15 Things to Do This Weekend in NJ 10/2 – 10/4


Learn about the history and science of communication at Ancients to Astronauts Exhibit, support Embrace Kids Foundation at the JC Kids Run 2015, or watch The Princess and the Pea. Attend Chowderfest, Botanical Fantasy, or Pumpkin Palooza! If we missed an awesome local event in New Jersey this weekend, please share below in the comments. Be sure to use #njmom and #njmomlife when sharing pictures on social media!

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Free Museum Days in New Jersey {Featured Event}
Enjoy complimentary admission at 7 museums in New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday with your Bank of America and Merrill Lynch card at:
Garden State Discovery Museum (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)
WheatonArts & Cultural Center (Millville, NJ)
Montclair Art Museum (Montclair Art Museum)
Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ)
Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art Newark Museum (Newark, NJ)
The Noyes Museum of Art of Richard Stockton College (Oceanville, NJ)
Learn more

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1. Long Beach Island’s 26th Chowderfest
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm
Enjoy unlimited chowder tasting! Live music, children’s entertainment, and a food court are all part of the event
Taylor Avenue Ball Field
Ninth Street & Taylor Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008
Cost: $10 Children 12 & under | $25 Adults

In accordance to the State of Emergency The Event has been Canceled and may be rescheduled at a later date. For more information please visit their website or call 609-494-7211 Ext. 107

2. JC Kids Run 2015
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm
A race for the benefit of Embrace Kids Foundation. Let’s help to improve the quality of life for children with cancer, sickle cell and other serious disorders while having fun with our little ones.
Part of the proceeds will go to the Embrace Kids Foundation.
450 Manila Avenue, (Behind Newport Mall), Jersey City, NJ
Cost: $8

Due to the weather forecast the venue has been moved to RAFAEL DE J. CORDERO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Address 158 Erie St., Jersey City, NJ 07302 (Behind Newport Mall) For more information please check the Facebook page

3. Gloucester County Autism Walk
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm
The walk route is 3 miles and the activities included shopping with local vendors, inflatables, refreshments and Radio Station SOJO 104.9 and local DJ Papa John provides entertainment. The money raised ALWAYS assist local families through education, support, and outreach programs.
RiverWinds Community Center
1000 Rierwinds Drive, West Deptford NJ 08086

Has been Rescheduled to Saturday, October 11, 2015 For more information please visit their website

4. Towaco Music and Arts Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm
(Rain Date: Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm)
Towacofest will feature over 100 vendors some of which will be selling a large selection of merchandise including handbags, jewelry, sports collectibles, incense & oils, crafts and unique one of a kind items. Bring your appetite and enjoy sausage & pepper sandwiches, smoothies, fresh squeezed lemonade, cheese steaks, kettle corn, chicken fingers, ice cream, zeppoles, shish kabobs, gyros, french fries, Italian ice and more! There will also be kiddie & pony rides, local merchants & civic organizations.
Towaco Train Station
632 Route 202, Towaco NJ
Cost: Free

Towacofest will be Postponed until Saturday October 24th For more information please visit their website

5. Sea Isle City’s Harborfest
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 4 pm
Enjoy a day out in the sun and learning about Sea Isle’s fishing and nautical history.
Marina Park
42nd Place & the Bay, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243
Cost: Free

Canceled For more information visit their website call 609-263-9090

Photo via UACCNJ

6. Ukrainian American Festival
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11:30 am to 6 pm
Enjoy delicious Ukrainian food, a pig roast, a bakery cafe, international beer, and children’s games for the little ones.
Ukrainian American Cultural Center
60 North Jefferson Avenue, Whippany, NJ 07981
Cost: Free

Will be moved indoors at the same location in the case of rain. For more information, call 908-759-1771 or visit their website

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7. The Latino Festival
Saturday October 3, 2015 from 12 pm to 7 pm
(Rain date: Sunday October 4, 2015 from 12 pm to 7 pm)
The Latino Festival of Monmouth County (LFOMC) is a family function that includes music and entertainment. There will also be contests, food, face painting, clowns, giveaways, and much, much more!
Hall of Records Parking Lot
1 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free

Rain date October 4th For more information please visit their website

8. Fido’s Festival USA Supermutts
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm
It’s time to celebrate the joy and privilege of just being a lovable family dog. Fido’s Festival USA® acknowledges the unique gifts and talents of ALL dogs—not just full breeds. There will be the latest products and philosophies of dog ownership and raise awareness of rescue and shelter efforts.
Burlington County Fairgrounds
1960 Jacksonville-Jobstown Road, Columbus NJ 08022
Cost: $8

The National Weather Service has issued a “Hazardous Weather Conditions” statement therefore Fido’s Festival USA® has been Postponed. A rain date has not yet been established, for more information please call 856-854-FIDO (3436) or visit their website.

9. Pumpkin Palooza
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm
There will be fun activities at both locations including: pony rides courtesy of Okey Doke Ranch, a moon bounce provided by My Gym and JDogs, fall crafts, Farmer Tom’s hayride, a corn maze and paint-a-pumpkin. Pick up your admission bracelet at either location for a weekend of fall fun!
Garden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100, Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
Cost: $18

Rain or Shine Event For more information please visit their website or call 856-424-1233

10. Bordentown’s 26th Cranberry Fest
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm
This two day event features over 145 crafters offering hand made, vintage and upcycled items for the home, handmade clothing and so much more. Bordentown’s award-winning restaurants offer a wide assortment of tasty treats – from snacks to full meals.
Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown City, NJ 08505
Cost: Free


Photo via Modern Sage

11. Botanical Fantasy
Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 12 pm to 6 pm
Modern Sage hosts Michel Tcherevkoff and his art installation titled Botanical Fantasy for the 2015 JCast Studio Art Tour. Michel’s work depicts nature, bags and shoes all created by using flower parts and hand-pieced together to create art.
Modern Sage
351 2nd Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Cost: Free

Rain or Shine. For more information please visit the website or call 201-360-2318 or visit their webpage

12. The Princess and the Pea
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 1:30 and 3:30 pm
Follow Prince Valiant on his journey to find the perfect wife, and the spirited princesses he meets along the way! Come meet royal family and find out what it takes to be a true princess.
Studio Players
14 Alvin Place, Montclair, NJ
Cost: $8

Rain or Shine. For more information please visit their website or call 973-744-9752

13. People’s Choice Apple Dessert Contest
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 11 am to 2 pm
It’s fall, it’s apple season, and we’re in the mood for another dessert contest at the Riverview Farmers Market!
Riverview-Fisk Park
1 Bowers Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307
Cost: Free

Has Been Postponed until next Weekened. For more information please visit their website

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 5.49.37 PM14. Whippany Railway Museum’s 15th Annual Pumpkin Festival
Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm
You and your family can enjoy an afternoon amid the Color and Spirit of Fall. Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows as you enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers.
Whippany Railway Museum
1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany, NJ 07981
Cost: $9+ Children ages 2 thru 12 | $14.00 Adults+

Rain or Shine. For more information please visit their website or call 973-887-8177

Photo via Monmouth Museum

15. Ancients to Astronauts Exhibit
Friday, October 2 2015 from 2 pm to 9 pm
From the ancient Egyptians to early rocket science and the future of space travel, the history and science of communication is brought to life through scenic displays in this hands-on, interactive exhibition designed for children ages 6 – 12 years. Visitors begin their tour with a walk through a timeline display providing a historical perspective of communication through many revolutionary discoveries.
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: $8

Currently the Event is still on, but remain updated on its status by checking the website or calling 732-747-2266 with the Ext. 9




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