There are a lot of great local activities happening this weekend, Oct. 11-13, to help you get out of the house and have some fun.
“Guns Blazing! The War of 1812 and the New Jersey Shore" exhibit
HIGHLANDS – The museum at the Twin Lights Lighthouse has an exhibit called “Guns Blazing! The War of 1812 and the New Jersey Shore” Oct. 11-13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit features 15 works from Maarten Platje and also has a historic artifacts and a video about the 32-month conflict between the U.S. and Great Britain. Lighthouse Road.
Friday Film: Thunder Road
OLD BRIDGE – The Old Bridge library will show “Thunder Road,” on Oct. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Southern police officer, Jim Arnaud, tries to raise his daughter as a love letter to his late mom, while facing a personal and often hilarious meltdown as he struggles with his grief and his pending divorce. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.
Film: Stan & Ollie
MONROE – The Monroe library will show the film “Stan & Ollie” at 2 p.m. on Oct. 11. Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song - a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. 4 Municipal Plaza.
The Haunted Woods
OLD BRIDGE – The Haunted Woods in Old Bridge returns for the Halloween season on Oct. 11-12 from 7-10 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 7-9:30 p.m. This is a walk through woods filled with displays, lights, sounds and live actors. Entry fee is a nonperishable donation for the food bank. 75 Springhill Road.
4-H Haunted House and Hayride
EAST BRUNSWICK – The 4-H Youth Center will provide hayrides and a haunted house on Oct. 11-12 from 7-10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for each activity or $8 for the haunted house and hayride. 645 Cranbury East Road, East Brunswick.
Sleepy Hollow on Stage
PISCATAWAY – ReThink Theatrical will have multiple productions of “Sleepy Hollow” from Oct. 11-13 at the East Jersey Old Town Village. In this version, a film crew is in production for a historic adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. After a series of unexplained on-set disasters caused by mysterious specters, it is at risk of being shut down. Passionate to complete the film, the cast and crew create a one-night-only event for investors to maintain the illusion that “nothing is wrong,” which, inevitably, all falls apart. Visit rethinktheatrical.org/tickets for more information and to reserve tickets. 1050 River Road, Piscataway.
Dream Theater rock band
NEW BRUNSWICK – State Theatre presents Dream Theater live in concert as they kick off their American tour on Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Dream Theater celebrates the 20th anniversary of their concept album "Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From a Memory" and the release of their new album, "Distance Over Time." Tickets. 15 Livingston Ave.
Jersey Shore Ghost Tours
RED BANK – Take a lantern-lit walk through historic Red Bank with guides sharing “spine-tingling” stories of haunted history. Dublin House, 30 Monmouth St.
Cable TV Alternatives
OLD BRIDGE – Tired of paying for TV channels you never watch? Learn about the many alternative ways to watch your favorite shows and movies without cable television at the Old Bridge library on Oct. 12 at 11 a.m. Registration required. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.
Oktoberfest at City Center
NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Brunswick City Center will host an Oktoberfest celebration on Oct. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. This event will have a variety of local and traditional food, craft brews to German beers, activities for kids, music, games and other activities. Live music provided by the School of Rock, Pepperville Band and others along with traditional German music. 344 George St., New Brunswick.
MONROE – Monroe library’s POV Documentary Fall Film Series presents “America” on Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. Three brothers confront the chasm between adolescent yearning and adult realities when brought together to care for their 93-year-old grandmother. 4 Municipal Plaza.
Central Jersey Beer and Wine Fest
WEST WINDSOR – The Central Jersey Beer and Wine Fest takes place at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds on Oct. 12 from 1-5 p.m. The event will feature more than 150 wines and beers live music and food trucks. Tickets.
Saturday Movie Matinee: Aladdin
SPOTSWOOD – The Spotswood library will show the 2019 live action movie “Aladdin” on Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. Kids will also have the chance to make Aladdin-themed craft. Registration required for craft. 548 Main St.
Second Saturday Concert: Peter Biedermann
OLD BRIDGE – Peter Biedermann is a solo contemporary instrumental guitarist based out of Arizona. His hybrid, contemporary style melds elements of American and European folk with jazz and blues shadings. He will be performing original pieces on a variety of guitars and will also share some of the history and evolution of steel string guitar playing over the last 50 years at the Old Bridge library on Oct. 12 at 2:30 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable, unexpired donation for the Old Bridge Food Pantry to this free concert. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.
EAST BRUNSWICK – The NJ Ghost Organization will hold an East Brunswick Ghost Walk on Oct. 12 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the township’s Old Bridge Village Historic District. Built atop a Lenape village, this neighborhood witnessed its first murder in 1727 when an Indian sachem shot and killed the local tavern owner for cheating him out of his land. That was the first recorded death, but certainly not the last. The village was made a historic district in 1976 and dozens of homes date to before the American Civil War and many of them have paranormal activity. The old Herbert Appleby house is a prime example with sightings and dis-embodied voices and dream visitations of the forgotten dead. The former Simpson Methodist Church is also home to spirits, which make their presence known to casual visitors. $8 per person, which supports the fire company. 5 Pine St., East Brunswick.
DUNELLEN – The Dunellen Downtown Management Organization’s HarvestFest is Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Washington Park. The festival will have artists and crafters from around New Jersey, pony rides, apple pit baking competition, pumpkin decorating contest, kids’ activities, food, music and more. North Washington Avenue between Dunellen Avenue and First Street.
The Beer Run: A 5K & Craft Beer Festival
WALL – The Historic Allaire Village is the host site for the Beer Run: A 5k and Craft Beer Festival on Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Run or walk through the historic village from the 1700s and later enjoy the craft beer festival, featuring some of the best beer and food in New Jersey, plus live music, lawn games and more. More information. 4265 Atlantic Ave.
Fall Festival at Rutgers Gardens
NEW BRUNSWICK – The Rutgers Gardens will host a fall festival on Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Explore the different gardens on site by taking part in a scavenger hunt, play lawn games, visit the “instrument petting zoo,” or tour the farm. 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick.
Octoberfest in Monroe
MONROE – The Monroe Recreation Department will have an Octoberfest celebration at the community center on Oct. 13 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will have food, crafts, music, games, rides and magic. 120 Monmouth Road.
Bachata Dance Workshop
EAST BRUNSWICK – The Community Arts Center will host a Bachata dance workshop on Oct. 13 from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Bachata is a social dance style from the Dominican. The basic sequence is three steps and then a tap step. Recommended for ages 18 and older. 721 Cranbury Road.
Discovering Natural New Jersey with Jim Peck
OLD BRIDGE – Nature writer and naturalist Jim Peck will show his photos and discuss beautiful and little known natural areas across New Jersey that are ideal for exploring or hiking at the Old Bridge library on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. He has traveled throughout the state over the past 14 years exploring and writing the Trail Mix nature column for the Home News Tribune. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.