Summer may be over, but there are still plenty of things to do in and around Bridgewater. Whether you enjoy learning about local history or running a 5K, you’ll never have to worry about being bored this autumn. In fact, attending one or more of these events will definitely make your fall more interesting.
2nd Annual Bridgewater Community Day
Somerset County VoTech Grounds, Bridgewater
Join your friends and neighbors for food, music and fun at Bridgewater’s popular Community Day. The event, co-sponsored by the Township of Bridgewater and the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center, will be held from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. After you admire the cars and trucks on display, visit the food trucks for a snack or take a look at the offerings at the vendor tables. Have you been considering expanding your family with a furry addition? You’ll want to make time to stop by the dog adoption table.
Pinnacle 6th Annual Charity 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk
Pinnacle Health & Fitness, Hillsborough
Join the team at Pinnacle Health & Fitness for their annual 5K run and walk in Hillsborough. Proceeds of this event will benefit GiGi’s Playhouse Hillsborough and other local causes including the Bob Quinn Family, the Joseph Hernandez Foundation, and the Koll Family. Sign up by September 14th and be guaranteed a race T-shirt and goody bag. After the Run/Walk, Pinnacle will host a Post-Race Party which will include food, music, activities, and more. Bring the whole family!
Taking Strides Toward Wellness/Walk & Kid Sprint
Duke Island Park, Bridgewater
Runners and walkers of all ages will enjoy the 8th Annual Taking Strides Toward Wellness/5K Run/Walk & Kid Sprint. The New Jersey Grand Prix Event will be held on a flat, paved trail that’s certified and sanctioned by USA Track and Field – New Jersey. The top three finishers in each age and gender group will receive awards. The event will also feature snacks, vendor tables, crafts and a taekwondo exhibition.
The 5K Run/Walk will begin at 9 a.m., while the Kid Sprint will start at 10 a.m. Participants who register before October 1st will receive a free tee shirt. Registration fees are $25 for the 5K and $10 for the Kid Sprint if you register by October 9th. After that date, add $5 to the fees.
October 19th and 20th
The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market
Roebling Wire Works Building, Trenton
You’ve probably never been to a flea market quite like this one. Named one of the best flea markets in America by Huffington Post in 2014, The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market offers more than 200 vendors who sell vintage toys, clothing and collectibles; antiques; handmade jewelry; unique tee shirts and original artwork. Of course, you’ll also hear a selection of the best punk rock tunes as you shop the tables or try the cuisine at one of the gourmet food trucks. The family friendly event is held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. both days.
September Through Late October
Field of Terror and Sunshine Acres
K&S Farms, West Windsor
Is “the scarier the better” your motto when it comes to haunted houses and spooky attractions? You’ll love the Field of Terror. When darkness falls, K&S Farms in West Windsor is transformed into a frightening, zombie-infested farm. Four terrifying attractions make up Field of Terror, including the Killer Kornfield maze, Haunted Hayride to Terrortown, House of Insanity and the Unknown Barn.
Ticket prices range from $15 for one attraction to $40 for all four. When the sun comes up, the zombies go into hiding, and the farm becomes the family-oriented Sunshine Acres. Kids of all ages will enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides and the corn maze. The attraction opens on September 21st and is open on various dates through October.
October 12th and 13th
14th Annual Weekend Journey Through the Past
Various Somerset County Sites
There’s no better place to live than Central New Jersey if you’re a history buff. Dozens of historic sites dot Somerset County, providing a glimpse into the life of everyday people and patriots in the 18th century. Participants in the Weekend Journey Through the Past drive from site to site during this special weekend, which includes live 18th century music, costumed re-enactors and interpreters, fife and drum performances, and demonstrations of 18th century fashion and rug hooking, sewing, blacksmithing, pottery making and crafting.
The sites are divided into North, South and Central tours. An interactive map on the county website offers information that will help you plan your drive. In our area, you can visit more than 10 historic sites, including the Van Veghten House in Bridgewater, Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook and the South Branch School House in Branchburg. If you prefer, you can also create your own driving itinerary for the weekend.
No matter what types of activities and events you enjoy, Bridgewater offers a convenient home base. If you’re looking for a luxury apartment in Bridgewater, you’ll want to pay a visit to Fairway 28, a Country Classics Rental Community. The community offers one- and two-bedroom apartment with chef’s kitchens, stainless steel appliances, private balconies, a pet lot and a dog run, and private garages (for an additional fee). Contact us for more information about this vibrant rental community.