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The Special Needs carnival scheduled for this Saturday June 23rd from 12pm – 3pm has been cancelled due to forecasted rain and will be rescheduled to a future date soon to be determined.

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is proud to present Shakespeare in the Park featuring the performance by the Shrew Mechanicals SOMETHING SHAKESPEARE THIS WAY COMES by William Shakespeare

FREE ADMISSION Pack a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs and head out to Union County parks

Sunday, July 8 at 7 pm Raymond Wood Baurer Promenade in Linden

Friday, July 13 at 7 pm Echo Lake Park in Mountainside

Sunday, July 22 at 12:30 pm Cedar Brook Park in Plainfield

Spring Park Activities

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


  • 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

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

UC Fit Yoga begins in the parks at 6:30. The concerts begin at 7:30.

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
Friday, June 22 – New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (rain site UCPAC)
Wednesday, July 11 – Black Dog (The Led Zeppelin Tribute)
Wednesday, July 18 – 5 Against 1 (Tribute to Pearl Jam)
Wednesday, July 25 – The Vinny’s / Katfish Lucy

Oak Ridge Park, Clark
Wednesday, August 1 – Jo Bonanno & the Godsons of Soul
Wednesday, August 8 – American Rapture
Wednesday, August 15 – Brother John Brown (The Woodstock Era)  
Wednesday, August 22 – Dead On Live (The Grateful Dead Experience)

Rain or Shine: NO


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

Cultural Events Calendar

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July 12–29
Thur–Sat at 8 pm | Sat & Sun at 3 pm

Maryanne and James are forced to confront the possibility that their popular son is capable of a horrible act. As social media explodes over the incident, the couple struggles to hold their splintering family together.

Vaughn Eames Hall
Tickets $15 – $30
Kean University
1000 Morris Ave., Union

Jul 29
3 pm
The August Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Michael Avagliano presents an afternoon concert performance of: Mendelssohn’s Overture in C Major Opus 24; Richard Strauss’s Serenade for Winds, Opus 7; Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major (with Andrew Filippone, Trumpet Soloist); and Brahms’s Symphony #1 in C minor, Opus 68.

Westfield Presbyterian Church
140 Mountain Ave., Westfield
(Free admission)

Aug. 13–17
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Summer Dance Intensive with Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Immerse yourself in a fabulous week of dancing, development, discovery, performance, dialogue, and community. This one-week dance intensive (for ages 13 to adult) offers classes in contemporary modern technique, Dorfman repertory, improvisation and partnering, and Pilates, plus workshops with renowned guest artists. Visit website for full details. Culminates in a performance (free to the public) featuring all participants.

Tuition: $375
Harwood Arena at Kean University
1000 Morris Ave., Union