A prime fall weekend kicks in over the next few days, prompting some annual an special events outdoors. But there's also plenty to do indoors.
Friday night football with the Ridge Red Devils is not only a home game this week, but it's also a night in which the game also will welcome those with special needs to be guests at the game. And it also promises to be a hot game against Phillipsburg at Lee Field at Ridge High School at 7 p.m.
Also on Friday, the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus No. 2393 and the Long Hill Township PBA again present Pro Westling as a fundraiser.
And don't miss the annual Lord Stirling 1770s Festival in Basking Ridge and — shiver — an exhibit on Hauntings in the Somerset Hills at the Brick Academy in Basking Ridge.
A varied list is below:
A Special Night of Ridge Football
When/Where: At 7 p.m. on Friday at Lee Field at Ridge High School in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because it's a special night of honoring children with special needs as the Red Devils Boys Varsity Football team competes against Phillipsburg High School on home turf.
Pricing: Free admission to special needs football fans. Pre-registered children will receive shirts. All ages can attend with their families on the game day without registration.
WWE Legends and an Evening of Pro Wrestling
When/Where: At 7:45 p.m. on Friday at Long Hill Township Community Center in Long Hill Township.
Why Go: Because Steve "Monsta" Mack and Devon Dudley don't need to mind their manners with Stirling's first ever "We Want Tables Match," where the loser must get put through a table. It's a night of wrestling superstars and fun that benefits the needy throughout Somserset County.
1770s Living History Festival
When/Where: From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To step back in time to the Colonial period. Costumed period re-enactors will ply their trades, a town crier will deliver the daily news, and military detachments will camp and conduct maneuvers. Enjoy fresh apple cider, kids activities and a hay ride, or have your picture taken in Colonial costume while restrained to the Somerset Gaoler's wooden stock.
Pricing: $4 donation suggested.
Hauntings in the Somerset Hills Exhibit
When/Where: From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at The Historical Society of The Somerset Hills in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To sort out fact and fiction of amazing historical photographs and prints of The Vealtown Tavern and the Blairsden Estate. Pick up a copy of a "Ghosts of Central Jersey" signed by the author or just dare to be intrigued.
Pricing: Free admission. Signed book prices vary.
Knit and Crochet Extravaganza
When/Where: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To come and relax while learning new techniques such as duplicate stitching, crochet, seaming, fair isle and more. So bring your own needles, hooks, yarn, and passion and enjoy a great afternoon of amazing door prizes and refreshments with the company of other crafters.
Bye, Bye Butterfly Program
When/Where: At 2 p.m. on Saturday at Environmental Education Center at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: For families and all ages to bid farewell to the butterfly for the season. Learn where they go for the cold weather and all about their lifecycles.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
Joan Lamensdorf Art Exhibit
Where/When: From 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Harding Gallery.
Why Go: Because you can spend a Friday night with some wine and some beautifully serene landscapes made with pastels.
Historic Codington Farmstead Tour
When/Where: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Codington Farmstead in Warren.
Why Go: To tour the house that represents three centuries of the Codington family and get an insight into farm life from the Colonial era to the 20th Century.
Wedding Party Event
When/Where: From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday at Crate and Barrel in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To learn how to create the wedding of your dreams. Consult with wedding experts, choose your dream registry and enjoy complimentary food and drinks.
Angry Bird Hike
When/Where: From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday at Washington Valley Park in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To join the New Jersey Young Professionals in a hike to witness the migration of wildlife while socializing and meeting new friends.
Pricing: Members $5 to $20, Non-members $20. Registration required.
Learn About Solar Power
When/Where: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at Central Moving Systems in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To learn to save green by going green. Talk to a Alteris Renewables solar expert and learn more about solar power during this national solar tour.
Pricing: Free admission.
Build Your Own Fire Rescue Helicopter
When/Where: At 9 a.m. on Saturday at The Home Depot in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because kids ages 5 to 12 can build their own fire rescue helicopters and earn a sense of accomplishment.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
Dave Ramsy Business Leadership Simulcast
When/Where: From 9:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Stonecrest Community Church in Warren.
Why Go: Because it's a live simulcast seminar with author and radio host Dave Ramsey on how to lead a team and grow a business using Biblical principles of finance and management.
Pricing: $39 registration fee. Boxed lunch $6. Registration required.
Wompy's World of Musical Play
When/Where: At 10 a.m. on Friday at The Warren Township Library in Warren.
Why Go: Because children ages 6 months to 3 years old will enjoy puppets, props, and musical instruments during this interactive musical theater class. Caregivers are welcome to join in the fun.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.
Shakespeare's 'The War of the Roses: Henry VI, Part 1'
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Brundage Park Playhouse, 2 Bungalow Lane in Randolph.
Why Go: Because this adaptation combines Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part I with the first three acts of Part 2—it packs a whole lot of the Bard into one show.
Prepare to be Terrified
Where/When: From 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday at 229 Main Street in Belleville.
Why Go: Halloween is coming, and the State Scare Haunted Attraction promises to terrify you.
Pricing: $15 to $30.
When/Where: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Villagers Theatre in Somerset.
Why Go: It's your last chance to see this prickly comedy about unexpected love.
Pricing: $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and students.
100 Years of Motorcycles
Where/When: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because this exhibit will feature some of the coolest bikes from the past 100 years.
Pricing: $10 for adults, or $7 for children, students and seniors.
'Othello' Playing at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey
Where/When: From 8 to 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison.
Why Go: Because a night at the theater sounds like a great way to spend your weekend. Plus, this play hasn’t been seen on The Shakespeare Theatre stage since 2003.
Pricing: $32 to $55.
Saturday Morning Road Ride
Where/When: Starting at Marty’s Reliable Cycle in Morristown at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and trekking 20 miles through Harding and Chatham, then back to Morristown.
Why Go: Because you’d like a workout to start your Saturday morning, or because the weather is warming up. Rain or snow cancels.