Time Out: Things to Do Without the Kids in July
Looking for something to do this month without the kids in tow? Get your tyke-free fill of crafts, wine, food and music this July.
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You’re going to want to check out this old bank-turned-restaurant located in Annandale. Juniper Hill is a hotspot for high-end dishes at affordable prices. Host a party in the converted vault or hang at the bar that used to be the drive-up teller. They support local farms, fisheries and more with their American-style menu. Be sure to try their grilled wild East Coast halibut with a tasty signature cocktail.
Robert Cho is finally bringing his beloved Kimchi Smoke to Montclair. If you haven’t experienced Korean fusion yet, now’s your chance! Gather all of your hungry friends and get yourselves a Chonut, a barbeque sandwich with a glazed donut bun! Texas-style BBQ with Korean flavors creates a best-of-both-worlds experience guaranteed to make your taste buds explode.
Grab your girlfriends and leave the kids at home to experience some free OM in the Van Vleck Gardens. This gratis event is perfect for some R&R. Be sure to bring your own mat because you’ll be laying in the grass in this beautiful outdoor setting.
This is a whole new way to bar hop! Put on your helmet and choose either a 15- or 30-mile trip celebrating NJ craft brewer, Flying Fish. After the ride, bikers receive a pint glass, koozie and two beers while they enjoy live music, food trucks and more.
July 8 & 9
This two-day festival is packed with different local bands and performers. Come hungry and chow down on something scrumptious from the 20+ food vendors, or just bring your own picnic lunch. Visit the beer garden for a taste of unique beers, wines and sangrias. FYI: there’s only one small parking lot, so you may have to park on the street if you get there once it’s full. Or, take public transportation to Maplewood Train Station.
Come hungry to this monthly event that features over 20 food vendors from NJ and NYC. All food (and drinks!) offered are $5 or less, making this a must-attend for foodies. Hang out, listen to a DJ and get stuffed while supporting local restaurants at an affordable price.
Get your DIY senses tingling at this class in New York where you can create your own nail polish. You’ll be given a lab coat, goggles and all the tools you need. Not only will you be able to take home your masterpiece, but you’ll also receive a free bottle of base, top coat and special freebies.
An evening at this festival is guaranteed to be filled with bourbon, beer and BBQ (what else is there, really?) Enjoy local and national faves while listening to the roving performers, Street Beat Brass, and watch a BBQ competition with a $500 grand prize.
Gather your fellow moms for this event that will keep you laughing with comedy by and for moms. Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley are a hilariously honest duo who bring light to the trials of motherhood. Peek at their online videos and you’ll know why this live event should be on the top of your to-do list.
Time to break out the scrunchies and crop tops! This interactive party features a live cover band that’ll let you rock out to all of your favorite 90s hits.
A ticket to this adults-only festival will get you unlimited samples of over 100 different craft beers and wines. This annual fundraiser for the Chester First Aid Squad also features live music, great food and, of course, cocktails.
Take a break from the beach and dive into some fresh seafood to benefit Ocean Mental Health Services. Money raised helps the organization provide services to local families in need. Available to 21-and-uppers, tickets get you access to the clam bake buffet and BBQ, open bar and live music.
Whether you’re looking for a date night or girls night out, this whodunit is a can’t-miss. Indulge in a three-course meal with a spin, where you’ll be thrown into the action of solving a murder. Get dressed up and play along!
If you’re looking for a great night out with food and jokes so funny your stomach will ache, head to this comedy club in New Brunswick. The famous comedian, actor and TV producer will deliver a hilarious show sure to make you laugh out loud all night long. Grab your tickets ASAP.