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Top Five Things To Do In New Jersey This Week – October 19-25

Top Things To Do In New Jersey This Week Include Major Wine Event, Craft Festival, Halloween Events

Happy Monday New Jersey! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. It was a bit chilly out there, but beautiful nonetheless. This week we’ve got tons of fun New Jersey events happening around the state, featuring food and wine, history, fine arts and crafts, and Halloween fun! Read on for the top five things to do in New Jersey this week…

1. Grand Harvest Wine Festival

October 24 & 25, 2015
12:00pm – 5:00pm

Admission $25 ($20 advance tickets available) / $5 for non-samplers (gate only) / Free – attendees under 21 (must be accompanied by an attendee 21+)

Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road
Morristown, New Jersey

New Jersey winemakers have spent the last couple of months weeks picking, carrying, de-stemming, crushing, fermenting grapes in order to make the latest fantastic vintage of New Jersey wine and they are ready to take a break and celebrate with you! Head on out to Fosterfields Living Historical Farm for the Grand Harvest Wine Festival and enjoy wine tastings from 20 of the finest wineries in New Jersey, fabulous musical entertainment by live bands, delicious foods, shopping with local NJ craft vendors, fun things to do for kids, and two days of food and wine talks by guest speakers from around New Jersey. (This event was previously scheduled for October 4th & 5th and was rescheduled due to the inclement weather caused by Hurricane Joaquin.)

2. Fort Hancock Day

October 25, 2015
12:00pm – 4:30pm

Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook
26 Hudson Road
Highlands, New Jersey

On Fort Hancock Day, volunteers from the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA) in World War II uniform will bring Battery Gunnison and its 6-inch guns to life as they were in 1943. Visitors can watch or help AGFA members conduct gun drills at Battery Gunnison, track ships, see how an original Model 1900 six-inch gun (over 25 feet long and weighing 10 tons) was aimed and loaded, learn about Fort Hancock Army medical support, see machinists making parts for the historic M1900 6-inch rifles, and more. The Sandy Hook Mortar Battery, America’s first concrete mortar battery located across the street from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse, will also be open for tours. Don’t miss this chance to see this historic New Jersey location come to life and experience a soldier’s life at Fort Hancock in October of 1943. Learn more about things to do at Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook here.

3. Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

October 23 – 25, 2015

Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Drive
Somerset, New Jersey

More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will be on hand at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Somerset with their latest creations in glass, sculpture, fashion, jewelry, leather, wood, metal, home accessories, furniture, photography, and fine art. Many of the artists will present live demonstrations of timeless skills including copper spinning, iron forging, wheel throwing, carving, and more. The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival also features live music, children’s entertainment, and specialty gourmet food available for sampling and purchasing.

4. Rock the BBQ Festival 2015

October 24, 2015 / 11:00am – 10:00pm
October 25, 2015 / 11:00am – 8:00pm

Pier A Park
100 Sinatra Drive
Hoboken, New Jersey

Rock The BBQ Festival 2015 will bring together barbecue, beer, wine, and music enthusiasts from all across the tri-state area. This family friendly weekend event will feature fantastic food from twenty of the top barbecue masters in the Northeast and five of the region’s premier dessert chefs, a beer garden, wine by the glass, a cigar lounge, country line dancing, corn hole, live musical performances, the Bourbon Bar and Vodka Experience, giant Jenga, a fireworks spectacular on each night, and tons of fun things to do for kids including face painting, balloon art, bounce houses, live animals, pumpkin decorating, burlap sack races, and more!

5. Celebrate Halloween!

Halloween is fast approaching and one of the top things to do in New Jersey this week will definitely be enjoying some of the fantastic Halloween events and activities going on around the state. Whether your idea of Halloween fun is a Halloween parade and costume contest, a terrifying night at a New Jersey haunted house, a family friendly Halloween activity, or a New Jersey ghost tour, there’s something for everyone to do in New Jersey this Halloween. Check out the links below to find awesome New Jersey Halloween events and activities near you!

Ghost Tours in New Jersey
The Complete Guide to Family Friendly Halloween Events in NJ
16 Haunted Houses in NJ Guaranteed to Scare You Senseless
The Complete Guide to NJ Corn Mazes, Hayrides, & Fall Fun
New Jersey Events – October 2015


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