Looking for something to do this weekend? Big Joe's got you covered. Check out our complete list of great events and fun things do right here in the great Garden State!


Spring is here again and with it comes warmer weather and the release of 2016 Dandelion Wine at Bellview Winery! On April 8th and 9th, flights of past Dandelion vintages will be available so you can experience the aging process of this complex and flavorful wine. Floral, herbal, and sweet, our Dandelion Wine is perfect for dessert now… or ten years from now. We will also have vineyard tours running throughout the day. Flights of Dandelion Wine are $5. Standard wine tastings are available as well for $5.

Date: April 8th, 2017 - April 9th, 2017
Location: Bellview Winery
150 Atlantic St., Landisville, NJ 08326

Come out the sixth annual Independent Volunteer Fire Company No.2 fish fry on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are only $14.00 for adults & $10.00 for children 12 and under.Your dinner includes... Seafood Combination Platter (Flounder, Scallops, & Shrimp), French Fries & Choice of Cole Slaw or Applesauce PLUS... Salad, Assorted Desserts & Beverages!

Date: April 7th, 2017
Location: Independent Volunteer Fire Company No.2
51 N. White Horse Pk., Hammonton, NJ 08034


Schedule of Events: Friday - Sunday carnival, food trucks, vendor marketplace and music on all 3 days & nights. Saturday is "Kids Day" with clowns, face painters, kid friendly vendors, games, contests, a kids band and loads of fun. Sunday is "Salute to the Marines Day". The group LCPL Jedi C Barker Marine Corps League Detachment 1211 will be honored. Friday 5 - 10 pm, Saturday 11 am - 11 pm, Sunday 11 am - 6 pm. This event is FREE to the public!

Date: April 7th, 2017 - April 9th, 2017
Location: Overpeck County Park
199 Challenger Rd., Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660


Every full moon has a name, get to know the moon names. Listen to the night sounds of the Pines. Learn about Whitesbog and experience the seasonal changes of the Pinelands. All walks are 3-5 miles in length, weather permitting and led by experienced leader. $5 per person donation, call for reservation.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Historic Whitesbog Village
120 W. Whitesbog Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015


Experience Vietnam War artifacts, re-enactors and hear from Vietnam War veterans, all free when you purchase a tour of the Battleship. 10 am - 3 pm.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
100 Clinton St., Camden, NJ 08103

42 breeds of CFA registered cats plus household pets competing in 6 separate rings. 9 am - 4 pm. Breakfast, lunch and munchies available on site. Free parking. For admission, see our web site for details. Fun for all ages.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Cherry Hill National Guard Armory
Grove St. & Park Blvd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08002


Welcome Spring with this comedy parade complete with over 300 basset hounds. Begins at Noon and runs on Asbury Ave. from 6th- 12th Sts. and then up to the Boardwalk. Pieasco follows parade - mass pie in the face extravaganza! Register online.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: City of Ocean City
861 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, NJ 08226

Cummins School of Irish Dance presents Feis at the Beach. Doors open at 9 am; Irish dance competitions start at 10 am. The competitions will include over 1,000 dancers of all ages and expertise. Feis will be choreographed to music and prizes will be awarded. FREE admission!

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260


Race through the park in the Cherry Blossom Challenge, a competitive New Jersey tradition or cheer on the cyclists while enjoying a day in the fresh spring air. Registration fees apply. Various races occur throughout the morning. 7 am - 1 pm.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Branch Brook Park, Oval, Northern Division
Park Ave. & Lake St., Newark, NJ 07104


Celebrate Spring at the Gardens with an afternoon of fun and fresh air for children and families! Sponsored by Alpha Zeta, the Cook College honors/service fraternity, the afternoon will be filled with exciting activities that will put a "spring" in your step, and a smile on your face. Noon - 4 pm. All Day activities include: Face Painting Funny Foto Booth Arts and Crafts Egg Hunt - Egg Hunts will begin at 12:30 pm, and will be held every half hour. Food and more! At 2 pm A Special Dance Performance featuring the Trenton Education Dance Institute will take place in the Pavilion. Join the dancers while they demonstrate music and dance from around the world.

Date: April 9th, 2017
Location: Rutgers Gardens
140 Log Cabin Rd., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The signature East Coast event where miners, prospectors, paleontologists, fossil preparators, geologists, jewelry artisans, importers, gem cutters, and related folks mingle with appreciators of the Earth, sciences, and the awesome things that come from the Earth - and space! Just $1 can buy you fossil shark tooth, a 300 million year old trilobite, or perhaps a rock that glows under UV light.  Others may appreciate the real dinosaurs or investor grade $100,000 specimens of the rarest minerals on earth. Browse ~400 dealer booths and learn something new and amazing. Many children's activities to keep them busy. Plus, each $10 child admission includes their choice of 1+ carat cubic zirconia, a chunk of fools' gold from Spain, or a fossil from Wyoming. Our Special Exhibits from major museums are a big draw as well. For 2017 we'll have 4 exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History. Please visit our website to learn more details!

Date: April 7th, 2017 - April 9th, 2017
Location: NJ Convention & Expo Center
97 Sunfield Ave., Edison, NJ 08837


The Walk & 5K returns to the boards of Asbury Park with an exciting after-party inside the legendary Convention Hall! Step up for The Arc of Monmouth and race for the finish line, or grab your friends and family and enjoy an exciting walk with a view. This year's new "Boardwalk Route" hugs the ocean and runs south from Convention Hall through beautiful Asbury Park, Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach – the perfect "run in the sun" at the Jersey Shore! You don't want to miss this year's after-party inside Convention Hall, featuring live music, free BBQ, giveaways, carnival games and more. Prizes will be given to top individual and team fundraisers! All proceeds from the Walk & 5K provide services and supports that benefit people with I/DD, including recreation, housing, employment, behavioral healthcare and more.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Asbury Park Convention Hall
1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

More than 200 artists, crafters and vendors. Free admission and parking. 25,000 spectators. 11 am - 5 pm.

Date: April 9th, 2017
Location: Downtown Red Bank, Red Bank, NJ 07701


Admission includes an All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast: French Toast Foster, Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs with cheese, Breakfast, potatoes, plus Hot and cold beverages, photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny, and access to all activities at our Easter and Springtime Family Festival including hayrides, pony rides, Easter Egg hunt, baby farm animals, warm campfire and lots more! Breakfast reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased online. Breakfast available these dates and times: April 8th & 9th 10 am - 12 pm and April 14th & 15th 9 am - 12 pm. Please see our website for complete details. Children's admission $25.99, Adult admission: $13.99, Senior admission: $11.99.

Date: April 8th, 2017 - April 15th, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930


Thistle of Kearny returns for our annual fundraiser. 4:30 - 7 pm. Take-out starts at 4:30 pm and sit down dining starts at 5 pm. Adult fish or chicken dinner: $16. Children fish or chicken dinner: $8. Includes: dinner, beverage and dessert. Dine-in or take-out available. Tickets on sale at the Center Front Desk or limitied tickets sales the day of the Fish and Chip Dinner.

Date: April 7th, 2017
Location: St. Francis Community Center
4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ 08008


This year's Spring event will be an EGG & VEGGIE HUNT! Come to the Barnyard on (rain date 4/9) or 15th between the hours of 10 am - 4 pm for a hayride (last hayride leaves at 3 pm), visit with our Barnyard animals and participate in an egg and veggie (our first one) hunt! Also available will be barrel train rides, egg decorating stations, the Easter Bunny and of course an Ag Education Station! Cost is $10/child and $5/adult. (It will take approximately 2 hours to complete events at the Barnyard, but come and stay as long as you like!)

Date: April 8th, 2017 - April 15th, 2017
Location: Coombs Barnyard
20 Rt. 77, Elmer, NJ 08318


Living History Weekend at the Abraham Staats House to Commemorate the Battle of Bound Brook April 13, 1777. Join us for an exciting and historic weekend! The two-day program explores the American Revolutionary War during the timeframe of the Battle of Bound Brook and the American army's use of Middlebrook in the years 1777 – 1779. Learn about and experience this important period in New Jersey's and America's history. Weekend activities include: Marching, Drilling and Street Battle Reenactments in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, featuring American and British units portraying the soldiers of the American Revolution. 18th century Soldiers' Encampment on the grounds of the Abraham Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, 08880. Come walk through camp and see what life was like for American and British troops during the time of the American Revolution. Historic House Tours: Presentations, Exhibits, Period Music and Special Activities.

Date: April 8th, 2017 - April 9th, 2017
Locaiton: Abraham Staats House
17 Von Steuben Ln., South Bound Brook, NJ 08880


Children & adults will enjoy an afternoon tea party in style! Guests will be treated to a sumptuous selection of scones, pastries, traditional finger sandwiches, and iced tea all served on real china as they step back in time. There will also be a dress up/play tent, games and prizes for everyone to enjoy. Recommended for ages 5-12. Program Time: 1 - 3 pm. Program Fee: $25 for adults, $30 for children Reservations required by April 1; To purchase tickets call or visit our website.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Ave., Union, NJ 07083


Spring is almost upon us but the chill of winter is still in the air. Nothing cures winter blues like a warm winter soup and a sip of good wine! Join us to sample delicious winter soups perfectly paired with our wonderful wines. $10 includes soup, wine tasting and gift glass to keep. Noon - 5 pm.

Date: April 8th, 2017 - April 9th, 2017
Location: Villa Milagro Vineyards
33 Rt. 627, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

Shake off the winter hibernation and join the men and women of Tri-County Volunteer Fire Company's Auxiliary as we kick off the spring season with our 2nd Annual Spring Vendor and Craft Fair, while helping to support the firefighters of Tri-County Vol. Fire Company! Pick up unique and handmade items from our variety of vendors for our friends, family, or even yourself! 50/50 and Tricky Tray will be run the day of, items all donated by our wonderful vendors! 10 am - 4 pm. Please email for vendor information.

Date: April 8th, 2017
Location: Tri-County Vol. Fire Company
1720 Rt. 57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840

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