Fall weekends are the perfect time to get out and enjoy everything your community has to offer. When you live in Frenchtown, finding events and activities to fill your calendar isn’t hard. No matter what your interests are, one of these events is bound to make your weekend a little more exciting.
Riverfest Lite at Nite
Sunbeam Lenape Park
Although the 2021 Riverfest will be scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it promises to be an event you won’t forget. Held yearly since 2004, Riverfest celebrates life along the river with an ecologically and sustainably focused lens, according to Riverfest organizers.
Riverfest Lite at Nite starts at 5 p.m. as the Frenchtown Vikings make their way down the river and into the park. This year’s Riverfest will feature musical performances by Nate Walker and Mike Quinn starting at 6 p.m. After the live concert, rock out to your favorite 80s oldies at the DJ dance party at 8 p.m. Food won’t be sold at the event this year, but guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic dinners.
September 10th – 12th
Central Jersey Jazz Festival 2021
Sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and RWJ Barnabus Health, the Central Jersey Jazz Festival offers jazz concerts in four locations over the weekend. The free festival starts at Stangl Road in Flemington on Friday with performances by the Charles Turner Quartet (7 – 8:15 p.m.) and Davell Crawford (8:45 – 10 p.m.).
If Saturday’s concert leaves you craving more jazz, make a trip to New Brunswick or Metuchen for Saturday night concerts or Somerville for the Sunday concert. Jazz artists featured during the festival include the Terell Stafford Quintet, Marcus Printup Quintet featuring Riza Printup, Dara Tucker, and others.
September 11th – 12th
New Jersey Sheep and Fiber Festival
Hunterdon County 4H Fairgrounds
Do you never seem to have an interesting story to tell when co-workers ask about your weekend? That will change when you visit the New Jersey Sheep and Fiber Festival. You’ll learn interesting facts about raising sheep and the various breeds of sheep. If you time your visit perfectly, you’ll get to see a sheep shearing demonstration or watch the open sheep show competition. Sheep compete in several categories during the show, including meat, wool, classic, and Shetland.
You also learn how fleece is spun into wool and can buy fleece and wool products from festival vendors. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car.
September 24th – October 31st (Weekends)
120 South Branch Road
If it just wouldn’t be Halloween without a terrifying experience, you’ll want to make plans to visit the Scare Farm in Hillsborough. Held on weekends from September 24th through October 31st, Scare Farm offers three spooky attractions.
You never know what will jump out at you when you stroll along the Creepy Hollow and Paranoia walking trails. After your frightening walks, jump on the Slayride, Scare Farm’s haunted hayride for even more chills.
Ticket prices range from $25 - $40 depending on which day you visit. Your ticket covers all three attractions. Tickets are sold on Saturdays from 6: 30 – 10 p.m. and on Sundays from 6:30 – 9 p.m. The attractions open at 7 p.m. and run as long as it takes for everyone who has a ticket to experience the fun. Scare Farm is recommended for teenagers and adults. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Hunterdon Harvest Fest
Celebrate the earth’s bounty with a visit to Hunterdon Harvest Fest. The whole family will enjoy games, food, drinks, and treats during the festival. Festival organizers expect to offer more information on festival activities soon, so be sure to check the Facebook page often. The event starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m.
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