It’s time to enjoy one of the most beautiful seasons in Hunterdon County – bookmark this handy guide to help you experience, taste, celebrate all things fall!
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Where: Downtown Frenchtown
When: Sunday, September 3rd from 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Celebrate art in the Delaware Valley at this year’s Riverfest Celebration.
Flemington Opa! Festival
When: Friday: 9/8: 5-10pm; Saturday: 9/9: Noon-10pm; Sunday: 9/10: Noon-7 pm.
Where: St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Flemington.
This is west Central Jersey’s big cultural family event, featuring authentic Greek food, shopping, fun, and entertainment. Recently voted the “Best Foodie Event” in Hunterdon on the Happening List, the festival promises to offer a great fun ‘foodie’ experience for the whole family. The festival features a restaurant, grill, cafe, and taverna, offering something for everyone. Guests can enjoy delicious Greek fare indoors or outside under the tent. The Greek Kitchen Restaurant offers signature oven baked items such as moussaka, pastitsio, and roasted lamb shank while the outdoor grill offers fresh souvlaki and gyros. For your drinking pleasure, the Taverna will feature Greek and domestic wine and beer, as well as soft drinks. Sweet tooths can be tempted at the Cafe which features a selection of traditional Greek pastries, including the very popular baklava as well as Greek and American coffee.In addition to the food, there will be amusement games for the family to enjoy, children’s activities, as well as Greek folk dancing entertainment and Greek Music. The International Marketplace will feature an array of merchants to satisfy a wide variety of shopping interests including jewelry, home decor, fine art, home improvement, toys, and Greek imports. Parking is free. In commemoration of 9/11 Patriot Day, a portion of admission donations will be given to the Flemington-Raritan First Aid and Rescue Squad and the St. Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero. Suggested entrance donation is $2 for adults and children over 12.
23rd Annual Sheep & Fiber Festival
Where: Hunterdon County Fairgrounds in Lambertville
When: September 9th (9:00AM-5:00PM) & 10th (9:00AM-4:00PM)
This event is hosted by a fun, non-profit, educational organization promoting sheep and wool products in NJ!
The Annual Patriots Ceremony
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8am
Clinton House on Old Hwy 22
The Annual Patriots Ceremony will take place on Monday 9/11 at Patriots Point in Clinton in front of the Clinton House on Old Hwy 22. The one-hour ceremony will begin promptly at 8am, with addresses from each of the Town’s first-responder units, as well as Veterans organizations and public officials. A minute of silence will be observed with the Nation at 8:46am.
Saturday, September 23rd, 2017
The Happening List winning event features street music, art, food, crafts, a wacky “bed race” and topping it off – fireworks! Celebrate the history, culture and promise of this quaint Delaware River town in Milford, NJ.
Tewksbury Harvest Festival
Where: Christie Hoffman Park- 108 Fairmount Road West, Califon NJ 07830
When: Saturday, September 23rd, Noon to 5:00 PM
What: The Tewksbury Harvest Festival is a wonderful longstanding event in an upscale county that usually draws upwards of 2,000 patrons. Patrons pay $20 per carload, which includes hot air balloon rides, pony rides, hayrides, petting zoo, live entertainment, children’s crafts, exhibitions, classic car show, free snacks and the handmade craft show.
Fall Nature Club for Kids
When: Starting September 12th through October 31st
Session A Time: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Session B Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Where: Echo Hill Park 42 Lilac Dr Lebanon, NJ 08833
Our popular nature clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics. Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill. Other hands-on activities include science experiments, field games, and take-home craft projects. The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season. Through our explorations, children will also sharpen their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world.Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully. We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty. Nature Clubs meet rain or shine. In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures to spend more time indoors.$90 for all 8 lessons
When: September 23rd 12pm to 5p
Where: Milford, NJ
Free community celebration –street music, art, food, crafts, a wacky “bed race” and topping it off – fireworks! Come celebrate the history, culture and promise of this quaint Delaware River town in Milford, NJ.
15th Annual Touch A Truck Day
When: Saturday, November 4th @ 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Deer Path Park, 120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington
This annual event has been described as “a parade that stands still!” Imagine dump trucks, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, military jeeps, and lots more, over 40 vehicles all in one place – parked so kids of all ages can get a close-up look! You will be able to examine these cool motorized hunks of steel at Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation’s 15th Annual Touch-A-Truck. This event is free with no pre-registration required; however, donations are appreciated and will help defray the cost of the program. It is open to all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult). The atmosphere is relaxed, pressure-free and noncommercial. Don’t forget your camera!
The residents of Lambertville never disappoint when it comes to Halloween decorations! Check out photos from past Halloween’s here.
The Red Mill Haunted Village
Where: Red Mill Museum Village, Inc. 56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809
When: The 27th annual Haunted Village will take place at the historic Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton, New Jersey. Performances are scheduled for 6 nights: October 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, and 27, 28, 29.
Each year the Red Mill Museum Village hosts the terrifying Haunted Village attraction. Filled with scares and thrills it’s definitely a not to be missed event! For more information please visit www.redmillhauntedvillage.org.
Where: 116 South Branch Rd, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
When: September 29th through October 29th
Scare Farm, in nearby Hillsborough, has three haunted attractions, Creepy Hallow, The Slay Ride, and Paranoia and a not so scary corn maze to ensure Halloween fun for the whole family.
Pumpkin Picking and Frightfest
Where: Schaefer Farms 1051 County Route 523, Flemington NJ 08822
When: Saturday September 23rd (closed September 24th). Then open Friday, September 29th, 2017 and running every Friday, Saturday and Sunday Night in October, 2017.
Bring your family on a scenic hayride to our 40+ acres of home grown pumpkins, FREE with the purchase of a pumpkin. Then at night Ride, Walk and then Run For Your LIFE at Hunterdon County, New Jersey’s Original & Most Sought After Halloween Attractions!
Arts & Culture
3rd Annual Califon Classic Car Show
When: Saturday, September 9th
Where: Califon Island Park
Beautiful Califon NJ is home to the annual Califon Classic Car Show, a fundraiser benefitting U.S. Military Veterans. The proceeds from this annual event will be used to complete improvements on the Califon veterans memorial, and benefit the well being of veterans in New Jersey.
When: Friday, September 15th 6PM-10PM
Where: Historic Courthouse, Main Street, Downtown Flemington, NJ
The Central Jersey Jazz Fest is a full weekend of free live Jazz performances in 3 different venues: Friday at Deer Path Park in Flemington from 6pm-10pm; Saturday at Monument Square in downtown New Brunswick from 1pm-6pm, and, the highlight of the weekend, on the Somerset County Courthouse Lawn, Sunday from 1pm-6pm.Great food and beverages will be available for purchase at the event from local businesses. Picnics are permitted but visitors are not allowed to bring alcoholic beverages.Bring your own chairs and there is on site parking available. For more information, please visit /www.centraljerseyjazzfestival.com.
33rd Annual Flemington Main Street Craft Fair
When: September 16th, 17th, and 18th 9:00AM-5:00PM
Where:75 Main St. , Flemington, NJ
Annual Flemington Craft Fair event with 60 crafters and artisans lining both sides of Main Street displaying a variety of wares including jams and jellies, paintings, quilts, jewelry, pottery and handmade furniture. Street music provided all day, along with daily shows by the Hunterdon Harmonizers. Sponsored by the Hunterdon Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus for 33 years.
Hunterdon Art Museum Opening Reception for Exhibitions
When: September 17th, 2017 Where: Hunterdon Art Museum 7 Lower Center St Clinton, NJ 08809
The Hunterdon Art Museum has several new exhibitions starting this fall. Everyone is welcome to attend. Opening exhibitions are:
- Christopher Darway, curated by Hildreth York and Ingrid Renard
- Joe Ciardiello: Spaghetti Journal
- Members Highlight Exhibition: John Darab
Made In Hunterdon
When: Sunday, October 8th 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM EDT
Where: Liberty Village Marketplace, 1 Church Street, Flemington
A free Open-Air Arts Festival celebrating the culture, the resources, the heritage, the businesses (homegrown) and the talents of Hunterdon County. Food Trucks, Local Artists, Local Crafters, Local Musicians, Non-Profit Village, Kid’s Tent, Cultural and Historic Workshops, Unique Shopping.
Arts & Antiques Weekend
When: October 14 – 15, 2017
Where: Throughout the Delaware River Towns
The “Antiques and Arts Weekend” will promote the Delaware River Town’s antique and art community October 14 – 15, 2017. See the complete list line-up of participating shops and events here.
Food & Drink
Stangl Farmer’s Market
When: Every Saturday from 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Where:Mine Street & Stangl Road, Flemington
Come join us at the Stangl Factory for the indoor, year-round farmers’ market featuring over 30 artisanal vendors. Enjoy the Factory’s unique atmosphere as you browse the offerings which include locally-sourced vegetables, grass-fed meats, artisan breads and cheeses, pastured eggs, specialty prepared foods and desserts. The market also has a fine selection of crafts, including handmade baskets, turned wood, soaps and bath products and hand spun yarn. Great cuisine begins with well-selected ingredients, and a sustainable lifestyle means shopping locally wherever possible. The Stangl Factory Farmers’ Market gives you a wonderful opportunity to incorporate the best of what Hunterdon County and the surrounding areas have to offer!
Hunterdon Land Trust’s 21st anniversary Farm to Table Gala Tickets
When: Sunday, September 24th at 5:00PM
Where: Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale.
The celebration includes a cocktail hour featuring wines from Beneduce Vineyards, delicious appetizers and live music, and a silent auction with a one-of-a-kind selection of beautiful items and experiences. Enjoy a toast at dinner with Ironbound Hard Cider, and plenty of scintillating conversation with people like you who care about clean drinking water, beautiful landscapes and supporting our local farms. Tickets cost $150 each. This signature fundraiser, which begins at 5 p.m., benefits the Hunterdon Land Trust’s efforts to protect the places you love in the Hunterdon County area.
Farmers Market At Califon UMC
When:September 9th, September 23rd, and ending Saturday, October 14th 9:00AM-1:00PM
Where:lawn of the Califon United Methodist Church located at 15 River Road in Califon
The Farmers Market at Califon UMC will feature fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade jams and jellies, spices, breads, flowers, plants and other sundries such as organic beauty products.
Saucetoberfest will come to Schaefer Farms (1051 County Rd, Flemington, NJ) on Saturday, September 23, 2017 and Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 10am to 5pm.
The weekend will include hot pepper eating challenges, live music, food, beer and New Jersey’s best Hot Sauce Purveyors.
Califon 5th Annual Street Fair
When: Sunday October 8th, from 12PM-5 PM
Where: Borough of Califon
All are welcome to attend this free event! Sections of Main street will be closed to automobile traffic and the historic downtown area will be transformed into a communal scene of fall fun, food, and entertainment.
The Califon Street Fair has been growing in leaps and bounds each year. This year the Califon Fire Department will have a beer garden, and there are even more vendors and food options available. Musical highlights include the live bands the Woodford Brothers Band and Pepperville. Free games and entertainment will be offered by the Califon Recreation Committee, including pumpkin painting, face painting a bounce house and more.
Food Truck & Wine Festival
Where: Alba Vineyard
When: October 22nd & 23rd, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Join the Alba Vineyard for a tasteful weekend filled with some of the best food trucks in the area, accompanied by great wine! Must be 21 to attend the event.
Health & Wellness
7th Annual RTFC 9/11 Firefighter Stairclimb
When: Sunday, September 10, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Where: Hunterdon Medical Center (Parking Garage) 2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington
The Raritan Township Fire Company with the Hunterdon Medical Center, will be hosting our 9/11 Stairclimb to honor the fallen on 9/11/01 and to help benefit the still suffering responders that came to the FDNY’s aid.The challenge will be to climb the equivalent number of stairs that the FDNY firefighers climbed in the World Trade Center prior to the collapses. It is highly suggested that you be physically up to the task as we begin our dedication in full turnout gear. The climb only takes approximately 1.5 hrs and we provide light snacks and drinks.This event is open to the public, but firefighter registration will be honored first. There is a maximum of 343 climbers. Proceeds from this event go to the FeelGood Foundation.
Vibha 5k Walk/Run
When: Saturday, September 16 9:00 AM – 10:30
Where: Skillman Park Main Blvd, Skillman
Come to our 5K walk/run in beautiful Skilman Park, where you will walk/run on an amazing USATF certified 5 kilometer course. All proceeds will benefit Vibha, CHOP and the Bag Project. There will be music, post-race snacks and awards! This is the event to be at, this fall! Learn more about us at vibha.org or nj-nyc.vibha.org. Get a $5 discount on adult ticket prices if you buy before August 1, and children under 10 are free!
Happenistas Night Out
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Where: Sheraton Bucks County
Happenistas Night Out will kick off Bucks County’s fabulous holiday season. Shop and indulge at dozens of different pop-up shops/experience stations; participate in fabulous beauty & wellness demonstrations; sip on delicious drinks; munch on scrumptious snacks, and more.
Girls On The Run of Hunterdon, Bucks, and Warren Counties 5K
When: Saturday, November 18th registration @ 7:00AM the race will start at 9:00AM
Where: New Hope Upper Elementary School, 186 West Bridge Street, New Hope
GOTR inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. For more information please visit https://www.gotrhunterdon.org/
Thanksgiving Day Two Towns Turkey Trot
When: Thanksgiving Day morning
Where: New Hope & Lambertville
Before you sit down to your Thanksgiving feast this year, work off some pre-dinner calories at the Two Town Turkey Trot in New Hope & Lambertville!
24th Annual CEA Annual Turkey Trot
When: Thursday, November 23, 2017
Where: Main Street , Flemington
For many families and their friends in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, the CEA/Johanna Foods Turkey Trot 5K run and 2M walk has become a beloved holiday tradition. Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the Turkey Trot is the largest event of its kind in the region. Sign up for some holiday fun and join over 6,000 runners and walkers on Thanksgiving morning to work up a holiday appetite in support of CEA. Many participants get into the spirit by dressing in fun and festive costumes. CEA and all event sponsors welcome everyone to join in on the excitement of this event, voted Best Fundraiser by Hunterdon Happenings. CEA (the Center for Educational Advancement), has been facilitating career pathways and community employment for people with disabilities since 1970. Proceeds from the Turkey Trot provide much needed funding for these programs.