Union County CARES 4th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium
Thursday, April 6 • 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Kean NJCSTM/STEM Building, 1075 Morris Avenue, Union Township

This year’s 4th Annual Union County C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Action, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium is planned and coordinated by YWCA Union County, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and our co-sponsors to shine a spotlight on an issue of major importance that nonetheless is rarely discussed in great detail – domestic violence. Our focus this year is the Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence – the LGBTQ community, the immigrant community, the disabled and older adults, and male victims.

Domestic Violence is estimated to impact 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in their lifetimes, worldwide, and cuts across all racial, economic, religious, ethnic, and other community lines.

Come join us for this educational and impactful conversation.

Race 4 the Children
Sunday, April 23rd • 9:00 am
Warinaco Park, Elizabeth/Roselle

The Friends of the Child Advocacy Center of Union County, New Jersey, is proud to host the 3rd Annual Race 4 the Children on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Warinanco Park in Roselle, NJ (click here for race course map). All proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Union County, New Jersey.

All entrants who register early will receive a T-shirt commemorating the race, and male and female first-place, second-place, and third-place finishers of the 5K will receive VISA gift cards valued at $250, $150, and $100, respectively. Sponsorships are also available for purchase, and all sponsors will be recognized on this website, on printed promotional materials, and in various other formats on the day of the race. For additional information or questions, contact Helene at frndsofuccac@yahoo.com.
Touch-A-Truck
Sunday, April 30th • 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Watchung Reservation

Youngsters can climb aboard dump trucks, bulldozers, police cars, HAZMAT response units, and “The Bear” used by Union County SWAT team in serious emergencies.  

$4/person & children aged 6 & under are FREE  which includes Wild Earth Fest

Rain date is Sunday, May 7th

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

Wild Earth Fest
Sunday, April 30th
Trailside Nature and SciencCenter

An entertaining family event to celebrate the Earth. Learn ways to become eco-friendly & increase your awareness of wildlife conservation.

$4/person & children aged 6 & under are free

Includes admission for Touch-A-Truck

Trailside Nature and Science Center

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
Saturday, June 3rd • 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield

Union County NJ Nile Rogers and Chic R&BBB

Rhythm & Blues by the Brook is a free outdoor music festival that will kick off the Summer season. This popular event features free activities for young children, including inflatable rides, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Returning to Rhythm & Blues by the Brook is the G-Wiz Classic & Exotic Automotive Super Show.

Cedar Brook Park, Plainfield

Rain or Shine

Free event

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

Family Pride CommUNITY Picnic – Celebrating Marriage Equality
June 17, 2017 • Noon – 4:00 pm
Rahway River Park

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to announce the first Family PRIDE CommUNITY Picnic in Union County, celebrating marriage equality in the State of New Jersey, on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. at Rahway River Park.

A family equality rally will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with special guest speakers and performances. Families are invited to bring hand-held signs that celebrate their family.

A 2017 Chairman Initiative event, all families are welcome. “This inclusive family event is an opportunity to bring our families, friends and neighbors together to celebrate the strength of our diversity, and to honor the great strides we’ve made in the movement for equality,” said Freeholder Chairman Bruce H. Bergen.

Learn more

Family Fun & Flix
Multiple Dates • Family fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Movie starts at dusk

Free summer entertainment and film series presented by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. As part of the evening’s events, UC Fit Kids will offer healthy activities for children before the movie, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Movie to begin immediately after at dusk.

July 11 –Finding Dory– Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
July 18 –Storks – Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
July 25 – Sing – Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
August 1 -National Night Out Secret Life of Pets Meisel Park, Springfield
August 8 –Moana Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

Weather Permitting

Summer Arts Festival
Friday, June 23 • 7:30 pm
Oak Ridge Park, Clark

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will kick off the 2017 Summer Arts Festival Concert Series with this concert. The Symphony performance will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Free event.

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

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

Summer Arts Fesival
Various dates •  Concerts begin at 7:30 pm after UC Get FIT Community Yoga.

Artists for each date below will be added soon.  Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy free concerts in our parks!

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside
July 5 
July 12
July 19
July 26
 
Oak Ridge Park, Clark
August 2 
August 9 
August 16
August 22

Weather permitting. Free event

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

National Night Out
Tuesday, August 1 •  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm •  Followed by the movie ‘Secret Life of Pets’
Meisel Park, Springfield

Explore emergency vehicles & check out games, activities, demonstrations, and much more! NNO is followed by the movie ‘Secret Life of Pets’

Meisel Park, Springfield

Free event.

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