Looking for something to do this weekend? Big Joe’s got you covered. Check out our complete list of great events and fun things do right here in the great Garden State!


Welcome to Rock The BBQ Festival 2016 – MetLife Stadium! This event will bring together barbecue, beer, wine, spirits, and music enthusiasts from all across the New York Metro Area. Rock The BBQ was created by a group of people who simply love great festivals. We saw a need to bring our passion for the festival experience to the next level, and we are proud to see our concept come to life and to share it with you! Grab the family and get ready to enjoy one of the best festivals around! Join us October 8 and partake in some of the best BBQ the Northeast has to offer. There will be award winning hand selected BBQ Pit Masters, and other artisan food vendors serving up everything from slow cooked ribs to pulled pork, roasted and grilled chicken, brisket, and so much more. We'll have live performances on the Rock The BBQ main stage all day and night.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: MetLife Stadium
One MetLife Stadium Dr., East Rutherford, NJ 07073


The Pennsauken Harvest Festival is a celebration of heritage, arts and community. Featuring music, dance, food, vendors, crafts, and fun for all ages. As Pennsauken is a diverse community, all aspects of the event focuses on embracing the worldwide roots that truly tie us all together.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Pennsauken Community Recreation Complex
Bethel & Westfield Ave., Pennsauken, NJ 08110


The Garden State Wine Growers Association hosts a wine festival with more than 20 of the leading wineries in New Jersey sampling their wines surrounded by historic planes at the NASW Aviation Museum in Cape May. The event will also feature chef demonstrations, activities for the kids and other entertainment. Noon - 5 pm each day, Admission is $20 + fee through September 18. From September 19 through October 2 the advance price is $25 + fee and then from Oct. 3 through day of event $30 + fee. Attendees must be 21 and over with proof of age required in order to sample. There is a non-sampling fee of $5.

Date: October 8th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016
Location: NASW Aviation Museum Cape May
500 Forrestal Rd., Rio Grande, NJ 08242

Taste delectable treats from the sea at the Chamber's Annual Seafood Festival. Featuring fresh seafood vendors, chowder contest, live music, vendors and more! Rain date: Oct. 15 - 16.

Date: October 8th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016
Location: 30th St. & Beach, Avalon, NJ 08202


Ice Dance International (IDI) under the direction of Douglas Webster, Dick Button and Edward Villella will be hosting an International Ice Dance show at 7 pm. Top skating professionals from around the country will perform and inspire the skating community.

Date: October 7th, 2016
Location: Essex County Codey Arena
560 Northfield Ave., West Orange, NJ 07052


The 2nd annual Apple 'n Pumpkin Harvest Festival is a fun time for the whole family. This year's festival runs noon to 5 pm. The outdoor street fair features kid's activities, bluegrass bands, farmers' market vendors, craft vendors, artists, farm animals, various food trucks, a beer/wine garden for the adults and so much more! This event is free and open to the public.

Date: October 9th, 2016
Location: 1 New St., Clinton, NJ 08809


Includes food trucks and vendors, live music featuring Shaun Ruymen, Pat Llewellyn and the Parade, and Moot Davis, 60+ Craft Beers.  12 - 6 pm. Tickets $45, at the gate $55. Designated driver tickets are available. Chairs and blankets are highly recommended to lounge around the stage and to have a place to eat.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Mercer County Park Festival Grounds
1665 Mercerville-Edinburg Rd., West Windsor, NJ 08550


Looking for some frightening fun? Come join us IF YOU DARE at Columbia Park in Dunellen NJ for a 1/2 Mile trail of ghouls, spooks and creatures of the night! Admission: $10.00, age 10 and under: $5.00. Proceeds go to benifit the restoration of the Maurer House and grounds in Dunellen Township.

Date: October 7th - October 8th, 2016
Location: Columbia Park
101 Pearl Pl, Dunellen, New Jersey 08812

The purpose of our Green Fair is to educate the community, especially the young students, about healthy and sustainable living as well as how to become responsible environmental stewards. We have vendors in categories such as health/wellness, healthy living, alternative energy, recycled products, organic pet products and more. Area hospitals provide flu shots and health screening and brochures on health and wellness. Trenton Bike Exchange will be on hand to receive your used bicycles with the mission of helping low income families and raising money for after school programs for the Trenton Boys and Girls Club. Come test ride an electric pedal assist bike with Sourland Electric Bikes from Hopewell, NJ or join in one of our healthy cooking demonstrations, take a yoga class, and check out our "Freecycling". Enjoy some healthy authentic Mexican Food from Taqueria Maria's of Monroe Township.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Monroe Township High School
200 Schoolhouse Rd., Monroe Twp., NJ 08831

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to "Come On Down" to win. Prizes may include appliances, vacations, and possibly a new car! Play classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase. Playing to near sold-out audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets. If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: State Theatre
15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The perfect fall event... Crafters, food, live music, carriage rides, scarecrow decorating contest, apple pie baking contest. Free admission. Fun for all ages!

Date: October 9th, 2016
Location: Washington Park
N. Washington Ave., between Dunellen Ave. & First St., Dunellen, NJ 08812


This all-day street fair will feature over 180 arts and crafts vendors displaying and selling their wares just in time for the holidays. This year's venue includes Main Avenue, Pilgrim Pathway and Auditorium Square Park. There will also be the live music of Jo Wymer from 11 am - 1 pm and Chuck Lambert's Blues Band from 1 - 4 pm. The event includes a variety of food offerings, sidewalk sales by our merchants, pumpkin painting from noon - 3 pm at The Starving Artist, and a close-up view of a fire truck and ambulance for the children. Come experience autumn in a small town - open to the public, rain or shine, and free admission. 10 am - 4 pm.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Main Ave. Pilgrim Pathway & Auditorium Square Park
Ocean Grove, NJ 07756

2 Day annual fall event with crafters, artisans, live music, civil war re-enactors, festival food, free parking, lots of family fun 10 am - 5 pm both days. Visit our historic village, I-195 exit 8.

Date: October 8th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016
Location: Main Street Allentown
19 S. Main St., Allentown, NJ 08501

Join Dr. Festa for a comparison of two remarkable artists. Auguste Rodin (1840–1917) brought monumental public sculpture into the modern era. Known for The Thinker and The Kiss, he brought out emotion and character in all his work. His uncanny ability to convey movement and show the inner feelings of the men and women he portrayed, the bravura of his light-catching modeling, and his extraordinary use of similar figures in different mediums established him as one of the greatest sculptors of all time. Alternative Michelangelo (1475–1564) was an Italian Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, and poet who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. He was one of the founders of the High Renaissance and, in his later years, one of the principal exponents of Mannerism. Location: North Dining Room 6:30 pm Cost: $43 per person; includes a multicourse French dinner and a multimedia lecture; limited seating, tickets required.

Date: October 7th, 2016
Location: Georgian Court University/North Dining Hall
900 Lakewood Ave., Lakewood, NJ 08701


The gallery will display a compelling collection of themed works created by over twenty-five regionally and internationally acclaimed visual artists. Concentrating on hauntings, phantoms curated by Chaotic Attractors. On the opening night, The Hive Main Stage will supply an evening of rock music by local and NYC bands for art patrons to jam out to. Terrifying drinks and blood curdling snacks will be served. 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

Date: October 8th, 2016 - November 5th, 2016
Location: Morris County Arts Workshop, Hive Gallery
197 Rte. 206, Chester, NJ 07930


The Italian Festival is a 3 day event on Grant Ave. It includes food, snacks, entertainment, crafts, merchandise and children's activities. The Columbus Day Parade on The Boulevard includes bands, floats, groups and organizations, mummers and antique cars. Both events feature guest performers, direct from Italy.

Date: October 7th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016
Location: The Boulevard & Grant Ave., Seaside Heights, NJ 08751

The young and old are invited to see the "Circus in the Sky". Bring your chairs, dogs, cameras and enjoy the Columbus Day Weekend on Long Beach Island. Book early to get a room! Their are a few events this weekend that may leave you without a room if not booked early.

Date: October 7th, 2016 - October 10th, 2016
Location: Long Beach Island, Long Beach Island, NJ 08008

Celebrate fall with over a dozen food trucks serving up food, fun and live music. Vendors, family activities, decoy carving, boat building. Craft beer garden featuring hard cider - a perfect complement to fall. 11 am - 7 pm. Admission $8. Seaport members and children under 5 Free. Food prices set by individual vendors.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Tuckerton Seaport
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton, NJ 08087


A full day of family fun, entertainment, shopping and music. Collectables, Crafts, Antiques, Vendors and more. Fabulous food vendors provide a variety of choices. Entertainment provided throughout the festival by local talent. Rides and entertainment for the entire family as you enjoy the beautiful countryside location.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Marshall Hill & Union Valley Rd., West Milford, NJ 07480


The Salem County Pumpkin Show festival has become a tradition for families and friends who gather each year to enjoy one of New Jersey's most popular fall festivals. Always held on the second weekend of October, the Festival includes three- days of fun-filled contests, artists, craftsmen, home products, pumpkin pyramid,entertainment, foods, wine, amusement rides, Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, headless horsemen, scarecrows, Little Miss & Mister Pageant, dog parade, Boo Barn and more. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show, now in its 13th year,  was created out of hard work and the love of the fall harvest of pumpkins by New Jersey  residents Kathy & Beau Wright, their son Anthony Lanzi, family and friends. The fairgrounds is located in the rich farmland of Salem County  and will be transformed into colorful displays of mums, pumpkins, gourds, autumn decorations and cornstalks.

Date: October 7th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016
Location: Salem County Fairgrounds
760 Harding Hwy. Rte. 40, Woodstown, NJ 08098

Helicopter Rides will return for this year's 27th Annual Pedricktown Day celebration!Most of the children's activities are underwritten by the Pedricktown Day Committee, most are free, and amusement rides are only a dollar! Children's Activities include: Inflatable Rides, Stilt Man, Balloon Artist, Strolling Magician, Pony Rides, Costumed Characters, Petting Zoo & More!. Live Bands all day, Back in the Day Classic Car Show, Raffle Baskets, Wine Tastings, Free Trackless Train Shuttle. Food Vendors: Traditional Festival Fair by Bondie's & Stew's Concessions, South Jersey Mobile Cafe, Logan Vol. Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary Luncheon & The Country Store's Chicken & Ribs BBQ. Shuttle provided to remote parking areas all day, Parking control provided by Carney's Point Police Explorers Troop, Security by the NJ State Police. 9 am - 4 pm. Raindate:  Sunday, Oct. 9  12:30 - 5 pm.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: South Railroad Ave., Pedricktown, NJ 08067


Oompah at its best. Smell the aroma of sizzling bratwurst, and hear the cries of Prosit! Yodel on over to Forest Lodge and help "Roll out the Barrel' at Oktoberfest. Everyone's Invited! Gates open 11 am. Food & Beverage Pavilion at Noon. Band Starts 1 pm. Rain date: Sunday, October 9. Back by demand, The Bavarian Brothers! This band will keep you dancing and singing to all your favorite songs! Don't miss German traditional dances, Cow Bell Ringing, and even Alp Demonstrations all afternoon in the Festhalle! Oktoberfest attracts many visitors just for the shopping opportunities at the Vendor Fair. Over 50 local vendors selling a wide range of products at the Vendor Fair at Oktoberfest! It's the ideal opportunity to start your holiday shopping with many unique gift items. Oktoberfest is great fun for the children as well. Kids will keep busy with Amusement Rides, Carnival Booths, Inflatable's and other activities.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Forest Lodge
11 Reinman Rd., Warren, NJ 07059

An exciting new play based on our attempts to understand events and people the only way we sometimes can...by filling in the blanks. Friday & Saturday: 8 pm; Sunday: 2 pm. Tickets $15.

Date: October 7th, 2016 - October 9th, 2016
Location: Villagers Theatre
475 Demott Ln., Somerset, NJ 08873

American Repertory Ballet makes a return engagement to The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, presenting Fall Favorites, a program of mixed repertoire. The Company, fresh off its successful 2015–2016 tour, is proud to present a three-part performance, which includes Shades of Time, ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton's moving visual work that evokes the passing of time, light and moods of the day; Ephemeral Possessions, ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin's compilation of movements captured from memory to reflect vanishing experiences we all encounter; and Rite of Spring, a ballet by Martin, inspired by revolutionary works that the legendary Ballets Russes brought to America in the early 20th century, showing how the relationships of men and women transcend time.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Rd., Branchburg, NJ 08876


The 7th annual Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism, arts and heritage. The County of Sussex, the Sussex County Beekeepers Association and the Garden State Garlic Growers are joining with the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show to showcase New Jersey's great northwest. We'll have a farmers market with Sussex County and Jersey Fresh products like fruit, veggies, flowers and wine. The Sussex County Beekeepers Assoc. will have educational displays, materials and an array of honey products. For those who love all things garlic, we'll have the Garden State Garlic Growers. The Festival will have local artisans, displays and info highlighting northern New Jersey's open spaces and history. There will be activities like pumpkin painting and crafts for the kids and vendors for adults. The Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival is a free, family event. We hope to see you there.

Date: October 8th, 2016
Location: Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ 07822

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