Throughout October: Terhune Orchards Harvest Festival takes place every weekend in October. Activities include pumpkin picking, family activities, live music, shopping at the farm store and wine and winery tasting room. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton.
October 24: With fall officially here, it’s only festive to host a yoga session in the autumn air. Paired with wine tastings from Valenzano Family Winery, Yoga in the Vineyards, Raising Spirits is sure to pair some uplifting yoga practice with delicious wine. Sponsored by the Garden State Wine Growers Association, Yoga in the Vineyards will be an uplifting hour of spirituality followed by savory wine tastings. Tickets can be purchased for $25 at www.purplepass.com/yoga_spirits. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (yoga session) Valenzano Winery, 1090 Route 206, Shamong.
October 24: Manahawkin Flea Market and Food Truck Festival rolls in with some of the best food trucks from New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia for a food truck extravaganza. The festival features Halloween festivities, hay rides, music, and trick or treating! Manahawkin Mart, East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin.
October 24: Wacky Witchy Wine Event will take place at Natali Vineyards, brought to you by the Garden State Wine Growers Association. The night includes live music, spooky sangria, wine by the glass and bottle, and local food and artisan vendors. The day will feature an Apple Bobbing Contest, with the winner receiving a $50 Natali Vineyards gift certificate. The event is both free and pet friendly! 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Natali Vineyards, 221 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House.
October 24 and 25: Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, the Jersey Shore’s only authentic biergarten, will celebrate the grand finale of its First Annual Oktoberfest by taking it to the street under a special 120-foot long Munich-style tent on Saturday and Sunday. 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park.
October 24 and 25: The Autumn Wine Festival at Jakes Branch Park toasts fall with tastings from nine New Jersey wineries while enjoying crafts, food vendors, and live music. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (cash only). 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jakes Branch Park, Beachwood.
October 24 and 25: Now that Joaquin is out of the way, the Garden State Wine Growers Association holds its rescheduled Grand Harvest Wine Festival. All tickets purchased in advance of the festival on its original date will be honored this weekend as the GSWGA raises a glass in Morristown to celebrate the picking, carrying, destemming, crushing, fermenting, and making of vintage New Jersey wine! Tastings will represent the 20 premiere wineries throughout the Garden State. The festival will feature live bands, food, craft vendors, and kids’ activities. Tickets are still available for $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, 73 Kahdena Road, Morristown.
October 24 and 25: Alba Vineyard hosts a Fall Food Truck and Wine Festival. The festival brings together everything that is great about Jersey food trucks and wine to the fun sounds of the VooDUDES. Wine tastings are available for $10 a person which includes 8 samplings of Alba Vineyard’s nationally award winning wines in an Alba Vineyard wine glass. 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Road, Milford.
October 24 and 31: Cape Resorts’ Fall Harvest is in full swing throughout the month of October. Head down to Cape May and stay with one guest at one of Cape Resorts’ award-winning hotels and enjoy dinner from their seasonal restaurant menu featuring Cape Resorts’ own 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. Participating hotels include Congress Hall and the Boutique Virginia Hotel, alongside restaurants, Blue Pig Tavern and Ebbitt Room.
October 30: NJ’s Chef Table Dinner at Salt Creek Grille takes place at the restaurant’s Princeton location. The dinner will include a 4 course dinner that partners with local farms, created by Executive Chef Luis Etrada. In addition to the food, each course will be paired with quality wine, in addition to some dual pairings. Mark Vecchio is scheduled to speak at the dinner. Tickets cost $85. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille,1 Rockingham Row, Princeton.
November 5: To kick off this year’s Jersey Shore Restaurant Week, local Jersey Shore restaurants are coming together to offer a Dream Dinner, showcasing four courses that will be paired with wines from various California regions. Each course is created by a different chef from a different Jersey Shore restaurant from beach communities including Point Pleasant, Bradley Beach, Asbury Park, and Manasquan. There are only 100 seats available for the Dream Dinner, so make sure to reserve yours before it’s too late. Shipwreck Point Steakhouse, Point Pleasant Beach.
November 5 to 8: Sponsored by capemay.com and Cape May magazine, Cape May Restaurant Weekend is sure to be a culinary adventure that is both affordable and delicious. For a full list of participating restaurants, check out the Cape May Restaurant Weekend website.
November 6 to 15: You heard right! Jersey Shore Restaurant Week is back! The week will include various dinner events and dinner discounts at various Jersey Shore restaurants. For details or to purchase tickets, head to jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com.
November 7: The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is here! This first ever Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown festival will feature only New Jersey beer, gourmet food trucks and chefs preparing BBQ and bacon creations. A competition for the best of best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish and Best Beer will take place, featuring Jersey Bites founder and executive editor, Deb Smith. NJCB Members are able to purchase discounted tickets when they use an NJCB associated email and the code MembersEatBacon promo code when purchasing tickets. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Waterloo Village Concert Field, Stanhope.
November 7 and 8: Grape Adventure Wine Festival hits Six Flags Great Adventure. The weekend is the best way to transition between FrightFest and the all-new Holiday in the Park. The festival features nearly 150 locally produced wines for sampling from 14 New Jersey vineyards. The festival also features handcrafted gifts and food truck vendors. 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson.
November 16: Forks & Corks is back for a third year at the Mill in Spring Lake Heights. The event’s food, wine, and beer tasting provides a glimpse of the delectables available along the Jersey Shore. Tickets are available for a discounted price until November 1 (algonquinarts.org). 6 to 9 p.m. The Mill, 101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights.
November 21: Head to Cedar Grove for the local Fire Department’s Chili Cook-Off from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. All of the proceeds from the cook-off will benefit Cedar Grove resident and NJ State Trooper Bill “No Fear” Fearon. Special guests include Chopped judge and Iron Chef contestant Amanda Freitag and WPLJ’s Todd and Jayde. Tickets are $35 and include beer and wine. Event will take place at the Macedonian Church, 1050 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove.