Now through October 13

“On Borrowed Time” – at the Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank. Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey directs a magical fantasy about the love between a little boy and his Gramps. When Death himself pays them a visit in the form of a man named Mr. Brink, Gramps outwits him, trapping Brink in a tree and refusing to let him down. This too-rarely-seen American masterpiece is ripe for rediscovery. With Two River’s production, Grey revisits the play in which he made his debut as an actor at the age of nine. Call (732) 345-1400 or visit www.trtc.org.


October 5

13th Annual Oktoberfest – 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Veterans Park, Bay & Shrewsbury Avenues, Highlands. Rain date is October 6, 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Traditional food, children’s activities, crafters, live music, dancing, and other great entertainment will be part of the celebration. Free admission and parking. The park is festive, the food is great, and the varieties of German beers are even better. Authentic German food is a highlight of this famous festival, where executive chef Butch Greenwaldt, formerly of Hofbrauhaus, is preparing the menu with plenty of traditional German favorites such as bratwurst, knockwurst, kraut, potato pancakes, goulash, sauerbraten, and Bavarian noodles — along with other tasty fare to please the kids and those less adventurous. Quench your thirst with plenty of Oktoberfest beers. Bradenbach will perform live authentic German music and the Bayern Verien German Dancers will be sure to get the crowd moving. Festivities will also include a “Best Dressed” Contest, and a “Beer Stein Holding” Contest with special prizes, plus a Super 50/50 drawing. Visit www.highlandsnj.com.


October 12

Fall Harvest Festival & Craft Show – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. A favorite fall event, featuring over 100 crafters, a variety of food, live music all day, sidewalk sales, and more. Free admission. Call (732) 774-1391 or visit www.oceangrovenj.com.


October 15 through November 15

“The White Snake” – at the McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton. It’s an ancient Chinese story: girl meets boy and falls head over heels. The only problem is that the girl is a white serpent from the spirit world, and to win her love’s heart, she must come down from the mountain and take human form. Full of heart, this elegant and dazzling production promises an adventure and a love story like you’ve never seen before. Bring the whole family! (Children ages 10 and up.) Call (609) 258-5050 or visit www.mccarter.org.

October 18

The Capitol Steps – 8:00 p.m. at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. The Capitol Steps plan to bring down the house…and Senate, with their unique blend of music and political comedy. They have performed for five U.S. Presidents, traveled to all 50 states, and, if their wish came true tomorrow, Donald Trump would be the next White House Press Secretary. For this show, they’re bringing with them Barrack Obama, Joe Biden, Marco Rubio, Pope Francis, and more, onstage and singing show tunes! Call (732) 842-9000 or visit www.countbasietheatre.org.


October 19, 25, and 26

Atlantic Frightlands Halloween Party in the Park and Haunted House Tour – in Atlantic Highlands.  Two weekends of Halloween festivities! On October 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Veterans Park, enjoy an afternoon of live music, games for children, costume contests for both adults and kids, exciting side show circus acts, a First Avenue Scavenger Hunt, free pumpkin painting contest, Tarot card readers, and food from the local restaurants. Local stores and restaurants along First Avenue will be participating by decorating their businesses. The annual, extremely popular haunted tour at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle, will be held on October 25 and 26 at 6:00 p.m. This year’s audience will experience an even more exciting and frightening tour by adding a slew of new special effects. Funds raised from these two events will support the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council and the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society. Visit www.Atlanticfrightlands.com.

October 20

Thompson Park Day – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. From scarecrows to kids’ races, Thompson Park Day celebrates the season with traditional autumn activities in a beautiful park setting, and is the quintessential fall festival. Free activities include a mini maze, canoeing on Marlu Lake (weather permitting), pottery demonstrations, kids’ races, kids’ zone, entertainment, Zany Zombies, and more. Activities requiring one ticket ($2 each) include pumpkin painting, grab & go ceramics, a climbing wall, wagon rides, mini golf, rides, archery, rock n’ roll racing, and a video game trailer. A scarecrow contest will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Entries are $10 in advance or $15 the day of event. The Friends of the Parks will hold their annual “Strut Your Mutt” doggie costume contest. Applications and details for both the scarecrow and “Strut Your Mutt” contests are available online. Call (732) 842-4000 or visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com.

Red Bank Food & Wine Walk – 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Red Bank.  Sample wine and/or food from restaurants and food establishments throughout the entire Red Bank Business District. Purchase a wristband for $35/person and spend the afternoon strolling through the beautiful riverfront town. A limited number of wristbands will be sold and go on sale at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Wristbands, with maps of participating businesses, can be purchased only at the following locations (ID required for purchase): Danny’s Grill & Wine Bar, 11 Bridge Avenue; red Restaurant & Lounge, 3 Broad Street; Teak, 64 Monmouth Street. Restaurants with a liquor license will serve food and wine samples; non-liquor establishments will serve two food samples. Visit www.acoollittletown.com.


October 25 and 26

“The Addams Family” – at the State Theatre, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life! This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is sure to entertain you to death! Call (732) 246-SHOW or visit www.StateTheatreNJ.org.


October 26 through November 17

“The Tricky Part” – at the Two River Theater Company, 21 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank.  The maps of our lives are uncharted territory. For one boy, forced to grow up too quickly, the journey takes him to the heart of a paradox: what we think of as damage may be the very thing that gives rise to transformation, even grace. A heart-touching and surprisingly funny memoir that takes us to the heart of confession and redemption. Contains adult themes and sexual content. Call (732) 345-1400 or visit www.trtc.org.


October 29

Red Bank Dog Days — 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Grab the dog and the leash and come on down for a night of shopping, dining, and dog day fun at this special Halloween celebration with your best friend! Monmouth Street will be closed from Broad to Drummond and filled with tables for take-out dining, dog-friendly open stores, and an assortment of pet-related vendor with grooming options, boarding facilities, shelters, pet supplies, doggie wear, treats, food, and some great pet charities. Red Bank Veterinary Hospital will have water stations, cleanup areas, dog first aid, nutritionists, and behaviorists. Please leash all dogs; no retractable type. For the safety of other dogs, vaccines must be current. Visit www.acoollittletown.com.