The Mercer Museum’s annual fall fundraiser, Cocktails at the Castle, returns to Doylestown, Pa., on Saturday, October 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. for a night of culinary delights and cocktails, all in support of the Mercer Museum’s education programs, exhibitions, and community initiatives. 

Guests will enjoy a lively evening on the grounds of Mercer Museum with delicious food options from Bucks County culinary purveyors, along with craft cocktail creations and exceptional entertainment. more

Broadhurst is the 47th Bucks County Designer House & Gardens presented by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA). Proceeds from the Designer House benefit Doylestown Hospital and the mission of the VIA.

Guests will be able to tour more than 20 design areas throughout the house and gardens, and shop designer decor throughout the property and at the three boutiques.  more

Bloomingdale’s celebrates 150 years of fashion, firsts, and fun by looking back at some of the major milestones the company has achieved since debuting in 1872. The celebratory events in Manhattan include designer pop-ups at 59th Street, fashion exclusives, and discounts. The well-known 50th Street windows on Lexington Avenue will also come to life in innovative new ways with augmented reality and live performances.  more

Join author Clifford Zink on Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. for a walking tour outside Princeton University’s storied and majestic eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the 16 Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. There will be an opportunity to visit inside one of the eating clubs; masks will be required during this portion of the tour. Copies of Zink’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will be available for sale at a discounted price at the tour.  more

Join The Watershed Institute for the 47th Annual Watershed FEST on October 1 at 6:30 p.m. FEST is the largest fundraising event of the year and supports The Watershed Institute’s mission of keeping water clean, safe, and healthy. Last year’s FEST was an evening to remember,  and the organization is hoping to beat last year’s amount of $140,000 raised. All funds support The Watershed Institute’s conservation, advocacy, education, and scientific research efforts.  more

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) presents its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser on October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Avenue in Princeton, rain or shine. Attendance is $50 per person and tickets can be bought online here: https://bit.ly/3BzXD03.

The 2022 Oktoberfest promises to be better than ever. Enjoy local craft beer, hard cider, Jammin’ Crepes sweet and savory crepes, and live music. The covered terrace of Mountain Lakes House will be available for socializing outdoors. more

Did you know that Happy Day Farms in Manalapan is one of the top-tier corn mazes in all the United States? Located at 106 Iron Ore Road, Happy Day Farms has been recognized for numerous past designs including Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary, four New Jersey celebrities, superheroes, New Jersey athletes, and more. Last year’s Super Mario theme was a big attraction for kids and young families. This year’s corn maze theme is “10 Years of Happiness” to honor the farm’s 10th anniversary.  more

On Saturday, September 24, join Monmouth Museum staff and New Jersey DEP’s lead environmental educator, Marc Rogoff, on a fossil frolic through Big Brook, one of the premier late Cretaceous fossil localities in the eastern United States. The Cretaceous period was a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and New Jersey was submerged beneath a shallow inland sea. more

The annual Hightstown Harvest Festival returns on October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hightstown Memorial Park, North Main Street in downtown Hightstown.

Free to attend, the festival features food trucks, live music, autumn attractions, and more. Held rain or shine, this is the festival’s 17th celebration. The business district will also be decorated to fit the fall season and to encourage visitors to shop local and support small businesses. Crafters, great food, and children’s rides will make this a fun event for the whole family!

When the temperature begins to drop in New Jersey after a long, hot summer, some people might think to reach for a glass of hard cider. What they may not know is that Burnt Mills Cider Company is serving up some of the best cider around and they are also proudly based in Bedminster. more

For over 60 years, the Newcomers & Friends at YWCA Princeton have welcomed people to the Princeton community. These newcomers come from around the world, nation, and state. The YWCA group currently represents 24 states and 14 unique countries. more

Go the distance for all youth in the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon on November 13. In-person, virtual and youth run options means that there is a race for everyone. The 13.1-mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place. The Victory Village will be stationed at Princeton YMCA and all racers will receive a commemorative medal, shirt, and bib. Participants cannot exceed a 14-minute mile and the field of racers is limited to 1,800. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time at https://bit.ly/3Qp5DpC. Registration is $100 until the race sells out. more

On October 15 from 12 to 4 p.m., join Washington Crossing Historic Park for an Autumn Market and Encampment, a chance to travel back in time and experience life in a Revolutionary War camp. 

Costumed Colonial townspeople will gather at the marketplace to show off their crafting skills and goods. Soldiers will also be on-site to drill and perform 18th century military tactics, and the fife and drum corps will stage performances throughout the day. With crafts, cooking demonstrations, and one-on-one interactions with Colonial reenactors, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fall day outdoors with the entire family. more

The 2022 Surf & Turf Seafood Festival at Monmouth Park will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Presented by 107.1 The Boss, Thunder 106, and Kona Brewing, the Jersey Shore’s freshest seafood festival features lobster rolls, crab cakes, calamari, and more. Expect live music from 12 to 4 p.m. and lots of family friendly activities and entertainment. Participating food vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Four Boys Concessions, Kiersten’s Creations, Highway Ohana, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Point Lobster, Green Dog Mobile, Playa Bowls, Star of the Sea Seafood, Sweetpepper Venezuelan Specialties, L’Acquario Seafood Italiano, and Wild Bill’s Old Fashioned Soda. more

It’s all about peaches at Terhune Orchards’ Annual Just Peachy Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Partake in the summer bounty with a full weekend of family fun. Try peach treats in the form of fresh fruit, icy drinks, and crumble pie while the kids visit with the farm animals and play on the tractors. Hands-on aspects include the Discovery Barn and Junior Mechanics Barn.  more

The Somerset County 4-H returns on August 10 through 12 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at North Branch Park in Bridgewater. The largest under tent 4-H fair this side of the Mississippi, the Somerset County 4-H is a celebration of New Jersey’s agricultural spirit and heritage. Like any true fair, this one includes mouthwatering food, live music, local artists, go-karts, exhibits, and large and small animal contests.  more

With locations in Red Bank, Summit, Montclair, and Hoboken in New Jersey, Woodhouse Day Spa is a great way to treat yourself to some end-of-summer pampering. 

In addition to year-round bridal packages, Woodhouse offers facials, massages, body treatments, nails, sculpting, and more. Their “ritual” treatments incorporate mood-enhancing aromatherapy oils as part of exfoliation, dry brushing, and deep tissue massage. The Happy Mama package includes a mother-to-be-massage and holistic rejuvenation pedicure.  more

The Ocean City Sailing Foundation, located at 520 Bay Avenue in Ocean City, offers sailing instruction to beginners who have no experience on a sailboat, to experienced sailors who want to develop their skills, to potential racers who want to learn the basic elements of sailing competition.  more

Get ready for Rutgers Homecoming 2022!

Current, former, and future Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and fans are welcome to partake in Scarlet Knights pride during Homecoming Weekend on October 20-22. Rutgers football will be facing Indiana and the matchup should be a heart-thumping event.  more

Located at 1000 Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park, the Silverball Museum Arcade is a living, breathing, and blinking tribute to the pinball and video gaming past. With 600 games in rotation (all under one roof), it’s likely that you’ll get to play on your favorite game from the past, while discovering some new ones along the way. View the entire list of games here: https://www.silverballmuseum.com/asbury-park/about/our-machines/more

The annual Borough of Glass Art Walk and Night Market will take place on Saturday, July 16 in Glassboro Town Square from 5 to 10 p.m. This is a free, family fun event and there is something for any art enthusiast or casual observer to enjoy. Food vendors will be on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. There is ample free parking and signage. This is a rain or shine event. Live entertainment includes glassblowing and circus performances, among others.  more

The annual balloon festival of New Jersey releases approximately 100 hot air balloons into the sky every summer. This year’s celebration is set for July 29 through 31 at Solberg Airport in Readington. Admission prices range from $12 to $32, and hours vary. With so many colorful hot air balloons filling the sky, the event should be a spectacle unto itself. more

Have you ever wondered about the history of Atlantic City, which was once a melting pot of newly arrived immigrants and even bootleggers during the prohibition era? 

On Saturday, July 23 at 2:30 p.m., Atlantic City Food Tours will be talking about all that and more during their walk through Ducktown, a district of Atlantic City that was heavily settled by Italian immigrants during the 20th century. Over the years, the neighborhood has gone through changes, but many of the historic culinary institutions have survived.  more

Following 16 days of free museum admission and outdoor musical performances, the Wawa Welcome America fireworks display is the city of Philadelphia’s free Independence Day show over the skies of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  more

A yearly favorite for residents of Central New Jersey, the 2022 Sourland Mountain Festival will take place on July 23 from 3 to 8:30 p.m. at Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes. 

The event aims to bring together the best in local musical talent, food, and drink. It’s also a great family-friendly event where attendees are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit back and enjoy the views of the Sourland Mountains.  more

Considered to be the top aquarium in the Northeast, Camden’s Adventure Aquarium is a premier and scientifically sound facility where children can interact with aquatic creatures in a whole new way.

Over 15,000 animals are located on site, including endangered penguin and shark species, sea turtles, and coral reef (among others). Special attractions like the Little Blue Penguins, Nile Hippos, the Shark Bridge, Shark Tunnel, and touch tanks will leave lasting memories. From the Great Hammerhead Shark (the largest of its species) to the Giant Pacific Octopus, there is so much to see and learn.  more

Essex County features one of the top treetop adventure courses in the state at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. Summer is the perfect time to book a reservation at this park with thrill-seeking friends and loved ones. The sky high courses emphasize trust building, fun, excitement, and collaborations. They also leave one with a greater sense of accomplishment by looking trepidation in the face and overcoming it. more

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Join Longwood Gardens on the second Friday of every month throughout Light: Installations by Bruce Munro for a fantastically fun themed Light Nights. Enjoy live music, fountain performances, family activities, and more — all inspired by Light — during these special evenings. more

Get ready for a fun-filled day outdoors that is all about Dad, yet great for the whole family, too. It’s Father’s Day Weekend 2022 at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19 in Jackson Township. 

Swim, surf, dive, and slide your way into an exciting summer as your roam around Hurricane Harbor’s many slides and pools. After working up an appetite, take a seat at Steak & Fries or at the Tiki Bar to enjoy some fun drinks and savory snacks. more

Celebrated country singer Jake Owen will perform at Asbury Park’s iconic Stone Pony on Sunday, July 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 in advance and $55 at the door. 

Owen’s music has risen to the top of country charts multiple times and his latest single “Made For You” is looking to do the same. Some of his best-known tracks are “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” “Homemade,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Beachin,” “Anywhere With You,” “Alone With You,” “The One That Got Away,” and “American Country Love Song.” more