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Ridgewood Car ShowThere’s lot’s to do this weekend in Bergen County.  We are a big County with 930,000 people.  As a result, there’s always something happening.

Ridgewood Car Show

The Ridgewood Chamber Of Commerce Annual Car Show is back.  Cancelled last year due to Covid, it’s happening Friday night (Sept 10) from 6 to 10 pm.  Cars will be on dislay at Van Neste Square Memorial Park in the center of Ridgewood’s business district.

Ridgewood has an unbelievably big buusiness district.  It’s actually the largest of of all Bergen County towns,  It’s also well known for so many fabulous restaurants too.  Because of this, how about making a day of it?  Why not shop in the afternoon, take in the vintage cars and then go out to dinner?  Sounds like a great idea to me!

Bergenstock Music Festival

The 1st annual Bergen Stock Music Festival is Sunday (Sept 12) from 1 to 6:30 pm  it’s going to be non-stop music covering 1950’s rock & roll to soul music.  Both students and faculty from Bergen Community College are the headliners.  This is going to be a great outdoor concert because everyone is extremely talented.  Location is the Overpeck County Park Amphitheater at 40 Fort Lee Road in Leonia.  Bring some lawn chairs too.

Carnival at the Teaneck Armory  Carnival

Carnivals are fun and this one is a classic, old fashioned version.  Sponsored by St Anthony Orthodox Church in Bergenfield, this will take you back to your youth.

Located on the large Armory front lawn, you’ll find everything you expect.  Times are Friday-Saturday (Sept 10-11) from 6 to 11 pm and Sunday (Sept 12) 4-9 pm.  Since this is a true carnival, you’ll find loads of rides, cotton candy and food stands.

1950’s Concert

Because the doo wop sound is popular across multiple generations, this concert will attract a large crowd.  Kevin Grace is giving a 1 man doo wop show on Friday (Sept 10) from 5:30 to 9 pm.  Mr Grace has had rave reviews as a performer.  As a result, this is going to be a great concert.

Put on by St Leo’s Parish, this outdoor concert is held at the Church grounds at 324 Market St in Elmwood Park.

Vazquez CircusVazquez Circus

While there’s lot’s going on this weekend, I bet you didn’t expect a circus.  A circus is most definitely happening at the Garden State Plaza Friday and Saturday 2-8 pm (Sept 10-11).  The Vazquez Family have been performing circuses for 50 years.  They will actually be on tour here through the 27th  Purchase tickets online.

Half Marathon & 5K Runs

Starting and ending at the Gardent State Plaza, there are these 2 runs on Sunday (Sept 12).  You pickup your packet at the Racefaster store at the Garden State Plaza.  Registration ends on Friday (Sept 10).   Details and registration are online.

Because I’m not a runner, I really can’t comment more than to tell you to click on this link.

There’s Lot’s To Do This Weekend 5k run

As you can see, there’s lot’s to do this weekend.  That’s true every weekend in Bergen County.  In addition to the above, don’t   forget out County Parks.  Bergen County Parks have so much to offer.  Because of Ida, you should check the website to make sure where you’re going is open.

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it's the end of summerIt’s the end of summer.  While Labor Day Weekend marks summer’s unofficial end, we still have a lot going on in Bergen County.

We have virtual reality at the Garden State Plaza, hot rod cars, an Italian Feast, 5k run and the start of fall events at the Tenafly Nature Center.

Because they couldn’t secure enough sponsors to cover the town’s costs, Rutherford’s Labor Day Street Fair was cancelled today.  I was really looking forward to this.  It’s the longest running street fair in NJ and so much fun.  Hopefully next year Covid will be under control so such things no longer happen.

Here’s our events for the end of Summer 2021:

5 K Run in Closter

Sunday is the 40th Annual Dom Mircovich Memorial 5 K Run/Walk & Jim O’Halloran’s Kids Fun Walk.  This event is held every coLabor Day Weekend Sunday and draws a big crowd.  So far a bit over 100 runners have signed up.  It’s still not too late if you want to sign up as long as you do it no later than this Thursday.  Just click on this link to get the sign up form.

If you do want to sign up, take the form to the Closter Borough Hall.  I’d call up the Closter Borough Clerk to find out where you drop it off there.

St Joseph's Feast of LodiSt Joseph’s Feast of Lodi

This year marks the 106th Annual Feast of St Joseph.  Since this has become so very popular, it covers the entire weekend.  The feast runs from Friday through Labor Day Monday.  It opens at 4 pm on Friday and 6 pm the rest of the weekend.  When is closing time?  Until the crowd thins out but no later than 10 pm.

You’ll find everything Italian.  Food is outrageous, there’s rides, music, hourly 50/50 raffles and all sorts of vendors.  Monday opens with a Mass at 4 pm followed by the Statue Procession down the street.  The Church is at 40 Spring Street where the feast begins.  Church Feasts huge here  and this is one of Bergen County’s best.

Tenafly Nature Center tenafly nature center

Because there’s always a lot going on and I love this place, you’ll find the Tenafly Nature Center is often highlighted in this blog.  If you haven’t been here, you really must go.  Trust me on this – you’ll find it more than worthwhile.  Even though it’s the end of summer, that doesn’t stop this nature center from ongoing programs you’ll love.  Don’t wait to sign up.  Since it’s such a popular place, events get sold out all the time.

Here are 3 options for you –

  • Apple Cider Making on Sunday –  This much in demand seasonal program runs through the fall. It begins at 2 pm on Sunday and should end at 3 or right after.
  • Animal Ambassador Meet & Greet on Saturday – Meant for children and their families, you’l be introduced to an animal up close and learn how they came to live at the Tenafly Nature Center.  This runs 2-3 pm.
  • Guided Nature Walk on Friday – The Nature Center has these year round so you can enjoy the different experience each month brings.  Friday runs from 1 to 2 and if weather doesn’t cooperate, it just pushes to the next month.

Army of the Dead: Viva Las Vengeance

This weekend beginning on Wednesday at the Garden State Plaza is an immersive virtual reality experience.  Frankly, I have no idea what I’m talking about because I don’t play video games.  However, this is supposed to be really hot.

Location is diagonally across from the AMC Theaters at the Garden State Plaza beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday.  This runs through Sunday September 26th.  Tickets are for half hour slots and you’ll be given VR headsets to use in this fully immersive event.  It’s based on Netflix’s Army of the Dead.  All the information you need is on their website.

dead mans curve hot rod clubDead Mans Curve Hot Rod Club

Come to the Sheraton Mahwah Hotel at 1 Sheraton Drive Thursday fhrough Sunday to see an amazing display of custom hot rods.  The show is open from 12 noon until 11 pm each day and there will not only be a ton of custom hot rods but also a swap meet where you can find that part you’ve been searching for.

This event is full of so many things – hayride, movie at night, beer garden, live bands, DJs, cidery an, farmer’s market, TV celebrity cars and more.  The hot rods are all true works of art.  You’ll get to meet the owners and talk to them about how they created their car.  If you haven’t been to a hot rod club show, it’s quite an experience.  Check out some of the club member cars on their website.  

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august is endingAugust is ending with barely 1 week left.  Because this is a more quiet time of year, there are fewer events scheduled.  However we still have all those ongoing outdoor concerts and plays.  Additionally there’s our wonderful County Parks with everything from golf to horseback riding.

While this may be the quietest part of the summer, there are 3 terrific events coming up this weekend.  They are:

  1. Beer & Food Truck Festival
  2. Crafts & Antiques Fair + Appraisals
  3. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Beer and Food Truck Festival Eats n Beats

Come over to Franklin Lakes this Saturday, August 28th, for their Eats n Beats beer and food truck festival.  From 3:30 throgh 9:30 pm there will be beer, hard selzer, food trucks and live music from 5 different bands.

They’re also doing a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Franklin Lakes Parks and Recreation Foundation.  The FLPRF helps fund different events in town and sports programs.

Location is Veterans Plaza (Pulis & Franklin Ave). Parking is at:  DeKorte Dr, behind the Police Station and in front of Borough Hall.  Handicap spots are at the Ambulance Corps.

Crafts and Antiques Fair

Westwood is hosting another blowout crafts and antiques fair this Sunday, August 29th, 10 to 5pm.  Its their 2021 Fall Crafts and Antiques in the Park Show.  Location is at Veterans Memorial Park (3rd Ave & Broadway).

The 2021 Fall Crafts and Antques in the Park Show has vendors, music and food.  There will be over 95 vendors with everything you can imagine including antiques, art and crafts.  There’s also a fabulous opportunity to get an appraisal.

Antiques Appraisals

Do you know how much it costs to get an appraisal?  I don’t.  But, I’m sure it’s more than a few dollars.  You have an amazing opportunity for this at the 2021 Fall Crafts and Antiques at the Park Show.

John Felz from RZM Antiques will be doing appraisals for only $3 from 11 to 4.  Can you imagine this?  Only $3 to get something appraised?  If you’ve always wondered what that pot you inherited is worth, come on over and get a professional opinion on it’s value Sunday.

mid summer night's dreamA Midsummer Night’s Dream

Enjoy a unique experience at The Hermitage Saturday afternoon (August 28th) from 2-4 pm with Shakespeare.  You will actually follow the actors along in A Midsummer Night’s Dream as they take you through The Hermitage’s 5 acre grounds.  This is more than your usual live theater experience!

Tickets are only $20 per person and are sold online.  This production is being put on by the First Flight Theater Company as a benefit for The Hermitage.  The Hermitage is located at 335 N Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus.

August Is Ending

While August is ending and it’s the quietest part of the summer, we still have fun things to do this weekend.  If you haven’t taken time off yet, please do so before summer ends.  We’re less than 2 weeks from Labor Day Weekend.  So go out this weekend and enjoy what Bergen County has to offer you!

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summer events this weekSummer events this week takes us both in and out of Bergen County.  We still lhave a lot of local events going on but we are winding down.  Because we’re now in the last half of August, summer’s end is in sight and a lot of us are away.

While this is certainly true, there’s also 1 major event each week plus ongoing concerts, outdoor plays and drive in movies.  Let’s take a look at what we have in summer events this week:

Nyack Street Fair

Nyack, NY, is immediately north of Bergen County.  It’s a very popular destination for Bergen County residents since it’s on the Hudson River just over the border.  Nyack is filled with great restaurants and boutique stores.  You’ll find their amazing business district along Main Street and South Broadway.  Filled  with stores selling everything you’d expect plus antiques (including warehouse levels of antique furniture), crafts, jewelry, clothing and more.  Its street fairs are famous and we have one coming up this Sunday.

The Nyack Famous Street Fair is this Sunday, August 22nd, 10-5.  They have around 300 exhibitors and vendors selling their arts and crafts, collectibles, clothing, etc  Additionally Nyack’s restaurants and outdoor cafes are joining in in with with dining specials for the day.  The Nyack Street Fair is so big that you should plan on spending the day.

Ongoing Events

summer outdoor concerts

There are still a lot of ongoing events happening.  Here are some for you this week:

Summer Outdoor Concerts begin at 7 pm (unless otherwise noted):

Carlstadt at The Village Green (Broad & 4th) 7:30 pm Tuesday night

Edgewater at Veteran’s Field Park (1165 River Rd) on Thursday night

Fort Lee at the Community Center (1335 Inwood Terr) on Tuesday night

Hackensack at Hackensack Green (Washington Pl) Wednesday night

Lodi at Memorial Park (1 Memorial Dr) on Wednesday night

Park Ridge at Veteran’s Park (143 Broadway) 6:30 pm Thursday night

Tenafly at Huyler Park (1 Piermont Rd) on Tuesday & Thursday Nights

Waldwick at Borough Park (217 Pine St) on Wednesday night on Wednesday night

Outdoor Movies

This is free from Bergen County starting at 8:30 pm on Wednesday, August 18th, in Van Saun Park.  The movie is The Invisible Man (R rated).

Demarest Farms continues it’s very popular drive in movie nights.  It’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 8:30.  Each night is a different movie.  You can order food and beverages where you order your ticket ($25 per car) online. Just click on the movie image and it takes you there.

Shakesspeare In The Park

The Black Box Performing Arts Center, Black Box PAC, has been performing Shakespeare’s plays all summer.  Plays are put on at Overpeck Park’s Amphitheater in the southern half of the park.  All performances begin at 8 pm and are free.  Thursday night is As You Like It, Friday it’s Hamlet and Sunday it’s As You Like It again.  This series will end soon so be sure to come out to see these beloved plays by Shakespeare.

Tenafly Nature Center

tenafly nature centerI’m sure you’ve noticed that I feature the Tenafly Nature Center often.  This is because it’s such a fabulous resource.  Classes and experiences are held year round for everyone from Pre K children through adults.  This week they have sessions for children as well as adults.

On their calendar of events you’ll see a series of outstanding programs.  This Saturday at 10 am there’s a Story Time for children ages 3-7.  In addition to reading a story, the kids will get to meet one of their Animal Ambassadors.  The Tenafly Nature Center is truly a gift to all of us.

Adults have a full moon walk Saturday night.  This is a great experience – there’s no other opportunity to do this in Bergen County or nearby so register for this now.  It does get booked up.

Summer Events This Week

So there you have it.  Summer events this week has a lot going on.  The Nyack Street Fair is really the beginning of a series of fairs that runs throughout the fall season.  No matter the time of year, however, there’s always something going on in Bergen County.  It’s a lot of fun showing people I’ve sold a house to all Bergen County has to offer.  I hope you are having fun with these articles too.

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Sahara Club Car ShowThis week it’s the 3rd Annual Sahara Club Car Show and crafts at the Hermitage.  While these are the only new events this week, both are very special and a lot of fun.

Don’t forget all the ongoing local events I wrote about in early July and the Black Box Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park.  Contact a nature center to see what’s happening and a local library as well.  For example, Englewood’s library has jazz concerts.  Let’s discuss our 2 new events this week now:

Crafts at The Hermitage crafts at The Hermitage

Saturday it’s The Hermitage in Ho Ho Kus for a major crafts show.  Over 70 highly skilled and award winning crafts professionals as well as artists  will have their wares on display and for sale.  I’m not sure if this will be a juried crafts show but I bet it is.

They have food and dessert available for purchase too.  This outdoor show is taking place August 14th from 10 to 5 on the Hermitage front lawn.  While you’re there, why not take a tour of this 19th century landmark?  The Hermitage is located at 335 North Franklin Turnpike in Ho-Ho-Kus.

sahara club car showSahara Club Car Show and BBQ

Sunday is where you’ll find the Sahara Club Car Show and BBQ at 24 River Road in Bogota. This show opens at 9 am and because it’s a competition, awards are given out at 3 pm.

This looks to be a really good show with hot rods, classic cars and even motorcycles.  You can purchase food they’re barbecuing plus there will be drinks available to purchase too.

I took my son to a ton of car shows like the Sahara Club Car Show when he was young.  It was fun and we got to meet a lot of really nice people.  It’s also very interesting to see how people customize their hot rods and restore classic cars.

The Rest of the Month

August is the month when most people are gone.  Since it ends with Labor Day Weekend, this is really the last time people can get away for a summer vacation.  As a result, there aren’t a lot of events for the rest of the month.  This changes one we move further into September.  I’ll do my best to find at least 2 new options for you every week.

I hope you enjoy reading these weekly articles.  I love introducing people to Bergen County.  As a real estate agent, it’s a big part of what I do for people.  Hopefully I’ve been able to introduce you to how much fun there is in Bergen County so far this year.  There’s a lot more to enjoy in the future too.


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National Night OutThis week we have the National Night Out on Tuesday night throughout Bergen County.  This is a community building event held annually on the first Tuesday in August.  It’s goal is to build stronger relationships among neighbors and between law enforcement and the public.  As a result, everyone in town is invited to this free event.  The idea is to have people  come together to know each other and the police.  You’ll find fun for all ages and often demonstrations by the police, fire department and ambulance corp.

Because this is a major national event, there are many Bergen County towns participating.  Click on this link and scroll down the page to see all the towns having a National Night Out.

Ridgewood Sidewalk Sale

In addition to the National Night Out, there is the biggest sidewalk sale of them all.  It’s happening in Ridgewood this Thursday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.  Ridgewood has the largest town business district in Bergen County.  As big as Englewood’s sidewalk sale was last week, this is close to double in size.

People living in the northwest part of Bergen County often go to Ridgewood on summer nights.  There’s always so much happening there.  Just walking through the expansive business district window shopping is fun but that’s not all.  Have dinner at one of it’s renown restauants.  There are so many to choose from and the cuisine is as diverse as it gets.  During the day it’s many shops offer you a variety of goods you simply won’t find elsewhere.  I bet if you went every day you still couldn’t get to see it all.

Art at Abma’s  tie dye

Abma Farms has a special treat for youngsters – Art at Abma’s.  Every Thursday at 4 pm through August there is a 1 hour art  class for young children.  Hosting these classes is Renee of Made to Measure.  Thursday begins the month with tie dyed clothing.  Each week of arts and crafts is sometihng different.  As a result, it keeps children entertained while building in a lesson about nature.  Tickets are purchased in advance online.

Dining Out Rutherford

Rutherford is a favorite desitination for shopping and dining.  This quaint town has one of Bergen County’s most extensive local business districts.  In addition to it’s many shops you’ll find a large number of fine, independent restaurants including some of Bergen’s top rated.  As a result, Dining Out in Rutherford is extremely popular.

dining out in rutherfordIt’s a good idea to make reservations so you’re sure to get a table.  Park Avenue becomes a walking mall 5 – 11pm from the Library to Ames Ave.  It’s an outdoor dining event held every Wednesday night in August.  Based on my visits to Rutherford eateries, you don’t want to miss Dining Out in Rutherford.

Bergen Equestrian Center Meditation With Horses

Bergen Equestrian Center is one of 2 fabulous equestrian facilities run by the Bergen County Parks Department.  In addition to having space for 60 horses, running classes from begininers to riders who compete, they have a very special program on Wednesday nights.  Meditation With Horses is a 1 hour therapeutic session starting at 6 pm.  Using the special healing spirits of horses, people release the effects of stress and trauma.  Meditating in the presence of horses is a beautiful, healing experience.

So there you have it.  National Night Out and more are what you’ll find this week.  Don’t forget all the concerts and performances I’ve written about before either.  There’s always a lot going on in Bergen County.

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Englewood is having a sidewalk sale


Englewood is having a sidewalk sale this week.  It starts this Thursday, July 29th. and runs through Saturday the 31st.  Hours are 10 am to 5 pm.  This is one of Bergen County’s major sidewalk sales.  The entire Business District is participating.  You absolutely want to come because bargains are always fabulous.

This is big.  There isn’t one street missing.  Take a look at this list:  East & West Palisade Avenue, North & South Van Brunt Street, North & South Dean Street, Park Place and Grand Avenue.  Shops all along these streets will have tremendous bargains for sale.

What’s For Sale

englewood is having a sidewalk sale

There’s a wide variety of goods for sale. The City of Englewood has a business district filled with boutique stores that sell   everything from clothes to spa oils.  You’ll find women’s clothes and

shoes, of course, jewelry, healthfood store goods, children’s clothes, toys, gifts rIt’s always a lot of fun to just go up and down the streets poking around.  You’ll also see a large assortment of restaurants.  Plan on having lunch or dinner there.  Some of Bergen County’s best are in Englewood.

 Aladdin at Bergen PAC

Here’s another idea for you – go to the Englewood street fair on Saturday and then see Aladdin In Concert at Bergen Pac.  Tickets are only $25   You can order them online up until 3 pm on Thursday, the 29th, and you can also buy them at the door.  After the concert, then go to one of Englewood’s great restaurant for a fun filled day and night.

aladdinComing Up Next Month

While Englewood is having a sidewalk sale this week there’s also several events coming up soon in August.  Crafts, art and antiques are on display along with a Church Feast.  Street fairs get going again in September.  I’ll keep you up to date with all of this.

Maybe I’ll bump into you late tomorrow at the Englewood street fair.  I’ll be there late in the late afternoon because I have a listing appointment in the morning and I’m showing a customer condos mid-day.






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this week in bergen countyThis week in Bergen County is really nothng new but that doesn’t mean nothing’s going on.  It’s just that a lot of people are away now.  Once we get further into August and families have to get ready for school, more folks are back.  This is why I’ve explained previously that right now it’s a continuation of ongoing events.

Let’s start with a fun topic – a really big flea market.  It’s the Meadowlands Market held every weekend.  Parking and admission are free.  Grab some food while you walk through all those aisles filled with anything you can imagine.  Flea markets are always fun.

 Free Outdoor Concerts

Tenafly continues it’s outdoor summer concerts at Huyler Park in the downtown business district.  Concerts are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 7:30 pm.

HACPAC has a lot going on this weekend in outdoor events.  Sunset Yoga is tonight at 6 and 7:30 pm.  Wednesday night is Shakespeare’s 12th night at 7:30 pm and Thursday is a screening of Jumanji.  Alternate Groove is the band for an outdoor concert on Friday night.  Click on this link for more details and directions.

Here are some other free outdoor concerts:  In addition to Tenafly, Tuesday night has free concerts in Hackensack On The Green across from the County Courthouse at 7:30 and in Ridgewood (Jazz music) at 8:30 at Veteran’s Field.  Wednesday night is Jazz Under the Stars at the Englewood Public Library, The Infernos play at the Overpeck Park Amphitheater (both 7:30) and Lee Burgos is at Edgewater’s Veterans Memorial Field (7 pm).  Friday night is NJ Wind Symphony in Oradell’s Hague Park at 6:30 and Saturday it’s 4 pm at Teaneck’s Votee Park for another concert.

Saturday has two 4 pm concerts at Votee Park in Teaneck and the Overpeck Park Amphitheater.  As you can see, there’s a lot of free outdoor concerts going on.

Drive In Movie Nights

Thursday is The Breakast Club from the Demarest Farms Drive in Movie series.  plus The Incredibles on Friday night too.  Scoob! is the Friday night movie at Van Saun Park around 8:30 pm.  It starts at sunset so plan on being there a little early just in case it gets dark quicker.  Bring a chair or blanket to this too.  Van Saun has free movie nights every Friday this summer.

Bergen County has a very full schedule of events this summer.  Check it out for the rest of the summer as well as this week.

Special events for the rest of the summer are pretty much a continuation of ongoing programs as you can see.  So that’s it for this week in Bergen County.  August brings some local town street fairs.  These are a lot of fun too.  Local shops put things out on sale, often there are several food vendors plus live music.  Additionally there will be people who reserve table space to sell everything from antiques to socks.  I’ll let you know about street fairs next week.

It’s time to relax and enjoy the summer weather.  Get yourself some fresh local produce too!  New Jersey peaches are famous and have you tasted our strawberries, blueberries or watermelons?  Cherries are so plentiful that they’re on sale along with our beefsteak tomatoes.  We are indeed the Garden State!

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coming up this week in bergen countyComing up this week in Bergen County we have the following:  A free meditation session, outdoor concerts, a drive in movie, flea market, Shakespeare and a walking tour of historic New Bridge Landing.  Because things wind down  beginning in mid July, I also want to add some special places for you.

This week I’d like to tell you about our horseback riding opportunities.  The Bergen County Parks Department has 2 facilities and we have private horse riding stables as well.

Graf Center for Integrative Medicine

The Graf Center for Integrative Medicine has reopened.  Closed because of the pandemic, this holistic medicine facility is a welcome addtion to the wellness options here.  You find acupuncture to meditation and so much more in between.

They are offering free online vitual sessions through Facebook Live.  Why not try it?  This Wednesday, July 21st at 10 am is the date.  Go to their website to sign up.  You will learn how to truly unwind and relax for better health.  graf center for integrative medicine

Free Outdoor Concerts

There are 2 free outdoor concerts coming up in Bergen County this week.  Country music by Skeeter Pants is what you’ll hear Friday night at 7 pm.  This is part of the Hackensack Performing Arts Center summer concert series.  So bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the music.

The New Jersey Wind Symphony is really busy giving concerts this summer.  Their next one is Satuday night at Van Saun Park begining at 6:30 pm.  I just wrote a blog article on all the things you can do in Van Saun Park.  So once you’re done playing in the park, grab a blanket, have a seat and enjoy the concert.

Hackensack Tonight

Tonight at 7:30 there is a concert by Eagelmania On The Green in Hackensack.  This is located across from the County Court House.  Hackensack has so much going on that it’s a good idea to go to the events section of their website.

Apollo 13 Drive in Movie

Demarest Farms began a series of drive in movies last summer at the height of the pandemic.  Because this was so popular, they brought it back again this summer.  So take the family out Friday night to Demarest Farms to see Apollo 13 at 8:30 pm.  You purchase your tickets online.

Historic New Bridge Landing

History buffs are bound to come out to Historic New Bridge Landing this Sunday.  The Bergen County Historical Society is having a walking tour there starting at 2 pm.  Tickets for adults are $12 and students pay $7.  Historical Society members don’t pay anything.  Tickets are ordered online.  New Bridge Landing is part of our Revolution and all of their walking tours are absolutely fascinating.

Shakespeare in the Park

Here’s something really special!  Bergen PAC’s Black Box Theater is performing Shakespeare plays every weekend in July and August.  All performances begin at 8 pm at the Overpeck Park Amphitheater.  July is Friday-Sunday while August is Thursday-Sunday.  They are performing As You Like It and Hamlet.  This is an amazing opportunity to see 2 of Shakespeare’s greatest plays for free.

So this is what’s coming up in Bergen County this week.  Now let’s explore horseback riding.

Bergen Equestrian Bergen County Department of Parks and Recreation

Bergen County actually has 2 different horse riding facilities.  There is the Bergen Equestrian Center located in Teaneck at Overpeck Park.  This world class facility is big (they can handle 75 horses) and open 12 months of the year.  Offering both lessons and boarding, they also have a strong progam for children.

The other County supported facility is Saddle Ridge Riding Center in Franklin Lakes.  This is another large facility that also has teaching programs for both adults and children.  They offer horse leasing which allows you a special opportunity to bond with 1 horse.  Additionally, they are active in shows.

Our private facilities all made it through the pandemic and are thriving.  As a result, the article I wrote a few years ago on horseback riding in Bergen County is still accurate.  There are 2 more equestrian centers, 1 horse therapy center and a tack shop.  As a result, Bergen County has 4 excellent facilities and a 5th focused on therapy.  Be sure to read my article on this.

So this is what’s coming up this week in Bergen County.  We have everything from concerts to Shakespeare in the Park plus something you might not have expected next to New York City – horseback riding.




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Van Saun Park CarouselVan Saun Park in Paramus NJ is truly a Bergen County Jewel.  This County Park seems to get better every year.  It has everything from walking along a pond to a small but very cool zoo.  In between there is so much more.  Picnic tables, ball fields, tennis courts, a big playground for children, dog park, pony rides, historic walking path and even a train ride.

Because Van Saun Park is filled with so much, we’re going to take all of this one at a time.  Let’s begin with the park itself.

Location & Basic Facts

Van Saun Park is 146 acres so it’s big.  It’s centrally located in Paramus with 2 entrances – one off of Forest Ave just above Howland Ave (be careful to stay in the right lane because the entrance is poorly marked) and the other off Contnental Ave immediately west of Dartmouth Court.

Go to the map of the park to see where everything is located.  You’ll notice that there’s plenty of parking.  No matter where you park, from one end to the other it’s not more than a 20 minute walk.  Parking and the recreational areas are mostly free.

Throughout the park are picnic tables, barbecue areas and just nice places for a walk.


The children’s playground is quite extensive.  There are all sorts of things to challenge a child from toddlers to older kids.  Extremely well designed, this playground runs the gammet from swings to climbing towers.  Van Saun Park Playground

No matter the age, there is something here for a child.  They even have an ADA approved handicapped section at the north east corner of the playground.

As a result, handicapped children have an appropriate setting that’s part of the non-handicapped activities.  Isn’t that great? This is Harmony Playground and it has elevated sprinklers so wheelchair bound kids can have some very special fun.

Don’t forget to bring water because I’m not sure that public fountains are allowed due to Covid restrictions.  You can also call the Bergen County Department of Parks at 201-336-7275 to check on this.  They ask that social distancing be observed (I really don’t know how this will happen with children in a playground) and outdoors masks are not required.

Pony Rides

pony ridePony rides are now back and the children are delighted.  This is not an adult ride.  Because of safety for pony, there is a weight limit of 90 pounds.  Also, to give the ponies a rest, there’s a break mid day.

This was a rather touch and go situation a few years ago.  A big thank you goes to The Friends of the Bergen County Zoo for bringing the pony rides back for good.  For all the details and how to order tickets, just go to the Pony Rides section on their website.  Pony rides are across from the soccer field.

Miniature Train RideVan Saun Park Miniature TrainTrain Ride

This has to be one of the most popular park attractions.  Imagine the fun it is for the younger set and adults enjoy it too. The miniature train ride is open daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend.  While they say it runs from 10 – 5,  I wouldn’t get there past 4:30 pm to be safe.

It still runs after Labor Day and before Memorial Day but at a reduced schedule.  To be safe at these times, call ahead since a lot of the staff (college students) are gone in the off peak season.  Tickets are only $2 per person.  This is located next to the zoo. Admittedly this picture I took isn’t great but it gives you an idea of what to expect.  Van Saun Park’s miniature train ride is fun!

Old Fashioned Carousel

Here’s another very popular attraction – the Millenium Carousel.  Tickets are $2 per person and like the train, this operates daily during the peak season with 1 exception.  It’s closed on Tuesday mornings for weekly maintenance.  You’ll find the carousel in between the tennis courts and the playground.

Dog Park

Dogs and their owners had a happy surprise about 3 years ago.  Van Saun Park added a dog park.  There is a big dog and a small dog section.  You need to bring water and waste bags.  The ground is gravel and there are a few places to sit.  However, whenever I brought my dog, Mickey, here I wasn’t really sitting much at all.  Dog parks are also social gatherings for people too.  You’ll find the dog park next to Parking Lot P4.

bergen county zoo bisonBergen County Zoological Park (aka Bergen County Zoo)

The Bergen County Zoo has an impressive variety of animals.  This is one of the highlights of Van Saun Park.  It has a sliding scale of ticket prices that you purchase at the zoo entrance.  The most adults pay is $4 for residents and $8 for non residents.

The zoo grows every year in the number of animals it displays and in the programs it has.  Even past Labor Day you’ll find an exciting event:  The zoo transforms itself into a spooky Halloween adventure which sells out quickly.

You can visit the zoo daily from May through October when it’s open 10-5.  Get there by 4 at the latest so you have enough time to enjoy it.  The rest of thebergen county zoo aardvark year admission is free.  I’d call ahead to be sure once the weather turns wintry and to check on hours.  For a list of animals, go to the article on the zoo.

There are a few other things to mention but these are truly the highlights for a daily visit to Van Saun Park.  This is also a great walking park plus you’ll see people just hanging out, having a barbecue, playing soccer or badminton or board games.  This park is always busy no matter the time of year.  It’s not hard to see why I call this a Bergen County Jewel.