Events August 28, 2015 and later

May 16 - Oct 31, 2015
*NEW* The Historic Chester Courtesy Coach
Weekends and Monday Holidays
Location: See complete details below.

Explore and Experience Historic Chester...for FREE!

A complementary transportation service− THE HISTORIC CHESTER COURTESY COACH − is available to and from 2 of Chester's renowned locations. Runs on weekends and Monday holidays ( from May 16th to the end of October 2015) to enhance your Historic Chester Experience.

Details of Service

*Continuous loop from Alstede Farms to the Historic Shopping & Dining District on Main Street. Service runs from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm with stops cycling every 10 minutes.

THE HISTORIC CHESTER COURTESY COACH stops are marked by signage with the official logo and are located at:
*Alstede Farms (Back Parking Lot)
*92 Main Street (Next to the Chester Clock)

For details, call 908-879-7189

*Sponsored by Alstede Farms and The Historic Chester Business Association.

 

 

 

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Aug 15 - Oct 17, 2015
Chester Food Fest 2015 Series
12pm to 4pm
Location: Perry Street in Chester, NJ

FEAST ON *TWO* SCRUMPTIOUS
PROFESSIONAL CHEF SMACK-DOWNS!

12:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
held on PERRY STREET
CHESTER, NJ


FOOD, FUN,
and LIVE ENTERTAINMENT!

  • AUGUST 15TH
    BEST OF THE BEST APPETIZER,
    ENTRÉE & DESSERT CONTEST


  • OCTOBER 17TH
    SOUP & CHILI COOK-OFF

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Aug 28 - Nov 8, 2015
Corn Maze is Open!
opens at 9 am daily
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Come on and try our GIANT Corn Maze! Great fun for the entire family! Lots of other fun farm activities too! See our website for details...

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Aug 29, 2015
Sail, Sail, Your Boat!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Children can decorate boats and sail them in the Cooper Gristmill tailrace. Children must be accompanied by an adult and are required to wear enclosed-toe shoes or boots. No bare feet! Boats may be purchased for $10 (Friends members $5) or borrowed.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Aug 29, 2015
Demo & Tasting from Italian Chocolatier: G. Borreca
There will be an open house from 3:00 to 5:00, with Demonstrations at 3:30 and 4:30.
Location: J. Emanuel Chocolatier, 461B Main St. (Located Behind Redwoods Restaurant), Chester, NJ 07930

*Guest Chocolatier from Avellino, Italy*

Giovanni Borreca wants to share his passion for chocolate with you by making the confections he is most famous for in his hometown shop "IL Nudo Napoletano".

Artisan Chocolates with Giovanni
Come and have a taste of Italy as you witness Giovanni in action creating pieces of edible art. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn first hand how chocolate is made Italian style. Giovanni will demonstrate his art and discuss the differences that he has found between cioccolato of Italy and chocolate of the States.

There will be an open house from 3:00 to 5:00, with Demonstrations at 3:30 and 4:30. Due to the anticipated high level of interest in this unique event and the limited space we have to work with, we ask that you pre-register with us: Call 908 955-7591.

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Sep 5, 2015
Miller's Pancake
1:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Witness the Cooper Gristmill live adaptation of Eric Carle's story, Pancakes, Pancakes! Learn where the ingredients for making pancakes come from, see grain ground into flour or meal, and watch the miller make a pancake.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Sep 5 - Nov 15, 2015
Giant 10 Acre Corn Maze!
10am-5pm
Location: 15 North Road Chester, NJ 07930

Our 2015 Corn Maze theme is "Knights & Dragons!" The Dark Ages wait to be explored by knights and ladies. Learn the customs and life in medieval Europe in the Age of Chivalry. Can you conquer the dragon?

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Sep 6, 2015
Apple Pancake Breakfast at Alstede Farms
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Come Enjoy the Best Apples Around at our Apple Pancake Breakfast! Enjoy a Hay Wagon ride around our beautiful farm and a delicious ‘all you can eat’ breakfast! Price includes breakfast, Pick Your Own admission with scenic hay wagon ride, and live music from 12 - 4

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Sep 8 - 30, 2015
Apple Picking at Stony Hill Gardens
10am-5pm
Location: 8 State Route 24 Chester NJ (Accross from Furnace Rd)

Apple picking at Stony Hill. Call for varieties available. Weather dependent. $1.99/lb

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Sep 12 - 13, 2015
42nd Annual FALL Craft Show
10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: TWO GREAT LOCATIONS!
*Gazebo/Municipal Field,134 Main Street, Chester, NJ
and
*Perry Street, Chester, NJ


CHESTER CELEBRATES 42 YEARS OF FALL CRAFT SHOW

**RATED #1 IN NEW JERSEY AND ONE OF THE TOP 50 CRAFT SHOWS IN THE NATION**

Over 200+ Tents Filled with the Finest Handmade Crafts.

The most talented artisans on the East Coast will exhibit and sell their unique hand-crafted creations at the upcoming Chester Fall Craft Show, which will take place on September 12th and 13th at Municipal Field and Perry Street in Chester, NJ. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the award-winning 'rain or shine' weekend event, which is produced by the Historic Chester Business Association (HCBA).

Rated #1 in New Jersey and one of the Top 50 "Best Crafts Show in The Nation" by America's Premier Art and Craft Show Magazine, Sunshine Artist, previous shows have set all-time attendance records, with crafters and artisans from throughout the region offering an array of select, hand-crafted furniture, jewelry, apparel, ornaments, home accessories and more.

"For the past 42 years, Chester has been the home to one of the Northeast's most celebrated arts and crafts event." says Kathy Barbieri, President of the HCBA, "This is the perfect time for attendees to join in the celebration and kick-off their holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts."

During this special weekend in September, Chester will host thousands of people from all over the country who come to enjoy this two-day, juried and tented arts & crafts expo. But this is not just an event to satisfy the artistic soul—be sure to stroll the brick-lined sidewalks and visit over 80 specialty shops featuring antiques, crafts, clothing, jewelry, home furnishings and accessories, gourmet pet products, confections and wonderful eateries.

Whether it's a decorative piece for your own home or a distinctive holiday gift for a friend, Chester is the place to discover that special something.  Children under 12 are free (no pets please).  Also, don't forget to enjoy all the natural beauty of the season, as Chester is home to wonderful parks and farms offering fun for the whole family.

Admission: $5.00 per person

***$1.00 Off Single Admission with a printed copy of this event listing**

Crafters interested in participating in the show can call 973-377-6600 or visit www.chestercraftshow.com.

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Sep 12, 2015
National Milling Day
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Come celebrate Oliver Evans' 260th birthday!

A famous 1780s inventor, Evans created the first automatic flour mill. See some of Evans' inventions at work in the Cooper Gristmill and view antique printed flour bags.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Sep 19, 2015
Chester Town Wide Yard Sale
9am - 3pm
Location: Town Wide....but treasure hunters and sellers alike connect at Chester First Aid Squad Bldg.
Rain Date: Sept. 20th

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Sep 25 - Oct 24, 2015
Harvest Moon Hayride and Night Time Corn Maze Event
6 pm - 10 pm (last ticket sold at 9:00 pm)
Location: Alstede Farms, 1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930

Ticket price includes a hayride under a beautiful moon on a crisp fall night; a roaring campfire; a cup of steaming hot cider warming your hands (or cold to quench your thirst); and the sounds of country music filling the night air. Harvest Moon Hayrides begin September 25th and run every Friday and Saturday evening through October 24th (and Sunday October 11th) from 6 to 10pm. Come out for an evening under the moon and the stars with a hayride around our farm, walk through our corn maze (bring your flashlights) and then settle in at our campfire with unlimited hot and cold cider and a down-home country music DJ.

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Sep 26 - 27, 2015
16th Annual Chester Lion's Club Oktoberfest!
12:00 noon to 8:00 pm
Location: Chubb Park, West Main Street, Chester, NJ

The Chester Lions Club presents their 16th Annual Oktoberfest!

The 16th Annual Chester Lions Club Oktoberfest is located at Chubb Park on September 26 and 27, 2015 from noon to 8pm, rain or shine.

Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

Live music, professional dancers and entertainers, and activities for children are available. Authentic German food including bratwurst, smoked pork chops, hot dogs, German potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels are available. For dessert tasty apple strudel, beehive cake, plum cake, apple crumb cake, and more are for sale.

On Saturday the Oktoberfest will feature an antique car show. The car show is free with admission. For more information about our event,

For details visit www.chesterlionsclubnj.com

 

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Oct 10 - 11, 2015
The Inn Mates live at Stony Hill
1pm-4pm
Location: 15 North Road Chester, NJ 07930

The Inn Mates live at Stony Hill Farms. a versatile high energy cover band, featuring great singers and a three piece horn section, playing Classic Rock, R&B, Pop, Disco, Motown, Country, and Swing. http://www.innmatesrock.com/

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Oct 17 - 18, 2015
32nd Annual HARVEST Celebration
11:00 am to 5:00 pm (Rain or Shine)
Location: Downtown Chester, NJ

You couldn’t pick a better way to spend a weekend! Come and enjoy this FREE 2-day event in Historic Downtown Chester.

THIS YEAR'S HIGHLIGHTS

- The 2nd Annual Best Chili in Chester Challenge! Which Eatery Makes the Best Chili in Chester?
- Special Musical Guest - To be announcedi (Sunday only)
- Wood Carving Demo
- Pumpkin Carving Demo
- The Reelers Square Dancers (Sunday Only)
- Seccombe Caricatures (Sunday only)

Back by Popular Demand

  • NBC'S Produce Pete!  (Saturday Only)
  • Classic Rock Band - Big Chrysler (Satuday only)
  • Colonial Musketeer Fife and Drum
  • Clown Performance
  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Ford V-8 Antique Car Show (Sunday only)
  • Antique Apple Press Demo (Sunday only)
  • Guess the Pumpkin Weight

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Oct 17, 2015
Celebrating Apples
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Visitors will be invited to try a hand-cranked apple peeler and assist with a demonstration of cider pressing as it was done in 1880s Milltown. Apple head dolls will be on display as participants decorate an apple. This event is at the Cooper Gristmill. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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Oct 17 - 18, 2015
The Inn Mates live at Stony Hill
1pm-4pm
Location: 15 North Road Chester, NJ 07930

A versatile high energy cover band, featuring great singers and a three piece horn section, playing Classic Rock, R&B, Pop, Disco, Motown, Country, and Swing.

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Oct 18, 2015
Cider Press Demostrations at the Annual Harvest Celebration
11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: The Cooper Gristmill Display (Main Street) - Downtown Chester

As part of the Historic Chester Business Assocation's Annual Harvest Celebration, see the Cooper Gristmill's apple cider press demonstration booth on Main Street in Chester. We will be located near the Stained Glass Boutique, 76 E. Main Street and will be one of many activities throughout Chester.

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Oct 31, 2015
A Miller's Halloween
1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Cooper Gristmill 66 State Route 24 Chester, NJ 07930-2411 - (908) 879-5463

Come in costume (if you like) for a fun-filled afternoon!

Enjoy spooky story telling at 1pm & 2:30 pm, make corn husk dolls, create creepy crafts, and play old time games. In the gristmill, be alert for spooks, spiders, skeletons, and surprises!

Donations are greatly appreciated.

Admission: (Suggested Donation for Mill Tours)

$3 Adults, $2 Senior Citizens, $1 Children 4-6, FREE for children under age 4
Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill members - FREE with valid membership card.Discounted fees for special events.

For additional information, please call 908-879-5463.

Directions: Copper Gristmill is located on County Highway 513 (old Route 24) in Chester Township, NJ. 1.3 miles west of the Route 206 intersection.

GPS: 66 Washington Turnpike (old state route 24), Chester, NJ 07930

Online Map Directions: 74 County Highway 513, Chester, NJ 07930

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