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Hayrides & Campfires

Hayrides & Campfires

Annual Hayrides and Campfires in Warinanco Park and the Watchung Reservation. Hayride and Campfires include folk songs around the campfire, hot chocolate and marshmallows toasted over the fire. Weather permitting event.

6:30pm – 9:30 pm
Warinanco Park
Friday, September 18
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
Ticket sales begin September 1
In-County: $6.00
Out-of-County: $12.00

Pumpkin Sail

Pumpkin Sail

Bring your carved jack-o-lantern to Echo Lake Park the day after Halloween and join others for Great Pumpkin Sail. 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.

Echo Lake Park in Mountainside
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday, November 1st
Rain date – November 2nd
Ticket sales begin October 1st
In-County: $12 per family of six
Out-of-County: $16 family of six
Haunted Hayrides

John Willcocks

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.

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

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 16 at
Trailside Nature & Science Center (Mountainside)
Union County Administration Building (Elizabeth)
Colleen Fraser Building (Westfield)

In-county: $8.00
Out-of-county: $16.00

Ticket purchases are limited to 8 per person. Recommended for ages 6 & up.


For further information, contact Trailside Nature & Science Center at 908-789-3670 or dv@ucnj.org.

Four Centuries in a Weekend at the Deserted Village

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, Watchung Reservation
2 Cataract Hollow Road, Berkeley Heights
Saturday, October 17 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 18 – Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine
For further information, contact 908-789-3682 or dv@ucnj.org

Four Centuries in a Weekend

Four Centuries Logo

Free, 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

View the sites

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Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival is a celebration of Early American life featuring music, children’s crafts, games, demonstrations and displays, a petting zoo and much more. Rain or shine event.

Trailside Nature & Science Center
11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 27th
$4 per person
Ages 7 and under are free (fees are charged for some activities)

Fall Troop Horse Show

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 

Free admission

Recycling Events


Electronics 9am to 1pm
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Alcatel/Lucent, New Providence
Household Hazardous Waste 9am to 2pm
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Alcatel/Lucent, New Providence
Paper Shredding 9am to 1pm
Thursday, September 17, 2015 – Linden Recycling Center
Saturday, September 26, 2015 – Westfield Memorial Pool
Saturday, October 3, 2015 –Oak Ridge Park
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – Galloping Hill Golf Course
Sunday, October 25, 2015 – Alcatel/Lucent

ADA Basics

ADA image

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 McEwon, 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

Holiday Nature Craft Show

Holiday Nature Craft Show

Usher in the holidays with the sights and sounds of the season at the 32nd Annual Holiday Nature Craft Show at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside. This event also features a tree & menorah lighting, as well as a tree decorating contest.  Rain or shine event.

Trailside Nature & Science Center
11:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 6th
Free admission

UC Advancing Community Theatre

Seasons of Love

Offered as part of the Union County Freeholder Chairman’s “Building a Community of the Arts” initiatives.  All remaining shows will be at UCPAC’s Hamilton Stage – 360 Hamilton Street, Rahway

Fearless Hearts Inc. presents Andrew Lippa’s musical The Wild Party
September 11, 12, 18, 19, 26 at 8 PM
September 20, 27 at 3 PM,

Someone’s Daughter presents The Wizard of Oz
November 6 at 8 PM
November 7 at 3 PM and 8 PM
November 8 at 3PM

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

New Jersey Notary Training


Friday, September 25, 2015
9:30am – 11:30am

Union County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Freeholder Vice Chairman Bruce Bergen will be hosting a course that will encompass all aspects of being a Notary Public including the application process and legal requirements and responsibilities enabling you to perform your function as a Notary Public with confidence and skill.
$5 registration fee. RSVP is required.
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Programs for People with Disabilities


Gregorio Recreation Center
October 6 + 13 or October 13 + 20
7:00pm – 8:15pm Rain or Shine
An evening with friends while creating a keepsake to take home with you. This program is 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
September 14, 21, 28 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
Fall Fishing Derby
Echo Lake Park
September 19 10:00am – 1:00pm
Rain Date September 20
The Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club will provide another day of fabulous fishing fun including contests and a hot dog lunch! Enjoy fishing with your own pole, or use one that is provided. Bring a chair and don’t miss out on the fun!
Free event.

Rock, Gem & Jewelry Show

Saturday & Sunday, November 7th & 8th
12:00 – 5:00 pm | Rain or Shine
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. Admission is free.

Art Galleries

 Pearl Street Gallery

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, 2016
Teen Arts Traveling Exhibit


Teen Arts Traveling Exhibit

August 28th – September 25th
ConnectOne Bank
2003 Morris Avenue in Union Twp

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

The Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs and the Merchants and Drovers Tavern will hold a social gathering with a performance/presentation of period music. The performers will play the hammered dulcimer and a French violin made in 1776.

They will both sing and appear in Colonial costumes from the 1770s era. In addition to the music, they have an entertaining
percussion instrument called the limber jack that people will be able to play, and they will recite toasts also there will be sing-alongs
and even a Colonial dance that will be taught.

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)