Events to Check Out this Weekend – June 26 – 28, 2015

Tasting and Networking Event – June 26

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Lexus / New Jersey Fashion Week is hosting a tasting /networking event on Friday, June 26th, 2015

Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015; 5:30pm to 8pm
Address: Lexus of Bridgewater; 1550 rte22 East, Bridgewater NJ
Cost: $12. Tickets Here
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Food Truck Friday – June 26

Food Truck Friday is back in Hopewell, NJ. Food trucks, music and tons of fun! Rain or Shine.  Bring your friends, bring your family, and bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets.

Date: Friday, June 26th, 2015. 5pm to 9pm
Address: Hopewell Train Station; Railroad Place, Hopewell NJ 08525
Cost: Free to Attend
Follow on Twitter @FTFHopewell
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Sea Isle City Summer Food Truck Festival – June 26 – 28, 2015

official-transThe Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will feature roughly a dozen food trucks from across the Northeast featuring different styles of cuisines from award winning food trucks. There will also be crafters, family entertainment, live music, great drinks and more…

Friday: 12-9pm; Saturday: 11am to 8pm; Sunday: 11am to 4pm

Dates: Friday, June 26, 2015 to Sunday, June 28, 2015
Address: Kix McNutley’s; 63rd Street & Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City
Cost: Free to Attend
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Jersey Shore Greek Festival – June 26-28

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OPA! Be Greek for a day at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival on the grounds of St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean, NJ. Traditional Greek food, music, dancing, culture and hospitality will be overflowing during the spectacular family event. Traditional Greek food & beverages including Lamb, Gyros, Spanakopita, Moussaka, Pastichio, and Greek beer and wine! Rain or shine, under the giant tent, watch the award-winning church dance troupe dressed in their authentic costumes. They will invite you to join them so bring your dancing shoes! Enjoy shopping at the Boutique featuring jewelry, icons, Greek specialty items. Then rest your feet at our Kafenion with a cup of Greek coffee and authentic hand-made pastries.To keep the kids happy, games and rides.

Dates: June 26th – 28th, 2015
Address: St. George Greek Orthodox Church; 1033 W. Park Ave., Ocean
Cost: $2
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Just Jersey Food Truck and Music Fest – June 27

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Over 25 food trucks + live music! See website for details!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 10am to 7pm
Address: Waterloo Village Concert Field in Stanhope, NJ
Cost: $5 GA, under 12 Free
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Brew at the Zoo – June 27

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Turtle Back Zoo will celebrate its 52nd anniversary by hosting a craft beer festival on June 27, 2015 from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM. The festival will feature live entertainment, 50 nifty brewers with a selection of 100 craft beers and more fabulous food trucks. Many of the zoo’s exhibits will be open to browse during the event. Only guests ages 21 and over will be permitted.

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 6pm to 9pm
Address: Turtle Back Zoo; 560 Northfield Ave, West Orange
Cost: $60, buy tickets HERE
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Food Truck Jam – June 27

Experience the hottest trend in food and taste creative cuisine, as these mobile kitchens rally for the chance to be the best!

Date: June 27, 2015
Address: Manahawkin Flea Mart; 657 E. Bay Ave, Manahawkin
Cost: Free
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Annual Brewfest at the Ballpark – June 27

The BlueClaws partnered on the second BrewFest At The Ballpark. The full-day event includes sampling from over 100 types of beer, food, merchandise, a souvenir glass, and much more.

Date: June 27th, 2015; 2 Sessions
Address: FirstEnergy Park; 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood
Cost: Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 on the day of the event. Buy Here
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32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival – June 27

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Celebrate all things blueberry at this old fashioned festival. Enjoy blueberry picking, live country music, lots of children’s activities, exhibits, great food, historical presentations and tours, pinelands artists and crafters, our famous blueberry pie eating contest and lots more.

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 10am to 4pm
Address: Whitesbog Village; 120 Whites Bogs Rd., Browns Mills
Cost: $10 per car load
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Beachstock 2015 – June 27

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Take tunes and tides, throw in some sun, sand and surf, then mix in more than music, family-friendly activities and fabulous food and spread it all out for 12 hours. The result is the fourth annual “BEACHSTOCK: The Planet’s Biggest Beach Party.” Events and activities include: Live Bands, dancing, food court, beer garden, vendors, Kid’s stage with games, shows, music, treasure hunts,tow at water demonstrations,paddle boarding, free surf clinic, volleyball, FREE movie on the beach at 8:30 pm. No beach tags required at event!! 10 am – 10 pm (raindate June 28).

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 7:30am to 10pm – Rain Date June 28
Address: Beach; Granville Ave., Margate, NJ
Cost: Free
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NJ Comic Anime Con – June 27

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Come celebrate comics and anime at NJ Comic Anime Con on June 27 from 10-6 at the Hyatt in Morristown, NJ. For updates on the show, make sure to check out their website and like and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Date: June 27, 2015; 10am to 6pm
Address: Hyatt Morristown at 3 Speedwell Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: $20, Early admission tickets $30
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Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival – June 27

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The Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival will be back aboard the Battleship from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Enjoy a tour of the Battleship, live music, a souvenir sampling mug, delicious food and beer from 21 breweries throughout New Jersey!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Address: Battleship NJ; 62 Battleship Pl., Camden
Cost:$45 GA, $55 VIP. Buy them Here
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Eye’s for the Needy Fundraiser – June 27

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Hope to see you all at Tumulty’s Pub on June 27 as we celebrate National Sunglasses Day with a benefit for New Eyes for the Needy. This Jersey-based non-profit purchases new eyeglasses for poor children and adults in the United States and recycles donated glasses for distribution to indigent people in developing nations worldwide. Donate your eyeglasses at the show and enjoy performances from A Halo Called Fred, Zigman Bird, Trio of Madness and Circus Punks!

Date: Saturday, June 27th, 2015; 9pm
Address: Tumulty’s Pub; 361 George St, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Cost: Free, donations suggested!
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Washington Lake Park Wine Festival – June 27 & 28

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Sip into summer at the 3rd annual Washington Lake Park Wine Festival – You don’t want to miss it! This year, the festival is June 27th & 28th from 12-5 pm. With 18 New Jersey wineries offering tastings of their delicious wines, awesome food trucks, artisan crafters, and live music, this is going to be the best year yet. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $15 or at the gate for $20. Non-samplers over 21 are $5 and anyone under 21 is free.

Dates: June 27th & 28th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Washington Lake Park; 647 Hurfville-Cross Keys Road, Sewell
Cost: Advance $15 or at the gate for $20. Buy them Here
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Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival – June 27 & 28

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The Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival is northern New Jersey’s best party. Come up to the Fairgrounds in beautiful Sussex County and enjoy a full weekend of Classic and Southern Rock along with fantastic BBQ provided by five award winning ribbers and a selection of fine craft beers.

Dates: June 27th – 28th, 2015
Address: Sussex County Fairgrounds; 37 Plains Rd., Augusta, NJ
Cost: $15+. Buy here
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Win & Wine Festival – June 27 & 28

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New Jersey’s finest wineries are back for another weekend of elegant wine tasting.  And this year they’re joined by some of the top local chocolatiers for our first-ever chocolate expo! It’s a two-day festival filled with wine and chocolate – can you really afford to miss this?! So gather up your friends and family, sample from dozens of delicious New Jersey wines and finish it all with the smooth taste of chocolate.  Lots of chocolate!

Dates: June 27th & 28th, 2015; 12pm to 5pm
Address: Monmouth Park Racetrack; 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport
Cost: $3 general admission to the track. $10 wristband for unlimited wine sampling.  Chocolate sampling is $7.  Or buy a combination ticket for $15
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Lobster Fest – June 27 – 28

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Two day free event! More Lobsters than ever before! Broiled Lobster, Lobster Mac and Cheese, Lobster rolls etc. entertainment. Over 100+ craft and specialty vendors. One Huge & Wine Garden. Great Oceanfront location. Giant Waterslide and childrens activities including rides, face painters and sand art.

Dates: June 27th – 28th, 2015
Address: Ocean Ave., Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: Free
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Medieval Times Brunch @ iPlay America – June 27 – 28

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Go back in time at the Medieval Times Brunch at iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill! Come train with the Knights and experience what it takes to be a member of the Kings Court, Sunday, June 28. This Character Brunch is FREE and is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Bring the entire family and see how you match up with the Knights of Medieval Times!

Dates: Sunday, June 28, 2015; 12pm to 2pm
Address: iPlay America’s Game Time Bar & Grill, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free
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Festival of Dogs – June 28

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Come kick off summer with the 3 Hearts 4 Paws Annual Festival of the Dogs 6/28 11-3 at Union Hose FireHouse in Union Beach, NJ. Enjoy shopping amongst our 40 plus vendors, bounce house, games, face painting, gift auction, and best of all doggy daycare while you shop!
Bring your dogs and we will bring our dogs currently up for adoption! Also enjoy live music by Billy D !

Date: Sunday, June 28th; 11am to 3pm
Address: Union Hose Fire Company #1; 1224 Florence Ave Union Beach
Cost: This event is free but donations for the foster dogs are accepted
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Firefly Festival – June 28

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Fireflies are an “electrifying” part of summer. To celebrate this exciting event, enjoy an evening of nature, music, wagon rides, outdoor fun and, or course, the whole farm for firefly hunting!. Celebrate fireflies by making your own wings, bug boxes and antenna.. There will be a $5.00 charge for the crafts activities. Schafer’s Gymnastics -the “Art of Flying” techniques will be here to show children some moves through a mini-obstacle course. Enjoy live music by Miss Amy and her Big Kids Band while you wait for the fireflies to come out. Hungry? You’ll find lots of goodies available at Pam’s Firefly Tent: grilled chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, pie, apple cider, donuts, cookies, apples and more! Pony rides and wagon rides through the farm and orchards will be available all evening. Everyone should wear their wings! Come and enjoy a flickering, flying, fun evening on the farm.

Date: Sunday, June 28th, 2015; 3pm to 9pm
Address: Terhune Orchards; 330 Cold Soil Rd., Carter Rd., Princeton
Cost: Free

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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Picture Taken from December’s Big Brew Sussex Festival

 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 to Check Out this Weekend – March 20 – 22, 2015

New Jersey Isn’t Boring Opening Reception – March 22

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This Sunday, I will be curating the first New Jersey Isn’t Boring art exhibit! The exhibit will be held from March 22nd – April 16th, 2015! It is FREE to attend! The event features over 30 NJ artists whose art work all represent New Jersey. If you can make it, that would be amazing! There will be food and beverages provided.

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015; 1pm to 4pm
Dates: Sun, March 22 – Thurs, April 16, 2015
Times: Monday – Thurs 10am to 4pm; Fri 10am to 2pm, Sat & Sun 1pm to 4pm
Address: Arts Guild NJ, 1670 Irving St, Rahway
Cost: FREE

RSVP to the Opening Reception HERE (not required, but it’s nice to have a head count)

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AC Beer and Music Festival – March 20 & 21

The focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Dates: March 20th & 21st, 2015
Address: AC Convention Center; 1 Miss America Way; Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: $55 in advance. Ger tickets HERE

Keep up to date by liking on Facebook
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New Jersey Jewish Film Festival – Now – March 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.
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New Jersey Wine & Food Festival– Mar 20 – 22

This festival is designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with the chefs, winemakers, sommeliers and fellow wine aficionados. The spotlight event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday night where more than 30 top chefs from NJ & NYC join leading wineries and distilleries from around the world. Taste culinary delights from chefs from the best restaurants in NY & NJ and listen to live entertainment by the 32-piece David Aaron Orchestra.

Dates: March 20th – 22nd, 2015
Address: Crystal Springs Resort; 3 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg
Cost: Prices Vary, Get Tickets HERE
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Rahway’s March Madness – March 21

In association with Metro Rahway, the City of Rahway is hosting a family festival and BBQ competition centered around March Madness. There is something for everyone! From 12-2PM at the Rahway Recreation Center, the Court Jesters performing basketball team will put on a show for all to see! Admission is free. Then at 2PM the party heads to Metro Rahway! Campbell St. and surrounding areas will be full of family fun! Face painting, food trucks, carnival-style games, basketball competitions, BBQ competition, March Madness viewing tent and many more surprises!

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; 12pm to 6pm
Address: 12:00PM: Rahway Recreation Center, 275 E. Milton Avenue, Rahway
2:00 PM: Metro Rahway, 1420 Campbell Street, Rahway
Cost: Free
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Ride the Vines – March 21

Enjoy a 26 or 43 mile bike ride through flat farm land and vineyards. Relax afterwards with wine tasting from 3 local wineries including Bellview Winery, Coda Rossa Winery, and Monroeville Winery. There will be live music, lite fair, food vendors and plenty of fun to go around.

Registration begins at 7:00 am and closes at 9:00 am. Riders will leave in groups of 8-10 from Bellview Winery and must be wearing a helmet and obey all traffic and safety laws. Live Music and Tasting will begin at 11:00 am at Bellview Winery.

Pre-registration is $30 which includes wine tasting, t-shirt, souvenir glass, music and lite fare. Day of ride registration is $40 and includes t-shirt (while supplies last), souvenir glass, music and lite fare. If you would rather just cheer on your friends and taste some wine there is also a $10 spectator option that includes wine tasting, souvenir glass and live music.

Date: Saturday, March 21st, 2015; Begins at 7am
Address: Belleview Winery; 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville, NJ
Cost: $30 in advance, $40 day of. Register HERE
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Vintage North Jersey: Wine & Art Trail– March 21 & 22

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Join the wineries of Vintage North Jersey for a weekend of art and wine. Local artists will be painting in the orchards and will have art displayed for show and sale. See what art our local community has to offer. Enjoy a weekend of celebrating spring. Continue on the trail http://www.vintagenorthjersey.com.

Dates: March 21st & 22nd, 2015
Address: Vintage North Jersey Participating Wineries
Cost: Depends on Location
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New Jersey Collectors Con – March 22

An all new convention based in New Jersey is here. Focusing on Collectors, we will have a dealer room, events and guests that cater to the needs and wants of collectors for all things – Toys, Action Figures, Comic Books, Video Games, and more…

Date: Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Address: Holiday Inn; 2175 West Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
Cost: Early Admission 8am to 10am $20; GA 10am to 4pm $10.00
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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

Join Hometown Heroes for ShamROCK and ROLL this Saturday, February 28th

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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!

About Hometown Heroes

Hometown Heroes’ main purpose is to foster an environment of goodwill, generosity, and encouragement by supporting local communities when unexpected needs arise during a crisis without discrimination towards an individual’s ethnicity, gender, and age. The organization provides an opportunity for all of us to give back to the community through professional assistance, financial assistance, and advocacy. Hometown Heroes helps those in need, often with little or no time, to find a solution to a problem that at the time appears overwhelming.

Hometown Heroes has provided assistance with:

– Hurricane Relief
– Homelessness
– Domestic violence
– Drug abuse
– Disability
– Providing food and heat for the elderly
– Assistance for new mothers with nowhere to turn
– Joint fundraisers with local and national nonprofits

You Can Be A Hero Too!

Whether you are a professional offering services for members of our community or an individual who wants to volunteer to help, they are looking for you!

Simply go to their website www.usahometownheroes.org and fill out the contact form or send them a message via their Facebook page.

International Beer Festival Returns to Meadowlands Expo Center-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 in advance $60 at door, $10 DD ticket. Buy HERE

Official Press Release:

The biggest names in international brewing are returning to the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows in Secaucus, NJ on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for the 5th Annual International Great Beer Expo. This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 60 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement-more than 100 beers in all.  Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries will be amazing beer from Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Peru, Canada, and others.

“The International Great Beer Expo offers beer enthusiasts a unique pay-one-price opportunity to try some foreign beers from foreign lands,” said Joe Chierchie, representing event producer, Starfish Junction Productions.  “We are expecting more than twenty different countries to be represented, delivering an amazing beer experience to all who attend.  I think we’ll have another sold out show for 2015,” he added.

The Expo will feature a beer garden, once again sponsored by Leinenkugel Brewing Company and their local beer wholesaler, Nash Beer Distributors, Inc.  In addition, specialty lounges will be hosted by Ballantine IPA, Boaks Beer, Sam Adams, New Jersey Beer Co., and Cape May Brewing Company.

Led by industry innovators, the event offers free beer seminars covering topics as varied as selecting and enjoying dark beers; the role of women in the craft beer industry; and an overview and predictions about the craft beer scene in New Jersey.

The International Great Beer Expo will have two sessions:  12:30-4:00 pm and 5:30-9:00 pm.  A limited number of tickets will be sold.  Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase.  Tickets are on sale now.  Tickets are $42 each when purchased in advance on the event website http://www.GreatBeerExpo.com . Tickets include admission to the Expo, admission to beer seminars, a souvenir tasting glass, and the freedom to enjoy a 2 oz. sample of any of the beers present at the Expo.  Designated driver tickets are available for $10 each.  All attendees, including designated drivers, must be 21+ and present valid photo I.D. for admission. The Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow is located at 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus, New Jersey 07095.

The event will raise funds for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The event is sponsored in part by NJBeerEvents.com.  The event is produced by Starfish Junction.

The Big Brew Beer Festival Twitter Contest – Win 2 Free Tickets!

The Big Brew Beer Festival is a perfect opportunity for beer aficionados to meet and hang out. Featuring 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP (Casks are a true rarity at beer fests) and great food from area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.

I am giving away another 2 FREE tickets to the event – this time through Twitter!

Here’s How to Enter the Twitter Contest:
1. You must “Follow” New Jersey Isn’t Boring (@njisntboring) and The Big Brew Beer Festival (@bigbrewbeerfest) on Twitter. I will check!
2. When you see a post promoting the contest on Twitter (including the link to this blog post), you must RT it!
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 26th, 8pm on Twitter. I will post and direct message the winner!

Good luck!

Official Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, February 21st, 2015.

Over 200 styles will be available during the General Admission session and there VIP Session will include over 20 rare and special beers featuring 10 Casks (presented by Morris Tap & Grill of Randolph, NJ). Craft Beer lovers will not want to miss this rare opportunity to sample so many beers poured from casks.

Big Brew is also teaming up with My Limo to provide Free Shuttle Service—running every 15 minutes during the event—back and forth between the Morristown courthouse and the Armory. Service is provided courtesy of the Big Brew Beer Fest. Event attendees also have access to discounted sedan rates.

VIP ticket holders Additional Benefits include:

* An extra hour of tasting

* Over 20 Special Brews featuring 10 Casks (VIP Lounge presented by Morris Tap & Grill)

(available to VIPs throughout the entire session)

* Food (served during VIP extra hour) provided by area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten (both of Randolph, NJ)

SESSION TIMES:

Session 1   1:00 pm-4:30pm (VIP extra hour 12pm-1pm)
Session 2   7:00pm-10:30pm (VIP extra hour 6pm-7pm)

SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): VIP – $85     General Admission – $60     Designated Driver -$10

Tickets are available online at:   http://www.bigbrewnj.com

All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Attendees can also vote on the People’s Choice Award for best beer at the festival.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region. For more information, please visit www.morrisrugby.org

Music provided by Morris County’s own Mr. LoveJoy.

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794 Jmkevents@aol.com

$10 off with Promo Code: NJISNTBORING

Contest Ends this Monday! Win Tickets to The Big Brew Beer Festival

The Big Brew Beer Festival is BACK in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. The BBBF will feature 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.Full beer list and menu coming soon. 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. Plus Free Shuttle Service to & from the Festival!

I am running not one, but TWO contests to win tickets to this event. One will be started TODAY. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. I will also be doing a Twitter contest at a later date.

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. I will check!
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must SHARE the status and LIKE and COMMENT on it as well. If you do not like it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Not social media savvy? Don’t want to test your luck?

Well…I have more good news.

I have an exclusive $10 off promo code for the event which you can redeem on the Big Brew Beer Fest ticket page. The promo code is: NJISNTBORING

Details on the Event:

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015;  2 sessions
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,, VIP $85, $10 DD
* Ticket prices will increase two weeks before the show and again one week before the show. Get them early!

Buy tickets HERE
Like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

For more beer events check out the NJIB section for Beer Events

WIN Tickets to The Big Brew Beer Festival on February 21st

The Big Brew Beer Festival is BACK in Morristown, NJ on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. The BBBF will feature 200+ Craft Beers, 10 Casks in VIP and great food from 4 area restaurants including Morris Tap & Grill and Nicole’s Ten.Full beer list and menu coming soon. 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. Plus Free Shuttle Service to & from the Festival!

I am running not one, but TWO contests to win tickets to this event. One will be started TODAY. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. I will also be doing a Twitter contest at a later date.

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. I will check!
2. When you see a status promoting the contest on Facebook (including the link to this blog post), you must SHARE the status and LIKE and COMMENT on it as well. If you do not like it, I have no way of tagging you as a winner.
3. A winner will be chosen on Monday, January 5th at 8pm. There will be  a Facebook post declaring the winner at that time.

Not social media savvy? Don’t want to test your luck?

Well…I have more good news.

I have an exclusive $10 off promo code for the event which you can redeem on the Big Brew Beer Fest ticket page. The promo code is: NJISNTBORING

Details on the Event:

Date: Saturday, February 21st, 2015;  2 sessions
Address: The Morristown Armory; 430 Western Ave, Morristown, NJ
Cost: GA $60,, VIP $85, $10 DD
* Ticket prices will increase two weeks before the show and again one week before the show. Get them early!

Buy tickets HERE
Like them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @BigBrewBeerFest

For more beer events check out the NJIB section for Beer Events