Italian & Irish Festivals, Wine and Food Events Top Events in New Jersey This Week
Fall is a wonderful 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 really tough to narrow this list down to just five events. However, after much consideration, I think 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. (Looking for more September events in New Jersey? Check out the Calendar of Events!) Have another event that you think deserves a shout out? Feel free to comment below! In the meantime, here are the top five things to do in New Jersey this week…
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September 25th, 2015 / 3:00pm – 11:00pm
September 26th, 2015 / 12:00pm – 11:00pm
September 27th, 2015 / 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 has lots 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, an Italian heritage pavilion with over 200 displays showcasing notable Italian-Americans, crafts, organizations, a near-life-size replica of the world-famous Trevi Fountain, cooking demonstrations at the cultural theater, amusement rides, Friday night fireworks, and live entertainment by numerous performers including Louis Prima, Jr., the Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst Military Working Dogs, Bobby Ballack – Singing Sinatra, The Del Satins, Boheme Opera NJ, the Ernie White Band, and many more. Visit the festival online for hours and more details.
September 26th, 2015 – September 27th, 2015
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Lake Lenape Park
6303 Old Harding Highway
Mays Landing, New Jersey
The South Jersey Wine & Food Festival is a two-day event celebrating fine wine and great food at Lake Lenape Park in Atlantic County. Throughout this South Jersey event, vendors will work alongside students from the Academy of Culinary Arts to prepare fresh cuisine and present cooking demonstrations, while New Jersey winemakers will pour samples to thousands of festival attendees. An outdoor wine garden provides a picturesque area to sip and dine, and festival guests can shop hand-crafted items from local vendors. One of the highlights of this festival is an amateur wine competition, where judges sample guest submissions of red and white wines. Live music will be performed throughout the weekend; performers include the Billy Walton Band, Atlantic City lounge singer Beth Tinnon, the Danny Eyer Band, the Dan Burke Band, and more. Save 50% on tickets to the South Jersey Wine & Food Festival HERE!
September 27th, 2015
11:00am – 6:00pm
between Observer Highway & 7th Street
Hoboken, New Jersey
The Hoboken Arts & Music Festival will feature live music on three stages (one stage is devoted exclusively to children’s entertainment). Performers will include Willie Nile, Nicole Atkins, Deaf Rhino, SYKA, Twiddlin Thumbs, Carol Lester of ABC Sing With Me, Preschool of Rock, Hoboken High School Rockin Redwings, and many more. Three hundred 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 25th – September 27th, 2015
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, New Jersey
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 9/24), 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. Visit the Irish Fall Festival online for more information including a schedule of things to do all weekend. Bus service available throughout the event dates.
September 26th & 27th, 2015
Admission: $25 at the gate ($20 advance tickets available)
Burlington County Fairgrounds
1990 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road
Columbus, New Jersey
The Jersey Fresh Wine Festival is “as fresh as it gets” but the wines are aged to perfection. The Garden State Wine Growers Association invites you to soak up the autumn sun at the Burlington County Fairgrounds over a weekend of great wine, fabulous food, live bands, and family fun. The festival will feature hundreds of locally-produced wines for sampling from eleven of New Jersey’s premier wineries. New this year – a Jersey Fresh Farmer’s Market!
Featured Photo Credit: Bill Burris via Flickr