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: Zoo Boo at Bergen County Zoo
Why: Snag tickets now for this popular event (that always sells out!) so your little monsters can trick-or-treat, take an Eerie Express Train, see magic shows, and hear ghost stories at the Zoo.
When: Friday, October 23rd (6pm) & Saturday, October 24th (10:30am & 6pm), Ages 3+/$6, Advance purchase required, Tickets go on sale Thursday, October 1st at 9am at the Zoo
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: St. Peter the Apostle Parish Carnival
Why: Because carnival season, we can’t quit you.
When: Now thru Sunday, September 27, Thursday 6-9pm, Friday 6-11pm, Saturday 1-11pm & Sunday 1-8pm
Where: 445 Fifth Ave., River Edge
What: Once Upon a Curl Braiding Workshop
Why: Finally learn how to make Pinterest-worthy braids.
When: Friday, September 25, 8-10:30pm, $25, BYOB, Pre-registration required
Where: 226 Stuyvesant Ave., Lyndhurst
What: The Little Gym of Waldwick Open House
Why: A night of indoor fun and games.
When: Friday, September 25, 6-8pm, FREE
Where: 28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick
What: St. Nicholas Greek Festival
Why: Get your Greek on with yummy food, wine, dancing, and fun.
When: Friday, September 25 (12-11pm ), Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27 (12-7pm)
Where: 467 Grandview Ave., Wyckoff
What: Red White & Que BBQ
Why: 3 days of finger lickin’ BBQ, music and beer.
When: Friday, September 25 (5-10pm), Saturday, September 26 (11am-11pm) & Sunday, September 27 (11am-6pm)
Where: Cresskill Recreation Area, 100 3rd St., Cresskill
What: Scavenger Hunt
Why: Bring a camera and phone and tag along with your kid on this outdoor fun.
When: Saturday, September 26, 10am-12pm, Ages 7+, FREE
Where: Allison Park, Englewood Cliffs
What: Weekends at Lupardi’s Nursery
Why: Feeding Zoo, 30-foot slide, wagon hayride, haunted greenhouse and more.
When: Weekends starting this Saturday, September 26 thru Saturday, October 31, 10am-5pm
Where: 75 Blanch Ave.,Closter
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: Autumn Bird Walk at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: A morning walk for the birds.
When: Saturday, September 26, 8-10am, $5
Where: 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
What: 50th Annual Country Fair
Why: An awesome family day with rides, vendors, games, foods and more.
When: Saturday, September 26, 10am-4:30pm
Where: Wyckoff Municipal Field, Wyckoff
What: Paw Patrol, Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse & Elmo at The Big Playhouse
Why: Two days of fun open play and meet and greets with favorite characters.
When: Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, $28 per child, Check the website to register and see the schedule.
Where: 316 Kinderkamack Rd., Westwood
What: Immaculate Heart Academy Tasting at the Heart
Why: An evening of fun as you taste a variety of wines and microbrews provided by Carlo Russo’s Wine & Spirit World of Hohokus.
When: Saturday, September 26, 7-10pm, $70
Where: 500 Van Emburgh Ave., Twp. of Washington
What: Open Cockpit Weekend at The Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey
Why: Aviators of all ages get the total ‘hands on’ cockpit experience.
When: Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, 10am-4pm, $8 for adults/$6 for children
Where: 400 Fred Wehran Dr, Teterboro
What: Glen Rock Autumn Craft Street Fair
Why: Vendors sell their unique wares.
When: Sunday, September 27, 11am-4pm
Where: Downtown Glen Rock
What: FREE Day at the Bergen County Zoo for Families of Children with Disabilities
Why: A free day at the zoo- and that includes the train and carousel.
When: Sunday, September 27, 10am-4pm, FREE
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show
Why: Check out the show and enjoy the food, beverages and entertainment.
When: Sunday, September 27, 11am- 3pm, FREE
Where: Closter Commons, 570 Piermont Rd., Closter
What: Art Rocks! at One River School and Gallery
Why: Celebrate art, music and theater and enjoy the food, refreshments and more.
When: Sunday, September 27, 11am-5pm, Pre-registration for events available
Where: 49 N. Dean St., Englewood
What: Special Needs Expo
Why: Special needs resources all under one roof and a fun-filled day for the kids.
When: Sunday, September 27, 11am-4pm, FREE
Where: Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck
What: Rutherford Touch-A-Truck
Why: For your vehicle obsessed little one.
When: Sunday, September 27, 1-3pm, FREE
Where: Memorial Field, Rutherford
What: Cidering at Tenafly Nature Center
Why: Press and then taste your make-your-own cider!
When: Sunday, September 27, 12:30pm & 2pm, $10
Where: 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly
What: Harvest Moon Bonfire
Why: Because how cozy does an autumn bonfire under the stars sound?
When: Sunday, September 27, 6-9pm, FREE
Where: Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin, Alpine
What: Wild and Crafty Animal Homes
Why: Listen to a farm story, meet a farm animal and then journey out into the farmyard.
When: Tuesday, September 29, 11am-12pm, Ages 3-6 (with an adult), Pre-Registration required, $10
Where: 216 Forest Ave., Paramus
What: North Jersey Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Comedy Night Beefsteak
Why: One hour adult comedy show and unlimited beer and wine to help support Jason & Justin’s Journey.
When: Wednesday, September 30, 6-9:30pm, $55, Pre-registration required
Where: The Elan, 111 Rt. 46 West, Lodi
If you’re heading out of Bergen…
What: Family Halloween Camp In at The Liberty Science Center
Why: Snag tickets now to experience a Zombie Autopsy, Wizard Workshop and other family fun activities at this unique spooky sleepover you won’t want to miss.
When: Friday, October 23, $60 per person
Where: 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
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! Bergen Mama readers click here to enter to win a VIP Family 4-pack of tickets!
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: Shriners Circus
Why: Clowns, pony rides, face painting and lots of circus fun.
When: Now thru Sunday, September 27, Kids/$5, Adults/$9, Check website for show schedule
Where: German Masonic Park, 120 Western Highway, Tappan, NY
What: NYC + Me: A Little Bit of the Big Apple at Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Why: The littles put on uniforms and take over the city at this 3,000 square-foot interactive gallery for kids.
When: Opens Friday, September 25, $12
Where: 212 W. 83rd St., NYC
What: Hoboken Block Party
Why: A huge family block party with a bounce house, live music, lawn games, face painting, food and more.
When: Saturday, September 26, 10am-2pm
Where: Church Square Park, 499 Willow Ave., Hoboken
What: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live
Why: Free admission to participating museums across the nation.
When: Saturday, September 26, Purchase tickets online
Where: Participating venues found here
What: The Lantern Fest- The Poconos
Why: Music, dancing, s’mores, and countless lanterns in the sky.
When: Saturday, September 26, Starts at 3pm, Lantern launch at dusk.
Where: Poconos Raceway, Long Pond, PA
What: Packanack Cooperative Nursery School Touch-A-Truck
Why: Vehicles and lots of extras- face painting, bounce house, pizza, games, and more.
When: Saturday, September 26, 11am-2pm, $8 per child
Where: 120 Lake Drive East, Wayne
What: Unionville Vineyards Fall Harvest Festival
Why: Live music, wine tasting, hayrides, foods, and as far as we are concerned, perfection.
When: Saturday, September 26, 12-5pm, Ages 13-20/$10, Adults/$20
Where: 9 Rocktown Rd., Ringoes
What: Hamilton Park BBQ Festival
Why: It’s an outdoor party at this family event sure to hit the spot.
When: Saturday, September 26, 12-8pm
Where: 232 Pavonia Ave., Jersey City
What: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place
Why: Celebrate silly, not-too-spooky fun at the park with a ton of Halloween fun.
When: Weekends starting Saturday, September 26 thru Sunday, November 1
Where: Langhorne, PA
What: World Maker Faire
Why: Celebrate the art of creativity at this family fun festival.
When: Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, 10am-6pm
Where: New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY
What: Bloomfield Harvest Fest
Why: Live music, food, beer garden and more.
When: Saturday, September 26 & Sunday, September 27, 11am-6pm
Where: Broad St., Bloomfield
What: Hoboken Arts & Music Festival
Why: Live music, food, rides, face painting, Preschool of Rock and much more.
When: Sunday, September 27, 11am-6pm
Where: Washington St., Hoboken
What: Turtle Back Trot 5K Fun Run
Why: Register before September 30 for this beginner-friendly run on a scenic course.
When: Saturday, October 3, 8am check in, Kids One Mile Fun Run/$10, Turtle Back Trot 5K/$35, Pre-registration required
Where: 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange
What: Annual Fall Festival at Fresh & Fancy Farms
Why: Fresh apple cider, apple cider doughnuts, gourmet popcorn, pumpkin painting, fall crafts and more at this local farm.
When: Sunday, October 4, 12pm-4pm
Where: 575 River Rd., New Milford
What: Warwick Applesfest
Why: A Children’s Carnival, Farmers’ Market, vendors, seasonal food and deserts, and much more at this charming event.
When: Sunday, October 4, 10am-5pm, FREE, Wristbands for unlimited rides is $15
Where: 2 Bank St., Warwick, NY
What: Cresskill 10k/5k & 1 mile Fun Run
Why: Register now and pick your choice of run to support Cresskill schools.
When: Sunday, October 18, 8am Check In
Where: 3rd St., Cresskill