15 Things to Do This Weekend in NJ 9/4 – 9/7


Check out Seussical, attend Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival, or eat Apple Panckaes. You can also celebrate Scandinvia, attend Grounds For Sculpture – Labor Day BBQ, or get wet at Land of Make Believe. 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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Monmouth Park BBQ & Beer Festival {Featured Event}
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, September 5, 6, & 7, 2015 from 11:30am-5:30pm
Come celebrate the juiciest, most tender BBQ the Jersey Shore has to offer.  And wash everything down with a great selection of brews in our Craft Beer Garden.
Cost: It’s just $10 for 10 2-oz samples and there will be over 40 craft beers to chose from.

1. Feast of Saint Joseph
Friday, September 4, 2015 at 6 pm
Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6, 2015 at 4 pm
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 2 pm
Celebrate the Italian culture with traditional Italian foods, rides for all ages, and games of chance! Enjoy entertainment every night of the Feast. Viva San Giuseppe Viva!!
St. Joseph Church
40 Spring Street, Lodi, NJ 07644
Cost: Free

2. Seussical
Friday, September 4, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 5 pm
Seussical is a based on a combination of Dr. Seuss’s most famous books and beloved characters. This charming story teaches us the importance of believing in yourself and embracing uniqueness.
Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736
Cost: $16 Students (through grade 12) | $21 Adults | $18 Seniors | $25 Premium Seats (First five rows)

3.Huckleberry Finn
Friday, September 4, 2015 from 8:30 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 8:30 pm to 10 pm
First published in 1885, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain, is considered to be one of America’s greatest books by today’s critics and scholars. Ernest Hemingway called it the one book from which “all modern American literature came.” While fleeing from his drunken father, young Huck meets Jim, a runaway slave. Join this unlikely pair in an unforgettable odyssey as they drift down the Mississippi River.
Eltc in Residence at the First Presbyterian Church
500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free Kids 12 and under | $30 Adults | $15 Student/Military/Veteran | $25 Seniors

4.Manasquan Labor Day Celebration
Saturday, September 5, 2015 7:30 pm
Enjoy a night out with the family! There will be a concert by Moonlighting at 7:30 followed by Gala Fireworks Display.
Main Beach
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Cost: Free

Photo via Monmouthpark

5.Monmouth Park Labor Day Weekend BBQ & Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, Sunday, Monday, September 5, 6, & 7, 2015
Monmouth Park Racetrack
Oceanport, NJ
The Monmouth Park Racetrack will be celebrating the juiciest, most tender BBQ the Jersey Shore has to offer. And wash everything down with a great selection of brews in our Craft Beer Garden.

6.IndoAmerican Fair
Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6, 2015 from 11 am to 7 pm
Come & Enjoy lots of shopping, delicious Indian cuisine, kids rides, Bollywood dance performances and a cultural showcase.
Mercer County Park
West Windsor, NJ 08550
Cost: $2

7.Six Flags National Read A Book Day
Sunday, September 6 from 10:30 am to 10 pm
Nook invites you to celebrate National Read a Book Day on September 6 with extra thrills at Six Flags! It’s easy to join the fun! Download the FREE NOOK Reading App™ on iOS your mobile device and show your phone at the NOOK® event table inside the park on September 6th from 11:00am – 5:00pm and receive a wristband for access to a special Exclusive Ride Time event after the park closes! That’s not all – you’ll also get a special coupon sheet with discounts to use inside the park on National Read a Book Day!
Cost: $42.99 Kids under 54″ | $44.99 (preorder online)/$69.99(at the gate) Adults| Free kids 2 and under

8.Apple Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 8 am to 12:30 pm
Enjoy the best apples around at the Apple Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy a Hay Wagon ride around the beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast! There will also be live music after the breakfast from 12 pm to 4 pm!
Cost: $6.99 Kids | $12.99 Adults | Free – Kids under 2 | $19.99 Kids Package (Includes all inclusive activities wristband and breakfast)
Price includes breakfast and Pick Your Own admission with scenic hay wagon ride.
Alstede Farm
1 Chesterfield Dr. Chester, NJ 07850

Scandinavian Fest

Photo via Scanfest

9.Scanfest Scandinavian Festival
Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm
It’s an all-day celebration of Scandinvia at its vest – where you’ll discover the customer, the history, and the ethnic variety of the six Nordic nations (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden)
Vasa Park
1 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Cost: Free

10.Van Riper Trust Street Fair
Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 11 am to 5 pm
The Van Riper Trust will hold their annual street fair to be held on Franklin Avenue between Centre and Harrison Streets.
Franklin Avenue
Between Centre and Harrison Streets, Nutley, NJ 07110
Cost: Free

11.Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival
Sunday, September 6, 2015 from 11 am to 11 pm
There will be snacks, crafts, and merchandise for the whole family!
Ins. Waiver
Fox Park Atlantic & Burk Aves., Wildwood, NJ 08260
Cost: Free

12.Labor Day BBQ – Grounds For Sculpture
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Kick back and join us for some all-American favorites straight off the grill. Enjoy made to order hot dogs, hamburgers, and veggie burgers with all of your favorite toppings. Then finish off your day with a specialty sundae from the Gazebo.
Location:In the Park
Cost: $10 Kids/Students (with college ID) | $15 Adults | $12 Seniors | Free Kids 5 & Under & Members

14.South Plainfield Labor Day Parade
Monday, September 7, 2015 at 9 am
Spend the day “Celebrating Our Heritage” honoring all heritages. There will be children’s activities and musical entertainment hosted by “Nine South”, a fireworks display by “Pyrotecnico” after dark in the Spring Lake Park area with musical entertainment by “AMP’d”.
South Plainfield Middle School – Front Lawn
2480 Plainfield Ave, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
Cost: Free

14.Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm
The Rutherford Labor Day Street Fair will have food trucks, an antique fair, rides and entertainment for kids, a children’s stage featuring a costume character musical revue, and other entertainment. There will also be walk around street performers including a stilt walker, balloon artist, jugglers and an array of variety entertainers along with an assortment of amusements to keep the kids entertained and attract young families.
Park Ave, Rutherford, NJ 07070
Cost: Free

15.Labor Day at Land of Make Believe
Monday, September 7, 2015 from 10 am to 6 pm
Celebrate Land of Make Believe’s closing day of the season! There will be free parking, free picnicking, and unlimited rides!
Land of Make Believe
354 Great Meadows Road – Rt. 611, Hope, NJ 07844
Cost: $28 Kids 2 – 18 | $24 Adults | Free for Kids 2 and under

Going outside the NJ borders this weekend?

16.West Indian American Day Junior (Kiddies) Carnival Parade
Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 9 am to 3 pm
Spend the day celebrating the Caribbean culture. There will be lots of activities, crafts, entertainment for the kiddies.
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Cost: $2

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17. Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 4 pm to 10 pm
The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival during Labor Day weekend, celebrates love in Chinatown. Enjoy your stay-cation in Chinatown with fun entertainment and delicious food! Festivities include calligraphy demo; get your name transcribed into Chinese; chalking on sidewalk; face painting; eating fried ice cream; geting mini and full moon cakes; Northern and Southern cuisines; and much much more!
79 Division Street, New York, NY 10002
Cost: Free

Photo via Sesame Place

18.Sesame Place Fireworks
Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 8 pm
“C… is for Celebrate!”
Don’t miss our fireworks show, set to Sesame Street music! Rock out with Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster and Count von Count, as their music fills the air and the sky is covered with colorful bursts of brilliance. Be sure to watch us paint the sky red (and green and blue) from inside the park. This impressive display will certainly give you something to celebrate! Fireworks will begin immediately following the 8:00PM evening performance of the Neighborhood Birthday Party Night Parade.
Sesame Place
100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047
Cost: $55.00 Kids over 2 & Adults (online) | $65.00 Kids over 2 & Adults (at gate)

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19.The Pop Ups
Saturday & Sunday, September 5 & 6, 2015 from 10 am to 5:30 pm
The Pop Ups are bringing their second Grammy-nominated album to the zoo! Join the kindie band at 2 p.m. at Grizzly Corner (by the bears) for an educational romp filled with puppets, dance routines, collages, and more! Enjoy some award-winning music and fantastic dance beats for zoo visitors of all ages.
The Brox Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460
Cost: $21.55(Online)/ $23.95(At gate) Kid | $30.55(Online)/$33.95(At gate ) Adult | Free for Kids 2 and under

20. The Butterfly Conservatory
Open September 5, 2015 Thru May 29, 2016
This annual favorite features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from South, Central, and North America, Africa, and Asia. Housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat with live flowering plants, species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Check out illustrated displays throughout the exhibition to learn more about the evolution, life cycle, anatomy, farming, and conservation of butterflies.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192
Cost: $22 – $35


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