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Things To Do In NJ This Weekend – November 18 & 19 2017

The Ultimate Guide to the
Top Things To Do in NJ This Weekend

Looking for fun things to do in New Jersey this weekend? We’ve got the scoop on amazing NJ events happening all over the state! From special Thanksgiving events, to fun events for children, to fantastic concerts and theatre productions and much more… the Things to Do in New Jersey Calendar of Events features tons of awesome NJ events happening around the Garden State this weekend! Read on to learn all about the best things to do in NJ this weekend …

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17 Things To Do In New Jersey This Weekend

1. Native American Indian Heritage Festival

Paterson NJ | November 18 2017

The Sand Hil Band of the Lenape and Cherokee Indians, the Paterson Museum, and the National Park Service invite you to experience the contemporary culture of the indigenous community of Paterson – the Lenape Indians. Come to the 4th Annual Native American Indian Heritage Festival at the Paterson Museum and hear songs and storytelling, taste traditional foods, and see dancers. Learn about the history of this area through tours of the Paterson Museum and the Great Falls. Free admission! Learn more…

2. SMASH Campfire Science at New Jersey State Museum

Trenton NJ | November 18 2017

Come explore campfire traditions & wilderness skills while you learn how archaeologists use fire pits to discover the past! The SMASH Campfire Science event explores the fascinating intersection of science, art and history and features hands-on activities, experiments, and demonstrations, and an opportunity to meet the Museum’s experts! Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly fun at the New Jersey State Museum! Free admission! Learn more…

3. Fort Lee Annual Retreat Weekend Parade

Fort Lee NJ | November 18 2017

Fort Lee Annual Retreat Weekend Parade commemorates General George Washington’s retreat from Fort Lee with the Continental troops which took place in November of 1776. A parade will take place beginning on Main Street, proceeding south on Parker Avenue, and ending at Monument Park where there will be a ceremony, wreath laying by the Fort Lee VFW and a musket salute by the Brigade of the American Revolution. Following the ceremony, the Fort Lee Historical Society will offer free hot cider and donuts to the public for free at the adjacent Fort Lee Museum. Free! Learn more…

4. Giving Thanks at Washington Crossing State Park

Titusville NJ | November 18 2017

The history of Thanksgiving will be presented in story and song through Giving Thanks at Washington Crossing State Park. Vocal music and history in the Johnson Ferry House parlor, hearth cooking of a harvest feast, stone barn woodshop open and other hands-on activities. Hot cider and donuts will be available. Free admission! Learn more…

5. Jersey City Brew Fest

Jersey City NJ | November 18 2017

It’d be hard to find a city block where you could sample unlimited pours of over 150 craft beers, but that’s exactly what you get at the Jersey City Brew Fest. Beer lovers wander around the elegant Harborside Plaza Atrium and out along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, and sample each brewery’s wares until they find their favorite flavor. As they sip on their brews, they can wash down the beer with delicious food available on the spot. And with a beer in one hand and a plate of grub in the other, their feet are still free to tap to the beat of music played by live local bands and DJs. Learn more…

6. Great Gobblers at High Point State Park

Sussex NJ | November 18 2017

‘Tis the season to talk turkey. Did you know that Ben Franklin thought the turkey should be our national bird? Come on out to Great Gobblers at High Point State Park and learn about this bird of the season and make a gobbler to take home. This program is for families with children ages 4 to 8. Meet in the High Point State Park Interpretive Center. Free admission! Learn more…

7. National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China

New Brunswick NJ | November 18 2017

Get ready for a jaw-dropping spectacle of Chinese circus, acrobatics, and traditional Shaolin martial arts. The National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China are an internationally-renowned troupe featuring amazing acrobats, magicians, and martial artists who have appeared with such troupes as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Cirque du Soleil, and the Big Apple Circus. With unparalleled grace and precision, they execute astonishing feats, showcased with music, eye-catching costumes, and elaborate props. Don’t miss the National Acrobats and Martial Artists of China at the State Theatre in New Brunswick NJ! Learn more…

8. Nutcracker Story Time

Summit NJ | November 18 2017

Come on out for an afternoon of family-friendly fun at the Summit Free Public Library when the NJDTE hosts Nutcracker Story Time!  There will be a reading of the classic tale of The Nutcracker, NJ Dance Theatre Ensemble dancers will perform in costume, answer questions, sign autographs, and take photos with children in attendance. Open to both children and adults. Free admission! Learn more…

9. Duel of the Decades

Atlantic City NJ | November 18 2017

In Duel of the Decades, two of the greatest cultural eras go head-to-head in the ultimate battle! The playlist from 80’s tribute band Max Headroom runs the gamut from new wave to hair metal to teeny bop. The specialties from 90’s tribute band Nine Deeez Nite include NSYNC, Snoop Dogg, and Nirvana. Be there as two decades battle it out! The winner is determined by interactive audience approval via mobile device. Learn more…

10. Pippin

Haddon Heights | November 18 2017

Pippin, the high-flying, death-defying hit musical, is full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats, and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked. This unforgettable show tells the story of King Charles The Great’s son, who is searching for his own identity amid betrayal, war, and love. As Pippin embarks on his quest for fulfillment, he encounters a colorful cast of characters with mysterious motivations, particularly a performance troupe led by the charismatic Leading Player. By turns both comic and sinister, Pippin combines compelling drama with the raw energy of rock ‘n’ roll. Don’t miss Pippin at the Ritz Theatre! Learn more…

11. New Jersey Comic Expo

Edison NJ | November 18 & 19 2017

Drawing talent from big-name artists to web comic creators to elite cosplayers, the New Jersey Comic Expo connects you to talented artists and writers, introduces you to cool new stuff and brings you in contact with other fans so you can meet and make new friends. Come nab some autographs, have a pro artist draw you a custom picture, pick up some merch and meet fellow comic book lovers at the New Jersey Comic Expo. Learn more…

12. Retreat Weekend at Fort Lee Historic Park

Fort Lee NJ | November 18 & 19 2017

Retreat Weekend at Fort Lee Historic Park is an annual commemoration of the 1776 British invasion of New Jersey and the beginning of the Continental Army’s strategic “Retreat to Victory”. This free family-friendly event features music, cooking, 18th century military demonstrations, and a parade to Monument Park on Saturday. Free admission / $5 Parking. Learn more…

13. The Fantasticks

Hammonton NJ | November 18 & 19 2017

There’s a reason that the original off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks ran an astonishing 42 years – it’s pretty much got it all, from romance, comedy and action to heartbreak and drama, not to mention a great score. It also somehow manages to remain ever current. In fact, part of the plot revolves around a much-discussed wall, which keeps young lovers Matt and Luisa apart – until their scheming dads get involved. Featuring the beloved songs Try to Remember, They Were You and Soon It’s Gonna Rain, this new staging of The Fantasticks at The Eagle Theatre in Hammonton will no doubt capture all the moonlight and magic that makes it an enduring classic. Learn more…

14. Thanksgiving at Allaire Village

Wall NJ | November 19 2017

Come and celebrate a 19th Century Thanksgiving at Allaire Village. There will be a special program in the chapel at 1pm. Free admission! Learn more…

15. Retreat to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing

River Edge NJ | November 19 2017

On November 20th, 1776, five thousand British, Hessian and Loyalist troops, under command of Lt. Gen. Lord Cornwallis, scaled the Palisades at Lower Closter Dock and marched against Fort Lee. Warned by an alert officer, the American garrison escaped entrapment by safely crossing the Hackensack River at New Bridge, now known as the Bridge That Saved a Nation, and lived to fight another day. To mark the 241st Anniversary of the Retreat to Victory at Historic New Bridge Landing, the Bergen County Historical Society will offer a program that features tours of all three 18th century Jersey Dutch sandstone houses and time to explore the Westervelt-Thomas Barn, children’s activities, 18th century music, shoemaking, woodworking & blacksmithing demonstrations, and lots more! Learn more…

16. Many Voices, One World Concert

Emerson NJ | November 19 2017

The Ramapo Chorale – a group of 50 singers – directed by Lisa Lutter and accompanied by Pianist Jonathan Lakeland, will present Many Voices One World – music from around the world celebrating our shared humanity. This free concert will feature spiritual songs with a couple seasonal favorites to get everyone ready for the Christmas season! Free admission! Learn more…

17. Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour 2017

Newark NJ | November 19 2017

Nobody does catchy dance hooks and R&B ballads better than Janet Jackson – a six-time Grammy winner who also has two Emmys and a Golden Globe to her name. After taking a year off to have her first child, the youngest Jackson sibling is charging back onto the stage to sing classics like Rhythm Nation and Nasty, as well as tracks from her 2015 Unbreakable album. With over 160 million records sold worldwide, Ms. Jackson remains one of the most influential entertainers of all time. The Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour 2017 at the Prudential Center is sure to inspire her fans with a socially conscious repertoire of hits and new tracks alongside state-of-the-art production. Learn more…

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