I’m always sad when Labor Day comes because that means back to school–early mornings and hectic schedules. If you want to stretch out the last lazy days of summer then you can head out to any of these fun events. Whether warding off vampires at the Garlic Festival, chowing down on great food at a festival, or catching a parade we will all celebrate a weekend of “no work” and feel the summer’s last rays of warmth. Hope you have a great weekend!
Fri to Sun. Lead East. 8am to midnight. A 50’s style party with vintage cars and oldies bands. Thurs/Fri: $15 adults; Sat/Sun: $22. Children 11 and under are free! Hilton Hotel, Parsippany. Link here.
Sat to Sun. Pocono Garlic Festival. 10am to 6pm. Food, entertainment, cooking demos, 50 vendors. Just follow your nose! Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort, PA. Link here.
Sun to Mon. Peach Festival. 9am to 5pm. A day filled with music, dancing contests and u-pick fruit & vegetables. Visit the petting zoo, take a scenic and relaxing wagon ride around the lake or get lost in a hay maze. Pack a picnic lunch or relax and enjoy lunch in the Apple Cafe & Bakery. Free parking and free admission. Weed Orchards in Marlboro, NY. Link here.
Fri to Mon. Labor Day Italian Festival. Fri to Sun: 4:30pm to 10:30pm; Mon: 3:30pm to 9:30pm. Kids rides, lots of food, check it out! St. Bartholomew Church, Scotch Plains, NJ. Link here.
Fri to Mon. Labor Day Weekend. 4pm to 12pm. Reserve Sat and Sun and get 50% off Fri or Mon! Minimum 3 night stay required. Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg. Link here.
Fri to Sat. Uke New Jersey: A Ukulele Festival. Fri: 8pm; and all day Saturday. Fri: $20; Sat: $75. Featuring artists James Hill, Victoria Vox, Jim and Liz Beloff and Celtic Spirit. There will also be a screening of the documentary Mighty Uke, as well as Workshops, Jams, Open Mics, Vendors and lots and lots of good music and friendship. Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, Link here.
Sat and Sun. Grossology. 9am to 5:30pm. Learn about your body with a climbing wall, a walk-in nose, pinball games and giant burp machine. There is also an exhibit called Block Party at the museum! Liberty Science Center, Jersey City. Link here.
…by the shore
Sat to Sun. Labor Day Weekend. 10am to 8pm. Bring the family and enjoy weekend long cookouts, games, activities, appearances from Sahara Sam, volleyball, ice cream and more! $1 hot dogs and $1 soda. Sahara Sam’s, West Berlin. Link here.
Sat to Sun. Funfest Weekend. 10am-4:30pm. Try out crafts and trades from the 1800s like blacksmithing and woodworking. Get your “Pastport” stamped and get a free treat in the store. $10/adults; $8/children. Under 3yrs free. Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Link here.
Sat to Sun. Jazz It Up Wine Festival. 12pm to 5pm. Sip wine and listen to Jazz. NJ’s largest wine festival. There will be activities for kids, too. Allaire State Park; Farmingdale, NJ. $20 (if purchased in advance online; $25 normally), kids under 12 free. Link here.
29th Annual Scandinavian Festival. 10am to 6pm. Music, dance, reenactments, artisans, food, kids activities (Viking dress up, playground, and more). $14/adults, free for kids under 12yrs (and if you wear authentic Viking dress). Vasa Park, Budd Lake. Link here.
Nutley Street Fair and Craft Show. 11am to 5pm. Free admission to over 200 artists and crafters. Link here.
Guided Nature Walk. 3:30 to 4:30pm. Nonmember $5. Tenafly Nature Center.
Labor Day Street Fair and Antique Show. 10am to 5pm. 100+ antique dealers, craft vendors, food vendors, community groups and live music. Free. Lincoln Park and Park Avenue, Rutherford. Link here.
Cresskill Street Fair and Craft Show.
Labor Day Live Raptor Program. 11am and 1pm. Observe live raptors and learn all about them! After the class take a hike on one of the trails. $9 adult; $7 child. Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland. Link here.