CarFit Vehicle Safety for Seniors


Free Event
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites senior residents to participate in a free CarFit event to help ensure mature drivers fit their vehicles properly.

On Wednesday, September 30, from Noon to 3 p.m., personnel from the County’s Public Safety Department will team up with AAA to conduct a CarFit event at the Garwood First Aid Squad, located at 401 Second Avenue in Garwood.

“The Freeholder board is pleased to provide vehicle safety services for our communities,” said Freeholder Chairman Mohamed S. Jalloh. “A proper fit in one’s car can greatly increase not only the driver’s safety but also the safety of others.”

CarFit is a national program aimed at helping senior drivers in the community find their safest fit in their personal vehicle.

A team of trained technicians will work with each participant to ensure they “fit” their vehicle properly for maximum comfort and safety. The event offers drivers a quick, comprehensive check on correct safety belt position, distance from airbags, mirror alignment, and how well their vehicles suit their abilities. It’s a simple checklist that only takes a few minutes to complete.

Union County’s CarFit team is the same team that runs the County’s Child Safety Seat Inspection program, which has helped thousands of County residents over the years.

Hayrides & Campfires

Hayrides & Campfires

Ticketed Event
Includes folk songs around the campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire. Weather permitting event.
Ticket sales begin September 1 – Must be purchased in advance
In-County: $6  |  Out-of-County: $12
Trailside Nature & Science Center
Friday, October 2nd Starting at 6:30pm
Sunday, October 4th Starting at 3:30pm
Friday, October 9th  Starting at 6:30pm
Friday, October 16th  Starting at 6:30pm

Pumpkin Sail

Pumpkin Sail

Ticketed Event
Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to Echo Lake Park the day after Halloween. Watch as your pumpkin is put on a float on the lake, sing songs around the campfire and enjoy hot chocolate and marshmallows. Weather permitting.
Ticket sales begin October 1st
In-County: $12 per family of six
Out-of-County: $16 family of six
Echo Lake Park in Mountainside
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, November 1st
Rain date – November 2nd

Haunted Hayrides


Ticketed Event
The ghost of David Felt, the businessman who built the mill town of Feltville 170 years ago, will be your guide as you ride a haywagon through the darkened Village. He will tell stories of mystery and tragedy so well that they will come to life! Then you can walk, if you dare, into the Village’s Revolutionary War period cemetery and meet other historical figures from the beyond. The hour-long program ends with hot chocolate back at the parking lot.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 16
In-county: $8.00
Out-of-county: $16.00

Deserted Village of Feltville
Watchung Reservation
2 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights
Friday, October 23
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25
Rain date: Monday, October 26
Rides start every half-hour from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; last ride at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday

Purchase Tickets  |  Contact
Ticket purchases are limited to 8 per person. Recommended for ages 6 & up.

Deserted Village

During Four Centuries in a Weekend

Free Event
With 10 buildings that are up to 170 years old and a cemetery dating to 1776, the Deserted Village of Feltville is Union County’s largest historic site. This annual open house of Feltville offers hayrides, guided and self-guided tours, old-fashioned children’s games, and apple cider pressing. There will be an archaeological activity for children, an archaeologist describing the results of explorations at the site, and a quarterly meeting of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, open to the public. All activities are free; light refreshments will be available for purchase. Picnic tables are available.
Deserted Village of Feltville
in Watchung Reservation
2 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights
Saturday, October 17 – 10am to 5pm
Sunday, October 18 – Noon to 5 pm
Rain or Shine
Free Passport Photos


Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi Offers Free Passport Photos on October 3

Union County, NJ – To help travelers avoid the stress and expense of last-minute passport applications, Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi invites Union County residents to apply for or renew their passports on Passport Day 2015, this Saturday October 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the County Clerk’s Office Annex in Westfield, 300 North Avenue East.

No appointment is needed, though applicants must arrive before 1:30 p.m. The normal fee of $10.00 per passport photo will be waived for all applicants.

For more details visit the County Clerk online at, call the Westfield Annex at 908-654-9859, or call the main office in Elizabeth at 908-527-4966.

Fall Troop Horse Show

Free event
Riders will be competing in this fun learning experience. There will be a special Drill Team performance on Saturday at 11:15 am.

Watchung Stables

Friday October 23rd
Saturday October 24th
Sunday October 25th
8:30 am-3:00pm 

Learn More  |  Contact

Recycling Events


Free recycling events for County residents
Electronics 9am to 1pm
Saturday, October 24
Alcatel/Lucent, New Providence
Household Hazardous Waste 9am to 2pm
Saturday, October 17
Alcatel/Lucent, New Providence
Paper Shredding 9am to 1pm
Sat. October 3 –Oak Ridge Park
Wed. October 14 – Galloping Hill Golf Course
Sun, October 25  – Alcatel/Lucent

ADA Basics

ADA image

Free event; RSVP required
As 2015 marks 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this workshop will give an overview of what ADA means for arts and history organizations and the necessary steps for compliance. The workshop will be co-led by John McEwen, Executive Director of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Robert Carr, Director of Programs and Services and ADA Coordinator, at the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Hamilton Stage, Fazioli Room
360 Hamilton Street in Rahway, NJ

Tuesday, October 27
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Admission Free, Pre-registration required

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Holiday Nature Craft Show

Holiday Nature Craft Show

Free admission
Usher in the holidays with the sights and sounds of the season featuring a tree & menorah lighting, as well as a tree decorating contest.
Trailside Nature & Science Center
11:00am – 5:00pm | Sunday, December 6th
Rain or shine event.

UC Advancing Community Theatre

Seasons of Love

Paid, ticketed events
Offered as part of the Union County Freeholder Chairman’s “Building a Community of the Arts” initiatives.  All remaining shows will be at the Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage 
People Helping People presents
Murphy’s Law
Group Therapy Gone Wild
November 13 at 7 PM
November 14 at 3 PM and 7 PM
November 15 at 3 PM
Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway


Four Centuries in a Weekend

Four Centuries Logo

Free Event
Multiple location event providing the opportunity to explore and experience the rich history that has been preserved throughout the County of Union, through tours, demonstrations, displays and reenactments. Rain or shine.
Saturday, October 17th
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 18th
Noon – 5:00 pm

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Programs for People with Disabilities


Gregorio Recreation Center
October 6 + 13
7:00pm – 8:15pm Rain or Shine
An evening with friends while creating a keepsake to take home with you. Run in conjunction with the City of Linden’s Department of Recreation. Registration Fee $8.00
Culinary Delights
Classic Thymes
October 17 9:30am – 11:00am
Rain or Shine
The Master Chefs lead participants in creating a full meal. From beverage to dessert, all to be enjoyed by you during class. Registration Fee $8.00
Barn Dance
The Deserted Village
November 8 2:00pm – 5:00pm
No Rain Date
Join some friends for a country hoe-down at Masker’s Barn. Features include line dancing lessons, square dance caller, country band, hay rides, snacks and refreshments, crafts and games. Families welcome. Please register each family member. Registration Fee: $10.00
Trailside Nature and Science Center
October 5, 19, 26
5:00pm – 6:00pm Rain or Shine
Participants will have the opportunity to learn yoga techniques which provide a variety of physical benefits, including body strengthening, flexibility and relaxation. Breath work will be taught as a tool to help calm the nervous system and clear the mind. During each session, students will be guided into deep relaxation. Yoga mats will be provided. Registration Fee $12.00

Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show

Free event
Explore the fascinating world of rocks, minerals, fossils and gems at Trailside Nature & Science Center. This event will host more than 20 vendors selling minerals, rocks, gemstones, jewelry, sea shells and fossils from around the world. Geologists young and old will be mesmerized by the variety of specimens on display and for sale. Children’s activities will include fossil rubbings, puzzles and a touch table.
Saturday & Sunday, November 7th & 8th
12:00 – 5:00 pm | Rain or Shine
Trailside Nature & Science Center

Art Galleries

 Pearl Street Gallery

Free galleries to view
Come view rotating original artwork and photography from local artist groups, individuals and nonprofit organizations.
Pearl Street Gallery
633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth
August 17th – October 23rd
Suree Minnatee (Elizabeth, NJ) featuring Graphic Design

October 26th – December 31st
Sam Awad (Summit, NJ) featuring Photographs


Freeholders Gallery
6th Floor Union County Administration Building
10 Elizabethtown Plaza in Elizabeth
August 19th – September 30th
Bridgeway Fine Arts Instruction Program

October 1st – October 30th
Art Outside the Box Finalists

November 2nd – January 4th
Teen Arts Traveling Exhibit


Teen Arts Traveling Exhibit

September 25th – October 30th
Cranford Library
224 Walnut Street in Cranford

November 2nd – January 4th
Freeholders Gallery
Union County Administration Building

January 5th – January 30th
Plainfield Public Library
850 Park Avenue in Plainfield


History on Tap

M&D Tavern

Paid event
The Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs and the Merchants and Drovers Tavern Museum will host a social gathering for young history professionals in the Museum’s 1790s historic tavern including a performance of period music in Colonial costumes of the late 18th century. 
Friday, November 6th
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Merchants and Drovers Tavern
1632 St. Georges Avenue in Rahway

Admission is $10.00 
Includes 2 Drink vouchers (max)
Contact | Registration coming soon