5 Fun Things to do in Bergen & Essex County, New Jersey in September 2023

1. The Royal Canadian International Circus Performing at American Dream – September 14th-23rd

For the first time in its tour history, the Royal Canadian International Circus (RCIC) is coming to New Jersey. The Big Top will be set up at 1 American Dream Way for 14 shows. All tickets, including Plush Ringside and VIP seatings, can be purchased online. Currently, RCIC is running a 2-for-1 promo on all general admission tickets. Please use the promocode BIGTOP2023 during checkout.

RCIC is a modern, family-focused circus event that has been entertaining families for over half a century. Many of the circus performers are multigeneration pedigrees of circus families, including our daredevil extraordinaire and ringmaster Joseph Dominik Bauer. Bauer has over 40 years of experience in the circus world and is one of the most sought-after ringmasters. Also performing at the RCIC this year are:

  • Hubert & Camilla Dominguez Crossbow Thrill Act (new)
  • Claudia Alvarez Bauer from Mexico
  • African Bone Breakers Contortionist Troupe from 2020 season of America’s Got Talent (new)
  • Nilson Escobar from Peru (new)
  • Maria Emilia Chemeno from Argentina (new)
  • Fernandez Globe of Death from Mexico
  • TZ Aerialists
  • Guerrero High Wire Troupe from Columbia (new)
  • Piolita & Daughter Lucita from Argentina
  • Gimmi Fornaciari & Erica Zerbini – Illusions & Magic from Italy (new)

You are encouraged to visit the website  gallery page to view a 360-degree virtual tour. The virtual tour gives you a sneak peak inside the Big Top from all angles.

2. Visit the Bergen County Zoo in Paramus, NJ

The Bergen County Zoo is a popular, and family-friendly, zoo in the Bergen County. What makes the Bergen County Zoo special is its focus on wildlife from North and South America. Visitors have the unique opportunity to see some of the most rare and unusual species, such as Baird’s Tapir, Andean Condor, American Alligator, and Golden Lion Tamarin.  The zoo aims to develop and maintain exhibits which emphasize natural behavior, encourage longevity, and promote breeding success.

3. Visit the Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ

The Hermitage Museum in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ is a national historical landmark. During the American Revolution, it was positioned in the middle of the British and the Americans. Visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the 250-year-old mansion where a celebration of nature bursts forth in every room. On September 16th, the Museum will be hosting the Hermitage Food Truck Festival between 11am-5pm. For more details about the event and other interesting parts of the museum, please visit the museum website.

4. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lyndhurst, NJ

The show’s tournament is like no other. The top knights will battle with brawn and steel to determine one victor to protect the throne.  The event venue offers castle birthday, group outing packages as well as military discounts. Kids celebrating their birthdays at the Medieval Times will have the opportunity to celebrate in style with cake, cheering banners, and a knight ceremony. Visit the Medieval Times website for details about times and packages.

5. Experience Millburn’s Rocktoberfest

Millburn’s Rocktoberfest in September is not just a regular music festival for music lovers. It is a fun, exciting and unique event that both kids and adults can enjoy. There will be an eclectic array of cuisine and shopping, cultural attractions, and inclusive events that everyone can enjoy…regardless of age. Also in town is the Montclair Farmers’ Market, which is held every Saturday at the Walnut Street Train Station. It features local farmers and food vendors offering no shortage of fresh produce, prepared foods, baked goods, condiments, flowers and more.

February 11, 2024
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