We rounded up the best things to do in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
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Events Not To Miss:
What: Sacred Heart Carnival
Why: Four days of carnival bliss.
When: Thursday, September 10 thru Sunday, September 13 (6-10pm Thursday & Friday, 3-11pm Saturday & 1-6pm Sunday)
Where: 102 Park St., Haworth
What: St. Leo’s Parish Festival
Why: Because a back to school carnival sounds pretty great.
When: Thursday, September 10 thru Sunday, September 13, 4-11pm
Where: 300 Market St., Elmwood Park
What: Dumont Day
Why: A day of outdoor fun with entertainment, food, vendors, and more!
When: Saturday, September 12, 10am-6pm, Outdoor concert at 7pm
Where: Memorial Park, Dumont
What: FREE Yoga Classes at Iviva Garden State
Why: Drop off your daughter at a yoga class while you shop- or better yet, join her.
When: Saturday mornings in September, 9am, FREE
Where: Garden State Plaza, Paramus
What: Annual Butterfly Festival at Garreston Farm
Why: Arts and crafts at this educational and fun event.
When: Saturday, September 12, 1:30-3pm
Where: 4-02 River Rd., Fair Lawn
What: Jr. Chef: Cookie Decorating benefitting No Kid Hungry
Why: Bake, decorate cookies, and support a great cause.
When: Saturday, September 12, 10am, Ages 5-13, $5
Where: Williams-Sonoma locations
What: Movie Night Under the Stars
Why: Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy “Guardians of the Galaxy”
When: Saturday, September 12, 7pm
Where: Wakelee Field, Demarest
What: Cidering at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Press and then taste your make-your-own cider!
When: Sunday, September 13, 12:30pm & 2pm, $10
Where: Hudson Ave, Tenafly
What: Mad about Monarchs at Flat Rock Brook Nature Association
Why: Learn all about these beautiful butterflies.
When: Sunday, September 13, 2-3:30pm, Ages 10+, $8, Pre-registration required
Where: 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood
What: Couture Craft Studio School’s Off Craft Camp
Why: Have fun making autumn crafts.
When: Monday, September 14, 9am-1pm, Ages 4-9, $45, ($5 pizza lunch available), Pre-registration required
Where: 10 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick
What: Wild and Crafty Farm Tour at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Listen to a farm story, meet a farm animal, and journey out into the farmyard.
When: Tuesday, September 15, 11am-12pm, Ages 3-6, $10, Pre-registration required
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Mommy & Me FREE Tumble & Play at Kids Fitness World
Why: Get some fun active play (and light snacks) with your little one.
When: Tuesday, September 15 & Wednesday, September 16, 11:30-1:30pm, Infant- 4 years old, FREE
Where: 26 Glen Rd., Rutherford
What: Cooking for Kids: Mini Pizzas
Why: The littles become lil’ pizza chefs. Adorbs!
When: Tuesday, September 15, Ages 3-5, $20, 1pm & 4pm, Pre-Registration required
Where: Chef Central Paramus, 240 Rt. 17 North
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: St. Andrew’s Carnival
Why: Rides, food, entertainment, and more.
When: Now thru Sunday, September 13, 5-8pm & 3-8pm on Sunday, Advanced ticket purchase available
Where: 400 Mt. Prospect Ave., Clifton
What: San Gennaro Feast
Why: Fried oreos, zeppoles, sausage and peppers-fuggedaboutit!
When: Now thru Sunday, September 20
Where: Little Italy, NYC
What: Harvest Festival at the Bronx Zoo
Why: Live bluegrass, gardening and composting demos, fave author Skinnytaste and more!
When: Weekends, September 12th-15th and September 19th-20th
Where: Bronx Zoo, Yonkers, NY
What: Date Night at Urban Jungle Play
Why: Grab an early (child-free!) dinner and have the kids home by bedtime.
When: Friday, September 11, Ages 2+, 5-7pm or 5-8pm, $30-$40, Pre-Registration required
Where: 1140 Maxwell Lane, Hoboken
What: Night Moves at Turtle Back Zoo
Why: A guided tour to meet the creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight!
When: Friday, September 11, 7-9pm, $7/ Pre-registration & pre-payment is required, call 973-731-5800 x221
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
What: Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze Event
Why: Snag tickets now and take the family on a night-time adventure through thousands of illuminated pumpkins arranged in outrageous designs. Dates sell out early so hurry!
When: Various dates through October & November beginning Friday, October 2, Adults/$20-$25, Kids 3-17/$16-$20, Advanced tickets required
Where: 525 South Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY
What: Weekends at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Why: Budding farmers and all nature lovers will learn how food gets from farm to the table. Pitch in with egg collection, take a farm tour and participate in weekly activities geared to families. Then dine in the casual (yummy) café or the more upscale farmhouse Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
When: Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13, 10am-5pm, Ages 16+/$20, Ages 2-15/$10, Advanced ticket purchases recommended
Where: 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, NY
What: Apple Festival & U-Pick Pumpkins at Oasis Family Farm
Why: Free wagon rides, games, farm attractions, yummy apple everything and more. Plus this weekend starts their U-Pick pumpkin season.
When: Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13
Where: 3 Circle Dr., Robbinsville
What: Apple of my Eye Festival at Johnson’s Corner Farm
Why: Apple pickin’, hayrides, live music, yummy seasonal deserts, a car show on Sunday, and more.
When: Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13, 11am-3pm
Where: 133 Church Rd., Medford
What: NJ Taco Festival
When: Saturday, September 12, 11am, Tickets start at $10, 10am-8pm
Where: The Sussex County Fairgrounds, Augusta
What: Woofstock at City Place
Why: Rescue a pooch at this red carpet event.
When: Saturday, September 12, 11am-5pm
Where: 225 River Rd., Edgewater
What: Yonkers Riverfest
Why: This free event entertains the entire fam with incredible live music, kid’s activities, food, crafts and more.
When: Saturday, September 12, 12-6pm, FREE
Where: Downtown Yonkers, NY
What: New York Renaissance Faire
Why: Bring the fam for some good ole’ turkey leg eatin’ and medieval times fun.
When: Weekends now thru Sunday, September 27, Children 5+/ $10, Adults/$19
Where: 600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY
What: Hoboken Italian Festival
Why: Celebrate Italian heritage: Jersey style.
When: Now thru Sunday, September 13
What: SeptemberFest Street Fair
Why: A kid’s carnival, yummy grub, live music, entertainment, and much more at this fun outdoor event.
When: Sunday, September 13, 10am-5pm
Where: Downtown Nyack, NY
What: Audubon Nature Walk at New Jersey Botanical Garden
Why: Take a walk and enjoy the birds and butterflies that visit here on their fall journey.
When: Sunday, September 13, 10am, FREE
Where: Carriage House, Ringwood
What: Eric Carle: Animals and Friends at Montclair Art Museum
Why: An exhibit featuring new and beloved works by acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator.
When: Sunday, September 13 thru Sunday, January 3
Where: 3 South Mountain Ave., Montclair
What: Family Dinners with Mario Batali’s Chefs at New York Botanical Garden
Why: A three-course, family-style menu by a featured chef using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Also, hands-on gardening and craft activities for kids ages 4-12.
When: Sunday, September 13, 5-7:30pm, Adults/$85, Children/$35
Where: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY
What: West Rock Indoor Back to School Open Play
Why: Drop the kiddos off to have an active fun-filled day of team sports, inflatables, arts and crafts, and much more!
When: Monday, September 14, 10am & Tuesday, September 15, 2pm, Ages 5+, $30 a day or $50 for both
Where: 21 Pralle Lane, Nanuet, NY
What: Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast and Carnival
Why: Another town, another Italian festival full of fun.
When: Thursday, September 17 thru Sunday, September 20, 5-8pm
Where: German Masonic Park, 89 Western Highway, Tappan, NY
What: Cooking for Big Kids: Pizza & Calzones
Why: Their fav meal- they might as well learn how to make it!
When: Thursday, September 17, Ages 6-10, $25, 4pm & 7pm, Pre-registration required
Where: Chef Central Paramus, 240 Rt. 17 North
What: Saint Joseph School Family Fall Carnival
Why: Live music, face painting, ice cream eating contest, rides, food and more.
When: Friday, September 18 (5-10pm), Saturday, September 19 (2-10pm) & Sunday, September 20 (1-7pm)
Where: 105 Harrison St., New Milford