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September

Wednesday, 2-6; Parsippany

LEAD EAST. Oldies music and old car weekend, 1,800 vintage cars. Parsippany Hilton, Route 10.

Appleton Productions; 908/876-9100

Friday, 4-7; Flemington

Liberty Village Premium Outlets; 908/782-8550

Saturday, 5; Franklin

AUTUMN IN THE PERENNIAL GARDEN. Plant care and gardening techniques. 9 - 11am. $12. Colonial Park Perennial Garden (Parking Lot F).

Somerset County Park Commission; 732-873-2459

Saturday, 5; Port Murray

TEA TIME. Learn about teas from around the world includes customs, rituals, and a tasting of different specialties. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $30. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 5-6; Shawnee-On-Delaware

POCONO GARLIC FESTIVAL. Over 50 food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlic-themed pottery and paintings. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 5-7; Frenchtown

Decoys and Wildlife Gallery; 908/996-6501

Sunday, 6; Budd Lake

SCANDINAVIAN FESTIVAL. The 31st annual heritage festival celebrates the Nordic regions: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden. Food, crafts, authentic gifts, entertainment, dancing, folkdress, vikings, kids' events, and renactors. 10am - 6pm. $14/ $11 advance sale. Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Rd.

Scandinavian Fest; 610/417-1483

Sunday, 6; Oxford

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL. Hillbilly Folk Jazz 6pm. 8 Belvidere Ave..

Shippen Manor Museum; 908/453-4381

Friday, 11-13; Delaware Water Gap, PA

COTA Jazz and Arts; 570/424-2210

Saturday, 12; Basking Ridge

FALL FESTIVAL. The 15th annual event will feature monarch butterflies with free food, demonstrations, arts and crafts, face painting, and exhibits. 10:30am - 3:30pm. Helen Fenske Visitor Center, 32 Pleasant Plains Rd.

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; 973/425-0215

Saturday, 12; Hampton

HAMPTON DAY. Lots of fun things to do for everyone, live music by the Snake Oil Willy band. 10am - 6pm. Free. Hampton Park; 1 Rumsey Way.

Spirit of the Arts Foundation; 973/975-2068

Saturday, 12; 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, 12; 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, 12-13; Belvidere

Belvidere Victorian Days; 908/310-4283 or email daysvictorian@aol.com

Saturday, 12-13; Chester

42NDANNUAL FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL. Over 200 tents filled with the finest handmade crafts. 10am - 5pm. $5. Municipal Field; Gazebo Park on Main Street.

Historic Chester Business Association; 908/879-2900

Saturday, 12-13; 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, 13; Lake Hopatcong

INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE WALK. Morris Canal feeder.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 973/292-2755

Sunday, 13; Morristown

Gran Fondo NJ; 973/538-7773

Sunday, 13; Morristown

THE D&R CANAL. Talk by Linda Barth. 4:30pm. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 13; Walpack

CAROL DECKER ART SHOW AND SALE. Meet the artist and enjoy new original wildlife art. Walpack Inn.

Wildlife Art Studio; 973/948-3890

Saturday, 19; Hackettstown

CURTAIN UP: A TRIBUTE TO MOTOWN. Shadows of the 60s pays tribute to the tremendous legacy of The Four Tops, Temptations & Supremes. 8pm. $35/ $25. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 19; Port Murray

PRESSED FLOWER WORKSHOPS. Dorothy Kovak & Linda Conrad, experienced artists, will lecture on the art of pressed flowers and botanicals. Design workshop follows at 1pm 10am - 3pm. Resv. req., $28 each workshop. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 19-20; Millbrook Village

Millbrook Village; 908/496-4458

Saturday, 19-20; Newton

Wilbur’s Country Store; 908/362-8833

Saturday, 19-20; 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

Saturday, 19-20; Shawnee-On-Delaware, PA

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Sunday, 20; Hamilton

23RD ANNUAL 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, 20; Morristown

POETS IN THE GARDEN. Guests are Cool Women 4pm. $8. 45 Macculloch Avenue.

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum; 973/538-2404

Sunday, 20; Morristown

LOCALLY GROWN GALA. A celebration of local chefs, farmers and sustainability champions in the greater Morristown area. The evening includes a tasting dinner, open bar, auction, awards, live music and program guide. 4 - 7pm. $100. Hyatt Morristown.

Sustainable Morristown;

Sunday, 20; Readington

5K TRAIL RUN AND 3K WALK FOR HUNGER. Benefits the NORWESCAP food bank. Pre-registration$25 - $30 day of race. Deer Path Park.

ShopRite of Hunterdon County; 908/454-4322

Saturday, 26; Columbia

GARY STAPLES QUARTET. The second in a series of concerts in the barn at the historic homestead along the Delaware River. 6pm. Free. Ramsaysburg Rd, and Rt 46.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Saturday, 26; Hackettstown

DAVID BURGESS. One of today's outstanding guitarists, Burgess’s international appearances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him to concert halls throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. 8pm. $35/ $25. Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..

Centenary Stage Company; 908/979-0900

Saturday, 26; 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, 26; Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor Historical Society; 973/975-0001

Saturday, 26; Port Murray

BACKYARD MEDICINE. Join Kerry Adams, a practicing herbalist of 35 years, for an indepth study of wild plants with medicinal value. Reservations required. 1 - 3pm. $22. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 26; Rocky Hill

D&R CANAL WALK. Hike 6.6 miles from Rocky Hill to Blackwells Mills Causeway (the meeting place) or choose the 3.1 - mile walk to Griggstown. 10am.

Canal Society of New Jersey; 201/401-3121

Saturday, 26; 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, 26; Walpack

; 973-222-0991

Saturday, 26; 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, 26-27; Augusta

Peters Valley Crafts Center; 973/948-5200

Saturday, 26-27; 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, 26-27; Franklin

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, 27; New Brunswick

RARITAN RIVERFEST AND DUCK RACE . 12 - 6pm. Free. Boyd Park.

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October

Friday, 2-4; Blairstown

WORK AND PLAY GETAWAY. Help to make improvements in camp between some outdoor fun. Lodging and meals included. $91, $78 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 3; Asbury

ANNUAL WINE TASTING EVENT. Live music, finger-foods, cheeses & fresh Musky smoked trout. First 100 prepaid get souvenir wine glass. 2 - 5pm. $30. Warren County Rod and Gun Club.

Musconectong Watershed Association; 908/537-7060

Saturday, 3; Columbia

ANNUAL PIG ROAST. A fun filled day of great food, your favorite wines, live music. 1 - 4pm. $50 pp, advance sale only; wine available by the glass, $5.. 594 State Highway 94.

Brook Hollow Winery; 908/496-8200

Saturday, 3; Long Valley

AUTUMN IN THE VALLEY. Historic house tour through the old German Valley area. 11am - 4pm. $20/ $25. 6 Fairview Avenue.

Washington Twp Historical Society; 908/876-9696

Saturday, 3-4; Bernards Township and Bernardsville

ARTsee; 908/208-7516

Sunday, 4; Annandale

ANNUAL COMMUNITY DAY. Self-guided tours, wildlife focused activities and crafts, and the opportunity to meet our educational wild animals. Tethered hot air balloon rides, and networking with wildlife professionals. 1pm - 5pm. $25. 676 County Road 513.

Woodlands Wildlife Refuge; 908/735-8300

Sunday, 4; Basking Ridge

Environmental Education Center; 908/766-2489

Sunday, 4; Bedminster

OLD FASHIONED COUNTRY FAIR. Music, food, local artisans and old fashioned fun. 11:30am - 4:30pm. $25 per vehicle. Fairview Farm, 2121 Larger Cross Road.

Raritan Headwaters Association; 908/234-1852

Sunday, 4; Delaware

RIVERSIDE FALL FESTIVAL. Music, storytelling by the campfire, pumpkin painting, corn husk dolls, wine tasting, tours of the Ramsaysburg Homestead historic site, refreshments. 1 - 4pm. Route 46 and Ramsaysburg Road.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Sunday, 4; Milford

THE FAT DADDIES. An afternoon of music and food at the farm. The Hunterdon County based group covers songs by Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, The Band, and Louis Jordan. 1 - 4pm. $20/ $15 adv, under 10 free. 369 Stamets Road.

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse; 973/764-4888

Sunday, 4; Wantage

5TH ANNUAL AUTUMN LEAVES HIKE . Guided group hike. Pre-register with leader, Kevin Mitchell, at kmitchel@ptd.net. 2 - 3:30pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.

Friends of Lusscroft Farms; 973/702-2289

Sunday, 4; Wantage

8TH ANNUAL VETERANS MEMORIAL CAR, TRUCK & BIKE SHOW. Show proceeds benefit The American Legion's Operation Comfort Warriors. Rain date: October 11

Wantage Township Recreation Commission; 973/875-7047

Thursday, 8; Lambertville

AUTUMN HOUSE TOUR. Historic public and private sites and canal walks. 11pm - 5pm. $25/ $20 advance. Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead, Rt. 29.

Lambertville Historical Society; 609/397-0770

Saturday, 10; Augusta

SUSSEX COUNTY HARVEST, HONEY AND GARLIC FESTIVAL. Countywide autumn celebration includes farmers market, family activities, craft demonstrations, agricultural exhibits and vendors. 10am - 4pm. Free. Sussex County Fairgrounds.

Sussex County Farmland Preservation and Conservation;

Saturday, 10; North Branch

FLASHDANCE. The Musical features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 10; Port Murray

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 10; 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, 10-11; Long Pond, PA

LAST FLING PUMPKIN SLING. Aerial pumpkin team catapult competition is accompanied by two days of prime autumn activity. 9am - 6pm. $6/ $4, ages 5-12. Pocono Raceway, Long Pond Rd.

Last Fling Pumpkin Sling; info@pumpkinsling.com

Saturday, 10-11; Shawnee-On-Delaware

AUTUMN TIMBER FESTIVAL. Lumberjack demonstrations, The Marvelous Mutts frisbee, agility and trick dog shows, blacksmithing demos, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities and food & craft vendors galore. 11am - 5pm. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Saturday, 10-11; Somerset County

WEEKEND JOURNEY THROUGH THE PAST. More than 25 historic sites countywide open free to visitors. Tours, history interpretations, exhibitions, programs, arts and more. 10am - 5pm. Free.

Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission; 908/231-7110

Friday, 16-18; Blairstown

AUTUMN WANDERINGS. Explore the beautiful fall trails with us during this guided weekend. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Friday, 16-18; Morristown

ANNUAL MORRISTOWN CRAFTMARKET. Juried artists display extraordinary, one-of-a-kind works in jewelry, ceramics, glass, leather, wood, metal, wearable fiber, and more. Proceeds benefit not-for-profit organizations. 12pm - 5pm. National Guard Armory, 430 Western Avenue.

The Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township; 973/442-2840

Saturday, 17; Far Hills

FAR HILLS RACE MEETING. The 95th running of this prestigious steeplechase horse race benefits Somerset Medical Center. 8. Moorland Farms.

Somerset Medical Center; 908/685-2929

Saturday, 17-18; Shawnee-On-Delaware, PA

POCONO FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL. A weekend of delicious street eats that will satisfy the savory, sweet and hard to please taste buds, featuring food trucks from the Pocono region, New Jersey, NYC and Philadelphia. 11pm - 5pm. Rt. 80 Exit 309, Hollow Rd..

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Tuesday, 20; Far Hills

FLOWER & LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY. Lecture and field session. 9 - 11:30am. $35. 11 Layton Rd.

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Friday, 23; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 23-25; Blairstown

MAP AND COMPASS. Gain skills in this hands-on off trail navigation course. $198, $165 Member Rate.Retail coupon code: Skylands. 50 Camp Rd.

Mohican Outdoor Center; 908/362-5670

Saturday, 24; Harmony

HOFF-VANNATTA OPEN HOUSE. Tours of restored farmstead including barn, house, wagon shed and summer kitchen. Open hearth cooking demonstrations, re-enactors, house and barn tours. 10 - 4. Free. 3026 Belvidere Road (Rt. 519).

Harmony Historic Commission; 908/454-7470

Saturday, 24; North Branch

CAPITOL STEPS. Musical political satire pokes fun at all sides of the issues. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 24; Port Murray

SOAP MAKING. Choose from a varied selection of herbs to create your own specialty soap. 1am - 3pm. $35. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Sunday, 25; Stanhope

DOG WALK OF THE DEAD. New Jersey's only zombie dog walk returns to its new haunt of Waterloo Village to raise money for The Randolph Regional Animal Shelter. Vendors, food, live music, and costume contests. 11am - 5pm. Free $5.00 parking. Waterloo Village.

Randolph Regional Animal Shelter;

Sunday, 25; 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

Tuesday, 27; North Branch

HARD TRAVELIN' WITH WOODY. Stories and songs of America's iconic folksinger, saint-of-the-workingman and poet-of-the-people written and performed by Randy Noojin. 12 & 7. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 29; North Branch

MIKE AIKEN. Mike has consistently had his songs on the Country/Roots and Americana Charts in both the USA and Europe. 12 & 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

November

Sunday, 8; North Branch

10 HAIRY LEGS. Founded by Randy James in 2012, the dance company – comprised entirely of men – performs James' work as well as existing and new works by significant choreographers. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 13; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 14; Branchburg

CRAFT SHOW & BAKE SALE. Crafters and vendors, tricky tray raffles. Refreshments available. Benefits students and charitable donations. 10am - 4pm. Free. Central School, 220 Baird Rd.

Branchburg Womans’ Club; 908/866-1824

Saturday, 14; Franklin

ANNUAL TURKEY TROT. 5K race and 1 mile run/walk. Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female 5K finishers in each of the several age groups. 4 - 9pm. Colonial Park.

Somerset County Park Commission; 908/722-1200 x226

Saturday, 14-15; Shawnee-On-Delaware

ART ON THE MOUNTAIN. The Hope Lodge will house more than sixty artisans on two floors. The artwork on sale will fit any budget. 11am - 5pm. Free. I 80, Exit 309.

Shawnee Mountain; 570/421-7231

Thursday, 19; Far Hills

Leonard J. Buck Garden; 908/234-2677

Sunday, 22; North Branch

SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. The singers, and Art of Time's world class orchestra, collaborate for an incredible night of music - with a couple of surprises to round out this historic performance. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Tuesday, 24; North Branch

THAT PLAY: A SOLO MACBETH. A wild and frightening 90 minute adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. 12 & 7. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 27-28; Port Murray

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Monday, 30; Port Murray

CHRISTMAS EVERGREEN WREATH. Create your own fresh evergreen 16″ wreath using various types of pine and holly.Reservations required. $36. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

December

Friday, 4-5; Ringwood

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS CONCERT. 7 - 9pm. $30. Ringwood State Park, 1304 Sloatsburg Road.

Woman's Club of West Milford; 973/853-7258

Saturday, 5; Port Murray

HOLIDAY CENTERPIECE. Using holly and various types of fresh greens, create a delightful centerpiece for your holiday table. 1:30 - 3:30pm. $36. 205 Mt. Bethel Rd.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Saturday, 5-6; Sparta

LAKE MOHAWK GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET. Shop a fabulous selection of quality merchants or stroll the boardwalk enjoying mulled Gluhwein, German beer & brats. Proceeds benefit local charities. 10am - 9pm. Free. White Deer Plaza, 21 Boardwalk.

Lake Mohawk German Christmas Market; 973/462-5152

Friday, 11; North Branch

THE GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER. A Christmas tradition and visual feast that creates lifelong memories for the whole family. 4 & 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Saturday, 12; Port Murray

Well-Sweep Herb Farm; 908/852-5390

Sunday, 13; Delaware

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. Music, refreshments and tree lighting at Ramsaysburg Homestead Historic Site. 1 - 4pm. Route 46 and Ramseyburg Road.

Knowlton Township Historic Commission; 908/475-5352

Sunday, 13; North Branch

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. This adaptation is rich with ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that all ages will enjoy. 2pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Tuesday, 15; North Branch

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Thursday, 17; North Branch

ROBIN SPIELBERG HOLIDAY CONCERT. This Steinway Artist has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world with her compelling melodies and sensitive technique. 12 & 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420

Friday, 18; North Branch

A CHRISTMAS GATHERING. A taste of the extraordinary Christmas and Wrens Day events, which have been held, in communities both urban and rural, across Ireland for hundreds of years. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.

The Theatre at RVCC; 908/725-3420