5 Free NJ Events This Weekend: January 29 – 31


Check out ice sculptures and a chili contest at the Mt. Holly Fire and Ice Festival, explore geology with hands-on lectures and activities at Rutger’s Geology Museum 48th Annual Open House, or have a sweet cup of hot chocolate at the Winter Festival in High Point State Park all for free this weekend.

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1. Mt. Holly Fire and Ice Festival
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Cupcake decorating, magnificent ice carvings, and a spicy chili contest; all of this and more is coming to the Mt. Holly Fire and Ice Festival at Historic Mount Holly, New Jersey. Also included in this unique event is a fire performance, the chance to taste test during the chili contest, a dog sledding demonstration, fire engine rides, and much more that will make this event spectacular for everyone in the family.
Quality Inn & Suites
Rt 541, Westampton, NJ

2. Rutger’s Geology Museum 48th Annual Open House
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Join Rutgers at the Rutger’s Geology Museum for their 48th annual open house to learn about minerals, lunar meteorites, plate tectonics, and everything geology related. There will be a kid-friendly lecture series, arts and crafts, and even minerals for sale. All scheduled lectures and activities are free, aside from purchasing the minerals.
Rutgers Geology Museum, Geology Hall, 2nd Floor
85 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

3. Winter Festival at High Point State Park
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Experience a guided hike, sing along to winter-themed music, join in on the winter weather program, or eat some cookies by the fire. At the Winter Festival in High Point State Park, there will be much to enjoy as ice fishing demonstrations and other activities make it a fun event for the entire family.
High Point State Park
High Point State Park Interpretive Center
1480 Route 23, Sussex NJ 07461

4. Meet Elsa
Saunday, January 31st, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
The ice wielding queen herself, Elsa, will be coming to the Learning Express Toys of Holmdel to meet and greet all of her fans. This even will include photos and a chance to chat with Disney’s most beloved character. Bring your camera and meet Queen Elsa from Frozen at this one of a kind event.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 NJ-35, Holmdel, NJ 07733

5. Apple snacks at Williams-Sonoma
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM
There are so many reasons to love apples; they are nutritious, they vary from sweet to tart, and they pair great with other foods such as almond butter or dark chocolate. The professionals at Williams-Sonoma are holding an event on Saturday that will include all kinds of apples and different ways to make them into plentiful snacks.
This event is being held at any participating Williams-Sonoma in your area.

6. Meet Mickey Mouse
Saturday, January 30th, 2016 | 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Get the chance to meet the most beloved and well known animated character, Mickey Mouse, at Learning Express Toys of Holmdel. Bring your camera and get ready to pose. Mickey Mouse will be making a special appearance to meet and greet anyone who comes to the event.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 State Route 35, Holmdel, New Jersey 07733
Cost: Free





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Amanda is a student at William Paterson University majoring in English with a concentration in Writing, and a Psychology minor on the side. Her passions are reading young adult literature, writing reviews on her personal blog and short stories for university level competitions, and eating very, very spicy foods. When she’s not reading or playing with her cat, Sly, you can find Amanda working out at the gym and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Her guilty pleasure meals consist of chicken tikka masala, vegan black bean burgers, and soup from Panera Bread. When she finishes college, Amanda looks forward to publishing her first book.