This month, there is a lot to do in our local area, and here are some suggestions for things to do with your family and friends. Our team is even sponsoring a couple of these fun activities!

Craft Beer TastingCome out and support a community event to benefit public art on Springfield Avenue! The Springfield Avenue Partnership is hosting a Craft Beer tasting at Wine Barrel on Springfield Avenue (corner of Prospect Street). Cornbread will be selling food on-site. Tickets may be purchased at Wine Barrel or online: https://samcraftbeer.bpt.me. Thursday, October 4, 6:30-9:30pm.

26th Annual Bloomfield HarvestfestBloomfield Center is transformed into a mile-long outdoor marketplace filled with food vendors, amusement rides and live entertainment. Don’t miss the beer garden! Saturday, October 6 from 11:00am–7:00pm. 2 Broad Street, Bloomfield

Whippany Railway Museum Pumpkin FestivalCelebrate the season in family-friendly style at this annual festival with pumpkins, grinning scarecrows, Halloween craft displays and antique train rides. Sunday, October 7, 12:30–5:00pm. 1 Railroad Plaza, Whippany

Grand Harvest Wine FestivalEnjoy live music, delicious foods, artisan crafts, and a sampling of 200+ wines produced by GPS Inc. and New Jersey wineries. Admission includes a souvenir wine glass. Saturday, October 6 – Sunday, October 7 12:00-5:00pm. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown

The Greatest Love of All – The Whitney Houston ShowGo on a heartfelt journey honoring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston, featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids. Tuesday, October 9, 7:30pm. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

Black Tom IslandBased on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack. Written by Martin Casella and directed by John J. Wooten. Thursday, October 11 – Sunday, October 21. Vaughn-Eames Hall, Union

Morristown Festival of BooksMorristown Festival of Books is where authors and readers meet in Morristown. This annual two-day event takes place each autumn. Enjoy discussion, insight, laughter, snacks, and book-loving camaraderie. Friday, October 12 – Saturday, October 13. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown

A Celebration of Michael Tree–Society of Musical Arts Fall ConcertPlease join the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra in a memorial concert to honor Michael Tree (1938-2018), virtuoso violinist and violist and native of Maplewood, NJ. Sunday, October 14, 3:00pm. JCC MetroWest, West Orange

Family Day: Celebrating American IdentityTreat your favorite doll or action figure to a fun-filled day at the museum! Don’t have a doll? No problem—you can make one! Featuring a special story time with American Girl author Denise Lewis Patrick, who will read selections from her Melody books, along with other favorites. Sunday, October 14, 1:00-4:00pm. Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

Maplewood House TourThis year’s house tour, sponsored by the Maplewood Rotary to benefit local and international charities, will boast an array of unique homes ranging in size, style and neighborhoods. Sunday, October 14 1:00–4:00pm. Maplewood, NJ

Pumpkin Patch Day!Join us for our Annual Pumpkin Patch Day – a fall tradition for so many families! Enjoy a day filled with pumpkin picking, hayrides, pumpkin carving and painting, crafts and much more! Saturday, October 27, 10:00am-5:00pm. Liberty Hall Museum, Union

PAL Halloween Parade March in the PAL Halloween Parade with your family and enjoy cider, cookies and entertainment. Anyone in a costume will be entered in the Chilling Costume Contest. Saturday, October 27 3:00-5:00pm starting at 25 DeForest Ave. in Summit. Line up at 2:45pm

Diwali Fest NJ 2018 (Sponsored by the AZ Team)Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the most widely celebrated South Asian holidays. The festival will showcase the talent in our communities, featuring local South Asian American dancers, musicians, chefs, writers, and artists. Families will have the opportunity to participate in several hands-on workshops such as cooking, creating Indian folk art, and Bollywood dancing while sampling a variety of regional cuisines from local South Asian restaurants. Diwali Fest NJ will also feature an eclectic mix of jewelry, clothing, and handicraft vendors. Sunday, October 28 12:30-6:30pm. The Woodland, Maplewood

New Providence Street FairThe annual New Providence Street Fair will be in downtown New Providence on Sunday, October 28. The fair, presented by the New Providence Business Community, will be held on Springfield Avenue, between South Street and Livingston Avenue. 10:00am-5:00pm

Maplewood Halloween Parade (Sponsored by the AZ Team) Dress up for Trick or Treating in Maplewood Village. The streets are closed to traffic and there will be a costume contest with prizes and music. Wednesday, October 31 3:00-5:00pm. Downtown Maplewood, NJ

Safe Howl-o-Ween – Enjoy trick-or-treating at the Turtleback Zoo with candy stations throughout the grounds. Wednesday, October 31 4:00-8:00pm in West Orange


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