Bergen County families needn’t travel far for a heaping dose of fun during the 2018 autumn season. With the arrival of crisp fall weather and stunning foliage comes a lively mix of local seasonal events that help to make autumn in the Bergen County area even more special. The mybergen.com Fall Family Fun Directory features some of our favorite places to go and things to do in the North Jersey area during the 2018 autumn season. This directory will be updated throughout the fall season. Enjoy!
Apple Cider Making at Tenafly Nature Center in Tenafly
Experience the taste of fresh crisp apple cider at this Tenafly Nature Center fall series. You will actually use an apple press, help to make cider, and learn about the history of apple cultivation and cider making. Tenafly Nature Center will provide the apples, but more apples mean more cider so feel free to bring three or more apples of your own per person. Apple cider making sessions are one hour and run throughout September and October. View the full schedule or register here. The Tenafly Nature Center is located at 313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, New Jersey. For more information, call 201-568-6093.
Apple Picking Within Easy Driving Distance of Bergen County
New Jersey and the Hudson Valley region in New York State offer plenty of options for apple picking outings. We have a popular pick-your-own apple orchard right here in Bergen County! Many more orchards and farms within easy day-trip driving distance of Bergen County feature pick-your-own apples as well as farm markets, restaurants, fall festivals and more. Read about our favorite apple picking destinations within easy driving distance of Bergen County.
Bergen County Family Fun Fest in Paramus, NJ
The Bergen County Family Fun Fest at Van Saun County Park will feature live music, crafts, storytelling, dance and much more! The festivities kick off at noon on Saturday, September 22nd. This free event is recommended for kids ages 8 and younger.
Van Saun Park County Park is located at Forest Avenue and Continental Avenue in Paramus, New Jersey. For more information, call 201-261-7312 or visit the County of Bergen website.
Bergen County Fall Harvest Festival in Paramus, NJ
The 2018 Bergen County Fall Harvest Festival at Van Saun Park in Paramus is a free family event that features a craft fair, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a farmer’s market, pumpkin picking, live music, entertainment and more. There will also be a demonstration by 4-H master gardeners. The festival takes place over two days; Saturday Sep 29th and Sunday September 30th starting at 10:00 am on both days. You’ll find more information about the 2018 Bergen County Fall Harvest Festival here.
Bergenfield Food & Fright Festival in Bergenfield, NJ
One of our favorite Bergen County downtown districts is back with its second annual Bergenfield Food & Fright Festival. This event was a tremendous hit in 2017 with families from throughout Bergen County’s Central and Northern Valley regions. There’s something for everyone in 2018 including the Bergenfield Food Crawl from October 26th – November 4th, the Bergenfield Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 27th and the popular Halloween Trunk or Treating on Wednesday, October 31st. Visit gobergenfield.com to learn more about the 2018 Bergenfield Food & Fright Festival and other events presented by the Bergenfield District Alliance.
Fall Foliage Hikes in the Ramapo Mountains
Bergen and Passaic Counties boast some of the most beautiful fall hiking trails in New Jersey, presenting many opportunities to view fall foliage in all its splendor. The average peak season for fall foliage colors in the North Jersey area is mid-to-late October although the temperature and rainfall will always impact the season. Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah offers a network of five loop trails, all beginning within a 2-mile radius of the reservation’s parking lot. The Vista Loop trail (yellow blaze), features three panoramic views from Hawk Rock, Cactus Ledge, and Ridge Overlook. Vista Loop was recently relocated to view the MacMillan Brook Waterfall from its base. Ramapo Mountain State Forest, located in Bergen and Passaic Counties, also offers an extensive network of trails where it’s easy to create short scenic loops or longer hikes for the more adventurous. Directions to Ramapo Valley Reservation. Directions to Ramapo Mountain State Park.
Fall Festival Weekends at Von Thun’s Country Farm Market in South Brunswick/Monmouth Junction, NJ
Von Thun’s Country Farm Market, located just over an hour from Bergen County is well worth the trip, if only for its fabulous Fall Festival Weekends held on October 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th. You’ll want to bring your family and friends because these weekend festivals are packed with 35+ activities and attractions, vendors, food, and lots of family entertainment including live country music, a balloon animal artist, stilt walker, juggler, magician, fun contests, games and more. This day-trip is also a great deal for the family on a budget! One price admission lets you stay as long as you like to enjoy all the festival has to offer and make family memories to last a lifetime without breaking the bank. Admission includes unlimited access to most attractions and activities – visit them throughout the day as many times as you like. When it comes to fall family fun, this is as good as it gets folks! Von Thun’s Country Farm Market is located at 519 Ridge Road, South Brunswick/Monmouth Junction, New Jersey. Von Thun’s Country Farm Market’s other location (Von Thun Farms in Washington, New Jersey) will be featured next week on mybergen.com!
Family Day-Trip to Ochs Orchard in Warwick, NY
For many Bergen County area families, Warwick, New York is a popular autumn destination for apple picking outings and other seasonal fun. This family-owned orchard is among Warwick’s most popular spots for local fall day-trippers throughout the season. Weekend visitors to Ochs Orchard can certainly count on picking their own delicious apples, but there’s so much more to Ochs Orchards. There are also veggies for picking and a wonderful petting zoo for the kids with miniature goats, “Misty” the Sicilian donkey and “Eeyore” the miniature donkey. You can purchase homemade cider, cider donuts and even ice cream made from fruit grown right there on the farm. You can get pumpkins too! On fall weekends, Ochs offers hot food from their eatery within the farm store. They also offer a variety of baked goods and pies. The spectacular autumn views at Ochs Orchards are not to be missed and make the trip from Bergen County well worthwhile.
For more information, call 845-986-1591 or visit ochsorchard.net.
Fort Lee Restaurant Week in Fort Lee, NJ
The Business District Alliance of Fort Lee will be kicking off the 2018 fall season with the third annual Fort Lee Restaurant Week! The event will take place from Thursday, September 24th through Sunday, September 30th and will give residents and visitors the opportunity to taste international flavors from many of the region’s leading restaurants. Special prix fixe menus and other offerings will be available at participating restaurants within the Business District. Read more about Fort Lee Restaurant Week.
Harvest Moon Beach Fire in Alpine
What a lovely way to welcome the fall season! On Sunday evening, September 23rd, the staff of the Palisades Interstate Park will invite the public to join them at a riverside fire on one of the park’s old bathing beaches on the Hudson River in Alpine. The fire will take place in front of the pavilion at Alpine Picnic Area and Boat Basin from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Bring a chair or blanket and some refreshments. Guitars or other instruments are also welcome. The fire will be too large and hot for cooking marshmallows but a second, smaller fire will be set up for that purpose. Algonquin Indians and American colonists called the full moon closest to the Autumnal equinox the “Harvest Moon” because it occurs near the peak of the harvest, allowing farmers to work into the night by the light of the moon. Corn, squash, such as pumpkins, and beans — the “three sisters” of the Native American harvest — are ready for gathering around this time. The full moon should be visible by a little before 7:00 pm as it rises above the hills across the river at Yonkers. High tide will occur near the time the program ends and will help the staff to safely clean the remains of the fire from the riverbank. The area is accessible from the park’s Alpine entrance at Alpine Approach Road, off U.S. Route 9W about half a mile north of Closter Dock Road, or from the Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 2. (Click here for detailed directions.) A flashlight is recommended for the walk from the parking area to the beach and back (about 200 yards each way). Restrooms are available near the site of the fire. For more information, or to confirm if weather is questionable, call 201-768-1360 ext. 108.
Haunted Play at Historic John Fell House in Allendale, NJ
The RiverStage Company will present a Stephen King inspired play, “REDRUM”, at the historic John Fell House estate in Allendale, New Jersey on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th. The grounds of this 16th century manor home will be transformed into a ghostly setting with spooky lighting, scary sounds and creepy décor to bring to life four of King’s most famous novels: “IT”, “CARRIE”, “MISERY” and “THE SHINING”. The RiverStage Company (formerly known as Saddle River Youth Theatre) has been “haunting” The John Fell House since 2010. Company members are community theatre actors, adult and teens, from all over Bergen, Passaic and Rockland counties. These spooky guided theatrical walking tours will be offered at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to navigate un-even landscapes and stairs. Check-in at Archer Hall on the grounds of Archer United Methodist Church, 37 East Allendale Avenue, Allendale. Do not check-in or park at the John Fell House. Tours leave within fifteen minutes of their start time. Tickets are $20.00 ($18 Seniors 55 & Older and Students 18 & Under) You can purchase tickets online at www.sryt.info, click on the website menu and tap the HAUNT TICKETS page link or you can contact the SRYT Box Office at 201-825-8805. The John Fell House is located a short distance from Route 17 at 475 Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, New Jersey.
Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking in Bergen County, NJ
Is there a better way to enjoy a crisp and beautiful fall day with the kids than to visit a farm and enjoy a hayride, pick some pumpkins and simply experience the great outdoors? You don’t have to travel far to find these autumn pleasures. Bergen County farms that offer hayrides and pumpkin picking!
Halloween Family Fun at Fall-O-Ween Spectacular in Fort Lee, NJ
The Fort Lee Business District sure knows how to throw a party and the annual Fall-O-Ween Spectacular on October 27, 2018 is no exception! This event features some of the best trick-or-treating in Bergen County so the kids will love it. Plus, they get two days of trick-or-treating this season. How cool is that? But wait, there’s more! The Fort Lee Business District will also provide an amazing evening of fall/pre-holiday shopping, strolling and dining for the adults. Everyone wins! Follow the Fort Lee BDA on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for event updates. Mybergen.com will also provide updated event details throughout October.
New Petting Zoo Experience Adds to the Fun at Abma’s Farm in Wyckoff, NJ
Fall in Bergen County just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to this popular Wyckoff farm Abma’s Farm features open hayrides on Saturdays and the long-awaited re-opening of “The Barnyard” petting zoo is September 29th with ducks, bunnies and three little pigs joining the Abma’s Farm family. Enjoy a stroll through the pumpkin patch, pick your own pumpkins, enjoy the fresh apple cider and take in the fall season at this local farm that actually dates back to the 1790s. There are special weekend and Halloween events happening throughout the fall season so be sure to visit abmasfarm.com for weekly updates. Reservations for hayrides are suggested and groups of 10 or more always require advance reservations. Call 201-891-0278, extension 4 for more information. Abma’s Farm is located a short distance from Routes 202, 208 and 287 at 700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff, New Jersey.
Nyack Famous Street Fair in Nyack, NY
Located just a short drive from Bergen County, this popular P.J.’s Promotions event takes place on Sunday, October 7th from 10:00 am-5:00 pm in historic Nyack on the Hudson River. The Nyack Famous Street Fair features 350 exhibitors with an amazing selection of arts and crafts, retail and commercial booths, collectibles, festival foods and outdoor dining. There is also a large children’s area, music and more. The fair covers several blocks of downtown Main Street and Broadway in Nyack, New York. Free admission!
15th Annual Oktoberfest in Franklin Lakes
This festive night of German food and beverages and entertainment will be held on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm under “the big tent” at McBride Field on Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. Proceeds from this popular fundraiser support Oasis – A Haven for Women and Children. For more information about the 15th Annual Oktoberfest in Franklin Lakes, or to purchase tickets, visit oasis.nj.org or contact Clarissa Perez at 973-881-8307 ext 108.
Terri Roemer Paramus Run in Paramus
The Paramus Run is one of North Jersey’s all-time most popular running events, and has been a Bergen County fall family fitness tradition for decades. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 21st and will feature a 10K run, 5K run, 5K health walk and the best pre and post-race amenities you’ll find at any race in the region. The staging area for the 2018 Terri Roemer Paramus Run is at the Fairfield Inn & Suites Paramus, next to the Paramus Park Mall. You’ll find full event details here.
Zoo Boo at the Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ
The annual Zoo Boo Halloween celebration at the Bergen County Zoo in Paramus is one of the most popular events of the fall season in North Jersey and it sells out fast! Zoo Boo 2018 will be held on Friday, October 26 and Saturday, October 27 at the Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus. (Rain date will be Sunday, October 28th). The event features trick-or-treating throughout the zoo, ghostly storytelling, magic shows, a friendly train ride and an Eerie Express train ride. Advance ticket purchase required! For more information about Zoo Boo, call 201-634-3113, 201-634-3110 or 201-262-3771 x110.