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August 30, 2012

September 1, 2012

- Welcome to The New Jersey Leisure Guide Times!

Labor Day weekend brings the unofficial ending of summer and the official beginning of fall on September 21st.

With pleasant temperatures, this is a popular month for Jersey Shore beaches, hotels, restaurants, nightlife, festivals, and events.

This Edition's Contents...

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

Popular September 2012 Events and Things To Do

Note: 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.

Cirque du Soleil - Dralion
September 1, 2, 2012
Boardwalk Hall Arena
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Jazz it Up Wine Festival
September 1, 2, 2012
Allaire State Park
4265 Atlantic Ave.
Farmingdale, New Jersey
The event will feature hundreds of award-winning New Jersey wines and an array of great food. Artisan vendors and crafters will be selling hand made products, wine related items and other quality goods. There will be kids activities including arts & crafts, face painting and games. Discount advance sale tickets are available online at

8th Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Fox Park
(across from the Wildwoods Convention Center on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues)
Wildwood, NJ
Beginning at noon, the event will feature free live entertainment, craft and food vendors, with featured performer Bobby Rydell, and many more entertainers. Admission to the block party and concert is FREE.

The Hoboken Italian Festival
September 6-9, 2012
Sinatra Park, on the historic waterfront of Hoboken, NJ
Hoboken Italian Festival
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
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
Entertainment begins on the street at 3:30 p.m. Mummers strut contest begins at 4 p.m. followed by parade at 4:45 p.m. featuring the top string bands from this year's Philadelphia New Year's Day Parade. Spectators will be able to get up-close views of the beautiful costumes and intricate dance steps these eccentric performers display during the parade, in addition to joining the fun and learning the famous "Mummers Strut."

Atlantic City Seafood Festival
Saturday, September 15th and Sunday, September 16th, 2012
Bader Field
Route 40
Atlantic City, NJ
This popular family day features a large variety of great wines and beers of New Jersey, over a hundred local restaurants as well as amusements, cooking demonstrations, chowder cook off and Live entertainment adds to the outdoor fun for the whole family to enjoy. The Weekend festival events will include: Food Vendors, Sand Sculptor, Sea Fairing Vendors, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Live Music, NJ Fresh Seafood Market, Kite Flying, Beer and Wine's of the Garden State, Chowder Cook off Amusements, and Cooking Demonstrations.

Saturday September 15, 2012 at 8:00PM
Boardwalk Hall Arena
Atlantic City, New Jersey

Irish Fall Festival
September 20 -23, 2012
Olde New Jersey Avenue
North Wildwood, NJ
One of the biggest Irish festivals in the country is held at the Jersey shore -- every September, Wildwood holds the annual Irish Fall Festival!. 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.

Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
Sunday, September 23, 2012, From 12-7 PM (Rain Date September 30th)
White Street Parking Lot
Red Bank, NJ
Contact Ruthanne Harrison;732-829-1104
This family event will feature Live music, food and Guiness beer. Live bands will perform on two stages with a mix of Irish music, blues, funk & rock and roll. Headlining is Black 47, the Nerds and others. Tons of fresh oysters, Guinness, lighter beers and wine plus 25 of Red Bank's fine restaurants will be serving specialty menu items including everything from Oyster Stew to Angus Steak to Seared Tuna. The Proceeds from this event will benefit the Booker Cancer Center at Riverview, the Cancer Institute of NJ, and the Red Bank RiverCenter. Donation of $5.00 for anyone over 10.

How To Train Your Dragon
September 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 2012
Izod Center
East Rutherford, New Jersey
The state-of-the-art animatronic technology and large-scale cinematic projections interact seamlessly with the live actors to bring the story to life. The show features 23 dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats, to perform against a state-of-the-art, wall-to-floor immersive projection measuring more than 20,000 square feet.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Just Restaurant & Lounge
2280 US 9 South
Old Bridge, NJ
(732) 707-4800
This new restaurant is ideal for diners who enjoy well prepared food with organic, farm to fork ingredients, free range, wild caught seafood ---- with a trendy modern ambiance.
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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:

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.

Labor Day Weekend Events - Find out where and when the best Labor Day events and parades in NJ are.

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