what's happening in our local areaFall has finally arrived, and the weather is beautiful. There are many upcoming local events that will get you outside with your family to enjoy our wonderful area. If you’re looking for something to do, here are some events taking place over the next few weeks.


Art Walk & MusicFest 2017 – Walk the streets of downtown Maplewood to shop for art and jewelry, enjoy live music and performances and visit local merchants. Sunday, September 24 11-5pm


RWJ Barnabas Running With the Devils 5K and Family Walk – Take part in this new family activity. Festivities include interactive games, an appearance by the NJ Devils street team, the mascot and NJ Devils alumni. Sunday, September 24 8:30am at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange


South Orange Newcomers Day – Meet the volunteers and department heads who run the Village, and find out about the initiatives that South Orange is involved with. Sunday, September 24 2-4pm at the South Orange Library


SouthNext 2017 – Enjoy three days of culture, community and fun for your entire family at SOPAC. Local artists, speakers, performers and musicians come together for this weekend of entertainment. Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8


Bloomfield HarvestFest – Join in Bloomfield’s largest celebration of the year at the 25th annual HarvestFest. Enjoy live entertainment, shopping, a petting zoo with pony rides, family activities, food vendors and a harvest beer garden. Saturday, October 7 11-7pm downtown on Broad


Ales ‘n Tails Oktoberfest – Enjoy a live band, sample dozens of seasonal brews from around the world, and delight in local craft and food vendors; all to benefit the Essex County Parks Foundation. Saturday, October 14 6-9pm at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange


A Journey Home Annual Breakfast – Come join the Interfaith Hospitality Network at their annual fundraising breakfast. Register online on their website. Tuesday, October 17 9-10am at Mayfair Farms in West Orange


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