10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: Jan 22-24


Meet Charlie Brown and his friends at a performance of You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, attend an ice sculpture demonstration at Downtown Haddonfield’s Winterfest, sing-a-long to Bob Marley’s “One Love” at Three Little Birds, watch monster trucks do jaw-dropping tricks at Monster Jam at Newark’s Prudential Center, or embrace your inner artist and attend the South Jersey Craftsmen & Artists Show.

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Pending this weekend’s snow storm, enjoy a ride down one of the 50 best sledding hills in New Jersey.


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1. You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Experience a classic story and the bond of friendship by seeing You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown at the Middletown Arts Center. Lucy, Snoopy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder, and Charlie Brown—the entire gang comes together in a live rendition of the classic Peanuts comics. The performance will leave adults feeling nostalgic and children mystified by characters that have charmed families for decades.
Middletown Arts Center
36 Church Street, Middletown, NJ 07748
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under

2. Maple Sugaring at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Prepare for the Maple Sugar Festival in March by learning all about maple sugaring at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center. In this educational event, participants will learn about maple by tapping the maple trees, collecting sap, and watching the maple turn to the most genuine syrup over a wood-fired evaporator. The event is first come first serve, and is recommended for children 3 and up.
Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center
247 Southern Blvd, Chatham Township, NJ 07928
Cost: $3


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3. Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Based on Cedella Marley’s book One Love, the musical production of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds tells the story of a young boy who is afraid of the many things in his everyday life in Jamaica. Using Bob Marley’s hit song as the musical score for the show, audiences will hear a new story while enjoying the sounds of the legendary Bob Marley.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St., Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: $13-$25


4. Meet Mickey Mouse
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 2:00 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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5. Behind the Scenes Tour of Jenkinson’s Aquarium
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Have you ever wondered how an aquarium runs and what it takes to up-keep a man-made aquatic landscape? This Sunday the Jenkinson Aquarium will be holding a top to bottom behind the scenes tour of what goes down behind the scenes of this fascinating aquatic museum.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium
300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children (pre-registration required)

6. Frozen Sing-A-Long
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Find your inner Elsa and sing your heart out at the Frozen Sing-A-Long in Rahway this Sunday. Frozen will be playing on the big screen, along with lyrics to help you follow the music. There will also be a chance to win some awesome, free giveaway prizes.
Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts
360 Hamilton Street, Rahway, NJ 07065
Cost: $15

7. Haddonfield Winterfest
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Ice sculpting, live performances, sugar cookie decorating, a hot chocolate bar, and much more will be happening at the Haddonfield Winterfest. Stop by around 3:00 PM and watch a live DJ perform, check out the breath taking ice sculptures at the ice sculpting demonstration starting at 1:00 PM, or warm up at the hot chocolate bar. Experience the excitement of winter this Saturday and Sunday in Haddonfield, NJ.
Downtown Haddonfield
Information Center, 2 Kings Ct, Haddonfield NJ 08033
Cost: Free


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8. Monster Jam
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Donuts, freestyles, wheelies, and even more action packed monster truck stunts are coming to the Prudential Center in Newark this weekend. Witness monster trucks defy gravity in this live event featuring the most known monster trucks. Performing daring and unbelievable stunts, children and adults alike will be amazed by Monster Jam’s jaw-dropping show.
Prudential Center Newark
25 Lafayette Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: See website for ticket prices

 9South Jersey Craftsmen & Artists Show
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 24th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Obsessed with art, crafts, and home décor? Take your family to the South Jersey Craftsmen & Artists Show to see beautiful works of art, handmade crafts, and home décor displays. This event will include something for everyone in the family to enjoy: baskets, quilts, wreaths, pottery, jewelry, ceramics, wood working, oils, watercolors, glassware, and more. Not only will you and your family be able to shop at all of the wonderful booths, there will also be a chance to donate a can of pet food to a local animal shelter.
Total Turf Experience
614 Lambs Rd., Pitman, NJ 08071
Cost: Free

10. Bluegrass and Country Concert
Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 | 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Do you and your family love going to live concerts? At Albert Music Hall this Saturday, The Pinelands Cultural & Historical Preservation Society presents the live performance of multiple country, bluegrass, and pinelands musicians. With refreshments and live music, this is a concert that you and your family don’t want to miss out on.
Albert Music Hall
Wells Mills Road (Rt. 532), Waretown, NJ 08758
Cost: Adults are $5, children 11 and under are $1


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11. Hudson Restaurant Week
January 25th – February 5th, 2016
Time to pull out that extra cash you’ve been saving because Hudson Restaurant Week is just around the corner. Take advantage of this year’s bi-annual restaurant promotion and special prices in Hudson County by bringing your family and friends to some of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Hudson County area.
For restaurant locations, promotional prices, or to make a reservation, check out the Hudson Restaurant Week website.






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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.