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Fun Family Outings

A warm summer night is a great time to go out and have fun with the family. Homework is not an issue and most sports are at a standstill until the fall. Take advantage of this precious downtime and take part in the many evening activities Princeton offers. Whether you like listening to live music under the stars ,strolling through the beautiful Princeton University campus, or playing a few rounds of mini golf, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. Below are a few POL suggestions for the next time someone in your family asks, "What's happening this summer?" Enjoy!!

Princeton Shopping Center Summer Concert Series


The Summer Courtyard Concert Series will take place every Thursday evening from 6-8 pm beginning June 18 and ending August 27. All of the concerts are free and will take place in the newly renovated Princeton Shopping Center Courtyard. Attendants should bring lawn chairs for comfortable viewing. Audiences will be delighted each Thursday evening with music from Rock to Klezmer. The series will kick off with Animus and will conclude with Sarah Donner's indie music showcase. For a performance schedule and descriptions of the musical acts please visit or pick-up a program schedule at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts. The Princeton Shopping Center is located at 301 North Harrison Street in Princeton Township.

Princeton Summer Theater


We invite you to bring your children to our matinee series designed especially for families. Share the magic of theater with your little ones for less than the cost of a movie! All family show tickets $5 (under 3 free!)


July 2 - 4 & 9 - 11 at 11 am - An outer space love story based of the Norwegian myth that inspired Beauty and the Beast, this show demonstrates how far the will of love can take you. In the end, those who deserve it get what they deserve.


July 23 - 25, July 30 - August 1 at 11 am - By decree of the young king, a beautiful girl must learn to spin straw into gold. How will she manage this magical feat? Rumpelstiltskin might lend a helping hand, but at what cost?

Pine Creek Miniature Golf


Pine Creek offers 2 challenging 18-hole miniature golf courses in a beautiful natural setting (without the windmills and plastic giraffes!) and a charming Danish-stye clubhouse, snack bar, lounge, garden patio, and picnic area.

Currently, they are open every morning at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, weather permitting. Golfers may BEGIN play every evening until 8 p.m., except on Friday and Saturday nights when golfers may BEGIN play until 9 p.m. (Evening hours get later as the weather gets warmer). Pine Creek is located at 394 Rt. 31, West Amwell, NJ. For more information call 609-466-3803

Slow Food & Wine Festival


Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, Pennington. Sample summertime dishes prepared with the season s locally grown vegetables, fruits, seafood, chicken, meats and more dished up by some of the most exciting chefs in New Jersey. Wine tasting, a souvenir wine glass, parking and entrance into cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. 12 - 5pm. $30/ $25 advance. 46 Yard Road. Hopewell Valley Vineyards; 609/737-4465

Terhune Orchard's Blueberry Bash


Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 10-5pm., Terhune Orchards, Cold Soil Road, Princeton. Join Terhune Orchards as we celebrate "everything blueberry." Wander through our Pick-Your-Own blueberry bushes; relax on a wagon ride around the farm. Pony rides, music and lots of tasty blueberry treats - blueberry muffins, blueberry cobbler, blueberry tea and blueberry salsa! Get in the spirit by entering your favorite recipe in the juried Blueberry Bash Bake-off, with categories for children and adults. Contest rules are available at the farm store. The prize winners will receive Terhune Orchards Gift Certificate good for any purchase in the Farm Store! Parking is available at Terhune Orchards. Admission is FREE.

Fireworks Celebration in Hopewell


Sunday, June 28 from 7:30-9:30pm, Alliger Park, Hopewell. In honor of Independence Day, the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association is hosting a 63rd Army Band concert at Alliger Park on June 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. The concert will include patriotic songs and traditional concert band pieces. A fireworks display will conclude the concert. The celebration is free and open to the public. Residents are encouraged to picnic at the park and bring lawn chairs. In case of inclement weather, the Army Band concert will be held at the Central High School Performing Arts Center on June 28 at 7:30 p.m. A rain date for the fireworks display is July 1 at 8:30 p.m. at the park. Alliger Park is located at 203 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd. (Rt. 546), adjoining the Hopewell Twp. Municipal Building. For additional information and directions visit, or call 737-6681.

Fireworks Celebration in Princeton


Thursday, July 2 at 9pm - best viewing site is from the Princeton University sports fields immediately next to The University Stadium. Fields open at 7pm for picnicking, fireworks at dusk, usually shortly after 9pm. No alcoholic beverages allowed.


Bastille Day Celebration


Saturday, July 11, Frenchtown. Strolling mimes, balloon artists, carriage rides, puppet show and gallery receptions in honor of the town's French speaking founder. Free. Bridge Street. Frenchtown Business Assn. 800-989-3388

Terhune Firefly Festival


Join Terhune Orchards on Sunday, July 12th from 5 - 9pm. for an evening of nature, music, and outdoor fun for the whole family at the Firefly Festival. Learn all about fireflies and other insects that live at Terhune Orchards. When the sun sets, watch the fireflies light up the fields and orchards. How many can you count? Activities include a nature talk about fireflies with Elaine Madigan, Scahfer's Gymnastics demonstrate the "Art of Flying" techniques, live music all evening by Miss Amy and Her Big Kids Band and other children’s activities around the farm. Don’t worry about dinner, there’s lots of food available – grilled chicken, hot dogs, pies, apple cider donuts, apple cider, ice cream and more! Wear your wings.

Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Warren County Farmers' Fair


July 26 - August 1

The annual olde time agricultural fair features livestock and small animal shows, agricultural exhibits, antique and stock tractor pulls, demolition derby, mud bogging, gardeners, crafters, children's activity tent, carnival rides, and plenty of food. Entertainment tent and stage features country bands, rock and folk groups, and the New Jersey Folklife Project presents a Traditional Arts Expo. Daily demonstrations include spinning fleece, basket making, rug hooking and lace making. The Fair will again host a Hot Air Balloon Festival, with balloon glows, nightly ascensions. $5/ $3 ages 5-12. Farmers' Fairgrounds, Rt. 519 near Strykers Rd.. Warren County Farmers Fair Assoc.; 908/475-6505

9th Annual Butterfly Festival - August 15th


Come celebrate the wonder of nature's favorite quick-change artist - the butterfly - and 'green' living at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association's 8th Annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday August 9. Held at the scenic Watershed Reserve on Titus Mill Road in Pennington NJ, the festival offers fun for the entire family. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, attendees can enjoy naturalist-guided tours of the Kate Gorrie Memorial Butterfly House, along with nature hikes, live entertainment, food from local purveyors, children's activities, a butterfly costume contest, and an array of demonstrations and exhibits about the environment and conservation. Admission is $15 per carload with parking generously provided across the street at Bristol-Myers Squibb. For more information call 609-737-3735.


Hunterdon 4-H and Agricultural Fair


August 19-23, Ringoes - Old-fashioned country fair featuring 4-H youth and and adult shows and contests, amusement rides, tractors pulls, varied entertainment and all kinds of food. 10am - 10pm. Free, parking $10 per car. Fairgrounds, South County Park, Route 179. Hunterdon County 4-H and Agricultural Fair, Inc.; 908/782-6809

Princeton Canoe & Kayak Rental


Princeton Canoe & Kayak Rental are opened until 8pm 7 days a week. For those interested in a glorious ride at dusk, the boats must be checked out by 7pm. Located on Alexander Road, just 1/2 of a mile off of Route 1, and only a 10 minute walk from Princeton's Dinky Train Station, Princeton Canoe provides easy access to a number of local waterways. Call (609)452-2403 for more info.

The Trenton Thunder


Come out to a Trenton Thunder game and you’ll experience Minor League Baseball at its best! As the Class AA Affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Thunder offer the highest level of baseball in the state of New Jersey and have been recognized as the “Nation’s Best Franchise” for providing an outstanding and unique fan experience while conducting unprecedented community outreach. Record breaking attendance numbers are evidence of why the Thunder top the list of family fun activities in Mercer County, Central New Jersey and Bucks County, PA. Affordable prices along with the clean, safe and family-friendly atmosphere at Waterfront Park keeps fans coming back time and time again. For tickets call 609-394-3300.


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