5 Favorite Things: October 4th - 10th

Well there’s really only ONE thing to talk about this week, but I suppose we should probably mention a few more! LOL


Bottle Hill Day

Downtown Madison

Saturday, October 5th - 10 am - 6 pm

This year will mark the 45th Anniversary of this signature Madison, NJ event. This event has continued to grow every year since it was first established in 1974 by Mayor Elizabeth Baumgartner. Your participation is key to the continued success of this event. Also, as in year’s past, the Madison Chamber of Commerce and Madison P.B.A. #92 will be hosting their popular annual Madison Car Show in conjunction with Bottle Hill Day.

The DDC’s objective is to promote economic growth and business development so that Madison’s beautiful downtown continues to thrive. Bottle Hill Day was created in 1974 to promote the business district. The name originated from Madison’s original establishment in 1715 of the village called “Bottle Hill”. Over the years, it has grown, evolving into a family, entertainment and community celebration which draws between 10,000 and 20,000 people to the heart of Madison every fall. This event is free and open to the public. For more information email: ddc@rosenet.org

With the expansion a few years ago onto Kings Road, this rain or shine street festival now spans over six blocks and includes sidewalk sales, four stages with live music, the DDC Beer Garden, three separate Amusement Areas, food and 225+ vendors including non-profits, crafters, retail businesses, etc.

The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm but the DDC Beer Garden will remain open until 6:00 pm. There will be great food options as well including the Food Court on Cook Avenue, other food vendors throughout the festival, local restaurants and a Food Truck Court on Kings Road.

The Chamber of Commerce Car Show runs concurrently in the Ambulance Corps Lot on Kings Road.

Park & Ride Shuttle to the event. Just park your car in the parking lot at the Madison Community Pool and ride downtown where the shuttle will drop you off right in the center of town. The shuttle will run from 9:15 am until 5:00 pm in a continuous loop between the parking lot and the center of town.

The DDC Beer Garden (12:00 - 6:00 pm): Located on Kings Road between Maple Avenue and Prospect Street.

Family Activities & Rides: Provided by Seashore Amusements at Central Avenue School and Kings Road on the Hartley Dodge Memorial lawn.

Street Closures and Parking: Waverly, Central Avenue (Main Street to Brittin Street), Kings Road (Prospect to Green Avenue), and Prospect Street (Kings Road to Keep Street) will be closed but the municipal lots (Waverly Green, Cook Avenue and Elmer Street) will be open for parking. Additional event parking will be available at the Madison Junior School parking lots which are accessible via Brittin Street (behind the school). Street parking where allowed will be available as well.


Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic


Friday, October 4th - Sunday, October 6th - various times

Everyone’s invited to New Jersey Performing Arts Center for an amazing journey with Elmo to discover the “power of yet” in Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic. This production features favorite Sesame Street pals Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie, Monster, Big Bird and more in a brand-new, magical adventure live on stage.

Elmo is inspired to learn a magic trick when he meets magician extraordinaire Justin, who has come to Sesame Street to perform a magic show. But there’s one problem…Elmo doesn’t know how to do magic!  Through Justin’s encouragement to practice, work hard and never give up, Elmo embarks on an extraordinary journey.  He learns that it’s okay to make mistakes and that magic can be found anywhere when you believe in yourself and the power of what’s yet to be.

With high-energy dance numbers and a soundtrack that’s sure to get everyone out of their seats, Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic is an inspirational introduction to live theater and the art of illusion that the entire family will enjoy.

Show times:

Friday- 6pm
Saturday- 10:30am, 2pm, 5:30pm
Sunday- 10:30am, 2pm

Ages 5+

Tickets: $20

Visit the theatre website for more information and for tickets!

Morris County Park Palooza: A Sppok-tacular Time

Saturday, October 5th - 11 am - 7 pm

Lewis Morris County Park

Enjoy 20+ food trucks, a biergarten offering hand-crafted beers, wine and sangria, and live music featuring Jazmyn Adelle & Company, and Guy Smiley Band, Halloween activities for adults and kids, carnival games, face painting, and so much more. Wear your costume, too.

Parking is free and admission allows for re-entry throughout the day. Beginning Sept. 4, purchase tickets online for a discounted rate. All proceeds benefit the Morris County Park Commission.

All ages

Prices: Adults $10, Children $5, day of; Adults $5, Children $2, in advance.

Visit the parks website for more information.


19th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Whippany Rail Musuem

Sunday, October 6th - 12:30 - 5 pm

Celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch at the Whippany Railway Museum's 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival. Walk among the pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows, and take a ride on the "Pumpkinliner" train.

Enjoy the wares of local craft merchants and railroad memorabilia dealers at the Pumpkin Market Place Crafts Fair. Enter the cab of 112 year-old steam locomotive No. 385 where you can sit in the engineer's seat and blow the whistle and ring the bell. View two operating model railroad layouts. Climb aboard the "Pumpkinliner" excursion train and relax as the train follows the route of the historic "Whippanong Trail". 

For full details and online tickets, see website.

All ages

Price: Train Ride Fare: Adult: $16.; Child (under 12): $11.; Infants (1 yr & under): Free

Trailblazers Volunteer Day

Liberty State Park

Sunday, October 6th - Various times

LSP Trailblazers focus on removing exotic invasive weeds and vines from around the trails that pass through the Richard J. Sullivan Natural Area and planting native shrubs to improve habitat.

It is recommended that you wear long sleeves and pants, sturdy shoes, and work gloves if you have them. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Sunscreen, insect repellent, and water are also recommended.

This program is recommended for adults and families with children ages 10 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event.

Pre-registration is required.

Ages 10+