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- Current and Upcoming Events & Activities
- Seasonal & AnyTime Activities
- Community & Family Events at The Counseling Center
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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Monmouth Junction
DIY Pet Toys and Treats
June 22, 2021: Show your pet how much you love them by making something special just for them. Somerset County Library System of NJ, Bound Brook. 3-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Third Thursdays of the Month: The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation hosts a monthly webinar series featuring a one-on-one interview with New Jersey Vietnam Veteran volunteers. Third Thursday VetChats will be held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. 7:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
June 2, 2021: This show will be a celebration of songs about America, and our flag, while paying tribute to those who serve it. This is an Explore From Home teens & adults program presented by Robin Greenstein. She accompanies herself on guitar, ukulele and 5 string banjo. And there will be some sing-a-longs, too! Somerset County Library System. 7-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Sounds Concert
June 29, 2021: Bring your lawn chair and blanket! Through the music, the magic, and the message, there is bound to be something for everyone! Registered families will be assigned a marked off area that can accommodate up to 5 people. Rain date is July 6. SCLSNJ, Mary Jacobs Branch, 64 Washington St, Rocky Hill. 6:30-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Pick A Pepper
July 1, 2021: Visit our outdoor garden box to pick peppers and tomatoes you can use to cook at home. We also have recipe ideas for inspiration. SCLSNJ, 402 E High St, Bound Brook. All day. Visit their website for more information.
Outside Concert: Cold Rain and Snow
July 11, 2021: The Cold Rain and Snow is a collective—a collaboration among members of the beloved NJ bluegrass act, Magnolia Street String Band, and their various acoustic instrument-wielding friends. Somerset County Library System of NJ, 1 Vogt Dr, Bridgewater. 1-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Sounds Concert Series
August 3, 2021: The Blawenburg Dixieland Band performs classic New Orleans standards. Join us in commemorating SCLSNJ appreciation of the Mary Jacobs Foundation. SCLSNJ, Mary Jacobs Branch, 64 Washington St, Rocky Hill. 6:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Zanimal Show
August 18, 2021: Meet the animals from some of your favorite stories! Presented by Eyes of the Wild, this will be a live virtual program. Pre-registration required. Somerset County Library System of NJ. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Edison Fall Family Spectacular
September 25, 2021: Bring the kids to this family event for kiddie rides, games, face painting, sand art, pro wrestling ring, remote control car track and much more! There is something for everyone to do! 1011 Amboy Ave, Edison. 11am-11pm. Visit their website for more information.
Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Monmouth Junction
Late Nights @ Rutgers Geology Museum
First Wednesday Night of the Month: Join us on the first Wednesday of every month 4-8 pm at the Geology Museum for our Late Night at the Museum events. Each Late Night consists of activity stations and events related to the night's specific theme, which can range from a wide array of topics that fall under the categories of geology, anthropology, and paleontology. Late Nights at the Museum are designed to educate, as well as entertain, and can benefit children and adults alike. Park in Rutgers Lots 26 & 30 and the College Ave Deck without permits. 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. Visit their website for more information.
Monday nights: Some stories are best told by moonlight! Wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed friend for stories, songs, games, crafts, and activities. All ages welcome. South Brunswick Public Library 110 Kingston Ln., Monmouth Junction. 6:30-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink
Year round: Each winter, thousands of people swarm to the rink to experience outdoor ice skating right in their own backyard. In the spring and fall, children can take roller skating lessons and boogie down during open skate on warm spring nights. Admission: adults $6, 17 yrs & under $5, rental skates $5. 151 Parsonage Road, Edison.
Archive of Some Past Events
Friends Concert Series
May 19, 2021: Come to the Library for a fun afternoon of live music & entertainment! The Abe Ovadio Jazz Trio presents selections from the American Songbook. South Brunswick Public Library, 110 Kingston Ln, Monmouth Junction. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
McCarter Concerts in the Square, October Rose
May 2, 2021: Celebrate the return of spring with a free outdoor performance! This unique country duo will be making their McCarter debut. Palmer Square, 40 Nassau St, Princeton. 4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Stories of Canine Heroes
February 17, 2021: Discover five thrilling and touching stories of dogs and create a craft. Program is virtual. Pre-register for this virtual event. Visit website for details. Somerset County Library System of NJ. 7-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Zentangle Drawing Workshop
January 17, 2021: Create beautiful works of art using Zentangle, a method of drawing using structured shapes with recurring patterns that can help increase focus and decrease stress. For adults and teens via Zoom. Registration required. Princeton Public Library, Princeton. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Wreck the Halls Holiday Punk Rock Flea Market
December 5, 2020: Named "One of the Best Flea Markets in America", the legendary Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market embraces a life-long love of punk rock and hardcore, DIY ethics, the arts, tattoos, and copious amounts of coffee. There'll be gourmet food truck cuisine in a safe, family-friendly shopping environment. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Way, Trenton. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Princeton Farmers Winter Market
Select Thursdays: Winter Market Series kicks off December 3rd! Fresh local produce in the heart of Princeton! Franklin Ave, Princeton. 10am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Trenton Punk Rock Halloween Market
October 10, 2020: Family-friendly craft show and cultural festival sells everything from vintage & original clothing to original artwork! There'll be antiques, handmade jewelry, vintage toys as well as every unique collectible imaginable. Explore the food trucks & enjoy live music! Roebling Wire Works, 675 S. Clinton Ave, Trenton. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
NJ Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show
September 30 - October 4, 2020: Miners, prospectors, paleontologists, fossil preparators, geologists, jewelry artisans, importers, gem cutters mingle with appreciators of Earth sciences! See the awesome things that come from the Earth - and space! Admission is $15 and up. Weekdays 12-8pm; weekends 10am-6pm. NJ Convention & Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. Visit their website for more information.
Franklin Day Festival
September 12, 2020: This special event offers a day of fantastic family fun including an array of attractions along with the eclectic musical stylings of live bands on the main stage. Colonial Park, Lot C, Somerset. 12-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Cranford Street Fair & Craft Show
August 23, 2020: There will be artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music and more! Free admission for spectators. North Avenue W & Union Avenue N, Cranford. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Rancocas Woods Monthly Craft & Antique Show
August 22, September 26, October 24, November 28, December 5-12, 2020: Enjoy this outdoor shopping experience showcasing a wide variety of unique handmade items crafted by local artisans as well as Antique & Vintage items! Takes place every 4th Saturday of the month March- November. And, then there will be a Holiday Market December 5-12. Rancocas Woods, 118 Creek Rd., Mount Laurel. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Public Artwork Tours
August 7 - December 18, 2020: The tour of the NJ State House combines art, history & architecture. Visitors see impressive artworks incorporated into the capitol complex, including stained glass, tilework, terrazzo, paintings, and sculptures. Tours begin in the State House Annex Lobby. Call the Tour Office for more information. 145 W. State St, Trenton. 1:30-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Keyport Fireman's Fair
July 27 - August 1, 2020: There will be nightly raffles, kiddie rides, adult rides, food tent, food vendors, games, merchandise vendors, super 50/50, music, beer/wine/IPAs, and fireworks! Keyport Fireman's Lot, 149 W. Front St, Keyport. 7-11pm.
Jersey Classic Horse Show
July 10-12, 2020: Spectators are always welcomed! Watch American Saddlebred horses perform! They have a kind disposition, trainability & desire to please. Did you know it is the oldest registered breed in the USA? Horse Park of New Jersey, 626 Rt. 524, Allentown. 10am-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Mid Century NJ: The Garden State in the 1950s
July 7-December 27, 2020: This new exhibit features the post war boom that led to an atom powered future of gleaming appliances and fast cars! Free. Cornelius Low House, 1225 River Rd, Piscataway. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Historic Cranbury Walking Tour
June 28, 2020: You are invited to walk through Cranbury historic district and learn about its history & architecture from a knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. Suggested donation of $7 per person, which you can make in advance online or pay in cash at the tour. Cranbury Museum, 4 Park Pl E, Cranbury. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Polish Heritage Festival
June 14, 2020: Submerge yourself in the Polish culture in the United States! Live music, traditional Polish food, antique car show, children's entertainment, dance performances, gifts & exhibits, and Polish vendor marketplace. Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick. 10am-5:45pm. Visit their website for more information.
Capital City Farmers Market
June 11 - October 29, 2020: The market features Jersey Fresh farm produce and regional producers, artisanal food, specialty produce, baked goods, handmade crafts, jewelry, all natural body and face care products, and much more. Mill Hill Park, 165 E. Front St, Trenton. 11am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
June 6, 7, 13, 14, 2020: Enjoy 20+ activities & games for all ages and pick some delicious Jersey Fresh strawberries! One-price admission & combo passes. Check website before visiting to confirm crop availability. Von Thun's Country Farm Market (Middlesex County), 505 Ridge Rd, Monmouth Junction. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
4-H Yard Sale Fundraiser
May 16, 2020: Visit the 4-H Center and support ongoing activities through this fundraising event! Middlesex County 4-H Youth Development Program offers everyone in grades K–13, the chance to explore countless opportunities in science, arts, foods, outdoor adventure, and more. 4-H Center, 645 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick. Visit their website for more information.
Spring 2020 Family Fun Day
May 3, 2020: Come pick up an early Mother's Day gift! Stroll aisles of gorgeous flowers & enjoy the Antique Car show ( all cars welcome! No registration needed), bounce house, face painting & more!. Patterson Greenhouses 636 Adelphia Rd, Freehold. 10am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Concert
April 19, 2020: Experience the complete film with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ thrilling score live. $35+. Ages 10 and up. State Theater of NJ, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. 3-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Somerville Arts & Crafts Festival
April 5, 2020: A wonderful mix of art will be on display for sale. Enjoy the talented musicians & singers! The entertainment area is located by Alfonso's Restaurant at 99 Main Street. This event will feature a number of food trucks & local restaurants. Kids crafts table & face painter near the music area. Parking located off of Bridge Street & West or East High Street. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Enchantment
March 26-29, 2020: Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories! Tickets starting at $12. CURE Insurance Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave, Trenton. Visit their website for more information.
A Capella Live
March 7, 2020: A high-energy musical celebration of contemporary a cappella, conceived and arranged by Deke Sharon, vocal producer of Pitch Perfect and The Sing-Off. A Cappella Live features four internationally recognized, award-winning, rising star ensembles. Ages 8+. $19 and up. State Theater NJ, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Masters of Illusion
February 28, 2020: Fun for the whole family! Masters of Illusion® includes grand illusions, levitation, escapologists, comedy magic, sleight of hand, and more! Ages 8+. $35 and up. State Theater NJ, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Chinese New Year Celebration
February 8, 2020: Celebrate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, with Princeton High School’s Mandarin classes and Chinese Club. Geared toward participants of all ages, the celebration features a traditional Chinese lion dance, Chinese painting, calligraphy, music and paper cutting. There will also be origami stations and martial arts performances. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 1:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
The New Jersey Youth Symphony
January 26, 2020: This concert will feature the NJYS Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra, Fortissimo Flutes, Clarinet Ensemble, and NJYS CL4tet. Works by Beethoven, Tomasi, and Florence Price. For ages 10+. $15-20. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, 68 Nassau St, Princeton. 4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Concert: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
January 11, 2020: The RPO has become a byword for remarkable quality and versatility, undertaking a diverse range of activities from traditional concerts to classical spectaculars. They bring the greatest music to audiences and stages around the world! Ages 10+. $17.50 and up. State Theater NJ, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 8pm. Visit their website for more information.
New Year's Concert: Salute to Vienna
December 31, 2019: It is a glorious re-creation of the beloved Neujahrskonzert, the concert that has welcomed the New Year for more than 80 years in Vienna and all over the world. $39 and up. Ages 10+. State Theater NJ, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Meet Mayor Lempert
December 20, 2019: Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 8:30-10am. Visit their website for more information.
December 3, 4, 2019: Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony® and Grammy Award®-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of NJ to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. $40. State Theater NJ, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 8pm. Visit their website for more information.
3rd Annual Sugarloaf Craft Festival
November 15-17, 2019: Get a head start on your holiday shopping, sample small batch specialty foods, watch live art demonstrations and enjoy interactive theater for the kids. $8 online, $10 at the door. Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. NJ Convention & Expo Ctr, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. Visit their website at https://sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/fall-tour/edison for more information.
Meadows Miler Trail 10k/5k/Fun Walk
November 2, 2019: Come on out to this family friendly event with a wide variety of complimentary food and fun activities for the kids! See website for entry info. Rosedale Park, 424 Federal City Rd, Pennington. 9-11am. Visit their website at https://njmonthly.com/events/meadows-miler-trail-10k-5k-fun-walk/ for more information.
Donald Lokuta: Mermaids and Other Creatures
September 14 - October 27, 2019: The subject of this exhibit is the annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade, a mythological honkytonk kickoff to the summer season! Free. The Center for Contemporary Art, 2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster. 9am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Festival Cultural Latino
October 6, 2019: Hinds Plaza will be transformed into a mercado during the three-hour event with local artisans & restaurants on site along with family-friendly activities & free entertainment. Community Room in the event of rain. 63 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 2-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Korean Lotus Flower Lantern Workshop
September 22, 2019: Members of The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project will help you make lovely traditional lotus flower lanterns using colored paper & wire frames. All materials will be provided. 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 3-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
September 7, 2019: We're celebrating the Jersey tomato with a daylong event featuring activities, cooking demonstrations, presentations, children's programs, three live bands and more. Food and drink selections made with tomatoes will also be available. 63 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Meet the Mayor
August 23, 2019: Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert through 10 a.m. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon, Princeton. Visit their website for more information.
August 10, 2019: Come out and enjoy Somerset Patriots Baseball followed by the Best FIREWORKS Show In NJ! The game features a Fortnite event at the ballpark. Fans will be able to play the popular survival game on the main concourse throughout the game. $10-$26. 1 Patriots Park, Bridgewater. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Crochet a Bookmark
July 31, 2019: Crochet a “wormhole” bookmark as part of our Out of this World craft series for adults. Registration, limited to 16, is required so that we can prepare supplies. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 6:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Princeton Student Film Festival
July 17-18, 2019: Original short films, created by filmmakers in high school to age 25, are featured as part of the two-night festival. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 6:30-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Family Festival on Independence Day!
July 4, 2019: Celebrate the 4th of July at North Branch Park! There'll be a Revolutionary War encampment that recreates life during the 1770's, food available for purchase & a fireworks display at 9:30pm! Free admission. North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater. 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Sourland Mountain Festival
June 22, 2019: Enjoy the best local music, food, beverages, activities & crafts. Celebrating its 16th year, the festival will has history, critters, wildlife & outdoor activities with a spectacular view of the Sourland Mountain. Discounted tickets on sale now: Adult $20 ($30 at the gate); Young People (12-18) $10; Children under 12, free. Hillsborough Golf & Country Club, 146 Wertsville Rd, Hillsborough. 3-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Princeton Festival Preview
June 6, 2019: Artists will perform scenes from the Princeton Festival upcoming opera, “Nixon in China,” and musical, “She Loves Me,” and the stage and music directors will discuss what happens behind the scenes in preparation for these productions. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 7-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
May 28, 2019: What makes New Jersey so special? In part: innovation. In addition to Bell Labs and Thomas Edison, New Jersey has spawned many innovators and inventors. In this presentation, author and retired teacher Linda Barth will speak about the inventions of Bell Labs and Edison, in addition to other valuable, brilliant, and quirky creations. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 7-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Dancing Under the Stars
May 17, 2019: Members of Central Jersey Dance give demonstrations of basic steps and lead others in an evening of dancing to recorded music of all kinds. Hinds Plaza, weather permitting; or Community Room. Friday nights until 9/21. Princeton Library, 63 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 7-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Early Mays
May 2, 2019: With Appalachian-inspired harmonies and a sweet, old-time sound, The Early Mays have captivate both regional and national audiences with songs that range from traditional to modern in style ,and from contemplative to barn raising in spirit. Tickets required. $15. RVCC Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 1pm. Visit their website for more information.
April 27, 2019: Get a glimpse of exciting things happening at New Jersey's state university! Free performances, exhibits, hands-on activities, and demonstrations will engage & inform you about the valuable contributions the university makes to the people of NJ & beyond. Departments, schools & student organizations will show you what they are teaching, learning, and doing as part of a Rutgers education. All are welcome and admission is free! New Brunswick, College Ave. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Somerville Arts & Crafts Festival
April 14, 2019: Over 100 talented artisans, craftsmen & photographers will be displaying & selling a wonderful mix of quality contemporary crafts as well as fine art! Relax & have a seat to enjoy the talented musicians and singers we have lined up. The entertainment area is located by Alfonso's Restaurant at 99 Main St. There will be a free kids crafts table and face painter near the music area. And food galore! Coastal Flavors-crab cakes, Dani 's Kettle Corn, sausage & peppers & cheese steak sandwiches, zeppole & funnel cakes, Empanada Guy and so much more! 100 Main St, Somerville. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
ILLUSIONIST! Kevin Spencer
April 12, 2019: A World-renowned illusionist with dozens of accolades to his credit, Kevin Spencer brings audiences a relaxed, family-friendly performance brimming with a fast-paced magic and illusion guaranteed to capture the imagination. For ages 4+. This is a relaxed performance!! $10. RVCC Theatre, 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 7-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
March 31, 2019: Don’t miss this first-ever very “Rutgers” edition of The Chocolate Expo in this spacious facility… complete with food entrepreneurs and presenters from Rutgers University, the Rutgers Food Innovation Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. $10-30. Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway. 10am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Family Movie: Wonder
March 21, 2019: Enjoy a Thursday afternoon movie at the Princeton Public Library! Viewing: Wonder - A 10-year-old boy with a facial deformity attends school for the first time when he begins the fifth grade. With the support of his parents, he learns how to make friends and adjust to his new environment. PG. 1 hour, 53 minutes. 3-5pm. 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. Visit their website for more information.
22nd Annual Cranbury Craft Show
March 9-10, 2019: Cranbury presents its juried craft show featuring over 120 crafters in a family friendly event. The artisans show a wide variety of unique and original handmade items. You will find bath and body products, fine art, fabric art, floral design, food items, woodworking and glass, pottery, jewelry and much more at our show! 50/50 raffles and a kids craft area daily. Admission $5,$3,$2. Cranbury School, 23 North Main St, Cranbury. 11am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Folklore From Around the World
February 20, 2019: Explore different cultures through traditional African folktales passed down from generation to generation with SCLSNJ librarian Margaret Draghi. No registration required. (grades 1 and up) SCLSNJ’s Bound Brook Memorial Library branch, 402 East High Street, Bound Brook. 3:30 pm. Visit their website for more information.
A Place For All People: Commemorative Exhibit In Honor of Black History Month
February 4-28, 2019: This exhibit highlights a selection of the artifacts on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. SCLSNJ’S Manville Library Branch, located at 100 South 10th Avenue in Manville. 9:30-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Chinese New Year Celebration
February 2, 2019: Princeton High School Mandarin classes and the school’s Chinese Club host a celebration of Chinese New Year for all ages featuring traditional music and instruments, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, dance, origami, games and crafts. Co-sponsored by the library and the Princeton High School Chinese Club. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 2-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Celebrate National Puzzle Day
January 29, 2019: Celebrate National Puzzle Day by joining us for Puzzle Palooza! on the third floor of the library where a variety of puzzles and riddles will be available for children and families. Princeton Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 9am-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Magic of Adam Trent
January 26, 2019: This is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family! Watch Adam Trent’s production as he brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this high-tech spectacle. Tickets are $29 and up. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown. 7:30-9:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Meet the Mayor
January 18, 2019: Princeton residents are invited to discuss concerns with Mayor Liz Lempert in the library lobby through 8:30-10 am. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Visit their website for more information.
Garden State Outdoor Sports Show
January 10-13, 2019: Visit one of the greatest sport shows on the east coast! With a focus on activities the whole family can enjoy, this show presents top seminars, attractions, and exhibits designed to speak to sportsmen and women of all ages! Tickets are $10. NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. 1-5 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Trouble With Trenton' Children's Puppet Show
December 29, 2018: This "mini" historical look at an amazing piece of our history is presented with marionettes, rod puppets and lots of help from the audience! Show includes live music, large puppets & props, and plenty of action. $5/person. This event is hosted by the Old Barracks Museum & presented by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theater. 101 Barrack St, Trenton. 12noon & 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Winter Sports Cards & Collectibles Show
December 16, 2018: You'll find all types of old or new sports cards and sports collectibles. There will be sports cards, toys, comics, supplies, coins, legos and more. Ramada Inn, 1083 Route 206 N, Bordentown. 9am-2pm Visit their website for more information.
Boston Pops On Tour
December 2, 2018: Join the Boston Pops on Tour and Conductor Keith Lockhart for their sparkling and beloved Holiday Pops concert! $49 – $99 for tickets. State Theater of NJ, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 2-4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Festival of Trees
November 21-January 6, 2019: The annual highlight of the holiday season showcasing a juried collection of trees & mantles displayed throughout the museum’s galleries, upstairs & down. Featuring trees inspired by 18th through 20th century decor. Docents will be available to answer questions. $10. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Trenton Brass Quintet plus One
November 18, 2018: Presented under the leadership of Karl I. Megules, they will be performing selections from the 1400s to the present day. Come enjoy special jazz arrangements & repertoire including ragtime, Disney, show tunes & music for brass quintets. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
International Games Week: Family Game Night
November 5, 2018: Discover new games or play old favorites with your friends and family at this multi-generational game night. Registration required. Hillsborough Library, 379 South Branch Rd, Hillsborough Municipal Complex, Hillsborough. 6:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
New Providence's Annual Fall Festival Street Fair
October 28, 2018: The street will be transformed into a giant town block party! There'll be mechanical kiddie rides, climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoo, clown, face painting, sand art & more! Enjoy live entertainment all day long featuring bands, dancers, karate demonstrations. Vendors will be open & food available for purchase. Springfield Ave (from Livingston St to South St), New Providence. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Rutgers Gardens Fall Fest
October 14, 2018: Spend the afternoon outside discovering the Gardens! Join a scavenger hunt, visit the animals, paint pumpkins, play games & use natural materials from the gardens to create crafts. $5.00 (cash/check payable at front gate) 17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Rd, New Brunswick. noon-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Watershed To Watershed Bike Tour
October 6, 2018: Explore the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail by bike as part of the River Days celebration sponsored by the William Penn Foundation. Starting with morning refreshments at the Watershed Center, bike the Lawrence Hopewell Trail to Lawrenceville & back; picnic lunch provided. We will find the dividing line between the Delaware River & the Millstone River watersheds, and enjoy the natural world along this growing pathway. General audience, ages 12+. Free! The Watershed Center, 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington. 9am-12 noon. Visit their website for more information.
Princeton Children's Book Festival
September 22, 2018: This event showcases books on action, adventure, anthologies, culture heritage, fantasy, graphic novels, historical, horror, humor, literary, occult and supernatural, religious, spiritual, romance, science fiction & much more. Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon St, Princeton. 9am-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Franklin Day Festival
September 22, 2018: Visit Colonial Park to enjoy live entertainment, an art show, a classic car show, over 120 exhibitor tables & free attractions for children! The Festival is meant to bring the diverse community together while providing a showcase for Township businesses, industries, agencies, schools & community organizations. Colonial Park, Lot C, 156 Mettlers Rd, Somerset. 12 noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Bound Brook Street Fair & Craft Show
September 15, 2018: Visit with the artists, crafters & vendors sharing their products at the show. There'll be food, rides, live music & more! Downtown Bound Brook. 11am-5pm. Visit their website at https://www.visitnj.org/nj-events/bound-brook-street-fair-and-craft-show for more information.
Family Archaeology Day at Morven
August 26, 2018: Spend the afternoon in & around the site of the Commodore’s greenhouse. Archaeologists from Hunter Research, Inc., who unearthed the greenhouse & its artifacts, will lead an archaeology walk & talk. Take a tour of the exhibition, including a reproduction of the greenhouse & visit our Carriage House to pot your own plants to take & grow at home. $18/family; free for Friends of Morven. Registration required. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Middlesex County Fair
August 6-12, 2018: Explore our county’s rich agricultural heritage, learn a new craft, try a new food, or go on a ride! While the focus on this festival is on agriculture exhibits, you can also find classic carnival food, live entertainment, amusement-park-style rides, crafts & a fantastic fireworks display. $7/adults, $1/children. Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick. Mon-Fri: 5:00-11:00 pm; Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm; Sun: 11:00am-10:00pm. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Fest in the Rutgers Gardens
July 29, 2018: Come for a day of tours, classes, leisure & enjoyment! Spend the afternoon in the Gardens tasting & touring some of the different varieties of vegetables, herbs & plants that have been developed at Rutgers University where plant breeding has taken place since the early 1900s. Free for Rutgers Gardens Members with a nominal fee of $5 (cash/check payable at front gate) to all others (17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick. 3-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Car & Motorcycle Show
July 21, 2018: View street rods, kit cars, motorcycles, classics, trucks & more. Plus, there'll be a fish fry breakfast and lunch. Don't miss the swap meet! $2. St. John's Baptist Church, 70 Oregon Ave, Ewing. 9am. Visit their website for more information.
St George's 2018 Strawberry Festival
June 2, 2018: This family day will be filled with fun, food & fellowship! Sparkles & Quigley the friendly clowns will offer their free face painting (10-2:30); free supervised play in the Kidz Zone; Inflatable (nominal fee); free craft for the children. Food available includes breakfast sandwiches, smoothies, shortcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, lemonade & more! Fresh, locally grown strawberries. St. George’s Anglican Church, 56 Main St, Helmetta. 9am-3pm. Visit their website at https://www.helmettachurch.com/strawberry-festival for more information.
2018 Music In the Park
Wednesday Afternoons: Spend your summer afternoons with us & enjoy free live music in one of our beautiful parks. All you need is your favorite lawn chair & your love of the arts. Thompson Park Gazebo, Forsgate Drive, Jamesburg. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Ocean Exploration at the Rutgers Museum
May 2, 2018: Discover the secrets held beneath the ocean’s surface! Find out how scientists learn about the ocean. Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of ocean-themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Rutgers Day & Alumni Weekend
April 28, 2018: This spring, Rutgers is rolling out the scarlet carpet & inviting NJ residents to experience hands-on learning activities in the sciences, arts, & humanities. Enjoy performances by musicians & dancers; see exhibitions & demonstrations hosted by accomplished professors & students! The excitement doesn't end there - Alumni Weekend is the last weekend in April to coincide with Rutgers Day. College Ave., New Brunswick. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Dublin Irish Dance
March 17, 2018: This entertaining production reveals influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s, to the Great Famine and the mass migration to New York. Dublin Irish Dance present the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, a high-energy extravaganza of sights and sounds! $25-$70/person. State Theater New Jersey 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. 8-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Music at the Zimmerli Art Museum
Feb 18 & Mar 11, 2018: A monthly weekend concert series will feature classical & jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division. The music is a broad repertoire accessible to audiences of all ages. Each concert is preceded by a brief talk related to the performance theme and followed by a tour of museum highlights. Feb 18 & Mar 11. Free; seating is limited. 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Feb 4 & Mar 4, 2018: The Zimmerli Art Museum invites children, guardians, and grandparents to work side-by-side on arts and crafts projects. Session includes a brief, instructor-led tour through one of the galleries. Mason Gross, MFA students & teaching artists lead interactive workshops. Families will enjoy quality time to be creative together! 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Family Learn & Play
January 27, 2018: Specifically designed with families in mind, this children's class promotes group participation and social growth through interactive stories, songs, and activities. The perfect time to gather for family fun at the library! South Brunswick Public Library 110 Kingston Ln., Monmouth Junction. 11-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.
Laser Holiday Magic!
January 6, 2018: Soar into space in our amazing Hi-Def Planetarium! The New Jersey State Museum's spacious Planetarium features precision projection of more than 6000 stars. 11am One World, One Sky; Noon Magic Tree House: Space Mission; 1pm Laser Holiday Magic - new full-spectrum laser beams dance along with dazzling animated laser effects set to popular holiday music such as Winter Wonderland, Frosty the Snowman and many more. Enjoy a unique, festive experience under the stars at New Jersey’s largest planetarium. Suitable for general audiences. $7 adult; $5 child (12 & under). 125 W State St., Trenton. Visit their website for more information.
Free Ice Skating
January 1, 2018: January is National Skating Month and Flemington Ice Arena wants to celebrate. We will be hosting a free public session on January 1, 2018, 9:30-10:30 am. We recommend beginners wear bike helmets! All are welcome! Happy Holidays! 426 Case Blvd., Flemington. Visit their website for more information.
Winter Art Studio Program
Dec 26-29, 2017: Drop by the NJ State Museum to participate in our free daily art projects! All ages are welcome to get creative in our Winter Art Studio. A different project will be offered each day, inspired by art on view in the exhibition American Perspectives: The Fine Art Collection. 205 West State St., Trenton.11am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.