PATTY GRIFFIN. Grammy Award-winning folk singer joins forces with Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting. 8pm. 100 South Street.
NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS. Fearless performers with boundless energy bring you more than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions. 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
COMMUNITY GARDEN CONFERENCE. Meet other gardeners, expand your gardening knowledge, find out what is working and what is not in other gardens and become part of a wonderful network of community gardeners. The keynote speaker this year is Karen Washington, former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition 9am - 4:30pm. $50 per person before Feb. 1, $60 pp on or after Feb.1. 353 East Hanover Ave..
LUSTIG DANCE THEATRE: UNCERTAIN STEPS. Uncertain Steps refers to the occasionally improvised moments in Baroque dancing that are brought to life in this elegant dance by three couples. Accompanied by live cello, this ballet unfolds in patterns, both formal and decorative, inspired by and set to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
GROWING IRIS IN THE HOME GARDEN. Topics include culture and care of iris and landscape design including planting companions. 1pm - 3pm. $15/12 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..
THE WELLINGTON INTERNATIONAL UKULELE ORCHESTRA. Hailing from the home of The Hobbit movies, the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra is renowned for their winning combination of charming Kiwi humor, disarmingly small instruments, tongue-in-cheek panache and sublime musicality that brings an irresistible New Zealand heartland feel to the stage. 8pm. 100 South Street.
DOKTOR KABOOM!. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom's supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curio 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
SPRING CRAFTMORRISTOWN. 150 modern American makers, artists, designers and craftspeople from across the country. Morristown Armory.
THE PRODIGALS. The Prodigals have emerged as the dominant force on the Celtic - music scene simply because there's no one else like them. 8pm. $25. Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave..
COOKING THE BOOKS. Explore recipes of the past from cookbooks of the 18th and 19th centuries. 1pm - 3pm. $25/20 members. 353 East Hanover Ave..
ALL MOZART. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra 8pm. 100 South Street.
SAN JOSE TAIKO. Through their performances, SJT expresses the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the fluid movement and sound of the drums. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
SPRINGFEST GARDEN SHOW. Discover charming shops and horticultural services tucked among colorful garden displays. 10am - 5pm. $12 adult. 37 Plains Rd..
HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE. This presentation highlights the changing landscape of Hunterdon County from 1930 to the present using comparative interpretation of images from the aerial photograph library of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). 6:30 - 8:30pm. $3. Echo Hill, 42 Lilac Drive.
BLUES BASH. The Edgar Winter Band on Friday night and Kim Simmons and Savoy Brown on Saturday night. Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center.
TRICKY TRAY RAFFLE. 12:30 - 4pm. Adults only; $15 admission includes 26 tickets and dessert.. Branchburg Central Middle School, 220 Baird Rd.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. Set to an enchanting score by Felix Mendelssohn, American Repertory Ballet brings to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare's most popular comedies. 3pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
SUGAR MAPLE CELEBRATION. Tap a tree and enjoy the maple sugaring process 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! 10am - 2pm. $25. 80 Route 206.
MAPLE SUGARING OPEN HOUSE. Learn how sap becomes delicious maple syrup. Ongoing demonstrations of tapping the trees, collecting the sap, and operating the evaporator. Fresh maple syrup available for purchase while supplies last. 10am - 3pm. 50 Neilson Road.
SUNDAY MORNING FITNESS HIKES. Naturalist Janis Slutsky will lead brisk 5-mile hike over varied terrain. 8am. $10. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
MAP & COMPASS. Join a Schiff naturalist as she takes you out to explore the preserve and learn the basics of how to navigate using a map and compass through hands-on activities. 7:30pm. $10. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
EASTER EGG HUNT. Admission includes gun and goggles 9am - 5am. $15. 472 US 46.
THE PIGEONING. A darkly comedic yet heartfelt story that spins articulate puppetry, live music, and lo-fi special effects into an epic tale about the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world. 2 & 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE AND FISHERMAN’S FLEA MARKET. Activities include kids trout fishing, shotgun and archery ranges, crafts and other kids activities, wildlife artists and conservation groups, a fishing flea market and more! 10am - 4pm. Free. 605 Pequest Rd..
TROUT SEASON OPENS. Don’t forget your 2016 fishing license!
ANNUAL VERNAL POOL EXPLORATION. Visit vernal pools to explore these habitats and learn why these sites are important to many species of amphibians, reptils, insects, and other wildlife. Guided group hike. Pre-register with leader, Kevin Mitchell, at email@example.com. 2 - 3:30pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.
SOURLANDS SMACKDOWN. New Jersey’s only outdoor bouldering competition. 9am.
BIG BAD WOLF. This hilarious, table-turning tale complete with puppetry, a poetry competition, and plenty of dancing will have you wondering why you were so scared in the first place. 1 & 3:30pm. $10 & $12. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
SACRED MUSIC, SACRED DANCE. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art, the monks of The Mystical Arts of Tibet have performed in many of America's greatest theaters and music halls. 8pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
SHAD FESTIVAL. Artists, crafters, shad hauling demonstrations, guide walking tours, entertainment, and a shad dinner. 12:30 - 5:30pm. Bridge and Union Streets.
TOWN WIDE YARD SALE. Search for treasures throughout Mansfield Township. Links to flyers, online maps and more will be available www.mansfieldtownship-nj.gov. 9am - 3pm.
LOVE THAT DOG. One boy find his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog. 7pm. $15. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
PETERS VALLEY ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE. Tour artist studios and enjoy demonstrations in blacksmithing, ceramics, fine metals, fiber arts, glass, photography, woodworking and weaving. There will be live music, great food, kids activities, a mini craft fair and exhibit. 12 - 5pm. Free. 19 Kuhn Road (Rt. 615).
GARDEN PARTY. Garden pARTy: Cultivating Creativity in the Community for all ages, featuring fine art exhibit/sale, community artwork, music, demonstrations, garden tours, more! Bring a picnic, enjoy the afternoon! 12 - 5pm. Free. The Ross Farm, 135 North Maple Avenue.
MEDICINE WHEEL GARDEN FESTIVAL. Music, gardening workshops, tours, plant sale, craft and food vendors, childrens’ activities and more to support the continued restoration of the gardens and historical buildings. 10am. 50 Neilson Road.
JEFF NEWELL NEW-TRAD OCTET. Combes instruments and elements of a traditional New Orleans brass band. 12 & 7pm. $25. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
WARREN COUNTY PRESERVATION DAY. Explore the Ramsaysburg Historic Homestead on the Delaware River and learn about similar sites and programs in Warren County. 10am - 4pm. Free. 150 Route 46 at Ramseyburg Road.
THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF COMEDY (ABRIDGED). This show covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes to Shakespeare and Moliere to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and, of course, Anthony Weiner. 7pm. Rt. 28 and Lamington Road.
TASTE OF SOMERSET. The 24th annual Taste of Somerset, the area’s original gourmet tasting event provides the unique opportunity to sample the finest appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages that the region has to offer 6 - 9pm. $75. The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue.
TOUR OF SOMERVILLE CYCLING SERIES. The annual three-day Tour of Somerville Cycling Series culminates every Memorial Day with the fifty-mile Kugler-Anderson race, named in honor of its first winners, Furman Kugler of Somerville (1940, 1941) and Carl Anderson of Clifton (1942). Both men lost their lives during World War II. Furman’s father, Fred “Pop” Kugler, whose strength and skill in his era as a cycling champion were the foundation of the enterprises that informed the rest of his career, advanced the sport of competitive cycling by coaching succeeding generations of cyclists and developing racing bikes. Begun under his direction, the Tour of Somerville has consistently drawn the best racing cyclists in America to the roadways of Somerset County. Today, the event organizer and beneficiary is Middle Earth, a non-profit agency that helps middle and high school children become responsible and productive community members. Known as the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling." The Tour is the oldest major bicycle race in the United States and a legend in the lore of bicycle racing. Free admission. Main Street.
BARN AND BAKE SALE. 9am - 3pm. Free. 50 Neilson Road.
ANNUAL DELAWARE RIVER SOJOURN. A seven-day guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation, and more. This year’s theme is “Birthplace of America”. Call for fees.
KUTZTOWN FOLK FESTIVAL. America’s oldest continuing folk life festival offers genuine Pennsylvania German and Early American folk art and crafts by over 200 craftsmen, the largest exhibit and sale of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch quilts in the nation, folk life and folk lore programs, historical reenactments, six stages of continuous entertainment, strolling musicians, a wide array of children’s activities, all-you-can-eat Pennsylvania Dutch dinners, and much more. 9am - 6pm. $14/ $13 senior (55+),/ $5 junior (13-17)/ 12 & Under, free. All-week pass, $24. Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 N. White Oak St,.
QUICKCHEK FESTIVAL OF BALLOONING. Hot air balloons, concerts, arts & crafts, fireworks, balloon glow. Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road.
WARREN COUNTY FARMERS’ FAIR AND BALLOON FESTIVAL. Feel like a kid again at the 78th annual fair! Livestock and small animal shows, agricultural exhibits, antique and stock tractor pulls, demolition derbies, mud bogging, crafters, carnival rides, a traditional arts expo, and plenty of food. Admission also includes the Hot Air Balloon Festival, with mass balloon ascensions at 6:30 each evening. $7/ $4 ages 5-12. Farmer’s Fairgrounds, Rt. 519 near Stryker’s Rd..
NEW JERSEY STATE FAIR / SUSSEX COUNTY FARM AND HORSE SHOW. This ten day event, NJ’S Largest Agricultural Fair, features agricultural events and education, animals, exhibits, horse shows, carnival, petting zoo, vendors, craft tent, flower and vegetable shows, art, photography, 4-H, chainsaw artist and auction, fair food, free entertainment and much more! This year is the 75th anniversary. $12/ $6 ages 6-12/ $9 Senior. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Rt. 206 & Plains Rd..
WARREN COUNTY ANTIQUES SHOW AND VINTAGE MARKET PLACE. Shop the best in both high end and country casual antiques, with 150 dealers on site. You’ll find furniture, jewelry, toys, tools, posters, quilts, porcelain, ...glassware, primitives… there are antiques, collectibles and vintage items of all kinds to fit your taste and budget.Also, bring your cracked crockery and other ceramic items needing repair to conservator Michael Hartnett of the Broken Things Fixed studio in Stanhope, NJ. Dubbed “the Art Doctor” by The Star-Ledger, Michael will receive broken or damaged items for repair and discuss the care and conservation of antiques and collectibles. If you need lighting repairs and metal polishing, John Walther of Red Barn Antiques of South Egremont, Massachusetts is down from the Berkshires and will be in Building 3 to take care of those projects.Also on hand will be blacksmith Ivan Raupp demonstrating the ancient art of metalworking; a farmstand with fresh local produce by Clucas Farm West of Harmony, NJ; delicious food prepared by the Warren Hills Wrestling Club boosters with proceeds supporting youth wrestling programs; and much more.Just three miles from Phillipsburg, the scenic and convenient fairgrounds location is easily accessible from I-78, I-80 and Routes 22, 46 and 57. ! 10am - 4pm. $7 (check www.warrencountyantiqueshow.com for discount coupon). Warren County Farmers’ Fairgrounds, Route 519.
32ND ANNUAL SCANDINAVIAN FEST. Heritage festival celebrating Nordic/Scandinavian cultures:foods, entertainment, reenactors, handcrafts & gifts, kids'events, demonstrating artisans, Vikings (limited pillage & ravaging), talks, and the 8th annual all-Jersey wife-carry contest! 10am - 6pm. $11, $13, $14. Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Rd.
SHEEP AND FIBER FESTIVAL. Sheep shows, shearing, spinners, vendors, artisans, food, children's activities, llamas, alpacas, fleece contest, photo contest, skein contest and more! 99am - 5pm. $10/carload, $5/single. Hunterdon County Fairgrounds.
ANNUAL PETERS VALLEY CRAFT FAIR. Beautiful American Craft made by 150+ exhibiting artists from across the country. This a juried show of exhibitors, who are each selected for excellence and originality in twelve different media. 10 - 5pm. $9. Sussex County Fairgrounds, Plains Rd..