Do Something: Fall festivals, monster trucks and more

From the seaside to the city, see what’s happening all weekend long.

Fall is soon approaching and there is no shortage of events taking place across the region. From music festivals to bus tours, check out what’s on tap for this weekend.

In the Pinelands

  • On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Medford Business Association will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration, which will feature a business expo, 20 local bands and a beer garden. The event, which will take place in Freedom Park, will commence at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. The event won’t just be for grown ups, though. There will be a moon bounce along with various arts and crafts activities for children, such as face-painting and hair braiding. The moon bounce will be free. For more information check out medfordoktoberfest.com
  • Join former social studies and science teacher John Volpa for a journey exploring the region’s geologic past to the present at the Pine Barrens Time Machine Small Group Bus Tour. The tour meet at 1005 Atsion Road in Shamong. The event will focus on the human interplay with its natural resources, its unique flora and fauna, how it became the Pinelands National Reserve and what we can learn from its history as society grapples with today’s local and global environmental issues. For more information checkout pinelandsalliance.com

Around South Jersey

  • The Mullica Hill Merchants Association will host the annual Antique Car Show, Concert on the Hill and Barbeque festivities on Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at OKKA Karate Studio, located at 33 S. Main St., Mullica Hill. New this year is the addition of live music from local bands, as well as fresh barbeque and vendors available during the event. The festivities will also include a DJ, antique vendors and contests for participating antique cars. Old Town Hall Museum will also be open to the public during this time to learn more about the history of the surrounding area and to preview the “Weird New Jersey” fall exhibition, slated for display from Oct. 7 to Dec. 17 every Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit mullicahillmerchants.wordpress.com/events.
  • The Monster Truck Throwdown roars into the Bridgeport Speedway for the first time ever for two huge shows on September 16 and 17. See two-time World Freestyle Champion Jim Koehler and Avenger, Crushstation, Siagon Shaker, Brutus, Lumberjack, and more. Plus the backflipping thrills of Extreme Freestyle Motocross! There will also be a live band, moon bounces for the kids, ice cream, candy and other novelties. Children 3 and under are free. Kids ages 4–12 are $10 and general admission for ages 13 and up is $20 online and $25 at the door. Family Packs are available for purchase online only, which includes two adult tickets and two kid tickets for $50. For more information visit bpspeedway.com.

At the Jersey Shore

  • The Ocean City Airport Festival is annual festival at the Municipal Airport in Ocean City on 26th & Bay Ave, which lasts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the festival will include a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. Attendees will be able to meet the performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show. For more information call 609–399–6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com.
  • The Ironman Atlantic City race begins at sunrise with a 1.2-mile sheltered swim in the beautiful back bays of Atlantic City. Framed by the Atlantic City skyline, spectators may view the entire swim course from the shore. This 2.5x loop bike course will be 99 percent closed to vehicular traffic and will take athletes into Atlantic City via the Atlantic City Expressway, which athletes will ride toll-free. Finally, the 13.1-mile run course features striking views of the Atlantic Ocean on the world-famous Atlantic City Boardwalk, a one-of-a-kind race experience for both athletes and spectators. The 2017 Ironman in Atlantic City offers 30 qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. For more information visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman-70.3/atlantic-city

In Philadelphia

  • Mural Arts Philadelphia’s citywide Monument Lab kicks off at the center of the city with a Saturday Spotlight event at City Hall, with music and food from 1–4 p.m. Look for a special appearance from Mural Arts’ friend, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, and hear from artists working on Monument Lab projects in the City Hall area. Mel Chin’s project involves the ordinary citizen and representation, while Tania Bruguera’s focuses on the “new immigrant” in Philadelphia. Michelle Angela Ortiz’s Seguimos Caminando (We Keep Walking) spotlights immigrant families in collaboration with the Shut Down Berks Coalition, and Hank Willis Thomas is at work on a sculpture that serves as a monument to community, strength, perseverance, and resistance to racial oppression. The event is free. For more information visit monumentlab.muralarts.org.
  • Fishtown’s Frankford Hall is teaming up with Fette Sau Philadelphia again this year to throw its annual all-day block party on Frankford Avenue. Go party with both establishments in their huge tent on Frankford Avenue on September 16th. You can look forward to music from the Ja Ja Ja’s, DJ’s Skeme Richards and Craig Dash, and of course, Mad Beatz Drumline will be with us to kick off our ceremonial keg tapping. The GTV Amrausch dancers will be here yet again to dance the afternoon away. There will be a special area dedicated to family friendly entertainment with music by the Joe and Lara show, pony rides, and more. Of course, no Oktoberfest would be complete without traditional German fare and plenty of beer. For more information visit facebook.com/FrankfordHall.

To see more events taking place in Philadelphia this weekend, visit www.philadelphiaweekly.com.