It’s not time to head indoors just yet. Here are CBSNewYork’s picks for the best autumn activities, fairs and festivals taking place in the Garden State this fall. By Emily Tamburri.
North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival
Unitarian Society of Ridgewood
113 Cottage Place
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
September 30th – October 1st
Knitters, crocheters, weavers and quilters rejoice — the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival is here to serve you with all your yarn and crafting needs. You can browse the numerous and interesting pieces they have for sale, or attend one of the various workshops or demonstrations to pick up a new skill and create your very own project.
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
October 1st – 2nd
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Presenting 4,000 gallons of New England and Manhattan clam chowder from feature restaurants around the area, Chowderfest is one of LBI’s biggest attractions. A 20 year Chowder Cook-Off tradition has brought enthusiasts from all over New Jersey for unlimited sampling and to vote on who will be the next Chowder Grand Champion.
10th Annual New Jersey Botanical Gardens Harvest Fest and Craft Fair
New Jersey Botanical Garden
P.O. Box 302
Ringwood, NJ 07456
October 1st- 2nd
Take a tour and explore the New Jersey Botanical Gardens at their yearly Harvest Fest, where you’ll find a day full of face painting, hayrides and pumpkin decorating. Oktoberfest foods, fall treats and beer tastings will be served throughout the weekend. This year, the Harvest Fest has teamed up with local artisans for a craft fair and will also feature autumn plant sale.
8th Annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show
Atlantic County 4-H Fairground
Route 3210, Route 50
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
October 8th and 9th
The perfect way to start off your fall season is at the South Jersey Pumpkin Show. Family contests, pumpkin themed activities and live music accompany a fall home show an extensive craft fair featuring handmade pottery, soaps, paintings and knitwear. Come celebrate the pumpkin harvest. You won’t want to miss the annual weigh-off of gigantic sized pumpkins – with prizes and awards for the big winners.
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Emily Tamburri is a New Jersey-based lifestyle writer.