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!


BERGEN COUNTY


Selections from BCHS quilt collection on exhibit. Quilter demonstrations. Quilts are considered both a creative and utilitarian household craft. The quilt exhibit will celebrate the contributions of women artists in Bergen County. Check back for updates on our website or sign up for our email blasts.

Date: January 29th, 2017
Location: Bergen County Historical Society
1201-1209 Main St., River Edge, NJ 07661


BURLINGTON COUNTY


A free event in Downtown Mount Holly that combines two popular traditions: Mount Holly's Ice Carving Festival & Annual Chili Contest. A family-oriented event from 10:30 am - 3 pm. Watch pro and amateur ice carvers turn 300 lb. ice blocks into crystalline works of art and taste the best chili in town! NEW for this year, craft beer tasting tent (from noon - 2:30 pm). Exhibits, entertainment and great food in a historic setting. A cure to cabin fever!

Date: January 28th, 2017
Locaiton: Main St., Mount Holly, NJ 08060


CAMDEN COUNTY


Join the Ritz Kidz Company for their interactive and wacky spin on the classic tale of two young boys pulling a switcharoo to see how the other half lives! Perfect for kids and kids at heart!

Date: January 26th, 2017 - January 28th, 2017
Location: Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pk., Haddon Township, NJ 08107


HUNTERDON COUNTY


Sip while you shop from over 20 gourmet food producers and artisan craft vendors. Enjoy live Spanish guitar by Victor Tarassov 1 - 4 pm each day, and try barrel samples of our developing red wines with the winemakers as part of your wine tasting. Public winery tours each day at 2:30pm. Free to attend, tastings are $10. The event is from Noon - 5 pm each day. Vendors: Loré Pasta, Ringing Rocks Jewelry, Blue Moon Acres ,Lindsey Lou's Organics, Cherry Grove Farm, Penelope Traveling Boutique, All You Need Is Cake, Holly Jolly Jams, WoodsEdge Wools Farm, Whitehouse Station Sauce Company, SLUG Co., Finely Crafted, The Funky Chunks Soap Co., Dezigns By JJ ,Gail Adams Jewelry, Barry Stout Woodworking and Adirondak Bow Knife.

Date: January 28th, 2017 - January 29th, 2017
Location: Unionville Vineyards.
9 Rocktown Rd., Ringoes, NJ 08551

Mulled wine is the perfect way to spice up a cold day! Oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices are simmered with a red wine to create an amazing aroma and delicious hot beverage. Stop by the winery to taste and sip our mulled wine by the glass. Pickup a bottle and recipe to take home and make it yourself! From Noon to 5 pm.

Date: January 28th, 2017 - January 29th, 2017
Location: Old York Cellars Winery
80 Old York Rd., Ringoes, NJ 08551


MERCER COUNTY


Raise a glass of hot cider with us from 1 - 4 pm as Terhune Orchards honors the trees that give us our wonderful apples.  The ancient tradition of wassailing the apple tree to protect them from harm is a popular winter celebration at Terhune Orchards that you won't want to miss! Activities include singing, dancing and playing of primitive instruments, toasts of hot cider and placing gifts of cider-soaked bread in the tree branches while chanting the lively words of praise and New Year. Warm yourself next to our bonfire (marshmallow roasting included) or in our store. Farm wagon rides, weather permitting.  Live music will be performed all afternoon in the farm market. The festivities are free and open to the public, young and old. Call or visit the website for more information.

Date: January 29th, 2017
Location: Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540


MIDDLESEX COUNTY


Enjoy over 25 local craft brews & spirits from 4 - 8 pm! Join us for The Heldrich Craft Beer & Spirit Festival, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information call or visit the website to purchase a $40 ticket.

Date: January 28th, 2017
Location: The Heldrich
10 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Venture back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth at Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED. Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this walk-thru exhibit. Beyond the exhibit, additional activities are available for kids of all ages including riding a dinosaur, themed inflatables, a dino dig, fossil panning, crafts and more. It's family fun of prehistoric proportions! Time: Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 8 pm. Tickets: $24 adults, $28 children, $21 seniors. Children under two are free with a paid adult. All-inclusive T-Rex Tickets (ages 2-12) are available for $58.

Date: January 28th, 2017 - January 29th, 2017
Location: NJ Convention & Exposition Center
97 Sunfield Dr., Edison, NJ 08837


MONMOUTH COUNTY


Celebrate the fun that winter brings with ice skating, wagon rides, cross-country skiing and so much more during this family-friendly festival. Admission, parking and most activities are free. Noon - 4 pm.

Date: January 28th, 2017
Location: Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738

Windansea is hosting the 2017 Beef & Brew St. Patrick's Day Parade Fundraiser from 3 - 7 pm. Tickets are $30 (2 or more, $25 each) and includes buffet dinner & brew. There will be a gift auction, pipe bands and Irish dancers to entertain. All proceeds to benefit the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade. The 2017 Grand Marshal, Ken Braswell, ShoreGrafx & Grand Marshall, Jay Cosgrove, Bahrs Landing Restaurant, will be presented with their sashes! Tickets are available online.

Date: January 29th, 2017
Location: Windansea
56 Shrewsbury Ave., Highlands, NJ 07732

The 5th annual Ponycon features three days of programs for adult fans plus an activity & event track just for kids and families. Special Guests include My Little Pony character voice actors Ashleigh Ball, Ingrid Nilson, Ali "Willa" Milner, Cathy Weseluck and Kyle Rideout. Ponycon offers hands-on activities, celebrity autograph signings, art, workshops, lectures, panels, games, musical performances, sneak peeks, vendors, fashion, food, dancing, and a lot more! A full list of event programming will be posted at: ponycon.us/events. A one-day pass costs $35 for adults. Kids age 4 and under enter free (max four per paying adult). One-day passes for kids 12 and under are $15. All children under age 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets at the door will be $5 more than the online pre-sale prices listed here.

Date: January 27th, 2017 - January 29th, 2017
Location: Ocean Place Resort and Spa
1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, NJ 07740


MORRIS COUNTY


Tiaras and ball gowns welcome!  Enjoy breakfast (bagels, juice, & coffee) with your favorite Princess at 9:30 am! Join us for a royal treat! A good-morning breakfast starring your child with their favorite princesses. Make sure to wear your fanciest dress-up to participate in this royal event. Bring your camera for unlimited photo opportunities! Once the royal treatment is over, guests are welcome to stay and play for the day! RSVP's are a MUST for our most popular event! Tickets are limited and spaces can fill up quickly. Price for child: $16.99* / Price for adult: $14.99*  *If you pay at the door, seats are not guaranteed and pricing is $17.99 per child and $15.99 per adult. Visit our website for more details and scheduled seatings information!

Date: January 28th, 2017
Locataion: Imagine That!!!
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park, NJ 07932


SOMERSET COUNTY


The Fly Fishing Show hosts the world's largest consumer fly fishing event, in seven locations across the country. The show is for all levels and all ages, from the "Learning Center" for beginners to advanced demonstrations for the most experienced. You can see and compare the latest in rods, reels, lines, leaders, accessories and apparel… all in one place! The Fly Fishing Show features casting and fly tying demonstrations as well as scheduled seminars by the most respected fly fishing professionals in the industry. Fly fishing can take you all over the world, and you'll see a vast selection of locations featured by our exhibitors. The Fly Fishing Show is an all-in-one package for you and your fellow anglers.

Date: January 27th, 2017 - January 29th, 2017
Location: Garden State Exhibit Center
50 Atrium Dr., Somerset, NJ 08873


UNION COUNTY


Our annual free Afternoon Family Concert entitled "Around the World with the PSO." Jazz legend Artie Shaw's Concerto for Clarinet will feature soloist Janice Coppola and a movement from Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor will also be performed. A special highlight of the program will be the world premiere of our very own conductor-emeritus, Sabin Pautza's Oldies and Goodies, a work dedicated to Charles Prince and the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra. Scott Joplin's The Entertainer will round out the program. Concerts begin at 3pm.

Date: January 28th, 2017
Location: Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
716 Watchung Ave., Plainfield, NJ 07060