There’s no shortage of things to do in the fall in New Jersey; after you put away the jack-o-lanterns and before you prep the Thanksgiving turkey, enjoy some of the fall festivals, like the Fall Craft Show being hosted by the Monmouth County Park System.

The festival will be held at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center in Tinton Falls on Sat., Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items include:

Candles, Country Home Décor, Dog Collars & Treats, Doll Clothes, Greeting Cards, Hand-painted Glassware, Holiday Ornaments & Decorations, Jewelry, Nautical Items, Needlework, Paintings & Prints, Pottery & Ceramics, Sea Glass Art, Teddy Bears & Gnomes, Wooden Pens, Wreaths, and much more!

Get a jump start on your holiday shopping during this craft show featuring hand-made items. Admission and parking are free.


If you live in the southern part of the state, a week earlier the Cape May Fall Indoor Crafts & Collectibles Show will be held at the Cape May Convention Hall.

If you’d prefer some libations while you browse local crafts, then the Jersey Girl Brewing Company’s “Holiday Crafts and Drafts” show on Nov. 12 at the brewery in Hackettstown.

If you prefer your crafting to benefit schools, there’s the Kingsway Holiday Craft Show at Kingsway Regional High School in Woolwich on Nov. 5 or the Kids Craft and Holiday Flea Market, also on Nov. 5 at Rancocas Woods Events in Mt. Laurel.

If you’re looking for more fairs or events of any kind in the Garden State, may I suggest the website New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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