We are doing things a bit different this year. Although we're taking more precaution this year, it does not mean that the fun stops. Let's do so with a bit of social distance. Our city and state have sustained safety throughout turmoil and are ready to move into the next phase or new normality. Gov. Phil Murphy recently announced the opening of small concert venues, lounges and clubs at 25% capacity or 150 people. Here are activities to help guide a safe Fall season in Newark, NJ.

Newark Moonlight Cinema

If you've never watched a movie while seated in your car, you can now do so. The on-going pandemic has challenged us in more ways than one, but it has enticed us to dive deeper into our innate creativity. And here we are with Newark Moonlight Cinema. Yes, the country's first Black-owned Drive In Movie Theatre is housed in Newark, NJ. As the city phased out of the mandatory shut down, Newark Moonlight Cinema ushered in a much needed get-away from house-sitting. So far the theatre has offered up some classic films such as Set It Off, Creed I & 2, Hardball and more. Tickets are priced as $15. The outside theatre includes a concession stand to feed your taste buds. 

Apple & Pumpkin Picking + Corn Mazes

Apple picking season begins in the second week of September. It is the perfect time and weather to take your kids out to pick their favorite and freshest fruit. A half hour drive out of the city plans for a perfect Saturday. 

Wightman's Farm- Morristown

Wightman's Farm kicks off pumpkin season in mid-September, and the fun that awaits includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, mazes, a hay slide, and my kids' favorite, the corn sandbox. (Mommy Poppins)

Social Distance Exploration With Newark Walks App

Walk for your health, for fun and learn about the beauty of Newark. Discover landmarks, public art and even monuments. You can turn your tour into Take advantage of the last weeks of warm weather before the end of the year. 

Newark International Film Festival

The Newark International Film Festival is a 5 day festival that showcases the innovation and breadth of the film industry. Located 15 minutes from New York, Newark IFF maximizes exposure for your film, screenplay or series by drawing film and entertainment leaders from both NYC and LA.

The festival provides a number of engaging experiences for attendees such as pop-up concerts from hip hop to jazz, house to gospel and more, as well as a televised awards and entertainment showcase and a film scavenger hunt.

The NIFF is the first international film festival hosted in Newark. A main feature of the NIFF is the Hannibal Goodwin Award for Innovation in Filmmaking in homage to Hannibal Goodwin, the Episcopal priest who invented celluloid film 1887 in Newark, NJ.