Special Event Calendar

Touch-A-Truck

  • The Loop @ Watchung Reservation
  • Sunday, April 28th  11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Weather Permitting
  • 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 28th 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Rain or Shine
  • 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)

Rhythm & Blues by the Brook

  • Artists TBD
  • Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield
  • Saturday, June 1 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Rain or Shine; Free event

Family Fun & Flix

Family Fun & Flix is a free summer entertainment and film series presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Movie to begin immediately after at dusk. Weather Permitting; Free event

  • Tuesday, July 9 A Dog’s Way Home Wheeler Park, Linden
  • Tuesday, July 16 Hotel Transylvania 3 Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • Tuesday, July 23 Lego Movie 2 Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • Monday, July 29 Hotel Transylvania 3 Rutgers Ave. Park, Hillside
  • Tuesday, July 30 Spiderman-Into the Spider-verse Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • Tuesday, August 6 National Night Out Ralph Breaks the Internet Meisel Park, Springfield
  • Monday, August 12 Incredibles 3 Tamaques Park, Westfield
  • Tuesday, August 13 Incredibles 3 Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

Summer Arts Festival

*New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2019 Summer Arts Festival Concert Series with this concert. Free event

  • Friday, June 21, The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: Echo Lake Park @ 7:30 pm In the event of rain, the event will take place indoors at Scotch Plains/Fanwood High School

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

Weather Permitting;  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.

Outdoor Concert – Artist selection coming soon

  • Wednesday, July 10 Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
  • Wednesday, July 17 Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
  • Wednesday, July 24 Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
  • Wednesday, July 31 Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
  • Wednesday, August 7 Oak Ridge Park, Clark
  • Wednesday, August 14 Oak Ridge Park, Clark
  • Wednesday, August 21 Oak Ridge Park, Clark
  • Wednesday, August 28 Oak Ridge Park, Clark

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

Shakespeare in the Park

  • Friday, July 19- Trailside Nature & Science Center, Mountainside Free event; Begins at 6:30pm. In the event of rain, the event will take place indoors at Trailside
  • Sunday, July 28– Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield; Free event; Begins at 12:30pm; Weather permitting

National Night Out

  • Tuesday, August 6 @ 6:00 pm Meisel Park, Springfield

Weather Permitting; 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)

Cultural Events Calendar

Apr. 14
4 pm
CONCERT
Soprano Kristina Bacharach Sings with Piano and Saxophone at Afternoon Music Concert

Pianist Mitchell Vines performs a program of classical music plus cabaret with soprano Kristina Bacharach and saxophonist Sam Sadigursky in the Afternoon Music series. Reception follows the program.

$25  |  Seniors $20  |  Students FREE
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit
4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave.), Summit
908-273-2899
www.summitbeacon.org

Apr. 18
6 pm
THEATRE
L.E.N.T.

Let Everyone ‘No’ the Truth. A spiritually inspired play which focuses on the journey of a secular young man through the 40-day Lenten season.

Tickets $3
Plainfield Senior Citizens Service Center
400 E. Front St. (1st Floor), Plainfield
908-753-3506

Apr 23
7 pm
POETRY
An Evening of Poetry with Paul Muldoon – Pulitzer Prize Winner

Union County invites you to celebrate National Poetry Month with readings by acclaimed poet Paul Muldoon, who received the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the 2003 International Griffin Poetry Prize for his book, Moy Sand and Gravel. Muldoon has been described as “the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.”
FREE!

The Little Theater at Kean University
1000 Morris Ave., Union
culturalinfo@ucnj.org

Apr. 24
7:30 pm
FILM
Jewish Film Festival: “The Catcher was a Spy”

The JCC of Central NJ presents this 2018 period thriller starring Paul Rudd, about the real-life major league baseball player Moe Berg, who lived a double life working for the Office of Strategic Services. 98 minutes.

Rialto New Visions Theatre
250 E. Broad Street, Westfield
www.jccnj.org
$14 in advance $15 at the door

Apr. 28
2 pm
FREE CONCERT
Stan Edwards: Grammy Winning Songs

“Here’s to Dear Old Grammy!” In this musical tribute to the first decade of the Grammys (1958-1967) vocalist Stan Edwards will perform such great award-winning songs as Mack the Knife, Volare, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Moon River, People, and Georgia on My Mind. Sit back and enjoy this toast to a golden era of music.

FREE
Summit Free Public Library
75 Maple Street, Summit
908-273-0350

Apr. 30
7:30 pm
FILM
Jewish Film Festival: “Azimuth”

A day after a cease-fire ending the Six Day War, two soldiers — one Israeli and one Egyptian — are trapped in an abandoned bunker. They communicate in passable English as they alternatively try to kill each other and flash back to their civilian lives and loves. 75 minutes. In Hebrew, Arabic & English, with English subtitles. Presented by the JCC of Central NJ.

Rialto New Visions Theatre
250 E. Broad Street, Westfield
www.jccnj.org
$14 in advance $15 at the door

May 6
7:30 pm
FILM
Jewish Film Festival: “Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel” – Q&A after the film with Israeli pitcher Shlomo Lipetz

A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, this film charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, in 2017, Team Israel ranked among the world’s best. 87 minutes. Presented by the JCC of Central NJ.

Rialto New Visions Theatre
250 E. Broad Street, Westfield
www.jccnj.org
$14 in advance $15 at the door

May 4, 11, 17 & 18 at 8 pm
May 19 at 2 pm
THEATRE
Follies, a musical by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Goldman

The story concerns a reunion in a crumbling Broadway theatre scheduled for demolition, of the past performers of the “Weismann’s Follies,” a musical revue based on the Ziegfeld Follies, that had played in that theatre between the World Wars. It focuses on two couples who attend the reunion.

$25 adults  |  $15 active military & high school students
Westfield Community Players
1000 North Ave. West, Westfield
908-232-1221
www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org

May 14
7:30 pm
FILM
Jewish Film Festival: “Shoelaces”

This engaging, tender family dramedy concerns the relationship between an aging, irascible mechanic and the exuberant special-needs son he abandoned long before, both tested by tribulations that prompt complex questions with profound ramifications. Nominated for eight Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, this film runs 98 minutes. Hebrew with English subtitles.

Rialto New Visions Theatre
250 E. Broad Street, Westfield
www.jccnj.org
$14 in advance $15 at the door

May 19
4 pm
CONCERT
“Keys” – presented by the Concord Singers

Concord Singers’ spring concert, “Keys,” is a sublime mix of classical and contemporary music by composers and arrangers as varied as Sergei Rachmaninoff, Stephen Paulus, Clara Schumann, Emma Lou Diemer, Felix Mendelssohn, and Craig Hella Johnson. Featuring the interplay of voice and piano, the program highlights the beauty of melody and harmony found in the balance between choir and accompaniment. The chorus is directed by Anna Lenti and accompanied by Robert Long. (New members are welcome. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, September through May.)

Calvary Episcopal Church
31 Woodland Ave., Summit
www.concordsingers.org
$15 ($10 for children under 12)

May 20
7:30 pm
FILM
Jewish Film Festival: “Rescue Bus 300”

Presented by the JCC of Central NJ, this film tells the story of armed terrorists who hijacked a bus en route from Tel Aviv to Ashkelon, and led the passengers — innocent civilians — towards refugee camps in Gaza. 75 minutes. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

Rialto New Visions Theatre
250 E. Broad Street, Westfield
www.jccnj.org
$14 in advance $15 at the door

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