15 Things to Do This Weekend in NJ 9/18 – 9/20

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Attend Boots at the Beach Country Festival, Food Truck & Rock Carnival, or Crystal Springs Annual Oktoberfest Weekend. You can also get scared at Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest, support a cause at Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Children’s Walk, or tell stories at Grounds for Sculpture’s New Jersey Storytelling Festival. 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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All About Downtown Street Fair {Featured}
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 11:00am – 8:00pm
The Annual All About Downtown Street Fair began in 2011 featuring over a hundred vendors selling all sorts of products ranging from handmade jewelry to one of a kind art work, 10+ of the top Food Trucks in the tri-state area and all sorts of fun for the family. In only its 4th year, this event brought over 25,000 into our downtown corridor with 2015 gearing up to be the best year yet!
Grove Street Path Plaza, Jersey City
Cost: Free

boots at the beach1. Boots at the Beach Country Festival
Friday, September 18, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm
The North Wildwood Entertainment Districts “Olde New Jersey Ave” comes alive with sights and sounds of a country fair. Vendors will line the center of the street selling clothing, wares, and all things country! Refreshments, food and live country music will be outdoors on the stage all day long into the night. It will be fun for the entire family!
Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: Free

2. 19th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration
Friday, September 18, 2015
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Times vary by day and activity. Please check website
Indulge in great food and the fine wines of Cape May County during this annual autumn celebration.
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC)
1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free

3. International Festival
Friday, September 18, 2015 from 4 pm to 11 pm
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 11 am to 11 pm
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 2 pm to 7 pm
Spend the day eating Middle Eastern, Greek, Slavic, and American food. There will crafts to entertain the little ones as well as a magician!
609 Lane Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Cost: Free

4. Food Truck & Rock Carnival
Friday, September 18, 2015 from 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 12 pm to 10 pm
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 12 pm to 10 pm
The Food Truck and Rock Carnival is a multi-day, fun for all ages event. Enjoy live music, food trucks, craft beer, competitions, amusement rides and carnival activities, pro wrestling, gaming tournaments, and more!
Oak Ridge Park
136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark NJ 07066
Cost: $49.99

5. Que by the Sea – BBQ Festival & Competition
Friday, September 18, 2015 from 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm
This event is a BBQ lover’s dream! Packed with mouth-watering specialties along with all day musical entertainment, artists, and crafters.
Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
Cost: Free

Photo via SixFlags.com

6. Six Flags Great Adventure Fright Fest
Weekends between September 19, 2015 to November 1, 2015
Six Flags Great Adventure becomes the world’s largest scream park. The event features family-friendly “thrills by day,” while an amped-up “fright by night” will deliver more scare zones, terror trails and haunted mazes plus nearly 200 zombies and Halloween-themed shows and attractions. Once the clock strikes six the midways become full of the living dead, ready to scare the pants off of anyone who dares to cross their path. Experience our terror trails, haunted shows and your favorite coasters at their scariest, in the dark!
Cost: $42.99 Children under 48 inches | Free Children 2 and under | $69.99 General Admission

7. Monmouth Park’s Trucktoberfest
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Enjoy everything from hot dogs, to BBQ, to lobster rolls, to fried oreos. And wash everything down with one of our Oktoberfest beer selections from our German beer garden. It’ll be a long, food-truck-less winter. So bring the friends and family to Food Trucktoberfest!
Monmouth Park
175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: $5+

8. Harvest Brew Fest
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm
An all-day festival featuring local musicians and regional brews, plus seasonal vendors, food, crafts and collectibles show, and other family activities.
On the grounds of the Physick Estate
1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free

3855-afraid_clowns-300x2299. Picklepalooza Music, Food, Craft & Artist Festival
Saturday September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 7 pm
Enjoy great vibes from over 15 New Jersey and Philly original artists throughout the day & evening! There will be non-stop activities, such as kite flying, face painting, clown school, magicians, mimes, and sand castles!
Route 35 South, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Cost: $5 Child 12 & under | $15 Adults

10. Open Space Pace Parade and Festival
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 7 pm
Enjoy a day consisted of a parade of horses, demonstrations by equine and agricultural non-profits, live harness racing, petting zoos, a concert and more!
Freehold Raceway
130 Park Avenue, Freehold NJ 07728
Cost: Free

11. 38th Annual Festival of the Sea
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 10 am to 7 pm
(Rain Date September 20, 2015)
Sample dishes by the area’s finest restaurants serving everything from Lobster, Steak, Chowders, Pasta, Desserts and everything in between. There will be hundreds of arts and crafts vendors displaying their crafts. There will also be pony rides, antiques, kiddie games, and live entertainment!
Downtown Point Pleasant Beach
Arnold & Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: Free

Photo via Mountain Creek

12. Crystal Springs Annual Oktoberfest Weekend
Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 11 am to 9 pm
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11 am to 6 pm
Enjoy tons of carnival rides & games, wacky contests and more! Feast on delicious roast pig and knockwurst paired with authentic german beer.
Mountain Creek Resort
at Crystal Springs Resort,
200 Route 94, Vernon NJ
Cost: $7+

13. Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation Children’s Walk
Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 9 am
Honor and make a positive impact on the lives of family, friends, and everyone who has been affected by a brain or spinal cord tumors.
Overpeck Country Park
199 Challenger Road, Ridgefield Park NJ 07605
Cost: Free children under 5 & Survivors | $10 Adults

14. Trenton’s Capital City Food Truck Battle
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 11 am to 7 pm
Taste an amazing array of cuisines and over 15 food trucks in the tri-state area!  Last year’s winner, El Lechon de Negron, will pit their unique brand of barbeque against burgers, brisket, bacon, and whatever culinary concoctions their challengers have to offer.
Rho Waterfront
50 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08611
Cost: $5

15. Grounds for Sculpture’s New Jersey Storytelling Festival
Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 12 pm to 6 pm
Enjoy stories of fantasy, heartbreak, wisdom, and whimsy in a fabulous sculpture park. Tellers will regale listeners with tales for all ages at indoor and outdoor sites throughout the grounds.
Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619
Cost: Free Members/Children under 5 | $10 Students 6-17\With college ID | $15 Adults

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