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

11 Events to Check out This Week: Dec 4th – 7th, 2014

In addition to these events,  there is now a list of Winter Events and Festivals Resources on the menu of NewJerseyIsntBoring.com.

Beer for Heroes – Dec 4

Rinn Duin Brewing has teamed up with Hometown Heroes to bring you a premier tasting event. Rinn Duin is brewing an exclusive beer that will only be available at this event for sampling and purchase called “Honey Hero Pale Ale.” Proceeds will be going to Hometown Heroes whose primary mission in the community is to help people in a crisis. Tickets are available for purchase online, and also at the brewery prior to this event. The official hashtag to use all over social media is #BeerForHeroes.

Tickets are $25.00 per person and will include beer sampling, brewery tour, buffet dinner, and prizes. You are not going to want to miss this event!

Date: Thursday, December 4th, 2014; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Rinn Duin; 540 Rt 37 W, Toms River, NJ
Cost: $25. Get Tickets HERE

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Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza – Dec 5

The Merry Go-Go Shoppa-Palooza is a one-of-a-kind shopping event featuring local artisans, crafters, and a variety of vintage and collectible resellers, food, and more! Photos with Santa will be available.

Date: Friday, December 5th, 2014; 5pm-11pm
Address: Asbury Park VFW, 701 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $2, Free with non-perishable food item

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DerpyCon – Dec 5 – 7

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DerpyCon is a multi genre sci fi convention, celebrating the culture of science fiction, fantasy, animation, and beyond. DerpyCon 2014 will be located at the Hyatt Morristown in Morristown, NJ. The weekend event will have panels, LARPs, concerts, video gaming, cosplay, vendors, dances, table-top gaming, AMVs, and more!

Dates: Dec 5th – 7th, 2014
Address: Hyatt Morristown; 3 Speedwell Ave. Morristown
To register click Here
You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @DerpyCon
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Home for the Holidays, Yuletide Tour of Historic Salem, NJ – Dec 6

Historic Salem City is the oldest permanent English-speaking settlement in the Delaware Valley. Visit 14 Private Historic Homes, plus Churches & Museums featuring Demonstrations, Exhibits and Characters from the past. Shop for Antiques, local art and collectibles.

Date: Saturday, December 6th, 2014; 1pm to 6pm
Address: Broadway & Market St., Salem, NJ
Cost: $10 each prior to the tour and $15 the day of the tour. Reserve HERE
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Wine and Appetizers at Villa Milagro – Dec 6 & 7

It’s that time of year. Guests dropping in unexpectedly, office and school events to which you need to bring something. And you have no time! Come on out to sample delicious tidbits that are quick & easy to make for the holidays. We will show you how to make these treats from ingredients you have on hand. You can “eat’n’learn!” We will also discuss how to pair wines with appetizers to best compliment one another.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Villa Milagro Vineyard; 33 Warren Glen Road, Finesville, NJ
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Willow Creek Winery Sip & Shop Holiday Food Drive – Dec 6 & 7

Sip and sample wines while shopping and supporting local Cape May businesses, crafters, jewelers, and artists. They will also be collecting non-perishable food donations.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Willow Creek Winery; 160-168 Stevens St. West Cape May, NJ
Cost: Free to Attend
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Holiday Family Weekend at Terhune Orchards – Dec 6 & 7

Enjoy fun for the whole Family with wagon rides and visiting our barn yard of animals. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath. Start your holiday shopping. Unique selection of gift baskets, with Terhune Orchards fruit, baked goods, and even wine – perfect for anyone on your list! In the wine tasting room from noon – 5 pm, try our award winning wines and warm up with our hot mulled wine. Sample our delicious Gift Basket “ingredients” – homemade baked goods, cheeses, apple butter and more.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free admission, $5 tastings.
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Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market – Dec 6 & 7

2014 will be the 13th year of the Market and we continue to see expansion of vendors, entertainment and authentic German food again this year. The Lake Mohawk Country Club has embraced the market and utilized further real estate down the boardwalk area in addition to the Ballroom and the Papoose room for vendors to sell their quality wares. The entertainment venues will once more be both indoors and outdoors as visitors will be serenaded by various local groups lakeside. Come and enjoy this years festivities and consider using the Park & Ride option – since there will be a charge for premium parking at the Lake Mohawk Country Club car parking lot. Park & Ride to the Plaza from 2 locations within Sparta. For more details see Directions. All proceeds will be donated to charitable organizations.

Dates: December 6th (10am to 9pm) & 7th (10am to 5pm), 2014
Address: Lake Mohawk Boardwalk; 14 Boardwalk, Sparta, NJ
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Santa Paws –  Dec 7

A fundraising event by Holisticat Rescue and Rehabilitation and Homeless Animal Lifeline, hosted by South Brunswick Animal Hospital. 100% of the proceeds to benefit homeless animals. Pet photos with Santa, giveaways, cats and kittens for adoption, Ugly Sweater Contest for dogs!!, baked good, beverages, and merchandise for sale! We will be accepting donations of cat supplies (food, litter, toys, beds, etc.).

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: South Brunswick Animal Hospital; 879 Georges Ave, Monmouth Junction

For more information visit their Facebook Event

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Coming Home Rescue Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast – Dec 7

Coming Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit dog rescue organization, will host a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast at Applebee’s®, 435 Route 46 East, Dover, NJ, on Sunday, December 7, 2014, from 8am-10am to help raise funds to continue to save homeless animals. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children 6 and under. The meal includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and a choice of beverage (coffee, juice, soda or tea). Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Coming Home Rescue at 1-888-405-7221 or info@cominghomerescue.org. Tickets are also available at adoption events which are held nearly every Saturday in Morris, Essex and Passaic Counties. Santa will be in attendance at the breakfast and patrons interested in having a photo with him should bring a camera. Hand decorated Christmas ornaments ($7 each or two for $12) and iPad Air raffle tickets ($5 each) will also be available for purchase. For more information about the organization, available dogs and upcoming adoption events, visit www.cominghomerescue.org

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014; 8am to 10am
Address: Applebee’s; 435 Route 46 East, Dover, NJ,
Cost: $10 adult, $6 kids.
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Wayne Toy and Collectible Show – Dec 7

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The Wayne NJ Toy and Collectibles Show, which began in 1991, is New Jersey’s longest running toy collectibles show.  There are many things you can find at the show: Toys, Comics, Sports Cards, Sports Memorabilia and Autographs, Small Antiques, Action Figures, Movie Posters-Memorabilia and Autographs, Die-Cast-Cars, Trucks and Planes, Books and Magazines, Dime Store Toys, Gumball Machine and Vending Prizes, Trains, Dolls, DVD’s, Star Wars, PEZ, Corgi, Gi Joe, Hot Wheels, Mego, Barbi, Original Art, Vintage Military, Cap Guns, Monster, Sci-Fi and Horror Items and so much more.

It is held the first Sunday of every month, unless there is a holiday conflict. It is a $2 fee to get in, or free for kids under 12.

Date: Sunday, December 7th, 2014; 8am to 2pm
Address: Company #1′s Firehouse Banquet Hall; 97 Parish Drive Wayne, NJ
Cost: $2

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

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

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!

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 on Monday, November 3rd 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

11 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Oct 24 – 26, 2014

There are a lot of events to choose from this weekend, these are just a few I’m highlighting! Be sure to check out all the “Fall Events and Festivals – Resources” Section of the Website as well as Ghost Tours!

Chiller Theatre - October 24th-26th

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo, held twice a year at the Parsippany Sheraton aka the Tara Hotel in April and Oct, is your Premiere Convention for all things Cool! Chiller Theatre, with over 24 years in the business, is your #1 stop for the Best Celebrities, Dealers rooms that are second to none, a Rock n Roll Costume Party the Saturday Night of both events and in association with WPIX Channel 11 in NY, they’ve brought back the TV show you know and love every Halloween, namely CHILLER THEATRE movie night!

Dates: October 24th -26th, 2014
Address: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel- 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany
Phone: 973-515-2000
To get tickets click Here
For more information like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ChillerTheatre
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Zombie Outbreak – Oct 24 & 25


A mysterious plague is spreading like wildfire among the population causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. Not to fear, the Zombie Contingency Agency has been called into action to protect the public from the undead menace. Take shelter from the zombie horde in our fortified refugee center. All is well. What could possibly go wrong? Zombie Outbreak is part of the Operation Halloween event held Friday and Saturday, October 24-25 at the Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation At Brookville, NJ. In addition to the Zombie Outbreak attraction, Operation Halloween will feature the Jersey Devil Hayride and Pumpkin Street for kids.  Tickets are good for unlimited re-entry to all attractions for one day.  100% of profits will benefit the various participating non-profit groups.

Dates: Oct 24th – 25, 2014 (Begins at 7pm)
Address: Joseph A. Citta Scout Reservation; 229 Brookville Road, Barnegat Township
Cost: $10 at gate, $8 in advance. Buy  tickets HERE
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Atlantic City Cinefest/Downbeach Film Festival: Oct 24 – 26

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The mission of the Downbeach Film Festival/Atlantic City Cinefest is to present a cultural event for residents of and visitors to the communities of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Margate, Longport, Ocean City and beyond.

The festival promotes new films, as well as filmmakers and actors, all in an effort to celebrate the art form of moviemaking. We are rooted in the celebration of independent and studio film, and the creation of a form where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work.

Our event also provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring.

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Blend Central Jersey Beer Fest – Oct 25

Tickets will include beer, a pig roast, live music, and much, much more!

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 1pm to 5pm
Address: Blend Bistro & Bar, 911 Route 33, Hamilton, NJ
Cost: $15 to $55, But Tickets Here
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October Beerfest 5K – Oct 25

Come RUN, PLAY, DRINK, EAT, PARTY with us and for once you can justify your beer guzzling, game playing, hot dog eating habits – all by running a 5K first! ​

Your registration gets you:
Access to our 5K course complete with Beer Stations OR entry into the Lawn Games Tourney OR Both!
Picnic Party with Hot Dogs, Beer, and Lawn Games
​Music by Nightmoves DJs
Prizes in surprise categories
Official “Here’s To Me!” October Beerfest shirt!

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 10am to 3pm
Address: Rahway River Park, Clark, NJ
Cost: $25+. Register HERE
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South Jersey Geek Fest - Oct 25

SJ Geek fest is a celebration of your geekery featuring comics, tabletop games, video games, youtubers, cosplayers and more.

Date: Oct 25, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Woodbury Heights Community Center; 741 Helen Ave, Woodbury, NJ
Cost: Admission is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. To get tickets click here
For more information like them on Facebook
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Zombie Crawl at the Lake Hopatcong Elks – Oct 25

Zombies, Vampires, and undead creatures of all kinds are expected to turn out in full make up. Open to Monster enthusiasts of all ages! Participants will crawl along a 1 mile haunted trail. The walking undead will cease their lumbering at 6pm.  6-10pm is the After-Life Party. Music, food, fun, & more! Contests for best costume, best group, & more.For more info or to sign up contact the organizers by email: bpoe782@optonline.net. All proceeds benefit the Lake Hopatcong Elks, Special needs children, and youth charities.

Date: Saturday, October 25th, 2014; 4pm
Address: Lake Hopatcong Elka Lodge; 201 Howard Blvd., Mt. Arlington, NJ
Cost:  $10 in donations to crawl, $30 in donations includes a ticket to the after-life party, a crawl t-shirt, and a $5 food voucher.
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Toast Your Way Into Fall Festival at Jakes Branch Park- Oct 25 & 26

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Toast your way into the fall season at New Jersey’s best new wine festival! The “Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park” will be taking place this Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 from 12 noon to 5pm daily in Beachwood, NJ.   The Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park will feature 10 of New Jersey’s finest wineries including: Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa Winery, DiMatteo Vineyard, Plagido’s Winery, Renault Winery, Sharrott Winery, Tomasello Winery, Valenzano Winery, Ventimiglia Vineyard, and Wagonhouse Winery.  Wineries will be offering samples and sales of more than 150 wines, including their very best varietals and seasonal favorites.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble Road, Beachwood NJ
Cost: $12 in advance, $15 (Cash only) at door. Tickets can be purchased HERE
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Halloween at Sharrott Winery – Oct 25 & 26

Scary tunes, people in costumes, tricks and treats – and hot wine! That’s the way we celebrate Halloween at Sharrott Winery. Stop by the Tasting Room for Halloween fun; complimentary tastings for everyone in costume. Also enjoy Live Music on our patio from 1 pm to 4 pm both days.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S Egg Harbor Rd, Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Hallowine Weekend - Oct 25 & 26

Dress up for a free tasting, “Costume” Wine Labels, Pumpkin Give-away, Mulled Wine, Cheesecake & Pumpkin Butter Tastings. Don’t let the kids have all the fun this All Hallows’ Eve. It’s the grown-ups turn to have a good time on the vineyard at our HalloWINE Weekend. It will be a SCREAM! Come in costume and get a complimentary wine tasting. Take a picture at our “costume” label station and get it put on a bottle of wine. Sample Pecan Pumpkin Butter from Muirhead Foods and Pumpkin Cheesecake from Maddalenas.

Dates: October 25 & 26, 2014, Noon to 5pm
Address: Old York Cellars; 80 Old York Rd. Ringoes, NJ
Cost: Free with Costume
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Smithville Zombie Walk  – Oct 26


Vendors, entertainment and prizes. Zombies walk at 6pm. Free! No registration required! When Hell is full…zombies will walk Smithville! Join us for a day of vendors, music, entertainment and prizes. This is an all day event. Zombies will walk at 6pm. Raffle Of The Living Dead at 6:30 pm. Come dressed as a zombie (or zombie hunter) and participate for free, or have your make up done in front of Underground for $5. No registration required. Every person in costume receives a free raffle ticket at Underground. Itinerary will be posted on this page as info becomes available.

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Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014
Address: Village Greene at Historic Smithville
Cost: Free to Attend

20 (!) Events to Check out This Week/Weekend: Oct 9 – 12, 2014

Fall Harvest and Wine Festival – Oct 9

SAVE THE DATE for the Camden Children’s Garden First Annual Fall Harvest & Wine Festival. Taste over 15 wines from Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, enjoy live music, sample hors d’oeuvres showcasing seasonal ingredients from local eateries, and browse hand-made crafts all while taking in the fall scenery at the Garden. For guests 21+ only.

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Camden’s Children Garden; 3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost:  $35 per person, $60 a couple. To purchase tickets, please call: 856-365-8733.
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Fashion Field Launch Party – Oct 10

Fashion Field LLC and Motor Media in association with The Headliner present an exciting evening of style on October 10th. This night will include a fashion show featuring Setata and DiLaRu Boutique with performances by DJ Skribble, Louie Devito, and DJ Vicious Vic.  Invite only fashion show at 7pm and the after party open to the general public at 10pm at The Headliner, 1401 Route 35, located in Neptune, NJ 07753.

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014; 7pm,, after part at 10pm
Address: The Headliner; 1401 Route 35, Neptune, NJ
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 day of. Age 21+
You can get tickets HERE
RSVP to the Event on Facebook HERE
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Canal’s 5th Annual SJ Oktoberfest – Oct 10

The 5th annual event, benefiting the American Red Cross SJ Chapter, will take place  from 7 pm – 10 pm at the 1000-person-capacity majestic Masso’s Orchard Garden. This year’s presenting sponsors are Canal’s of Glassboro, and the South Jersey Times and Washington Township Times newspapers and NJ.com. NJ Social Affair Permit No.14005424. Tickets to the event are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Ticket purchase includes: all food sampling, beer and wine sampling, party favors, DJ, dancing, live entertainment, contests and prizes and all event festivities-benefiting the American Red Cross SJ Chapter. Patrons must be 21 to attend. Reserve Now On-Line! Visit the website for more information.

Date: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 7pm to 10pm
Address: Masso’s Orchard Garden, 210 Delsea Dr. S., Glassboro, NJ
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Get tickets HERE
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South Jersey Pumpkin Show – Oct 10 – 12

The 11th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the fall harvest this October 10-12, 2014, hosted at the Salem County Fairgrounds. South Jersey Pumpkin Show was created out of the love of pumpkins and the fall harvest from Millville residents Kathryn & Leslie (Beau) Wright. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show was voted by CBS of New York as one of the best fall festivals in New Jersey The event’s theme for 2014 is “Enjoy all things Pumpkin” and the festival will showcase a giant pumpkin pyramid, Big Pumpkin Weigh-Off, pumpkin wine sampling, pumpkin foods, dessert contest, pumpkin themed pageant, pumpkin contests.

Dates: October 10th – 12th, 2014
Address: Salem County Fairground; 735 Harding Hwy., Rt. 40, Woodstown, NJ
Cost:  Free
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The Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown – Oct 11

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The Big Brew Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ. The event is split up into 2 sessions, an afternoon and evening session. VIP tickets are available.There will be over 200 Craft Beers – featuring fall seasonal brews, with unlimited tastings. This is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to meet, hang out, discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives.

General Admission Tickets at the door (if still available): Session 1 – $65, Session 2 – $65
– Access to unlimited beer tastings of over 200 craft beer selections.
– Souvenir tasting glass

VIP Tickets at the door (if still available): Session 1 – $95, Session 2 – $95
-Access to unlimited beer tastings of over 200 craft beer selections.
-An extra hour of tasting (Session 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm; Session 2: 6:00pm to 7:00 pm)
-Over 25 special and rare, VIP-only brews in roped-off VIP Lounge (available to VIPs throughout the entire session)
-Beer-infused hors d’oeuvres served buffet-style during the VIP extra hour (Session 1: 12:00pm-1:00pm; Session 2: 6:00pm to 7:00 pm)
-Souvenir tasting glass

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Times:  Session 1 – VIP: 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM; GA: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM; Session 2: VIP: 6:00 PM – 10.30 PM; GA: 7:00 PM – 10.30 PM
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60, $65 at door, VIP $90, $95 at door

There is a designated driver ticket for $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
For tickets visit Here.. $10 off admission code: NJISNTBORING
You can also get more information on their Facebook and Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

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Oktoberfest Food Truck Mash Up – Oct 11

The Food Truck Mash-Up is returning to Bergen County, this time in an Oktoberfest theme. The event will include food trucks, entertainment and vendors.  Free admission.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 5pm to 11pm
Address:  Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment; 1 Racetrack Drive,  East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Montclair’s Dog Walk of the Dead – Oct 11

New Jersey’s only zombie dog walk to help benefit The Montclair Animal Shelter (MAS) returns on October 11th 2014 Erie Park Montclair, NJ.When there’s no more room in Hell the dead will walk their Dog! Join us again this October at Erie Park in Montclair, NJ for zombies, dogs & mayhem to benefit MAS. Vendors, music, pet friendly restaurants, and a pet costume contest will all lead to our Z-Walk. . This is a FREE event.

Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @DogWalkoftheDead

Date: October 11th, 2014, Noon to 3pm
Address: Erie Park, Montclair, NJ
Cost: Free
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Heart of the Shore World Premiere – Oct 11

On Saturday, October 11th Hometown Heroes presents, “Heart of the Shore”, A Film Documentary of Superstorm Sandy. The film will be presented by Emmy nominated Cliff Charles of “When the Levee Breaks” a Katrina Story.

Date: Saturday,  October 11, 2014; 6:15pm Doors Open: 5:30 PM
Address: Seaside Park Beach Corner of Ocean Ave & Stockton Ave, Seaside Park, NJ
Cost: FREE!

Learn more about the film on their Website, Facebook & Twitter @HeartoftheShore
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The Witches Ball – Oct 11

This outdoor event is a one of a kind opportunity for adults to dress up and act like, well, whatever they want! Surrender yourself to the atmosphere and detail while all around you performances blend with the patrons as the night progresses. A diverse collection of music, art and revels await those who have the inclination and imagination to take part. Costumes are encouraged. Be elaborate, be imaginative and be different. More than witches are welcome. Delve deep into the genres of Fantasy, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, Steampunk, Pirate, Goblin, Gothic, Horror, Carnival, Celtic and Faerie lore. Visit the ‘Gypsy Village’ and find out what lies ahead of you in your future. Compete in the Costume Contest. Visit the “Bizarre Bazaar” for unique wares. This event is suggested for over 16. -

Dates: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 6pm to 11pm
Address:  Mill Race Village; Church Street, White Street, Mount Holly, NJ
Cost: Free
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Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival – Oct 11

The Festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism, arts & 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.

Dates: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds, Livestock Buildings; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ
Cost: Free
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Ocean Grove’s Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show – Oct 11

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.  Rain or shine.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: 45 Pilgrim Pathway, Main Avenue Business District, Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: Free
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50th Annual Bergen County Art in the Park Show – Oct 11

A free show with about 100 adult visual artists juried exhibition of diverse artistic expression from northern NJ arts community. The 5 juried categories will be: Acrylics/Oils; Drawings/Prints/Pastels; Mixed Media; Watercolors; and Photography. Special concert by the Klezmer-Bluegrass All Stars from 12:30 – 3:30 pm.  Audience chairs available on a first come-first serve basis.  11 am – 3:30 pm. Rain date: Oct. 12.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 11am to 3:30pm
Address: Van Saun County Park; 216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ
Cost: Free
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Mullica Hill Ghost Walk - Oct 11

Join the Harrison Township Historical Society for our ever-popular Ghost Walk. Explore Mullica Hill’s haunted history as you walk past the historic houses and public buildings along Main Street during the 1 and 1/2-hour guided tour. Tours will depart from outside blueplate restaurant, 47 South Main Street, every 10 minutes beginning at 6:30 pm. . Please visit harrisonhistorical.com for purchasing details. If you require an early tour time, be sure to get your tickets as far in advance as possible as they sell out first.

Dates: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; Begins at 6:30pm
Address: Blueplate Restaurant; 47 S. Main St., Mullica Hill, NJ
Cost: $7; buy in advance HERE
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Unionville Vineyards Fall Festival – Oct 11

Set in bucolic Hunterdon County, Unionville Vineyards consistently produces award-winning wines. At the annual fall festival, the winery welcomes thousands of visitors, who come to celebrate the harvest and taste amazing wines. Wine lovers and future wine enthusiasts will find plenty to do. Each adult ticket includes a wine tasting and complimentary glass. Winery tours and vineyard walks are offered throughout the day, and visitors will get the chance to engage with the entire winemaking team! Guests can attend talks by key figures in the New Jersey food and wine industry. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Unionville Vineyards offers the ultimate chance to relax on 90 acres of idyllic farmland.

Date: Saturday, October 11th, 2014; 12pm to 6pm
Address: Unionville Vineyards; 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, New Jersey
Cost: $20; Get tickets HERE
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Cape May Wine Festival – Oct 11 & 12

Held adjacent to the classic Cape May Winery & Vineyard, cherish the last whisper of the summer shore season with 20 premier New Jersey wineries, delicious shore-inspired foods, and terrific live music. $25 per person, $20 in advance if purchased online

Dates: October 11 & 12, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Cape May Winery; 711 Townbank Rd, North Cape May, NJ
Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at gate. Buy tickets Here
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Secrets of the Deep Exhibition featuring The Art of Dr. Seuss – Oct 11 & 12

A whimsical and historic exhibition highlighting 70 years of Dr. Seuss’s creativity and artwork. “Secrets of the Deep,” featuring a compelling selection of artworks from The Art of Dr. Seuss. This fascinating look at the art and life of Theodor Seuss Geisel includes gallery receptions featuring noted Dr. Seuss expert Jeff Schuffman from 7 – 10 pm on Sat., Oct. 11 & 1 – 4 pm on Sun, Oct. 12. -

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, NJ
Cost: Free
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Allentown Fall Festival Beer Garden – Oct 11 & 12

The Allentown Lions Club will be hosting a Craft Beer Garden at this years Fall Festival on October 11&12. We will be pouring a selection of local brews from River Horse, Yards, Sixpoint, Dogfish, and Weyerbacher. The Fall Festival features live music, food trucks, classic cars, craft vendors, A civil war camp and reenactment and activities for kids. All proceeds for Beer sales got to benefit the Allentown Lions Club and are used to fund AHS scholarships, the Mememorial Day Parade, The Easter Egg Hunt, and other local efforts!

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: 19 Main St, Allentown, NJ
Cost: $5 per our 16oz pour
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Vernon Harvest Festival - Oct 11 & 12

Enjoy live music, wine tasting, and awesome BBQ while taking in the breathtaking fall foliage. Shop over 30 area farmers markets and crafters for delicious fresh fare, fine handcrafted pottery and art, handmade soaps, honey, preserves, artisanal breads and much more.  Plus, kids will love the pony and hay rides, pumpkin painting and a petting zoo!

Dates: October 11th & 12th, 2014
Address: The Farm; 135 Rt. 94, Vernon, NJ
Cost: FREE
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Belvidere Harvest Festival – Oct 12

The Fun Family Activities include but not limited too …

* Sack Races   * Hay Ride   * Pony Ride   * Mechanical Bull Ride   * Face Painting   * Bounce House   *Readings with Ms. Gerrie   * Sand Art   * Pumpkin Patch   * Pumpkin Bowling   * Caricatures  * Lasso & Whip Demonstration  * Food Vendors   * Assorted Vendors & Other Family Friendly Activities

Date: Sunday, October 12th, 2014; Noon to 4pm
Address: Garrett D. Wall Park (The Square); 2nd St., Belvidere, NJ
Cost: Free
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Riverside Fall Festival - Oct 12

Bring your families and take part in the festivities. There will be: makin’ bacon in the smokehouse, LIVE Bluegrass music, tours of the buildings with architectural historian Dennis Bertland. Plus pumpkin painting, corn husk dolls, storytelling by the campfire and MORE. Chili, artesian bread, donuts and cider will be served … while it all lasts! Admission, activities and food are FREE! Rain or Shine.

Date: Sunday,October 12th, 2014; 1pm to 4pm
Address: Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site; Rt. 46, Ramseyburg Rd., Columbia, NJ
Cost: Free

13 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Oct 4th & 5th, 2014

Annual Highlands Oktoberfest – Oct 4

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The 14th Annual Highlands Oktoberfest returns on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 2pm – 9pm at Veterans Park. Modeled on the traditional Munich, Germany Oktoberfest with an emphasis on eating; drinking and being merry while providing something for everyone. Authentic German food, children’s activities, crafters, live music, dancing and other great entertainment.  Executive Chef Butch Greenwaldt formerly of the Hofbrauhaus is preparing the menu with plenty of traditional German favorites hot off the grill such as bratwurst, knockwurst, kraut, potato pancakes, goulash, sauerbraten and Bavarian noodles along with other tasty fare to please the kids and those less adventurous. Quench your thirst with plenty of Oktoberfest Beers, both light and dark.

Admission and Parking is Free.
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Asbury Park Zombie Walk – Oct 4


Last year, The New Jersey Zombie Walk shattered records, proving to the world that the Jersey Shore lives. We showed what it really means to be strong and we are a community built of many amazing people…or should we say zombies? Are you ready to stumble the streets of Asbury Park in the name of a zombie’s favorite thing….BRAINS?

Like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @NJZombieWalk

Date: October 4th, 2014; Begins at 10am
Address: Asbury Park Boardwalk; Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Glassboro Craft Beer Festival – Oct 4

The Glassboro Craft Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 from 1pm to 5pm on Rowan Boulevard in downtown Glassboro. This event features a sampling of a wide variety of craft beers from all over the country, along with food, fun, live entertainment and vendors tailored to craft beer enthusiasts.

Date: October 4th, 2014; 1 to 5pm
Address: 201 Rowan Boulevard , Glassboro, NJ
Cost: $30 to $40. $5 for non-drinkers. Get tickets HERE
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Harborfest – Oct 4th


Chowder contest, Clam Eating contest, Blessing of the Fleet, Daisy Jug Band and food vendors.

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Marina Park; 347 42nd Place, Sea Isle City, NJ
Cost: Free
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Wildwoods Seafood and Music Festival – Oct 4th

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce will host a free street fair from 10 am – 8 pm on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues, Wildwood. Live music, crafters, food vendors, pie eating contest & much more! Two stages of free musical entertainment.  A “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounces will take place from noon – 4 pm.

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014
Address: Atlantic Ave., Wildwood Ave., Wildwood, NJ
Cost: Free
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Oktoberfest on Historic Jackson St – Oct 4


Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition on Historic Jackson Street as it is transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens and browse the artisans tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles.

Date: Saturday, October 4th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Jackson St, Cape May, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Food Trucks and Fire Pits – Oct 4 & 5

Once again food and wine lovers will converge at the Laurita Winery in New Egypt for a Laurita Winery Gourmet Food Trucks weekend. Experience the trending Gourmet Food Truck offerings while sipping on wine! Live music all day and the gathering of good friends will make this day special. Enjoy gourmet treats from the tri-state area’s top food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the view of the vineyard. No pets or outside food allowed. Admission includes parking, shuttle service and entrance to the event

Dates: October 4th & 5th, 2014
Address: 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost:  Event Admission fee $8 per person Saturday or Sunday.  Buy tickets here. 12 and under are free, children are welcome! Tickets can be purchased the day of.

Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @NJLauritaWinery
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Hammonton Fall Festival – Oct 4 & 5


Over 40 seasonal craft beers and ciders to try out. Live Music by The Benderz, Goodman Fiske and Mesquite Honey.  DJ Ralph D’Amelio form the Tropicana Tango Bar in Atlantic City. Over 60 crafters and food vendors.

Dates:  October 4th & 5th, 2014; Begins at Noon
Address:Mt. Carmel Fairgrounds; 3rd & French Sts., Hammonton, NJ
Cost: Free Admission & Parking
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25th Annual Cranberry Festival - Oct 4th & 5th

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This is one of the largest Juried Craft Shows in New Jersey. Over 125 vendors featuring the finest craftsmen in the region come to sell their creations from fine arts, pottery, homemade pastries, jams, wines, jewelry and clothing. Enjoy the vintage car show on Saturday and live music and entertainment for everyone all weekend.

Dates: October 4th and 5th, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: 200 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown City, NJ
Cost: Free
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Oktoberfest in Historic Smithville – Oct 4th & 5th

Oktoberfest has over 100 juried crafters, an international food court, music, kids activities, non-profit organizations and more!

Dates: October 4th and 5th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: 615 E. Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ
Cost: Free
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26th Annual Chowderfest Weekend – Oct 4th & 5th

This family fun festival features live music, activities and unlimited Chowder tasting with the opportunity for each ticket holder to vote for their favorite red and white chowder. It has become a tradition for family and friends to gather together to say good bye to summer and welcome in the fall. Always the weekend before Columbus Day Weekend, this year join us on October 4, 2014, for the fabulous Merchant Mart (free admission) where local vendors offer the best deals of the season and Sunday for the Chowder Cook Off Classic.

Dates: October 4th and 5th, 2014; 11am to 4pm
Address: Little League Field; 9th St. & Taylor Ave., Beach Haven, NJ
Cost: Free for the Merchant Mart on Oct 4th, Oct 5th – $20+. Buy tickets HERE
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Grand Harvest Wine Festival - Oct 4 & 5

20 New Jersey wineries will take a break from the intensity of the Autumn harvest to celebrate the latest and greatest vintages of New Jersey wine at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris County. Bands, food trucks, arts and crafts all will highlight a terrific family friendly event.

Dates: October 4 & 5, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown, NJ
Cost:  $20 (additional service charge applies; $25 at the Gate. Two Day Pass – $40 (21 or older). Buy tickets Here
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Pig and Prince Oktoberfest – Oct 5

FEATURED BREWERS:
High Point Brewing Co. (Ramstein) – Brooklyn Brewery – Flying Dog
River Horse – Carton Brewing Co.  – Kane BRewing Co. – Weyerbacher
Ommegang – Docs Hard Cider

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FEATURING:
“The Defending Champions”
http://www.thedefendingchampions.com

Date: Sunday, October 5th, 2014; 12pm to 7pm
Address: Pig & Prince; 1 Lackawanna Plaza. Montclair, NJ 07042
Cost: $20; $5 per token

14 Events to Check Out this Weekend – Sept 25 – 28, 2014

Golden Door International Film Festival: September 25th – 28th

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The Golden Door Film Festival was founded by actor Bill Sorvino on the dream of giving every filmmaker the opportunity or “Golden Door” to be on equal footing.  We are an elite festival but we are far from elitist! We believe that all selected films to our festival’s program, deserve equal treatment and so do the filmmakers, actor and crew behind them.  The name Golden Door Film Festival was derived from the poem by Emma Lazarus which adorns the base of the Statue of Liberty (in Jersey City waters!). The final line of that poem reads “I lift my lamp beside the golden door”.   Jersey City is that golden door and Ellis Island (also in Jersey City waters) served as the door to opportunity for several decades.

Set with the backdrop of the beautiful Manhattan skyline, this four day film festival holds the opportunity for filmmakers, actors and crew to network with colleagues and share their work with the public in the heart of the NYC indie filmmaking landscape. Screenings, after parties and gala celebrations all take place within some of the most beautiful local treasures Jersey City has to offer. Located immediately next to downtown Manhattan, Golden Door Film Festival is an indie filmmakers dream come true. The festival affords all filmmakers the opportunity to be on an equal plane; from the burgeouning helmer to the most well known actors and established directors and producers today.

Dates: September 25th – 28th, 2014. View Schedule HERE
Address: 31 Glenwood Ave Jersey City, NJ
Cost: $10+. View all options and purchase tickets HERE
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Sea Isle City Food Truck Fest – Sept 26-28

The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival is a three-day festival in the popular “shoulder” season of Cape May County. It will take place on Sept. 26-28, on the property of Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City. The property is home to a number of other popular events, including Sea Isle City’s Columbus Day Weekend Italian Festival and the Sea Isle City Craft Beer and Rock Fest. The event itself will feature up to a dozen food trucks, vendors, live entertainment, family fun, and more. The focus is to bring all of the hottest food trucks in the Tri-State Area., the best sweets along the Cape May seashore, along with the top crafts in food and cooking related products.

For more info follow them on Facebook and Twitter @Seaislecityfood

Dates: September 26th – 28th, 2014
Address: Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave. in Sea Isle City
Cost: Free admission
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New Heights Festival - Sept 26 – 28

All events are free admission – featuring live music, action sports and more. Surf, SUP & Wakeboard events Surf & SUP clinics, Yoga & Tai Chi on the beach, live music, freestyle BMX, and skateboard stunt shows, elite amateur boxing matches, vendor village, fireworks, and more.

Dates: September 26th – 28th, 2014
Address: 901 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Beer on the Pier Festival in Belmar – Sept 27

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What beats spending the afternoon sampling a wide array of the best craft beer from across New Jersey, the US and the globe, while enjoying the cool breezes and scenic vistas of the Shark River Inlet at Belmar Marina? The Second Annual Beer on the Pier festival will be help on Saturday, September 27th,2014 at the Belmar Marina; K Street Pier. The festival features over 40 labels (12 oz or more) with representatives on hand. Food provided by 9th Ave Pier.A great way to say goodbye to summer and support the Belmar Relief Fund.

Date: Saturday, September 27th, 2014; Two sessions: 12:30-3:30pm and 4:00-7:00pm
Address: Belmar Marina; K Street Pier, Belmar, NJ
Cost: $35 before Sept 26th, $40 at the Gate. $10 Designated Driver. Get Tickets HERE
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Capital City Food Truck Battle – Sept 27

All-star collection of the best food trucks in the Tristate area compete for the first ever CAPITAL CITY FOOD TRUCK BATTLE!  Competition will be fierce! Bragging rights will be earned! Stomachs will be filled! Locally designed and sourced trophy from the Trenton’s AbominOg Intl. Arts Collective www.abominog.org. Cash prize for the winner. Beer garden and wine bar located in the courtyard of Trenton Social. Trucks will be parked and served in the Trenton Social parking lot.

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014; 11am – 7pm
Address: Trenton Social; 449 S Broad St, Trenton, New Jersey 08611
Cost: $5
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Hamilton Park BBQ Festival – Sept 27

Hamilton Park BBQ Festival is an Annual Event in September at Hamilton Square, Jersey City. Full of BBQ, vendors, live bands, fun and excitement, it is NOT to be missed!! Proceeds of the BBQ Festival support the Hamilton Park Conservancy!

Date: Saturday. September 27th, 2014; Noon to 8pm
Address: 232 Pavonia Ave, Jersey City, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Read Between  the Vines – Sept 27

Come and mingle with your favorite Adult/NA authors while enjoying tastings of wine! Join us September 27th, 2014 at 12 PM for one of the sassiest author events to hit New Jersey! Hosted by Ginger Sharp, the day will be filled with a book signing, wine tastings, giveaways, and more!  Must be 18 or older to mingle, 21 and over to drink. Ticket price includes wine tasting and buffet lunch. Glasses of wine are also available for purchase. This event will be held at Plagido’s Winery, in Hammonton, NJ. http://plagidoswinery.com

Date: Saturday, September 28th; Begins at Noon
Address: Plagido’s Winery; 570 N. First Road, Hammonton, NJ
Cost:$25 General Admission Tickets available until September 26th, 2014. $30 at the door day of show if not sold out
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Foodshed Alliance Wine and Food Festival - Sept 27 & 28

Sponsored by Alba Vineyard and Wegmans to benefit the Foodshed Alliance, the Garden State’s best wineries will join forces with the state’s premium wine wholesalers to pour their finest estate wines at the first annual Foodshed Alliance Wine and Food Festival at Alba Vineyard on September 27 and 28, 2014, from noon to 5 p.m..

The festival is the vineyard’s largest charitable event of the year with 100% of the proceeds going to the Foodshed Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening local food systems that nourish people, sustain farmers, respect lands, and build a resilient food economy.

In staying true to the Foodshed Alliance’s mission, the festival will feature:

  • New Jersey’s most reputable chefs who will present cooking demonstrations, lectures and samples.
  • Local celebrity cookbook authors as well as farmers will also share tips and strategies on how to best prepare, preserve and enjoy food locally produced in New Jersey.
  • Tours of the vineyard will be ongoing throughout the even

Dates: Sept 27th & 28th, 2014; 12 to 5pm
Address: Alba Vineyard, Milford NJ
Cost: $25 in advance, $25 at door. Buy Tickets Here
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16th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend – Sept 27 & 28

Keeping with tradition, the Oktoberfest will focus on celebrating traditional music, native dress and a special Oktoberfest beer only available for a short time. Authentic German foods including bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut and smoked pork chops will be offered along with tasty apple strudel, delicious beehive cake, authentic plum cake, and more. The weekend long event will offer non-stop entertainment. The Adler’s, a notable German Band will perform familiar German tunes and will be accompanied by spectacular dancers, bell ringers and water goblet musicians. Activities for kids will include Pony Rides, Rock Climbing Wall, Obstacle Course, Super Slide, and more. RAIN OR SHINE!

Dates: September 27th – 28th, 2014; Noon to 8pm
Address: Chubb Park; Rt. 24 W., Chester, NJ
Cost:  $6, 12 and under Free.
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Waterfront Wine and Food Festival – Sept 27 & 28

The festival will feature multiple tastings from nine wineries: Renault, Natali, Amalthea Cellars, Auburn Road Vineyards, Coda Rossa, Di Matteo Vineyard, Plagidos, Sharrot and Wagonhouse.

Dates: Sept 27th & 28th, 2014; Noon to 5pm
Address: Lake Lenape Park East; 753 Park Road, Mays Landing, New Jersey
Cost: $20 – $40. Buy Tickets Here
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Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival– Sept 28


The Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival is back on Sunday, September 28th (Rain Date Oct 5), 2014 from noon – 7pm. A huge family food and music festival featuring Red Bank’s top restaurants as well as entertainment with live music!    It will also be a family friendly event, with activities for the kids. Top bands performing on two stages with a mix of Irish music, blues, funk and rock and roll.  There will be tons of GUINNESS and fresh OYSTERS plus 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants. The festival will be held in the White Street Parking Lot. The Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival is a fundraiser for the Jane H. Booker Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center, The Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ, and Red Bank RiverCenter.

The after-party begins at 7PM at THE DUBLIN HOUSE, 30 Monmouth Street, adjacent to the festival site.

Date: September 28th, 2014; Noon to 7pm
Address: White Street Parking Lot, Red Bank, NJ
Cost: Admission is $5.00 for anyone over age 10.
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BBQ Showdown – Sept 28

Join the City of South Amboy and iRun New Jersey for the hottest BBQ festival in Central New Jersey. Previous food events at the Park have drawn thousands so plan to get there early! BBQ Showdown features the best Gourmet BBQ Food Vendors in the area with plenty of retail vendors, exhibitors, workshops and activities. There will be live music on stage all day, with the bands After the Reign, the Mark Miklos Band, Kentucky Rifles, AJ Jansen, and 11:56. The event is emceed by WCTC’s radio host, Bert Baron.  Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, families, friends and most of all, your appetites! Event is Rain or Shine!

Date: Sunday, September 28th, 2014; 10am to 5pm
Address: Raritan Bay Waterfront; Keenan Way, South Amboy, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival – Sept 28

Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and local crafters, as well as local businesses, restaurants, food vendors and more. Plus 3 stages of live music and a special children’s section with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art and more.  Rain or Shine.

Date: Sunday, September 28th, 2014, 11am to 6pm
Address: Between Observer Hwy. & 7th S, Washington St., Hoboken, NJ
Cost: Free Admission
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Harvest Home Festival – Sept 28

An old-fashioned country fair reminiscent of the 1890s. It takes visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each other’s company. It calls not only for the exhibition of the best products that have been grown and the best needlework that has been done in the community, but also for games, athletic contests and similar features of recreational or educational value. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework, baked goods to homegrown vegetables. Each person entering in a competition will have a chance to win a prize ribbon.

Date: Sunday, September 28th, 2014; 11am to 5pm
Address: Historic Longstreet Farm; 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel, NJ
Cost: Free to Attend