The Big Brew Beer Fest Returns to Morristown Armory – October 10th, 2015


For $10 off your admission to this great event, use the promo  code: NJISNTBORING. Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing, prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest!

Press Release:

The Big Brew Beer Festival is returning to the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey on Saturday, October 10th, 2015.

There will be over 200 Craft Beer styles (unlimited tastings) available during the session. In honor of autumn, the Fest will feature of Pumpkin Brews from a variety of great brewers, local and national.

In addition, the fun will include a host of gourmet food options from Morris Tap & Grill (featuring dishes from celebrity chef & partner Chef Eric LeVine), award-winning BBQ from Handsome Devil and the ultra-popular The Cow & the Curd’s Wisconsin-battered cheese curds, as well as live music for Session 2 provided by local favorites the Stereo Junkies (there will be a DJ for Session 1).

VENUE: The Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ.

SESSION TIMES: Session 1: 12:00pm–4pm; Session 2: 5:30pm–9:30pm

SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): General Admission – $55     Designated Driver -$10

Tickets are available online at: big_brewNJjpg

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.

Partners for the event include Morris Rugby and No Idea Sports. 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

Full beer and food list will be made available soon.

Events for this Weekend: July 3-5, 2015

July 4th Parades, Festivals & Fireworks:

4th of July Parade & Festival in Smithville – July 4
Montclair July 4th Parade – July 4
Ice Cream Social and Fireworks in Tuckerton – July 4
Independence Day Parade in North Wildwood – July 4
Fireworks in Rahway – July 4
Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Seaside Heights – July 4
4th of July Fireworks in Point Pleasant – July 4
July 4th Fireworks in Cape May – July 4
Independence Day Parade in Cape May – July 5

For a full list of NJ Fireworks throughout the week visit 101.5’s website and

DexCon – July 1-5


A NATIONAL 96 Hour Extravaganza Featuring Over 1,200 Events.

Dates: July 1st – 5th, 2015
Address: Morristown Hyatt & Conference Center in Morristown, New Jersey
Cost: Click Here for Pre-Registration. $60

Operation: War Dogs @ Morris Animal Inn – July 3


Come and meet U.S. Military War Dog Sgt. Rowan, who served 8 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. Help raise money for Operation: War Dogs to bring other canine soldiers back from overseas!

Date: Friday, July 3rd, 2015; 9:30am to 11:30pm
Address: Morris Animal Inn; 120 Sand Spring Rd., Morristown
Cost: Free

Peter Max @ Ocean Galleries – July 3-5


Legendary artist Peter Max returns to Stone Harbor over the fourth of July weekend, bringing with him a never-before-seen collection of his greatest and most-revered imagery spanning four decades. The new exhibition speaks to the evolution and maturation of America’s most popular living artist, offering a journey through the career of a pop icon that has defined American art and began a new visual culture.

“Peter Max: A Tribute to America” will be on display Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5 from 10AM to 10PM. Meet Peter Max at receptions from 7PM-10PM on Fri, July 3 and from 1PM-4PM on Sat, July 4.

One of the highlights of this year’s exhibition will be his latest series of paintings in honor of the Frank Sinatra Centennial Celebration. The exhibit also features his iconic and best-known pieces as well as numerous shore-themed paintings created specifically for the Ocean Galleries event.

Dates: July 3rd – 5th, 2015
Address: Ocean Galleries; 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor
Cost: Free

Oceanfest – July 4


Each year since 1990, crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands have descended upon the city’s oceanfront promenade from points all over the Mid-Atlantic region for Oceanfest — an all-day, family friendly festival that brings together the most memorable sights, sounds and sensations of the summer season. Not just a music or food festival; much more than a craft sale or street fair, Oceanfest combines the best parts of everyone’s favorite summertime memory — and caps it all off with the most spectacular fireworks display you’ll see anywhere along the Jersey coast. Rain or Shine!!

Date: Saturday, July 4th, 2015; 10am to 9:30pm
Address: 1 Ocean Blvd, Long Branch, NJ
Cost: Free

3rd Annual Fourth of July Pig Roast – July 4


Celebrate Independence Day with Live Music, BBQ and all the trimmings, Wine and Sangria! – See more at:

Date: Saturday, July 4th, 2015; 6pm yo 9pm
Address: Willow Creek Farm & Winery; 168 Stevens St., West Cape May
Cost: $40 per person. Ticket price includes 4 wine samples.

Red White & BlueClaws Weekend – July 4-5


Join the Lakewood BlueClaws, single A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, in celebrating 4th of July weekend with America’s national past time and fireworks after the game on July 4th and July 5th! Perfect for families and people of all ages!

Dates: July 4th – 5th, 2015
Address: FirstEnergy Park; 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood
Cost: For tickets click Here

Ironbound 4th of July Thank You America Festival – July 4-5


“Ironbound 4th of July Thank You America Festival”, a 2-day open air event for the whole family on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th. Come spend the day and enjoy live music, carnival rides, games and activities, a traditional 4th of July BBQ and the incredible international food of the Ironbound. @ 44 Clover Street, Newark, NJ. On Saturday the 4th, a large fireworks display will take place on the Passaic River after 9:00 p.m. On Sunday the 5th, the parade leaves Newark Penn Station at 2:00 p.m. Herman Jose, the most successful comedian from Portugal, closes the event.

Dates: July 4th – 5th, 2015
Address: 44 Clover Street, Newark, NJ
Cost: Free

Wayne Toy & Collectible Show – July 5


It’s the Wayne New Jersey Toy Show at Company #1 Firehouse, 97 Parish Drive in Wayne, NJ! This is NJ’s longest running collectibles show with over 80 tables of collectibles you’ve been searching for from your childhood and modern toys that will rekindle your love of all things plastic. The show also hosts a dizzying array of movie memorabilia, hard to find films and comic books. 8am-9am entry – $5 – 9am- 2pm entry is $3. Kids 12 and under FREE. Free parking available and food made on the spot at the venue!

Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2015
Address: Company #1 Firehouse, 97 Parish Drive in Wayne, NJ
Cost: $3

Red, White & Blue Party – July 5


Join us for our first-ever Red, White & Blue Party presented by Budweiser, Rockin’ Thunder 106, and Fun 107.1! Food specials will be served hot off the grill as well as your favorite summertime brews: Bud & Bud Light specials all day! Enjoy an eclectic mix of games and competitions including corn hole, horseshoes, and much more – alng with hotdog, watermelon and pie eating competitions! PLUS, wear our nation’s colors to be crowned Best Dressed. There will be live music and so much more. Don’t miss out on this amazing event!In addition, we’ll be honoring our local service men and women. Come out a celebrate our Nation’s Birthday and all of our amazing local heroes.

Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2015
Address: Monmouth Park Racetrack; 175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport

Fireworks and Food Trucks – July 5

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Date: Sunday, July 5th, 2015; 3pm to 9pm
Address: Johnson Park; Cooks Bridge, Jackson
Cost: Free

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

Tasting and Networking Event – June 26


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

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

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

Jersey Shore Greek Festival – June 26-28


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

Just Jersey Food Truck and Music Fest – June 27


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

Brew at the Zoo – June 27


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

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

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

32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival – June 27


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

Beachstock 2015 – June 27


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

NJ Comic Anime Con – June 27


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

Garden State Craft Brewers Guild Beer Festival – June 27


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

Eye’s for the Needy Fundraiser – June 27


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!

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

Rock, Ribs and Ridges Festival – June 27 & 28


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

Win & Wine Festival – June 27 & 28


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

Lobster Fest – June 27 – 28


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

Medieval Times Brunch @ iPlay America – June 27 – 28


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

Festival of Dogs – June 28


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

Firefly Festival – June 28


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

Diner Round Up – The Morristown Diner

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Firstly, I want to preface that I went to this diner in February, which would explain the snow coming down in full force. Now for the review…

I went to Morristown diner while I was in Morristown. The diner is in a great location in downtown Morristown where there are lots of stores, restaurants, night life, museums and more. I went on a day while it was snowing, so I didn’t stay too long in the area…but I’m glad I at least got to check out the diner while I was there.

When you walk in they have a cute, classic NJ diner counter which gave me the warm fuzzies.

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I posted on Facebook when I was there and got a mixed response from people who have been there. I personally loved it.

Their menu has a lot to choose from, including Greek specialties, fat sandwiches and Mexican food. I decided on getting a chicken fajita because I was hungry and it sounded like a lot of food. Oh boy…was it!

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I also want to say, and this is a bold statement, but this might have been one of the best fajitas I have ever had. I was literally licking my plate it was so good.

Make sure you get dessert on your way out. It looked delicious! They even had Minion cupcakes…

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Basic Info
Address: 73 Morris St, Morristown, NJ
Phone: (973) 538-0228photo 2

To see their menu check out their Website

Diner Facts:
24 Hours – Yes
Parking Lot – Yes, but it’s small. There is street parking
Liquor License – No
Salad Bar – No
Homemade Desserts – Yes

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

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

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

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

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


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.

UWC Live Professional Wrestling – Feb 21


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

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

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

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

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

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

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 – Feb 7th & 8th, 2015

First Friday Late Night: Go Red – Feb 6

Come stroll the historic downtown district of Boonton Main Street for First Friday Late Night! Businesses will be open late for an evening of sales, socializing, dining, art, and shopping!

Date: Friday, February 6th, 2015; 5-9pm
Address: Main St., Boonton
Cost: Free

Laser Music Shows at the Planetarium– Feb 6 & 7

One weekend only, laser music shows return to the Planetarium! Three shows to chose from: 7:30 pm, Electrolaze, the perfect melding of today’s electronic dance music and laser lights featuring songs from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Daft Punk and more; 9 pm, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon; 10:30 pm Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

Dates: February 6th & 7th, 2015
Address: New Jersey State Planetarium; 205 W. State St., Trenton
Cost: $7

Haddonfield Uncorked – Feb 7

‘Haddonfield Uncorked’ is an opportunity to sample and purchase New Jersey wines while browsing the Downtown shops, which will also be offering in-store specials and discounts – just in time for Valentine’s Day. So whether you seek traditional gifts like wine, chocolates and flowers; a romantic spot for dinner and wine for two; or unique gifts that are a little less traditional, it can all be found in Downtown Haddonfield – during ‘Haddonfield Uncorked’. Participating merchants along Kings Highway and our charming side streets – which include Mechanic, Ellis and Tanner Streets, Haddy Lane, Kings Court and Haddon Avenue – invite you to enjoy this sip and sample shopping opportunity in the Downtown.

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015; 1- 4pm
Address: Downtown Haddonfield, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

Chocolate and Wine Festival – Feb 7

On February 7th enjoy the sweeter side of life at Greater Media’s first Chocolate and Wine Festival. A perfect time to indulge in chocolate and enchant your palate with wine, this event is open to anyone who is looking to make their Saturday a little sweeter! With Valentine’s Day only a week away, you can also get some great ideas and do some shopping while you are there. Our vendors are also offering great giveaways and specials for anyone that attends the event.The Chocolate and Wine festival will feature a variety of chocolatiers and wineries as well as bakeries, ice cream and specialty foods. With your ticket, you will get the chance to sample it all as well as purchase what you crave.

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Address: Branches; 123 Monmouth Rd , West Long Branch, NJ
Cost: $12, Get tickets Here

Chocolate Festival – Feb 7

Enjoy a day of chocolaty fun! Activities include:
• Design a mustache for a lollipop
• Create a love bug
• Play “Name that Chocolate”
• Collect chocolate candies throughout the museum
• Decorate a cupcake magnet
• Chocolate tasting
• Listen to love songs from the Guinness Collection

Date: Saturday, February 7th, 2015; 11am to 4pm
Address: Morris Museum; 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown
Cost: FREE for Members; Non-Members: $7/Child, $10/Adult

Laurita Winery’s Mardi Gras Weekend – Feb 7 & 8

Who needs Bourbon Street when you’ve got Laurita Winery! Come celebrate Mardi Gras — New Orleans style – at Laurita and enjoy a weekend full of fun, laughter and wonderful memories! Break out your costumes, dust off your masks, and get your dancing shoes on because that’s what you’ll be doing with live music on Saturday and Sunday. Kick back and enjoy Laurita’s award-winning wines with family and friends and don’t forget to check out the special Cajun-inspired dishes and other tasty offerings at The Marketplace. Celebrate Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery and get ready to party!

Dates: February 7th & 8th, 2015
Address: Laurita Winery; 85 Archertown Rd, New Egypt, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

GSWGA’s Wine and Chocolate Wine Trail Weekend – Feb 7 & 8

Join New Jersey wineries from Sussex to Cape May, and everywhere in between across New Jersey for two weekends of your favorite pairing- wine and chocolate! Each winery will have its own features for the trail weekend, but most will have something CHOCOLATE related to enjoy! You’ll find special wine tastings and new releases, pairings, entertainment, specials and sales. Be sure to grab something special for your squeeze. Held over two weekends, rain, snow, or shine. Check with each winery for hours. The events calendar will have each wineries listing as well.

Dates: February 7th & 8th, 4th & 15th, 2015
*At Participating Vineyards

Camden County Spring Home & Leisure Show – Feb 7&8

More than 60 exhibitor booths offering a vast array of home improvement, remodeling and leisure companies will offer the highest quality assistance possible to all who attend.These professional companies will showcase their quality products and services, offer advice and provide the community with ideas for their home projects, family fun and outdoor living! Free parking, easy access, great prizes and give-a-ways up for grabs. This event being sponsored by House & Home Magazine, The Wire and Home Improvement Guide. The Voorhees Town Center offers a bustling food court, specialty shops and major department stores.

Saturday from 10 am – 9 pm and again on Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm

Dates: February 7th & 8th, 2015
Address: 2120 Voorhees Town Center, Voorhees
Cost: Free

Alba Winery’s Wine and Chocolate Weekend – Feb 7 & 8

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember by spending it with someone special at Alba Vineyard. Treat your valentine to samples of award winning wines paired with exquisite chocolates, artisan cheeses, and wonderful culinary treats! We will feature small bites prepared by our preferred caterers. Each caterer will offer samples of their amazing food specialties to pair with our wines. Master Chocolatier, Diane Pinder, owner of Donna & Company, will join us. Diane will offer samples of her unique artisan chocolates to pair with Alba’s dessert wines. A collection of assorted truffles and other chocolate treats will be available for sale. Joining us for the first time this year is Fourchette of Clinton, NJ. You will be able to sample and purchase their artisan cheeses. The tasting experience is $20 per person (21 and older). Reservations are not required.

Dates: February 14th – 15th, 2015; 11am to 5pm
Address: Alba Vineyards; 269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Milford, NJ
Cost: $20 for Wine and Food Tasting

Bluegrass Festival– Feb 8

Live stage concert of bluegrass music featuring eight regional bluegrass bands from the tri-state area.

Date: Sunday, February 8th, 2015; Noon to 5pm, doors open @ 11am
Address: Albert Music Hall; 131 Wells Mills Rd., Waretown
Cost: $10

Morris Animal Inn’s “I Chews You” Valentine Event – Wed, Feb 11th

The Morris Animal Inn‘s I “Chews” You Valentine’s Day Dog Daycare Party on Wednesday, February 11th, is the next can’t miss event for your pup! Activities include smooching your pooch in our kissing booth, “Singles Mingle” and “Love & Licks” outside in our front and side yards, “Courting & Fetching” agility and hurdles, Cupid’s sweet potato treat, and much more! Cost is $59. Call 973-539-0377 to RSVP today!

Dates: Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Address: 120 Sand Spring Road, Morristown, NJ

Like on them on Facebook and Follow on Twitter @MorrisAnimalInn

About Morris Animal Inn:

Party events will be customized to fit your pet’s personality (private or group).

Morris Animal Inn is a family owned and operated luxury pet resort in Morristown, New Jersey, for cats and dogs.  For more information, visit the Morris Animal Inn website, call 973-539-0377, or email

Also, this video is adorable:

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 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:

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

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

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794

$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

Events to Check Out this Weekend – Dec 31st – Jan 4th

I can’t believe 2015 begins this week! Crazy! In addition to these events, be sure to check out my list of Winter Events & Festivals at the top of the site (with all other other links).

Skate for Wishes – Dec 31

On Wednesday, December 31st, the 7th annual Skate for Wishes event will be held at Flyers Skate Zone in Atlantic City with the hopes to raise over $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of New Jersey. Join us by ending 2014 with a day of skating for children suffering with life-threatening medical conditions!

Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014; 10am to 4pm
Address: Flyers Skate Zone, 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City , NJ
Cost: $16 including a $5 donation to Make-A-Wish New Jersey

Hogmanay Bonfire in the Great Meadow– Dec 31

Get your toss list ready for Lawrenceville’s Hogmanay Bonfire. Held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, the Hogmanay Bonfire has been a Lawrence Historical Society tradition since 1997. The Mercer County bonfire began as a way to showcase the Brearley House while it was being renovated and proved to be so popular it has become an annual event. The first bonfire was suggested by Joe Logan, who remembered fires like this from his childhood in Savannah. In his hometown the fires marked the end of the holidays and they were a good way to get rid of the family Christmas tree. LHS took Logan’s suggestion and combined it with Hogmanay, another festival that often includes bonfires and a large community gathering.

Hogmanay is a Scottish New Year’s celebration that has it roots in Pagan tradition. To this day, Hogmanay is the main winter holiday and includes many Christmas-like features, such as gift giving. Create a list of all the bad things you want to forget about 2012 and bring it to the fire on New Year’s Eve. Toss it in the giant flames and watch it burn. Paper and pencils will also be available for you to write down all the bad things from the previous year that you wish to toss into the fire. You are also invited to prepare a list in advance and bring it to the fire. The most important aspect of any Hogmanay celebration is cleansing for the new year. Cleansing includes paying off old debts, washing the home, and banishing thoughts of bad happenings from the previous year.

Other traditions include the banging of pots at midnight to ward off dark spirits, banishing stray dogs to keep evil at bay, and first-footing – a tradition of visiting friends and relatives at midnight to bring them good cheer to start off the new year.

The Hogmanay Bonfire will take place in the Great Meadow behind the Brearley House. The ceremonial blaze will be lit at 6:00 pm by fire master, Joe Logan. Other activities during the event include a bagpiper, free refreshments, free parking and house tours. The refreshments in previous years included cake from Main Street Catering and apple cider from Terhune Orchards.

Date: Wednesday, December 31st, 2014; 6pm to 8pm
Address: The Brearley House; Meadow Rd, Trenton, NJ
Cost: Free

New Year’s Eve Kids’ Kazoo Parade – Dec 31

Your children will love to be a part of the Annual New Year’s Eve Kids’ Kazoo Parade in Collingswood. Held on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, this New Year’s Eve event takes place from 4:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. The parade begins at 4:15 p.m. in front of The Pop Shop. There will be Mummers present from a local string band to join in the parade down Haddon Avenue. After the parade, there will be free cookies and a New Year’s Eve Countdown with confetti. The parade is outdoors, so be sure to dress for winter weather. You can enjoy dinner at The Pop Shop after the celebration. Reservations are suggested. The restaurant will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Date: Wednesday, December 31stl 2014; 4:15 – 5:30pm
Address: Downtown Collingwood; The Pop Shop; 790 Haddon Avenue in Collingswood
Cost: Free

Disney on Ice – Jan 1 – 4

Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail.  Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon! Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin.  Join Elsa and Anna and the hilarious snowman Olaf, from Disney’s blockbuster hit Frozen, and discover how an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart.  And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away.

Dates: January 1st – 4th, 2015
Address: IZOD Center; 50 State Route 120, East Rutherford, NJ
Cost: Tickets start at $25

Sing-a-long Wizard of Oz – Jan 3

Join us and sing along to the classic 1939 film starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Frank Morgan. Come dressed as your favorite character and be a part of the costume parade on the Basie stage. Enjoy an afternoon of fantasy and song on the big screen as we travel with Kansas farm girl Dorothy down the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz. A fun event for the whole family.

Date: Saturday, January 3rd, 2015; 2pm
Address: Count Basie Theatre;
Cost: $15

Sing-a-long Sound of Music – Jan 4

The Hills are alive! Join in on the fun in as you sing along to the classic Julie Andrews Oscar-winning movie musical. Wave your Edelweiss! Dance in the gazebo with Liesl! Bark at Rolf! Boo the Nazis! Partake in earnest choruses of “My Favorite Things!” And come in costume. Don’t worry, all the lyrics are subtitled.

Date: Sunday, January 4th, 2015; 3pm
Address: Mayo Performing Arts Center; 100 South St., Morristown, NJ
Cost: $15 – $20

Check Out the Holiday Light Displays!

North Jersey
Denville Holiday Lights (Denville) (Free)
Christmas Ice Caverns (Fairfield)
Oakland Light Display (Oakland) (Free)

Central Jersey & Jersey Shore
Kloos Family Lights (East Brunswick) (Free)
Schaefer Farms Holiday Light Show(Flemington)
Martel’s Winter Wonderland (Hamilton)(Free)
Johnny’s Hazlet Holiday Light Extravaganza (Hazlet)(Free)
Holiday Lights Spectacular @ PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel)
Cook’s Christmas Lights (Jackson) (Free)
Dano Lights (Monroe) (Free)
Old Bridge Light Display (Old Bridge)(Free)
T & A Sprinkler Light Show (Old Bridge) (Free)
MacCary Christmas Light Display (Ocean)(Free)
Gress House Lights (Union Beach) (Free)

South Jersey
Sooy Lane Light Show (Absecon) (Free)
Burlington Lights (Burlington) (Free)
Christmas Light Show Hayrides (Medford)
Haggerty’s Christmas Lights (Pitman) (Free)
Historic Smithville Holiday Light Show (Smithville) (Free)
Turnersville Light Display (Turnersville) (Free)
Westhampton Light Display (West Hampton) (Free)