• 15 Fall Events in New Jersey + Beyond {Within 1-2 Hours of Hoboken + Jersey City}

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    Now that fall is officially here, it’s finally acceptable to take advantage of the beautiful scenery, spooky Halloween fun, and lots of outdoor activities New Jersey has to offer. We’ve rounded up 15 different events that are taking place throughout the state {+ beyond} this fall 2018 season, all within 1-2 hours of Hoboken + Jersey City. Ranging from Morristown to just over the border in New York, these events are guaranteed to get you in the autumn spirit:

    Saturday, September 29th — Ales & Tails Oktoberfest {Turtleback Zoo, West Orange, NJ}

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    Tickets are on sale now for this event taking place on Saturday, September 29th from 6:00PM-9:00PM. Check out multiple seasonal beers, wine, spirits and all of the scenery that the Essex County Turtleback Zoo has to offer. Admission is $60 for adults. More info here.

    Sunday, September 30th — Hoboken Arts & Music Festival {Hoboken, NJ}

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    Happening on Sunday, September 30th from 11:00AM-6:00PM, get a taste of the 200+ vendors {fun accessories + tasty eats = winning} that will be in attendance along Washington Street {between Observer Highway + 7th Street}. More info here.

    Saturday, October 6th — Morristown Big Brew Beer Festival {The Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ}

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    This Morristown festival takes place on October 6th with two sessions {depending on when you want to get your, erm, buzz going} from either 12:00PM-4:00PM or 5:30PM-9:30PM, and includes tastings of 200+ craft beers as well as food vendors and live music. Tickets are currently available for $65, and purchasing before September 30th means a $5 discount on your price {score}. More info here.

    Saturday, October 6th + Sunday, October 7th — Pour & Pedal Bike Tour {Multiple NY & NJ locations}

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    Featuring tours in Long Island or several locations throughout New Jersey including Ringoes and New Egypt, booking is available on select dates in October {FYI: tickets available now for October 6th & 7th}. Admission per person is $130 {but make sure you also check out GILT before purchasing, which can be a great place to find discounted tour deals} and includes a bike for the day and a group stop at 2 nearby wineries plus beverage samplings & lunch – tours are about 10 miles with some hills, so be prepared to work a bit. More info here.

    Saturday, October 6th + Sunday, October 7th — Grand Harvest Wine Festival {Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Morristown, NJ}

    grand harvest wine fest

    Running on October 6th and 7th from 12:00PM-5:00PM, this is a great place to have a picnic with a few friends and sample from over 200 NJ wineries. Tickets are only $20 {day of tickets cost $25}, which will get you a souvenir wine glass perfect for sampling as well as access to delicious food trucks, bands, and craft stands, making for hours of wine-filled fun {sounds pretty good to us}. More info here.

    Saturday, October 6th + Sunday, October 7th — Festival of Fine Craft {Wheaton Arts Cultural Center, Millville, NJ}

    Running from 10:00AM-5:00PM on Saturday, October 6th and Sunday, October 7th, this festival features lots of local-made crafts and original works of art including paintings, ceramics, and jewelry; with the opportunity to make a few of your own crafts as well. Visitors can also check out the artist demonstrations like glassblowing and wood carving or relax in the beer and wine garden. Admission is just $10 for adults and $7 for students + children 5 and under. More info here.

    Now through Sunday, October 14th — Oktoberfest {Zeppelin Hall, Jersey City}

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    The advent of fall means its time to eat giant pretzels and drink lots of German beer – Zeppelin hall proves to be the best place to do that, offering live music on Fridays & Saturdays until October 14th. More info here.

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    Friday, October 12th + Saturday, October 13th — Morristown Festival of Books {Morristown, NJ}

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    Lit nerds unite! Featuring in-person author talks and book signings around the main town square, this festival takes place on Friday, October 12th and Saturday, October 13th. Featuring notable authors including Joyce Carol Oates and Kate Quinn, admission is free – but if you want to attend the Roaring Twenties closing event on Saturday night and go Gatsby-style, tickets are $20. More info here.

    Saturday, October 20th — Casino Pier Fall Festival {Seaside Heights, NJ}

    Head down to Seaside on October 20th from 12:00PM-3:00PM to attend this free event, which includes lots of arcade fun as well as activities for the kiddos like crafts and a costume contest. For more info, check out Facebook updates on the event at Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach.

    Friday, October 26th — Gardens Aglow at Essex County {Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Montclair, NJ}

    Running from 6:00PM-9:00PM on Friday, October 26th {rain date October 27th}, watch the gardens light up at dusk with jack o’lanterns carved by local high school art departments. Complete with refreshments like cider and kid-friendly activities, admission to this event is free. More info here.

    Now Through November — The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze {Van Cortlandt Manor, Croton-on-Hudson, NY}

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    Running from September – November {with weeknight tickets available} and featuring over 7,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns on a historical 18th-century property, get here early for this one because it does get crowded. The walking path is lined with a variety of pumpkin-lined scenes, including a pumpkin planetarium, a pumpkin carousel, and even a working grandfather clock made entirely of jack o’lanterns. More info here.

    Throughout October — Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns {Old Westbury Gardens, Peekskill, NY}

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    This yearly show is the perfect place to catch 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns arranged in a number of different spooky scenes as you stroll through beautiful Old Westbury Gardens. Tickets do sell out fast, so make sure you purchase now {$26 for adults, $22 for children 3+, and children under 2 get in free} for any of the nighttime shows in October – shows run every 15 minutes from 6:30PM-10:30PM Friday-Sunday. More info here.

    Now Through November — Ghost Tours of New Hope {Bucks County, PA}

    new hope ghost tour

    Drive a little further out of NJ {just over an hour} and check out these spooky tours offered every Friday & Saturday night in October for just $10pp {tours also offered on Halloween} through November. Tours meet at different locations depending on the type you pick and which spooky New Hope neighborhood you would like to learn more about, but all are guaranteed to creep you out, just a little. More info here.

    Through October — Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery {Warwick, NY}

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    With live music every Saturday and Sunday until the end of October, Warwick winery has plenty of outdoor food trucks for snacking as well as tastings of Doc’s Draft Ciders {made on the premises} and homemade wines & liqueurs {and check out their cheese plates, ya’ll}. More info here.

    Year-Round — New Meadowlands Market {Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ}

    Chances are you have driven past this enormous flea market next to Metlife Stadium, open every Saturday all year round. Fall weather is perfect for perusing this market, featuring everything from food to housewares and more for seriously affordable prices. More info here.

    See More: Easy DIY Fall Floral Centerpiece {You Can Make Today}

    What fall events are you most excited for this year? Share with us in the comments below and tag us in your adventures on Instagram @HobokenGirlBlog + #HobokenGirl <3

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    Lauren originally hails from Nutley, NJ but is happy and proud to have called Bayonne her hometown for the past 5 years, where she can always find a beautiful park to walk or run in and a great place to eat. Lauren has a deep appreciation for a good bar, a great glass of red wine, and good food, and often frequents Jersey City for dining, where she worked for 4 years. Now working in NYC, Lauren still gets her Jersey City fix on the weekends or after work, and then goes back to her apartment where she lives with her husband, a Bayonne native, and her awesome kitty, Lola. You can also find her at yoga class in Jersey City or Hoboken, writing, or reading {and continually running out of space for all of her books} in her spare time.


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