Special Event Calendar

Summer Arts Festival

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

Echo Lake Park, Mountainside – Friday
Due to expected inclement weather for Friday, the Summer Arts Festival featuring the NJ Symphony Orchestra will be moved to the Scotch Plains / Fanwood High School.
June 21 – New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Echo Lake Park – Wednesdays
July 10 – Radio Petty (The Best of Tom Petty)
July 17 – Verdict
July 24 – Black Dog (The Led Zeppelin Tribute)
July 31 – Marc Muller’s Grateful Jamband (Grateful Dead)

Oak Ridge Park, Clark – Wednesdays
Aug 7 – American Rapture
Aug 14 – Rob Paparozzi Juke Joint
Aug 21 – Hey Bulldog (Tribute to the Beatles)
Aug 28 –  We May Be Right (The Billy Joel Experience)

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

  • July 9 – A Dogs Way Home @ Wheeler Park, Linden
  • July 16 – Hotel Transylvania 3 @ Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • July 23 – Lego Movie 2 @ Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • July 29 – Hotel Transylvania 3 @ Rutgers Ave. Park, Hillside
  • July 30 –Spiderman-Into the Spider-Verse @ Warinanco Park, Elizabeth
  • August 6 – Ralph Breaks the Internet @ Meisel Park, Springfield (with NNO)
  • August 12 – Incredibles 2 @ Tamaques Park, Westfield
  • August 13 –Incredibles 2 @ Warinanco Park, Elizabeth

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

Jun 19
3:00 pm (note fixed time)
Bollywood Dance Workshop

Come learn and explore the distinctively upbeat and funky Bollywood Dance (a mixture of belly dancing, Kathak, Indian Folk and jazz dance), popularized by India’s film industry. This fun workshop led by Hemadri Saxena is free and open to public, but space is limited – to reserve a space, call 908-273-4242.

The Connection
79 Maple St., Summit

Jun 24
10 am
Beth & Scott

Bring your children to this fun, interactive concert. Beth and Scott will play guitar and sing a wide range of songs while children and their families sing, dance and participate in the performance. Part of the summer reading kickoff party, the concert will include songs about this year’s theme “A Universe of Stories.”

Linden Public Library
31 East Henry St., Linden

Jul 22
7 pm
Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus” – presented by Hudson Shakespeare Company

In the warring city-state of Rome, neighboring tribes battle for wealth, power, and land. Coriolanus, Rome’s finest soldier, conquers the latest enemies of Rome, but returns only to be hated by her people. Trying to re-establish itself, Rome seeks a Consul and Coriolanus seems to be just the person for the job — but will her pride and disdain for the people get in the way? Can Coriolanus win the hearts of the Roman people? Can a soldier make a good politician? And, what happens to a person abandoned by their home?

Kenilworth Public Library
548 Boulevard, Kenilworth

Jul 28
3 pm
The August Symphony

Michael Avagliano conducts the orchestra in a program of classical music including: Overture to the Magic Flute K. 620 by W. A. Mozart; Knoxville, Summer 1915 by Samuel Barber (with vocal soloist Stacia Thiel); and Symphony #8 in G Major Op. 88 by Antonin Dvorak.

Westfield Presbyterian Church
140 Mountain Ave., Westfield

Aug 3
11 am
Meredith LeVande Monkey’s “Monkey, Monkey Music”

Children will love this fun, interactive concert of songs, with dance and musical activities. Dressed in her cowgirl outfit, Meredith LeVande performs music about the fun of reading, celebrating this year’s summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories.”

Linden Public Library
31 East Henry St., Linden

Aug 12–Aug 16
9:30–5:30 daily (5 days)
NJ Summer Dance Weeklong Intensive with Carolyn Dorfman Dance

During this special week, daily classes are offered in modern/contemporary technique, Dorfman repertory, partnering, Pilates, and workshops with renowned guest artists. Join the inner circle of this dance troupe, including personal attention, conversations and community-building. The week culminates in a performance featuring all participants and the artists of Carolyn Dorfman Dance. Ages 13 through adult, beginner level through advanced.

Students may register for the Pre-Professional/Professional track (video audition required) or the Open Level/Community track. Need-based scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration: Early Bird (before July 1): $350; Regular: $400

D’Angola Gym (Harwood Arena), Kean University
1000 Morris Ave., Union