Fun Abounds at the State Fair Meadowlands

There’s nothing like a day at the carnival. Kids on a roller coaster scream as their stomachs do a loop de loop. Families chow down on funnel cakes and hot dogs. At night, couples cruising on the Sky Ride have a front-row seat to the fireworks display. From June 20-July 7, experience 18 days of family fun at the land of amusements in the MetLife Stadium parking lot better known as State Fair Meadowlands.

Sights & Sounds

Hop on more than 150 rides and attractions and grab a bite from 50 food vendors. Enjoy free shows, live music, carnival games, prizes and fireworks.

  • During the Jurassic Kingdom puppet show, audiences get to see and interact with life-like dinosaurs.
  • The Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show promises an action-packed competition featuring log-rolling, wood-chopping, axe-throwing, and a chainsaw competition.
  • For more than 20 years, Steve Bayner has hypnotized fairgoers. He’ll return this year to entrance more patrons.
  • Go hog wild as you cheer on your favorite pig during Rosaire’s Royal Racers.
  • On Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 celebrate summer fun and patriotic pride with fireworks that can be seen anywhere on the fairgrounds.
  • Celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary by flying in the N3079G, the original Batcopter from the 1960s Batman TV series and movie.

Courtesy of Jean-Phillipe Photography

Fair Facts

  • In 1986, the first Meadowlands Fair was a six-day event.
  • Last year’s fair attendance was more than 400,000.
  • Annually, there are more than 185,000 zeppoles, 50,000 corn dogs and 17,000 bags of cotton candy sold at the fair.

Courtesy of Jean-Phillipe Photography

Courtesy of Jean-Phillipe Photography

Courtesy of Jean-Phillipe Photography

Price Tag

General admission is $12 and parking costs $5. Ride tickets are sold separately.

Wednesday, June 26 is Kids Go Free Night. Gate admission is free for ages 12 and younger and parking is free.

Monday, July 1 means Cheap, Cheap Night. Gate admission for all ages costs $5 and parking is free.

Check for more bargain nights.

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Abstract Art Pop-Up Gallery at Bell Works

bell works artIt’s fitting that a new art exhibit at Bell Works, formerly a technology research and development campus, displays works created by former engineer Howard Schoor.

Through July 31, Schoor, 80, will work in a pop-up studio inside the historic Holmdel building. Bell Works is calling his residency an “Artnership.” Monday through Friday, Schoor will be on site creating his vibrant Triangilist pieces using acrylic paint, spackle paste and markers.

“I started as an engineer, hands on, using triangles and other implements of the trade,” says Schoor, an Asbury Park resident, in a video on his website. His work will also be on display and for sale in the Bell Works studio/gallery space.

bell works art

Dubbed a Metroburb by developer Ralph Zucker, Bell Works reimagines Bell Laboratories. The campus once bustled with engineers who created great advancements in communications technology. After it shut down in the 2000s, the facility was the largest vacant commercial building in the country. In 2013, Somerset Development Corp bought the campus. Now, the modern, 2-million-square-foot space boasts a food hall, indoor turf field, offices, shops and a forthcoming hotel.

Schoor’s art space, which is free to the public, is an additional bright point in the edifice. Bell Works is not just an office building with retail space,” Schoor says, “it has a unique, uplifting, vibrant feel.”

Visit the Artnership reception on June 20 from 5-7 pm. Sushi and cocktails will be served.

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Mark Your Calendar for These 5K Races in May

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Go the distance—well, 3.1 miles (5 kilometers)—at spring races around the state. Whether you’re in it to win it or just jogging for fun, these trots—some with food, wine and costume contests—offer something at everyone’s speed.

May 4: Eat tacos and sip margaritas in celebration of Cinco de Mayo when this 21-and-older race ends.
Maria Barnaby Greenwald Park, Haddonfield. 9 am; $40

May 4: Support the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse. 9:30-11 am; $10-$30

May 11: The event helps fund the nonprofit’s addiction services for men and women with substance-use disorders.
Duke Island Park, Bridgewater. 9:30 am; $140-$35

May 11: Dash, then drink. What could be better than a 5K run or 2-mile walk followed by wine? Take a scenic tour of the vineyards while getting in your steps.
Alba Vineyard, Milford. 10 am; $50-$65, wine tasting and race; $35-$45, race only

May 11: A 5K and family fun run/walk benefitting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of Mercer and Burlington counties.
Princeton Pike Corporate Center, Lawrenceville. 9 am; $25

May 11: Support the Fibromyalgia Care Society of America. Family events include face painting, balloon animals, a photo booth, treats and music.
Branch Brook Park, Newark. 9 am; $25 

May 11: Awards ceremony as well as food and drink specials at Carney’s to follow.
Perry Street and Beach Ave. 8 am; $45-$55

May 11: Benefits Girls on the Run, an organization offering programs for girls in grades 3-8.
White Deer Plaza, Sparta. 8 am; $35-$40

May 18: All proceeds benefit the Surf City Volunteer Fire & EMS.
8th Street and Long Beach Blvd, Surf City. 9 am; $35

May 18: Dress wacky and bring a towel to this run exploding with colorful fun. Chester teachers blast competitors with colored powder. Sunglasses provided.
Gazebo at Municipal Field, Chester. 8 am; $20-$25

May 23: All participants receive a pair of 80s shades. Contests for best dressed, best team and fastest Rubik’s Cube. Post-run party at Landmark Americana with one complimentary drink.
Glassboro. 6:30 pm; $10-$35

May 26: Run with active duty military personnel during a 5K or 1-mile fun run. At the finish line, the U.S. Navy will have military air displays, a dive tank and various military vehicles.
250 Audrey Zapp Road, Liberty State Park, Jersey City (north field). Fun run, 10:30 am; 5K, 11 am; $12-$40

May 26: Come out of your shell and join the 20th annual event. The name of the race is inspired by the Diamondback Terrapins that will be crossing Stone Harbor roads in search of an area to nest. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Diamond Terrapin Program at The Wetlands Institute.
95th Street Beach. 8-10 am; $17.50-$30

May 26: A 5K run and 1-mile walk to honor our nation’s veterans.
15th Street Beach North Wildwood. 9 am; $25-$30

May 26: Enjoy a glass of wine, food vendors, live music and an awards ceremony.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards, Pennington. 9 am; $44

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Visit the Tulip Festival at Holland Ridge Farms

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/ Holland Ridge Farms

Fun is (almost) in bloom! The Tulip Festival at Holland Ridge Farms will boast 50 acres of vibrant flowers. Starting mid-April, visitors can stroll the grounds, which include a tulip market, u-pick fields and restored barns with furry friends. Purple, pink, orange and yellow—a rainbow of beautiful blossoms will spring to life for about four weeks, as long as the weather cooperates. Check for an up-to-date bloom report.

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Petal Past

Tulip farmer Casey Jansen Sr. came to New Jersey from Holland 55 years ago, when he was just 17. He learned Dutch tulip-bulb growing techniques from his father. When Jansen Sr. arrived in the Garden State, he grew tulips in greenhouses and sold them to wholesale markets. But he always dreamed of opening tulip fields for the public to enjoy.

In April 2018, that vision became a reality. Jansen Sr. and his son Casey Jansen Jr. opened Holland Ridge Farms, a 143-acre plot in Cream Ridge (near Six Flags Great Adventure) that was once a dairy farm. The Jansens host what they claim to be the largest tulip festival on the East Coast. This year, millions of tulips in many varieties will sprout up, forming a colorful quilt of flowers across the property.

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Get Growing

In October, the bulbs are planted. There are rows of early-, mid- and late-bloom tulips so flower enthusiasts visiting the farm throughout the month can experience the blossoms. Although tulips are perennials, the bulbs are dug up and replanted each season to ensure the best flower performance. The bulbs also need to be removed to make way for sunflowers. In September, the fields turn gold with acres of the bright yellow flowers.

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Courtesy of Cynthia Soler/Holland Ridge Farms

Flower Festivities

The Tulip Festival is a popular weekend destination. Special events and attractions at the farm include the Hollandwood Theatre, an old barn where a video about the history of tulips plays; the Good ‘Ole Days Museum, which houses tulip-harvesting equipment imported from Holland; and the Hollandshop, a gift shop with tulip-themed memorabilia. Helpers from Holland and a Dutch pollination expert will be on hand to share their knowledge. Artists will sit in the fields with easels creating paintings of the tulips. Visitors can hop on a hayride or take a spin in a horse and buggy. A local bakery provides treats for sale daily. On weekends, there will be food trucks and face painting.

Holland Ridge Farms is open 9 am-6 pm daily. Admission costs $5-$10 online and $7-$12 at the door.

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50 Things To Do in NJ This April

Holland Ridge Farms’ Tulip Festival is expected to start in mid-April. Courtesy of Cynthia Soler

Tulip Festival

April Tiptoe through 50 acres of vibrant fields of tulips at Holland Ridge Farms. Once a dairy farm, the property is now owned by fourth-generation tulip growers from Holland. Welcome spring as you visit the tulip market, u-pick fields, restored barns with furry friends, and a picnic area.
9 am-6 pm; $6-$12.
Cream Ridge.

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week

April 5-14 Get a three-course meal for either $22.19 or $32.19 at one of the many participating Shore restaurants. Special events include the Great Jersey Shore Burger Contest and Craft Beer Fest at Bar Anticipation in Lake Como on April 6; Burgers, Bloodies & Brews at Waterman’s Tavern in Brielle on April 13; and Bourbon, Bacon & Blues at Kennedy Park in Asbury Park on April 14.

Tuckahoe Craftsmen & Home Event

April 6 You’ll find everything you need for spring decorating and remodeling, from wreaths to woodworking, at this indoor event.
10 am-4 pm.
Upper Township Community Center, Tuckahoe

Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market

April 6-7 Held inside the historic Roebling Wire Works building, this flea market features food trucks, live punk rock and hundreds of vendors. Browse vinyl, vintage toys, horror memorabilia and more.
10 am-5 pm; $5

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival

April 6-14 Branch Brook Park turns pink with thousands of blooming cherry trees. Special events include the Cherry Blossom Challenge Bike Race on April 6 and Essex County Family Day on April 13. The festival culminates with Bloomfest on April 14, complete with Japanese culture demonstrations, live music and craft vendors.

April in Paris

April 10-14 Bonjour! Enjoy a French-themed wine tour, an art exhibit, music, language lessons and a French toast competition during this annual Somers Point event.
Times and prices vary.

The Grand Tasting at the New Jersey Wine & Food Festival. Courtesy of Geoff Mottram

New Jersey Wine & Food Festival

April 12-14 The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival showcases top culinary talent. Event highlights include the Wine Cellar Dinner with chef Gabriel Kreuther on Friday; the Grand Tasting on Saturday; and a Champagne Brunch on Sunday.
Tickets for each event range from $30- $631.
Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg.

Exit Zero Jazz Festival

April 12-14 At the Exit Zero Jazz Festival, music lovers stroll from venue to venue soaking up sounds from performers such as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band; Grammy-winning jazz great Chick Corea with bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade; and singer Lizz Wright.
Various Cape May locations.

Green Festival 

April 13 Join the growing sustainability community at the 11th Annual Collingswood Green Festival. Buy rain barrels, shop at the farmer’s market, sign-up for the bike-share program, and drop off old electronics in the recycling area.
9 am-2 pm 
Irvin Avenue, Collingswood

Catsbury Park Cat Convention

April 13-14 At the Catsbury Park Cat Convention, there will be adoptable cats, vendors, presentations and more. Headliners include animal advocates such as the Kitten Lady and Lil Bub. Proceeds go to Catsbury Park, a nonprofit rescue, and other charities.
Sat, 10 am-7 pm; Sun, 11 am-5 pm; $15-$45, meet and greets cost extra.
Convention Hall and Paramount Theatre.

Asbury Park Music & Film Festival

April 25-28 Peter and Bobby Farrelly, David Crosby, Jakob Dylan, Cat Power, Cameron Crowe and Danny Clinch headline the festival, which features screenings, panel discussions and performances. Funds raised support music programs for underserved children in Asbury Park.
Times and prices vary.

New Jersey Folk Festival

April 27 The 45th annual event features music, food, crafts and children’s activities. Listen to tunes from Roger Deitz, Spook Handy, Frank Watson and Pete McDonough.
10 am-6 pm; free.  
Great Lawn of Eagleton Institute, Douglass Campus, Rutgers-New Brunswick.

Allaire BBQ & Brew Fest

April 27-28 Visit Allaire Village for two days of hops and hogs, featuring a beer garden, food trucks and craft vendors. Play 18th- and 19th-century games and experience hearth cooking. Have fun at the blacksmith, carpentry and fiber-art demonstrations, too.
Sat, 11 am-4 pm; Sun, 11 am-5 pm; $4-$12.

Renaissance Faire

April 27-28 Travel back to the days of yore in olde England. The good Duke of Northumberland has declared merriment for all. Experience sword fighting, dance, music, shopping and more.
11 am-5 pm.
Historic Smithville.

See John Lloyd Young in Hackettstown. Courtesy of Alex Hoerner

Don Felder

April 6 The former lead guitarist of the Eagles is releasing his first solo album in seven years this month. American Rock ’N’ Roll consists of 11 high-energy rockers and touching ballads.
8 pm; $29-$174.
Sound Waves, Hard Rock Casino, Atlantic City.

Marc Cohn

April 6 The Grammy-winning “Walking in Memphis” singer strolls into Hackensack.
8 pm; $40-$60.
Hac PAC.

John Lloyd Young

April 6 Young originated the role of Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys, for which he won a Tony Award, and reprised the role in the 2014 film adaptation of the show. His solo concert at Lackland PAC is a celebration of hits from the ’50s and ’60s, along with tracks from Young’s debut album, My Turn.
8 pm; $40-$45.

Max Weinberg’s Jukebox

April 6 & 25 The Jersey native known as the longtime drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band performs rock ’n’ roll classics chosen in real time by the audience. Join the party on April 6 at SOPAC in South Orange (7 pm; $48-58) and April 25 at Hopewell Theater in Hopewell (7:30 pm; $69.84-$80.50).

The Secret Sisters

April 7 Laura and Lydia Rogers went from touring with Bob Dylan to losing their label, purging their team, filing for bankruptcy, and almost trading harmonies for housecleaning. Their most recent album is You Don’t Own Me Anymore.
7:30 pm; $48.51-$53.85.
Hopewell Theater.

Chick Corea Trilogy with Christian McBride and Brian Blade

April 12 Acclaimed keyboardist Chick Corea, bass powerhouse Christian McBride and drum master Brian Blade share the NJPAC stage. Fifteen-year-old pianist Joey Alexander opens the show.
8 pm; $39-$79.

Kenny Loggins

April 12 The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter known for hits such as “This Is It,” “Celebrate Me Home” and “Footloose” stops in Atlantic City.
8 pm; $61-$81.
Ovation Hall, Ocean Resort.

Jon Pizzarelli: A Centennial Celebration of Nat King Cole

April 13 & 26 The Jersey bred singer/guitarist celebrates the timeless music of Nat King Cole on April 13 at SOPAC in South Orange (8 pm; $46-$60) and April 26 at the Grunin Center for the Arts in Toms River (8 pm; $45-$49).

As he nears his 70th birthday this year, Southside Johnny remains passionate about touching his audience.

See Southside Johnny in Englewood. Photo courtesy of Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

April 13 The iconic Jersey Shore band visits Englewood.
8 pm; $29-$79.
Bergen PAC.

Rodney Atkins

April 13 The country singer is gearing up for the release of Caught Up in the Country, his first studio album in eight years.
8 pm; $29-$59.
MPAC, Morristown. 


April 13, 15 & 16 Sing along to hits like “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration” on April 13 at the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City (8 pm; $70-$100), April 15 at the State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick (8 pm; $55-$450) and April 16 at NJPAC in Newark (7:30 pm; $49-$375).

Ryan Bingham

April 22 The singer/songwriter cowrote “The Weary Kind,” the theme song for the 2009 film Crazy Heart. The track earned  him an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.
7 pm; $30.
Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park.

See the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company at NJPAC. Courtesy of Christopher Duggan

Rent: 20th Anniversary Tour

April 2-4 See Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning musical that centers on a year in the lives of seven struggling artists.
8 pm; $35-$98.
State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick.

Benny & Joon

April 4-May 5 This new musical is based on the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp and Mary Stuart Masterson. Joon is a young woman with mental illness; her big brother Benny is determined to take care of her. When a charming stranger comes into their lives, he throws their world off-kilter—maybe for the better.
Times vary; $32-$112.
Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

April 5-21 Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this musical about Joseph, a prophetic dreamer who journeys from Canaan to Egypt. Country-western, calypso, pop and rock ’n’ roll- provide plenty of foot-tapping rhythms to enjoy.
Times vary; $25.
Music Mountain Theatre, Lambertville.

Catch a performance of Coppélia in Englewood. Courtesy of American Repertory Ballet

American Repertory Ballet: Coppélia

April 6 Coppélia mixes classical dance with comedy. Franz, a soon-to-be married man, becomes infatuated with a lifelike doll created by an eccentric inventor. Hilarity ensues over love and mistaken identity.
7 pm; $29-$59.
Bergen PAC, Englewood.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

April 6-7 New Jersey’s Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company is coming to NJPAC. The performance features repertory favorite Odisea. The work commemorates Jewish refugees who were exiled from Brazil and journeyed to what is now the United States in 1654.
Sat, 7 pm; Sun, 3 pm; $15-$45, Saturday night gala costs extra.

Thank You For Coming: Space

April 11-14 In this world premiere by choreographer Faye Driscoll, performers reanimate historical and contemporary images, from scratches on a cave wall to photos in an Instagram feed, forcing us to consider how we create ourselves and our worlds when we make an image.
Times vary; $30.
Peak Performances, Montclair State University.

Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company

April 11 The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was founded in 1982. Known for a dance repertory varied in subject matter and movement, the company’s performance at State Theatre New Jersey will include A Letter to My Nephew, a piece referencing a troubled life in show business and the sex trade.
8 pm; $19-$49.
New Brunswick.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Mary Poppins

April 12, 13 & 14 Watch Disney’s Mary Poppins while the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs the film’s delightful score at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank on April 12 (8 pm; $20- $88), NJPAC in Newark on April 13 (8 pm; $20-$88) and State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick on April 14 (3 pm; $35- $125).

The Belle of Amherst

April 13-May 5 The Belle of Amherst, a one-woman play crafted from diary entries, letters and poems by Emily Dickinson, offers a rare look into the secluded life of one of America’s greatest poets.
Times vary; $20-$70.
Two River Theater, Red Bank. 

The Sound of Music

April 16-21 The hills are alive! This spirited musical about Maria and the von Trapp family will thrill audiences with its Tony-, Grammy-, and Academy Award-winning score, including “My Favorite Things, “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” and the title song.
Times vary; $48-$68.
Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars, Atlantic City. 

See Derek Hough in Red Bank. Courtesy of

Derek Hough: Live!

April 20 This is the first solo tour from the Emmy-winning Dancing With the Stars pro. Hough explores ballroom, tap, salsa and hip-hop.
8 pm; $59.50-$322.
Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.

An Infinite Ache

April 24-May 12 Hope and Charles are about to end an uninteresting first date. Just as they say good night, the myriad possibilities of their futures together flash before them. From their first kiss to their first child, from a horrible tragedy to a second chance.
Times and prices vary.
South Camden Theatre, Camden.

Heathers the Musical

April 25-May 11 Based on the 1989 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, this dark cult classic centers around Veronica Sawyer, a teenager who hustles her way into the most powerful clique at Westerberg High.
Times vary; $15-$27.
Road Company, Williamstown.

Atlantic City Ballet: Sleeping Beauty

April 28 Get swept away into a world of kings, queens, fairy godmothers and storybook creatures.
4 pm; $45.
Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars, Atlantic City. 

Kinky Boots

April 30-May 3 Featuring 16 original songs by Cyndi Lauper, this musical follows Charlie, a struggling shoe-factory owner, and Lola, a fabulous entertainer. They learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos.
Times vary; $35-$75.
Sound Waves, Hard Rock Casino, Atlantic City.

Courtesy of Arias-Duran D Collection

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey

Thru June 16 “Michael Nicholas Paras: Shooting Hoops” is a photographic series from the Maplewood resident. Each piece highlights a solitary basketball hoop. The exhibition also includes works from Paras’s ongoing “First Hoops” project, which documents the first basketball hoops famous players used.
Mon-Thurs, 10 am-8 pm; Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun, 11 am-4 pm; free. 

Montclair Art Museum

Thru June 16 The exhibit “New Directions in Fiber Art” gathers works created in traditional and contemporary fibrous materials and methods by Jersey artists.
Wed-Sun, noon-5 pm; $10-$12.

Princeton University Art Museum

Thru July 7 “Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States” presents more than 50 Mexican retablos, or religious folk paintings, that pay homage to the difficulties of crossing the U. S. border.
Tues-Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Sun, noon-5 pm; Mon, closed; free.

Morris Museum

Thru Aug 11 In “A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk,” the second installment in a four-year series, you’ll see innovative engineering in moving works.
Tues-Sat, 11 am-5 pm; Sun, noon-5 pm; $7-$10.

New Jersey State Museum

Thru Sept 8 Crocodiles in the Garden State? That’s right, learn about the evolution of these scaly creatures in “Jersey Crocs Rule!” See a nearly complete skeleton of crocodylian Hyposaurus rogersii, which lived in what is now Gloucester County about 65 million years ago.
Tues-Sun, 9 am-4:45 pm; suggested donation, $5-$7.

See Bob Saget on April 11. Courtesy of Count Basie Center for the Arts

David Sedaris

April 6 & 8 The humor writer’s most recent works are Theft by Finding, a collection of entries from his diary, and Calypso, a collection of 21 semiautobiographical essays. Hear from the satirist on April 6 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank (8 pm; $29-$69) and on April 8 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton (7:30 pm; $63-$79).

Bob Saget

April 11 Bob Saget is best-known for starring as Danny Tanner in Full House and hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos. But he’s also a Grammy-nominated standup comedian who spikes his humor with surprisingly off-color material.
8 pm; $29-$59, recommended for mature audiences.
Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank. 

Jerry Seinfeld

April 20 The Seinfeld star and creator/host of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee cracks jokes in Atlantic City.
7 & 10 pm; $99-$199.
Borgata Event Center.

Lewis Black

April 26-27 The always-angry comedian, who appropriately voiced the character of Anger in the 2015 Pixar film Inside Out, visits the Borgata Music Box.
9 pm; $65-$175.
Atlantic City.

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35 Things To Do in March in NJ

Feb 2-June 9 “Confronting Childhood” considers the complex reality of childhood and family life in the modern world. Spanning more than 150 years, the exhibition affords glimpses of children and their families through the vantage point of painting and photography, including artists such as Diane Arbus, Ruth Bernhard, Lewis Carroll, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Sally Mann and Clarence White.
Tues-Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Sun, noon-5 pm; Mon, closed; free

Want to have a marvelous March? Our guide of 35 Things To Do in March in NJ includes exhibits, performances, concerts and festivals that fit the bill.

Ancestors Part II by artist Faith Ringgold. Courtesy of Faith Ringgold & Montclair Art Museum

Feb 16- June 16 The exhibit “New Diections in Fiber Art” gathers works created in traditional and contemporary fibrous materials and methods, such as Ancestors Part II (right) by Englewood-based artist Faith Ringgold.
Wed-Sun, noon-5 pm; $10-$12

Feb 22–June 16 New York-based photographer and videographer Michael Nicholas Paras is passionate about basketball. “Michael Nicholas Paras: Shooting Hoops” represents a selection of photographs he took in urban, rural, and suburban locations, each one highlighting a solitary basketball hoop. The exhibition also includes several examples from Paras’s ongoing “First Hoops” project, which documents the basketball hoops famous players used when they first played the game. Paras resides in Maplewood.
Mon-Thurs, 10 am-8 pm; Fri, 10 am-5 pm; Sat-Sun, 11 am-4 pm; free

Want to have a marvelous March? Our guide of 35 Things To Do in March in NJ includes exhibits, performances, concerts and festivals that fit the bill.

Part of the “Shooting Hoops” exhibit. Courtesy of Michael Paras Photography

March 2-Sept 8 Crocodiles in the Garden State? That’s right, learn about the evolution of these scaly creatures in the exhibit “Jersey Crocs Rule!” See a nearly complete skeleton of crocodilian Hyposaurus rogersii, which lived in what is now Gloucester County about 65 million years ago. Visitors will also come face-to-face with a skull reconstruction of Deinosuchus, one of the largest crocodiles that ever lived.
Tues-Sun, 9 am-4:45 pm; free

March 15-Aug 11 The second installment in a four-year exhibition series entitled “A Cache of Kinetic Art” features the creative energy and vitality of kineticism, by re-envisioning 19th century aesthetics combined with advances in machine technology. In “A Cache of Kinetic Art: Simply Steampunk,” you’ll see innovative engineering, design and imagination of present-day artisans juxtaposed with the technical ingenuity and functionality of a bygone era.
Tues-Sat, 11 am-5 pm; Sun, noon-5 pm; Mon, closed; $7-$10

March 16-July 7 “Miracles on the Border: Retablos of Mexican Migrants to the United States” presents more than fifty Mexican retablos, or religious folk paintings. The pieces commemorate the difficulties of crossing the border into the United States.
Tues-Sat, 10 am-5 pm; Sun, noon-5 pm; Mon, closed; free

Want to have a marvelous March? Our guide of 35 Things To Do in March in NJ includes exhibits, performances, concerts and festivals that fit the bill.

Courtesy of Prudential Center

March 2 Since September 2018, the superstar has been traveling the globe on his theatrical farewell tour. See him when he takes the stage, in Newark.
8 pm; $295- $1,790.
Prudential Center

Graham Nash

March 6 & 8 The legendary artist who is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee—with Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as with the Hollies—will perform his greatest hits and share stories.
March 6 at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank (8 pm; $25-$79)
March 8 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood (8 pm; $45-$69)

March 22-23 Dance all night long with four-time Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and American Idol judge Lionel Richie.
8 pm; $75-$250.
Etess Arena, Hard Rock Casino, Atlantic City.

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Courtesy of Derek Blanks

March 24 Gladys Knight, the “Midnight Train to Georgia” soul singer, has seven Grammy wins. For her State Theatre New Jersey show, she’ll perform her greatest solo hits and songs from her time with the Pips, accompanied by a full band.
7:30 pm; $45-$115.
New Brunswick.

March 30 The Motown legend and former front man of the Miracles still charms audiences with his soulful tenor voice.
8 pm; $49-$89.
Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City

March 30 The Grammy-winning songstress performs her latest numbers, like “With You” and “The Distance,” along with past hits, such as “Fantasy,” “Honey” and “Hero.”
8 pm; $60-$110.
Etess Arena, Hard Rock Casino

Thru March 3 The 1960s British music scene comes to life in this musical about young love, loosely based on the experiences of Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.
Times and prices vary.
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Thru March 24 When Margret Flynn’s health begins to decline, her son Theodore returns home after many years away. And so a family’s reckoning begins.
Times vary; $23-$73.
Two River Theater, Red Bank

March 1-10 Happy couple Sam and Molly are walking back to their Brooklyn apartment when they are mugged at gunpoint. Sam is murdered and becomes trapped between this world and the next. He tries to tell Molly that she is in danger.
Times vary; $25.
Union County PAC, Rahway.

March 8 L.A. Theatre Works brings stories to life with their unique audio theater style. Performers stand in front of microphones and speak directly to the audience for the entire show. This production, based on the 1987 play and 1989 film, is about the bond among a group of women in a small Louisiana community.
8 pm; $29-$59.
Mayo PAC, Morristown.

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L.A. Theatre Works’ Steel Magnolias. Courtesy of Rich Rose.

March 12-April 7 In The Immigrant Haskell Harelik arrives at the port of Galveston, Texas, in 1909 seeking refuge from his homeland. With only his banana cart in tow, he finds compassion and friendship from an unlikely couple, falls in love and creates a pastoral life for his family.
Times vary, $25-$72.
George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick.

March 12-31 A classics professor’s career and love life are in peril, so she calls on ancient Greek gods to save her. The divine beings who show up are the gods of comedy, and things certainly don’t go according to plan.
Times and prices vary.
McCarter Theatre, Princeton.

March 21-April 15 Pablo and Tania just purchased a home next to Frank and Virginia, a D.C. couple with a prizeworthy English garden. A disagreement over the property line that separates their backyards soon spirals into an all-out war.
Times vary; $19-$39.
Eagle Theatre, Hammonton.

March 31 This ballet version of Shakespeare’s classic story about star-crossed lovers and feuding families stays true to the text. The ballet is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s thrilling score.
4 pm; $45.
Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars, Atlantic City.

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Courtesy of Mark Seliger

March 1 Expect nonstop laughs when Steve Martin and Martin Short present new material in a variety of musical sketches about their lives on television and the big screen. The funny guys will be joined by North Carolina-based bluegrass group Chatham County Line and Jimmy Kimmel Live band member Jeff Babko.
8 pm; $119-$299.
Mayo PAC, Morristown. 

March 20 The four truTV pranksters will have the audience in stitches.
7:30 pm; $59.50-$254.50.
Prudential Center, Newark.

March 28 The comedian cohosts the podcast Your Mom’s House with his wife, fellow comedian Christina Pazsitzky. In January, Segura released his third Netflix special, Disgraceful.
7 pm; $29-$99.
Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank.  

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March 1 Travel the world of wine without leaving New Jersey. Enjoy unlimited samples paired with live entertainment, food and games.
7-10:30 pm; $15-$70.
Harborside Atrium, Jersey City.

March 1-3 Meet hundreds of artists and makers, shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items, and experience interactive artist demonstrations.
Fri & Sat, 10 am-6 pm, Sun, 10 am-5 pm; $8-$10.
New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center, Edison. 

March 3-8 Restaurant Week is a six-day celebration of the culinary scene in Atlantic City. About 80 eateries offer pre fixe meals for $15.19 (lunch) and $35.19 ( dinner).

Want to have a marvelous March? Our guide of 35 Things To Do in March in NJ includes exhibits, performances, concerts and festivals that fit the bill.

Visit Coney Waffle during the Belmar Restaurant Tour. Courtesy of Coney Waffle

March 10 Sample chef creations from more than 30 restaurants. Try everything from BBQ to pizza and ice cream.
11:30 am-3:30 pm; $35-$40. 

March  10-11 WheatonArts hosts A Garden of Quilts, a show with more than 150 traditional and contemporary creations on display. Shop at the vendor mall, enter the quilt raffle and watch hourly demonstrations.
Sat, 10 am-5 pm, Sun, 10 am-4 pm; $5

March 15-17 Creations from 165 craftspeople will be for sale at Spring CraftMorristown. Shoppers can find functional and sculptural works in ceramics, glass, metal, fiber, wood and mixed media, as well as fine art. Bring your sweet tooth to the gourmet specialty-food boutique.
Fri, 4-8 pm; Sat, 10 am-6 pm; Sun, 10 am-5 pm; $8-$10.
Morristown Armory.

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Courtesy of Art Rider Productions/ Mary Angus

March 20-24 Literature lovers can hear from authors including Joyce Carol Oates, Nathan Englander, Dani Shapiro, Christina Baker Kline, Wayétu Moore, Megan Abbott, David Ebershoff, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Sarah Weinman and others.
$195 festival pass includes entry to four ticketed events, a chance to meet authors at the festival party, a book from each talk, VIP venue access and preferential seating. Main program on March 23 from 10 am-7:30 pm at the First Congregational Church and the Montclair Public Library. After party from 7:30-9:30 pm.

March 24-28 The 10th annual, five-day event showcases the talent and diverse flavors of the area’s eateries. Local restaurants, farmers, brewers and winemakers will be participating. Fine-dining and prix fixe casual-dining menus will be offered by restaurants in Milford, Frenchtown, Lambertville, Washington Crossing and some Pennsylvania river towns.

March 27-31 The Garden State Film Festival welcomes movie enthusiasts and professionals from around the world to celebrate cinema. Enjoy screenings, panel discussions and parties.
$20-$50; $125 for awards banquet.
Various Asbury Park locations. 

March 29-30 Try as many as 600 different beers while jamming out with rock, reggae and punk bands at the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival. Go to the silent disco, watch cooking demos, attend mixology seminars, play cornhole, take a yoga class and more. At 10:30 am on March 30, jog around AC during the Hops Trot 5K.
Fri, 8 pm-midnight; Sat, noon-4 pm or 6-10 pm; designated driver, $25; general admission, $56.30-$115.
Atlantic City Convention Center.

Beatles tribute band Liverpool at The Fest For Beatles Fans.

Tribute band Liverpool, the house band for The Fest since 1979, performs. Courtesy of Mark Lapidos

March 29-31 Beatlemania lives on! Liverpool, the Fest’s house tribute band, performs all three nights. Other guests include Mark Rivera, Ringo Starr’s music director; Denny Laine, Laurence Juber and Steve Holley of Wings; and Vivek Tiwary, author of The Fifth Beatle.
Fri, 5 pm-midnight; Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-10:30 pm; $23.50-$180.
Hyatt Regency, Jersey City.

March 30 Grounds for Sculpture opens its artist studios during the Artists in Action festival, where the public gets to watch the magic happen and ask questions.
11 am-4 pm; $10-$18.

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10 Valentine’s Date Ideas for You & Your Sweetheart

We found 10 Valentine's Day date ideas for you and someone special happening around New Jersey during the month of February.

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Show your love this Valentine’s Day by taking someone special to any of these events around New Jersey.

Feb 2: Plunge into the icy Atlantic Ocean in Manasquan to help raise money to help those fighting ALS. Participants must raise a minimum of $100. Prizes will be awarded to the team and individual who raise the most money and additional awards will be given based on the creativity of costumes and t-shirts. Check the website for registration information. Spectators are welcome.
Main Beach, Manasquan

Feb 8: We love historic downtown Bordentown. On this tempting tour, you can explore all the downtown area has to offer, and have a special passport stamped at specified destinations to receive chocolates and earn the chance to win prizes. There’s a $5 fee to participate.
6-9 pm
Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown

Feb 9: For everyone still strapped for Valentine’s Day gift ideas, the Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar may provide a solution. More than 20 vendors are expected at the event, selling holiday favorites like candy and handcrafted jewelry. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Little Detour Photo Booth and Lounge to take commemorative photos with their loved ones. The bazaar is pet friendly and free to the public.
Noon-6 pm
Grand Arcade of Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Feb 9: Sign up for the Cupid’s Chase 5K to show your love for individuals with disabilities. All money raised will help provide the disabled community with assistance and opportunities for employment and housing. Chasers have the option of registering as a team captain, team member or individual. The fee for individual registration is $30. Cupid’s Chase welcomes those with strollers and wheelchairs. Even people who are unable to attend can donate to the cause.  The 5K will take place in nine locations around New Jersey.
See website for registration and race times.

Feb 9-10: Travel back to the 17th century in this family-friendly event at Lambert Castle Museum. You will learn the history and traditions behind Valentine’s Day, as well as craft your own Victorian-style valentine.
1- 4 pm
Lambert Castle Museum, 3 Valley Road, Paterson

Feb 10: What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than welcoming a new love into your life? All Styling Studio, a hair salon in Denville, will host a pet adoption day in hopes a four-legged critter will steal your heart. NorthStar Pet Rescue will host the event, which will feature up to six adoptable dogs, according to salon owner Nicole Ribeiro.
Noon-3 pm
All Styling Studio, 32 Broadway, Denville

Feb 10: In a performance titled “The Love Triangle,” follow along as a crime and its aftermath unfold before your eyes. You and someone special will be treated to a formal wine tasting in addition to your pick of entrees, from chicken marsala to vegetable lasagna with Caesar salad. Dessert and a tour of the wine cellar will follow. Attendance is $50 per person, including tax and service fees.
1-4:30 pm
Four Sisters Winery, 783 County Road 519, Belvidere

Feb 14: Celebrate a day dedicated to love with Chilean-born singer-songwriter Myriam Hernández, best known for her ballads, such as “El hombre que yo amo” and “Ese hombre.” See for yourself as Hernández shares her songs of love and pain . Tickets start at $55.
8 pm
Ritz Theatre, 1148 East Jersey Street, Elizabeth

Feb 14: Based on a book of the same name by John Gray, this show packs 90 minutes with relatable vignettes, covering subjects from dating to marriage. Having once been a man who did not believe men and women could be so opposite, watch as the show’s lead shares his own viewpoint, the funny side of love and relationships. Use the promotional code MARS for  50 percent off the listed ticket price.
8 pm
Bergen PAC, 30 N Van Brunt Street, Englewood

Thru March 16: The resort offers a number of activities geared toward romance and relaxation. Throughout February, horse-drawn carriage rides will run on Saturday nights. Visitors looking to indulge their sweet tooth can go to the Sugar Shack on Friday and Saturday nights to enjoy hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows. Couples who book now through March 16 can take advantage of the Winter’s Great Escape package for a discount of up to 35 percent off a three-night stay at either the Minerals Hotel or the Grand Cascades Lodge.
Crystal Springs Resort, Sussex County

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Andre Braugher Stars in “Tell Them I’m Still Young” at SOPAC

Andre Braugher, the distinguished actor best known for playing buttoned-up, hyper-competent characters on television stars in a world-premiere at SOPAC.

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Andre Braugher, the distinguished actor best known for playing buttoned-up, hyper-competent characters like detective Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street, isn’t sure where he’ll be in five years. But for now, he can’t think of any reason to leave South Orange. 

Positive vibes have been following the square-jawed star and his wife, Homicide costar Ami Brabson, around the village since they arrived with their three sons in 1998. “A couple days after we moved in, Ami and I went to the Emmys and I won best leading actor for Homicide,” says Braugher, 56. “That fall,” he recalls, “was a whirlwind.” He later won another Emmy in 2006 for his role in Thief, an FX miniseries. 

Braugher, a Chicago native, and Brabson came to New Jersey for its picket fences and tree forts. “After living in Harlem and Park Slope and Baltimore, we realized we liked this whole backyard thing,” he says. Thanks to his success, however, he’s not always around to enjoy backyard life. He spends roughly half of every month in Los Angeles shooting Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the sitcom on which he plays dour police captain Raymond Holt. He also spends time adding to his substantial film credits, which include Glory, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer and The Gambler.

Even when Braugher does get to spend time in South Orange, he’s not necessarily snoozing in his hammock. Now that the couple’s older sons Michael and Isaiah are in their 20s and out of the house, and the youngest, John Wesley, is away at boarding school, Braugher has taken on work in town. From January 24-February 3, he will star in Tell Them I’m Still Young, a world-premiere drama at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. The play, written by New Yorker Julia Doolittle, tells the story of a couple—Allen, a professor and Kay, a poet—whose marriage starts to crumble when their only child is killed in a car crash. Tony Award-winning stage and TV actress Michele Pawk costars as Kay.

Braugher signed on after being invited to a reading of the play by a director friend, Kel Haney. “I was taken by the maturity of the writing,” says Braugher in praise of Doolittle. “She’s young, but I found her depiction of these two characters, loosely based on her parents, to be very compelling.” Allen, his character, “is someone I’m really responding to. This is a compassionate, intelligent, sweet man, and a loving one. He’s different than the tour-de-force, tough-guy roles I often play.” 

Andre Braugher’s stellar résumé includes roles in the police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine;”

the 1989 Civil War epic “Glory” (his big-screen debut);

and the gritty NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

After the show’s nine performances in South Orange, Braugher hopes he can find a home for the play in Manhattan, as producer. If he can’t secure a commercial theater to work with, he’ll partner with a nonprofit. “It depends on how much interest I can generate,” he says.

SOPAC won’t feel unfamiliar to Braugher. He and Babson are regulars at the venue. “We’ve seen the Average White Band there and Madeleine Peyroux,” he says. Acting before a live audience again, though, will take some getting used to. 

“It’s been awhile,” says Braugher, whose last stage role was in 2011 in The Whipping Man at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Before that, he was a regular player in the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park series.

“The last six years, I’ve just been busy with television,” says Braugher. “This, now, is exciting. I’m hungry for the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd.” 

Braugher’s appetite is not limited to acting. He is susceptible to wanderlust, which is why he is not prepared to say whether he’s planted permanent roots in New Jersey. In 2008, he embarked on a cross-country bicycle trip. “I started in New Jersey and intended to make it to Santa Monica, but I only got as far as Kansas,” he says. The experience moved him nonetheless. “The Plains states are some of the most incredible country. The majesty of that area really impresses you, and you meet some of the nicest people. People who are outside of the thrust of urban life.”

That said, he continues to be drawn to the culture of big cities, especially New York and Los Angeles. And that’s one of the reasons New Jersey suits him. “I’ve been doing my commute so long, I’m comfortable with it,” he says. “And I get on my bike in Jersey, too, when the weather’s nice. It can be shockingly beautiful.”

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