5 Favorite Things: September 13th - 19th

It’s really, truly beginning to feel like fall out there! Here are some autumn inspired activities to get you and your family into the spirit!


The Tap Dance Kid


Friday, September 13th - Sunday, September 15th - various times

Tony Award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Savion Glover directs this revival of his hit Broadway musical.

The Tap Dance Kid tells the story of a determined youngster who dreams of becoming a tap dancer, despite his father's opposition.

Tickets: $29 and up

Ages 8+

Visit the NJPAC website for tickets & showtimes.


Fall Festival @ Ort Farms

Through October

Ort Farms, Long Valley

Spend Fall weekends at Ort where visitors can enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, train ride and more. The Farm Store is open daily with fresh baked goods, local produce, apples and cider. 

The hayride brings visitors to a giant pumpkin patch with pumpkins on the vine. Pumpkins are $.65/lb.

Weekend Activities: (start dates listed)

Hayrides to pick your own pumpkin (Starting 9/14)

  • Corn Maze (starting 9/7)

  • Kiddie Train Rides (starting 9/14)

  • Apple Cannon (starting 9/14)

  • Pony Rides (starting 9/28)

  • Monster Truck Rides (starting 9/28)

Visit the farm website for more information.


Great Swamp Fall Festival

Great Swamp EOC, Chatham

Saturday, September 14th - 10 am - 3 pm

Stop by Great Swamp as they welcome the Fall season with a day of batty fun for all—guided walks, archery, river, seining, activities for kids and more.

Free hot dogs on the grill. Photo Contest winners will be announced. 


All ages

Visit the environmental center website for more information.

Butterfly Bonanza

Pyramid Mountain, Montville

Saturday, September 14th - 12 - 9 pm

Celebrate the beauty and importance of New Jersey’s butterflies and other important pollinators. Packed with excitement, entertainment, and education for all ages, this event showcases how pollinators contribute to the natural world.

Enjoy a guided ‘Bug Safari’ tour of the butterfly garden, fun games, themed crafts and activities, live music, and so much more.

All Ages

Prices range up to $4


Water Lantern Festival

Liberty State Park

Saturday, September 14th - 4-9:30 pm

Enjoy a picturesque evening at Liberty State Park when the Hudson River becomes illuminated by beautiful lanterns. The festivities begin with food trucks and music, followed by the designing of lanterns at 7:30pm.

The lanterns then launch from 8 to 9:30pm. Tickets include a water lantern, a keychain LEG flashlight, a marker and a wristband.

All Ages

Prices vary

See the website for details.