I LOVE weekends in the fall–the beautiful foliage and the family friendly activities like apple picking! Be sure to go in September–by October the apples tend to be sparse. The Storytelling Festival near Princeton or the MusicFest/Union County Fair are my top picks this week. And, if you missed it, check out my apple picking top picks post! 

WEEKEND

Sept. 17th to October 30th: Bear Mountain Oktoberfest. 12pm to 6pm. German food, live entertainment, arts and crafts. Take a boat ride on Hessian Lake, stroll in the park or take a ride on the Merry Go Round. $8/car parking fee. Link here

29th Annual Clownfest. Sat: 9:30am to 9pm; Sun: 10am to 3pm. Slapstick comedy, shows and of course, clowns! Clown Parade on Sun. at 2pm. Free. Seaside Heights. Link here

Apple Days. Sat./Sun: 10am to 5pm. Wagon rides, pony rides, pumpkin painting, etc. Also, visit the adventure barn, corn stalk maze and tons of apple related stuff to do! Juicy roast pork, BBQ chicken, apple cider donuts, music and more. $5; under 3 free. Terhune Orchards, Princeton. Link here

MusicFest & Union County Fair. Wed/Thur: 5pm to 10pm; Fri: 4 to 10pm; Sat.: 11am to 10pm; Sun: 12pm to 8pm. Live music festival featuring Blondie and Collective Soul among others. Activities for kids at Kids Kingdom (Sat and Sun) 5K run/walk to fight cancer, carnival with rides, and a carnival sideshow. Free admision! Oak Ridge Park, Clark. Link here

Kool Kidzignments Fall Children's Consignment Sale Event. Thurs/Fri.: 10am to 6pm. Half Price Sale, Sat: 9am to 3pm. New and gently-used infant and children's clothing, costumes, shoes, toys, DVD's, baby equipment, furniture, bedding, stroller and more! Wayne PresbyTerian Church, 1200 Alps Road, Wayne. Link here.  

SATURDAY

Festival of the Sea. 9am to 6pm. Seafood, arts and crafts, and fireworks. Jenkinson's Boardwalk, Point Pleasant. 

1920's Country Faire & Harvest Festival. 12pm to 5pm. An old fashioned country fair will be recreated! Farm animals, crafts, exhibits, farm market, and hands on activities. Churn butter, play games and watch cider pressing. $4-8. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Morris Township. Link here

SUNDAY

Family Storytelling Workshop and Storytelling Festival. 12pm to 6pm. 30 top NJ storytellers in a beautiful setting! Participate in Story Slam (see site). Roam the gardens and hear the storytellers (free with admission). $12 adult; $8 child; under 5yrs free! Picnic lunches available at The Peacock. Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton. Link here. 

Edgewater Arts & Music Festival. 11am to 6pm. Food from local vendors, live music, arts, crafts, Vintage Automobile Show, etc. Old River Road, Edgewater (Park at Edgewater Commons Mall on River Road and take free Jitney to the festival). 

Ridgewood Fall Art and Craft Street Fair. 12pm to 5pm. East Ridgewood Ave. 

JCC on the Palisades Open House. 7am to 4pm. Facility tours, demo classes, open gym, swim, fitness etc. Moon Bounce and Tumble room and Water park! 411 E. Clinton Ave. Tenafly. Link here

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Trike-a-Thon. 12pm. This event is a fun way for your kids to learn how to help other kids in need. They will learn how to ride their trikes safely and do a simple course at the Farm Market. $5 registration per child. Donaldson Farms, Hackettstown. Link here