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Time Out: Things to Do Without the Kids in March

If you can sneak away for a date night, a girl's night or a few hours on your own, here are our top picks for March.


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Are you in serious need of some time tete-a-tete with your significant other or girlfriends? Get a sitter for the kids for the night and head to one of these awesome adults-only events going on in March.

All-Month Long

Try Red White & Que in Scotch Plains

If you have a hankering for some home-cooked, southern BBQ and live in the Union County area you’re in luck. Red White & Que Smokehouse (yes, the other one is in Kearny) is opening a new location around the corner from Bowcraft Amusement Park. Lauded as having the best BBQ in NJ by Thrillest last September, meat-lovers can chow down on brisket sandwiches and get messy thanks to a whole lot BBQ sauce made in-house.

 

March 1–29

Women in the World Art Exhibit at the Newark Museum

Spend a Saturday afternoon with the girls checking out amazing art that illustrates the power of females. Learn how women have triumphed over social, economic and educational barriers and have resurfaced as stronger and more resourceful than ever. FYI: this exhibit is running in conjunction with the Women in Media's 8th Annual Women's History Month Film Festival, so check their site for showtimes.

 

March 3–4

Stage House Tavern Grand Opening

One of Scotch Plains’ top eateries is adding another eatery to its arsenal in Mountainside. Head over for the grand opening and celebrate by sipping on beer or wine and munching on bar bites like mussels, bean dip and tuna tartare. And don’t miss the live music! The Dr. Jameson Band are playing on Friday night and The Benjamins take the stage on Saturday.

 

March 5–10

Fill up at Atlantic City Restaurant Week

Break up your time spent in the casinos with few top-notch meals during at the county’s restaurant week. Take a stroll down the boardwalk and hit spots like Fornelletto and Il Verdi or stray away from the sands and hit your favorite spot in Galloway, Mays Landing, Egg Harbor

 

March 7

Burlesque Show at Miss Wong’s in Jersey City

Head to this speakeasy (located right underneath Talde) for a super sultry show featuring tons of dance and sparkle! Sip on signature cocktails in the Asian-inspired space and enjoy a night of glamour and adults-only fun.

 

March 11

Taste of New Jersey’s Annual Benefit Gala

Register for this yearly event to taste the best of what the Garden State has to offer. The gala is featuring over 25 New Jersey farms, fisheries, and food producers for a one-of-a-kind event to honor the best in Nj agriculture and raise money for charities like Farmers Against Hunger, Learning Through Gardening and the NJ Leadership Development Program. Added bonus: tickets come with access to a gigantic selection of craft beer.

 

March 12

Wine and Art Trail Weekend

Get a taste of the best wine NJ has to offer on a weekend trip that combines wine tasting and with the work of local artists and a relaxing hike. After the tour don't forget to you swing by the farm to get a look at the adorable animals waiting for snacks!

 

March 18

Sinfully Sweet and Foodie Festival in Shamong

Head to this picturesque Velenzano Winery in the heart of Burlington County for their first ever Sinfully Sweet & Foodie Festival. Start by sampling tons of treats from local bakeries and chocolatiers before quenching your thirst with housemade bottles of wine at a wine tasting.

 

March 23

Tasting and Tapas Auction and Tasting Event

Taste several kinds of international wine and craft beers all while raising money for the Diabetes Foundation. Couples will also get to munch on bites from local vendors and take part in both a silent and live auction throughout the evening.

 

March 23–24

Johnny Cash Tribute Band at the House of Independents

This tribute band knows a lot more tunes than “I Walk the Line” and the “Ring of Fire.” Diehard fans can request over 150 songs before sipping on their favorite cocktail and moving to the beat.

 

March 24

Jersey City Whiskey Fest

Savor the smoky flavors of over 100 different types of whiskey at an annual festival that celebrates everything to do with the grain alcohol. Meet local distillers and whiskey experts while trying all kinds of Scotch, Bourbon, Tennessee and even Japanese whiskey.

 

March 25

Wine and Dine in Downtown Newark

If you haven’t been to Newark in a few years, you’ll be impressed with the serious facelift the city has gotten downtown—especially on the food front. Head to the seat of Essex County to munch on what Newark chefs have to offer (we’re talking samples of top dishes from 17 local restaurants and wine pairings to match for an extra two bucks).

 

March 30

Menopause the Musical at Bergen PAC

Looking for an awesome girls’ night out? Get tickets to this hysterical musical that embraces “The Change,” and brace yourself for some belly-aching laughter. Set in a department store, this show is filled with tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s and will have you dancing in your seat starting with the opening number.

 

March 31

NJ Wine and Food Festival at Crystal Springs

This annual event calls for immediate mouth-watering as soon as you step in the door. Sample some of the best wines in the world (literally) and munch on bites from some of best top chefs from the Garden State and beyond. And if you’re looking to splurge don’t miss The Grand Tasting, a luxurious dinner in the wine cellar with special guests from Bravo’s Top Chef.

 

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