The kids are back in school; the temperature is dipping lower; and was that a changing leaf you just saw? The signs are clear — summer is slowly turning to fall, and soon we’ll be surrounded by sweaters, boots, and pumpkin-spice everything.
Just because summer is coming to an end, however, doesn’t mean the fun has to end with it! Jersey City offers a full roster of great activities and events to carry you through the fall season, whether you’re a foodie, a history buff, or an arts aficionado. Enjoy!
Jersey City is known for its numerous farmers markets at locations across the city, and they don’t close up shop just because the leaves are changing. On the contrary —though stalls full of lettuces and summer fruits will turn to baskets of apples and pumpkins — many of the city’s markets run through mid-December. Check here for dates and times for all Jersey City farmers markets. If you like a little live music with your fall produce, check out Music in the Park at Riverview Farmers Market. Their last performance of the season will be Nov. 1.
Liberty Science Center at Liberty State Park is a 300,000-square-foot wonderland of year-round learning and entertainment. This fall, LSC is launching two new exhibits sure to delight visitors of all ages. On Oct. 3, Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore! opens with our favorite Nickelodeon characters — Dora, Diego, Swiper, and more — hosting games and interactive play opportunities highlighting exploration, animal conservation, and environmentalism. On Oct. 31, go back in time to explore relics from the deep at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Objects recovered from HMS Titanic will be on display in recreated cabins and public spaces to allow visitors to experience life on board the ship that couldn’t sink.
The Jersey City Art & Studio Tour is a showcase of more than 600 artists in hundreds of venues across Jersey City. This year, JCAST celebrates its 25th year with a kickoff party Oct. 2. Installations include film, dance, music, and visual arts that can be viewed in galleries, public spaces, pop-up shops, and local businesses throughout the month of October.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Sixth Borough Market yet, there’s still time. Now in its third year, this wonderful open-air market will be hosting its last date of the season on Oct. 25. The cooler fall weather is ideal for taking the time to meander and scour row after row of arts and crafts, handmade goods, and vintage gems while grazing at the best local food stalls and trucks. Bring your appetite and your pocketbook to this well-curated flea in the heart of Jersey City.
The second annual Jersey City International Television & Film Festival kicks off Oct. 16. This year’s festival will present a selection of feature-length and short films, documentaries, television pilots, and Web series alongside panels, seminars, and Q&As. Tickets for the entire festival, including the opening night reception, are only $75, making the JCITFF a wallet-friendly weekend for film buffs.
Jersey City hosts a full day of activities along the Newark Avenue pedestrian plaza to assure that residents of all ages have a spooktacular Halloween. The day kicks off with the second annual Family Halloween Bash from 2 pm to 6 pm including a kid’s costume parade, face painting, live entertainment, and local vendors. As the sun goes down, the party turns up. Halloween on Newark Avenue will keep the grown-ups entertained from 6 pm to 10 pm with a DJ, an Artists & Makers Market, psychics and tarot card readers, plus Halloween-themed food and beverages from local restaurants.
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