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by Erica Bauwens

Sept. 8: Dining in the Dark
There is no wrong time to enjoy Haddonfield’s Kings Highway, one of the more intimate shopping spots in South Jersey. So why not see the after hours side of things? Downtown Haddonfield is hosting a Night Market food truck festival all along the avenue, packed with trucks from all over the East Coast. Snack your way from shop to shop and check out what local business owners have to offer.
5-8 p.m. at Kings Highway, Haddonfield,

Sept. 10: Pearly Whites
We know there’s a rule that you’re not supposed to wear white after Labor Day, but when the Collingswood Pop Up Gala rolls around, you have to make an exception. This exciting annual event follows the vein of Phialdelphia Diner en Blanc: Guests register in advance, bring their meals, then dress all in white with all-white accessories to wine and dine at a top-secret spot that is only revealed right before the event starts. It always draws a crowd and remains one of the more exciting evenings around town.
7 p.m. in Collingswood,

Sept. 12: On Your Mark
One of the area’s best races combines with a full day of festival fun at the Flying Fish 5k and Somerdale Day. Start your morning off with a 5k race through Somerdale’s neighborhoods, which starts and ends at the Flying Fish Brewery. Registered runners take home a free beer and beer glass, and all attending can try whatever is on tap at the beer garden and also grab a bite or take home some new locally made crafts. There’s also kid rides, free tours of the brewery and a classic car show.
10 a.m. at Flying Fish Brewery, Somerdale,

Sept. 17: Fall Fun
‘Tis the season for autumnal festivals as the Mount Laurel Fall Festival and 5k returns for yet another year. It’s the biggest event of the year in the township, with vendors coming from all over to sell crafts and products, live music and performances from the local schools, displays and demonstrations from first responders, food, amusement park rides and much more. And it all kicks off with a 5k walk and run, including an option just for kids.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Laurel Acres Park, Mount Laurel,

Sept. 17: Locally Sourced
Oktoberfest lands in South Jersey at Medford’s annual Taste of Medford & Oktoberfest event. The foodie-focused event takes a new turn thanks to a giant beer garden, pouring beers from Medford’s two brand-new Main Street breweries. And of course there will be a whole world of cuisine, along with family-friendly games, face painters and even a moon bounce.
Noon-5 p.m. Medford Village on Main Street, Medford,

Sept. 23: Something to Sing About
Moorestown Theater Company presents a special performance from their adult troupe, Scenes and Songs III. The annual show is a full night of single scene performances and songs on their alternative stage, featuring familiar favorites and plenty of new pieces that will get you excited for the theater season to come.
Sept. 23-Oct. 1, times vary at Westfield Friends School, Cinnaminson,

Sept. 24: Celebrate the Season
Welcome the return of autumn with Evesham’s 30th Annual Harvest Fest, a full day of family fun along Marlton’s Main Street. Browse from over 70 artists and crafters, grab a bite from any of their food vendors or dance along to live music and entertainers. It’s a family-friendly way to say goodbye to the summer heat and hello to the changing leaves.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Main Street, Marlton,

Sept. 24: Tapping In
Leave the kids at home for a full day of craft beer, great food and live music at the annual Glassboro Craft Beer Festival. This beer fest has turned into one of the most exciting days for craft beer fans in South Jersey, with over 40 breweries pouring seasonal and specialty beers from all over the country. There’s also a ton of food vendors to pair with your sips, and live music going all afternoon.
2-5 p.m. at College Ave., Glassboro,, $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 6 (August, 2016).
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