Family & Community Calendar for Middlesex and Central NJ

Middlesex, NJ Community Events Calendar
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We will list your event here if it is local for the Middlesex County and Central NJ, encourages safe, wholesome activity for individuals or families, and helps our community members live spirited, full lives free of the influence of substances like alcohol or drugs. Email your notice information to events@ for consideration. Please include a name and telephone number with all submissions. We reserves the right to select which entries get published to this curated listing.

Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Middlesex, NJ

Beginner Trail Ride

August 11, 2019: A one-hour guided trail ride open to Lord Stirling Stable students at levels D-2/Beg. 2 to D-3/Beg. 3. Registration is available online and in the Stable office through August 8. Fee: $28 Somerset County resident/$36 non-resident. Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge. 10-11am. Visit their website for more information.

The County Caper

August 25, 2019: This is a one day game that takes families & friends on an interactive tour of Somerset County parks and facilities. Registration begins May 15. Registration Fee: non-refundable $20 per team. Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge. 8am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

St Stephen the Protomartyr Festival

September 6, 7, 8, 2019: There will be live entertainment, food & drinks and a kid's corner! Plus, Friday features a car show! 609 Lane Ave, South Plainfield. Visit their website for more information.

Arts in the Park

September 22, 2019: Join Main Street Highland Park for the 13th annual Arts in the Park street festival, juried art show, and arts and crafts sale in downtown Highland Park. 11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

1770's Festival

October 6, 2019: Travel back in time as exhibitors and militias recreate colonial life on the site of Lord Stirling's Manor. Enjoy an educational and exciting day in the 1770's. Suggested donation: $5 per person. Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge. 11:30am-4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Fall Festival

October 19, 2019: The Friends of Lord Stirling Stable offer themed hayrides, pony rides, and other child-friendly activities at the 4th Annual Fall Festival. Rain date October 26. Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge. 5-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Middlesex, NJ

Art After Hours @ The Zimmerli Art Museum

First Tuesday Night of the Month: Free admission, activities and refreshments! The museum offers curator-led tours, live music, and opportunities to meet artists. It remains open late on the first Tuesday of the month (NOT in January, May, July & August). 71 Hamilton St, New Brunswick. 5-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Astronomy Night @ The Planetarium RVCC

First Friday Night of the Month: Join us on the first Saturday of the month as we take you on a personally guided tour of our night sky, using our DigitalSky digital theater. Familiarize yourself with some of the popular constellations visible from sunset to sunrise, as well as the stories behind them. We'll also show you how and where in the sky you can find the brightest planets. Weather permitting, the 3M Observatory will be open after the show. Visit their website for more information.

Late Nights @ Rutgers Geology Museum

Monthly: Every month on the first Wednesday the Geology Museum presents Late Night at the Museum events! Enjoy activity stations & events related to the night's specific theme, that fall under the categories of geology, anthropology, and paleontology. Late Nights at the Museum educate, entertain, and can benefit children and adults alike. Park in Rutgers Lots 26 & 30 and the College Ave Deck without permits. 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Roosevelt Park Family Skating Rink

Year round: Each winter, thousands of people swarm to the rink to experience outdoor ice skating right in their own backyard. In the spring and fall, children can take roller skating lessons and boogie down during open skate on warm spring nights. Admission: adults $6, 17 yrs & under $5, rental skates $5. 151 Parsonage Road, Edison.

Archive of Some Past Events

Mary Poppins Returns

July 30, 2019: This Disney musical performance is general admission & seats are first come, first served. Accessible seating on the orchestra level is available, but is limited. There is no elevator access to the balcony, it is accessible by stairs only. This is a free event. State Theater NJ, 11 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 7-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Summer Sounds-Ballycastle Band

July 16, 2019: Enjoy live music on the lawn all summer long at Mary Jacobs. The Ballycastle band serenades with popular Irish tunes. Prepare for a sing-along! SCLSNJ’s Mary Jacobs Memorial Library branch, 64 Washington St, Rocky Hill. 6:30-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Independence Day Family Festival

July 4, 2019: Revolutionary War encampment recreates life during the 1770's, food available for purchase, fireworks display at 9:30pm. Free admission. North Branch Park, 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater. 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.

"Home on the Range" Introductory Western Horseback Ride

June 30, 2019: Geared for people who would like to become more familiar with Western style riding. Riders will receive a brief group lesson with one of Lord Stirling Stables riding instructors, followed by a one hour trail ride. Participants must be at least 9 years of age, weigh less than 200 pounds, and be at least 5'0" tall. Registration is available online and in the Stable office through June 27. $40 Somerset County residents/$50 non-resident. Lord Stirling Stable, Basking Ridge. 10am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.

Fathers Day Game & Concert

June 15, 2019: Watch a vintage baseball game utilizing reproduction uniforms, equipment & rules from the 1850's. Liberty Field at East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd at Johnson Park, Piscataway. 12-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Foodstock 4th Annual Woodbridge Food Truck Festival

May 31-June 2, 2019: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock! All active & inactive military enter free with show of I.D. $5/adult; Kids under 12 enter free. Beer Garden, Live Entertainment, Music, and over 15 Food Trucks. 250 Woodbridge Center Dr, Woodbridge. Fri: 5pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 1pm-10pm. Visit their website at for more information.


May 19, 2019: Taste it. Pair it. Crack it. Meet the animals that give it to us. Discover how it’s made the old-fashioned way. Live music with Watchung Riders, games & all you can eat cheese! Sponsored by Schuman Cheese. Presented by the Montclair History Center, Montclair Center, and Rutgers Cooperative 4-H Program. Food and beverage vendors to be announced online in April. Behind the Montclair History Center’s Crane House & Historic YWCA, 110 Orange Rd, Montclair. Rain or shine. Cost is $20 for people 21+, which includes a beverage ticket & all the cheese you can eat! $15 if you register online in advance. $5 for anyone under 21 & designated drivers; additional drink tickets will be available for purchase. 2-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

OLP Country Fair

May 8-11, 2019: Our Lady of Peace Country Fair is May 8th, 6-10pm, May 9th, 6-10pm, May 10th, 6-11pm and May 11th, 1-11pm. Come and enjoy delicious food & a beer garden! There'll be fun rides, crafters and raffles with only one winner and MUCH MORE. Tickets for the Giant 50/50 and deep discounted ride tickets (while supplies last) are on sale at the OLP Rectory until the week of the fair. Fun for the entire family! 111 South Street, New Providence. Visit their website for more information.

Rutgers Day

April 27, 2019: This is your chance to get a glimpse of exciting things happening at NJ's state university. With free performances, exhibits, hands-on activities & demonstrations, Rutgers Day will engage & inform you about the valuable contributions the university makes to the people of New Jersey & beyond. Departments, schools & student organizations will show you what they are teaching, learning & doing as part of a Rutgers education. All are welcome and admission is free! College Ave, New Brunswick. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Story Time and Playgroup with an Early Intervention Specialist

April 12, 2019: Families with children from birth to age five are invited to join us for a fun family story time, followed by free play! Carmela Balacco, M.Ed., the Director of Family Support at FAMILY LINK, REIC will be available to meet caregivers & answer any questions they might have about child development, communication, early intervention & more. Registration is required & begins on March 29. All participants will receive a goody bag. Cranford Public Library, Raddin Room, 224 Walnut Ave, Cranford. 10:15am. Visit their website for more information.

The Chocolate Expo

March 31, 2019: The Chocolate Expo is coming to the home of the Scarlet Knights! Don’t miss this first-ever very “Rutgers” edition of The Chocolate Expo in this spacious facility… complete with food entrepreneurs and presenters from Rutgers University, the Rutgers Food Innovation Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. $10-30. Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway. 10am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Saltwater Fishing Expo

March 17, 2019: Family Day: On Sunday only, for children 11 & younger, the first 100 will receive a free rod & reel upon entry & all will receive completely free admission into the exposition. Once inside, they can participate in a scavenger hunt where a fully stamped checklist results in the opportunity to visit the Grand Prize Giveaway Booth. Tickets are currently for sale online. Adults/$12, All children under the age of 11 free admission on Sunday: 10am–5pm. New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. Visit their website for more information.

New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble Milk & Cookies

March 2, 2019: Come & meet the tapping feet of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble! In this high-energy, interactive show, dynamic young dancers demonstrate the fundamentals of tap dance & dazzle the audience with showstopping talent. Milk & Cookies is a lively, interactive storytelling & music series for families. This program is the perfect way to introduce young children to live theater. Facility & transaction fees are waived for this performance. $3. State Theatre New Jersey, 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. 10-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

America...We Served! Three Centuries of African American Soldiers

February 23-24, 2019: You will not want to miss this unique & educational experience, great for the entire family! Celebrate Black History Month at The Old Barracks Museum - hear about the brave African American soldiers that helped shape our nation's history. Learn about the integral role they played in our military, from the early days of our nation's infancy all the way up to World War II. Represented regiments will include The Harlem Hellfighters of WWI, the 6th Regiment USCT of the Civil War, the 369th Regiment portrayed by Ebony Doughboys, and others. Included in regular cost of admission. $5 admission for residents of Trenton. 101 Barrack St, Trenton. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Super Pet Expo

February 8-10, 2019: Animal lovers big and small will discover new activities and returning favorites at the 19th Super Pet Expo, the largest pet shopping extravaganza on the east coast! The Marvelous Mutts canine athletes, dog trick workshops, pet talent show competition, rabbit jumping demos, educational panels & talks. Leashed pets admitted free. (No retractable leashes).$8 to $20. New Jersey Convention Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. Visit their website for more information.

Winter Survival Class at Plainsboro Preserve

February 2, 2019: Have you ever wanted to learn skills that would keep you alive in a survival situation? We will learn about animals’ winter survival skills, and depending on the weather, we may try our hand at building a traditional snow shelter or warm ourselves up over a campfire. Designed for beginning Naturalists ages 7 through adults. Led by one of our skilled Associate Naturalists! Pre-registration is required by calling 609-427-3052 at least a day in advance. $5/person for members, $7/person non-members. Plainsboro Preserve, 80 Scotts Corner Rd, Cranbury. 10-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

The Magic of Adam Trent

January 26, 2019: Adam Trent’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family! Watch as he brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this high-tech spectacle. Tickets are $29 and up. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown. 7:30-9:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Garden State Outdoor Sports Show

January 10-13, 2019: Kick the 36th Anniversary Show off with the world famous Hawg Trough, 5000 Gallon Aquarium, and Pro Staff Fishing Demonstrations. Check out the latest in boats, outboards, kayaks and dock offerings all demonstrated by your favorite bass pro. This year’s show will continue Outdoor Sports Groups pledge to provide a forum for the entire family and the next generation of the outdoor enthusiasts. $10/person. NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. 1-5 pm. Visit their website for more information.

New Year's at Noon

December 28, 2018: Ring in the new year in this family-friendly ball! Enjoy stories, crafts, and more followed by a countdown to noon. (ages 3 and up, and families). Bridgewater Library, 1 Vogt Dr, Bridgewater. 11:15am-12 noon. Visit their website for more information.

The Alien Who Stole Christmas

December 15 & 22, 2018: Discover the stars visible in the winter sky. Then follow Santa on a trip through the solar system when a friendly alien kidnaps him. The kids on other planets need presents too, you know! (ages 6-10) $10. Reservations recommended. Shown on Dec. 15 & 22. Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College, Rte 28 & Lamington Rd, North Branch. 3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Seasonal Traditions Holiday Program

December 9, 2018: Bring your family to East Jersey Old Town Village. Take a horse & wagon ride through Johnson Park. Listen to holiday stories & traditional carols. Enjoy a cup of cocoa or hot cider. Crafts for children. There will be a special Founders Day Ceremony honoring the founders of the Village and volunteer recognition. East Jersey Old Town Village, 1050 River Rd, Piscataway. 1-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

The Sky Above

December 1, 2018: The sky show will include: music, videos, planets, the Moon, constellations & laser lights. It's a collection of music, music videos, laser images choreographed to songs & one short story. Each song is 3-4 minutes. It is not a typical planetarium show at all. There is no lecture, just lots of music & visuals to go with the songs. $10. RVCC Planetarium, 118 Lamington Rd, Branchburg. 5pm. Visit their website for more information.

31st Annual Branchburg Woman’s Club (BWC) Craft Show & Sale

November 17, 2018: Features handmade crafts, door prizes, a bake sale, refreshments & (prossibly) a 50/50 Raffle. This is a fundraiser for charities & student awards. Free admission & parking. Branchburg Central Middle School, (across from White Oak Park), 220 Baird Rd, Branchburg. 10am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Fall Craft Show

November 10, 2018: This seasonal craft show is the perfect place to find holiday gifts & decorations. Artisans will display & sell their American made works; including Fine Jewelry, Baskets, Photography & Paintings. Admission & parking are free. Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, 2566 Guam Ln, Tinton Falls. 9am-1pm. Visit their website for more information.

Spooky Chocolate Painting Party

October 27, 2018: Have a frighteningly fun time painting & creating with chocolate! Take a break from trick or treating & make your own spooky scene with chocolate & other not-so scary sweets! Add a marshmallow ghost & creepy crawly worms not too scary to eat! $10. Reservations recommended. 2 Chicks with Chocolate, 19 New St, Metuchen. 12 noon-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Marty's Place Howl-O-Ween Family Fest

October 21, 2018: Find fun for the whole family - including your dog! This spook-tacular event will feature a Ruff Mudder Canine Obstacle Challenge (for dogs & their owners), a Canine Costume Contest, Hay Rides, Dog Photo Sessions, K-9 (police dog) Demonstration, Kids' Crafts, food truck, 50-50 cash raffle & more. Outdoors on the grounds of Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary in Upper Freehold (outside Allentown), NJ. Free admission - with fees for some activities. All proceeds go directly for the care of Sanctuary residents. Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, 118 Rt. 526, Upper Freehold. Visit their website for more information.

Dunellen Harvest Fest

October 7, 2018: Artists & crafters from around the Garden State present their wares, local nonprofits, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing & more! Enjoy carriage rides around the historic town, apple pie baking contest & a pumpkin decorating competition. Washington Park (North Washington Ave, between Dunellen Ave & First St, Dunellen. 11am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Franklin Day Festival

September 22, 2018: Enjoy live entertainment, an art show, a classic car show, over 120 exhibitor tables & free attractions for children in a beautiful park setting! The Festival is meant to bring the diverse community together while providing a showcase for Township businesses, industries, agencies, schools & community organizations. Colonial Park, Lot C, 156 Mettlers Rd, Somerset. 12 noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Bound Brook Street Fair & Craft Show

September 15, 2018: Come visit the artists, crafters & vendors sharing their products at the show. There'll be food, rides, live music & more! Downtown Bound Brook. 11am-5pm. Visit their website at for more information.

Middlesex County Fair

August 6-12, 2018: This festival focuses on agriculture exhibits, but you can also find classic carnival food, live entertainment, amusement-park-style rides, crafts & a fantastic fireworks display! Explore the rich agricultural heritage, learn a new craft, try a new food, or go on a ride. $7/adults, $1/children. Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Rd, East Brunswick. Mon-Fri: 5:00-11:00 pm; Sat: 11:00am-11:00pm; Sun: 11:00am-10:00pm. Visit their website for more information.

Butterfly Festival

August 4, 2018: This is an educational event focusing on the importance of maintaining the delicate balance between humans & the natural world. There'll also be a lot of games & activities for the whole family! Prepare for an obstacle course, hayrides, nature walks & the popular 'Butterfly & Bug Parade'. Tour exhibits, the famed insect zoo & the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. $10 pp or $25 carload. The Watershed Reserve 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Rutgers Gardens Summer Fest

July 29, 2018: Join us in the celebration of Summer on this special day of activities & events for adults & children. Come for a day of tours, classes, leisure & enjoyment! Spend the afternoon in the Gardens tasting & touring some of the different varieties of vegetables, herbs & plants that have been developed at Rutgers University where plant breeding has taken place since the early 1900s. Free for Rutgers Gardens Members with a nominal fee of $5 (cash/check payable at front gate) to all others (17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult). 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick. 3-7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Rockin’ Rocket Ride

July 20, August 17 & 25, 2018: Put on your space suit & blast-off into outer space to visit the Moon, Sun & planets. A lively experience for young people with selected music from “Journey Into Space” by Jane Murphy. (ages 3-8). Fun for the whole family! Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College, Rte 28 & Lamington Rd, North Branch. Also shown on July 20 & Aug 17 @ 11:00am, and Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm. Visit their website for more information.

Independence Day Family Festival

July 4, 2018: Somerset County Park Commission sponsors the 4th of July celebration with historical reenactments & a grand fireworks finale! Park visitors should bring lawn chairs or blankets while they enjoy time in the park before the fireworks. Picnic baskets are allowed, but alcohol is prohibited. The event is free. There will be food to purchase. 355 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater. Gates will open @ 6pm. Visit their website for more information.

St. Ann Annual Italian Festa

June 13-16, 2018: The Italian Festa is the church's longest standing tradition. It is a great family event in efforts to raise funds for St. Ann School. Enjoy great homemade Italian food, games, rides, 50/50s, beer garden & entertainment. 45 Anderson St, Raritan. 5-11pm. Visit their website for more information.

Somerville Street Fair & Craft Show

June 3, 2018: Artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, live music & more! On the streets of Downtown Somerville. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Late Night Ocean Exploration at the Rutgers Geology Museum

May 2, 2018: Discover the secrets held beneath the ocean’s surface! Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of ocean-themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Rutgers Day

April 28, 2018: Rutgers is rolling out the red carpet & inviting NJ residents to experience the 10th annual Rutgers Day! There's something for everyone at each location. Experience hands-on learning activities, see exhibitions, demonstrations, entertaining stage performances, and more! Also, the university will be celebrating Alumni Weekend with Rutgers graduates & their families. Activities in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark. College Ave., New Brunswick. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Music at the Zimmerli Museum

Feb 18 & Mar 11, 2018: Visit the museum for its weekend concert series! Classical & jazz musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division will be performing. The music is a broad repertoire accessible to audiences of all ages. Before each concert there will be a brief talk related to the performance theme, followed by a tour of museum highlights. Feb 18 & Mar 11. Free; seating is limited. 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Free Family Concert - A Family Affair

January 27, 2018: The Plainfield Symphony presents its annual free family concert! The venue will be held at The Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church. 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield. 3-4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

50th Annual Open House @ the Rutgers Geology Museum

January 27, 2018: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Geology Museum's Annual Open House! Join us for educational activities, lectures, arts and crafts, a mineral sale, and free fossil and mineral identification! The event is free and open to visitors of all ages. 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. 9am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

40th Festival of Trees

Dec 1-31, 2017: The Environmental Education Center gets into the holiday spirit! The Festival of Trees is an indoor exhibit of decorated trees by various community groups & individuals. Enjoy live holiday music on select Saturdays & Sundays. Suggested donation $5. 190 Lord Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge. 9-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

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