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Family Datebook
Fun for the whole family in October 2019.

by Sydney Kerelo

Oct. 5 
Collingswood Book Festival
For 17 years, this event has been held on the streets of Collingswood, connecting poets, authors and book enthusiasts together. Not only does this festival allow nationally recognized authors to promote their work but it also gives children and families a chance to embrace reading. Prepare to engage in poetry readings, workshops and performances during this all-day appreciation of the written word. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street, Collingswood,

Oct. 5
5th Annual Gone to the Dogs Craft Fair & Family Festival
With over 150 different artists, crafters and vendors, this year's fifth annual festival will be one of the biggest yet. To kick off the event, New Life Animal Rescue will host a 5K run to raise awareness toward animals in need, while also having adoptable dogs available. Food trucks, carnival games, pet contests and a huge prize auction are some of what attendees can look forward to. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Burlington County Fairgrounds, 1960 Jacksonville Jobstown Road, Columbus, 

Oct. 6
JCC Camps at Medford Fall Festival
The Jewish Community Center brings a mix of fall fun and outdoor activities to Medford. Pumpkin painting, ziplines, mini golf, face painting and kayaking are just a few of the fun activities that this event will host, along with vendors and food trucks with kosher options available. Don’t forget a non-perishable kosher food item to be collected by The Jewish Family and Children's Services Food Pantry. 12:30-4 p.m., JCC Camps at Medford, 400 Tuckerton Road, Medford,, $20 per car

Oct. 12
Virtua Fights Hunger 5K and 1-Mile Walk
The Virtua Foundation is hosting a 5K to raise awareness of hunger and food deserts (under-served areas without access to nutritious food) within the community. Awards will be given in each age category along with a special award for the team with the most participants. Proceeds will go toward the Virtua Mobile Farmers Market, a 23-foot bus filled with fresh produce sold throughout Burlington and Camden counties at reduced prices. 8:30 a.m., Rancocas Valley Regional High School, 520 Hedding Jacksonville Road, Mount Holly,, $25 for runners, $20 for walkers

Oct. 12
Touch A Truck
Get to know your local fire and police departments through vendors, food trucks and retailers at the fifth annual Touch A Truck event. Kids can get an up-close look at vehicles and meet law enforcement and first responders, as well as check out a fire prevention open house. This event promises to be a mix of education and fun for all ages. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Gloucester Premium Outlets, 100 Premium Outlets Drive, Blackwood,  

Oct. 19
Food Truck & Music Festival
The Just Jersey Fest will host Washington Township’s Food Truck & Music Festival with over 20 gourmet food trucks and at least three different bands. Not only will parents love the beer and sangria garden, featuring Flying Fish and Forgotten Boardwalk among others, but the kids will be busy with pony rides and other fun activities. Bring chairs, a blanket and a non-perishable canned or boxed items for the food pantry. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Washington Lake Park, 626 Hurfville Crosskeys Road, Sewell,, $5, kids under 10 free

Oct. 20
Making Strides of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
The American Cancer Society is walking together for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Survivors, caregivers, friends and family whose lives have been touched by breast cancer will unite in a walk of strength to show that no one walks alone. The race is dedicated to raising awareness for breast cancer and the pursuit of a cure. 8:30 a.m. check-in, 10 a.m. walk, Cooper River Park, North Park Drive, Pennsauken, (800) 227-2345  

Oct. 26
Boo at the Zoo!
Don your Halloween costumes and go trick-or-treating among the animals at the Cape May Zoo. Featuring candy, an inflatable obstacle course, a pirate ship and other kid-friendly games, this event will scare up a good time for all. Attendees are encouraged to enter the costume contest with some exciting prizes on the line. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cape May County Park, 707 Route 9 N., Cape May Court House, 

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 7 (September 2019).
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