'Distant Thunder' Film Screening and Discussion
Where/When: From noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday at the Bernards Township Public Library, 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Part of series of film screenings with Dr. Kalyan Ray, English Professor at County College of Morris. Film buffs get to feed their minds and also bring a snack or lunch to enjoy.
Cost: Free, register online or call 908-204-3039
A Concert to Benefit the Market Street Mission
When/Where: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains.
Why Go: A good cause and plenty of performances: Skip Yingling and The PCMP Band, Jim DiPaolo and Monica Trogani, Erica and Julia Rossetti, Morris Plains Summer Theater Program Cast of Godspell, Danielle Becht, Market Street Mission Singers and more.
Cost: Monetary Donations for the Market Street Mission will be accepted at the door to offset damage from Hurricane Irene
When/Where: Friday, Oct. 21, 5–9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: 160 artists from more than 25 states will display and sell their fine crafts.
When/Where: Friday from 6-11 p.m. at the Old Firehouse, 5 Simpson Ave., Mt. Tabor
Why Go: To get the fright of your life while supporting District 1's volunteer fire department
Cost: $6 per body
'Weird Al' Yankovic 'Alpocalypse Tour'
When/Where: Friday at 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: Because, hey, it's 'Weird Al.' You need more of a reason? It's family-friendly fun for all.
When/Where: Gates open at 8 a.m., first race at 1 p.m. at Moorland Farms off Route 202 in Far Hills on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Why Go: Considered the social event of the season, the steeplechase races are a chance to tailgate, picnic and meet friends. The races attract about 50,000 people each year, with social strata climbing the higher you stake your spot going up the hill. The race also benefits Somerset Medical Center in general, and the Steeplechase Cancer Center in particular.
Cost: $50 for one ticket before race day, $100 at gate, other information online or by calling 908-685-2929. Also buy tickets or parking spot from area merchants
Saturday Morning Road Ride From Marty's
When/Where: Saturday at 8 a.m. from , Morristown
Why Go: Because you're an avid cyclist that can keep up with some hearty legs and some heavy hills.
When/Where: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Jefferson
Why Go: Hay rides, activities for kids, pumpkin picking and a roller derby performance.
Cost: No admission, but cost for refreshments
When/Where: Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at , 903 S. Beverwyck Road
Why Go: To buy gently used jewelry, books, toys and gift items while checking out a silent auction featuring themed baskets.
Cost: Bring your wallet
When/Where: Saturday, Oct. 22, 5–7 p.m. at in Morris Plains.
Why Go: Specialty German food and beverages, pumpkin patch, crafts and movies for the kids.
Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for kids 10 and over, children under 10 are free
When/Where: Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parking Lot No. 10, Morris and Spring streets (behind Dunkin Donuts).
Why Go: You're looking for some tasty, fresh late-season farm fare.
Cost: Bring your wallet
Where/When: At Hopatcong State Park at Noon on Sunday.
Why Go: Because you want to know all about the lake—and you want to see memorabilia, photos, historical artifacts and exhibits.
Witch Hazel Hunt
When/Where: Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pyramid Mountain, 472A Boonton Avenue, Boonton
Why Go: To learn about the unique witch hazel shrub flower and look at fall foliage while you hike.