Editor’s note: We make every effort to be sure the event information is listed properly. Please use the contact information to verify dates, times and places. Updated February 2013.

JANUARY

Winter Candlelight Tours

Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage
Wallace House
Arts Council of the Morris Area
71 Somerset St.
908-725-1015
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday evenings through March.

Minimum group of 10 people.
Fee charged.

FEBRUARY

Maple Sugaring

Environmental Education Center
Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge
908-766-2489
www.somersetcountyparks.org

Somerset County 4-H Association Doll Show

4-H Center
310 Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater
Last Saturday of the month.
908-526-6644

MARCH

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Takes place the Sunday prior to St. Patrick’s Day
Starts at 1 p.m., Main Street and proceeds west.

Arts Council of the Morris Area
908-725-4190

Big Apple Circus

Commerce Bank Ballpark
E. Main St.
Bridgewater
908-766-9444

“Cast” of Beatlemania Concert Fundraiser

The Magic of the Beatles is recreated live on stage with songs that made the world take notice.

Benefits Family and Community Services of Somerset County. First Saturday of March at 8 p.m.
Nicholas Music Center
85 George St.
New Brunswick
732-356-1082

Somerset County Teen Arts Festival

Sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission
Showcase for local students in fine and performing arts.
Takes place the third week of March.
908-231-7110

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Easter Egg Hunt

Held the week before Palm Sunday.
Rain date is Palm Saturday.
Frelinghuysen Park
Sherman Avenue
Raritan
908-725-9411

APRIL

Bunny Hunt

Weekends in April at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Children will receive a worksheet to help them spot the clever topiary bunnies hidden throughout the gardens. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Reservations required.
Duke Farms
Rt. 206
Hillsborough
908-722-3700
www.dukefarms.org

Woodland Walks

Walk through until the end of May.
Fee charged.
Leonard J. Buck Garden
Far Hills
908-234-2677

Tour de Franklin

Bicycle race to benefit the Franklin Twp. Food Bank.
Six events, from 1 mile to 62 miles.

Registration fees vary by event.
Riders are encouraged to collect a minimum of $100 in pledges.

732-828-2881 or 732-246-0009
Online registration and pledge forms can be printed or
downloaded from www.franklinfoodbank.org.

Sciencesational Day

First weekend in April.
Kids in grades 1-6.

Somerset County 4-H Center
310 Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater
908-526-6644
somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu
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A Crossroads Celebration: Annual Battle of Bound Brook Weekend

Living history re-enactment of the Battle of Bound Brook.
Takes place the third weekend in April.

Various locations in South Bound Brook, Bound Brook and Franklin.
732-469-5836 (evenings)
For more information, visit www.battleofboundbrook.com
or the Abraham Staats House website.

Spring Plant Sale and Earth Day Celebration

Guided tours of the garden, lectures, and plant sale.
Takes place the third weekend in April.

Leonard J. Buck Garden
Far Hills
908-234-2677

MS Walk

Registration at 9 a.m., walk starts at 10 a.m. and ends back at the Adamsville Elementary School for lunch. Proceeds benefit those with multiple sclerosis and their families in Somerset County and throughout central New Jersey.

Adamsville Elementary School
Union Ave./Rt. 28
Bridgewater
732-660-1005
www.nationalmssociety.org/njm

MAY

Annual Family Fun Day

Games on horseback, demonstrations, exhibits, free pony hay rides.
Takes place the first weekend in May.

Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge
908-766-5955

Wildlife Art and Carving Exhibition

Takes place the first weekend in May.
Environmental Education Center
Lord Stirling Rd.
Basking Ridge
908-766-2489

Connie Tarantino Summer Concert Series

Takes place Fridays at 7 p.m. through August.
Somerville District Management Corp.
Somerville Borough Hall lawn
908-725-1600

Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Somerville

“The Kentucky Derby of Cycling”
Takes place on Memorial Day.
Middle Earth
908-725-7223
www.middleearthnj.org
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Cruzin’ Friday Nights

Vintage cars and music.
5 p.m. until dark.
Event runs beginning Memorial Day through September.

Somerville Business and Professional Association
908-526-3499

Charter Day

Sponsor: Basking Ridge Merchants Association
Basking Ridge Street Fair. Games, crafts, music, food.
Oak St. Field
Bernards Township
908-766-2900

Memorial Day Parade

Bound Brook
732-356-0833, ext. 626

Blues and Wine Festival

Garden Stat Wine Grower’s Association’s annual festival.

Takes place Memorial Day weekend.
Award-winning wines, live blues, artisan vendors, gourmet food and activities for kids.

Noon-5 p.m.
Tickets are $20 at the gate.

Natirar Park
Peapack
609-588-0085

International Festival

“One World, One Family”
A celebration of cultures featuring food samples, dance,music, and art from around the world.

Suggested donation: $10 per family, $5 per individual.

Somerset Hills YMCA
140 Mt. Airy Rd.
Basking Ridge
908-766-7898, ext. 1554

Basket Day Sale and Community Concert

Tuesday night shopping reception with live music.
Takes place the first week of May.

Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The event includes fine art, vendor boutiques, antiques, fresh-baked goods, potted plants, rummage and frozen meals to go.

Lunch can be purchased for a small fee.

Lamington Presbyterian Church
355 Lamington Rd.
Bedminster
908-572-7013

Spring Rummage Sale

Sponsor: Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills.
Takes place the first weekend in May.
Far Hills Fairgrounds
Far Hills
908-781-6445
www.visitingnurse.org/news-and-events/rummage
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Monday Nite Cruisin’

Sponsor: Downtown Merchants Association.
Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. Oldies music, free refreshments, prizes.
Runs from the first Monday in May through the end of September.

Main Street
Bound Brook
732-271-0880

New Jersey Renaissance Festival and Kingdom

Medieval jousting, juggling, jesters, minstrels, and more. Artisans, merchants and dining.
Location varies; call for details. Begins the last Saturday of May through the end of June, weekends only.

732-271-1119
www.njkingdom.com

JUNE

Rose Day

Takes place the second Saturday in June.
Call to confirm dates and time.
Rudolph W. van der Goot Rose Garden
Colonial Park
Mettlers Rd.
Franklin Township
732-873-2459

Scottish Games

Scottish games, competitions, and family fun.
Takes place the first week of June.
Bonnie Brae School
Millington
908-647-4700

Free concerts for children

In conjunction with Raritan Cruise Nights
Takes place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.
June through August.
Third Reformed Church
10 W. Somerset St.
Raritan
908-722-1287

North Plainfield Street Fair

Takes place the second Saturday in June.
Crafts, arts, ethnic foods, and entertainment.
Noon – 5 p.m.
908-756-2677

Bayer/USET Festival of Champions

Dressage, show jumping, driving, endurance, and vaulting.
US Equestrian Team Headquarters
Hamilton Farms
Pottersville Rd.
Gladstone
908-234-1251
www.uset.org

Carnival

Sponsor: Manville Business and Professional Association
Duke’s Parkway Ball Field
Manville
908-725-9478, ext. 103

JULY

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Family Fun Festival

Takes place on July 4 from 4 – 11 p.m.
Pony rides, musical entertainment, fireworks display, more music.

North Branch Park
Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater
908-722-1200, ext. 225

Somerset County Park Commission Music Concert Series

Every Sunday beginning in July and lasting through August every Sunday at 7 p.m.
Duke Island Park
Old York Rd.
Bridgewater
908-722-1200, ext. 351

Fourth of July at Middlebrook

Held at the Middlebrook Encampment, site of two encampments of major portions of Washington’s Continental Army, 1777 and winter of 1778.
Ceremony at 10:30 a.m.

Changing of the 13-star flag and historical address.

Middlebrook Encampment
Mountain Ave. and Middlebrook Rd.
Bridgewater

732-563-0063

Central Jersey 4th of July Parade

Takes place on July 4.
Parade, festivities, fireworks and concert.
North Plainfield
908-769-2900

Cat Expo and Show

Sponsor:
Garden State Cat Club Inc.
Educational programs, Adopt-A-Thon, cat agility trials, kids’ corner, “Meow Mall.” Also a 450-cat all-breed CFA Cat show featuring the top show cats in the country.

Garden State Exhibition Center
Davidson Ave. and Atrium Dr.
Somerset
908-276-9423

Indian-American Festival

Takes place the fourth weekend in July from 9 a.m. until closing.
Hindu Temple
780 Old Farm Rd.
Bridgewater
908-725-4477
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Farmers Market

Sponsor: Franklin Township.
Takes place the first Saturday of July through October.
Johns Plaza
Hamilton St.
Somerset
732-873-2500, ext. 211

AUGUST

Somerset County 4-H Fair

Three days.
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Exhibits, animals, food. Free admission, parking and shuttle buses.

Fairgrounds at North Branch Park
Milltown Rd.
Bridgewater
908-526-6644
www.somerset.njaes.rutgers.edu/4hfair

SEPTEMBER

18th Century Music

Concerts given by candlelight.
Runs through November.
Old Dutch Parsonage
71 Somerset St.
908-725-1015

Manville Street Fair

Crafters, ethnic food, and entertainment.
10 a.m.to 4 p.m.
Main Street
Manville
908-725-9478

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Walk

1 to 10 p.m.
Colonial Park
Franklin Township
908-654-9445

Family Fun Day

Fellowship Village in Basking Ridge invites the public for a Saturday of games, music, exhibits, free refreshments and more.
Fun for all ages.
Admission is free.
908-580-3800
www.fellowshipvillage.org
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Safari Tour

September through May, last Saturday of each month at 1 p.m.
Interactive tour for ages 6-10 invites children to become and animal or insect and play games that teach them about plants and flowers.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations required.

Indoor Display Gardens
Duke Farms
Rt. 206
Hillsborough
908-722-3700
www.dukefarms.org

Heritage Trail Association Bus and Walking Tours

Tours of historic sites throughout Somerset County.
Tours run through fall.
Heritage Trail Association
732-356-8856
www.heritagetrail.org

Tour of Basking Ridge

Takes place on Labor Day.
5-, 20- and 40-mile and children’s bicycle and sprint races.
Barbeque at the end of the day.
Free.
908-204-3049

Somerset Hills YMCA BATS (Bicycle Around the Somerset Hills) tour

Takes place the first Saturday after Labor Day.
10-, 20-, 30, 50-, 62-, and 100-mile routes for families and serious cyclists.

908-766-7998
www.somersethillsymca.org

Canal Day at the Abraham Staats House

Takes place the second Saturday in September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The South Bound Brook Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and the Friends of the Abraham Staats House Inc. celebrate the history of the Delaware and Raritan Canal with displays, tours and historic figures.

Abraham Staats House
17 von Steuben Lane
South Bound Brook
732-469-5836 (evenings)
www.staatshouse.org

Branchburg Country Fair

Takes place in mid-September from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
White Oak Park
908-526-1300
www.branchburgcountryfair.org

Branchburg Woman’s Club’s Annual Food Drive for the Food Bank Network of

Somerset County
Takes place in mid-September from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Bring donations of canned food to the club’s table under the big tent.
908-526-3094
www.omnie.com/bwc
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Peapack-Gladstone Art in the Park

Sponsored by borough Recreation Commission.
Liberty Pond

Takes place the third Sunday in September from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artists exhibit their work in a serene outdoor park setting. Large variety of fine art and crafts, as well as an introduction to talented student artists. Live entertainment, catered foods, children’s art/play area.

Main Street
908-901-9589

John Basilone Parade

Takes place the last Sunday in September.
Raritan
908-429-8868
www.basiloneparade.org

Annual Craft Festival

Crafters, ethnic food, and entertainment.
Main Street
Bound Brook
732-356-7273

BET/USET Show Jumping Talent Search-East

Hamilton Farms
Pottersville Rd.
Gladstone
908-234-1251
www.uset.org

Drive Out Hunger Golf Tournament

Benefits the Franklin Township Food Bank.
Information and registration forms on the Food Bank website.

Bunker Hill Golf Course
Bunker Hill Rd.
Franklin Park
732-457-4433
www.franklinfoodbank.org

OCTOBER

Lord Stirling 1770s Festival

Takes place the first Sunday in October.
American Revolution era celebrated.
Environmental Education Center
Lord Stirling Rd.
Basking Ridge
908-766-2489
www.somersetcountyparks.org
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Somerset Fall Festival

Takes place the first Sunday in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Street Fair held throughout downtown Somerville.

Somerville Business and Professional Association
908-526-3499

Guided tours of the J. Harper Smith Estate

Takes place on the first Sunday of October from noon to 5 p.m.
Horse-drawn carriage rides also available for separate fee.

Proceeds benefit Somerville PBA Local #147.
228 Altamont Pl.
Somerville

Somerset County 4-H Association Wreath Sale

Lasts the month of October.
Delivery in December.
908-526-6644

Fall Rummage Sale

Sponsored by the Visiting Nurse Association of Somerset Hills.
Far Hills Fairgrounds
Route 202
908-781-6445
www.visitingnurse.org/news-and-events/rummage

Weekend Journey Through the Past

Sponsored by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Society.
Takes place on the second weekend in October.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Free tours of historic sites throughout Somerset County.
908-231-7110
www.SCHistoryWeekend.com

Heritage Trail Storytelling Festival

Part of nationwide “Tellabration” event.
Heritage Trail Association
Somerset County Vo-Tech School
Bridgewater
732-356-8856
www.heritagetrail.org

Far Hills Race Meeting

Steeplechase horse race.
Benefits Somerset Medical Center Foundation.
Moorland Farm
Far Hills
908-685-2929

Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest

Money prizes, free refreshments, music.
Municipal Parking Lot
Main St.
Bound Brook
732-217-0880
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NOVEMBER

Turkey Trot

Open to runners and non-runners.
5K race and 1-mile fun run.
Colonial Park
Mettlers Rd.
Franklin
908-722-1200, ext. 226

Somerset Home Annual Run for Runaways

Takes place on the first Saturday of November.
Includes a 5K race, nature walk and kids’ sprints.

Benefits the Somerset Home for the Temporarily Displaced Children.
Duke Island Park
Bridgewater
908-526-6605
www.somersethome.org

Branchburg Woman’s Club’s Craft Show and Bake Sale

Takes place the second Saturday in November from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Benefits BWC’s philanthropic fund for student awards and charitable donations.

Whiton Elementary School
470 Whiton Rd.
Branchburg
908-526-1517
www.omnie.com/bwc

Midland Film Gala

Last week in November.
Purnell School
Pottersville
908-722-0366

DECEMBER

Gnome Hunt

Weekends in December at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Children read a rhyme to guide their search for gnomes as they explore the sights, scents and sounds of the garden displays.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Reservations required.
Indoor Display Gardens
Duke Farms
Rt. 206
Hillsborough
908-722-3700
www.dukefarms.org

Somerset Hills YMCA and Enviornmental Education Center’s Festival of Trees

Environmental Education Center
Lord Stirling Road
Basking Ridge
908-630-3521 or 908-766-2489
For more information, visit www.somersethillsymca.org
or www.somersetcountyparks.org.

Holiday Festival

Takes place the first weekend in December.
Hay rides to see Santa Claus, pony rides, ornament decorating, and other activities.

Lord Stirling Stable
Basking Ridge
908-766-5955

Peter Mayer “Stars and Promises Holiday Concert”

Proceeds benefit local charities.
Middle Earth
United Reform Church
100 W. Main St.
Somerville
908-725-7223
www.middleearthnj.org

Annual “Holiday Diversion” at the Wallace House

Takes place the first and second weekends in December.
A tribute to 18th-century Christmas.
Dancing, music, costumed tour guides, food.
Donation requested.

Wallace House
71 Somerset St.
908-725-1015
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