Activities in Union County Parks

Four Centuries
in a Weekend

Free Event

October 20 & 21 

Union County’s annual public heritage event, “Four Centuries in a Weekend: A Journey through Union County’s History,” will take place on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21 from noon to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with the cooperation of staff and volunteers at 35 house museums and historic sites, the free two-day event opens the doors to more than 370 years of history throughout the county. This year’s event will branch out and highlight the rich history of innovation, invention and industry in Union County. For the first time, Nokia Bell Labs and the Sperry Observatory will be open for tours and activities. 

Learn more

84th Annual
Fall Troop Show

Free Event

October 26 – 28

The Troop Show will feature nearly 300 students putting their riding skills on display! Drill Team performs at 11am,

Admission is FREE! For more information: 908-789-3665

Starting Friday at 4 PM, Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 AM

Hayrides &
Campfires

This event is sold out.

Warinanco Park in Roselle
Friday, October 5, 6:30 – 9:30pm – Check in by 8 pm

Trailside Nature & Science Center in Mountainside
Fridays, Oct. 12 & 19 – Check in by 8 pm
Sundays, October 7 & 14 3:30-6:30 pm – Check in by 5 pm

Ticket Includes  hay ride, hot chocolate & marshmallows and entertainment around a campfire

$6 Union County Residents, $12 Non-Residents

The Great
Pumpkin Sail

This event is sold out.

November 1

Thursday, November 1
Rain Date: Thursday, November 2

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside

Each family ticket is for one Jack-O-Lantern weighing no more than 8 pounds after carving

In County: $12 per family (Max 6 people) Out-of-County: $16 per family

Purchase tickets for one of three sessions:
Session 1: 5:15 – 6:30 pm
Session 2: 6:45 – 8:00 pm
Session 3: 8:15 – 9:30 pm

Haunted
Hayrides

Tickets are available.

October 26 – 28
6:30 – 10:00 pm

Deserted Village of Felitville

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 18

$8 County Residents • $16 Non-County Residents

Ticket purchases are limited to 8 per person; No refunds or exchanges.Tickets are sold for rides at specific times as noted on your ticket. This program is for adults & children age 6 and up. Strollers cannot be accommodated. Program includes a hayride and walk through a dark forest.

Stroll
& Roll

Free event

November 4
9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Echo Lake Park

Explore the Greenways – A stroller/wheelchair friendly walk through the parks

Rock, Gem &
Jewelry Show

Free event.

Nov 3 and 4
Noon – 5:00pm

Trailside Nature and Scice Center

More than 20 vendors will be selling minerals, rocks, gems and jewelry from around the world! Demonstrations of gemstone cutting & polishing. Educational rock & mineral displays. Children’s Activities include : fossil rubbings, puzzles, touch table

Celebrate
the Season

Bring your family and kick off the holiday season at the newly modernized Warinaco Sports Center

Tickets are only available -re-sale. No tickets available on event day

December 2
11:00 am – 6:00pm

Visit with Santa and skate with the elves. Enjoy holiday carols, kids crafts and face painting. Sit by the fire. Dine in the cafe. Ticket includes entry to the event, skate rental, hot chocolate and cookies.

2 years old and younger are free. 

Three sessions:
11am – 1pm
1:30pm – 3:30pm
4pm – 6pm

Click here to purchase tickets.

Online ticket sales begin at 8:30am on the date listed in each box at at ucnj.org/tickets or at the following three locations:

Union County Administration Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza, Elizabeth
908-527-4900
Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Trailside Nature & Science Center
425 New Providence Road, Mountainside
(908) 789-3670
Open Daily Noon – 4:45 pm

Colleen Fraser Building
300 North Avenue East, Westfield
(908) 654-9805
Monday – Wednesday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 6:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

“Love Wins” Documentary Screening in Recognition of LGBTQ History Month – Honoring the Fifth Anniversary of Marriage Equality in New Jersey

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to join Union County College for a special screening of “Love Wins” followed by a discussion with filmmaker Robin Kampf, and “Love Wins” co-stars Jan Moore and Emily Sonnessa.

The event, free and open to the public, will be held on Tuesday, November 6 at 12:00 P.M. at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford in room N-4 as the final event of the college’s 2018 LGBTQ+ History Month celebration – the first in the college’s history.

Learn more

 

“ASK” Information Sessions about Senior Services

Various dates and locations

Union County residents seeking information about services available for senior adults age 60 and above will have a choice of eight (8) dates and locations in October to speak with staff from the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging.  Staff will be present at public libraries in Westfield; Clark; Plainfield; Elizabeth, Summit; and, Union, and at the Rahway Senior Center.  Staff from the Union County Division on Aging and Disability Resource Connection/ADRC have been traveling throughout Union County providing information about services such as home delivered meals; respite care; home care; adult day care; and, support services for caregivers through the Aging Services Kiosk or ASK community outreach effort.  Assistance with completing applications and forms is also provided.

Monday, November 5 Elizabeth Public Library LaCorte Branch @ Peterstown 408 Palmer St. Elizabeth, 07202 10:00-12:00

Cultural Events Calendar

Nov. 20
7 – 8 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Nov. 27
7 – 8 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Nov. 30 & Dec. 01
8 pm
HOLIDAY CONCERT
“Once Upon a December” – Winter at the Movies | Celebration Singers

Enjoy the Celebration Singers’ annual holiday concert. This years’ concert features songs from popular films including Frozen, White Christmas, Polar Express, and more.

St. Michael’s Church
40 Alden St., Cranford
908-552-4656
www.celebration-singers.org

$20 adults | $15 children & seniors

(If purchased online, tickets will be available in the lobby on show night. Call for discounted companion seating for guests with disabilities.)

Dec. 3
5 pm
WORKSHOP (FREE)
Teen Songwriting Workshop

Learn the basics of songwriting while practicing skills that will unleash your creativity and build collaborative skills needed for strong leadership. Bring your guitar, ukulele, or just your voice! For teens age 12 to 19 only. Registration is required.

FREE
Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Dec. 4
7 – 8 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Dec. 7–16
Fri. & Sat. 7:30 pm | Sun. 2 pm
THEATRE
Seussical

Catch this fun-filled, family-friendly musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. Perfect for all ages.

CDC Theatre
78 Winans Ave., Cranford
908-276-7611
www.cdctheatre.org
$25 online | $30 at door

Dec. 9
2 – 3 pm
CONCERT (FREE)
Carrie Jackson & The Guys in the Band, “Swingin’ & Singin”

New York-based vocalist Carrie Jackson rekindles thoughts of America’s great jazz history. She has performed at top jazz venues in the metropolitan area, and has toured in the USA and abroad. In this concert, Carrie and The Guys in the Band perform selections by Gershwin, Ellington, Lerner & Loewe, and other songs from the Great American Songbook.  A perfect break during the busy holiday season!

FREE!
Summit Free Public Library
75 Maple St., Summit
908-273-0350
www.summitlibrary.org

Dec. 9
4 pm
WINTER CONCERT
“A Light in the Darkness” | Concord Singers

Founded in 1977, Concord Singers is a women’s community chorus under the direction of Anna Lenti and accompanied by Robert Long. The varied selections for this concert include secular and sacred text, and all inspire the holiday spirit. This program was created with the intention of bringing joy to all who come to listen.

$15
Calvary Episcopal Church
31 Woodland Ave., Summit
https://concordsingers.org

Dec. 10
5 pm
WORKSHOP (FREE)
Songwriting Workshop for Teens & Tweens

Learn the basics of songwriting while practicing skills that will unleash your creativity and build collaborative skills needed for strong leadership. Bring your guitar, ukulele, or just your voice! For teens and tweens ages 9 to 19. Teens are eligible for volunteer hours! Registration is required.

FREE
Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Dec. 11
7 – 8 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Dec. 13
2 pm
FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT
Fall Concert Series: Anne & Ridley Enslow – Holidays of Our Founding Fathers

Join costumed colonial musicians Anne and Ridley Enslow, as they perform songs about Washington, Jefferson, Hamilton and other founding fathers, and the way they celebrated traditions such as Christmas and New Year’s in the 18th century. Anne sings and plays hammered dulcimer, a colonial instrument with over 100 strings. Ridley sings and plays a violin made in 1776. An entertaining description precedes every tune, explaining how it fits into American history. Enjoy an engrossing and informative performance!

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
FREE!
www.elizpl.org

Dec. 14
7 pm
CONCERT
CAFÉ Choir Concert

Wharton Arts’ 12-week choral program for adults ages 55 and better explores musical themes (e.g., Jazz, Rock, Great American Songbook, Classical) chosen by the participants. Choir members perform 4-6 songs in this final concert, along with members of the New Jersey Youth Symphony.

FREE
Chatham United Methodist Church
460 Main Street, Chatham
www.whartonarts.org

Dec. 15
5 pm
FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT
Yuletide by Candlelight

Crescent Concerts presents beautiful choral music at this holiday concert – their annual gift to the community.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
http://crescentconcerts.org/
FREE

Dec. 16
2:00 – 3:15 pm
DANCE WORKSHOP (FREE)
Master Class: Commercial Contemporary with Rachel Hettinger

Dance with the Artistic Director of mataphors&smilesDance, a NYC project-based contemporary dance company. Commercial Contemporary is an expressive dance style that fuses movement from more traditional dance techniques (modern, jazz and ballet); this movement is often tailored to commercial entertainment audiences—for stage, television and film.

Ages 10+, Advanced Beginner Level
FREE
Sign up at The Connection or call 908-273-4242. Space is limited.
The Connection
79 Maple St., Summit
https://theconnectiononline.org

Dec. 18
7 – 8 pm
POETRY WORKSHOP (FREE)
Haiku for You

Find your identity in the creation of haiku, the traditional Japanese poem form. Haiku has a simple appearance but, in fewer than 20 syllables, can be philosophical and cryptic. Haiku may also take additional formats besides the familiar 5-7-5 syllabication across three lines. Find your words. Artistic expression isn’t scary. Discover haiku and try a new form of self-expression.

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad St., Elizabeth
908-354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Dec. 25
11 am
FILM & BRUNCH

The “Sunday Arts Brunch” series presents the award-winning film “The Last Laugh” by Ferne Pearlstein. Includes Chinese food and lively conversation.

$8
YM-YWHA of Union County
501 Green Lane, Union
908-289-8112
www.uniony.org

Feb. 14 – Mar. 3
Fridays & Saturdays 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm
THEATRE
Psychodrama

This world premiere seriocomedy by Phoebe Farber tells the story of a divorce support group that meets in a church basement. Through unexpected, unconventional and sometimes even ridiculous means, they eventually find their way toward healing.

$20-$35
Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre
Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit
800-838-3006
www.dreamcatcherrep.org

Feb. 17, 2019
11:30 am
LECTURE & BRUNCH

Join the “Sunday Arts Brunch” series as Marty Schneit presents “The Lower East Side,” a lecture with slide presentation. Includes a healthy, light brunch.

$8
YM-YWHA of Union County
501 Green Lane, Union
908-289-8112
www.uniony.org

Feb. 24
3 pm
SHOWCASE FOR EXCEPTIONAL YOUNG ARTISTS

Crescent Concerts presents their annual concert featuring young musicians ages 18 and younger, chosen by competitive audition.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
http://crescentconcerts.org/

Mar. 17
3 pm
PIPE DREAMS!

The annual Festival of Organists – presented by Crescent Concerts. Don’t miss it.

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield
http://crescentconcerts.org/
General Admission $25, Seniors $20, Students $10

Mar. 19, 2019
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
JAZZ CONCERT (FREE)

The Florian Schantz Jazz Combo performs (program details tba).
FREE
Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard, Kenilworth

Mar. 24, 2019
11:30 am
LECTURE & BRUNCH

The “Sunday Arts Brunch” series presents the award-winning film “Humor Me.” Includes a healthy, light brunch.

$8
YM-YWHA of Union County
501 Green Lane, Union
908-289-8112
www.uniony.org

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