5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: October 5th - October 11th

Really there is only one thing you need to know about this week (but we’ll, of course let you know a few more!) and that’s BOTTLE HILL DAY!! The BEST day in Madison!


Bottle Hill Day

Saturday, October 6th, 10 am - 5 pm

BHD is a family, entertainment and community celebration which draws between 10,000 and 20,000 people to the heart of Madison every fall. 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. 
With the expansion two 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.
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. 
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. 
Food, Food and Food Trucks: Food Vendors on Central Avenue Near the stage, Food Court at the Intersection of Central and Cook Avenue and the new Food truck Court on Kings Road
The DDC Beer Garden (12:00 - 6:00 pm): Located on Kings Road between Maple Avenue and Prospect Street. Sponsored by Main Street Wine Cellars. 
Family Activities & Rides: Provided by Seashore Amusements at Central Avenue School and Kings Road on the Hartley Dodge Memorial lawn. 
Free Rock Climbing Wall & New! Boardwalk Themed Games: Located on Green Village Road between the trestle and Main Street. 

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.


While you’re in town on Saturday, check out the Chamber of Commerce 26th Annual Classic Car Show!


The Wizard of Oz

October 5th - October 28th - times vary

The Growing Stage, Netcong

Growing Stage presents The Wizard of Oz, based on the classic motion picture. Friday night is a special opening night performance at 5:30pm. All other Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 4pm.

Dorothy Gale, a young girl living on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry, dreams of escaping her mundane life. Suddenly a cyclone hits, and Dorothy and Toto, seeking shelter in the house, are transported to the Land of Oz. Dorothy’s house has landed upon – and fatally stricken – the Wicked Witch of the East. The Munchkins, now freed from the Wicked Witch of the East, celebrate and hail Dorothy as their new heroine. The celebration is interrupted as the Wicked Witch of the West suddenly appears, seeking vengeance. Unable to reclaim her sister’s ruby slippers, which are now on Dorothy’s feet, the Witch vows to return and disappears in a cloud of smoke. Dorothy, seeking a way back home to Kansas, sets off to see the Wizard of Oz and her classic adventure begins.

The Growing Stage


18th Annual Pumpkin Festival

Sunday, October 7th, 12:30 - 5 pm

Whippany Rail Museum

Celebrate the Fall Harvest and the Season of the Witch at the Whippany Railway Museum with train rides and a Halloween crafts/vendor fair. The whole family can enjoy an afternoon amid the Color and Spirit of Fall in the Whippanong Valley of Morris County.

Take a relaxing, nostalgic 30-minute trip into the past onboard the "Pumpkinliner." The enjoyable excursion follows the route of the Historic Whippanong Trail and will feature antique cabooses you can ride in. Trains leave at 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance online.

The Festival will feature pumpkins, corn shocks, and grinning scarecrows, along with local crafts and railroad memorabilia. There will also be a unique collection of antique Farm Tractors. Kids can pose for pictures in front of the Haunted House and enjoy the festive fall decorations around the museum grounds. 

This event takes place rain or shine.

Price: $11 - $19

Whippany Rail Museum

Daffodil Bulb Party

Monday, October 8th, 1-2:30 pm

Macculloch Hall, Morristown

Macculloch Hall invites children 3+ to a fall planting party in the garden. Activities include planting daffodil bulbs, a story, and craft. 

Pre-registration is required.


Macculloch Hall