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April Showers Bring...Epic NJ Date Nights!

We’ve rounded up our favorite nights out in the Garden State this month.


Photo courtesy of Reeves-Reed Arboretum

April 5

David Sedaris

This beloved humor writer is known for his sharp wit and social commentary. Snag tickets to see him at MPAC in Morristown.

April 6

I Want My ’80s: The Best of MTV’s Ladies

Go on a totally rad trip back to the era of leg warmers, hairspray and synthesizers. Head to William Paterson University’s Shea Center in Wayne to sing along to the stylings of Madonna, Tina Turner and more.

April 11

Paint ‘n’ Gulp

If beer is more your thing than wine, head to Plank Pizza Company Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook to paint a family anchor. This pub has 41 taps of craft beer (much of it from NJ), 300+ bottles, sourdough flatbread pizzas and apps. Can’t make this one? Go on April 25 instead to paint a whimsical sailboat scene.

April 12

Cedar Grove Inaugural Art Walk

Marvel at artwork made by NJ artists and students. Pompton Avenue and Rte. 23 in the downtown district are lined with 20 pole banners showing off 40 masterpieces. Take the stroll then go for dinner.

April 13

LEGO After Dark

Sip and snap away at Monmouth Museum in Lincroft. Feel like a kid again while building the night away and sipping your fave vino.

Things Get Jazzy

Head to Plainsboro Preserve to tune into some top-notch live jazz played by some talented local kids and snacks, all for free.

Paint and Sip Event

Craft a one-of-a-kind painting while sipping and snacking all evening. It all goes down at Beyond Today Early Education Center in Fair Lawn.

Friday the 13th

Feeling lucky? Test the fates by seeing this classic horror flick at UCPAC in Rahway on the most cursed day of the year.

Photo courtesy of NJPAC

Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles

Grab a seat on the Yellow Submarine at NJPAC in Newark for a night of your fave Beatles tracks. This tribute show will show you how the band rose to stardom. Groove out to hits like Hey Jude, Twist and Shout and Back in the USSR.

April 18

We All Eat: Bringing Your Cultural Heritage to the Table

Sit in on a discussion about the melting pot that is American cuisine at William Paterson in Wayne, then chow down on some of the highlights. Think cheeseburgers, apple pie and hotdogs.

April 20-21

2018 New Jersey Golden Gloves

Surround the ring at this epic boxing event at UCPAC in Rahway. Watch the top amateur boxers in the state duke it out for a belt.

April 20-22

Skyland Stadium Boat Show

Head to this Sussex County gem in Augusta to peruse watercrafts like jet skis, canoes and more. After walking the show, head to the on-site resto wheelHouse Craft Kitchen + Bar for a bite.

April 21

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest

Call the sitter so you and your fellow craft beer nerds can sample more than 150 beers (many from local NJ breweries) on the stunning Harborside Atrium. There will also be live entertainment, games and, of course, plenty of food.

April 21-22

International Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Head to Six Flags in Jackson for a drool-worthy selection of food truck treats. Get your fill of gourmet waffles, barbecue fare, tacos and more. Better yet, get free entry after purchasing a Six Flags season pass.

April 22

Photo courtesy of Red Bank International Beer, Wine and Food Fest

Red Bank International Beer, Wine and Food Fest

Make your way to White Street for a wide selection of vino, brews and food from 25 Red Bank eateries. You’ll also get access to live music and vendors.

April 25

Adam Sandler with Special Guest Rob Schneider

This beloved comedian is bringing laughs to NJPAC in Newark. See this movie actor return to his standup roots, along with a special guest SNL fans remember as The Copy Guy.

April 27

Paint and Wine Party

Lakewood’s Strand Theater is hosting a crafty evening of painting, wine and food and surprise freebies.

Put the Pub in Public Garden: Italian Wine Tasting and Nonna-Style Hors D’Oeuvres

Bring your appetite to Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit for an authentic Tuscan meal. Savor imported Italian wines from Tenuta Torciano and treats like meatballs and tiramisu.

Movie Night at Mondo

This event in Summit will screen Food Evolution, a film about misinformation regarding GMO foods and other issues. Stick around for a panel discussion following the movie.

April 27-31

Wine Concert

Make the road trip to the Market at DelVal in Doylestown, PA for live shows on an open lawn, vino from local wineries and PA craft beer. Grab a snack at the Deli & Kitchen, too.

April 28

Skylands Stadium Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival

Broaden your palate with more than 50 beers and 20 food trucks at this Augusta fave. This day-long party has everything from music to games to shopping.

RAVE ON! The Music of Buddy Holly and Other Legends of Rock ’n Roll

Celebrate musical icons like Bruce Springsteen and The Rolling Stones at Bound Brook Memorial Library.

April 28-29

Mud Hen Half Marathon, 8K, 5K and Kids Race

Make your first visit to the shore this summer a memorable one. This Wildwood run is chock-full of craft beer and Insta-worthy views.

April 29

Photo courtesy of River Horse Brewing Company

Crafts and Drafts at River Horse Brewing Company: Spring Edition

Head to this Ewing beer haven to shop the goods of more than 40 unique artisans. This free event is a can’t-miss for beer lovers.


Parental Time Out

Can’t find a sitter for your night out? Drop ‘em at Play City in Weehawken any Friday night this year. They’ll have dinner and open play while you get some alone time. Have a Greek dinner at Molos, Mexican at Charrito’s or Thai at HI-SO Thai.

Super Swing Tuesdays at Brix Restaurant and Bar

Learn West Coast Swing with WCS National Champion Arjay Centeno. Bring a partner to socialize and dance with at this Belleville hotspot.


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