7 Ways To Celebrate The End Of Summer In Bergen

Send off summer 2022 at any of these local events, from carnivals to BBQs to fairs.
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We say it at the conclusion of pretty much every season, but seriously, how is it the beginning of the end of summer ’22 already? It doesn’t have to be sad though. Whether you’ve still got vacation on the brain or have moved onto back-to-school stuff already, Bergen County is the place to bid adieu to the summer.

From Labor Day events to end-of-summer soirees, here’s a look ahead at what’s coming up in the next few weeks so you can start planning (or mentally preparing yourself for sweater weather). Inquire with each for ticket pricing, the exact schedule and more.

  • Aug. 26. Join Stew Leonard’s famous mascots—Wow the Cow and Stewie the Duck—for their End of Summer Hawaiian Luau at their Paramus location. Admission includes a buffet, Island-inspired dinner, as well as crafts, photo ops and virgin daiquiris and pina coladas for the kids. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 28. The Annunciation Roman Catholic Church of Paramus celebrates its end of summer bash with live music, balloon animals, caricatures, a dance contest and a photo booth. There will be plenty of food to be had too, including an ice cream truck, pizza, popcorn, burgers and dogs and desserts from Nothing Bundt Cakes. The party starts at 1 p.m.
  • Aug. 31. Tell your teen to bring their friends to the End of Summer Party for Teens at Palisades Park Library. Kids in seventh through 12th grades can enjoy snacks, games and meeting new people before the new school year kicks off in just a few days. The party starts at 7 p.m.
  • Sept. 1–4. New Jersey’s “premiere hot rod club” Dead Man’s Curve is wrapping up summer as they usually do, with their Wild Hot Rod Weekend at the Sheraton in Mahwah. Expect plenty of old-school cars, a few celebrity appearances and merch you won’t want to miss out on. Kick-off is at noon on Thursday.
  • Sept. 2–5. For 107 years running (!!!), St. Joseph’s Church in Lodi has been hosting its annual St. Joseph’s Feast on Labor Day weekend, which features festival foods, entertainment, games, raffles and live music. Festivities run from 6 to 10 p.m. each night.
  • Sept. 4. Lace up those sneakers and join the Closter crew at the 41st annual 5K and Fun Run at Memorial Park on Harrington Avenue. The packed morning will feature a 5K run or walk, a Fun Run for kids 12 and under and an awards ceremony for the best in show. The run kicks off at 9 a.m.
  • Sept. 9. Seniors deserve to have a little fun too, right? United Center/Hackensack Senior Center bids farewell to the season with their Boost Bergen End of Summer BBQ at the Multicultural Senior Center in Hackensack. Lunch, dessert and live music are the main draw here, but there will also be an informative health fair, health screenings as well as COVID vaccines for those who are eligible. The BBQ begins at 10 a.m., because it’s never too early for a burger.

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