Events in New Jersey

SEPTEMBER

Weekends through Oct. 30 — Delaware River Railroad Excursions’ Corn Maze Train sets off from Phillipsburg for fall fun. Adults $22, children $15; 877trainride.com. Another autumn ride, the Great Pumpkin Train, runs on weekends from Oct. 3 through the end of October. Adults $17, children $11; 877trainride.com/pumpkintrain.htm

Through Nov. 13 — Chester’s Stony Hill Farms’ 10-acre corn maze opens with a “Rutgers 250” theme featuring a Scarlet Knight. There’s also a “fun park” with playgrounds, hay rides and farm market. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission $12.99, ages 2 and under free; stonyhillfarms.com

8 — Downtown Haddonfield’s Night Market Food Truck Festival runs from 5 to 8 p.m. with barbecue, Brazilian steak, meatballs, live music and more; downtownhaddonfield.com

9 — Jersey City’s Artist & Maker Market is an outdoor bazaar featuring local art and handmade items running from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Grove Street PATH Plaza; jcdowntown.org

8-11 — The Hoboken Italian Festival, or Feast of the Madonna Dei Martiri, features the procession of a Madonna Dei Martiri statue, fireworks and plenty of Italian food; hobokenitalianfestival.com

8-11 — Wildwood’s 20th Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally will have a Battle of the Biker Bands, custom bike show, pig roast, “biker babe” contest, Rubber Duck Boardwalk Ride and poker run; roartotheshoreonline.com

sea-isle-city-food-truck-festival.jpgA scene from the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival, returning Sept. 9 to 11. (Bob Maschio)

9-10 — The New Jersey Taco Festival returns to Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta with tacos, beer, margaritas, lucha, mariachi and tequila from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; njtacofestival.com

9-11 – The Flemington Opa! Festival at St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church will have Greek music, food, beer and dancing along with carnival games and pony rides from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine; opafestival.com

9-11 — The Newark International Film Festival is new for 2016, recognizing the city’s role as the birthplace of celluloid film with movie screenings at Newark Museum, Essex County College, Rutgers Newark, NJIT, CityPlex and Newark Symphony Hall; newarkiff.com

9-11 — Another local film event, the Northeast Film Festival, returns to Teaneck Cinemas. Tickets $12 per screening; nefilmfestival.com

9-11 — Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival at Kix McNutley’s (63rd and Landis Avenue) will have Five Sisters, Shore Shake, Kix Lincoln Grill, Zinna’s Bistro, Eat-A-Pita, Waffle De Lys and more; seaislecityfood.com

10 — Barnegat Pirate’s Day offers the chance to brush up on your privateer speak. Arrive in your buccaneer best for a costume contest and treasure hunt; barnegat.net

10 — Brews By the Bay, hosted by the Delaware Brewers Guild and the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild, comes to North Cape May (1200 Sandman Boulevard) from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with beer from more than 40 breweries on the lawn of the Cape May Ferry Terminal. Admission $20 to $70; brewsbythebay.ticketleap.com

10 — The Capital City Food Truck Battle runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Rho Waterfront (50 Riverview Plaza) in Trenton, with more than 15 food trucks, a beer garden, artist vendor market, farmers’ market and live music. Admission $5; capcityfoodtruckbattle.com

10 — The Giant Fall Flea Market in Ocean Grove will have 385 vendors and run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Admission free; facebook.com/oceangrovechamber

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10 — The Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade in Atlantic City, the traditional precursor to the televised pageant, is a veritable festival of high heels and outlandish ensembles as each state’s contestant and the reigning Miss America parade down the boardwalk atop classic cars. The parade steps off from New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk at 5 p.m. and ends at Albany Avenue; missamerica.org

10 — The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival at Cathedral Hall in Jersey City will have performances from 20 bands from noon to 8 p.m. along with crafts, food, beer and spirits; facebook.com

10 — The Perkins Center for the Arts in Moorestown hosts its Wiffle Ball Cup and festival on the Evergreen Lawn starting at 9 a.m., with food trucks and a cornhole tournament; perkinsarts.org

10 — The 39th Somers Point Good Old Days Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with children’s entertainment, food, live music, pony rides, inflatables, carnival games and antique cars at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park; spgoodolddays.com

10 — Surf for a Cause returns to Decatur Avenue Beach in Margate, benefitting the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation. Surfing begins at 8 a.m.; sfac.dojiggy.com

10 — The Tri-State Food Truck Mash-up at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford runs from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., rain or shine. Admission $7; northjerseyevents.com/foodtruckmashup

10-11 — Apple Fest at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck will have apple cider, an antique car display, apple ice cream, apple fritters, apple cotton candy, farm animals, vendors and live music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine; deliciousorchardsnjonline.com

10-11 — The Atlantic City Seafood Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bader Field with a wealth of surf including oysters, crabs and crawfish along with beer, wine, live music and cooking demonstrations. Admission $5, food cost ranges from $3 to $12; acseafoodfest.com

10-11 — Asbury Park Oysterfest brings seafood and entertainment just outside the carousel building; asburyparkchamber.com

10-11 — The 41st Clearwater Festival will be at the Commons outside of Larrison Hall at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, with environmental exhibits, live music, food and arts and crafts from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission free; mcclearwater.org/festival.php

10-11  The 22nd Sheep and Fiber Festival, hosted by the Garden State Sheep Breeders at the Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, will have plenty of shearing along with sheep dog herding demonstrations, crafts and vendors; njsheep.net/festival

10-11 — The Wine on the Beach Festival in Seaside Heights has wine from a dozen local wineries, wine seminars, food and music; exit82.com

10-11 — The Chester Fall Craft Show will be at the municipal field in Chester from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $5; chestercraftshow.com

10-11 — The NJ Wild Outdoor Expo celebrates fishing, rock climbing, birding, geocaching and more activities that can be enjoyed in the fall. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Colliers Mills Wildlife Management Area in Jackson; See flier here or visit njfishandwildlife.com

10-11 — The Ship Bottom Irish Festival is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday with live music, stepdancing, 5K run, Gaelic mass and wine tasting; lbiaoh.com

11 — Burlington County Arts in the Park at Smithville Park features three stages of entertainment, with theater, dance and music as well as interactive activities including mural-painting; co.burlington.nj.us

11 — The 45th Ocean County Bluegrass Festival at Albert Music Hall in Waretown opens at 11 a.m., with live music from noon through 5 p.m. Admission $10, children $1; alberthall.org

16, 17, 18, 24, 25, 30 and weekends through Oct. 31 —  Fright Fest returns to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson with four new shows including the Slash dark magic show and the Bilkum, Burnham & Haugh Sideshow Spectacular. Admission varies; frightfest.sixflags.com/greatadventure and sixflags.com/greatadventure/special-events/festival/fright-fest-0

16-17 — Boots at the Beach Country Festival, hosted by the Anglesea Irish Society, returns to North Wildwood; bootsatthebeach.com

16-18 — The Central Jersey Jazz Festival runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in Flemington and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday in New Brunswick and Sunday in Somerville; centraljerseyjazzfestival.com

16-18 — Harrison Fest includes a multicultural parade and street festival. For more visit harrisonfest.org

16-18 — The Outdoor Recreation & Sportsmen’s Expo at Skylands Stadium in Augusta will have boats, ATVs, RVs and vendors specializing in fishing, camping, hunting and biking from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, children 5 and under free; skylandsstadium.com

16-18 — The Que By the Sea barbecue festival and competition in Seaside Heights ensures plentiful meat, music and crafts; exit82.com

16-18 — The Wetlands Institute’s Fall Migration Festival  runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Stone Harbor, with butterfly tagging, boat and kayak tours, autumn terrapin release, bird crafts and guided nature walks. Admission $10, $8 for children; wetlandsinstitute.org

17 — The All About Downtown Street Fair in Jersey City runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with vendors and food trucks on Newark Avenue between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue; jcdowntown.org/events/street-fair

17 — Fall Family Day at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains will have pumpkin painting, hayrides, scavenger hunts and handcraft demonstrations. Admission $7 for non-member children, free to adults accompanying children; stickleymuseum.org

fall-festivals-2016-17.JPGThe Tewksbury Harvest Festival is on Sept. 24. (Tewksbury Harvest Festival)

17 — Harvest Brew Fest comes to the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with local food vendors, pumpkin painting, games, craft beer, spirits and music; capemaymac.org

17 — The Makers Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Manahawkin Lake Park with more than 125 craft vendors, a beer garden, music and yoga; themakersfest.com

17 — The Latino Festival of Monmouth County runs from noon to 7 p.m. with food, music, art and dance at Main and Court streets in Freehold. Rain date Sept. 24; facebook.com/lfomc

17 — The Nun’s Beach Surf Contest comes to Nun’s Beach (111th Street) in Stone Harbor at 7 a.m.; stoneharbornj.org

17 — Festival of the Sea in Point Pleasant Beach is another celebration of seafood. Rain date Sept. 18; pointpleasantbeachchamber.com

17 — The Makers Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park promises an electic array of handmade wares and crafts along with food and music; themakersfest.com

17 — Skylands Stadium Beer Fest will have more than 100 craft beers and live music from 1 to 6 p.m. at Skylands Stadium in Augusta. Admission $39; skylandsstadium.com

17 — St. Anthony’s Italian Festival runs from 2 to 10 p.m. in downtown Glassboro with food, music, games of chance, a procession to the St. Anthony’s statue, wine-making contest and bocce tournament; stykesworld.com/italian-festival.html

17 — Trucktoberfest comes to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, offering lobster rolls, tacos, roasted pork and a German beer garden from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; sparkmybiz.com/event/trucktoberfest

17 — WheatonArts’ Caribbean Cultural Heritage festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with food, art, demonstrations, music, dance and a carnival procession in Millville; wheatonarts.org

17-18 — Apple Day at Terhune Farms in Lawrence Township runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a corn maze, pig roast, horse-drawn wagon rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting and pick-your-own apples. Admission $8, children under 3 free; terhuneorchards.com

17-18 — Revel in calamari and zeppole at the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro; sparkmybiz.com

17-18 — Civil War Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May will have re-enactors demonstrating infantry and artillery drills and camp life with a battle reenactment at 2 p.m.; hcsv.org/events

17-18 — The Fall Family Festival in Sea Isle City, starting at 9 a.m. on both days, will have a vendor craft market, food court, amusement rides, face painting, moon bounce, antique auto show and trolley tours; visitsicnj.com

17-18 — The Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire comes to Pine Park in Lakewood with a royal procession, king and queen competition, hand-to-hand combat, fencing, magic, dance and jousting. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission $12, children $2; lakewoodrenfaire.com

17-18 — Mini galleries and boutiques will abound at Fine Arts & Crafts at Anderson Park in Upper Montclair; rosesquared.com

17-18 — The Middle Eastern Food Festival hosted by St. Ann Melkite Catholic Church runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 802 Rifle Camp Road in Woodland Park. Admission free, rain or shine; facebook.com

miss-america-show-us-your-shoes-parade-2016.jpgBetty Cantrell, reigning Miss America and former Miss Georgia, waves to the crowd during the Miss America Show Us Your Shoes Parade in Atlantic City. The parade returns on Sept. 10. (Tim Hawk | For NJ.com)

17-18 — Visitors to the Fall Migration Festival at the Wetlands Institute (1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard) in Stone Harbor can see butterfly tagging demonstrations and live animal presentations from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission $15; wetlandsinstitute.org/events/fall-migration-festival

17-18 – The Highlands Festival at Waterloo is a music and environmental festival in Byram, with local music, guided tours of the village, canal rides, fair trade marketplace, food court and beer garden; highlandsfestivalatwaterloo.org

17-Nov. 6 — The Great Pumpkin Festival at Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon runs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, with a corn maze, bee barn, milking cow, hay crawl, pig races and obstacle course. Admission $10, children 2 and under free, rides extra; heavenhillfarm.com

17-23 — The New Jersey Film Festival at Rutgers University in New Brusnwick returns for its fall season starting 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Admission is $12 with most films screened at Voorhees Hall No. 105 near the corner of George and Hamilton streets in New Brunswick; njfilmfest.com

18 — The 1920s Country Fair & Harvest Festival at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township runs from noon to 5 p.m. with wagon rides, farm animals, food trucks and live music. Admission $8, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 4 to 16 and $4 for children ages 2 and 3; m66.siteground.biz/~morrispa/index.php/media/special-events3

18 — The Hackettstown Street Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with artists, vendors, food and music on main street; hackettstownbid.com

18 — Hammonton’s Green Day Festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the grounds of St. Joseph High School, with green technology, vendors and organic and healthy food; hammontongreencommittee.com/green-day

18 — The New Jersey Storytelling Festival returns to Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton with workshops, tales, music and poetry; groundsforsculpture.org

18 — PlayDay South Orange returns from 1 to 6 p.m. on South Orange Avenue in the South Orange Village Center with inflatables, zip line, rock wall, euro bungee and street games like hula hoop and jump rope. Event free except for special attractions, which require a $10 wristband; playdaysouthorange.com

22-25 — North Wildwood’s Irish Festival returns with music and Irish dance lessons; cmcaoh.com

22-25 — Jersey City’s Golden Door International Film Festival at the Landmark Loew’s in Journal Square, Saint Peter’s Unviersity, the Rialto-Capital Theater and more returns with a full slate of films; goldendoorfilmfestival.org

22-25 — A fan of vintage rides? The Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Auction starts at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Wildwoods Convention Center with an auction preview and continues at 5 p.m. on Friday; wildwoodnjclassiccarauction.com

23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1, 2, 7-9, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 — Harvest Moon Hayrides at Alstede Farms in Chester run from 6 to 10 p.m. for non-scary fall family fare; alstedefarms.com

23-25 — The Mercer County Italian American Festival returns to Mercer County Park in West Windsor from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9:30 p.m. Sunday with rides, food, bocce, dancing, fireworks and cooking demostrations. Admission $5; italianamericanfestival.com

23-25 — St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wyckoff hosts a Greek festival with Greek food, dancing and music; stnicholasnj.org

23-25 — St. Stephen’s Orthodox Church in South Plainfield hosts its fall festival from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, with a vintage car show, dancing, music, boardwalk games, food and children’s entertainment; ststephenchurch.net

24 — Fall BeerFest returns to the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. The festival will include a Grand Tasting at Golden Nugget’s Grand; n

24 — Historic Smithville’s Italian Festival will have a band playing Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Louis Prima and Tony Bennett songs, accordionist, wine-tasting, Italian food and bocce ball. Rain date Sept. 25; colonialinnsmithville.com

24 — The Edison Fall Family Spectacular Street Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Clara Barton section of Edison with children’s activities, face painting, pony rides, petting zoo and climbing wall; jcpromotions.info

24 — The Essex/Hudson County 4-H Fall Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Essex County Environment Center in Roseland; essex.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h

24 — The Fall Food Truck Frenzy at Skylands Stadium in Augusta will run from noon to 5 p.m. with vendors, beer, wine and live music. Admission $5, children 10 and under free; skylandsstadium.com

24 — The Franklin Day Festival will have food, music and entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. at Colonial Park; franklintwpnj.org

24 — The Giant Pumpkin Carve, benefitting Meals on Wheels of Salem County, will be at the Salem County Fairgrounds from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission $7; free for children 5 and under. Amateur and professional pumpkin carvers alike will have at 65 pumpkins. There will also be a pumpkin light show, hayrides and costume contest; scmealsonwheels.org/giant-pumpkin-carve

24 — The Glassboro Craft Beer Festival will have beer and vendors from 1 to 5 p.m. on College Avenue. Admission $40 to $50; glassborobeerfest.com

24 — The Hanover Street Fair and Duck Race in Pemberton, hosted by the Good Will Fire Company, will set rubber duckies afloat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; goodwillfire.com

24 — The Harvest and Crush event at Natali Vineyards in Cape May Courthouse runs from 1 to 6 p.m. with a wine tasting, vendors, live music and a grape-stomping contest; natalivineyards.com/events

24 — Historic Smithville’s Italian Festival will have bocce, live music, folk dancing, wine, beer, children’s activities and Italian food and desserts; rain date Sept. 27. colonialinnsmithville.com

fright-fest-six-flags-nj.jpgFright Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson returns on Sept. 16. (Six Flags)

24 — The Lumberton Fall Festival and Paddle runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a canoe launch at Ironwood Outdoor Center that ends at Chestnut Street landing. Rain date Sept. 25; $20 per canoe. Demonstrations, live music, face and pumpkin painting will be at the Village Green. Visit lumbertoncivic.org

24 — The Manasquan Fall Craft Fair starts at 10 a.m. at Squan Plaza. Rain date Sept. 25; manasquanchamber.org

24 — Milford Alive is a community celebration with fireworks, art, food and a “bed race” — which employs actual headboards — that runs from noon to 8:30 p.m. in Milford. Rain date Sept. 25; milfordalive.com

24 — North Brunswick Heritage Day comes to North Brunswick Community Park starting at 1 p.m. with art, fireworks, music, food and dancing; northbrunswicknj.gov

24 — Oktoberfest at Trenton’s Roebling Museum runs from 2 to 7 p.m., with a beer garden, food including bacon bread and stuffed cabbage, and live music. Admission $8; roeblingmuseum.org

24 — The 5th Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival will have microbrews, music and art along with carnival games, clam and oyster shucking from noon to 8 p.m. at the 96th Street Shopping District; StoneHarborBeach.com

24 — The Tewksbury Harvest Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Christy Hoffman Farm Park (108 Fairmount Road W. in Califon) with pony rides, hayrides, petting zoo, classic car show, pumpkin painting and face painting; rain date Sept. 25; facebook.com/tewksburyharvestfest

24 — The Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration, a street festival, starts at 9 a.m. along Sunset Lake, with food, vendors and children’s entertainment; visitwildwoodcrest.com

24-25 — The Greenwich Artisans’ Faire and Marketplace returns to Gibbon House with more than 85 vendors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5, children 12 and under free. Rain or shine; cchistsoc.org

24-25 — Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill hosts its Heritage Wine Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. with wine tastings and food trucks. Admission $25 to $75; heritagewinenj.com/event/heritage-wine-festival

24-25 — Margate Fall Funfest By the Bay is back from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along Amherst Avenue between Decatur and Coolidge avenues, with rides, food trucks, vendors, a drag race challenge, dog show, fitness demonstrations and a character parade; margatehasmore.com

fall-festivals-2016-02.JPGZombie walks come shuffling back to New Jersey in October. Pictured: The former New Jersey Zombie Walk, which lives on as the Asbury Park Zombie Walk. (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger)

24-25 — Mountain Creek in Vernon celebrates Oktoberfest with food, beer, vendors and live music. Admission ranges from $7 to $150 for a VIP package; mountaincreek.com

24-25 — Oasis Family Farms in Robbinsville hosts its pumpkin festival from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with pumpkin picking, pumpkin pie eating contest, pony rides, kids’ maze and wagon rides; oasisfamilyfarm.com

24-25 — The 34th Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show comes to Tuckerton Seaport and Tip Seaman Park in Tuckerton. There will be crafters, food, demonstrations, contests and music as well as the Dock Dog competition. Admission free; tuckertonseaport.org

24-25 — The South Jersey Wine and Food Festival comes to Lake Lenape Park East in Mays Landing with wine from 14 local wineries, food and vendors. Admission $25;

24-Nov. 13 — Field Station: Dinosaurs prehistoric theme park hosts a Mesozoic Maze with T-Rex jack-o’-lantern carving. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia; fieldstationdinosaurs.com

25 — The Boonton Day celebration runs from noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street with face painting, food and entertainment; boonton.org

25 — The Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Rutherfurd Hall in Allamuchy, with wine tastings, music and local food. Admission $25, ages 21 and older, rain or shine; grandharvestwinefestival.com

25 — The Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel is an old-fashioned country fair with wagon rides, pie-eating contests, a corn-husking competition, craft demonstrations and other competitions focusing on baked goods, needlework and vegetables; monmouthcountyparks.com

25 — The 23rd Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival will have more than 300 vendors and live music on three stages on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street. Admission free; hobokennj.gov

25 — The Millburn-Short Hills Street Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Upper Milburn Avenue; millburnshorthillschamber.org

25 — Morristown Festival on the Green will have vendors, food and music; morristown-nj.org

25 — The Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival has live Irish, rock, funk blues and pop music, Guinness, oysters and other gourmet offerings from local restaurants. Rain date Oct. 2; rueevents.com

25 — The Union County Harvest Festival in Mountainside will have children’s crafts, games and a petting zoo at Trailside Nature & Science Center. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission $4; ucnj.org

25 — The Westwood Free Public Library (49 Park Ave.) hosts the Taste of Westwood with food, wine and beer from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission $55 per person, $65 at the door; tasteofwestwood.org

26-Oct. 2 — The Hoboken Comedy Festival is back for laughs. Show admission $25; hobokencomedyfestival.org

29 — The Harvest Fest tasting event at Skylands Stadium in Augusta is a fundraiser for the Growing Stage at The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey, with wine, beer, food from local restaurants and entertainment starting at 6 p.m. Admission $50; skylandsstadium.com

30 — A Jersey Devil Hunt hosted by Atsion’s Pinelands Adventures presents the perfect chance for you to indulge your deepest fears about the state’s resident mythological creature; pinelandsadventures.org

30-Oct. 1 — The Olde Time Italian Festival at Fox Park in Wildwood runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, with food, a grape-stomping contest and spaghetti-eating contest. Admission free; wildwoodsnj.com

OCTOBER

1 — The Autumn Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show at the Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May will have crafters and collectibles as well as children’s entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; capemay.com

1 — The Big Brew Beer Festival at the Morristown Armory has two sessions: from noon to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., with more than 200 craft beers, food and music. Admission $10 to $65; bigbrewnj.com/morristown

1 — The Collingswood Book Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on six blocks of Haddon Avenue, with authors, speakers, poetry readings, workshops and children’s entertainment. Admission free; collingswoodbookfestival.com

1 — The Columbus Day Italian Festival and Art Walk in Spring Lake’s downtown will have a best meatball contest, pizza-eating contest, bocce and cooking demonstrations; visitspringlake.com

1 — A Facebook page for the Asbury Park Zombie Walk, the heir apparent to the New Jersey Zombie Walk in Asbury Park, says the walk will return, with further details pending. Check the page for more: facebook.com/njzombiewalk

1 — The Greater Woodbury Fall Festival Parade will be on Broad Street from Colonial Avenue to Carpenter Street at 6:30 p.m.; woodbury.nj.us/events/woodbury-fall-parade

1 — Highlands Octoberfest runs from 2 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Park with beer and food. Admission free; highlandsnj.com

1 — Lenape Day at the Great Swamp in Chatham will have crafts, games, a tour of a replica wigwam, dancing and drumming from noon to 4 p.m. at at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center; m66.siteground.biz/~morrispa

1 — Sea Isle City’s Harborfest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marina Park, with vendors, nautical displays, seafood and entertainment; seaislechamber.com/events/Harborfest.aspx

1-2 — The Bordentown Cranberry Fest comes back to downtown Bordentown from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with more than 145 crafters; downtownbordentown.com

1-2 — The Festival of Fine Craft At WheatonArts and Cultural Center in Millville runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with more than 130 juried artists, demonstrations, a pumpkin patch, music and a beer and wine garden. Admission $10; wheatonarts.org/calendar-eventon/festival-of-fine-craft

1-2 — The Jersey Fresh Grand Harvest Festival at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown runs from noon to 5 p.m., with wine, food and children’s activities. Admission $20; newjerseywines.com

1-2 — Long Beach Island’s Chowderfest starts 10 a.m. Saturday at Taylor Avenue ball field in Beach Haven with a merchant mart and continues at 11 a.m. Sunday with a Chowderfest Cook-off (admission $25); chowderfest.com

1-2 — Garden State Discovery Museum’s Pumpkin Palooza runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cherry Hill with pony rides, hayrides, a moon bounce, corn maze and paint-a-pumpkin. Admission $20; discoverymuseum.com

1-2 — Hamilton’s Oktoberfest is a dry event at Veterans Park. Rain dates Oct. 15 and 16; hamiltonnj.com/Octoberfest

1-2 — The New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood hosts Harvest Fest, with hayrides, pumpkin painting, applesauce making, food, music and dancing. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission; njbg.org

1-2 — Smithville’s Oktoberfest, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will have beer, food and more than 100 crafters; historicsmithvillenj.com/18-oktoberfest

2 — The Caldwell Street Fair, hosted by the Rotary/Kiwanis, runs from noon to 5 p.m. at Bloomfield Avenue, with vendors, rides and music; caldwellstreetfair.com

2 — The Grapestomping Festival at Renault Winery in Egg Harbor City starts at noon, with vendors and drinks. Stomp grapes for $5; renaultwinery.com

— Vegans, lovers of vegetables, organic food and healthy eating will congregate at New Jersey VegFest, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Morristown. Admission $25; njvegfest.com

2 — The Saddle Brook Street Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Market Street, with vendors, kiddie rides, a clown, food and music; jcpromotions.info

2 — The Somerville Street Fair and Craft Show will have more than 200 artists and vendors and run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; somervillenj.org

2 — Whippany Railway Museum’s Pumpkin Festival runs from 12:30 to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with a Halloween vendor fair and 30-minute rides aboard the Pumpkinliner train; whippanyrailwaymuseum.net

7-9 — The South Jersey Pumpkin Show comes to the Salem County Fairgrounds in Woodstown from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Sunday, with a pumpkin weigh-off, hayrides, a haunted barn, Little Miss & Mr. Pumpkin Show, giant pumpkin pyramid, pony rides, live music, rides, crafts, farmers’ market, costume contest, dog parade and scarecrows. Admission $5 per carload; sjpumpkinshow.com

7-10 — Cape May Victorian Weekend features a chocolate lover’s feast, an evening of Victorian parlor games, Cape May Time Capsule Trolley Tour, murder mystery dinners and brunch walk; capemaymac.org

7-10 — See giant inflatable kites like a whale, horse, giant octopus, scuba divers and sea urchins at the LBI Fly International Kite Festival, which spans beaches in Ship Bottom, Beach Haven, Long Beach Township and Barnegat Light; lbifly.com/schedule

8 — Forest Lodge’s Oktoberfest celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with German beer, food and vendors in Warren. Rain date Oct. 9; facebook.com/NJOktoberfest

8 — The Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live music, sidewalk sales, pumpkin painting, crafts and food at Pilgrim Pathway, Main Avenue and Auditorium Square Park. Admission free; oceangrovenj.com

8 — Passaic County’s Paws in the Park debuts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Goffle Brook Park with demonstrations, food trucks, pet contests, face painting and dog and cat adoptions; discoverpassaiccounty.org

8 — Pedricktown Day will have a food court, craft show, children’s rides, music and petting zoo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; rain date from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9. Visit pedricktownday.org

8 — The Pennsauken Harvest Festival starts at 11 a.m. at the Pennsauken Community Recreation Facility on Westfield Avenue, with games, food and music; facebook.com/PennsaukenHarvestFestival

8 — The Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta with local products including honey, garlic, flowers, vegetables, fruit and wine. Admission free; sussexfarmvisits.com

8 — The “Truck”erton Hard Cider Fall Fest runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Tuckerton Seaport, with hard cider, craft beer and live music. Admission $8; tuckertonseaport.org

8 — The West Milford Autumn Lights Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Union Valley Road from ShopRite to Bearfort Plaza, with children’s entertainment and music; autumnlightsfestival.com

8-9 — Allentown’s Fall Festival has a craft beer garden, music, classic cars and a Civil War encampment; allentownnj.com/fall-festival

8-9 — The Avalon Seafood Festival at 30th Street and the beach will have a chowder contest, fresh seafood vendors and music from 10 a.m. to 5 pm.. Rain date Oct. 15 and 16; visitavalonnj.com/content/seafood-festival

8-9 — Historic Smithville’s Irish Festival will have more than 50 vendors with Irish crafts; historicsmithvillenj.com/19-irish-festival

9 — The Adorno Fathers Fall Country Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Darlington Avenue in Ramsey, with vendors and food; jcpromotions.info

9 — The Apple ‘n Pumpkin Harvest Festival comes to Clinton Farmers’ Market; clintonfarmersmarket.org

rise-of-the-jack-o-lanterns-nj-meadowlands.jpgRise of the Jack O’Lanterns makes its New Jersey debut at the Meadowlands Exposition Center from Oct. 27 to 30. (Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns)

9 — Belmar’s Oktoberfest, running from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Belmar between 8th and 10th avenues, will have a German beer garden, food vendors, a Samuel Adams stein-hoisting contest and live music. Rain or shine; sparkmybiz.com

9 — Dunellen HarvestFest runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Park, rain or shine, with crafters, music, food and dancing; https://sites.google.com/a/dunellenborough.com/dunellenharvestfest/

9 — The Fair Lawn Street Fair and Craft Show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on River Road with more than 200 vendors and crafters. Free admission; fairlawnchamber.org

9 — The Manasquan Wine and Food Festival runs from noon to 4 p.m. at Squan Plaza; manasquanchamber.org

10 — Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck hosts its Pumpkin Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with pumpkin painting, games, live music, antique tractor display and free food samples. Rain or shine; deliciousorchardsnjonline.com

14 — The Arts Accessible Festival, celebrating inclusion in the arts, runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Essex Junior Academy in Cedar Grove; artsunbound.org

14 — Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit hosts a microbrew-tasting event from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with food from a local caterer. Admission $50; reeves-reedarboretum.org

15 — The Bergen County Art in the Park Show & Concert brings work from artists and live music to Van Saun Park in Paramus. The concert runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; co.bergen.nj.us

15 — Bordentown RiverFest runs from noon to 10 p.m. with a beer garden, live music, food and children’s entertainment on West Park Street; bordentownriverfest.com

15 — The Cape May Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in West Cape May hosts a pumpkin festival, with demonstrations, pumpkin painting, food and music; capemayartistcoop.com

15 — The Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Oct. 16) with pumpkin painting, games, crafts, food, a haunted house and hayrides. Admission free; hcsv.org/events

15 — The Mays Landing Fall Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park, with pumpkin painting, mummy wrap, hay toss, live music, train rides, food and scarecrow contest; mayslandingmerchants.com

15 — The Toms River Harvest Arts Festival will have food, art and a beer and wine garden from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Washington Street; downtowntomsriver.com

15 — The Westfield Street Fair and Craft Show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; westfieldnj.gov

15 — The zombie parade returns to Highlands at 2 p.m. on Bay Avenue. Makeup artists available starting at 10 a.m. Register here: highlandsnj.wufoo.com/forms/zombie-parade

15-16 — The Chatsworth Cranberry Festival is back in downtown Chatsworth to celebrate New Jersey’s cranberry heritagecranfest.org

15-16 — The free Chester Harvest Festival and Chili Competition returns to downtown Chester; ilovechester.com

16 — The Cranford Street Fair & Craft Show in downtown Cranford will have more than 200 artists and vendors from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

16 — A Diwali celebration comes to Exchange Place/Grundy Pier in Jersey City from noon to 6 p.m.; scaofnj.com

16 — The Fall Foliage Float Festival will be at Smithville Park in Eastampton from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Canoes will be launched from the park into Rancocas Creek from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

16 — It’s Thompson Park Day in Lincroft from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a Strut Your Mutt dog costume contest, wagon rides, pie-eating contest, square dancing, pumpkin painting, scarecrow contest, archery and canoeing; monmouthcountyparks.com

16 — Van Campen Day in Walpack runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the Van Campen Inn on Old Mine Road, with reenactors staging a trip back in time to the mid-18th century; nps.gov

The case for the cranberry, New Jersey's native Thanksgiving fruit

The case for the cranberry, New Jersey’s native Thanksgiving fruit

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20-22 — The Haunted Seaport returns to Tuckerton Seaport from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with a maze, hayride, pumpkin patch, and haunted woods. Admission $8; tuckertonseaport.org

20-23 — The Open Doors Citywide Arts Festival comes to Newark, spanning more than 40 venues; newarkarts.org/opendoors

20-24 — The New Jersey Audubon Cape May Fall Festival has a bevy of bird activities and will host The Raptor Project at Cape May Convention Hall from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

21 — The Clinton Guild’s Pumpkin Fest runs from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with a pumpkin contest, balloon artists and horse-drawn hayrides in downtown Clinton and at the terrace of the Hunterdon Art Museum; clintonguild.com

21-23 — The Rahway International Film Festival returns to UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage. Screenings $12; rahwayfilmfest.com

22 — The Boo at the Zoo at the Cohanzick Zoo in Bridgeton will have treats, crafts and face painting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; cohanzickzoo.org

22 — Casino Pier in Seaside Heights hosts a fall festival from noon to 3 p.m., with a costume contest, games and pumpkin painting; casinopiernj.com

22 — The Clifton Street Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Avenue with food, rides and entertainment; jcpromotions.info

22 — The DogFest Walk ‘n Roll comes to Roosevelt Park in Edison from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a dog walk, agility course, contests and demonstrations.

22 — The Dog Walk of the Dead invites costumed pets and owners to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) to raise money for One Step Closer Animal Rescue. Admission $2; dogwalkofthedead.com

22 — The Fall Wine Festival at Skylands Stadium in Augusta will have a wine sampling from noon to 5 p.m. along with food, music and giveaways. Tickets $10 to $55; skylandsstadium.com

22 — The Hoboken Harvest Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pier A Park, with pumpkin painting, hayrides, pony rides, petting zoo and a trackless train; hobokennj.gov

22 — Sea Isle City’s Oktoberfest celebration runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Excursion Park, with German music, face painting, food, vendors, hayrides and a pie-baking contest; seaislechamber.com

22 — The Stone Harbor Harvest Festival has pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and hayrides from 11 a.m. to 5 p .m. at the 96th Street shopping district; stoneharborbeach.com

22 — The Tenafly Street Fair runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; tenaflynj.org

23 — The New Jersey Paella Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Exchange Place in Jersey City; paellafortheworld.org

23 — Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit hosts a celebration of fall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with games, face painting, pumpkin decorating, goats and a Spooky Trail. Admission $10, free for children under 3; reeves-reedarboretum.org

24-25 — The Fall Food Truck and Wine Festival at Alba Vineyard in Milford runs from noon to 5 p.m. Admission $10; albavineyard.com

27-30 — Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns makes its New Jersey debut at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus with more than 5,000 hand-carved, lit pumpkins, music and artists at live carving stations. Advance tickets required. Adults $26; children $22; therise.org

29 — The Smithville Zombie Walk, running from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., will have live music, vendors and plenty of the decrepit undead; facebook.com/smithvillezombiewalk

great-pumpkin-sail-2016-nj.pgPumpkins float in Echo Lake during the Great Pumpkin Sail in Echo Lake Park. Every year locals launch their jack-o’-lanterns onto the water the day after Halloween. (John Munson/The Star-Ledger)

29 — South Jersey Geek Fest comes to Woodbury Heights Community Center, celebrating video game enthusiasts, larpers, Quidditch players, YouTube stars, cosplay and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission $5 to $8; sjgeekfest.com

29-30 — The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a Halloween theme, featuring horror memorabilia, a costume contest, classic video games, taxidermy and more at Historic Roebling Machine Shop. Admission $5; trentonpunkrockfleamarket.com

NOVEMBER

1 — The Great Pumpkin Sail in Mountainside is a New Jersey post-Halloween tradition. Visitors bring their jack-o’-lanterns and set the lit orange faces afloat at Echo Lake Park. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., rain date Nov. 2. In-county admission $12 per family of six; ucnj.org

4-6 — The Atlantic City Tattoo Expo comes to Bally’s Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. Admission $20 per day, $40 for a weekend pass; actattooexpo.com

11-13 — Wynton Marsalis, Cecile McLorin Salvant and Squirrel Nut Zippers are among the talents featured at the Exit 0 Jazz Festival in Cape May; exit0jazzfest.com

12 — Get a head start on that holiday shopping at the Scandinavian Jul Bazaar at Vasa Park in Budd Lake. There will be imported foods, crafts, linens, wood, ornaments, candles, jewelry and more from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; vasaparknj.com

12 — Valenzano Winery in Shamong hosts Jeeps in the Vineyard, with plenty of Jeeps, live music and a tribute to the troops. Advanced registration (required) $25; jeepsinthevineyard.com