Falling for Autumn: new season offers new events in Moorestown

Moorestown residents can dine at food trucks, paint a pumpkin or take a candlelit stroll this Autumn.

With kids returning to school and the temperatures beginning to dip, come Autumn in Moorestown and a season full of fall-themed events ahead for residents to enjoy.

The Moorestown Business Association is bringing residents several chances to celebrate the season. On Thursday, Oct. 3, the MBA will host its 3rd Annual Ladies Night Out. The night features food, sales and giveaways.

MBA President Steven Pazienza said the event started three years ago as almost a novelty night out for people to stroll and shop down Main Street with the shops remaining open later than usual and offering promotions. This year, however, the MBA has upped the ante.

Pazienza said this year, the MBA has added food trucks to Ladies Night Out. He said the MBA carefully selected trucks that will not compete with the eateries on Main Street. He said Ladies Night Out will mark the first time the MBA has introduced food trucks to an event, and if all goes well, he anticipates the mobile eateries becoming a presence at other MBA events.

“The food trucks are as hot as can be everywhere right now,” Pazienza said.

Ladies Night Out takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. and has consistently been one of the MBA’s more popular events, Pazienza said.

Also returning this fall is the Autumn in Moorestown Festival, which will bring fall fun to town on Saturday, Oct. 14. Last year’s event saw poor weather, but Pazienza said he’s hopeful this year the forecast will be better.

Pazienza said the main draw of the event is the craft fair. He said because the fair is juried and only the highest quality crafters are invited to sell their wares, people flock to Moorestown to peruse the best of the best crafts.

Additionally, the antique and classic car show is a particular draw for many attending the festival, Pazienza said. He said the festival usually has around 150 classic cars on display, depending on the weather.

For kids, the festival features pumpkin painting and scarecrows on the lawn of the Moorestown Community House. The event will shut down Main Street between Chester Avenue and Church Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

The MBA will mark the start of the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 3 with Candlelight Night. Pazienza said the MBA used to shut down traffic on Main Street, but a few years ago, it decided to leave it open. Since then, the night has developed more of a shopping feel as residents can stroll along softly lit Main Street enjoying the night’s festivities from 5 to 9 p.m., Pazienza said.

The event features candles strewn along Main Street as horse-drawn carriages transit along the street offering rides to residents. Music features prominently into the night’s festivities. Pazienza said not only does the MBA bring a variety of artists to perform along Main Street, but several local restaurants have joined in and bring live music to their eateries.

“It’s kind of neat. So many different businesses bring their own music [that] it’s almost become a restaurant night,” Pazienza said. “Sometimes it feels like a battle of the bands.”

Candlelight Night usually marks one of the final chances for residents to sit outside, eat and enjoy music of the season before the weather turns cold and residents start to prepare for the holiday season ahead, Pazienza said.

For more information on any of the MBA’s fall events, visit http://www.moorestownbusiness.com/index.cfm.