26 November Date Nights Worth Calling a Sitter For
Aren’t you due for a few hours of kid-free fun?
Didn’t get your fill of paranormal fun this Halloween? Make the drive to Cape May for live music, tasty treats, a haunted candlelit walk and tons of NJ legends.
Learn about Dia de los Muertos at Princeton’s annual celebration. Take in mariachi music, decorate a sugar skull, chow down on Mexican food and get a front row seat for the Catrin/Catrina pageant.
Basking Ridge will be flowing with local beers from 10 NJ brewers, wine and Oktoberfest fare. Bonus? Proceeds support local families in need.
Get NYC-level performances without making the trek to the city. Seasoned pros will take you through the eventing with tracks from your fave shows, plus wine, apps and sweets, at the Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County in Freehold.
November 3 and 17
Hear old hits like “Hey You” and “Another Brick in the Wall” at RVCC’s planetarium in Branchburg. Sing along while lasers make an electrifying show.
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Indulge in your fave salty, crispy decadence for two days straight at this over-the-top food fest. Easton, PA will be covered with bacon-infused bites. You can also sample local beer and grab a seat at the annual Pig and Weiner Dog Races.
Think food, beer, tunes and more. Grab a bev at the beer and sangria garden, get a taste of local food truck fare and bring a non-perishable to donate.
This Tom Petty tribute will honor the artist in a rockin’ way. Visit iPlay America in Freehold for a bite and a show.
Munch your way down Main Street for a 3-course prix-fixe meal without the kids in tow. Breakfast, lunch and dinner specials go for $25 or $35 each.
Folk, gospel, jazz and blues fans alike will toe-tap the night away at Morristown’s MPAC. This music trio boasts a standing bass, mellow vocals and a blend of genres.
Your fave judge from America’s Got Talent is bringing tons of laughs and adult-only jokes to MPAC in Morristown.
The theme to this show is A Musical State of Mind, so every tune will have a special shoutout to a certain US state. Head to this Summit venue for songs like “New York, New York,” “Jersey Girl” and “Carolina in My Mind.
Shop handmade holiday wares at this indoor pop-up at a Hackettstown brewery. Bring your own food or order in while you sip Jersey beer.
Food trucks and fire pits and vino, oh my! Make the trip to New Egypt for gourmet bites, scenic views, and more than six wine bars. Don’t miss the country line dancing and fireworks.
Kick back with three top vocalists who’ll take on the jazz classics originally done by icons like Duke Ellington and Max Roach. It all goes down at the Victoria Theatre in Newark.
This harp pro’s a member of Regions Orchestra, All State Orchestra, Philadelphia Sinfonia and Temple Harp Ensemble. See this young artist play at Hackettstown Center for the Arts.
November 13 and 20
OLD BARRACKS MUSEUM
Head to the museum by night to learn how people lived, played, worked and relaxed in the 18th century. Get a close up look at life after sunset pre-electricity in the tailor’s shop, soldier’s quarters and more in Trenton.
Get a front row seat at a lifting of the veil at iPlay America in Freehold. See this paranormal pro use her psychic gifts at a public reading that includes a buffet dinner.
See a one-of-a-kind performer (a sad clown) sing hits by David Bowie, ABBA, Celine Dion and more at MPAC in Morristown.
Get a headstart on the holiday spirit at Canal Studio Theater in Lambertville. Sip away at Roxey Ballet’s Open Barre while getting a sneak preview at the dancers’ rehearsal show.
In need of a good laugh? Head to NJPAC in Newark to see these SNL legends reunite on stage with stand-up, songs, film clips and more.
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Calling all beer nerds! Untap more than 50 brewers including Lone Eagle, Departed Soles and 902 Brewing at the Harborside Atrium, and sample bites from food vendors like Mozzarepas and Angry Archies. Don’t miss the live music and games.
Slip away into the smooth stylings of this Broadway star, known for her role as Effie in the musical Dreamgirls. The show’s at UCPAC in Rahway.
Head out for a night of knee-slappers at Apshawa Firehouse in West Milford. Bring cash for small bites, dessert and bevs.
Every other Saturday from November 24 through the rest of the year, you can eat dinner with your sleuthing cap on with The Dinner Detective. Just keep your eyes peeled: the killer is somewhere in the room!
It don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing! Take a lesson with West Coast Swing at Belleville’s Brix Restaurant and Bar every Tuesday through the end of January.