15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, Nov 11-13


Enjoy New Jersey’s fall foliage this peak-season while making your way to one of this weekend’s family-friendly events. Head down the Parkway for a weekend excursion to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival in Cape May, dress in your favorite cosplay and find the best current and vintage toys at ToyCon NJ in Parsippany, or wake up your sweet tooth at The Chocolate Expo in Edison.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

1. Late Fall Flea Market
November 12, 2016 | 8:00AM – 3:00PM
“Join us for our fabulous flea markets! Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The village, General Store, and Bakery are open as well. The rain date is November 13th.”
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Cost: $1 Adults, children and members of the Historic Village at Allaire are free.


2. Exit Zero Jazz Festival
November 11 – 13, 2016 | Friday 7:00PM – 12:00AM, Saturday 11:00AM – 12:00AM, Sunday 12:00PM – 6:00PM
“The Exit Zero Jazz Festival is a multi-venue festival with three full days of performances staged
in the 1,177 seat Schmidtchen Theater, the 750 seat Cape May Convention Hall and in the clubs of Cape May. A wide array of jazz and other genres of music are presented throughout the weekend as music lovers stroll between the venues, most of which line the Cape May beachfront. Featured artists include Omar Sosa JOG Trio, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Pat Martino Organ Trio + Horns, Frank Bey Blues Revue, The Jōst Project, Jamison Ross, Red Baraat, High & Mighty Brass Band, Davis, New Orleans Swamp Donkeys, Jon Regen, Philadelphia Funk Authority, and more.”
Various venues throughout Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Starting at $75

3. Laurita Winery’s Food Trucks, Fireworks, & Fire Pits Weekend
November 12, 2016 | 11:00AM- 9:00PM
Enjoy the final fire pit & food truck festival of the season at Laurita Winery. Entrance to the event includes live entertainment, country line dancing, vineyard tours and over two dozen food trucks. Kids activities including a huge playground, bounce house and face painting will be included as well!
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $8 per person; kids 12 and under are free

4. Let’s Get Growing for Kids
November 12, 2016 | 9:30AM – 10:30AM
“Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean your gardening season has to end. Fall is a great time to plant veggies that thrive in cooler temperatures. Come out and discover which “cool” crops to plant in your Square Foot Garden in the fall. Join us every other Tuesday OR Saturday, in the months of September, October, and November. Let’s Get Growing is a gardening and nutrition program for children ages 5-12. Pre-registration is required; space is limited. Sign up for one class, or join us each month, as we cultivate some wonder.”
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901
Cost: $10 for Members, $25 for Non-Members

5. My Fairytale Princess Party & Frozen Singalong
November 12, 2016 | 10:00AM, 11:00AM, 12:00PM, & 1:00PM
“Experience an interactive and memorable performance by Elsa and Anna. The Snow Queen and Princess perform songs from the hit Disney movie “Frozen” through fun sing-a-longs, dancing and interactive games.”
Garden State Plaza
1 Garden State Plz, Paramus, NJ 07652
Cost: Free


6. ToyCon NJ Toy Show
November 12 – 13, 2016 | Saturday 10:00AM – 5:00PM, Sunday 9:00AM – 3:00PM
“The biggest toy show in New Jersey returns to Parsipany this November 12th and 13th with 250+ tables of vintage and modern collectibles, hard to find movies, comic books, T shirts, video games and more! $10 buys you an entire day of digging through thousands of toys from every company imaginable, hunting for the score of a lifetime. Last show, someone walked away with a rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figure pulled out of a 2 buck bin! Admission includes access to our Game Room! Door prizes all day long! Sign up for the Cosplay Contest! Compete in our tabletop gaming competitions! All cosplayers in FULL COSTUME get in FREE!”
P.A.L. Building
33 Baldwin Road, Parsippany, NJ 07054
Cost: Earlybird Admission $15, Two Day Pass $25, Come in full costume and admission is Free.

7. Just Jersey Food Truck & Music Festival
November 12, 2016 | 11:00AM – 6:00PM
“The event is a benefit for 11th Hour Rescue and the Rockaway Boro Fire Department. Come hungry and ready to eat! Bring a picnic blanket, chairs, pop-up tent to enjoy the live music. Bring friends and family and split up to purchase items and join up to eat to try the most food.”
Fireman’s Field
Beach Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866
Cost: $5

8. Fall at the Farm
November 12, 2016 | 11:00AM – 4:00PM
“Our fall harvest is a special time at Beach Plum Farm. We’ll have Cape May Brewery’s local craft brews. There will be live music from the Sun Dogs from 12pm-4pm, and plenty of Hayrides, Pumpkin Picking and Lawn Games for the kids and for those who are young at heart.”
Beach Plum Farm
140 Stevens St, Cape May, NJ 08204
Cost: Free


9. Art All Day 2016
November 12, 2016 | 12:00PM – 8:00PM
“Crisp outdoor weather and warm creative interiors will again beckon art lovers to Trenton, as the fifth annual Art All Day is scheduled to take place throughout the city, followed by a reception at Artworks from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists and arts collectives will show their work and meet attendees from a variety of studio and pop-up spaces, with businesses and non-profits also showcasing the creative energy that is reanimating Trenton and making it one of New Jersey’s most dynamic destinations. Throughout the afternoon there will be guided walking, bicycle and trolley tours which will start at Artworks and take visitors to the city’s newest murals, art spaces and artist studios.”
Artworks Trenton
19 Everett Aly, Trenton, NJ 08611
Cost: Free

10. BeachWalk at Sea Bright Car Show Weekend
November 12 – 13, 2016 | Saturday 4:00PM – 9:00PM, Sunday 10:00AM – 2:00PM
“This Car show will start Saturday evening and last through Sunday afternoon. Check in Saturday enjoy welcome & goodie bags in your room, shop the vendors, go on our scavenger hunt for prizes, dinner, drinks, live music, party in the tiki bar & restaurant, walk to your room….wake up to an included breakfast, vendors, socialize, live music and trophies at 1:00pm! Located on the river, with a dock, you can even bring your fishing rod! The ocean is right here too! This will be loads of fun!”
BeachWalk at Sea Bright
344 Ocean Ave, Sea Bright, NJ 07760
Cost: Free



11. The Chocolate Expo 2016
November 13, 2016 | 10:00AM – 7:00PM
“Attendees will get to taste & purchase gourmet chocolates, baked goods, specialty foods, gelato, cheeses and much more from approximately 45-60 local, regional and international vendors. Entertainment will include demonstrations by celebrity chefs who have appeared on various TV shows including MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen, Cake Boss and Cupcake Wars. We look forward to seeing you at The Chocolate Expo!”
New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center
97 Subfield Ave, Edison, NJ 08837
Cost: Tickets purchased online for The Chocolate Expo are just $15/adult & $10/child (ages 5-11). Tickets purchased at the door (if available) are $20/adult & $15/child (ages 5-11). Children under 5 years old are free at this location.

12. Off the Wall Art Show & Artisan Market
November 13, 2016 | 10:00AM – 5:00PM
“This year marks the sixth anniversary of our Off the Wall Affordable Art Show and Artisan Market which has grown into a respected venue for showcasing the work of very talented artists and artisans from the greater Princeton area. Just in time for holiday shopping, this sale offers beautiful handmade items and artwork under $300 that you can take right “off the wall” at the time of purchase.”
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
Cost: Free

13. Holiday Bazaar
November 13, 2016 | 11:30AM – 2:30PM
“Join us for Ariane Kitchen & Bar’s first Holiday Bazaar. Come to mingle and shop with some of our favorite local vendors. Light refreshments will be provided.”
Ariana Kitchen & Bar
706 Bloomfield Ave, Verona, NJ 07044
Cost: Free

14. Thanksgiving Harvest Home & Armistice Observance
November 13, 2016 | 12:00PM – 4:00PM
“Experience historic holiday traditions, pitch in with autumn chores on the Farm, and meet all the resident animals. At 1 p.m., all U.S. military personnel and veterans are honored in a special program focusing on the contributions of women. Enjoy apple cider, cookies, coffee, and more donated by Whole Foods Market, our sponsor.”
Fosterfields Living Historical Farm
73 Kahdena Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960
Cost: $8 per adult, $7 per senior (65+), $6 per child age 4 – 16, and $4 per child age 2 & 3. Free for children under age 2.


15. Free Fall Family Day at Montclair Art Museum
November 13, 2016 | 1:00PM – 4:00PM
“Participate in a day of exploration with many dynamic Museum-wide art activities reflecting MAM’s current exhibitions, do it, Janet Taylor Pickett: The Matisse Series, and Dannielle Tegeder: Infrastructure. This Free Fall Family Day also includes Drop-in Studio, our new guided art-making program every Sunday.”
Montclair Art Museum
3 S Mountain Ave, Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: Free


Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.


About Author

Chelsea is a freelance writer and photographer based in the kid-friendly community of Asbury Park, and she loves sharing tips and news about this cultural beach town with NJMOM readers. When she's not discovering new bike trails, playing in her handbell choir, or reading on the beach, Chelsea works as a Children's Library Associate at a public library. You can catch her out in Asbury Park watching her husband play drums with talented local artists - be sure to come say hello!