October packs a plethora of fall craft festivals.
WheatonArts Festival of Fine Craft
The popular, juried Festival of Fine Craft showcases one-of-a-kind work from more than 130 artists, including a glass pumpkin patch. Don’t miss wine tastings, the beer garden, hands-on workshops and family classes like Scarecrow Construction, Day of the Dead Masks and more. 10 am-5 pm; $7-$10. 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville (wheatonarts.org).
Jersey City Art & Studio Tour
More than 600 artists and hundreds of venues will participate in the 25th annual JCAST, a citywide celebration of arts. Local blues artist Eliza Neals will perform free concerts each day at noon as part of the Naked Music Loft Series. Jersey City (thejcast.com). Free!
Rahway Culture Crawl
Celebrate Rahway’s thriving art scene during the town’s annual Culture Crawl, featuring live performances, interactive art, sculptures, videos, audio installations, live music and craft vendors. 6-9 pm. (732-540-1075, culturecrawl.org). Free!
Fall Fine Arts & Crafts Brookdale Park Show
The 16th annual art show in Essex County’s Brookdale Park hosts more than 160 exhibitors. 10 am-5 pm. Montclair (rosesquared.com). Free!
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
The Garden State Exhibit Center hosts more than 260 artisans for three days of browsing and shopping one-of-a-kind items. Fri & Sat, 10 am-6 pm; Sun, 10 am-5 pm; $8-$10; children under 12, free. 50 Atrium Drive, Somerset (sugarloafcrafts.com).