The 11th Annual Princeton Festival Begins June 6th!

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NEW LISTENING CHOICES FOR THIS YEAR’S PRINCETON FESTIVAL AUDIENCES
Country Music, Indian Music and Dance, and Baroque Orchestra join the line-up for the three week long program in June

The Princeton Festival in its eleventh season continues to bring new and different genres to its audiences. This year’s Festival, which runs from June 6 to June 28, will feature for the first time country music by the guitar duo “Striking Matches”, traditional Indian Music and Dance by Pradhanica, and a concert by the Festival Baroque Orchestra to join the wide program of opera, musical comedy, chamber and choral music, piano recital, jazz and a cappella jazz, not to mention the Festival’s own piano competition for young artists.

“Striking Matches” is currently making a grand stir on the country music scene. The new CD by the singer-songwriter, guitar-wieldingStriking-Matches duo of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis, “Nothing but the Silence” produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, hit the music scene in March and was covered extensively by major media. The duo has been in great demand since and is in the midst of an East Coast tour. Their own special brand of music brings together blues, pop, country and rock. “Striking Matches” began its rise in 2012, leading to its frequent appearances on Grand Ole Opry and other top country music stages. Their appearance with the Festival is on Sunday, June 21 at 7:30pm in the McAneny Theatre at Princeton Day School.

From the other side of the world comes traditional northern Indian music and dance performed by Pradhanica, a Kathak dance and world drum ensemble. Their dynamic, spinning dance and haunting music are driven by spell-binding rhythms. Composition is by rhythm master Pandit Divyang Vakil, for many years a leader in teaching the North East about Indian dance. Pradhanica will perform on Saturday, June 27 at 8pm in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. In line with their mission to show the world more of this engaging Indian artform the group will give a free public demonstration at Clark Music Center, The Lawrenceville School on Saturday, June 6 at 4pm.

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Another first for the Festival is a concert by the Festival Baroque Orchestra. Playing on period instruments, the chamber orchestra led by concertmaster Juan Carlos Zamudio will present a program of music by Baroque masters on Wednesday, June 24 at 7:30pm in Miller Chapel at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton. The concert in the chapel setting will give the audience a chance to take a step back in time to the late 17th and early 18th centuries with music by Heinrich Biber, Georg Muffat, Georg Friedrich Handel and J.S.Bach.

The new features in The Princeton Festival’s June program are framed by the familiar elements that have been the mainstays of the Festival in its past ten seasons, Mozart’s The LeNozze-di-FigaroMarriage of Figaro was written in 1786 but it remains one of the most popular operas in the repertoire world wide. The upcoming production features rising opera stars to bring to life the human comedy and moving music that continue to speak to us in the twenty first century. Concordia Chamber Players return with their always adventurous programming, this year ranging from Mozart and Mendelssohn to a serenade for flute by Edward T. Cone. Jazz is well represented to jazz afficiandos by pianist Falkner Evans, and pure enjoyment awaits listeners with the a cappella jazz of West Side 5 and The Tribunes. The Festival’s Conducting Master Class will culminate in a choral concert in which the conductor participants will show their new and polished skills. Fei-Fei Dong was a finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano competition. She plays an all Chopin recital for the Festival audience. The Festival’s own Piano Competition for Young Performers will continue to bring in top talent from the mid Atlantic region and beyond. No musical comedy could be younger and more fresh than the Tony award-winning The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which will bring its laughter and song to audiences in ten performances.

For more information about the three weeks of the Festival and a link to ticket sales (handled by McCarter Theater), visit www.princetonfestival.org. To purchase tickets by phone, call McCarter Theatre at 609-258-2787.

Enjoy Summer Fun at the Tri-County Fair: June 11th – 14th, 2015

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FOUR AWESOME DAYS OF FREE SUMMER FUN AT THE TRI-COUNTY FAIR

Mark you calendars now! On Thursday, June 11 through Sunday, June 14 treat your family to wholesome entertainment at the Tri-County Fair. There will be thrill rides, carnival games, face painting, fireworks, awesome music, a car show, great food and more!slide-two-img-one

The excitement of carnival attractions including rides, games, music and more is coming to the Morris County area at the sprawling 107 acre site of Christ Church located at 140 Green Pond Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866 – Exit 37 off of RT-80.

Come out and enjoy classic rides such as the Ferris Wheel, kiddie rides and the Zipper, games of chance, great fair foods such as gourmet Belgian waffles by Waffle DeLys, oven roasted turkey legs, handmade crepes by Bonjour Creperie, fried Oreo’s, delicious homemade lemonade and much more!

The Tri-County Fair will also feature free family entertainment such as; family friendly music, a spectacular fireworks show, a complimentary musical showcase where local bands will display their talents and entertain fair-goers and an old time car show complete with 50’s music!

Tri-County Fair admission and parking are free and all the festivities will happen on the sprawling 107-acre campus of Christ Church, 140 Green Pond Road in Rockaway. For excitement that won’t break the bank, be sure to get your Advanced Sale Ride Tickets now. Save big with 33% off the cost of all rides on the midway.slide-three2

On opening night, Thursday, June 11, get a jump start to the fun at a huge discount with an Unlimited Ride Band—pay one price and enjoy every ride on the midway. The can’t-miss Fireworks Extravaganza is Friday, June 12 under the evening stars. The fun continues with impressive musical talent; catch the performances on The Showcase, Saturday, June 13. On Sunday, June 14 the Fair caps off with some good ole’ 1950’s music including a classic and custom car show.

For directions to the Tri-County Fair, ticket purchases or more information call 973-783-1010 or visit www.TriCountyFair.org.

Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival Named Top 10 in Country!

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A local event has been recognized as one of the best in the country. The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival was named a top-10 food truck festival in the United States by Vacation Idea.

Last year’s 1st Annual Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival took place in Sept. and brought roughly 7500 people to the event. This year’s event doubles the fun with the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally June 26 to 28 and Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival Sept. 11 to 13. Both events are owned and operated by Stallion Marketing LLC. They will once again be held at Kix McNutley’s, 63rd and Landis Ave.

“We are absolutely honored to be recognized for this top award and bring more recognition to our event,” said Stallion Marketing LLC owner Denis Brown. “This just shows the location, trucks, and people involved are doing a great job.”

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The new Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally will feature roughly 16 food trucks, including a mix of trucks that visited Sea Isle City last fall and some new trucks. Confirmed trucks for the rally include returning trucks like Vito’s Hot Dogs, Cha Yen, Sum Pig, Mike’s Pretzels, Zinna’s Bistro, El Lechon De Negron, Kix Lincoln Grill, Waffle De Lys, Five Sisters and Shore Shake. Also, PB&U, and Spectrum Farm to Truck are confirmed as new trucks, with a number of other trucks to be named closer to the event.

“The event was a great addition to Sea Isle City,” said Kix McNutley’s owner and Sea Isle City Mayor Len Desiderio. “We were happy to be able to offer the event twice this year because the visitors had such a good time last year.

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More information on the Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival can be found at www.seaislecityfood.com. A direct link for the top ten article can be found at www.vacationidea.com/ideas/best-food-truck-festivals.html

Events to Check Out this Weekend April 24 – 26, 2015

New Jersey Spring Wine Festival – April 24

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New York Wine Events is pleased to invite you to the 8th Annual New Jersey Spring Wine Festival on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the Hilton Short Hills Hotel, New Jersey’s Premier Urban Resort. Celebrate spring and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines selected by the Wine Library! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — awesome wines for Spring and Summer!Join us from 7-10pm, hang out and meet up with other wine lovers while enjoying live jazz. Our 8th Annual Spring Wine Festival promises to be yet another great night of wine and merriment to remember.

Date: Friday, April 24th, 2015; 7pm to 10pm
Address: Hilton Short Hills; 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: Buy tickets HERE

*5% Off with code NJISNTBORING
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Chiller Theatre – April 24 – 26

The Chiller Theatre Toy, Model and Film Expo, held twice a year at the Parsippany Sheraton aka the Tara Hotel in April and Oct, is your Premiere Convention for all things Cool! Chiller Theatre, with over 24 years in the business, is your #1 stop for the Best Celebrities, Dealers rooms that are second to none, a Rock n Roll Costume Party the Saturday Night of both events and in association with WPIX Channel 11 in NY, they’ve brought back the TV show you know and love every Halloween, namely CHILLER THEATRE movie night!

Dates: April 24th -26th, 2015
Address: Sheraton Parsippany Hotel- 199 Smith Rd, Parsippany
Cost: To get tickets click Here
For more information like them on Facebook and follow them on twitter @ChillerTheatre
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Fast Tracks and Food Trucks – April 25

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Come out to Six Flags Great Adventure for this incredible food and wine festival. With various local wineries and 20 gourmet food trucks, the event is sure to be fun for everyone!

Date: April 25th, 2015; 12pm to 7pm
Address: Six Flags Great Adventure; 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson
Cost: Six Flags Admission, Wine Tasting – $12.99 in advance, $15.99 at the door
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Spring Fling @ Natali Vineyards – April 25

SPRING FLING 2015Join us on April 25th from 1-6pm as the vines awaken! Spring is a beautiful time of year on our farm as the vines begin to wake up from their long winter nap. Our live entertainment for this Event will be Arianne Rox, playing from 1:30pm-5:30pm. Tastings, sangria or wine by the glass, or purchase a bottle and grab a table in the vineyard. There will be a variety of different local vendors on hand. There is enough space for the entire family, including the dog! We also have a picnic area, a bocce ball court, and horseshoes.

Dates: Saturday, April 25th, 2015; 1pm to 6pm
Address:221 N Delsea Dr, Cape May Court House
Cost: Free admission
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Warren Arts, Crafts, & Craft Beers – April 25

Original Artists & Crafters eligible for cash prizes. Online registration. The Festival includes Artists, Crafters, Vendors, Craft Beers, Live Music, & Horse Drawn Carriage Rides!

Date:  Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Address: Downtown Washington; 44 E. Washington Ave., Washington
Cost: Free to attend
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Rutgers Day – April 25

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On Saturday, April 25, Rutgers will roll out the scarlet carpet for its 7th annual Rutgers Day celebration, inviting New Jerseyans of all ages to experience their state university at a family-friendly day packed with more than 500 free programs including stage performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures and more. Visitors to the Cook/Douglass Campus can enjoy traditional activities like Ag Field Day, and the New Jersey Folk Festival, while the Rutgers Business School Carnival, health sciences programs, and the School of Engineering barbecue are just a few events featured on the Busch Campus. A parade led by the Rutgers Pep Band will kick-off activities on the College Avenue Campus including a variety of children’s activities, the popular R Garden, and BIG 10 tent. Free shuttle buses allow visitors the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of all 3 campuses.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Address: Rutgers University; 101 Somerset St., New Brunswick
Cost: Free to attend
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Somers Point Bayfest – April 25

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A 14-block block party along Bay Avenue packed with over 120 crafters, 38 food vendors, 15 children activities, live musical bands, and bicycle and kayak giveaways. The Somers Point Bayfest is now the largest, single day festival in South Jersey.

Date: Saturday, April 25th, 2015; 10am to 5pm
Address: Bay Ave., Somers Point, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Waretown Spring Wine Festival – April 25 & 26

The event will feature NJ Wineries, crafters, food truck and live entertainment. The event hours are Noon – 5 pm each day. Enjoy Live music while sampling New Jersey WInes! Tickets $12 in Advance ….$15 at the gate (designated drivers or under 21 years are free)

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Waretown Recreation and Lake Area; 182 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown
Cost: $12 in Advance, $15 at the gate (DDs or under 21 years are free)
Get Tickets HERE
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Food Truck and Wine Festival – April 25 & 26

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To be held in the upper field surrounded by the natural beauty of the mature vineyard with panoramic views of the surrounding hillsides. Featuring cuisine from the region’s most award-winning food trucks and live music by Jeff Bellfy and Co. Admission includes entrance to the event, parking, and music. Wine tastings are available for an additional $10 per person

Dates: April 25 & 26, 2015
Address: Village of Finesville; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford
Cost: $10 adults, $5 Kids
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Terhune Orchards 40th Anniversary Celebration – April 25 & 26

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Stop by Terhune Orchards on the weekend of April 25 and 26 and celebrate our 40th anniversary with us! Thank you reception for our customers’ support over the years at 12:30 pm. Enjoy a free farm tour and get an inside look at the farm behind the scenes, and learn about the farm’s history from the Mounts. Free light refreshments including cider and donuts, and free wine tasting. Farm tour at 1 pm both days.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Free
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Lambertville Shad Festival – April 25 & 26

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Featuring over 80 of the area’s finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment. Get your O’Fish’l Shad Fest T Shirt designed by a local artist.You’ll find everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more! In The Food Court: everything from taco salads to fried Calamari! There will also be shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade! Family fun: Face Painting, Sand Art, and other children’s games and activities. Kids will go crazy for the rides because they’re back! Don’t miss the fun and educational shad seining demonstrations down at Lewis Island where the Delaware River Basin Commission will be teaching us about how to test water quality. Over 150 original art posters, created and donated by local artists, are on display and will be auctioned off on Sunday to raise money for scholarships.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: 11 Bridge St., Lambertville, NJ
Cost: Free to attend
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Day of the Wolf – April 25 & 26

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A Creation Entertainment Salute to the MTV Hit Series TEEN WOLF.

Dates: April 25th & 26th, 2015
Address: Marriott Hanover; 1401 New Jersey 10, Whippany, NJ
Cost: $20+ Buy Here
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Makers Market – April 26

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Jersey Shore Artists present their various wares…jewelry, glass, pottery, hand made soaps and lotions, handbags and more…in time for Mothers Day and Summer living.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 1-5 p.m.
Address: St. James Episcopal Church, 69 Broad St., Eatontown
Cost: Free to Attend
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Red Bank 4th Annual International Food Festival – April 26

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Twenty-five of Red Banks finest restaurants will be serving International favorites outdoors at the event. It will also feature International beers, wines and great entertainment on two stages.Family Friendly! This really, unbelievable event is a fundraiser. The proceeds will benefit Red Bank RiverCenter and other deserving local non-profit groups.

Date: Sunday, April 26th, 2015; Noon to 7pm
Address: White St., Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $5 admission for anyone over age 10.

Twitter Contest! Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must Follow @NJIsntBoring and @BigBrewBeerFest on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Twitter you must ReTweet it.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 20th at 8pm. There will be  a Twitter post declaring the winner!

Additional Details:BBNJS

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming back to Sussex County, NJ!

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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 Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is returning to the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta, New Jersey on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.  The Fest will be outdoors and under tents.

Over 200 styles of craft beer will be available for tasting, and many New Jersey breweries will be featured including Sussex County’s popular Angry Erik Brewing.

There will also be six great food trucks on-site including award-winning food trucks The Cow & The Curd, Oink & Moo BBQ, Empanada Guy, Waffle de Lys, The Outslider and Pizza Vita.

Big Brew Sussex will also feature a Mechanical Bull, which is certain to add to the festive atmosphere.

Music will be provided by high-energy local cover band Sick Star Nation.

Big Brew Sussex Festival is a benefit to support the effort to restore the historic Newton Fire Museum, which due to needed repairs is in danger of closing its doors forever.  The intrinsic value of what the museum contains and represents to the community is priceless. Please visit their website to make a direct donation  www.newtonfiremuseum.org                                                                   

Sponsors for the event include Salt Gastropub and The Trout and the Troll (both of Byram, NJ) and No Idea Sports. Partners include New Jersey Craft Beer and New Jersey Isn’t Boring.

SESSION TIMES:     1:30 PM -5:30 PM

SESSION PRICING:   General Admission – $53     Designated Driver -$10

(Note: ticket prices will increase on April 25th and again on May 2nd).

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com
All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Please note that knapsacks and large bags are not permitted on the Festival grounds.

Win 2 Free Tickets to The Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival on May 9!

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Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. With over 200 unique tastings it’s a great place to discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives. Great craft beer, food trucks, live music, mechanical bull and more!!

I am giving away 2 FREE tickets to the event!

Here’s How to Enter the Facebook Contest:
1. You must “like” New Jersey Isn’t Boring and The Big Brew Beer Festival on Facebook.
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must LIKE and COMMENT  it as well. If you do not like/comment it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, April 6th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Additional Details:BBNJS

The Big Brew Beer Festival is coming back to Sussex County, NJ!

The Big Brew Sussex Fest on May 9th will feature:
* Outdoors & Under Tents at the Sussex County Fairgrounds
* 200+ Craft Beers
* 6 Food Trucks
* Mechanical Bull
* Music by Sick Star Nation

Big Brew Sussex Beer Festival is also a benefit for the Newton Fire Museum.

Don’t Wait to Purchase Tickets!

Pricing will increase 2 weeks and 1 week before event

Tickets are available at: www.bigbrewnj.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Date: Saturday, May 9th, 2015; 1:30pm
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds 37 Plains Rd, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $53 GA, $10 Designated Driver. Ticket Price increases on April 25th. Get Tickets HERE

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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 

Events for this Weekend – March 13th – 15th, 2015

St Patrick’s Day Parades/Events:

St. Patrick’s Day at the Allaire Village – March 14th at 10am
Wildwood St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration – March 14th @ 11:30am (Free)
Atlantic City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14th @ 1pm (Free)
Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14th @ 1pm (Free)
Sea Isle City St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14th @ 3:30pm (Free)
Hackettstown St. Patricks Day Parade – March 15th @ 3:30pm (Free)

Monster Mania Con – March 13th – 15th

MONSTER-MANIA CON provides horror film fans the best opportunity to meet the biggest names in all of horror history. MONSTER-MANIA CON offers fans the chance to get autographs, participate in Q&A sessions with the stars, shop our large dealers area and watch films til 2AM.

Address: Crowne Plaza – 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill
Dates: March 13th – 15th, 2015
For more info, like them on Facebook
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Sugar Loaf Crafts Festival – Mar 13 – 15

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It’s the perfect time for a pre-spring shopping spree! More than 250 American artisans will personally show and sell their handcrafted work at the 22nd Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 15, 2015. Specially selected for their creativity, quality of materials and excellence of workmanship, the artists will delight visitors with handcrafted pieces for the wardrobe, home and garden. The Festival is a great place to find unique gifts for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, as well as for graduates and newlyweds. In addition to viewing captivating demonstrations, visitors can indulge their palettes with small-batch foods to try and buy from specialty purveyors. Children’s entertainment makes the show a fun weekend activity for the whole family.

Dates: March 13th – 15th, 2015
Address: Garden State Exhibit Center; 50 Atrium Dr., Somerset
Cost: $10 a day, buy tickets in advance HERE
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Grapes and Shamrocks – Mar 14

Ticket includes 4 course meal, green sangria or wine.

Date: Saturday, March 14th, 2015; 6pm to 10pm
Address: Cava Winery; 3619 Route 94, Hamburg
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at door. Get tix HERE
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Sharrott Winery St. Paddy’s Celebration – Mar 14 & 15

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It is time for green again! Our annual “Guess the Green Wine Contest’ is in celebration of St. Patty’s Day. Come on in and taste the green and tell us what wine it is. All tastings will be accompanied by Irish Soda Bread.

Dates: March 14th & 15th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Sharrott Winery; 370 S. Egg Harbor Twp, Hammonton
Cost: Free admission, $8 wine tasting
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4 JG’s Vineyard’s St Patrick’s Wine Weekend – Mar 14 & 15

A house favorite, we will be serving our famous potato soup and open face corned beef sandwiches.

Dates: March 14th & 15, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: 4 JG’s Vineyard; 127 Hillsdale Road, Colts Neck
Cost: Cover charge $10 includes tasting, light lunch, and souvenir wine glass.
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Brook Hollow Winery’s St Patrick’s Day – Mar 14 & 15

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Join your favorite Leprechaun and our favorite Irish Bartender as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! We are providing you with delicious Corned Beef, Cabbage, and Potatoes to enjoy when you stop in the weekend before St. Patrick’s Day! Live music will be provided both days, who knows maybe you’ll hear your favorite Irish jig! Food to be available while it lasts, pay when you arrive and receive your wristband to participate in the festivities!

Date: March 14th & 15th, 2015; Noon to 5pm
Address: Brook Hollow Wineryl 594 State Hwy 94, Columbia
Cost: $10
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Laurita Irish Festival – Mar 14 & 15

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Join us for an amazing few days of delicious Irish food, Irish Step Dancing, and the beauty of Laurita Winery! It’s another one of those Laurita weekends you DON’T want to miss!

Dates: March 14 & 15, 2015; Noon to 8pm
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt
Cost: TBD
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Jersey Shore Comic Book Show – March 15

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Guest artists! Cosplay groups! Fun for the whole familyGuests include Alexander Simmons, Howard Bender, Rusty Gilligan, Bob Petrecca, Joe del Beato. Also featuring Ghostbusters and Star Wars cosplay groups.

Date: Sunday, March 15th, 2015; 10am – 4pm
Address: Toms River Elks, 600 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ.
Cost: $3
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival – March 15- 29

Founded in 2000 by Caren and Herbert Ford, the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival has become one of the premier Jewish cultural events in the state. Enthusiastic MetroWest audiences anticipate the annual festival that offers the best of Israeli, American and international films of Jewish interest. As the festival has grown, so too has the number of high caliber Jewish-related films.  We promise a roster of first-run offerings that are nothing short of remarkable and, best of all, you can see enjoy them close to home! These are films that have not been shown in commercial theatres or on television. We also offer post screening discussions with the insightful speakers and commentators, including scholars, actors and directors. In addition to its two-week spring run, the festival offers several film programs at other times of the year, including the Reel Series and extra!. The festival offers many exciting opportunities to explore the breadth of the Jewish experience through cultural events that enrich the lives of thousands.

Events to Check Out This Weekend – Feb 27 – March 1st, 2015

Girls Night Out – Feb 27

Want to escape for a night from the stress at home and work!? Grab your favorite ladies and join us for a Girls Night Out at Lago Restaurant, Lounge & Banquet Hall! There will be live entertainment, vendors and four exclusive fashion shows! Diane & Co. will be displaying high-end women’s evening wear fashions followed by Cocktail dresses! Studio One Lingerie will be showcasing sexy women’s lingerie and the event will end with an exclusive Mens exotic underwear preview! The dance floor will be open all night! Engaged? Invite your whole bridal party! Vendors will be offering their products at exclusive Girls Night Out discounts so bring your wallets! Shop, dance, eat, drink and be fashionable all night long at Girls Night Out! And don’t forget, “What happens at Girls Night, stays at Girls Night,” and your secrets are safe with us!

Date: Friday, February 27th, 2015; 7pm to 10pm
Address: Lago; 230 Washington Pl., North Brunswick
Cost:$25, covers two beverages and hors d’oeuvres
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ShamROCK and Roll – Feb 28

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Hometown Heroes is hosting the Shamrock and Roll, coming up on Saturday, February 28th at the Toms River Elks Lodge. It’s an Irish themed event with traditional Irish Fare, unlimited beer feat. selections from Rinn Duin Brewing, a kilt contest where the winner wins a custom kilt from American Highlander Tuxedoes & Kilts, music from Whiskey on Thursday, Birmingham Six, and Shamrock & Thistle Pipes and Drums, plus a whiskey tasting.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 6pm to 10pm
Address: Toms River Elks Lodge; 600 Washington Street, Toms River
Cost: $50, purchase tickets Here!
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A Wing and a Prayer aka Wingfest – Feb 28

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Chicken Wing connoisseurs will gather in Hoboken to determine which local establishment can lay claim to the title, “Best Chicken Wings in Hoboken.” The Third Annual “A Wing and a Prayer” chicken wing cook-off, hosted by the St. Francis Helpers, will be held on Saturday, February 28, at the Hoboken Elks Lodge (1005 Washington St.). Tickets to “A Wing and a Prayer” are $40 per person and include all-you-can-eat wings, sides, beer and wine – and the ability to cast your vote for “Best Chicken Wings in Hoboken!” Various raffles will also be held.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Address: Hoboken Elks Lodge; 1005 Washington St, Hoboken
Cost: $40, Buy Tickets Here
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Jazz in the Vineyards – Feb 28

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Live music by The Geno White Trio – Geno White is a Cape May favorite who offers a whole other side to the harmonic workings of the blues. Some will call it Jazz-blues but it turns full circle into a lovely sensual and smooth instrumental music experience. Geno is a regular at the Cape May Jazz Festivals, he has toured nationally and has won two ASCAP awards for his Music from Inside the Lighthouse. Join us under the heated tents for a full day of Jazz, wine tastings,wine by the glass or bottle, heated sangria, vineyard tours, and local vendors. Our monthly events are always free admission and rain or shine.

Date: February 28th, 2015; 12 to 5pm
Address: Natali Vineyards, 221 North Delsea Drive, Cape May Courthouse
Cost: Free admission
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Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Breakfast – Feb 28

Fans of Dr. Seuss can put on their Bar-ba-loot suits, stick a Wocket in their pockets, hop on pop and make a stop at Liberty Hall Museum for a super good time at our Dr. Seuss Birthday Breakfast! Kids will enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, make their very own Dr. Seuss hat, and even take their picture with silly props and The Cat in the Hat!

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 10am to Noon
Address: Liberty Hall Museum; 1003 Morris Ave., Union, NJ
Cost: $30/adults; $25/children. Call 908-527-0400 to reserve
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Winter Warm Up & Family Expo – Feb 28

Free Pop Up style event coming to St Mary’s Parish Center Manahawkin featuring outdoor gaming garden, cinema style screenings of Landfall, demos and merchant marketplace for every one to enjoy from 10 am – 2 pm. Starting with outdoor gaming trailers and National Guard Call of Duty Virtual exhibit, winter warming seating areas, disc golf lessons and demos and Davids Generation Team serving up hot chocolate and treats. Inside Home Depot will have children workshops featuring birdhouses and other take home projects, local businesses will feature winter deals and spring previews at the Marketplace and Lighthouse International Film Society and Jetty will be screening their acclaimed film Landfall. Gourmet food specialties will be for sale . There is no charge for the public to attend or take part in any of the Winter Warm Up activities.

Date: Saturday, February 28th, 2015; 10a to 2pm
Address: St. Mary’s Center; McKinely Ave. & Bishop Ln., Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Sugar Maple Celebration – Feb 28 & March 1

Join us in celebrating the Sugar Maple and (quite literally) all it brings to the table! Learn how to tap a tree and enjoy the process of maple sugaring with Duke Farms Executive Director Michael Catania. Participate in activities and nature hikes focused on wildlife, tree identification, best forestry practices, and climate change as it relates to the Sugar Maple and our native forests. Share the taste of New Jersey maple syrup, visit a live sawmill demonstration, and don’t miss your chance to try the maple syrup specialty items that will be served all day in our café!

Dates: February 28th & March 1st, 2015
Address: Duke Farms; 1112 Dukes Pkwy. W., Hillsborough, NJ
Cost: Free
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Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show – Feb 28 – Mar 1


The Show features 50+ Tables of Trains for Sale and 150+ Exhibitors from Across the Country

Dates: February 28th – March 1st, 2015
Address: NJ Expo Center; 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison NJ, 08837
Cost: $8 Adults, 12 and under FREE
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6th Annual Chili Cook-Off & Homebrewing Contest – Mar 1

Bring your taste buds and best beer-drinking buds to Our Lady of Grace Gym located at 422 Willow Avenue on Sunday, March 1st, 2015 from 2-6pm for a competition that will make you sweat! This year’s proceeds will go to In Jesus’ Name Charities food pantry. Enjoy live music by Gravy Train, unlimited chili and beer samples and a heated competition! Sponsored by Rockefeller Group, 902 Brewing, hMAG, Ben & Jerry’s, and Hoboken Grace!

Date: Sunday, March 1st, 2015; 2pm to 6pm
Address: 422 Willow Avenue, Hoboken
Cost: $40, get tickets HERE
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Maple Sugaring Fest – March 1

Join us Sunday, March 1st from 1 – 4 pm for our Maple Sugaring Fest. Learn the basic steps to making maple syrup, from tapping a tree to cooking the sap. Enjoy homemade flapjacks, refreshments, and other fun activities for the whole family.

Date: Sunday, March 1st; 1pm to 4pm
Address: Reeves-Reed Arboretum; 165 Hobart Ave., Summit
Cost: $10/person or $25 max/family; free for members

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Feb 20 – 22, 2015

Dreamation – Feb 19-22

4 days of non-stop gaming!

Dates: February 19th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Hyatt Morristown; 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown
Cost: Get tickets HERE
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New Jersey Winter Wine Festival – Feb 20

Taste the night away and enjoy an amazing array of 150+ wines selected by the Wine Library! Enjoy full-bodied and rich reds, crisp whites, many specialty wines — great wines for mid-winter!Join us from 7-10pm, hang out and meet up with other wine lovers while enjoying live jazz  Our 3rd Annual Winter Wine Festival promises to be yet another great night of wine and merriment to remember.

Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015; 7-10pm
Address: Hilton Short Hills Hotel; 41 John F Kennedy Pkwy, Short Hills, NJ
Cost: Buy Tickets HERE
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United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival – Feb 20 -22

View the winning films and digital videos of the International U.S. Super 8 Film + Digital Video Festival, selected by a jury of filmmakers, Rutgers University students, and media professionals. The festival – now in its 27th year – will feature finalist works by independent filmmakers from the United States and around the world. A different program of films and videos will be offered each night. Prize winners will be announced on the closing night of the festival, in a competition for prizes, along with the Audience Favorite Prize

Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Voorhees Hall #105, Rutgers University; 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick
Cost: $10 GA, $9 Students and Seniors; $8 Film Co-op Friends
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Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire X – Feb 20 – 22

The Wicked Winter Renaissance Faire is an alternative, indoor Renaissance Faire unbounded by normalcy. Wicked Faire X’s theme is “A Game Of Scones”. It incorporates and welcomes those from all manner of points in space and time — Klingons and cavemen, werewolves and Steampunks, magicians and time travelers . . . and, of course, Faire folk of all sorts. There’s more. Our event is also 16+, and there are areas of our event which are adult in nature — though that’s only one aspect of the event. This also means the faire need not avoid adult subjects in art, games or entertainment – though it need not be those things exclusively.

Dates: February 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: The Hyatt Regency Princeton; 102 Carnegie Center Princeton, NJ
Cost: $40+. Get tickets HERE
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The Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown – Feb 21

The Big Brew Beer Festival will be held on Saturday, February 21, 2014 at The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ. This event features 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten. UNLIMITED TASTINGS! This is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados and beer lovers to meet, hang out, discover new beers and speak to brewery representatives.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,  VIP $85 at door, $10 DD

$10 off with the code NJISNTBORING

You can also get more information on their Facebook and Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

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Polar Bear Plunge – Feb 21

Face the freezing cold ocean and take the plunge. Registration is from 9:00 AM to 12:30 pm. The plunge takes place at 1 pm in the ocean in front of the Aztec Ocean Resort.

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015
Address: Aztec Ocean Resort; 901 Boardwalk Ave., Seaside Heights
Cost: Free to attend, $125 to participate.
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UWC Live Professional Wrestling – Feb 21

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The New Egypt Elks Lodge announces they will host their first of three scheduled Pro Wrestling events on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the lodge, located at 105 Lakewood Road in New Egypt. Well known and loved family community group, United Wrestling Coalition will provide the evenings entertainment. UWC has been running family friendly pro wrestling events for nearly 19 years and has helped countless charitable organizations such as Toys for Tots, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Youth sporting groups, firehouses and individuals with handicaps, to name just a few. On Saturday February 21, 2015 the doors will open at 6:30 PM. Fans will have a chance to meet some of the wrestlers, as well as get something to eat, prior to the 7:00 PM Belltime.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015
Address: New Egypt Elks Lodge, 105 Lakewood Rd, New Egypt
Cost: $10
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MS Hoboken Bar Crawl – Feb 21

We will be taking on the streets of Hoboken for our very first MS Bar Crawl! Each participant will receive a variety of discounted drink specials throughout the day as well as a special MS Bar Crawl giveaway. The proceeds from this event will benefit the more than 10,000 individuals living with MS in the New Jersey Metro area. Join us as we come together to celebrate our connections, our success and our desire for a world free of MS!

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015; Begins at 12:30pm
Address: Wicked Wolf Hoboken; 129 Sinatra Dr., Hoboken
Cost: Pre-Registration: $35, Day of Registration: $40, $20 non-drinkers
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Wine and Cheese Tasting – Feb 21 & 22

An introduction to fine imported and domestic cheeses and how to pair them with wine. Sample selections of cheeses made locally as well as imported. Pair the cheeses with the perfect wine, add a loaf of bread and you have the Holy Trinity of food!

Dates: February 21st – February 22nd, 2015
Address: Villa Milagro Vineyards; 33 CR-627, Phillipsburg, NJ
Cost: $10
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Asbury Park Beer Fest – Feb 21 & 22

The Asbury Park Beerfest, presented by 95.9 FM WRAT Radio and the Asbury Park Boardwalk, is sure to be a beer lovers paradise, featuring “craft” beers from all over the world as well as ciders and iconic retro beers. Participants can also enter beer sports, such as “Masskrugstemmen” (a beer-stein-holding contest) and 95.9 FM WRAT Radio will be also have on-air talent present and will be broadcasting live for an exceptionally good time. Great beer, great food and so much more.

Dates: Saturday, Feb. 21 (12 – 4pm and 6 -10 p.m.) & Sunday, Feb. 22 (12 – 4pm), 2015
Address:Convention Hall; 300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost:$37.50 in advance, $42 at the door, $10 for designated drivers. Get Tickets HERE
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Laurita Ice Sculpture Festival – Feb 21 & 22

A family-friendly, winter wonderland event for all ages highlighted by ice sculptures, classic winter activities, upbeat entertainment and a variety of themed food and beverages!! Sculpture displays by World-Famous, Guinness Book Of World Records Holder Ed Jarrett, will include a Fire & Ice truck where you can sit in the driver’s seat, a fire-breathing dragon luge, a “Warm Hug” field of Snowmen, an ice sculpting demo stage and a frosty photo booth!! Enjoy our award winning wines, legendary sangria, spiked hot chocolate, hot apple wine ciders and a beautiful lighting ceremony at dusk!! Oh…and FIREWORKS Saturday Night!!! Don’t miss this unique, annual event!! Watch our estate winery transform into a vineyard ski lodge for this special weekend!!

Dates: February 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: General Admission $6
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3rd Annual Chili Cook Off St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser – Feb 22

There will be two contests, the “Professional” Cook Off (commercial) and the “Amateur” Cook Off (residents). Once the chili lovers have tasted all chili, they will vote for their favorite and drop their ballot in the ballot box. The results will be tallied and the winners will be announced! Prizes will be awarded to the winners. In addition to the People’s Choice, there will be an independent panel of 5 judges.

There is a $10 entry fee and you are required to pre-register and make a minimum of 3 lbs of chili. Visit the website for more information or call. Tickets are $25 and include snacks, chili tasting, beer and two ballots. All proceeds will benefit the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Address: Windansea Restaurant; 56 Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands
Cost: $10 entry fee; Tickets are $25
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Blues A Palooza – Feb 22

Blues A Palooza is a fundraiser for the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation. Each year we bring together several excellent Blues players for a great day of music. This year the line up is the Mimi Nowak Project, David Fields Blues Band, Slim Chance and headliner Rob Paparozzi. Show starts at 2pm till 6 pm. $20 at the Door, $15 with advanced Reservations.

Date: Sunday, February 22nd, 2015; 2pm to 6pm
Address: Tim McCloone’s Supper Club; 1200 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park
Cost: $20, $15 in advance. Call 732-933-1984 for advance tickets

Events to Check Out this Weekend Jan 30th – Feb 1st, 2015

Boardwalk Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show – Jan 28 – Feb 1

AKC All breed dog show featuring Best of Breed Competition, Police K-9 Unit Demonstration, Obedience and Rally Trials, vendors and much more!

Dates: January 28th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Wildwoods Convention Center; 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ
Cost: $8 for adults, $5 for Senior Citizens, children 12 and under $2
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Monster Jam – Jan 30 & 31

Monster Jam® roars into IZOD Center in East Rutherford for three action-packed events! Truck Lineup: Grave Digger® driven by Carl Van Horn, Dragon driven by Scott Liddycoat, Crushstation driven by Greg Winchenbach, Stinger driven by Zane Rettew, Bounty Hunter® driven by Trent Montgomery, Iron Outlaw driven by TBA, Storm Damage driven by Tim Mente, and Hurricane Force driven by Steven Thompson! There will be a Pit Party on the arena floor from 5:30 – 6:30 pm prior to the 7:30 pm show on Friday and from 11 – 1 pm prior to the 2 pm show on Saturday.

Dates: January 30th – 31st, 2015
Address: Izod Center; 50 State Rte. 120, East Rutherford
Cost: $15+
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January Wine and Jazz Weekend – Jan 30 – Feb 1

Join us for a whole weekend of incredible talent. Featuring Jazz Legends, The Michael Pedicin quintet, The Gina Roche Trio, The Geno White Trio, Jeffrey Hebron & George Karavan.

Dates: January 30th – February 1st, 2015
Address: Willow Creek Winery; 160-168 Stevens Street,West Cape May
Cost: $35 per person in advance, $45 at the door
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International Great Beer Expo – Jan 31

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the fourth annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars. Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Date: January 31st, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: Meadowlands Expo Center; 355 Plaza Dr, Secaucus, NJ
Cost: $42 – $55, $10 DD ticket. On sale soon!
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Fire & Ice Festival – Jan 31

The remedy cabin fever! Mount Holly’s 22nd Annual National Ice Carving Association (NICA) sanctioned competitive event. Always the last Saturday in January. Rain, snow, sleet or sunshine. Family friendly and free event combined with a local Chilli cookoff for professional chefs. Free fire engine rides, dog sled demonstrations, alpacas to see and enjoy, Discovery Museum’s People Bubble, Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Gingerbread House contest , Revolutionary War reenactors, local art exhibits and plenty of culinary treats and live music. Throughout the downtown and The Mill Race Village shops centered around Burlington County College’s beautiful Mount Holly Center and Culinary Arts School. Peak times are from 10 am to 2 pm, plenty of free parking. Activities run throughout the day and usually wraps up by 4 pm. Dress warm, bring your camera, your kids and friends and of course an appetite. Voted South Jersey Magazine’s Best Winter Event. Enjoy!

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address:Main St., High, White, Washington & Mill Sts., Mount Holly
Cost: Free
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Kick the Winter Blues – Jan 31

Join us on January 31st from 12-5pm for our 7th Annual Kick the Winter Blues Wine Event. It’s winter time and the vineyard is sleeping. The winery, however, is alive with the music of Bill Caterini. Local crafts and food specialties will be on display. Enjoy our wine by the glass or bottle, have a heated Sangria or do a tasting of 5 of our wines, and sway to the music under our heated tents. Our Events are always rain or shine and free admission.

Date: January 31st, 2015
Address: Natali Vineyards; 221 North Delsea Dr, Cape May Courthouse
Cost: Free Admission
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Whitesbog Moonlight Walk – Jan 31

Explore the historic village, cranberry bogs and the surrounding pinelands. Listen to the night sounds of the forest, learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pine Barrens. All walks are 3‑5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leaders.

Date: Saturday, January 31st, 2015
Address: Historic Whitesbog Village; 120 W. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills
Cost: $5 donation per person requested.
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11th Annual Super ‘Plunge’ Sunday – Feb 1

Join us for the11th annual ocean plunge on Super Bowl Sunday! Do you have what it takes to brace the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February? Save the date and meet us on the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach and be home in time for the big game. Pre-registration is required.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: St. Francis Community Center; 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Twp
Cost: Register Here
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Oyster Bowl XVI – Feb 1

New Jersey’s annual oyster eating contest. Oyster Bowl XVI will be held from 11 am – 2 pm to benefit Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey and Breast Cancer Resource Center YWCA Princeton.  This action packed event draws hundreds of participants and spectators who compete in 2 minute heats to determine who can consume the most oysters. Oyster Bowl has become a Princeton tradition before the big game featuring not only the oyster eating contest, but games, activities, raffles and prizes; and the only time lunch is served at Blue Point Grill. The event provides an opportunity for the community to join together to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer.  Individuals and corporate teams of four slurp as many oysters as they can with the hope they can beat the all-time record of 102 consumed in a two-minute period.

Date: Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Address: Blue Point Grill; 258 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ
Cost: Register Here