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March 30, 2014

New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
April 1, 2014

The arrival of April brings Spring into full bloom with the greening of trees, the emergence of flowers and the resurgence of many outdoor activities. The more adventurous can get out to enjoy the outdoors with hiking, biking, canoeing, and some early spring camping. It is also the time of the year when outdoor amusements parks open their doors for season.

This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular April Events and Things To Do
  • Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

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Popular April 2014 Events and Things To Do

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Miley Cyrus
April 3, 2014 @ 7pm
Izod Center
East Rutherford, NJ

Garden State Film Festival
April 3 to April 6, 2014
Tropicana Casino and Resorts and the Resorts Casino on the boardwalk.
Atlantic City
The artistic philosophy of the Garden State Film Festival is rooted in the celebration of the independent film genre and the creation of a forum where local and other independent filmmakers can exhibit their work. In addition, our event provides novice and aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others interested in a career in the film business, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning and mentoring. Past attendees include Glenn Close, Paul Sorvino, Budd Schulberg, Kurtwood Smith, James Gandolfini, Celeste Holm and Clarence Clemons.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra: The Music of Led Zeppelin
Friday, April 4, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ

The Atlantic City Beer and Music Fest
April 4, 5, 2014
Atlantic City Convention Center
1 Ocean Way
Atlantic City  NJ  0840
This popular event features over 100 different breweries from NJ and throughout the country. Here you can discover and taste new brews and special "limited release" beers and ales. This years festival will also have a variety of indite and national artists.

Cherry Blossom Festival
April 5-13th, 2014
Branch Brook Park
Newark, NJ
The second largest Cherry Blossom display in the United States with the National Cherry Blossom display in Washington, DC. The blossoms can be best enjoyed by a casual walk or picnic in the park. This is a week long festival with many events including a 10K race, trolley bus tours, and family Day with Japanese cultural activities, including demonstrations on origami, bonsai, ikebana, and martial arts.

Disney Junior Live: Pirate & Princess Adventure
April 5, 6, 2014
Izod Center
East Rutherford, NJ

Shen Yun Performing Arts
Friday April 11 at 7:30PM, Saturday April 12 at 2PM and 7:30PM
New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Prudential Hall
Newark, NJ
Tickets:  800-818-2393

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
April 24, 25, 26, 27, 2014
Boardwalk Hall Arena - Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ

Sensational Spring Concert Weekend
April 25 & 26, 2014
The Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center
Wildwoods, NJ
This is a two-day celebration featuring the Wildwoods’ role as the birthplace of Rock ‘n Roll music.
Friday night Dance Party in the Wildwoods Convention Center with the David Christopher Band from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. a FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park, Wildwood. Classic cars, food and craft vendors, Doo Wop bus tour and live entertainment. Saturday night concert in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center will feature Jefferson Starship. Additional acts TBD. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 or $65.50 per person. Tickets and updates are available through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609.729.4000

Cape May's Annual Spring Festival
April 25 to May 4, 2014.
Emlen Physick Estate
Cape May, NJ
609) 884-5404

A Celebrate the arrival of Springtime in America’s first seaside resort with Private Homes Tours, Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, crafts and antiques shows, food and wine events, living history programs and much, much more.

Country Megaticket
April 26, 2014
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ

Annual New Jersey Folk Festival
Saturday, April 26, 2014.
At the Eagleton Institute
Douglass Campus
Rutgers University
Corner of George Street and Ryders Lane
New Brunswick

A family friendly one day folk festival featuring three stages of music, dancing, craft vendors, children's activities, and food. This year, the spotlight is on Come to the Festival and celebrate
the folk culture of the Garifuna people!. Sponsored by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Douglas Residential College. There will be a number of jams, so bring your instruments.

33rd  Annual Shad Festival
April 26 & 27, 2014
Downtown Lambertville, NJ
This annual family event highlights the region's arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the favorite fish, the Shad! The Shad Festival has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. Shad Fest features the area's finest artists and crafters, great food and family entertainment, but the two-day extravaganza also serves as a venue for local non-profit organizations to raise necessary operating funds.

Red Bank International Flavour Festival
April 27, 2014; 12-7pm; Rain date May 4,
Downtown Red Bank
40 White St.. (in the White Street Parking Lot)
Red Bank, NJ
This popular food & music festival is family oriented and features international food, international beer & wine, and entertainment on two stages It will showcase Red Bank's excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with great, live music with lots of activities for the kids.

Seasonal Frequently Asked Question -- Questions from residents and visitors looking for information on New Jersey Leisure activities

Question:Looking for quiet, family friendly beach house rental.
We have rented in the past on the Outer Banks and would be interesting in decreasing our travel time and would like to know what area of New Jersey to research for quiet, family friendly beach house rentals.

Answer: No need for NJ & Pennsylvania residents to venture far away for a family friendly beach rental. The Jersey Shore is loaded with a variety of beach rentals. While you can expect to pay a bit more for a beach rental in NJ compared to the Outer Banks, the additional cost is offset by the convenience of reduced travel time, fuel & toll costs, and a savings of 12-14 hours round-trip travel hours that can be spent on the beach relaxing. For help with finding the right rental for you as well as booking assistance, visit our Vacation Home rental page to learn more.

New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Check out our comprehensive ratings and reviews gathered from diners, critics, and personal visits by New Jersey Leisure Guide.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Eno Terra
4484 Route 27
Kingston, NJ

Located in historic village of Kingston near New Brunswick & Princeton, ,this is one of a new breed of casual upscale restaurants committed to using fresh locally grown and organic foods in the preparation of flavorful, healthy, and attractive presentations.
[ Read review ]

For other top New Jersey Attractions, Events & Things to do:

Celebrating Easter in New Jersey - Learn more about Easter events, parades, and egg hunts and other events taking place in NJ. This year Easter is celebrated on April 20, 2014

Top Events in April- A schedule of the most popular events at the larger venues for concerts, theatre, entertainment, and festivals.

Top Things To Do in April
- Our recommendations for the most popular seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.


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