Back to Back Issues Page
September 01, 2011

September 1, 2011

Welcome to The New Jersey Leisure Guide Times!

This newsletter brings you a capsule of popular leisure events and things to do in New Jersey during the month of September, 2011.

This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular September Events and Things To Do
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

Popular September 2011 Events and Things To Do

While Hurricane Irene wrecked havoc with end of the summer vacation plans, as it turned out we were spared the worst case scenario that would have left most of New Jersey's most popular vacation and weekend getaway destinations in a shambles. As of September 1st, the Jersey Shore has recovered and people are rushing back to resume their interrupted vacations or to get an early start on a Labor Day weekend celebration.

With the ocean waters still warm off the beaches in Atlantic and Cape May counties, September is a great month to enjoy the the Southern Jersey shore with fewer crowds, lower prices, and many festivals for September.

With cooler temperatures, September is also a great month for camping, hiking, and for weekend getaways, especially in the higher elevations of northwest New Jersey.

Here is a capsule of some of the popular events that are happening in New Jersey during the month of September.

The 40th Annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Friday, September 2, Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, 2011
Salem County Fairgrounds
Woodstown, NJ
(302) 635-3001
Features A Tribute to the Music of the Johnson Mountain Boys with Dudley Connell, Richard Underwood, David McLaughlin and Marshall Wilborn with special guest Michael Cleveland (Friday) A Tribute to the Music of Lester Flatt with David Peterson with Johnny Warren and guests (Saturday) A Tribute to the Music of Bill Monroe with Peter Rowan and guest musicians (Saturday Night Finale)

Labor day Weekend - Frenchtown Riverfest
Sept. 3 - 4, 2011 from 12-6pm
Bridge Street
Frenchtown, NJ
908-996-9000 or visit
A family event with entertainment, food, and crafts

Jazz IT Up Wine and Food Festival
September 3 & 4, 2011 (rain date Sept. 5) Noon to 5:00 pm
Allaire State Park
Farmingdale, NJ
(609) 588-0085
Spend Labor Day weekend soaking up history, listening to great jazz and sipping New Jersey wine. Artisan vendors and crafters will be selling hand made products, wine related items and other quality goods. There will be kids activities including arts and crafts, face painting and games.

The Hoboken Italian Festival
September 8-11, 2011
Sinatra Park, on the historic waterfront of Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken, NJ
The Hoboken Italian Festival, the premier Italian-American festival in New Jersey is over 80 years old, and is derived from a festival in Italy that is over 600 years old. The highlight of the feast, aside from the staggering variety of food and entertainment, is the day long procession through the streets of Hoboken on Saturday, Sept. 10th. The procession runs through the streets of Hoboken. including a pain staking reenactment of the "Blessing of the Fleet" in the Hudson River, The 4 day event has it's huge finale with a huge fireworks extravaganza over the park at 9:00 pm, Saturday

Mummers String Band Show
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Philadelphia's famed mummers will be returning to Wildwood. The Mummers Strut Contest will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the Mummers Parade at 4:45 p.m. The parade will feature the top nine string bands from this year's New Year's Day Parade in Philadelphia, PA..

Fall Camp Jam in the Pines
September 15 to 18, 2011
Old Cedar Campground
274 Richwood Road
Monroeville, NJ
An all weekend festival hosting national, regional and local acts, with a wide array of talent in many styles of music. They offer camping facilities in the South Jersey farmlands. Campground features full hook-ups, bath house, laundry, camp store, playgrounds, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and fishing. Stage built on beach right next to lake. Fun filled with happy, dancing, and friendly folks.

The Festival of the Sea
Saturday, September 17, 2011, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Downtown on both Arnold and Bay Avenues
Point Pleasant Beach
A popular family festival that features over 200 crafters, over 25 restaurants, and a wine and beer garden. The festival draws 50,000 to 60,000 people. Rain date: Sunday, September 18th

Irish Fall Festival
September 22 -25, 2011
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
One of the biggest Irish festivals in the country is held at the Jersey shore. The yearly celebration of Irish heritage is expected to draw as many as a quarter of a million people to the resort of the Wildwoods for the festival. The Four-day event celebrates Irish heritage with dancing, music, food, crafts, a piper competition, and a parade on Sunday. 8 a.m. - 11 p.m. Daily. Free Other festival activities include a golf tournament, amateur boxing matches, Irish dance lessons, Ceili, 5k Run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Irish music concert, Catholic Mass and concludes with a parade on Surf Ave. from 26th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood.

Take the Family Apple Picking at a "Pick Your Own Farm"
Peach picking is a popular New Jersey family activity. If you love peaches and enjoy getting out with the family for a fun activity, head on out to a pick your own peach farm and take home fresh, fully ripened, and flavorful peaches --- peaches that you aren't able to get at the local supermarket. [ Read more ]

Try crabbing - Its the peak time of the season Crabbing is a very popular summer and fall activity along the bays and creeks on the Jersey Shore. Crabs can be caught from a rental row boat using a drop line or a scoop net along the bay dock pilings, or with a net and bait along the side of a creek. In NJ, in terms of numbers caught, recreational crabbing exceeds recreational fishing catches of bluefish, flounder, black sea bass and striped bass. Find the best spots for crabbing

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Lilly's on the Canal
Lambertville, NJ
Overlooking the canal, it's a pleasant lunch or dinner place if you want to take a break from hiking the canal or from visiting the many art galleries and shops in charming Lambertville. Read the Restaurant review

New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Check out our comprehensive ratings and reviews gathered from diners, critics, and personal visits by New Jersey Leisure Guide.

For other top New Jersey Attractions & Things to do in September:

Top Events in September - A schedule of the most popular events at the larger venues for concerts, theatre, entertainment, and festivals.
Top Things To Do in September - Our recommendations for the most popular seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

Note: Most of this information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Back to Back Issues Page