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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near West Caldwell, NJ
Pancake Breakfast at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
March 3, 2019: Help us observe National Pancake Day early (Tuesday March 5th is National Pancake Day)! To celebrate, we are having a delicious pancake breakfast with your choice of toppings! Enjoy freshly made pancakes and learn about how maple syrup is made. Members $12/person; Non-member $16/person. 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. 10am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.
Celtic Woman: Ancient Land Tour
March 24, 2019: The inspirational, all-female Irish music sensation, Celtic Woman, has been named the No. 1 World Music Artist six times by Billboard! They bring the epic, all-new Ancient Land Tour to NJ! During the last decade, this Grammy-nominated ensemble has become a cultural phenomenon, celebrating Ireland’s rich heritage while continuing to launch some of that country’s most talented performing artists onto the world stage. $45+. NJPAC Prudential Hall, 1 Center St, Newark. 3pm. Visit their website for more information.
2019 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival
April 6-14, 2019: Pick one or join us for many of our fabulous featured events during the 2019 Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival! Challenge Bike Race on April 6, 10K Run on April 7, 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk OR Essex County Family Fun Day on April 13, Bloomfest on April 14. There are many other activities, so please check the website! Visit their website for more information.
Rosedale Cemetery Tour
April 28, 2019: Founded over 175 years ago, Rosedale Cemetery marked the beginning of a new movement in how America took care of its deceased. We’ll venture into new sections for this guided tour, discussing grave imagery as well as the people who are buried there. Admission is $10/person, registration required. Carpooling is suggested due to limited parking on site and driving to distant parts of the cemetery. Tour is from 1:30 to 3:30 pm, about 2 miles of walking. 408 Orange Rd, Montclair. Visit their website for more information.
Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near West Caldwell, NJ
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
Daily: Situated on 44 acres on the eastern end of the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, the Center serves as an important crossroad between nature & civilization. You can walk along 2 miles of flat trails & boardwalk, from sunrise to sunset throughout the year & enjoy the spectacular views of swamp, marsh, meadow, pond, forest habitats & wildlife. 247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township. Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Visitors Center is open weekdays 9am-4:30 pm throughout the year & closed most weekends during the summer starting June 23rd. Visit their website for more information.
Morristown National Historical Park
Year round: Experience the Washington HQ Museum, Jockey Hollow VC, the Wick House & Penn Line huts. The Park commemorates the sites of General Washington & the Continental army’s winter encampment of December 1779 to June 1780, where they survived through what would be the coldest winter on record. The park also maintains a museum & library collection related to the encampments & George Washington, as well as items relating to pre- and post-Revolutionary America. 30 Washington Pl, Morristown. Hours vary. Visit their website for more information.
Turtle Back Zoo
Daily: The Zoo is committed to providing an enriching recreational experience for you & your family. They foster wildlife education & wildlife conservation, so that present & future generations are inspired to understand, appreciate & protect the fragile interdependence of all living things. 13 yrs+/$15; 2-12 yrs/$12; under 2yrs/free. 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange. 10am-4:30pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day. Visit their website for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
Whippany Railway Museum
April-October, 2018: Trains, steam locomotives & haunting whistles continue to linger in the minds of the American public. Visit the Museum for a firsthand experience with one of the original modes of transportation! All rides depart from & return to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County. $2/adult; $1/children under 12. noon-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Dog Days of Summer Exhibit
Daily May 4 - Sep 7: This event kicks off with a leash cutting in front of the Dog Days of Summer mural located at Church & Main Street! Over 120 dog & cat sculptures will be on exhibit, up & down the entire length of Main Street. 5:30pm.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum Maple Sugaring Fest
February 24, 2019: Visit the Arboretum and learn how early settlers tapped maple trees & turned the sap into delicious maple syrup! There'll be a family scavenger hunt - see whether you can successfully complete the "Maple Syrup Challenge"! Round out the day with a sampling of maple syrup made here at the Arboretum. FREE for RRA Members & children under 3; $5/person; $25/family. Snow date is Sunday, March 3. 165 Hobart Ave, Summit. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Concert: 'Hooray For Love'
February 10, 2019: In honor of Valentine's Day, the Jane Stuart Quartet will present the concert "Hooray for Love"! They will celebrate love in all shapes and sizes: the good, the bad and the funny, crazy ways of love. Jane Stuart, back by popular demand, will lend her own jazz style to these uplifting songs of love. West Caldwell Public Library, Community Room, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell. 2-3 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company at NJPAC
February 2-3, 2019: Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a special program steeped in symbolism and virtue, expressing the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company's commitment to the art and the culture of the community. It will be a colorful and vibrant special Chinese New Year Celebration! Tickets are $25-$45. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark. 2-4 pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Magic of Adam Trent
January 26, 2019: Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent brings his signature brand of magic & illusion to this high-tech spectacle. His production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy & music perfect for the entire family. Don't miss the next generation of magic! Tickets are $25 and up. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown. 7:30-9:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Garden State Outdoor Sports Show
January 10-13, 2019: One of the greatest sport shows on the east coast! Delivering top seminars, attractions, and exhibits designed to speak to sportsmen and women of all ages with a focus on activities the whole family can enjoy. Tickets are $10. NJ Expo Center, 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison. 1-5 pm. Visit their website for more information.
NJ Ballet's Nutcracker with NJ Symphony Orchestra
December 26, 2018: Our annual seasonal favorite enchants youngsters and grown-ups alike with splendid dancing, live orchestra, eye-popping special effects and a touch of holiday magic. Tickets are $29-$69. Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St, Morristown. 1-3 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Hot Chocolate Hike
December 15-16, 2018: Discover who is in the forest on a hike - look for signs of our woodland animal friends. When we are done, warm up in the historic Stone House with a cup of hot cocoa by the fireplace. Hike times: 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Please dress appropriately for an outdoor adventure. Price: $8 per person. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. Visit their website for more information.
A Holiday Sampler: Children's Holiday Stories & Carols
December 9, 2018: The whole family will enjoy children's holiday stories & carols read by storytellers! John Elliott (CBS meteorologist) and Thea White (Broadway actress). A special guest will appear during the event's finale! And, musicians will perform holiday carols adding to the festive atmosphere. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd, West Caldwell. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Gingerbread Wonderland & Craft Show
December 1, 2018: Creativity & skill will be on display at this festive exhibit featuring over 150 edible masterpieces crafted by local schools, scout troops & families. With past creations from Hogwarts, to enchanted gardens, pirate ships & Santa’s Workshop, this is fun for all ages! Check out local artists & crafters’ beautiful & affordable handmade creations at the Craft Show. Craft Show hours: December weekends only, Dec 1, 2, 8 & 9, from 10 am-4:30 pm. Wonderland hours Mon-Thurs & weekends from 10am-4:30 pm; Fri: 10am-7:30pm. Entry fee: $2 per person, under 2 free. The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E Hanover Ave, Morristown. Visit their website for more information.
Drop In Thanksgiving Craft
November 19, 2018: Stop by the children's room & create a turkey just in time for Thanksgiving! No Registration required. Available while supplies last. West Caldwell Public Library, 30 Clinton Rd, West Caldwell. 1-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
November 10, 2018: Make delicious, homemade apple cider using an old-fashioned, hand-cranked cider press, and learn fun facts about the amazing apple. Best of all, enjoy the fruits of your labor and sample the fresh cider. Admission is first come, first-served. Additional dates: November 11, 24 & 25. $3 per person ages 3 & up. Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township. 1-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Bloomfield HarvestFest
October 6, 2018: Shop a one-mile-long marketplace, stop by food courts for some delectable food delights, and play at the endless amusements in the KidZone with games and activities. Broad St. btwn. Belleville and Bloomfield Ave, Bloomfield. 11am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Labor Day Paddle
September 3, 2018: Take a leisurely paddle on the Passaic River! Paddlers will enjoy scenery & peacefulness as they paddle up the river & float downstream. Geared for beginners & children 10 & up accompanied by a parent or guardian. Meet in the Garibaldi Hall parking lot. Advance registration is required. $30 per canoe. Essex County Environmental Center, 621 B Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland. 10am-12pm OR 2pm-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Jubilee Park Flea Market & Collectible Show
August 26, 2018: There will be 100+ exhibitors selling an array of new merchandise! You'll find unique items, handbags, incense & oils, sports collectibles, jewelry, gift items and a special section for antiques & collectibles, garage/tag sale items & more all at bargain prices. Do your shopping with us. 945 Allwood Rd & Clifton Ave, Clifton. 9-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Little Falls Annual 4th of July Street Fair
July 4, 2018: Main St & Stevens Ave will be transformed into a giant town block party! There will be merchandise vendors, crafters, kiddie rides, great food, pony rides & entertainment all day long. Come hungry! There'll be gourmet empanadas, shish kabob, gyros, chicken fingers & french fries, gyros, hot dogs, hamburgers & more...ice cream & lemon ice, kettle corn, sausage & peppers, steak sandwiches & zeppoles. Main Street & Stevens Ave, Little Falls. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
St George Greek Festival
May 4-6, 2018: Come celebrate the Greek in all of us! The festival will feature authentic Greek food, live entertainment, Greek folk dancing, plus a host of activities for the children. 818 Valley Rd, Clifton. Fri, 11am-2pm & 5-11pm. Sat, 1pm-12am. Sun, noon-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
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