Family & Community Calendar for West Caldwell & Essex

Middlesex, NJ Community Events Calendar
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We will list your event here if it is local for the Essex County and Northern NJ, encourages safe, wholesome activity for individuals or families, and helps our community members live spirited, full lives free of the influence of substances like alcohol or drugs. Email your notice information to events@ WestCaldwellCounseling.com for consideration. Please include a name and telephone number with all submissions. We reserve the right to select which entries get published to this curated listing.


Current and Recent Events & Activities Near West Caldwell, NJ

Fall Fest

October 16, 2019: Visit the Library for the 2nd annual Fall Fest - featuring pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, cookie decorating and fall themed snacks! Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell. 4-5:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Halloween Hour at the Library

October 30, 2019: Listen to spooky stories and try out some fun Halloween activities at the library. Wear a costume for our parade around the inside of the library! Caldwell Public Library, 268 Bloomfield Ave, Caldwell. 4-4:45pm. Visit their website for more information.

Family Yoga

November 16, 2019: You’ll share & enjoy an adventure of calming breath, fun asanas/poses, and gentle stretches with your nearest and dearest in a friendly, go-with-the flow atmosphere. Advance registration and minimum number of participants required. For ages 5 and up. $10/child, $12/adult. Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Rosedale. 11am-12:15pm. Visit their website for more information.

Model Railroad Club Annual Light & Sound Train Show

November 29-December 15, 2019: Create new holiday memories with sound, light, model trains & family fun! Enjoy a 30 minute theatrical show with lights, music & stories using trains as the stars of the show. Gift shop, snack shop and children's play areas. Advance tickets discounted to $9 for age 12-59, $7 for age 60+ and $4 for age 3-11. Children under age 3 are free. 11/29, 12-8pm; 11/30, 10am-8pm; 12/1, 11am-6pm; 12/6, 7-10pm. Paul Mallery Model Railroad Center, 295 Jefferson Ave, Union. Visit their website for more information.

Cookies With Santa

December 7, 2019: Bring your pets and come join Essex County 4-H for a family picture with Santa. Hot cocoa and cookies galore! Meet in Garibaldi Hall. $12/family. Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Rosedale. 1:30-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Bergen Sinfonia

December 21, 2019: Classical performances from the Bergen Sinfonia Orchestra highlight its annual holiday concert, “An Evening of Festive Music for a Festive Season”. $10-$45. Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre at Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd. 7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Hot Chocolate Hike

January 11, 2020: Participate in a hike around the Environmental Center forest, build a winter campfire, sip hot cocoa and make s’mores. Dress warmly! Advance registration required. $30 per family (up to two adults and two children) or $10 per child; $12 per adult. Essex County Environmental Center, 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Rosedale. 11am-12:30pm. Visit their website for more information.


Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near West Caldwell, NJ

Caldwell Farmers Market

Fridays Jun-Oct: Experience all the Market has to offer! Some of the many items for sale at this market: organic foods, baked goods, cheese, flowers, eggs, vegetables & meats. Municipal Lot between Smull & Personette (behind the Caldwell Cinema), Caldwell. Noon-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

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

15th Annual Fall Family Festival

September 28, 2019: Come celebrate the autumn equinox at the Environmental Center! There will be fun-filled activities for the entire family to enjoy—hands-on nature games and crafts, canoeing, Native American life, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food, and more. FREE EVENT; some items may be for sale. 11am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Essex County South Mountain Blues Festival

September 8, 2019: A diverse lineup of performers will take center stage. Pack a blanket, enjoy the cool evening breeze, and dance to the sounds of summer. South Mountain Reservation, Cherry Ln, West Orange. 12 noon - 8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Design a Terrarium

August 24, 2019: Build your own living terrarium and learn to provide nurturing care for it. Each participant gets to make & take their own to brighten up their home. Advance registration required. $30/family (2 adults, 2 children) or $10/child, $12/adult. Essex County Parks Environmental Center, 621-B Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland. 11am-12:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Walter Kidde Dinosaur Park Field Trip

August 14, 2019: Hike 1.5 miles total miles total to explore this National Historic Landmark that is home to three-toed Grallator dinosaur tracks from the late Triassic age. Using clay, we'll make and take an impression of an existing track & leave the site undisturbed for future paleontological study. Advance registration required. 410/child; $12/adult. Essex County Park Environmental Center; meet at the end of Locust Avenue in Roseland. 5:15-7:15 pm. Visit their website for more information.

Warren County Farmers’ Fair and Hot Air Balloon Festival

July 27-August 3, 2019: There is plenty to do at the Warren County Farmers' Fair! Carnival rides, traditional arts, contests and competitions, cars, trucks, tractors and more. Adults: $7, ages 5-12: $4 and kids 4 & under are free. 1350 Strykers Rd, Phillipsburg. Noon - 10pm. Visit their website for more information.

Stories At the Park

July 19, 2019: Join us at the Children's House at Grover Cleveland Park for storytime. Storytime lasts about 20-25 minutes. Children are also invited to stay after for a get creative hands-on process art activity like exploring with play-doh or using paint dots. All Ages Welcome! 118 Brookside Ave, Caldwell. 9:30-10:15 am. Visit their website for more information.

2019 Little Falls 4th of July Street Fair

July 4, 2019: This event brings the whole community together. There will be merchandise vendors, crafters, kiddie rides, great food, Pony rides, and entertainment all day long. 89 Main St. & Stevens Ave, Little Falls. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Nutley's Annual Fathers Day Street Fair

June 16, 2019: Franklin Ave will be transformed into a pedestrian marketplace. There'll be a Crafters Corner with exhibitors displaying their hand made works, festival foods, nonstop music & entertainment, rides, games & more. 300 Franklin Ave, Nutley. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Monte Irvin Orange Park Fishing Derby

June 8, 2019: Fishing derbies are an excellent opportunity for children to enjoy the historic Essex County Park System in a different and fun way. For Children Ages 15 and Under. It's FREE to enter and you can win a prize! Bring your own fishing pole, bait, chair, bucket and family! Registration begins at 8am. Center St And S Harrison St, City of Orange. Visit their website for more information.

Live Music Celebration in the Iris Gardens

May 25-26, 2019: Help us celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens with live jazz music from the TaikoZoku Japanese Drummers, lemonade and cookies! Presby Memorial Iris Garden, 474 Upper Mountain Ave, Upper Montclair. 4-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Lunafest

May 10, 2019: Short films by, for and about women. Discover the ground-breaking women from prior who are changing the industry with this year’s lineup. NOTE: Films featured in LUNAFEST are not rated but we suggest age 13+ for this season. Program running time 85 min. $25. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, 324 Forest Drive South, Short Hills. 7pm. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apple Cidering

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 Harvest Fest

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.

Free Friday Flicks

June 8 & Jun 15: Exciting night at the movies on Kip’s Castle Park lawn! Families can enjoy the outdoor movie presentation & experience this magnificent location in a new way. Jun 8, Beauty & the Beast; Jun 15, Mary Poppins. 22 Crestmont Rd, Verona. Gates open @ 7pm. Movie begins @ dusk. Visit their website for more information.

Jubilee Park Flea Market & Collectible Show

May 6, Jun 24, Jul 22 & Oct 14, 2018: Spend the day soaking up sunshine! This outdoor flea market has vintage, antiques & collectibles. New & retail items along with arts & crafts and photography exhibits. 936 Allwood Rd & Corner Clifton Ave, Clifton. 9am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Dog Days of Summer Exhibit

Daily May 4 - Sep 7, 2018: 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.

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.

1-Mile Fun Run Walk

April 14, 2018: The celebration of blossoms continues at the Prudential Concert Grove with live performances, children’s activities, fishing derby and more! The 1-Mile Fun Run is free to participate & precedes the Family Day activities. Branch Brook Park, Concert Grove, Southern Division, Newark. 10am-noon. Visit their website for more information.

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.

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