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Top Five Things to Do In New Jersey This Week – September 15-21

There are A LOT of things to do in New Jersey this week! All over New Jersey, celebrations of food, wine, history, the arts, culture, and family fun are happening! It was tough to narrow the choices down to just five this week, but here they are. The top five things to do in New Jersey this week are…

1. 18th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration
September 13-21
Events at various Cape May locations
Sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities
1048 Washington St.
Cape May, New Jersey

Fall is a great time to visit Cape May and this week is one of the best weeks to go, as the seaside town celebrates the 18th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Week! The New York Times has called Cape May the “restaurant capital of New Jersey” and visitors to this event know why! There are tons of events happening all week – grape picking and lunch at Natali Vineyards, Chocolate Lovers Feast at the Blue Rose Inn, Farm to Table tour and lunch at The Red Store’s farm and restaurant, A Taste of Cape May sampling event, winery tours, a beer tasting dinner, demonstrations, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, and many other things to do will be happening all week! Many events require reservations – visit the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) online or call (609-884-5404) for more information. Most festival events cannot accommodate children.

2. Philadelphia Folksong Society’s Fall Fling and Folk Faire
September 19-21
Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Rd.
Elmer, New Jersey

This is an awesome annual South Jersey event that is great for all ages. Camp out or just come for the day! The weekend is packed with fun things to do featuring song circles, jam sessions, open mic events, crafts, a children’s songwriting workshop with Trout Fishing in America, tie-dying, crafters, as well as great food, beer, and wine! Stop by Appel Farm’s exploratory arts tent, where visitors of all ages can work with professional artists to create take-home art projects including clay sculptures, mosaics, painted tile art projects, and home-made paper. The event will feature a special evening concert by four-time Grammy award nominees Trout Fishing in America, as well as additional music performances from Rusty and Jan, Valley Creek and Mary Kay Mann. Visit Appel Farm online or call (856-358-2472) for tickets and more details.

3. 33rd Annual Lakewood Lions Charity Renaissance Faire
September 20-21
Lakewood Pine Park
145 Country Club Dr.
Lakewood, New Jersey
Advance tickets: $10-adults, $2-children (6-12), under 6-FREE
See website for information re: ticket discounts

The Lakewood Lions Club and The Society for Creative Anachronism will host their 33rd Annual Charity Renaissance Faire. It features Shane Adams, host of History Channel’s Full Metal Jousting and The Knights of Valour whose jousters will compete in full combat armour. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) will present knights in combat, archery competition, sword fighting, belly dancers, sorcerers, magicians, and more. On Sunday, a King and Queen of the Faire will be chosen from children ages 10 and under dressed in period costumes. This event benefits the Lions’ charitable causes including Lehman School (Ladacin Network), scholarships for high school seniors, eye exams and glasses for the needy and many others.

4. Irish Fall Festival
September 18-21
Olde New Jersey Ave.
North Wildwood, New Jersey
8 am – 8 pm daily.

The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors. Other festivities include a golf tournament, a concert, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Catholic mass. The events conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood.

5. 10th Annual Arts in the Park Street Festival
September 21st, 2014
Raritan Ave
Highland Park, New Jersey

The Arts in the Park festival draws thousands of art enthusiasts and visitors every year. Stroll through downtown Highland Park and take in the artistic offerings at the juried art show, shop the works of fine artists and crafters, enjoy live music and other entertainment, and taste food from local restaurants,. The event also features lots of things to do for children including free balloon animals, face painting, children’s music performed by Mr. Ray and children’s arts and craft projects such as placemats, sun catchers, drawing with street chalk, a group mosaic project, and more.

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