From street fairs and road races to car shows and stage productions, there is something for everyone as summer winds down in Bergen County.
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Skip grocery store lines and pick up fresh local produce every Wednesday at the PARAMUS FARMERS MARKET in Petruska Park, 475 N. Farview Ave., from 2 to 7 p.m. Admission: FREE (just pay for your fruits and veggies). For more details, visit paramusborough.org.
If you’re itching to give back to the community, visit the FALL VOLUNTEER FAIR at the Paramus Park mall. From 3 to 8 p.m., you can meet with representatives from more than 550 local nonprofits and learn about volunteer opportunities in the area. Admission: FREE. Visit bergenvolunteers.org for more information.
Take a drive over to Ridgewood for the village’s 25TH ANNUAL CAR SHOW. From 6 to 9 p.m., more than 400 vehicles—from vintage roadsters and restored classics to modern models and futuristic concept cars—will line East Ridgewood Avenue. Admission: FREE. Car registration: $25. For more information, visit experienceridgewood. com.
Register your child now for the annual FRANKLIN LAKES SPLASH & DASH YOUTH BIATHLON, or just show up to support the participants at the Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes. Children ages 15 or younger can participate in the youth biathlon. Proceeds will benefit the Franklin Lakes Recreation Department and the Wyckoff Family YMCA. For more info, visit wyckoffymca.org.
SEPT 8–OCT 6
Prepare for the thrill of a murder-mystery when the Bergen County Players stage THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD. Audience participation is encouraged—meet and interview the mysterious characters, then determine whodunnit. For information, showtimes and ticket prices, visit bcplayers.org.
Be a part of Bergen County’s largest juried art competition at the 27TH ANNUAL EDGEWATER ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL. From 11 a.m. to 6.p.m., art pieces will be judged in seven divisions: Best of Show, Art, Photography, Craft, Mixed Media, Fiber Arts and Student Pieces. Admission: FREE. For more information, visit edgewaterartsnj.org.
All are welcome to the ST. PETER THE APOSTLE CHURCH CARNIVAL in River Edge. Games, rides and raffles make the family-friendly event fun for all ages. Admission: FREE. For more information visit saintpeter. org.
Join the community for a fun-filled Saturday at the RIDGEFIELD PARK ANNUAL STREET FAIR. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along Main Street, there will be live entertainment, special sales from local businesses, games and entertainment for kids, and a wide range of food vendors. Admission: FREE. Visit jcpromotions.info to learn more.
Run to raise money for education or show up to lend your support at the annual MIDLAND PARK 5K. The run begins at 9 a.m., and the Kids’ Fun Run kicks off at 10:15 a.m. Registration: $15 to $35. Proceeds benefit the Midland Park Public Education Foundation. Register or get more details at runsignup.com.
You won’t want to miss the exciting BERGEN STREET FEST at the Teaneck National Guard Armory. This two-day festival runs from 12 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, featuring amazing food trucks, a huge beer garden, children’s activities, shopping and more. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 2–12, FREE for kids under 2. For more information, visit bergenstreetfest.com.
The RIDGEWOOD FALL CRAFT STREET FAIR features 175 exhibitors with arts, crafts and photography. From 12 to 5 p.m. there will be food, music, pony rides and a large Kidz Zone with games and inflatables. Admission: FREE. Visit pjspromotions.com for more information.
Hungry? Take a trip to the third annual LODI FOOD TRUCK AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy delicious food and drinks along Memorial Drive from some of the best and most popular food vendors in the county. Admission: FREE. For more information, refer to the Borough of Lodi’s Facebook page.
SEPT 21 & 28 Demarest Farms in Hillsdale presents PUMPKIN PICKING MOVIE NIGHTS, featuring hayrides, a petting zoo and more from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friends and family can take a tractor-pulled hayride to the pumpkin patch to watch a live screening of a Spookley the Square Pumpkin movie. Admission $16 (age 2 and over). Visit demarestfarms.com
SEPT 22 Join the community celebration of veterans and active duty military at the FIRE WATCH FESTIVAL, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park and School in Fair Lawn. The event will feature food, children’s activities, a car and motorcycle show, raffles and an appreciation concert. Admission: FREE. For more information, visit firewatchfestival.org.
SEPT 23 Visit the historic Wortendyke Barn Museum in Park Ridge from 4 to 6:30 p.m. for the MUSIC AT THE BARN! concert series. This preserved landmark includes 18th and 19thcentury architecture, tools and farm equipment and displays the agricultural history of the area’s first settlers. Admission: FREE. Visit co.bergen. nj.us for more information.
SEPT 23 Join CancerCare for the 31st annual NEW JERSEY WALK/RUN FOR HOPE! Your support aids in raising funds for the charity and helps anyone facing a cancer diagnosis. Registration/check-in starts at 7:45 a.m. and the run commences at 9 a.m. The race will be held at Overpeck County Park. Admission: adults (13 and older) $35, USATF-NJ members $32 and children (12 and under) $20 for 5K and Fun Run, $10 for Fun Run only. For more information or to register for the race, visit community. cancercare.org.
SEPT 24 Bring your appetite to the Fort Lee Business District where chefs from many borough restaurants will be showcasing their culinary talents during RESTAURANT WEEK. Check out participating eateries at bdaftlee.com. Prix fixe menus and food specials will be offered.
SEPT 28 & 29 With October creeping up, say goodbye to the end of summer and welcome fall with a HAUNTED FARM EXPERIENCE. Demarest Farms in Hillsdale is welcoming its first ever haunted event. It features a spooky hayride and a bone-chilling series of haunted houses filled with ghouls, ghosts and other scary creatures. Prepare to be frightened from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission $25–$30. For more information, visit hauntedorchardsfarm.com.
SEPT 29 The family-friendly 16TH ANNUAL LEONIA OKTOBERFEST has something for beerdrinkers and kids alike. From 4 to 10 p.m. you can chow down on brats, soft pretzels and schnitzel. Admission: $5 for adults, children are free. Visit leoniaoktoberfest.com for more details.
SEPT 29 Joey’s Fund is hosting its fourth annual CHARITY CAR SHOW at St. Mary’s Church in Closter from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show features classic cars, a DJ, trophies, raffles, food trucks and games. Proceeds will go to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Admission: FREE. Car registration: $15–$20. To learn more, donate or register your car for the show, visit joeyscharityfund.org. SEPT 29–30 The BERGEN COUNTY FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL is a long-standing and well attended family-event held at Van Saun Park in Paramus. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can enjoy the various crafters, food vendors, animal exhibits, gardener displays, games, face painting, hay rides, mazes and more. Admission: FREE. Visit co.bergen.nj.us for more information.
SEPT 30 Get ready for Franklin Lakes’ fourth annual SCENIC HALF MARATHON/5K. In partnership with the Wyckoff Family YMCA and the Franklin Lakes Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, the community looks forward to promoting health and wellness to all. The routes will wind throughout Franklin Lakes beginning and ending at the Franklin Lakes Municipal Complex. The races will commence at 8 a.m. promptly. Admission for the half marathon is $80 and the 5K is $25. Looking for more information? Visit wyckoffymca.org.