The best things to do this weekend in NJ: October 23-25 events
Looking for something to do this weekend? New Jersey has a lot of festivals, art shows, fairs and concerts this upcoming weekend. Check out the list below and find out what’s happening in your county.
There's a lot of fun events on our calendar, but here's our top picks for this weekend:
Best of North, Central and South Jersey
Help fight breast cancer! On Saturday October 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. grab your family and friends and head over to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Grand Foyer, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark for the Breast Health Awareness Conference
"Please join us for the annual Breast Health Awareness Conference hosted by the Department of Surgery at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Various specialists will be on hand to educate the community on “The Heterogeneity of Breast Cancer; i.e. not all breast cancers are the same.” In layman’s terms, “heterogeneity” means that not all breast cancers are the same and therefore, not all treatments will be the same.
Join us to hear from expert medical professionals and health educators who will present on the topic of heterogeneity. The departments and divisions represented will be surgical oncology, plastic and reconstructive surgery, breast radiology, radiation oncology and medical oncology.:
On Saturday, Oct 24, 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. bring your family and friends to 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, for the Insane Inflatable. It is an extreme 5K obstacle course. It is 100% inflatable and includes the largest inflatable obstacles ever produced. Single and group teams can register. Not competitive or in shape? Don't worry you can still join! The 5k race is still for you! Come and see some of the NJ 101.5 team! Sign up to be on Dennis Malloy's HCA Pacemakers team and receive a 10% discount! Use the code: PACEMAKER
Do you make amazing chili? Or do you love eating chili? Operation Veterans Chili Challenge is for you! On Saturday Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. grab your family and head over toMt. Carmel Carnival Grounds,1 Mt. Carmel Way, Hammonton. Chili contestants will be challenging one another with their unique talents in cooking.There will be an award/prize ceremony for the Chili contestant champs. Besides the cook off there will be sponsors, vendors, food, crafters, raffles and a band.
And there's lots more going on, too! We have events below listed by county.
Paws Farm Annual Halloween Bash
Paws Farm Annual Halloween Bash will include crafts, games, spooky maze, haunted house, costume parade, and prizes. Great for children 12 and under.
Date: Friday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location: Paws Farm,1105 Hainesport, Mt. Laurel Road, Mount Laurel
Fall Festival and Monster Bazaar
The festival will have hundreds of vendors, a zombie water balloon fight, dunk tank, live music, games, and food.The Laurel Springs Day will feature: vendors, live music, a zombie water balloon fight, BBQ, Baltic Winery, games and prizes, food and jewelry vendors a pumpkin carving contest and more.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location: Downtown & Cord Mansion, 723 West Atlantic Avenue,Laurel Springs
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
"Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivor-ship – an occasion to express hope and our shared determination to make this breast cancer’s last century. You can help finish the fight against breast cancer by raising funds for and walking with American Cancer Society Making Strides of Pennsauken. Join more than one million people each year who are helping to end breast cancer.
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks are the largest network of breast cancer awareness events in the nation, uniting nearly 300 communities with a shared determination to finish the fight. By signing up, fundraising, and participating in one of our noncompetitive, three- to five-mile walks, you will help us be there for everyone in every community touched by breast cancer. You will help those who are currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who may face a diagnosis in the future, and those who may avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and prevention.
Every Making Strides event is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about the disease, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer by funding groundbreaking breast cancer research, providing free comprehensive information and support, and helping people take steps to reduce their risk of the disease or find it early when it’s most treatable."
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25, Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. and the Walk begins at 10 a.m.
Location: Jack Curtis Stadium, Cooper River Park, Pennsauken
Cape May County
Autumn Birding Festival
Cape May Convention Hall will be filled with wildlife artists, carvers, handmade jewelry, photographers, crafters, optic and tour companies.Admission is $5 at the door, $2 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger.
Date: Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct, 25, Friday Noon to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: The New Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, Cape May Beach Avenue at Stockton
Fall Craft Show
Indoor Fall Craft Show at the Rio Grande Fire Hall.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set up: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: Rio Grande Fire Hall, 1120 Route 47, Rio Grand
Natural Living Conference
There will be two keynote speakers, food activist and author Robyn O’Brien and parenting expert and author Kim John Payne of Simplicity Parenting.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: New Jersey Institute of Technology, Campus Center Building, 150 Bleeker Street, Newark
South Jersey’s Childrens Halloween Fest
There will be contests, games, give-a ways, food and more. Geared for children ages 12 and under and their families. $3 Admission fee and free parking.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Rastelli’s Sports & More, 1855 Hurffville Road – Route 41, Sewell
Festival of Lights Diwali
Saraswati Cultural Association is organizing Festival of Lights Diwali at Exchange Place in Jersey City NJ overlooking the NY skyline. The Jersey City Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring the event this year. It includes cultural and folk dances, live performances, live band, children’s activities, food stalls, vendors, henna, face painting, DJ and a raffle.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24
Location: Exchange Place & Grundy Pier,Landmark: Crossing of Montgomery & Greene Street, Jersey City
Rock The BBQ Festival
There will be a barbecue, beer, wine and music You can bring lawn chairs and blankets.
Date: Saturday Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25, Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10a.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Pier A Park,100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken
Will have a variety of arts, crafts, gifts, home decor, holiday items and more.
Date: Saturday Oc.t 24 and Sunday Oct. 25,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, South County Park, Route 179,
Flemington Street Fair
There will be kiddie rides, climbing rock wall, face painting, pone rides, a petting zoo, sand art, temporary tattoos and more.There will be more than 100 artists, crafters and new merchandise vendors. The street fair will have foods like hot dogs, ice cream, chicken fingers, zeppoles, french fries, sausage & peppers, cheese steak sandwiches and more.
Date:Sunday, Oct. 25,10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Downtown, 15 Main Street, Flemington
Curl Talk and More
Learn to love the skin you are in while creating an environment of self empowerment. All textures are welcome.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 26 Washington Street, East Orange
Its a craft and vendor show open to everyone and their dogs. There will be home made baked goods, pumpkin painting, face paining, tricky tray, 50/50, over 60 direct sales and handcrafted and artisan booths and more.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25,10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Glenburn Estate, 211 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale
Car Show and Fall Festival
Event will have a large car show vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, array of bounce houses, arts and crafts, Halloween costume contest, and more.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Rain Date: Sunday, Oct. 25,
Location: Barnegat High School 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat
Paint Party Fundraiser for Pioneer Hose Fire Company in Brick
Paint "Doubler Funflower." Instructor teaches you how to paint step by step. Tickets are $40
Date: Saturday, Oct 24, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Pioneer Hose Station 22 at 312 Drum Pt Road, Brick,
Family Fall Festival
The Girl Sout's run such as pumpkin painting, ring toss, and decorate a bag.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Hershfield Park, Hershfield Avenue, Pompton Lakes
Holiday Craft and Vendor Bazaar
Event has handmade crafts and vendors.
Date: Saturday, Oct.24 ,9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Salem Community College – Davidow Hall, Hollywood Avenue, Carneys Point
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
There will be 250 artisans displaying and selling their creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden, and photography. Children under 12 are admitted free. Parking is free.
Date: Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday Oct. 24, and Sunday, Oct. 25,
Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Garden State Exhibit Center, 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset
Spirits in the Night
“Spirits in the Night” is a walk-around tasting of New Jersey distilled spirits and craft beers.
Date: Friday Oct. 23, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location: 2020 Burnt Mills Road, Bedminster,
Hilltop Art Exhibition and Sale
The sale includes paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, ceramics, glass, prints and more. The Opening Night Experience: Fine art, food and drink on Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This time-honored event features a wine tasting and food extravaganza. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Hilltop Country Day School for $50. Ticket price will be $60 after Friday, October 16th and at the door. Tickets are available at the school between the hours of 8AM and 4PM Monday through Friday by phone at 973-729-5485, Ext. 249.
Date: Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, & Sunday Oct. 25, Friday is The Opening Night Experience from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Other events held Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Hilltop Country Day School, 32 Lafayette Road, Sparta
Dog Walk Of The Dead
Zombie dog walk returns to raise money for the Montclair Animal Shelter. Vendors, food, music, costume contests and plenty of K9 Halloween fun!
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Waterloo Village, 525 Village of Waterloo, Stanhope
Crossroads Craft Fair
Crossroads Craft Fair is held indoors. All handmade creations!
Date: Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Crossroads Christian Fellowship, 2815 Morris Avenue, Union