Top Five Things To Do In New Jersey This Week – Sept. 29-Oct. 5
October arrives this week and along with it arrives the many things to do in New Jersey to celebrate the fall season. Pumpkin picking, Chowderfest, and a spooky start to the Halloween season are just a few of the things to do around the state this week! The top five things to do in New Jersey this week include activities that are sure to appeal to people of all ages and interests. Here they are…
1. 26th Annual Chowderfest
Little League Field
9th Street & Taylor Avenue
Beach Haven, New Jersey
Tickets: $20.00 / Children (Ages 4-12) – $10.00 / VIP (includes early admission & T-shirt) $50
Chowderfest has become an annual Jersey shore fall tradition. This fun family-friendly festival features live music, children’s activities and entertainment, and unlimited Chowder tasting. Each ticket holder has the opportunity to vote for their favorite red and white chowder. Chowderfest is held rain or shine.
2. Grand Harvest Wine Festival
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road
Morristown, New Jersey
Tickets: $25 at the gate / $20 in advance online / Guest under 21- free / $5 – designated drivers
The Grand Harvest Festival at Fosterfields Living History Farm features 20 fine New Jersey wineries, local foods, children’s activities, live music, and food and wine talks and demonstrations sponsored by edible Jersey magazine. This is an opportunity to sample hundreds of New Jersey wines, purchase your favorites, and then enjoy them with some great food on the lawn while you are entertained by local New Jersey bands, The Dirty Blondes (classic rock- Saturday) and The B Boyz (R&B and soul- Sunday). New Jersey food trucks will be on hand offering mouthwatering specialty foods including wood-fired pizzas, gourmet tacos, fine desserts, and more. This event is sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association.
3. An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Allaire State Park, Historic Allaire Village Chapel
Tickets: $15 (advance purchase recommended)
Kick off the Halloween season at Historic Allaire Village with “An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe” as Helen McKenna (actress and park ranger at the Edgar Allen Poe house) brings Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting works to life in evening performances at the chapel. Visit Allaire Village online (or call 732-919-3500) to reserve tickets.
4. The Great Pumpkin Train
The Delaware River Railroad Excursions
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, New Jersey
Enjoy autumn in picturesque Warren County as you ride a historic steam train through the beautiful fall countryside. Ride the train out to the pumpkin patch located in front of the historic Carpentersville Lime Kilns dating back to the 1700’s. Every child can pick their own pumpkin for free. Riders may add to the fall fun by purchasing the Corn Maze or Gemstone Panning at Ole’ Susquehanna Mining Company add-ons! This event runs every weekend in October.
5. Festival of Fine Craft
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road (GPS: 1100 Village Dr.)
Millville, New Jersey
Tickets: $10 – Adults / $9 Seniors (62+) / $7- Students / Children (5 and under) – free.
The Festival of Fine Craft features works of art by over 130 juried artists. Featured works will include stained glass, studio art glass, metal sculptures, creative jewelry designs, wearables and accessories, sculptural and functional clay pieces, intricate baskets, woodcarvings and turned vessels, two-dimensional art and photography, and handcrafted furniture. Children’s craft activities will be held throughout the festival. The event also features a beer and wine garden with offerings from Flying Fish Brewery and Auburn Road Vineyard and music by Package Goods Orchestra. The Festival of Fine Craft is held rain or shine.Featured Photo Credit: Kevin Burkett via Flickr (CC by-SA 2.0)