Top 5 Things to Do In New Jersey This Week – September 22-28
Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy all the things to do and see around New Jersey and there’s no shortage of fun events and activities happening this week! There’s so much happening around New Jersey this week that it was really tough to narrow the list down to just 5 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. 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…
1. Hoboken Family Oktoberfest
404 Hudson St.
Hoboken, New Jersey
The Catholic community of Saints Peter and Paul and Hoboken Catholic Academy present Hoboken Family Oktoberfest on Hudson Street. Enjoy delicious Oktoberfest food from bratwurst to strudel, along with some other favorite festival foods. Visit the Biergarten in the Ss Peter and Paul Plaza for some wonderful Oktoberfest drafts. The Oktoberfest will feature live music performed by “Nobody’s Sheriff” and family-friendly things to do at the Kids Village in Stevens Park. Biergarten open from 6pm to 10pm on Friday. On Saturday, the Biergarten is open from noon to 10pm and the Kids Village is open from noon to 5pm.
2. Mercer County Italian American Festival
Mercer County Park
1678 Old Trenton Rd. (near S. Post Rd.)
West Windsor, New Jersey
Admission: Adults- $5.00/ Seniors (65+) – $4/ Children 12 & under – free
Named one of New Jersey’s Top Fall Festivals by CBS New York, the Mercer County Italian American Festival features Italian and Italian American music, a food piazza, Italian market tent, Italian heritage pavilion, cultural theater, dining & dancing tents, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks and much more!
3. Bergen County 4-H and Master Gardener Fair
Overpeck County Park
199 Challenger Rd.
Ridgefield Park, New Jersey
Free admission and parking
Bergen County 4H and Master Gardener Fair is the last of the county farm fairs for the year. This two-day event is part of the Bergen County Fall Harvest Festival and features 4-H and Master Gardener exhibits and demonstrations, small animals, a chick hatching exhibit, games, rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and a fireworks display on Saturday night.
4. New Jersey Cranberry Harvest Kick-Off
100 W. Whites Bogs Rd.
Browns Mills, New Jersey
Free admission (additional charge for some events)
10am – 4pm
The New Jersey Cranberry Harvest Kick-Off event is a one-day, interactive discovery event with things to do for the entire family themed around cranberry farming in the South Jersey Pine Barrens. Cranberry growers, top agricultural researchers, and cranberry industry experts will be on hand at more than 20 stations located throughout the historic Whitesbog Farm Village. There will be a variety of equipment displays, presentations, demonstrations, and fun hands-on activities for kids and adults throughout the day. Learn how cranberry picking has moved from hand-picking to GPS guided floating harvesters. Find out what farmers do to keep your food safe. See what it takes to get your food from the farm to your table. Take a Pine Barrens Ecology Walk and learn about some of the Pinelands habitats and species that thrive as a result of the activity of cranberry growers. Tour a packing house, taste cranberry products, learn how farmers manage and protect the water of the New Jersey Pinelands, and more. Children can design and color their own cranberry label, participate in some common chores and games (such as washing clothes on a washboard and playing marbles) as they were done at Whitesbog 100 years ago, identify specific insects at the Bug ID lab and match them with the damage they do to cranberry crops, learn how cranberry flowers become fruit through pollination, and more.
5. 33rd Annual Harvest Festival
Trailside Nature and Science Center
452 New Providence Rd.
Mountainside, New Jersey
Admission: $4 (Children 7 & under – free)
11am – 5pm
Celebrate early American life at the 33rd Annual Union County Harvest Festival. The festival features lots of fun things to do including a variety of displays, demonstrations and activities, non-stop music and entertainment on two stages, children’s games and crafts, Native American and Early American crafts and cooking, scarecrow building, a petting zoo, pony rides, storytelling, a Native American lodge and artifact display, a pumpkin patch, food and beverages, and more.
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