Family & Community Calendar for Monmouth Junction and Central NJ

Middlesex, NJ Community Events Calendar
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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Monmouth Junction

Rutgers Day

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.

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.

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.

NJ Originals

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Night Owls

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

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.

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.

Chocolate Expo

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 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 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.

Art Together

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 at 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.

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