‘Tis the Season for Holiday Lights in NJ!

57203133My goal this season – to see as many Christmas light displays as possible! Here are some epic ones I have made trips to see. Be sure to follow me on Instagram @NewJerseyIsntBoring to see even more awesome light shows! If you find any and post them, use the #njisntboring so I can see them.

Kloos Family Lights (East Brunswick) – This house was definitely cool to check out. Their lights are synced to their very own radio station! The light show is free to view, but they are currently raising money for charity so please donate if you go to visit (and be respectful of their neighbors) . Check them out on Facebook!
Address: 13 Sterling Court, East Brunswick, NJ
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Cranbury Christmas Lights (Cranbury) – This house, which is located on Main St in Cranbury, also has their own radio station that syncs up with lights. Speaking of lights, they have over 120,000 lights which can be some from space. This house is free to visit, but they are also accepting money for charity so please consider donating if you can. They play their music outside, and have fire pits to people can stay for a while. Check them out on Facebook!

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Address: 128 North Main St, Cranbury, NJ
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By the way…this is what their neighbors display. I think it’s hilarious (sorry the picture isn’t clear, but the display is called the Christmas Unspectacular):

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T & A Sprinklers Light Show (Old Bridge) – This house was recently on the show The Great Christmas Light Fight and if you come by the house, you’ll see why! The Apruzzi family of Old Bridge puts on an amazing light show every year. It’s free to check out as well! Check them out on Facebook!

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Address: 18 Central Ave, Old Bridge, NJ
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Still to See:

Holiday Lights Spectacular @ PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel)- Drive through light show, Dusk to 10pm weekdays, dusk to 11pm weekends
Address: 116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel, NJ
Cost: $20 per carload Monday-Thursday and $25 per carload Friday-Sunday and holidays

Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights (East Orange)
Address: 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange NJ
Cost: Admission is free. Donations of canned goods, pet food and unwrapped toys are suggested.

Schaefer Farms Holiday Light Show
(Flemington) – Sundays, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays through January 1, 2015; 5pm to 9:30pm.
Address: 1051 County Route 523, Flemington NJ
Cost: $12 per carload, $17 per passenger van, $27 per busload, $45 for season pass

Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Smithville)- Thursdays, Friday, and Saturdays through January 6, 2014; 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Address: 615 East Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ
Cost: Free

7 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Dec 19 – 21, 2014

There is A LOT going on this weekend! Be sure to check out my list of Winter Resources at the top of this page!

Band and Fans Giving Hands – Dec 19

New Jersey based country music singer/songwriter Scott DeCarlo is teaming up with venue Mexicali Live to present the fifth installment of the annual event, “Bands And Fans With Giving Hands”. The concert – which will be held on December 19th, 2014 – will feature The Scott DeCarlo Band live alongside country artist Rachel Allyn. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp Quality New Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer.

Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014; Doors Open at 6pm, show @ 9pm
Address: Mexicali Live; 1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck NJ
Cost: $15 advance/ $20 at door. Buy in advance –  http://4risto.co/2014christmas_show
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Lee DeWyze at iPlay America – Dec 19

American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze is performing a free show at iPlay America in Freehold. VIP tickets are available for $60 and include an artist meet and greet, event poster, and $20 Game Card.

Date: Friday, December 19th, 2014; Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
Address: 110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ
Cost: Free
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Wall Twp Christmas Light Show – Dec 20

This Christmas Light Show is a family tradition at the Jersey Shore. The show combines impressive displays of lighting, fog, and pyrotechnics and synchronizes them to powerful concert quality sound! The event is free but raises money for local charities through donations from visitors. Free food and drink are available and Santa usually makes an appearance! Visitors are advised to come 40 minutes before the show to allow time to park and walk to the venue. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Driving directions, parking information, and show status information is available at the shows website.

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014; 7 pm and 8:30
Address: The Christmas Show House; 2702 Woolley Rd., Wall Township, NJ
Cost: Free, recommended donation of $20 for a family of 4

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Celebrity Christmas – Dec 20

Celebrate The Magic of Christmas! Maura McKinney Mastro and Frank Mastro perform a spirited, heartwarming celebration of Christmas with comedy, singing and celebrity impressions. The FREE show at 7 pm. It is a G rated show for the entire family. After an intermission, The Mastros will close with a tasteful selection of Christmas and popular songs, all in the beautifully decorated Cape May Convention Hall.

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014; 7pm
Address: Cape May Convention Hall; 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, NJ
Cost: Free
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Breakfast with Santa in Smithville - Dec 20

Enjoy a buffet breakfast and picture with Santa at Fred & Ethel’s Lantern Light. Reservations are required, please call 609-652-0544. Historic Smithville has over 60 shoppes, 7 eateries, carousel, train, paddle boats, antique arcade, lodging and over 26 free weekend events!

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014
Address: Historic Smithville & Village Greene; 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ
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Christmas Cookies & Wine Weekend – Dec 20 & 21

Christmas cookies are one of our favorite holiday traditions! Join us for some holiday cheer and wonderful cookies. We will pair some of our favorite store-bought cookies with our award-winning wines. Have a favorite cookie? Bring it for us to create the perfect pairing.

Dates: December 20th & 21st, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

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Valenzano Ugly Sweater Weekend – Dec 20 & 21

Dates: December 20th & 21st, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Valenzano Winery; 1090 U.S. 206, Shamong, NJ
Cost: Free to attend

New Jersey Singer-Songwriter Scott DeCarlo To Hold 5th Annual Christmas Benefit Show

Press Release:

New Jersey based country music singer/songwriter Scott DeCarlo is teaming up with venue Mexicali Live to present the fifth installment of the annual event, “Bands And Fans With Giving Hands”. The concert – which will be held on December 19th, 2014 – will feature The Scott DeCarlo Band live alongside country artist Rachel Allyn. All proceeds from the event will be donated to Camp Quality New Jersey, a nonprofit organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer.

“After learning about Camp Quality, I was reminded how I get so bogged down by my own competitive nature and drive for success, that I don’t see how selfish I can be. That is why donating proceeds from this years “Band and Fans With Giving Hands” event to Camp Quality has become my greatest goal and sought after achievement for 2014”, says DeCarlo. “CQNJ defines “Selflessness” in a way that truly reflects what is missing in so many of us today”.

In addition, DeCarlo is holding a toy drive for the children of local families in need. Interested persons can visit the Christmas Show page on his website and choose an item from the wishlists to bring wrapped and labeled to Mexicali Live on the night of December 19th. Further information available at http://4risto.co/bands_fans_giving_hand

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at http://4risto.co/2014christmas_show or at the door the night of the event (subject to availability).

Mexicali Live is located at 1409 Queen Anne Rd., Teaneck NJ, 07666.

About Scott DeCarlo

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Since his youth, Scott DeCarlo has been writing and performing country and rock music. His kick in the door blend of Country-Rock isenergetic, accessible and, above all, authentic. “I am constantly inspired by the achieving underdog, the work ethic of those who have nothing, and give everything of themselves,” says DeCarlo. “Those individuals bold enough to follow their sound, their dreams and remain steadfast in their goals of high achievement through all obstacles.” Currently DeCarlo is gearing up to release a full length album which is expected early in 2015. Follow DeCarlo at the links below:

http://www.scottdecarlo.com
https://www.facebook.com/scottdecarlomusic
https://twitter.com/ScottDecarlo

About Camp Quality


Camp Quality is a volunteer driven, volunteer run and community funded non-profit, 501 (C) (3) organization that provides free camping experiences and year-round support programs for children with cancer, and their families. Camp Quality New Jersey’s programs are focused to care for the emotional needs of children with cancer and their families. As they face the “challenging days” and celebrate the good ones, a support network of peers provides tremendous strength and hope. Taking a “smile therapy” approach, with laugh in their hearts and smiles on their faces, Camp Quality Kids find themselves capable of more than they may have dreamed possible. For more information, visit http://www.campqualityusa.org/nj/

11 Events to Check Out This Weekend – Dec 13 – 14, 2014

Be sure to check out my list of resources for other Winter events under the “Winter Events and Festivals” tab.

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Dec 13

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE
You can also get more information on their Facebook and twitter @BigBrewBeerFest
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Natali Vineyard’s Holiday Cheer Event – Dec 13

Our Christmas tree is up and Santa is coming to town early this year. Join us on December 13th as we rock around the vines with Santa and his elves. We will be showcasing our selection of fruit wines. The vines have just gone to sleep for the winter, so it’s now our time to party! We will have live music, local food & craft vendors, holiday Sangria, wines by the glass or bottle, tastings and gourmet meat and cheese trays!! Rumor has it that Santa will be stopping by, so have your cameras ready for pictures with our very own Vineyard Santa! Bring a new, unwrapped toy for “Toys for Tots” & receive a GC for a free tasting! Natali events are always FREE ADMISSION and Rain or Shine.

Date: December 13th, 2014
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 North Delsea Dr, Cape May Courthouse, NJ
Cost: Free
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Walker Stalker Con – Dec 13th & 14th

Walker Stalker Con is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast with James & Eric. The podcast began with an amazing trip to Senoia, GA where James & Eric were able to view the set of The Walking Dead and meet the incredible actors from the show. As a result of this experience, a podcast began and then the idea of a convention focused around recreating that same experience with the cast and crew of the show, along with talented actors and artists from other zombie shows, movies and art.

Walker Stalker Con is not just a convention. It is a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Con is three days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014
Address: Meadowlands Exposition Center; 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, NJ
Get Tickets Here
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Cream Ridge Winemakers Holiday Faire – Dec 13 & 14

Tis The Season!  Wine Makers Holiday Faire at the Cream Ridge Winery!   December 13th & 14th – (Saturday 11am – 6pm – Sunday 11am – 5pm) – No Cover Charge – Wine Release Party!

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014
Address: 145 County Road 539, Cream Ridge, NJ
Cost: Free to attend, $5 tasting
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Winter Trolley Tour – Dec 13 & 14

Join Vintage SouthJersey,  Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14, to visit the wineries of the Two Bridges Wine Trail. Travelling aboard charming classic trolleys, each tour lasts approximately 5 hours, and includes tastings from four wineries.

This year’s Holiday Tour features two dining options. Choose from lunch at Cecil Creek Farm in Mickleton, or The Lakehouse Restaurant on Iona Lake in Newfield. Light fare is also available for purchase at several wineries.

Two trails are available to tour – join us both days to sample all eight wineries!

Trail A in includes: Auburn Road Vineyard, Cedarvale Winery, Chestnut Run Winery, Wagonhouse Winery, and Cecil Creek Farm

Trail B includes: Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, Heritage Vineyards, Monroeville Winery, and The Lakehouse Restaurant

For your convenience, Vintage SouthJersey tour hosts will ride along with you to answer any questions and make sure your case purchases get safely back to your starting winery.

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014
Cost:
$50. Buy Tickets HERE
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Wall Twp Christmas Light Show – Dec 13 & 14

This Christmas Light Show is a family tradition at the Jersey Shore. The show combines impressive displays of lighting, fog, and pyrotechnics and synchronizes them to powerful concert quality sound! The event is free but raises money for local charities through donations from visitors. Free food and drink are available and Santa usually makes an appearance! Visitors are advised to come 40 minutes before the show to allow time to park and walk to the venue. Dress warm and bring a flashlight. Driving directions, parking information, and show status information is available at the shows website.

Dates: December 13, 14, & 20, 2014; 7 pm and 8:30
Address: The Christmas Show House; 2702 Woolley Rd., Wall Township, NJ
Cost: Free, recommended donation of $20 for a family of 4
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Ugly Holiday Sweater Weekend – Dec 13 & 14

We know you love to dress up for the holidays. So do we! Come to the Tasting Room to view our outstanding staff in their ugliest Holiday Sweaters. Of course, we expect you to do the same. Free Tastings, prizes, and just plain holiday fun for everyone who participates. Expect all your friends to see you online, too!

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Bordentown Holiday Carriage Ride – Dec 13 & 14


Take a horse drawn carriage ride as you enjoy the festivities of the holiday decorations, holiday music, and smell of chestnuts roasting. Holiday music, hot chocolate, kettle corn and chestnuts roasting, fresh holiday decorations and crafts! Reservations can be made by contacting Rebecca’s Vintage Boutique& Consignment Shop 609-298-9422. Carriage Ride Tickets can be purchased or picked up at 224 Farnsworth Ave., day of will be on Corner of Farnsworth & Walnut Sts.

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2014; Sat 4:30 – 9:30 pm, Sun:3:30 – 7:30 pm.
Address: Downtown Bordentown; 224 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown City, NJ
Cost: $20 per person & $10 for children under 10.
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Pizza & Patriot at 4JG’s Orchards – Dec 13 & 14

The season is coming to a close! Join us for a tasting and enjoy our delicious Patriot with a Franky Fed’s personal pizza.

Dates: Saturday, December 13 & 14, 2014; 12-5pm
Address: 4JG’s Orchards; 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck, NJ
Cost: Tasting $5pp, Personal pizzas $10-$12, Glasses of Patriot $5
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Holiday Craft and Vendor Sale – Dec 14

Come to our Holiday Shopping Event and Multiple Sclerosis Fundraiser. There will be more than 30 Unique Vendors for you to get all of your holiday shopping done. Hand crafted holiday items, jewelry, candles, designer purses, gourmet pies, cookies and cupcakes, cosmetics, and much, much more.

Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: VFW Post 2226; 212 Norwood Ave, Oakhurst, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Kids Rock Out to Help Kids – Dec 14

The Holidays are just around the corner and spirits are rising. At this wonderful time of year, many people look for special ways to help the less fortunate. The kids from School of Rock, are joining with Roxy & Duke’s Restaurant & Lounge to hold a fundraiser for Covenant House, a charity that helps homeless youth all year long. Come out and join us from 2 pm – 5 pm for 3 hours of fantastic music performed by local kids from the School of Rock and help out this great cause! Suggested $10 donation will be collected at the door. Contact Noreen Dunn-Shanley at 732-406-0669 if you have any questions or require additional information.

Date: Sunday, December 14th, 2014; 2pm to 5pm
Address: Roxy & Duke’s Roadhouse; 745 Bound Brook Rd., Dunellen, NJ
Cost: Suggested $10 donation

Only 2 Hours Left! The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Time is running out on a chance to win!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away  2 FREE tickets to the event via Twitter!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must “Follow” New Jersey Isn’t Boring (@njisntboring) and The Big Brew Beer Festival (@bigbrewbeerfest)on Twitter. I will check!
2. When you see a post promoting the contest on Twitter (including the link to this blog post), you must RT it!
3. A winner will be chosen TONIGHT Monday, November 17that 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away another 2 FREE tickets to the event – this time through Twitter!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must “Follow” New Jersey Isn’t Boring (@njisntboring) and The Big Brew Beer Festival (@bigbrewbeerfest)on Twitter. I will check!
2. When you see a post promoting the contest on Twitter (including the link to this blog post), you must RT it!
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, November 17that 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE

The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market – This Sunday, Nov 9th

This Sunday, November 9th,  I will be attending the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market for the third time! I’m so excited!

This is the perfect time to shop for the holidays by supporting local businesses. I’m also hoping to find a gift for my 85-year-old grandmom (grandmom is cool).

The first 250 people in the door will receive a FREE Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market “Black Swag Bag” that’ll be loaded with goodies and other cool stuff such as records, t-shirts, jewelry, handmade items, hand made soap and more (items vary per bag). Most of which is donated directly from the vendors! Be sure to check out your bag when you get one for money saving coupons that you can use at the flea market!

FREE PARKING will be in the County Parking Lot located on South Broad Street (signs will be posted) right around the corner from the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market.

Food Trucks that will be in attendance are: El Lechon de Negron, The Tot Cart, Oink and Moo BBQ, Cupcake Carnivale, The Taco Truck, Food Truck 7 (Healthy, seasonal eats), Just Jackie’s Food Truck, Surf and Turf Truck and Fired Up Flatbread Company.

For this event they are accepting donations for the Trenton Animal Shelter. So, if you attend please donate!

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You can read about the cool stuff and stores I found in August and March just to get a taste of what to expect.

Be sure to like Trenton Rock Flea Market on Facebook Twitter @TrentonPRFM and Instagram for updated information.

Date: Sunday, November 9th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: 675 South Clinton Ave, Trenton, NJ
Cost: $4

About the Trenton Rock Flea Market (from their website):

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The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes  place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade t-shirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

photo 2(3)The TPRFM hosted our first event in January 2013 and welcomed just over 50 vendors and 2,000 attendees in a small urban art gallery. Fast forward to November of that same year and we hosted more than 200 vendors from around the tri-state area (NJ, NYC, PA, DE, MD), gourmet food trucks, live graffiti murals, a live DJ and more than 4,500 people as we rocked the Historic Roebling Machine Shop building (once the factory that created the wire rope for, as well as designed, the Brooklyn Bridge).

We embrace a life-long love of punk rock and hardcore, DIY ethics, the arts, tattoos, copious amounts of coffee, the occasional shot of Jameson and a solid, well-styled quiff. We hope you’ll join us at the next Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market!

Grape Adventure – This Weekend Nov 8th & 9th, 2014 at Great Adventure


For the last 5 years, my husband and I attend Grape Adventure, which is held at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson. You pay a flat rate (prices vary depending on if you’re a Season ticket holder) and get to sample as many wines before you pass out. The event is free to attend if you do not plan on drinking, and kids are allowed. There are vendors in attendance (I bought a nifty wine glass holder lanyard last year) as well as food vendors. This year there are a few food trucks in attendance which is pretty cool. The park is not open, so you can’t get drunk and ride a roller coaster, however they do have the safari open for those who purchase the Wine Event and Safari ticket. There are a few wines that are strictly for the safari, so it’s worth checking out.

I highly recommend it. I stock up on wine for the year since all the vineyards are in one convenient location.

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The 5th Annual Grape Adventure features 14 wineries & vineyards. The event features Live Music, Food and Craft Vendors. Limited Safari Packages are available for a special tasting of reserve wines at Camp Adventure in the African Plains!

Participating Vineyards:

  • 4 JG’s
  • Auburn Road
  • Belleview
  • Cava
  • Cedarvale
  • Coda Rossa
  • DiMatteo
  • Plagido’s
  • Renault
  • Sharrott
  • Tomasello
  • Valenzano
  • Wagonhouse
  • Working Dog

Food Trucks:

  • Ben’s BBQ
  • Empanada Guy
  • Let’s Get Baked
  • Nomad Pizza
  • Waffle dy Lys

Dates: November 8th & 9th, 2014, 12 to 5pm; Rain or Shine
Address: Great Adventure; 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ
Cost: $40 – $15. Get Tickets Here. Free for non-drinkers. You can RSVP to the event on Facebook HERE

10 Events to Check Out this Weekend: Nov 7 – Nov 9, 2014

New Jersey Harvest Wine Festival – Nov 7

New Jersey Wine Festivals is thrilled to announce the 9th Annual Harvest Wine Festival on Friday, November 7, 2014 at the Hilton Short Hills Hotel, the recipient of  TripAdvisor’s acclaimed “Certificate of Excellence Award.” Cap off the fall season and sample 150+ wines picked by the Wine Library!  Try full-bodied reds, crisp whites, and a variety of  specialty wines from all over the world. Hone your wine tasting skills and get ready for the Holidays.Starting at 7-10pm, interact and meet up with other wine enthusiasts while listening to the sounds of live jazz.  Our 9th  Annual Harvest Wine Festival will be another great night of delicious wine, tasty food and good company.

Date: Friday, November 7th, 2014, 7pm to 10pm
Address:Hilton Short Hills Hotel; 41 John F Kennedy Parkway, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: $69+, Buy Tickets HERE
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9th Annual Teaneck International Film Festival Activism: Making Change - Nov 7 – 9

The film festival has developed a niche in the film festival circuit by establishing Activism/Making Change as a permanent theme. The festival features compelling and imaginative feature-length films, documentaries and shorts — from a variety of cultures; foster cross-cultural connections; and to honor talented young Bergen County filmmakers. Held in venues throughout the Teaneck area.

Dates: November 7th – 9th, 2014
Address: 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ
Cost: Each screening is $8 at the door, $6 in advance. $35 for weekend. Buy here
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Sherlock Holmes Weekend - Nov 7 – 9

New Mystery for 2014! “Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven.” Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson for a weekend of mystery and intrigue, Get into the spirit of things by donning Victorian attire. Stalk the gas lit streets in search of clues and compete for the $250 grand prize and a variety of other valuable gifts as you attempt to solve the mystery.

Dates: November 7th – 9th, 2014
Address: Inn of Cape May; 7 Ocean St., Cape May, NJ
Cost: SEARCH FOR CLUES TOUR ONLY: $15 ADULTS, $7.50 CHILDREN (Full weekend packages are available at $200 per couple or $105 per person)
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The Geeky Kink Event - Nov 7 – 9

As the world’s first full-scale, weekend-long event for geeky, nerdy, and otherwise brainy kinky people, the goal is to show you a ridiculously insanely good time.  See website for more info

Dates: November 7th – 9th, 2014
Address: The Radisson of Piscataway; 21 Kingsbridge Rd, Piscataway Township, NJ ‎
Cost: Get tickets HERE
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Art All Day – Nov 8

Trenton’s arts scene is on a roll, and there’s no better opportunity to see what the buzz is all about than Art All Day, Artworks’ free celebration of creativity throughout the city. Saturday, November 8 marks the third annual Art All Day, featuring open studio tours, demos, pop-up galleries, public art and more.

This year’s Art All Day will feature updated and convenient trolley routes, leaving from Artworks and connecting sites, new food truck offerings,Bike tours, live demonstrations, art and history talks, and other immersive activities will satisfy all levels of curiosity and adventurousness. Some of Trenton’s most illustrious artists and artisans will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss their technique.

Date: Saturday, November 8th, 2014
Address: 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Grape Adventure - Nov 8 & 9

The 5th Annual Grape Adventure features 14 wineries & vineyards. The event features Live Music, Food and Craft Vendors. Limited Safari Packages are available for a special tasting of reserve wines at Camp Aventura in the African Plains!

Dates: November 8th & 9th, 2014, 12 to 5pm
Address: Great Adventure; 1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson, NJ
Cost: $40 – $15. Get Tickets Here
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More Than Just Wine Trail – Nov 8 & 9

Join ten winery members of Vintage North Jersey to celebrate wine and food pairing. Visit each winery to taste wines perfectly paired with foods that accentuate the wine. Foods will be prepared by local restaurants and coupons will be available for complimentary items at restaurants.

Dates: November 8th & 9th, 2014
Address: See website
Cost: Depends on Vineyard
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Freehold Food Fest – Nov 9

Featuring some of New Jersey’s top, award-winning food trucks, a beer garden, music, special guest appearances and munch, munch more!

Date: Sunday, November 9th, Noon to 5pm
Address: iPlay America; 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Clifton Comic Book Expo – Nov 9

Comics from Golden Age to Bronze Age to the present Modern Age. The world’s friendliest dealers! No minimum bid auction around noon. Monthly shows since 1991!

Date: Sunday, November 9th, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Clifton Community Recreation Center, 1232 Main Ave, Clifton
Cost: Free
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Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market - Nov 9

The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market is a punk rock-inspired flea market that takes place three times per year. We include vendors selling everything from vintage clothing, original artwork, antiques, silkscreened posters and handmade jewelry to handmade tshirts, vintage toys, vinyl (of course) and numerous other interesting curiosities and unique collectibles.

Dates: Sunday, Nov 9th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Historic Roebling Building; 675 South Clinton Ave, Trenton, NJ
Cost: $4

Only 2 Hours Left to Win! The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival – Win 2 Free Tickets!

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 250 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, fire pits, music and an ugly sweater contest!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event! Contest ends at 8pm!

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook. I will check!
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen TONIGHT at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming to Sussex County, NJ!

After the resounding success of the Big Brew Beer Festival events in Morristown, New Jersey, and Westchester County, New York, the Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival will have its inaugural launch on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, NJ (Inside the Conservatory and Outside in the Courtyard).

Big Brew Sussex Winter Fest will feature:
Over 200 Unlimited Craft Beers
7 Gourmet Food Trucks (including  award-winning The Cow & The Curd and their Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, Empanada Guy, Fired Up Flatbread, Waffle De Lys, Oink & The Moo BBQ and The Taco Truck)
Music
Fire Pits
Ugly Sweater Contest

VIP ticket holders will enjoy:
Early admission
Over 20 additional special craft beers (available throughout the event)

Great food (served during the VIP extra hour) provided by VIP sponsors Forno Italiano of Sparta and Trinity in Newton

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $55 GA, $80 VIP, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on Nov 29th. Get Tickets HERE