Things To Do This Weekend, June 8-11
Film festivals, food trucks, plays and nature walks will keep your whole crew entertained (and together) this weekend.
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Thursday, June 8
Head down to this beautiful area of Cape May to hear the Royal Wave with organ player Felix Hell. Enjoy Baroque and retro-baroque style music for an elegant night.
Thursday, June 8-Saturday, June 11
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There are four straight days of drag racing for car-lovers and racers alike to have an exhilarating time at Raceway Park in Old Bridge Township.
If you want a break from the sun and the sand, head over to Long Beach Island for an intriguing film festival. This weekend-long event features an array of different shorts, narratives and other film genres.
This is the story of a boy who flies his airplane to space and makes some new friends in the sky. The story comes alive with the use of music and puppets at Two River Theatre in Red Bank. A special relaxed performance will be shown on June 10 at 1 pm to offer a wonderful experience for children with disorders on the autism spectrum or special needs.
Immerse yourself in Greek culture through food at this weekend festival in Holmdel. There will be a variety of vendors serving authentic greek cuisine for your tasting pleasures.
Food, rides, games and a pretty cool raffle are happening at this festival at Church of the Assumption in Roselle Park. One price pays for wristbands and you and the kids can ride all night long.
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Enjoy this Tony Award-winning musical that is a prequel to Peter Pan for adults in Hammonton. Learn how Peter became the lovable boy who stayed in Neverland and never became a grown up.
Friday, June 9
They’ll meet their fave heroes at Cherry Hill's Garden State Discovery Museum while testing their own powers in obstacle courses, wall-crashing, web-slinging and the Great Villain Capture Contest. Don’t miss selfies, sweet treats and more.
The family will love this event that combines Disney and the orchestra at Princeton University. Music from The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, Mulan, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Lion King will be played along with digital scenes from the movies.
Friday, June 9-Saturday, June 10
Join Dorothy and friends as they travel down the yellow brick road to find the wizard at Villagers Theatre in Somerset. The cast will deliver an outstanding performance that will have you singing along.
Friday, June 9-Sunday, June 11
This convention in Atlantic City features everything anime lovers can imagine. From appearances of anime voice actors to cosplay and costume competitions, there is a schedule of game shows, competitions and even late-night dance parties.
Be mesmerized by some of the most gorgeous contemporary glass art around at WheatonArts in Millville. There will be gallery exhibitions, demos, lectures and chances to make your own glass creations.
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Learn and celebrate a unique culture at Iberia Tavern in Newark. Special events and music acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Enjoy outdoor seating, grills and seasoned food at this festival in Randolph celebrating Greek cuisine and culture. Adults will love the “Blue Greek" drink made with Ouzo while kids have fun in the Kiddie Corner.
Canine lovers will love this event in Secaucus where they can view different breeds of dogs and watch them as they participate in different challenges. If you have a dog, bring them along and shop amongst the vendors for the latest canine products.
Saturday, June 10
Take in farm views at The Market at DelVal in Doylestown, PA while running either of these races. Your registration gets you a Fun on the Farm pass and free ice cream from DelVal creamery.
Pull out all shades of green for this event celebrating Irish culture in Oceanport. It features horse racing, authentic Irish dancing , a bagpipe competition and human horse races!
Walk along the downtown area of Hammonton enjoying an array of different food samples. This is a foodie’s paradise as you intrigue your taste buds and earbuds alike with food trucks and live music.
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Whether a novice or professional fisherman, Hamilton's Roebling Park is the place to be this Saturday. For this day only, fishing is free and a no license is required. Take the time to practice your skills on a challenging course, learn about fishing regulations and discover new tips and tricks from fishing experts. Get there early to borrow some of the fishing rods that will be available.
Celebrate this historic holiday in Somerville that will have reenactors,, carnival games, and historic military cars. While enjoying all these things, the kids can enjoy arts and crafts.
Picture yourself as a pirate on the sea, traveling for treasure. That can be a reality this weekend at Tuckerton Seaport. There will be a Pirate Meet & Greet, a treasure hunt and the person with the best pirate costume will walk away with their very own treasure.
Have a spooky night and learn about the ghosts that haunt the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton. After a little scare, take a tour of the museum and village.
Explore the natural surroundings to meet some of the museum’s resident animals. Backyard Safari is this month’s Family Weekend Lab at the Liberty Science Center, which families are meant to bond over STEM activities.
This is a great event for nature enthusiasts near Bridgewater! You’ll receive a 4-inch potted milkweed plant, participate in 3 lectures, learn about pollinators, life cycles and migration of insects and other things to help you have the perfect backyard garden or scenery.
This fair in Westfield features more than 200 artists and vendors for a fun day full of arts and crafts and shopping.
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Your children will imagine dragons and a mystical kingdom at this event at Hoboken's Elysian Park. Bring your imagination because this event will have your children clapping their hands and tapping their feet to the beat of the music.
With a view of the ocean from the Seaside Boardwalk, you and your family can enjoy this artistic event featuring artists and crafters. There will be an array of items from candles, art and hand-made jewelry available for purchase.
Children between the ages of 2 and a half and 6 can enjoy art at this event in Fair Lawn. They will have the opportunity to paint on canvases, get their faces painted and see special guest, Spiderman.
Glitter, zip lining, paint and even a bouncy house: what more could your kids want this weekend? On top of that, your entire family can paint a family picture together at Kidville Montclair.
Does your kid love boats, fishing or the ocean? Take them to Leonardo State Marina for a celebration of all things maritime, including a youth fishing tournament, sandcastle-building contest and kayak tours.
Get up close and personal with these gorgeous fluttering creatures at Pyramid Mountain. Kids learn all about how butterflies contribute to nature while playing games, crafting, rocking out to music and going on bug safaris.
This festival in New Brunswick will be a haven for creatives of all types. Get your fill of music, dance, food, poetry, plays and more. Aspiring artists, fans and their kids are all welcome.
Celebrate all things marine life at this international party for the ocean at Jenkinson's Aquarium. Learn how to keep the water clean and enjoy dive demos, activities and crafts.
This youth performing arts academy is putting on a show honoring legends like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and Marvin Gaye. The Bergen PAC show’s setlist spans various genres and styles.
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See the village and bogs by the light of the moon on this guided three- to five-mile hike in Whitesbog. Meet at the General Store and then begin your journey. The guide will inform hikers about the nature they pass and the town.
Take your children around the world with arts and crafts and other activities. Your child can learn about animals, transportation and structures.
Head on over to Raptor Trust in Mendham to learn about Birds of Prey and their habitats. Books about these birds will be 25% off and all proceeds will benefit the rehabilitation of injured birds.
Enjoy the wonderful weather in Somerset by taking a stroll through a beautiful rose garden. There will be live music, food as you view 325 variations of roses and some will be available for purchase.
Saturday, June 10-Sunday, June 11
This NJ Brigade will thrill your crew with live demos of muskets, artillery drills, bayonets, cannons and more. This time warp in Morristown is both exciting and educational.
Who doesn’t love a fair? At this event in Bayonne, your whole family can enjoy rides, games, plenty of food, and music.
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Taste 125 wines from an array of NJ wineries. Children can play in the kid’s area as the adults sample wine and enjoy the food and retail vendors while enjoying live music.
Rutgers New Brunswick is the place to be this weekend if you want to see some unique and acclaimed films. This weekend, enjoy the films Passaic, Levinsky Park, I am Still Here and Higo Por Higo. There will be special guest appearances by some of the writers, directors and actors as well.
This Princeton show features music from the Tony Award winning show Don Quixote. The show will take you on a journey with music, acting and dance.
Travel back to the medieval days at this festival in Bordentown. This destination features jousting competitions, Shakespeare, jugglers, magic and delicious turkey legs !
Bakers and pastry lovers unite at this show at Pier 36 in NYC. You can participate in the Broadway-themed cake decorating competition or you can take classes and watch demonstrations to learn different cake methods.
Sunday, June 11
Get out on the water with your brood for a scenic canoe ride, available only once a year in Tenafly. Your crew will get to paddle Pfister’s Pond, go for a brief hike, meet wildlife and try your hand at crafts. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch.
Families can get down and dirty at this fascinating truck show in Wall. There will be a Burnout Contest, Tug of Wars and a viewing of the Monster Trucks on the tracks.
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There are endless crafts and products to check out with more than 300 artisans and vendors present in Hoboken. Indulge in street food and live music while the kids enjoy games, face painting and rides.
Get a load of these hand-forged glass pieces in Montclair. As if the glasswork wasn’t stunning enough, it's complemented by on-site gardens. Hang back for tea, brunch, mimosas and more at this fundraiser for GlassRoots.
Your nature lover will love this event at Schiff Nature Center in Mendham featuring 2,000 species of moths that live in the state. Make sure to register in advance so you don’t miss out on this spectacular event.
This concert will have you jammin’ as you move to the music of George Mesterhazy in this tribute event. Under the direction of Barry Miles, you’ll spend the entire night tapping your feet and clapping your hands.
Music enthusiasts of genres from classical to jazz should pencil some of these concerts into their calendars. Watch acts such as the New York Chamber Ensemble, Bay Atlantic Symphony and Atlantic Brass Band in Cape May. The festival goes from June 1-15. Check out the website for more details.
Kids will love this timeless Disney classic showing at the Smiling Rhino Theatre in Pompton Lakes. Ariel fans can follow their favorite story and go “Under the Sea” with characters like Flounder and Sebastian. Showtimes are Friday at 8 pm, Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. Prices range from $24-30.
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This summer concert series will be a blast for all ages at Deer Path Park in Flemington. Kids and adults dance to live music as the sun sets over Hunterdon County at this free event running from June 29-August 17 on Thursdays.
Check out shows all summer long like Evita (June 14-July 2) or The Hound of the Baskervilles (June 21-July 16). The first is a musical about Eva Perón, and the latter a comedic romp. Younger ones will love The Ice Princess (June 2-August 5), based on the classic fairy tale. Prices are available online.
There’s no shortage of sweet strawberry goodies at this festival at Alstede Farms in Chester. Enjoy fresh strawberry ice cream, lemonade slushies, pies, fudge and shortcakes between exploring the farm, riding ponies and more at this free event held every weekend in June from 11 am to 5 pm.
Head to the campus of Rutgers New Brunswick from June 3-11 for a film festival screening different genres of films. Voorhees Hall features comfortable seats for maximum comfort, plus high definition projection. The festival schedule is available online and there will be guest appearances by directors, actors and writers of the various films.