The Weekender: Octoberfests, Llewellyn Park, Penguins

What to do in West Orange this weekend

Below are just a few of the events around the city and nearby.  Click on EVENTS tab to see all the possibilities waiting for you!  Feel free to add your own in the comments section. 

WHEN:    Friday  4:30pm to 9:30pm
WHY GO:   Free public skating, a free hockey skills clinic and free skate rentals!

    Essex County Fleet Maintenance Garage,99 W Bradford Ave, Cedar Grove
WHEN:      Saturday, 8:30am to 4pm
WHY GO:   This collection day provides residents a place to properly and safely dispose of contaminants.  Materials being collected include pesticides and herbicides, paint thinners and solvents, oil-based paint, chemistry sets, barbecue propane tanks, pool chemicals, photo developing chemicals, household batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and ballasts, products that contain mercury, car batteries, home fire extinguishers, aerosol spray paint and automotive fluids.

    Essex County Environmental Center, Roseland, NJ
WHEN:       Saturday, 11am – 4pm
WHY GO:   Visitors to OctoberFest can go on canoe trips on the Passaic River or nature walks in Essex County’s West Essex Park. There will be a petting zoo, gardening tips, a live beehive display, woodturning demonstrations, pumpkin carving demonstrations, nature arts and crafts, face painting, free refreshments, a pumpkin patch maze and display tables from a variety of eco-vendors.  Admission is free.

WHERE:   West Orange High School
WHEN:    Saturday 1pm
WHY GO:   Cheer on the Home Team !!!

WHERE:   Applegate Farms
WHEN:     Saturday, 7 p.m.
WHY GO:  Wow! Pumpkin painting contest for kids and teens, Ice cream eating contest for adults, clowns, balloons, apple cider, homemade caramel apples.  Rain or Shine.

WHEN:  Sunday   10am

WHY GO:    Guest speakers include a Genetic Counselor,, a Radiation Oncologist, and more.   Free but registration required by calling 1-888-724-7123 Option 4.   Co-Sponsored by St. Barnabas Medical Center & Orthodox Union. 

WHEN:  Sunday   7:30pm to 8:30pm
WHY GO:    Jazz Vespers is an evening worship service focusing on music and the Spirit.  This alternative format service blends the age-old tradition of evening prayer with the unique musical language of jazz.  It will feature jazz music performed by local musicians as well as special readings, poetry, prayers and communion.  The service honors the diversity of the West Orange community and the contribution of the creative arts to the life of the community.  It celebrates inclusivity and creativity and is open to all. 

:  Pleasant Valley Way & Cedar Ave, West Orange
WHEN:   Sunday 9am
WHY GO:   The South Mountain Conservancy invites you to help build the Mayapple Loop Trail, a new multi-use, sustainable mile circuit around Mayapple Hill in South Mountain Reservation.   Trail building is rewarding work, but strenuous and only for volunteers 15 years or older. Bring: Solid footwear and a friend…we supply work gloves, tools, and water.  Steady rain cancels.

:   Llewellyn Park
WHEN:   Sunday 8am Registration; 9am Run & Walk;  10am Kid’s Fun Run
WHY GO:  Proceeds will benefit the Llewellyn Park Preservation Foundation.  Glenmont will be open to participants of the event for a private viewing from 10:00 - 12:00 am. Your race bib will allow you and your family (or guest) complimentary admittance to tour the house.   Kids' races will take place on the front lawn of Glenmont. A cross country fitness coach will lead the children in warm-ups and fitness exercises before their race. 
COST:    Registration:  $25 for adults  -  $10 for kids

   Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange
WHEN:     Sunday, 11am
Celebrate World African Penguin Day by visiting the zoo's flock of African Penguins at the Penguin Coast Exhibit.   Home to a flock of endangered African Penguins, the zoo participates in the penguin species survival plan breeding program.  No! African is not a misprint. This is now the official name for the black footed penguin that lives on the rocky shores around southwest Africa. The climate is very much like New Jersey’s and so the zoo’s African penguins are very comfortable living here.   Come see for yourself how they swim, dive, and turn with lightning speed. 
COST:    Children & Seniors $7, Adults $10, Children under 2 are free.

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