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Your June Just Got a Lot More Fun! 37 Ideas for Date Nights in NJ

Plan a night with your sweetie or friends at one of these fun spots.


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June 1

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Party

All your favorite things are coming to UCPAC in Rahway. Sip your way through 24 vino vendors and indulge in international cheeses and chocolates. Splurge on tix to a post-party play: I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change.

June 1-3

29th Annual Crawfish Fest

Think NOLA cuisine, three stages of jazz, gospel, blues and R&B acts, zydeco and cajun dance lessons and more. Bring your appetite to Sussex County Fairgrounds for jambalaya, alligator sausage, catfish po-boys, charred oysters, fried chicken and a whole lotta crawfish.

June 2

Jerseyfest Food Truck Mash-Up

Hit up Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford to vote for your fave food trucks from NJ and Philly. There’s also a  DJ and, of course, harness racing.

OLG Hoboken Nitefest and 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament

Warmer weather means it’s cornhole season again. Explore the biergarten, play games of chance, marvel at a magician and try your luck in the cornhole tourney. Don’t leave without hitting the starlit outdoor dance floor.

SJ Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival

Visit Hamilton Township for a taste of NJ microbreweries from Cape May, River Horse, Brotherton and Demented. Expand your palate at a food pairing, toe tap to the stylings of the Derek Crider Band and more.

Hop Sauce Festival

Hots and hops enthusiasts, unite! Work your way through tons of hot sauces and craft beers at Beach Haven’s Frank Panzone Memorial Park. Pair it with local cuisine, live music and vendor wares.

2nd Annual Boonton Rock and Brew

This craft beer fest has it all: yard games, shopping, more than 50 breweries and live tunes. Get your fill of vendors and local brews in Canalside Park.

June 2-3

WIne and Music Festival

Kick back at Sharrott Winery with crafters, food vendors, live music and 100+ local wines all day long. It all goes down in Winslow Township.

June 3

The Spring Portfolio Wine Tasting

Calling all winos! Mullica Hill’s William Heritage Winery is featuring 32 fine NJ vintages. Take in big band, Motown and swing performances while mingling with winemakers who’ll tell you all about your fave vinos of the night.

June 4-5

Earth, Wind & Fire

Have your ever seen this iconic R&B group live? Sing and boogie as they perform hits like “September,” “Let’s Groove” and “Celebrate” at NJPAC in Newark.

June 7-10

Lighthouse International Film Festival

Make it down to LBI for indie films on the sand. Pick tickets to everything from surf flicks to docs to dramas to comedies.

June 8-10

The Race of Gentlemen: Vintage Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races

Head to WIldwood to see more than 100 old school hogs and hot rods race at the water’s edge. Other highlights include a chopper party, bonfire, beach party and tons of rock ’n roll.

June 9

Whitewater Dam Release Day

Try your luck on a rafting adventure through the Poconos. Experience stunning scenery on a no-experience-necessary ride over 17 rapids.

June 9-10

8th Annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival

Sip, shop and sample at BlueClaws Stadium in Lakewood. You’ll taste your way through a range of award-winning NJ wineries.

June 15

Happy Together Tour 2018

Head to New Brunswick’s State Theater to be transported back to the days of Hair and flower power. Acts like The Turtles, The Cowsills and The Association will be hitting the stage.

June 16

Doubleday Food Truck Festival

Think music, a beer and sangria garden, a home run derby and food trucks galore. Sink your teeth into everything from cheesecake and Thai fare to empanadas and gourmet grilled cheese.

9th Annual New Jersey Beer & Food Festival

Trek to Crystal Springs Resort for all-you-can-eat BBQ goods like pulled pork and homemade sausage, hot air balloon rides, golf and, most importantly, 200+ craft beers. Don’t miss a chance to experience human foosball.

Makers in the Vines Festival

Balic Winery in Mays Landing is celebrating Father’s Day at a 57-acre vineyard (the third oldest active winery in NJ) with an open air market, crafters, wine samples and more.

Baking Class

Date nights in the kitchen never go out of style. Suit up to learn how to make deliciously gorgeous fruit tarts at The Cucina in Princeton. You’ll learn to make pastry dough and cream from scratch.

June 17

The Godfather: On Film

UCPAC is screening a classic flick you can’t refuse. Celebrate Father’s Day by watching the most legendary of them all on the big screen all over again.

June 22

John Cusack Live at Say Anything

How could you forget the first time you saw the boombox scene? See it all over again at NJPAC in Newark, this time with the lead star in the theater.

June 23

Marty’s Place Flea Market, Craft & Yard Sale

Wear your shopping shoes to this Upper Freehold market featuring items like handbags, scarves, bedding and more. All sales benefit Marty’s Place, a nonprofit that helps find homes for senior dogs.

Summer Wine Fest

Meadowlands is pouring the wares of 25+ local wineries from NY and NJ. Cheer on live racehorses, take in live shows and splurge on a VIP food buffet.

Dirty Dancing: The Musical

Have the time of your life at MPAC in Morristown when you see Johnny lift Baby all over again. Sing along to “Hungry Eyes,” “Do You Love Me?” and other tracks you know by heart.

June 23-24

9th Annual Rock, Ribs & Ridges Music and Food Festival

Nationally-renowned barbecue food? Check. Craft beer? Check. Nine live music acts? Check. Drop the kids at grandma’s to camp out overnight at this Sussex County Fairgrounds staple.

Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Treat yourself at Monmouth Park Racetrack to the cream of the crop of NJ wineries, chocolatiers and dessert vendors. Explore the indoor Chocolate Lounge, buy sampling tix, have a picnic and sing along to live music.

Linda Shields, The Jersey Shore Medium

Make a believer out of yourself at this special iPlay America event in Freehold. Your ticket scores you dinner at the Gametime Bar and Grill and a front row seat to a real-deal psychic reading.

June 28

Pretenders

Back by popular demand, Chrissie Hynde and crew are taking you back on the Count Basie Theater stage. You’ll remember all the words to hits like “Middle of the Road,” “Brass in Pocket” and “Back on the Chain Gang.”

June 30

Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids

Hit the boardwalk dressed in your fishy best. Go all out and join tons of decked out mermaids, enter the costume contest, then soak up the sun on the beach.

Ongoing

The Summer UnWINEd Concert

Make the trip to Yardley, PA any Friday night through August 31 for signature cocktails, local beers, lawn games, live music and, of course, wines from Rose Bank Winery.

Sunset Sips and Sounds

Terhune Orchards in Princeton is hosting Friday night concerts all summer long ranging from jazz to rock to folk to blues. Hang in the wine barn or the al fresco seating while sampling farm-fresh wine made with Terhune grapes.

Paint Nite

This DIY painting service links pro artists and local restaurants so you can get your craft night on while sipping cocktails and snacking on apps. Paint your inner mermaid at Plank Pizza Co. in Saddle Brook on June 20, try your hand at a mod bouquet at Edison’s Elixir Bar and Grill on June 18 and give off ocean vibes at the Town Pub of Bloomfield on June 25.

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Garden State Public Market

From the creators of InstaYum, this pop-up food hall and gourmet marketplace at Garden State Plaza in Paramus not only has top-notch food and drink, but also hosts events like trivia night every week. Head here any Thursday through Saturday until June 30.

Parental Time Out in Weehawken

Can’t find a sitter for your night out? Drop ‘em at Play City 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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