school musical. The trouble is: Troy’s the star of the basketball team while Gabriella is supposed to be in the Scholastic Decathlon. Can these two defy their jock/brainiac cliques and chase their theatrical dreams? Read more…

15. 18th Century Field Day at Red Bank Battlefield

National Park NJ | October 22 2017

Enjoy battle reenactments, colonial demonstrators, vendors, food, and fun at the 18th Century Field Day at Red Bank Battlefield! Learn about the Battle of Red Bank and why New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution.” Tour the Whitall House and visit with our hearth cookers preparing delicious fall-inspired food. Take in a spectacular sword fight and enjoy a colonial magic show. Cheer on the Jonas Cattell Run participants at the finish line. Fun, food, and activities for everyone! Free admission! Read more…

16. New Providence Street Fair

New Providence NJ | October 22 2017

The New Providence Street Fair offers attractions for everyone, young and old. As in previous years, the family-friendly event provides arts and entertainment for the kids, such as kiddie rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, balloons and a clown performer. The event will offer delicious food from local establishments and Business Community members. Street vendors will present many unique items at great prices and local non-profit organizations host contests and games for all attendees. Free admission. Read more…


17. Celebrate Fall Festival

Summit NJ | October 22 2017

The Celebrate Fall Festival at Reeves Reed Arboretum is fun for the whole family with crafts, games, entertainment, apple cidering & cooking demonstrations, an art exhibit, a spooky trail walk, lots of pumpkins, the grazing goats, and much more! Read more…

18. Trick Or Treat Street & Howl-O-Ween

Seaside Heights NJ | October 22 2017

Celebrate Halloween a little early at the Seaside Heights Trick Or Treat Street and Howl O Ween! Bring the kids AND the pooch! This family-friendly event features fun for everyone including pumpkin decorating, dog parade and kids’ costume parade, trick or treating, prizes, and vendors and crafters. Free admission! Read more…

19. Harvest Homecoming at Historic New Bridge Landing

River Edge NJ | October 22 2017

Come on out and enjoy an afternoon at the Harvest Homecoming at Historic New Bridge Landing! This family-friendly event will feature silhouette and broom making demonstrations, pumpkin picking, games, a scavenger hunt, cooking in the outkitchen, a talk on six veterans of the American Revolution, tours in all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses along the Hackensack River, and New Bridge donuts and cider in the Tavern (some people come just for the donuts!). Read more…

20. Anita Jeram Children’s Production at the State Theatre

New Brunswick NJ | October 22 2017

In the award-winning classic Guess How Much I Love You, a father rabbit’s love for his bunny is far too big to measure. I Love My Little Storybook is an endearing celebration of the joy of reading. “I love the way it looks. I love the way it feels. I love the places I can go to in my storybook,” says the eager little bunny. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s adorable production features their signature puppetry, along with recorded music, and narration. See this delightful double feature children’s production at the State Theatre! Read more…

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