Events and Activities in Northwest New Jersey

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Wednesday, 31; Pittstown

THE ANNUAL GREAT TOMATO TASTING. Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Master Gardener volunteers offer over eighty heirloom and hybrid tomato varieties. Also fruit, salsa, basil and honey. Wagon tours, chef demonstrations 3pm - 7pm. 140 Locust Grove Rd..

Snyder Research Farm; 908/730-9419


Friday, 2; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 3-4; East Stroudsburg

POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL. Over 60 vendors, garlic eating contest, cooking contests, Peters Valley Artisan tent & more. 11am - 5pm. $8.50-$12.50. 401 Hollow Road.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area & Pocono Garlic Growers Association; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 3-5; Frenchtown

Decoys and Wildlife Gallery; 908/996-6501

Sunday, 4; Budd Lake

Scandinavian Fest, Inc; 610/417-1483

Sunday, 4; Morristown

SUSSEX HILLS KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW. 8am - 5pm. $5, $3 seniors, $2 under 12. Mennen Sports Arena 161 East Hanover Ave.

Sussex Hills Kennel Club ; 973/326-7651

Sunday, 4; Oxford

PADDY & PALE BOYS. Irish Pub Music 5pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Concerts; 908/453-4381

Monday, 5; Morristown

SCHOOLEY'S MOUNTAIN KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW. 9am - 4pm. $5. William G. Mennen Sports Arena 161 East Hanover Ave.

Schooley's Mountain Kennel Club Dog Show; 908/326-7651

Friday, 9; Hackettstown

LADIES NIGHT OUT. 178 Airport Rd.

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Friday, 9; Hope

LYRA. Vocal ensemble from St. Petersburg, Russia perform chants of Russian Orthodox Church and folk songs 7pm. $20/ $10 student. 346 High Street.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church; 908/818-9661

Friday, 9; Lake Hopatcong

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Friday, 9-10; Augusta

TACO FESTIVAL. 10am - 8pm. 37 Plains Road.

Sussex County Fairgrounds; 973/579-0555

Friday, 9-11; Delaware Water Gap, PA

COTA Jazz and Arts; 570/424-2210

Saturday, 10; Basking Ridge

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; 973/425-0215

Saturday, 10; Blairstown

FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION. Celebrate 15 years of supporting local artists of all kinds with demonstrations by wood artists, jewelers and potters. Meet the artists, refreshments. 12 - 5. 23 Main Street.

Gallery 23; 908/362-6865

Saturday, 10; Franklin

AUTUMN IN THE PERENNIAL GARDEN. Plant care and gardening techniques. 9 - 11am. $15. Colonial Park Perennial Garden (Parking Lot F).

Somerset County Park Commission; 732-873-2459

Saturday, 10; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 10; Hillsborough

SOURLAND SPECTACULAR BIKE RALLY. Cyclists come for the low traffic roads, lovely woods, scenic vistas, mountain streams and postcard-perfect farms.

Sourland Planning Council; 609/397-1233

Saturday, 10; Port Murray

HERB VINEGARS, OILS, AND PESTO. 1pm. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 10; Sussex

Friends of High Point State Park; 973/702-0488

Saturday, 10-11; Belvidere

Belvidere Victorian Days; 908/310-4283 or email

Saturday, 10-11; Chester

Historic Chester Village; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 10-11; Ringoes

SHEEP AND FIBER FESTIVAL. Sheep shows, shearing, spinners, vendors, artisans, food, children's activities, llamas, alpacas, fleece contest, photo contest, skein contest and more! 99am - 5pm. $10/carload, $5/single. Hunterdon County Fairgrounds.

Garden State Sheep Breeders; 908/730-7189

Sunday, 11; Morristown

GRAN FONDO NJ. Cycling challenges along 18, 42, 62 or 107 -mile loops include entertainment and various activities, as well as timed hill climbs, add to the Gran Fondo excitement. 7am - 5pm. Starting/finishing on Speedwell Avenue.

Gran Fondo NJ; 973/538-7773

Sunday, 11; Netcong

NETCONG DAY. Entertainment, food trucks, 5K Walk/Run , family fun area. free parking. 8:30am - 5. Main Street.

Borough of Netcong; 973/347-0252

Monday, 12; Hackettstown

AUTUMN LAMPLIGHT DINNER. Enjoy a night under the stars, sampling Hackettstown restaurants’ diverse culinary specialties. Features live, local entertainment for dining and dancing pleasure. 5pm - 9pm. $45. Main Street Gazebo.

Hackettstown BID; 908/850-5004

Wednesday, 14; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Friday, 16-18; Somerville

CENTRAL JERSEY JAZZ FESTIVAL. Freddi Hendrix, Jeremy Pelt, Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache along with many others perform during three days of jazz in Flemington (Friday), New Brunswick (Saturday) and Somerville (Sunday). Free.

New Brunswick Jazz Project; 732/640-0001

Saturday, 17; Blairstown

HAWK WATCH. Join RVC Trustee & Naturalist Dennis Briede for a hike to the top of the Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch. 8am - 2pm. 16 Main St..

Ridge and Valley Conservancy; 908/362-7989

Saturday, 17; Hackettstown

Donaldson Greenhouse and Nursery; 908/852-7314

Saturday, 17; Lake Hopatcong

CASINO NIGHT ON MISS LOTTA. Four casino dealers, prizes, and passed hors’deuvres… All the proceeds donated directly to Lake Hopatcong Foundation. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 17; Parsippany

FALL FAMILY DAY. Hayrides, pumpkin painting, old-fashioned games and races, and indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts encourage children to explore the landscape that was once Gustav Stickley's home and farm. 12 - 4pm. $7 per child, adults accompanying children are free. . 2352 Route 10 West.

Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms; 973/540-0311

Saturday, 17; Port Murray

PRESSED FLOWER WORKSHOP. 10am. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 17; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 17; Succasunna

UNCLE FLOYD. 6pm. Free. Investors Bank Theater, 72 Eyland Ave.

Roxbury Arts Alliance; 862/219-1379

Saturday, 17-18; Blairstown

TOWN WIDE YARD SALE. Proceeds support community charitable giving, scholarships, and military.

Blair Woman's Club; 908/459-4129

Saturday, 17-18; Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village Society/National Park Service; 908/496-4458

Saturday, 17-18; Newton

Wilbur’s Country Store; 908/362-8833

Saturday, 17-18; Raritan

JOHN BASILONE PARADE CELEBRATION. The annual event honors the World War II Marine hero with a parade, fireworks, and commemorative concerts. Boro of Raritan, LaGrange St to Somerset Street.

; 908/429-8868

Sunday, 18; Allamuchy

BILL MAYS AND TED ROSENTHAL. 3pm. $30/ $25 advance. 1686 Route 517 (Mountain Villa School).

Jazz at Rutherfurd Hall; 908/852-1894x138

Sunday, 18; Augusta

CHAMPION OF THE GRILL. Grillers compete, music. 12 - 5:30pm. Free. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Plains Rd..

Sussex County Chamber of Commerce; 973/579-1811

Sunday, 18; Basking Ridge

DOG DAYS COMPETITION. Canines of all shapes and sizes are invited along with their human companions to take part in contests and events. 2pm. 256 South Maple Avenue.

Lord Stirling Stable; 908/766-5955

Sunday, 18; Clinton

BLACKSMITH HAMMER-IN & TOOL SWAP. 10am - 4pm. $9. Red Mill, 56 Main St..

Red Mill Museum Village; 908/735-4101

Sunday, 18; Hackettstown

FALL STREET FAIR. Sidewalk sales, displays, vendors. 11am - 5pm.

Hackettstown BID; 908/850-5004

Sunday, 18; Hamilton

NEW JERSEY STORYTELLING FESTIVAL. Forty storytellers tell tales for all ages, morning storytelling workshops, tell your own story at the Story Slam at noon 12 - 6pm. Grounds For Sculpture 126 Sculptors Way.

New Jersey Storytelling Network; 973/625-8548

Sunday, 18; Stanhope

NJ Highlands Coalition; 973/588-7190

Monday, 19; Morristown

LENORE RAPHAEL TRIO. 8pm. $20/ $17 advance. 6 Normandy Heights Rd..

Morris Museum Bickford Theater; 973/971-3700

Wednesday, 21; Lake Hopatcong

WINE & CHEESE. Enjoy an informational night about wine while enjoying a selection of artisan cheeses selected by our very own chefs from our sister properties! 3 - 5pm. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Saturday, 24; Hackettstown

THE DOO WOP PROJECT. 8pm. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 24; Hillsborough

BONNIE BRAE POLO CLASSIC. Equestrian contests, art exhibit, antique and classic car parade, polo cuisine. 12 noon - 6pm. Hillsborough Country Club..

Bonnie Brae; 908/647-0800

Saturday, 24; Hillsborough

Duke Farms; 908/722-3700

Saturday, 24; Milford

MILFORD ALIVE. Music and arts festival in lovely river town. Live music, face painters, puppet shows, arts, demonstrations, fireworks. Wacky "bed race" at 2pm. Free. Bridge Street.

Milford Merchants Association; 908/995-4854

Saturday, 24; Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor Historical Society; 973/975-0001

Saturday, 24; Newton

TERRY BOZZIO. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Saturday, 24; Port Murray

FRONTIER TECHNOLOGY. 10:30am. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 24; Stanhope

WATERLOO CANAL HERITAGE DAYS. Guided tours of the village and Morris Canal, special presentations, exhibits and craft demonstrations. Waterloo Village.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 973/292-2755

Saturday, 24; Walpack

WALPACK WILDERNESS CHALLENGE. Duathlon (6k run/21k bike/2k run), benefits local non-profits. 9am.

; 973-222-0991

Saturday, 24; Washington

FESTIVAL IN THE BOROUGH. Warren County’s largest music and street festival features three stages of entertainment with an array of musical genres, vendors, children's activities, rides, an assortment of food.

Washington Business Improvement District; 908/689-4800

Saturday, 24-25; Augusta

ANNUAL PETERS VALLEY CRAFT FAIR. Beautiful American Craft made by 150+ exhibiting artists from across the country. This a juried show of exhibitors, who are each selected for excellence and originality in twelve different media. 10 - 6pm. $9. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Plains Rd..

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Saturday, 24-25; Bernards Township and Bernardsville

ANNUAL ARTSEE OPEN STUDIO TOUR. Visit twenty-one artists in their studios, including seven at the Farmstead Arts center. Painters, potters, jewelers, sculptors, illustrators and more. participate in the self-paced tour. 12 - 5pm. Free. Bernardsville and Bernards Twp..

ARTsee; 908/334-7909

Saturday, 24-25; Chester

OKTOBERFEST AND ANTIQUE CAR SHOW. German music, food, and dance, and a special Oktoberfest beer only available for a short time. 12 - 8pm. $6, under 12 free. Chubb Park, Rt. 513.

Chester Lions Club; 908/879 6543

Saturday, 24-25; Franklin

60TH ANNUAL FRANKLIN-STERLING HILL GEM AND MINERAL SHOW. Dealers, gems, jewelry, minerals, fossils, stone carvings, lectures, literature, fluorescent mineral exhibits, mineral collecting, museum tours and the traditional swap/sell. $7/ $4 ages 6-16. Franklin School, Washington Ave..

Franklin Mineral Museum; 973/827-3481

Sunday, 25; Blairstown


Roy’s Hall; 908/362-1399

Sunday, 25; Morristown

FALL FESTIVAL ON THE GREEN. Entertainment, food, and exhibits of historic, recreational and educational aspects of life in Morristown.

Morristown Partnership; 973/455-1133

Sunday, 25; North Branch

FAME – THE MUSICAL. A full-throttle journey through the struggles, fears, and triumphs of young artists navigating the worlds of dance, music and theatre. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Sunday, 25; Stanhope

PROJECT HELP CONCERT FOR VETERANS IN NEED. Bring a new clothing donation of $25 or more and admission is only $10, which includes music and food. 12 - 4pm. 100 Main St..

First Presbyterian Church of Stanhope; 973/875-2068

Wednesday, 28; Lake Hopatcong

SCOTCH & CHOCOLATE. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..

Lake Hopatcong Cruises; 973/663-5000

Thursday, 29; Newton

JOSÉ FELICIANO. 8pm. 234 Spring Street.

The Newton Theatre; 973/383-3700

Friday, 30; Sparta

SWING INTO THE ARTS AND DANCE WITH THE STARS. Dinner, dance competition and auction fundraiser. 6 - 11pm. $110 pp. Skyview Golf Club, 226 Lafayette Rd..

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council; 973/383-0027

Friday, 30-1; Morristown

Morristown Festival of Books;

Upcoming Events...

Ongoing Theater and Concerts

Shippen Manor Concerts, Oxford

Sundays • SHIPPEN MANOR LAWN CONCERTS. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs and a picnic supper, then relax and enjoy these evening concerts presented by the Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

8 Belvidere Ave.. ; 908/453-4381

Ongoing Programs and Events

Paulinskill Valley Trail, Andover to Columbia

Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulinskill Valley Trail. Hike different sections with various themes. Hikes leave from Kittatinny SP, Warbasse Jct., or Footbridge Park in Blairstown. Free.

Paulinskill Vally Trail Committee; 908/684-4820

NJAA Observatory, High Bridge

Weekends • ASTRONOMY PROGRAMS. New Jersey Astronomical Association Observatory is open to the public every weekend from Memorial Day to Halloween. Saturday evening programs begin at 8:30 PM and include a tour of the facility and public viewing of planets/deep space objects through the 26" telescope, as well as other smaller scopes. On Sunday afternoons from 2-5 PM, the public is invited to look at sun spots through the 10" scope equipped with special solar filters. For additional information, call or visit NJAA’swebsite.

Voorhees State Park, Rt. 513. ; 908/638-8500

United Astronomy Clubs of NJ, Hope

Saturdays • PUBLIC PROGRAMS AT UACNJ OBSERVATORY. Astronomy presentations followed by observing sessions, weather permitting.

Jenny Jump State Park ; 908/459-4366

Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, Oxford

Weekends • A series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.

605 Pequest Rd.; 908/637-4125

Skylands Botanical Gardens, Ringwood

Sundays • SKYLANDS MANOR TOURS. Free guided tours are conducted on the first Sunday of each month, March through November at 2pm.

20 Morris Rd.. ; 973/962-9534

Ongoing Tours and Exhibits

Gallery 23, Blairstown

August 1-31 • Judy Musicant & Jen Stein, ceramics

23 Main Street. ; 908/362-6865

Morristown National Historical Park, Morristown

Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION. The Washington’s Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, tours of the furnished house will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Adults (Age 16 and up): $7, Children: Free

30 Washington Place; 973/539-2016 x210

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