Italian Street Festival & Columbus Day Parade
Grant Avenue from Central Avenue to Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, NJ
Friday, October 5 - repeating every day through Sunday, October 7
The Italian festival features performers straight from Italy. Savor a weekend of delectable Italian specialties, arts and crafts, entertainment, and a parade that is bound to delight young and old alike. Find street vendors, food, crafters from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Columbus Day Parade starts at 1:00 pm Sunday on the Boulevard.
8th Annual Pet Costume Contest and Parade
Saturday, October 6 at 12:30 p.m.
All pets are welcome but dogs must be on a leash. All other pets must be in a secure container. Registration will take place from 11:00 am to 12:15pm at Municipal Field Gazebo. There is no fee to enter the parade, though participants are asked to bring a donation of unopened cat or dog food. Items will be donated to the Chester Food Pantry for pets. Parade will travel west on Main Street to Well Bred, 25 Main Street, for judging. Participants who miss the parade down Main Street may gather at Well Bred and will be considered for the Final Judging. Prizes awarded for most creative costume, silliest costume, best group costume, best small, medium, large dog, best owner/dog look-a-like, and best child (12 and under) and dog costume.
Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey
The Russ Berrie Center of Ramapo College
505 Ramapo Valley Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430
Saturday, October 6th - Competition at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 7th - Awards Ceremony at 2 p.m., Gala Performance at 2:30 p.m.
Lacing up ballet slippers or tap shoes, Youth Dance Festival of New Jersey competitors take the stage at Ramapo College. Dancers ages 9-25 will perform an exciting mix of choreography, including classical ballet, contemporary, jazz and various cultural dances. 11 am-5 pm; $10. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.
Free First Sundays
Zimmerli Art Museum
71 Hamilton Street
New Brunswick NJ 08901
Sunday, October 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission is FREE to all the first Sunday of every month. Scavenger hunts and the museum’s new Family Activity Guides are offered from 12:30 to 4pm and tours for children and adults are available at 1 and 2pm. Visit the Studio Z learning center throughout the day for self-guided learning and creativity.
Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild Live
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m.
Take a walk on the wild side when America’s favorite zookeeper, Jack Hanna, visits State Theatre this weekend! Jungle Jack’s infectious energy and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as an author, conservationist, and director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Purchase tickets here.
State Scare: Haunted Attraction
229 Main Street
Bellville, NJ 07109
Every weekend in October from 7 p.m. to 11:59 p.m.
All new this year, State Scare is the scariest indoor haunted attraction in New Jersey. Take a stroll down ‘Maim Street,’ a terrifying little thoroughfare built on the site of the old State Processing Factory, recently razed due to its evil activities. On Maim Street, you’ll find a creepy barber shop, butcher, pub, hotel and 5&10. Come and find out why shoppers are disappearing and Maim Street isn’t quite what it seems.Tickets are $20 ($2 coupon).
State Scare: Not-so-Scary Kids’ Sunday Matinee
229 Main Street
Bellville, NJ 07109
Sundays in October from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
During the month of October, State Scare will be offering 'Not So Scary' Kids Matinee, every Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets for children under 12 are $8 and any adult must be accompanied by a child
29th Annual Harvest Celebration
West Main Street
October 6 and 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine
You couldn’t pick a better way to spend a weekend! Come and enjoy this free all-day event in Historic Downtown Chester. Harvest Celebration Weekend activities include Colonial Musketeers: Fife and Drum Corp, kid’s games and pumpkin painting, scarecrow contest, pet costume contest and parade (Saturday only), kid's performers, antique car show, antique apple press demonstrations, live music, and great food!
And don't forget to catch events from our last Weekender that are still running...
"Heads" Art Exhibit
New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art 2 Bridge Avenue
Red Bank, NJ
New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art presents its newest exhibit, “Heads.” The exhibit will feature 50 new, large-scale paintings by Romanian artist Dumitru Gorzo. This marks Gorzo’s first exhibition in the United States. His paintings will be installed throughout various locations around downtown Red Bank. Exhibit runs until October 14 and admission is free.
Six Flags Great Adventure
1 Six Flags Boulevard
Jackson, NJ 08527
Start the Halloween season early and beat the lines. Fright Fest is in full haunting as of September 29 until October 28 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (check site for hours). Venture through the park's newest exhibits such as Voodoo Island and Wasteland.