Gear up to make some local plans for your long-weekend salute to summer! North Jersey residents have plenty of options to pack their calendars with a variety of Labor Day events taking place around Denville and the surrounding regions. From town-wide parades and celebrations to festivals that toast New Jersey’s delightful chews and brews, check out the following four Labor Day happenings to add to your extended weekend to-dos.
Nature’s Summer Colors Gallery | Whippany, NJ
A day at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a great way to savor summer’s beauty over Labor Day weekend (September 5 through 7). Photography buffs and nature lovers alike will flock to Whippany for a special exhibit by the New Jersey Photography Forum on snapping photos in the great outdoors.
Prepare to capture New Jersey’s brilliant foliage through the seasons. Learn how to use natural lighting to your advantage and composure tricks and techniques to make your landscape photos stand out, and check out examples from NJ’s own photo experts. With beautiful gardens that encourage a skip and a frolic after touring the exhibit, you can put your newly acquired skills to the test!
Netcong Day | Netcong, NJ
Head to nearby Netcong (just a 15-minute drive from Denville) for a popular, community-spirited event on Sunday, September 6. Kicking off with a 5K run/walk through town at 10:30 am, Netcong residents and the surrounding communities will converge to cheer on the morning’s racers and catch up with neighbors.
After the run,
Netcong’s 28 will take center stage with a variety of local vendors and musical talents, transforming downtown into a bustling Labor Day celebration of the senses well into the afternoon. th Annual Street Fair & Music Fest
Lead East’s World’s Biggest 50s Party | Parsippany, NJ
Celebrate your Labor Day weekend with a blast-from-the-past celebration at
the 33. This epic gathering features five days of 50s-inspired events held at the Hampton Inn and Hilton in Parsippany. rd Annual Lead East 50s Party
See memorable automobiles at the event’s vintage car show, get the full 50s drive-in movie theater experience, try your hand at the jitterbug, and watch or compete in the festival’s Doo Wop Idol competition. Known as the world’s biggest 50s party, Lead East is a family-friendly event that celebrates an unforgettable era in American history.
Held September 2 through 6, Lead East features live entertainment, 50s-inspired eats, and a calendar that’s jam-packed with special guests, dances, sock hops, music, and more.
BBQ & Craft Beer Festival | Oceanport, NJ This year, you have three chances to day trip to the Jersey coast for Monmouth Park Racetrack’s annual BBQ and Craft Beer festival. Take part in the excitement of 40 craft beer varieties ready for tasting, tender and juicy Jersey-style barbeque from locally esteemed vendors, and the thrill of cheering on your favorite horses as they race to the finish line. This is an animated weekend event for family and friends to enjoy good company, brews, and BBQ held September 5 through 7 .
The Denville area has plenty of ways to make the most of your day off and celebrate summer’s last hurrah!