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Special Events

March 28 - 29 "Atlantique City" Spring Festival.
World's largest indoor antiques and collectibles show, with dealers from 50 states and 17 foreign countries. Atlantic City Convention Center (609) 926-1800
2nd week in April Battle of Bound Brook
Sponsored by the Heritage Trail Association (732) 356-8856
Encampment at Memorial Park at Elizabeth St. and High St. in South Bound Brook. Ceremony at the Old Stone Bridge just N of the bridge between Bound Brook and S. Bound Brook. Battle Reenactment on grounds of Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Easton and Davidson Ave. in South Bound Brook. See: Battle of Bound Brook.
April 11-27 - Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival.
"Cherry Blossomland" - Branch Brook Park between Belleville and Newark. Showcases annual blooming of Japanese cherry trees, the largest display in the U.S. Both greater in number and variety than the famed Washington D.C. display. Info at: Branch Brook Park Cherry Blossom Festival
last full weekend in April - Shad Festial - Lambertville
The Shad Festival began 22 years ago to celebrate the return of the shad to the Delaware River. The return of the shad meant that the river was clean again and the local ecology as well as the local economy could now thrive.
Beginning of May - Visiting Nurses Association Rummage Sale
The Fairgrounds off Route 202, Far Hills. Includes clothing, electronics, holiday decorations and toys. (908) 781-6445
Middle of May - Volvo Midland Run
Thousands of runners, spectators, and picnickers will come to the beautiful rural setting of lush Moorland Farms in Far Hills, N.J. Benefit held yearly to raise funds for The Midland School in North Branch, N.J. Awards for both the 5km and 15km races.
May 21 - 25 Wildwood International Kite Festival
World's largest sport kite festival, including building instructions and lessons. Wildwood (215) 736-3715
Memorial Day (End of May) - Tour of Somerville and U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame Super Saturday Bicycling Classic.
Nation's oldest continuous bicycle race. Somerville (908) 725-0461
First Weekend in June Bonnie Brae Scottish Festival and Games
NJ's largest Scottish Games!. Dog exhibit, Sheep dog demonstrations, Highland Dancing Competition, Band Competition, Weight Throw and Caber Toss. Benefit for Bonnie Brae School. 3415 Valley Rd. Liberty Corner, NJ
First Weekend in June Edison Day
National Park Service celebrates Edison Day at Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange. Admission was free and all welcome. Activities took place at both the Glenmont Estate in Llewellyn Park and the Laboratory Complex on Main Street.
Second week in June Bonnie Brae Polo Classic
Far Hills Polo Club in Pittstown. 1-5PM
In addition to the Polo match there are tailgate parties, Champion Bagpipe and Drum Corp, The Classic Car Club of America Parade.
Weekends June 5 - 27 - New Jersey Renaissance Kingdom
South Mountain Reservation Tulip Springs Section - Cherry Lane South Orange. Joust, Archery Tournament, Blunt Blade Battles, Punch & Judy Show, Beauty & the Beast, The Enchanted Forest, Royal Music & Dancing
End of July - Quick Chek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning.
Largest balloon festival on the East Coast with 125 balloons, air show, crafts, food and family entertainment. Solberg Airport, Readington (800) HOT-AIR-9
3rd Wed in Aug. = Thunder Over the Boardwalk
Atlantic City Airshow - Best Air Shows - Thunder Over the Boardwalk
Thunderbirds, F-16s, Harriers, B-25, Thunderbolt II, ...
flybys and demonstrations 50 feet over the water.
Sept. 4 - Oct. 22 - Hawk Watches
Spring season is Feb 15 - May 15 (peak 3rd wk. Apr), Bird Sightings at NJ Audubon
Cape May - Site Guide, Cape May Rare Bird Alert | Chimney Rock, Martinsville
| Monclair| Wildcat Ridge, Hibernia | Sandy Hook - Since there is no organized watch, you can choose your observation spot.
Average number of hawks by site, Times by Species at www.njfishandwildlife.com
First Weekend in October - Millbrook Days
At Millbrook Village, north of Blairstown - Craft demonstrations and house tours.
Second Weekend in October - Somerset County Historic Open houses
The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, in conjunction with local historical organizations, sponsors, "Weekend Journey through the Past." During the two-day period, twenty-six of the County's significant historic sites will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 12:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.
www.schistoryweekend.com or www.heritagetrail.org/SCHW/index.html
Early October - Biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival
End of Oct. Far Hills Steeplechase Races
More than 50,000 spectators converge on Moorland Farms in Far Hills for the state's biggest social event of the fall season. Benefit for Somerset Medical Center. Reserved parking tailgate spaces. Family and friends create unique and often extravagant fall picnic areas, complete with floral center pieces, full bars, ice carvings and culinary feasts. Also know as "The Far Hills Race Meeting"
Dec. 25 1 PM - Annual Reenactment of Washington's crossing the Delaware
The event commemorates December 25, 1776, when Washington and his troops took Camp Hessian at Trenton by surprise.
Location Washington Crossing, NJ .

Theaters and Music

PNC Bank Arts Center (formerly Garden State Arts Center)
NJ Performing Arts Center - NJPAC, Newark
Ocean Grove Calendar of Events
Cape May New Jersey Events
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn (973) 379-3636
Crossroads Theater, New Brunswick (908-249-5581) 
George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick (908-246-7717) 
McCarter Theater Princeton (609) 683-8000
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last updated 11 Oct 2010