WHAT’S HAPPENING? Here is a small selection of events in the area – some in person, others online – that you might want to try out over the coming days.
MORRISTOWN “Dig It, Plant It, Eat It” Family Saturday, hands-on gardening, guided tour of the museum’s historic rooms and art project for 4-10 years accompanied by adults, 10 am, Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave. Registration required. maccullochhall.org, 973-538-2040, diam. 11.
MORRISTOWN Presidential Memorabilia – Jefferson to FDR, Second Saturday Personal Presentation, 1:30 pm, Morris County Historical Society, Acorn Hall, 68 Morris Ave. $ 4- $ 10. morriscountyhistory.org, 973-267-3465.
NEWARK Mike Marino, 8:00 p.m., New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Victoria Theater, 1 Center St. $ 35. njpac.org, 888-466-5722.
ROSELLE Central Jersey Comedy Showcase hosted by Comedy Therapy, 8:00 p.m., Central Park Restaurant, 2401 N. Wood Ave. $ 20 and at least two items. eventbrite.com/e/158189144991, 848-391-8808.
WILDWOOD Dance Xplosion National Dance Finals, 7 am-11pm, also July 10th, 7 am-11pm Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk. danceexplosiontalent.com, 516-781-3400.
Trade fairs / festivals
EAST RUTHERFORD State Fair Meadowlands, entertainment, rides, gambling, and other amusements, 3pm – 1am, also July 10th, 2pm – 1am; July 11, 2:00 p.m. to midnight, State Fair Meadowlands, 50 Route 120. $ 15- $ 35; online purchase only. njfair.com, 201-355-5911.
MILLTOWN North Brunswick Youth Sports Festival, horse rides, pig races, aerial acrobatics, motorcycle stunt show, magic show, food, vendors, fireworks on July 4th and 10th, 6pm – midnight, also July 10th, 3pm – midnight; July 11, 3 p.m. – 11 p.m. David B. Crabiel Park, Route 1. $ 7- $ 25. nbysf.com. Registration required.
WEST LONG BRANCH Monmouth University Music & Arts Festival, virtual performance by members of the Garden State Philharmonic for civil war music, Dixieland, ragtime and jazz, with solos by the Monmouth University Chamber Choir, the Blue Hawk House Band and a reading by former US -American musician poet award winner Natasha Trethaway, Monmouth University, Pollak Theater, 400 Cedar Ave. Free of charge, but registration required. monmouth.edu/mca/festival/, 732-263-6889.
WEST WINDSOR LEAD Fest State Fair, rides, live music and other entertainment, followed by fireworks on July 3rd and 4th, 5-11pm and 10-11am. July, 1 pm-11pm Mercer County Park, 1638 Old Trenton Road. $ 5 to $ 8. mercercountyparks.org, 609-799-6141.
JEFFERSON Jefferson Fest, food truck festival with music, fireworks, 5-11pm, Jefferson Township High School, 1010 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge. jeffersonarts.org, 973-697-2032.
EATONTOWN Grace Potter, Count Basie Center “Concert on the Green”, 7:30 pm and July 10th, 7:30 pm Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. at Fort Monmouth. $ 45- $ 89. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.
MILLBURN Brookside Cabaret, outdoor live performance with optional fixed-price dining at FM Kirby Carriage House Restaurant, 7:30 pm, Paper Mill Playhouse, 22 Brookside Drive. $ 20- $ 35 and $ 20- $ 30 food / drink minimum. papermill.org, 973-376-4343.
BEDMINSTER Whitehouse Wind Symphony, Free Field of Honor concert with patriotic selections, rock and jazz medleys, noon, Jacobus Vanderveer House, River Road Park, 955 Route 202/206 South. whitehousewindsymphony.org, 908-534-6662.
MADISON Nat Adderley Jr. Trio, 5 p.m., also July 10, 8 p.m. Shanghai Jazz Restaurant and Bar, 24 Main Street. At least $ 40 food and drink. shanghaijazz.com, 973-822-2899.
EATONTOWN Salat, Count Basie Center “Concert On The Green,” 7:30 pm, Suneagles Golf Club, 2067 Tinton Ave. at Fort Monmouth. $ 49.50- $ 69.50. thebasie.org, 732-842-9000.
ENGLEWOOD pianist Carolyn Enger, free concert “Vienna in Englewood – Music of the 1820s” with works by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, John Field, Schubert and Chopin, 3 p.m., Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 E. Palisade Ave. blackboxpac. de, 201-569-2070.
MORRISTOWN Members of the American Symphony Orchestra Woodwind Trio, open-air concert “Modernist Mexican Music and Margaritas”, 8 pm, Morris Museum, Normandy Heights Road 6. 50 USD for space for two guests by reservation only. morrismuseum.org, 973-971-3706.
OCEAN CITY Ocean City Pops, Grand Reopening Concert, 7 p.m., Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace at Boardwalk. $ 10. ocnj.tix.com, 609-399-6111.
OCEAN GROVE 67th Annual Choir Festival, free performances by choral singers from the eastern United States accompanied by the historic organ in the Great Auditorium, 7pm, Great Auditorium, 54 Pilgrim Pathway. oceangrove.org, 732-775-0035.
RED BANK Art Garfunkel, “In Close-Up”, 7pm, Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth St. $ 35- $ 89. countbasietheatre.org, 732-842-9000.
SPARTA Florian Schantz Jazz Combo, outdoor concert and lecture by band members on music, composers, instruments and jazz techniques, 4 p.m., Van Kirk Homestead Museum, 336 Main St. $ 15. vankirkmuseum.org, 973-726-0883.
STANHOPE Stanley Jordan, Plays Jimi, 7pm, Stanhope House, outdoor beer garden, 45 High Street. $ 38.50 USD. stanhopehousenj.com, 973-347-7777.
ENGLEWOOD Sam Shepard Play Festival, screenings of “The Unseen Hand,” “Cowboy # 2,” and “Back Bog Beast Bait,” 8pm, also July 11th 8pm Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 E. Palisade Avenue $ 20. blackboxpac.com, 201-569-2070.
FLORHAM PARK “Snug”, outdoor production by Bonnie J. Monte Homage to the mechanic band from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, 8pm, also July 11th 8pm College of St. Elizabeth Greek Theater, 2 Convent Road (from Route 124.)). $ 40-45. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.
HACKETTSTOWN “Forever Plaid”, musical about the other side of a pop singer group who died in a car accident, 8 pm, also July 10, 8 pm; July 11, 2 p.m. Centenary University, Sitnik Theater, Lackland Center, 400 Jefferson St. $ 22.50- $ 25.50. centenarystageco.org, 908-979-0900.
LAMBERTVILLE “Head Over Heels”, musical about the songs of the go-gos, 8 pm, plus July 10, 3 and 8 pm; July 11, 3 p.m. Music Mountain Theater, 1483 Route 179. $ 25. musicmountainheatre.org, 609-397-3337.
MIDDLETOWN “Shakin ‘the Mess Outta Misery”, open-air production by the Dunbar Repertory Company about the growing up of a young black girl in the 1960s in the south, 8 pm, also July 10, 8 pm; July 11, 4 p.m. Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St. $ 20. https://middletownarts.org/shakin-the-mess-outta-misery, 732-706-4100.
MONTCLAIR “Brooklyn’s Bridge, a New Musical”, 8 pm Friday-Saturday, 3 pm Sunday, also 10-11. July; “Tasha, a protest piece”, 8 pm, also July 10, 8 pm; July 11, 3:00 pm, Montclair State University Theater and Dance Department “Virtual Spring Festival”. $ 10. peakperfs.org, 973-655-5112.
WOODBRIDGE “Kentucky Fried Calamari,” comedy about a country boy courting a city girl, 8 pm, also July 10, 8 pm; July 11th, 3 p.m. Avenel Performing Arts Center, Avenel Str. 150 in Avenel. $ 49.50. avenelarts.com, 732-314-0500.
ENGLEWOOD Sam Shepard Play Festival, screenings of “Fools for Love”, “Cowboy # 2” and “The Holy Ghostly”, 8 pm, Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 E. Palisade Ave. $ 20. blackboxpac.com, 201-569-2070.
FLORHAM PARK “Comedy of Errors,” open-air performance by the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, 8:00 p.m., also July 11, 5:00 p.m. College of St. Elizabeth Greek Theater, 2 Convent Road (off Route 124). $ 40-45. shakespearenj.org, 973-408-5600.
Further events can be found at nj.com/events
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