Family & Community Events for Clark & Union County NJ

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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Clark

Summer Street Fair

August 19, 2018: Join the fun! Family & friends enjoy music, games, rides, a variety of food and more! Downtown Summit Streets, Summit. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Essex County African Caribbean Festival

September 8, 2018: Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze & dance to the sounds of summer. A diverse lineup of performers who will take center stage! Essex County Branch Brook Park, Concert Grove, Southern Division, Park Street Entrance, Newark. 11am-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Fannywood Day Fanwood Street Fair

September 16, 2018: Fanny Wood Day is much more than just a street fair! Besides the many food & craft vendors, this years street fair will host a wide array of activities including the return of kid-friendly activities in the KIDS ZONE - a trackless train, petting zoo, pony rides & numerous kiddie rides. Free activities include: Paint your own “Y” T-shirt, Make your own slime, Corn hole games, Soccer goal kicks- Obstacle course. 230 South Ave, Fanwood. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Westfield Festifall

September 23, 2018: The streets of Downtown Westfield are transformed into a shopper nirvana with more than 300 vendors plus a feast of culinary delights, entertainment & a KidZone packed with rides & activities. Elm St, Quimby, Prospect, E. Broad St, Westfield. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Dunellen Harvestfest

October 7, 2018: This event will feature artists & crafters from around the Garden State, local nonprofits, activities for kids, foods, music, dancing & more! Carriage rides around the historic town, apple pie baking contest, pumpkin decorating competition. Washington Park (North Washington Ave, btwn Dunellen Ave & First St, Dunellen. 11am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Clark

Art After Hours: First Tuesdays

First Tuesday of the Month: The Zimmerli Art Museum remains open late from 5-9pm on select dates! They'll be offering curator-led tours, live music, and opportunities to meet artists. Program dates for the 2017-18 season: 10/3, 11/7, 12/5, 1/2, 2/6, 3/6, 4/3, & 6/5. Art After Hours does not take place in May, July, and August, 2018. Free admission, activities and refreshments. 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick. Visit their website for more information.

New Movie Every Wednesday Afternoon at Clark Library

Wednesday Afternoons: A new movie every Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Public Library! 303 Westfield Ave., Clark. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Archive of Some Past Events

Stars Wars Movie Night

Monday nights thru December: The Clark Public Library will be showing the Star Wars Trilogy IV-VI on Monday nights throughout the month of December. Join us for The Empire Strikes Back (Rated PG). This program is open to all ages. 6:30-8:30pm. Clark Public Library lower level. 303 Westfield Ave., Clark. Visit their website for more information.

Mommy & Me Tea Party Luncheon with the Princess

Third Friday of each month from September until May: Treat yourself and your favorite child to REAL High Tea. Tea Sandwiches, scones w/ clotted cream & some yummy dessert choices await. All peanut/tree nut free! Make a keepsake picture frame craft to remember this special occasion. Tickets are $25.00. Parteaz, #50 Rt. 10 West, East Hanover. 4-5:00pm. Visit their website for more information.

National Night Out Meisel Park

August 7, 2018: Explore emergency vehicles & check out games, activities, demonstrations & much more! NNO is followed by a movie starting at dusk. Meisel Park, Meisel Ave, Springfield. Visit their website for more information.

NJ Sandcastle Contest

July 18, 2018: Bring your sand pails & shovels to Belmar Beach this summer! This favorite family event draws many competitors & spectators to 18th Ave beach for a day of digging & sculpting in the sun. 18th Ave Beach, Belmar. 8am-noon. Rain date July 19. Visit their website for more information.

Fanwood Summer FanJam

July 8, 2018: Kick off your summer with food trucks, live music & a classic car show! There will be something for everyone in your family. Marian & LaGrande Aves, Fanwood. 11am-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Jersey City Freedom & Fireworks Festival

Juy 4, 2018: Come one, come all to the biggest Independence Day celebration in NJ! Enjoy a full day filled with live music, super fun amusement rides & a mouth-watering myriad of eats & drinks. The festivities will culminate with an amazing fireworks extravaganza by Grucci set against the NYC skyline. Exchange Place, Montgomery St on the Hudson River, Jersey City. 12 noon-10pm. Visit their website for more information.

Nutley Father's Day Street Fair

June 17, 2018: Franklin Ave will be transformed into a pedestrian marketplace! There'll be a special 'Crafters Corner' with exhibitors displaying their hand made works, festival foods, over 100 merchandise vendors, nonstop music & entertainment, face painting, temporary tattoos, sand art, pony rides, petting zoo, kiddie rides & climbing wall, games & much more. Sponsored by Nutley High Hockey League Booster Club. 300 Franklin Ave, Nutley. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Youth Fishing Challenge

June 9, 2018: Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. No license is required to fish regardless of age. Visit their website for more information.

6th Annual Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show

May 20, 2018: The Boulevard gets transformed into a giant block party! Custom, classic, street rod & muscle cars vie for Best in Show. Enjoy arts & crafts, merchandise & food, plus 'Kids Traveling Shindig' with rides, ponies, games, petting zoo, face painting & more! 525 Boulevard, Kenilworth. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Westfield Spring Fling

May 6, 2018: More than 300 artists, retailers & culinary delights will be featured at this years Spring Fling! There will be non-stop entertainment & a KidZone featuring rides & activities. Downtown Westfield. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Free Family Fun Day & Astroturf Grand Opening

April 14, 2018: Visit Warinanco Sports Center for a fun day out for the whole family. Play soccer on the brand new astroturf! Fun games for children of all ages. There'll be face painting, balloon animals, arts & crafts & live DJ. Lots of prizes to be won! Parents can stay on to play Co-ed Soccer until 7pm if they wish. 1 Park Dr, Roselle. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Ice Age Late Night

March 7, 2018: Come chill with us during our Ice Age Late Night and learn about mastodons, saber tooth cats, and the many other creatures that roamed this planet during the Ice Age! Event is free and open to visitors of all ages! Geology Museum 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Planting With the Presidents

February 20, 2018: Celebrate Presidents Day, and day off from school, and pay tribute to the Presidents’ green thumbs. Practice gardening skills, make a craft and a snack, and take home a "Presidential Plant’" for your own garden. For grades 1-3. Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown. $35 per person. Registration required. 9am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Plainfield Symphony Orchestra

January 27, 2018: The annual free family concert will feature the "Young Pianist Competition Gold Prize Winner". 3pm. Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, 716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield. Visit their website for more information.

The Ace Collaborative Concert

January 5, 2018: Kean University’s Conservatory of Music, the Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) of Union County and area public schools, will perform songs of various genres in their third annual collaborative and intergenerational community concert. Free. 7:30pm. Kean Stage 1000 Morris Ave., Union. Visit their website for more information.

Deep Sea Late Night

December 6, 2017: Join us as we explore the many mysteries of the deep sea! Demos and arts & crafts will be set up around the museum. Visitors are welcome to come and go as they please! All ages welcome! Free.4-8pm. 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. Visit their website for more information.

Holiday Party & Tree Lighting

December 3, 2017: Fanwood’s holiday season officially begins when Santa Claus arrives in town! Everyone is invited to meet Santa under the big tent on the lawn in front of the North Avenue Train Station and enjoy an afternoon of seasonal music, holiday crafts and refreshments. Free! 3-4:30pm. 256 South Ave., Fanwood. Visit their website for more information.

Stroll & Roll 2017 - A Family Walk for Everyone

November 5, 2017: Stroll & Roll is a family-friendly walking event! We'll begin at the Gazebo in Echo Lake Park in Mountainside with a rolling start between 9:30-10:30. There will be park staff and naturalists around to answer your questions about the trail and the parks we will be walking. Kids get a certificate of accomplishment, a medal and gifts! You and the family can participate in activities. The event is expected to end by 1-1:30 p.m. Visit their website for more information.

Astronomy Late Night

November 1, 2017: Visit Rutgers Geology Museum and learn about the mysteries beyond Earth’s atmosphere. Explore various topics on climate, astronomy and more. Demonstrations, arts and crafts and educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event and people are welcome to come and go as they please. All ages are encouraged to come participate and learn something new. Free.4-8pm. 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. Visit their website for more information.

Annual Trunk or Treat

October 28, 2017: Celebrate Halloween at Clark High School! There will be spooky tricks and yummy treats! 1-3pm. Arthur L Johnson High School 365 Westfield Ave., Clark.

2017 Fall Concert Series

Thursdays during October & November: Elizabeth Public Library is hosting a Fall Concert Series! We will host eight free performances on Thursdays throughout October and November. Family-friendly performers include 3D Rhythm of Life, Francisco Roldan, Dave Schlossberg, Eco del Sur, Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Trio, Moreno Fruzzetti, and RB Express. Noontime. 11 South Broad St., Elizabeth. Visit their website for more information.

NJ Statewide Multicultural Festival

September 23, 2017: Town wide street fair begins with a multicultural parade - over 50 different groups are represented in a show of music, dance & costume. After the parade, the main avenue remains closed leading the way for rides, games, crafts, street vendors & foods from around the world! 9am-10pm. Harrison Ave. between 2nd St & Davis Ave. Visit their website for more information.

Union County Summer Arts Festival

August 23, 2017: New York State of Mind tribute to billy Joel free outdoor concert held in Oak Ridge Park, Clark Bring a blanket or a lawn chair & enjoy free concerts in the park! 7:30pm

National Night Out

August 1, 2017: Explore emergency vehicles & check out games, activites, demos & more! 6-8pm Followed by the movie 'Secret Life of Pets' Held in Meisel Park, Springfield

NJ Festival of Ballooning

An annual fun family fair with hot air balloons and rides

July 28, 2017: The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning returns to Solberg Airport in Readington, July 28, 2017. Sponsored by QuickQheck, with musical event (Kid's Concert) at 1:30pm featuring Laurie Berkner. Solberg Airport, Readington, NJ

All Aboard the Train! Day

July 22, 2017: Visit the popular Mega Model Trains and view antique pre- and post-war trains from the Morris Museum Collection. Learn about the different gauges of model trains, whistles, lights and signals, and about the different jobs on the railroad. View photos, models, and memorabilia to learn the history of the iconic “The Blue Comet,” known as the seashore’s finest train. Play dress up, and make a train-themed craft. 6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown. Adults: $10, Kids: $7. Visit their website for more information.

State Theater Free Summer Movie - Finding Dory

July 18, 2017: Come along on an exciting undersea adventure with Dory, the forgetful blue tang who suddenly remembers she has a family. With her friends Marlin and Nemo, she sets off to search for them, getting some help along the way from Hank, a cranky octopus; Bailey, a confused beluga whale; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Dory and her friends discover the magic within themselves, and the importance of friendships and family. 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. Free admission. 10:30am & 7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Weekend Farm Fun at Alstede Farms

July 1, 2017: Enjoy pony rides. Moon bounce, wagon train rides, corn kingdom, Pick Your Own & lots more! 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester. Pick Your Own admission: $6.99. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Summers Shine at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

June 12th to August 25th: Accepting enrollment for summer camp at Reeves-Reed Arboretum beginning March 1st. Space is limited, so register early! Summer weekly sessions run June 12-August 25. Art, Nature, Science, Performing Arts, Gardening, Cooking, Yoga and more! Pre-K through 5th grade. Weekly June 12th through August 25th. Registration opens March 1st. 165 Hobart Avenue, Summit. Visit their website for more information.

Linden Summer Concerts

Tuesdays until September 5th: Join Linden's summer concert series for an evening of great music and entertainment by Adler's Band! The concerts occur weekly, on Tuesday: June 10-Sept 5. 7:30pm. Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade at 400 N Wood Ave, Linden. Visit their website for more information.

Berkeley Heights Street Fair

June 5, 2017: Join us in Berkeley Heights as we partake of hundreds of vendors, delicious food choices, kid's activities and live music all day. Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights. Free admission. Visit their website for more information.

Hasbrouck Street Fair

June 4, 2017: Hasbrouck Heights Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the “New” Hasbrouck Heights Street Fair. The event will be held along the Boulevard from 10AM - 5PM, rain or shine. The street will be transformed into a giant town block party. We are expecting to attract thousands of people from the community and other neighboring towns. We hope that you'll consider joining us and we look forward to seeing you. Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights. Free admission. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Strawberry Festival

June 3, 2017: Family friendly events with lots for kids to do including face painting & inflatables. Craft and vendor fair. St. George's, 56 Main St., Helmetta. 9am-3pm.

Nocturnal Neighbors at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

April 28, 2017: This month's Nocturnal Neighbors will focus on a group of animals that many of us do not realize are very active at night; migrating birds. Each Nocturnal Neighbors will focus on a different animal and includes a hike, fun activities, and......a story with s 'mores by the campfire! 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 7-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

Tunes & Talk FREE Sensory Friendly Concert

April 27, 2018: Tunes & Talk is an interactive & sensory friendly concert series, tailored for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and caregivers. Concerts are FREE and open to the public. For reservations please contact Ellen de Havilland. 70 Diamond Road, Springfield. 10:30-11:30am. Visit their website for more information.

History Scavenger Hunt: WWI Soldier

April 22, 2017: In celebration of the opening of their new exhibit, "Brothers in Arms: Memories of the Great War" families will search through the museum to find solider related objects, documents and clothing from World War I. As you embark on your history scavenger hunt, you’ll also be following in the footsteps of Captain John Kean from his training to the battlefield as a World War I solider. Liberty Hall Museum 1003 Morris Ave., Union. 11-12:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Liberty Museum

April 15, 2017: $10 for 1 adult and 1 child. (additional adults $5) Reg. required. 1003 Morris Ave., Union. 9am and again at noon. Visit their website for more information.

Fairy House Workshop at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

April 12, 2017: Celebrate the magic of fairies at this special workshop! Children will use their imagination to create a whimsical fairy house using a variety of natural materials collected locally and on the grounds of RRA. All fairy houses will be displayed on the "Fairy Trail" created for their annual Daffodil Day celebration on Sunday, April 23. 1-3:30pm. 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. Pre-Registration: REQUIRED. On-line Registration is available on their website. Cost: Members: $25, Non-Members: $30. Visit their website for more information.

Zoo Behind the Scenes: Sea Lion Sound

Every Sunday April 9th to June 4th: Get fishy and travel behind the scenes of Sea Lion Sound at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo to see the indoor abode of their California Sea Lions. You’ll meet with Keepers, learn about the daily routine of prepping food and Sea Lion training, and discover how much work it takes to maintain this terrific habitat. This experience will be offered during the spring and early summer season for 2017. Attendees must be 8 years old or over. Group sizes are limited to 8 people. Costs range from $35 - $45/per person. 560 Northfield Ave., West Orange. Noon to 1pm. Visit their website for more information.

"Peter & the Wolf" in Rahway

April 8, 2017: This tantalizing version of the classic Russian folk tale, "Peter and The Wolf," brings together all the elements of growing up - daring, defiance, confidence, and courage. An exquisite setting on the edge of a forest captures the carefree colors of childhood while Prokofiev's classic music reflects the ups and downs of the day as the story unfolds. Filled with laughter and love, friendship and feelings, "Peter and The Wolf" is something special for the whole family. Tickets are $15.00/ per person. Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway. 11am. Visit their website for more information.

Art Explorers at the Five Points Branch Library

March 30, 2017: Awaken your childs creativity with imaginative art lessons. Each session, your little artist will be given various art materials to explore. Paint, clay, glue, glitter and assorted art materials will be explored through guided art project. Ages 3-5 with parent. 201 Tucker Avenue, Union. 3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Read To Waldi the Dog Independent Readers Program

March 27, 2017: For independent readers. Waldi the dog visits the library two Mondays per month. Please bring a book of your choice that your child would like to read to Waldi. This is a program geared for children in grades K through 5. Union Public Library, 1976 Morris Ave, Union. 4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Join the Union Public Library's Lego Club

March 27, 2017: The library provides the Legos, you and your child provide the inspiration! No registration required. This program is geared to children over the age of 5. Union Public Library, 1976 Morris Ave, Union. 3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Come 'Rock It' at a Family Zumba Class

March 27, 2017: With its high energy and simple dance moves, Family Zumba is the perfect physical activity for parents and kids. For parents with children ages 3+. Five Points Branch, 201 Tucker Avenue, Union. 6:45pm. Visit their website for more information.

Plastic Stamp Printing at the Museum of American Glass in Millville

March 25, 2017: Create both the stamp and the print! Families will learn how to shape, mold, and carve plasticine clay to create one-of-a-kind stamps that will then be used as elements to create a larger print. The stamps will be re-molded and used many more times but the prints are yours to take home. Geared to children 10+. Museum of American Glass, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville. 11am; 1pm; 2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

American Rapture... A Rock & Soul Revue "Reunion" at UCPAC Mainstage

March 25, 2017: American Rapture is A Rock and Soul Revue featuring American pop music of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. For one night only American Rapture will be staging a "Reunion" concert. This performance will include the current American Rapture roster, along with a very special guest list of past performers from the band's 18 year history. Only a stage this big could hold a reunion this big. Ages 13+. UCPAC Mainstage, 1601 Irving Street, Rahway. 8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Oaks & Acorns at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Every Wednesday March 8th to April 5th: Wonder, respect, and love for the natural world start early in this engaging weekly class. Discover some of the incredible plants and animals that make the Arboretum so special. Take nature walks, tell stories and sing songs, and create one-of-a-kind art project every week. And at the end of the series, take home a nature book you made yourself! This shared nature experience is one you both will treasure! Ages 3 to 5 with adult. Registration Required. Register early since space is limited. Family Level membership is required. Membership must be current on day of event to receive membership benefit. Spring Oaks and Acorns Topics: Session 1– Spring Things March 8 – Tree buds March 15 – Robins March 22 – Here Comes the Sun! March 29 – First Butterflies April 5 – Spring Festivals Around the World. 165 Hobart Ave., Summit. 1-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Horseback Easter Egg Hunts in Flemington

Daily February 26th to April 30th: Easter egg hunt for adults or children: *Adults will enjoy a grown-up Easter egg hunt during a one hour guided trail ride (15 minutes of instruction in their riding ring first to boost confidence) where you can hunt for Easter eggs while meandering through the woods. Don't worry you won't have to get off your horse - they can get the eggs for you! *Children will have a blast on a 15 minute hand-led ride on one of their safe horses/ponies through the woods for their chance to spot easter eggs hidden all through the woods! Eggs contain chocolate, candy, and little toys. Parents can ride along with their children at the same price as them or walk with them (Depending on age, a parent may be required to walk alongside their child) $20 per person (parents are welcome to join the hunt on horseback, too) Enjoy their petting zoo with baby farm animals! Take selfies with them and get up close and personal! Reservations only, no walk-ins, please. Acres Away LLC, 926 County Rd 579, Flemington. 9am-6pm.

30th Annual Slavonic Festival at St. Thomas Church in Rahway

February 4, 2017: The parish center at 1407 St. Georges Ave, Rahway is transformed into a dining hall, where the family can purchase ethnic specialities to eat in or take out. The popular dishes being served are stuffed cabbage, pirohi, chicken paprikash, borst soup, Hungarian goulash, and kielbasi and sauerkraut. Picnic foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers and potato pancakes.Enjoy fresh coffee, tea, soda, wine and beer with your dinner. Desserts available: palachinka, with various fruit fillings and funnel cakes and homemade cakes and cookies. Live Music by the Adlers Band. Free admission. St. Thomas the Apostle Church's Parish Center, 1407 St.Georges Avenue, Rahway. Noon until 8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Special Needs Youth Recreation Programs

January 21st to February 27th: Do you have a family member between the ages of 3 and 17 who has special needs? Youth with special needs or those who could use a little help and encouragement in participating in recreation are also welcome to register for several programs offered by Summit Community Programs this winter. These popular and affordable programs, open to children from any town, help youth develop skills that allow them to pursue a sport or activity further or simply provide them with a meaningful recreation experience, using teen Peer Mentors from local middle and high schools to help participants learn and have fun. Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue, Summit. Noon until 1pm.

Snow Time: A Holiday Fundraiser Concert in Morristown, NJ

January 14, 2017: Shining Star Players will present a holiday-themed concert in support of their upcoming summer season. This concert will feature AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 Top 4 Finalist, Jessica Meuse with performances from previous SSP Productions. Cost: $18 (Students), $35 (Regular), $40 (VIP Seating). Bickford Theatre, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown. 8-10pm. Visit their website for more information.

Light of Day Winterfest 2017

January 6th to 16th: With a goal of topping last year’s record-breaking $5.25 million dollars raised in its ongoing battle against Parkinson’s disease, LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017: The Beat Goes On, presented by the Asbury Park Press, the 17th anniversary edition of the anchor event for the world-renowned Light of Day Foundation, will bring over 150 music acts to 30 venues over 10 days in three New Jersey cities, New York City, and Philadelphia, in January, following holiday season tours of Europe and Canada. The Asbury Park portion of LIGHT OF DAY WINTERFEST 2017, where the bulk of the action will occur, at such fabled rock venues as the Paramount Theater, the Stone Pony, and the Wonder Bar, House of Independents and the new Asbury Hotel, among others. Tickets are available throughTicketmaster (, Visit their website for more information.

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