Saturday, June 16th – Union County Archery Range Open House

FREE Demonstrations Include:
• Olympic archery
• Compound bows with 3D targets
• Traditional archery
• Modern equipment
• Flying discs

All are welcome to attend and learn about all the happenings at the Union County Archery Range Pre-Registration is required by June 1. Food and refreshments are included with pre-registration. REGISTER AT: ucnj.org/parks Click “Reserve online” under “Reservations,” or call 908-654-9805.

Sunday, April 22 – Race 4 The Children

Spring Park Activities

Kids’ Trout Derby
Saturday, April 14, Echo Lake Park, Lower Lake, Mountainside

Touch-A-Truck

  • The Loop @ Watchung Reservation
  • Sunday, April 29th  
  • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Rain or Shine- NO
  •  Youngsters can climb aboard dump trucks, bulldozers, police cars, HAZMAT response units, and “The Bear” used by Union County SWAT team in serious emergencies.  
  • Admission: $5/person & children aged 6 & under are FREE  (ADMISSION IS GOOD FOR WILD EARTH FEST)       
  • Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Wild Earth Fest

  • Trailside Nature & Science Center
  • Sunday, April 29th
  • Rain or Shine-YES
  • An entertaining family event to celebrate the Earth. Learn ways to become eco-friendly & increase your awareness of wildlife conservation.
  • Admission: $5/person & children aged 6 & under are FREE  (ADMISSION IS GOOD FOR TOUCH-A-TRUCK)       
  • Please contact Trailside Nature & Science Center at 908-789-3670 or the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Astronomy Day
Saturday, May 5, Trailside Nature & Science Center

Paint by the Pond
Warinanco Park
Saturday, May 12
11am – 4pm
Rain or Shine: No
Free Event
Families are welcome to come and paint by the pond at Warinanco Park

Fishing Derby for People with Disabilities
Saturday, May 12, Echo Lake Park

Master Gardeners Fair & Plant Sale
Sunday, May 20, Demonstration Gardens at Trailside Nature & Science Ctr.

Spring Horse Show
May 25-27, Watchung Stable

National Trails Day
Saturday, June 2, Watchung Reservation

Rhythm & Blues by the Brook
Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield
Saturday, June 2
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Rain or Shine? YES
Free event
 
12:00 – 12:30 DJ Bookeem
12:30 – 1:15 Angela Johnson
1:15 – 1:45 DJ Bookeem
1:45 – 2:45 Funky Dawgz Brass Band
2:45 – 3:15 DJ Bookeem
3:15 – 4:15 Dazz Band
4:15 – 4:45 DJ Bookeem
4:45 – 6:00 Ohio Players

Carnival for People with Special Needs
Saturday, June 9, Oak Ridge Park

CommUNITY Family Picnic
Saturday, June 16, Rahway River Park www.ucnj.org/pride

Summer Park Activities

Walter Ulrich Pool
Opening June 23, Rahway River Park

Summer Arts Festival – Season Opener
NJ Symphony Orchestra Friday, June 22, Echo Lake Park in Mountainside

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2018 Summer Arts Festival Concert Series with this concert. The Symphony will play 2 sets with a 25 minute intermission.

Rain or Shine? In the event of rain, the event will take place indoors at a location to be determined.

Free event

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Summer Arts Festival – July Concerts – Line-up coming soon
  • Wednesday, July 11-(……): Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
  • Wednesday, July 18-(….): Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
  • Wednesday, July 25-(…..): Echo Lake Park
  • Wednesday, August 1- (……):Oak Ridge Park, Clark
  • Wednesday, August 8-(……): Oak Ridge Park, Clark
  • Wednesday, August 15-(……):Oak Ridge Park, Clark
  • Wednesday, August 22-(…….):Oak Ridge Park, Clark

Rain or Shine: NO

FREE EVENT

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free concerts in our parks!

Concerts begin at 7:30 pm after UC Get FIT Community Yoga.

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more information        908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Summer Arts Festival – August Concerts
Oak Ridge Park, Clark, Wednesday evenings, August 1, 8, 15, 22
 
Family Fun and Flix
  • Tuesday, July 17-“Despicable Me 3”– Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • Tuesday, July 24-“Peter Rabbit”- Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • Tuesday, July 31-“Coco”– Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • Tuesday, August 7-National Night Out-“Cars 3,” Meisel Park, Springfield
  • Tuesday, August 14-“Wonder”– Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

National Night Out
August 7, Meisel Ave Park, Springfield

Rain or Shine? NO

Free event

Explore emergency vehicles & check out games, activities, demonstrations, and much more! NNO is followed by a movie starting at dusk.

Please contact the Parks & Recreation Reservation Desk for more   information 908-527-4900 (Elizabeth) or 908-654-9805 (Westfield)

Wednesday Matinees
1:30 pm, July 11, 18, and 25 and August 1, 8, 15 at Trailside

Fall Park Activities

Fall Festival
Sunday, September 30, Trailside Nature & Science Center

Four Centuries In a Weekend
October 20 – 21
Deserted Village and historic sites all over Union County

Hayrides & Campfires
Tickets required. Dates subject to change. Tickets go on sale Sept. 4 and are not sold at event. 
Friday, October 5, 6:30 pm (Warinanco Park, Elizabeth)
Sunday, October 7, 3:30pm (Trailside)
Friday, October 12, 6:30 pm (Trailside)
Sunday, October 14, 3:30pm (Trailside)
Friday, October 19, 6:30 pm (Trailside)

Fall Horse Show
October 26 – 28, Watchung Stable

Haunted Hayrides
October 26-28, Deserted Village, Tickets required. Tickets go on sale Sept. 18

The Great Pumpkin Sail
Thursday, November 1 , Echo Lake Park, Tickets required. Tickets go on sale October 2.

Trail Rides
Saturdays & Sundays, check for times, Watchung Stable

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Cultural Events Calendar

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Apr. 6
4–6 pm
Art Exhibit (FREE)
We Are One with the Earth

Come and view original artwork created by Bernie’s Place children, ages 6 to 12. Comprising artworks that represent environmental issues that we face, this exhibit was created to promote environmental awareness and social consciousness in the local community.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
Apr. 14
5–8 pm (doors open 4:30)
POETRY
Poetry, Pastry & Punch – Spoken-Word Artists from NY & NJ

IAXB (Independent Authors Book Experience) presents a family-friendly event of local poets sharing their work. Read your own original work or a favorite piece, or just enjoy the evening as others read. Listen to established and aspiring poets read their work, and enjoy pastry and punch. Music by DJ Troy. Refreshments for sale. If you are interested in performing, please register at www.iabx.org or send an email to info@iabx.org.

Adults: $10 in advance (click here) ($15 at the door)
Students: $5
Abraham Clark High School Auditorium
122 E. 6th Ave., Roselle
Apr 26 – May 13
Fridays–Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
Theatre
Continuing the Conversation: An Evening of Short Plays Inspired by Current Events

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher’s Evening of “Short Plays in Response to the Election,” “Continuing the Conversation” is an opportunity to check in with the community on what’s important. Written on a theme chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, the performances will focus on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we’re living. Artists connect with the audience in an immediate way, with discussions following the performances.

Tickets: $20–$35

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
Apr. 27
1 pm
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Singer/Songwriter

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Apr. 28
7 pm
CONCERT
Plainfield Symphony (with Crescent Choral Society)
 
Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 – “Resurrection Symphony”
Visit website below for ticket prices.
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
908-561-5140
Apr. 29
4 pm
CONCERT
Virtuoso Marimbist Makoto Nakura Plays at Afternoon Music

Virtuoso marimba player Makoto Nakura performs as part of the “Afternoon Music” series. Meet Makoto at a reception following the concert.

$25, Seniors $20, Students Free
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit
4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave.), Summit
908-273-2899
May 5  (7 pm)
May 6  (3 pm)
Musical Theatre
The Wizard of Oz

After a tornado whisks away a young Kansas farm girl, Dorothy, to the magical land of Oz, she begins her quest to find the mighty Wizard of Oz who has the power to send her home. Along the way she meets Scarecrow, Tinman, and Lion, who help her.

$6
Saint Theresa School/McVeigh Hall (gym)
50 Washington Ave., Kenilworth
908-276-7220
May 6
3 pm
CONCERT
The Spirit of 1850

The New Jersey Intergenerational Orchestra performs their final concert of the 2017-2018 season at this concert including Von Suppe’s “Overture to Pique Dame” and Glazunov’s “Reverie for Horn,” with featured soloist Lisa Nettleship. The concert will conclude with the sublime “First Symphony” by Saint-Saens, a grand work that captures the spirit of industrial France in the wake of the Napoleonic era.

Free
Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School
272 Morris Ave., Summit
908-603-7691
May 1623
7 pm
Theatre
Meet the Artist New Play Readings

“MEET THE ARTIST” Series presents two new play readings each spring, providing thought-provoking experiences that include the opportunity for audience discussion with the playwright, director and actors after the performance. It’s an entertaining evening that gives audiences a glimpse of the play development process as they provide valuable feedback to the creative teams.

Tickets: $10

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Ensemble Theatre with Humor and Heart
Oakes Center
120 Morris Ave., Summit
908-514-9654 (for tickets: 800-838-3006)
May 20 (2 pm)
Concert
“Virtuoso” – Summit Symphony

Young Artist Competition Concert of Classical Music Selections

FREE
Summit High School
125 Kent Place Blvd., Summit
Jun. 4
1 pm
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Sam Ash All-Star Band

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Jun. 4
1 pm
FREE CONCERT
Tunes & Talk – Sam Ash All-Star Band

Tunes & Talk is an interactive concert and speaking series tailored for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families and caregivers, hosted in a relaxed, sensory-friendly environment — designed by a board-certified music therapist and the Sights & Sounds team at The Arc of Union County. All are invited to enjoy this concert.

The Arc of Union County
70 Diamond Rd., Springfield
973-315-0055
Jul. 29
3 pm
FREE CONCERT
The August Symphony

Enjoy this annual summer concert of classical music at the Westfield Presbyterian Church.

140 Mountain Ave., Westfield
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