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New Jersey Guide Newsletter - April 2022 edition
March 31, 2022

New Jersey Leisure Guide
Monthly Newsletter

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


This Edition's Contents...

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

    Note: 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.

    April 2022 Events & Things To Do

    Night Forms: dreamloop by Klip Collective
    Now until April 3rd, 2022
    Grounds For Sculpture
    80 Sculptors Way,
    Hamilton, NJ
    Experience this rare opportunity to explore Grounds For Sculpture at night through more than a dozen site-specific works, including an illuminated tree-lined path. Night Forms, crescendos between order and chaos, with unexpected twists and "glitches" heightening the shared experience along the way. Enter sumptuous worlds never explored, this is the awe and wonder of Night Forms.
    Night Forms is a unique synthesis of video projection, light and sound as a bridge between technology and storytelling. Digital projection mapping is designed to create a dialog with sculptures in the collection, offering new perspectives and turning the act of viewing into immersive event. Sculptures shrouded in the winter landscape become beacons to remembering a long-forgotten ritual.

    Allentown Daffodil Days Festival
    March 26 through April 3, 2022
    Allentown, NJ
    The Festival is full of family-friendly events set amongst 3,000 daffodils.
    A parade at noon on Saturday March 26th kicks off a full slate of more than 30 activities (many free) and boutique shop specials. Master gardeners will answer your questions and you can meet Revolutionary War heroine Molly Pitcher while enjoying the blooms. Take a "spin" in an indoor forest or a self-guided tour of the local scenic countryside. Savor a chocolate creation of your own making and create daffodil-themed craft projects worthy of your talents. From awe-inspiring tales of colonial times to a bike parade, art contest and walks through Allentown's Heritage Park to enjoy a timeless story of Spring or support cancer research, there's something for everyone.

    Cherry Blossom Festival
    April 2 - 10, 2022
    Branch Brook Park
    Newark, NJ
    The second largest Cherry Blossom display in the United States with the National Cherry Blossom display in Washington, DC being the largest and usually occurs about two weeks earlier. This blossoms peak in the second and third weeks of April. There are over 3,000 cherry trees. 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.

    Annual Easter Bunny Express
    Trips run April 3, 9, 10, & 16, 2022
    Whippany Railway Museum
    1 Railroad plaza,
    Whippany, NJ
    (973) 887-8177‎
    Celebrate the return of Spring with a fun themed train ride through northern New Jersey! The Easter Bunny and helpers will be on board greeting everyone during the 45-minute round-trip ride along the historic Whippanong Trail. Your train ride departs from and returns to the Whippany Railway Museum site in Morris County, NJ. You'll enjoy the comfort of heated passenger coaches as the Easter Bunny makes his way through to visit with you and your child.

    Mardi Gras "Phat Sunday"
    April 3, 2022: 12PM-10PM
    ShowBoat Hotel
    801 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, NJ
    This all-day, all-out, all-ages extravaganza will feature an Opening Parade & performance by a popular Philly Mummer String Band, Music & live entertainment, retail & craft vendors, food & snack vendors, festival foods, kids fun features, Costumes contests for kids and adults, guest appearances, and More! And don't forget to wear your fancy costumes and dancing shows.

    New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival!
    April 8th, 9th and 10th, 2022
    Showboat Hotel
    801 Boardwalk
    Atlantic City, New Jersey

    Rockin' on the River @ Battleship New Jersey
    Sunday, April 10, 2022: @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Battleship New Jersey
    62 Battleship Place
    Camden, NJ
    (856) 966-1652
    Join in for a day of music onboard the Battleship New Jersey.
    This year's featured bands include:
    Screaming Matilda, The Blitz Band, and 99 Reasons

    Asbury Park Annual Easter Day Parade
    April 17, 2022; Easter Sunday @ 1pm
    Asbury Park Boardwalk
    "In your Easter bonnet, with the frills upon it, you'll be the grandest lady in the Easter Parade". Get dressed up in your Sunday best and stroll the boardwalk at this legendary celebration!

    Ocean City Easter Fashion Stroll
    Sunday, April 17, 2022, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    In front of the Music Pier.
    Ocean City, NJ
    Come dressed in your Easter's best for our Fashion Stroll and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1 p.m. Prizes awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teen, Adults and Family.

    Holland Ridge Farms - U-Pick Tulip Festival
    Mid until end April, 2022
    Holland Ridge Farms
    86 Rues Road
    Cream Ridge NJ
    Cost: General Admission - $13 Price includes NJ tax – no extra fees! Only valid for the day and time slot you select at checkout. All guests age 3 and up require a ticket. Infants 2 and under FREE
    Start date depends on weather, usually 2nd -3rd week in April, and running for three weeks.
    Located on 300+ acres, this is a stunning farm landscape of multi-colored tulips -- a dream setting for photos and videos amongst the flowers. This past fall, the farm planted 8 million tulip bulbs, now making it the biggest u-pick flower farm in the USA!
    Guests can expect to enjoy tulip picking (just $1 a stem), photo props and selfie opportunities, furry friends at the animal barn, Little Sprouts Feeding Zoo with hundreds of adorable mini farm animals, food vendors, a bakery, gift shops, and more.

    Lambertville Shad Fest
    April 23 & 24, 2022; Rain or shine
    Lambertville, NJ
    The Shad Fest is about Fun, Family, and Fish. It features children's activities, a home & garden section, a farmer's market, a food court, and the region's finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, and more!

    Morristown Restaurant Week
    Monday, April 25 - through Friday, April 29, 2022
    From International flair to American classic, Morristown offers a variety of dining options for families, date nights, business occasions and so much more. In addition to special menus and dining deals, Morristown Restaurant Week boasts special events at many of its restaurants including wine pairings, tasting menus and special entertainment.
    For Information and participating restaurants

    Allaire Spring Craft Show
    Saturday, April 30, 2022; 10am - 4pm
    The Historic Village at Allaire Allaire State Park
    4263 Atlantic Avenue
    Farmingdale, NJ

    Bordentown City PorchFest!
    Saturday, April 30th, 2022; 12-5PM- a rain or shine event.
    Bordentown, NJ
    Cost: Free
    This family event features musicians of all genres and styles playing free shows on porches throughout the City. Attendees are invited to stroll from porch to porch and relax on front lawns and sidewalks as they enjoy live, local talent. Neighbors offer their porches where performers volunteer their talents. They pair the two and performances are held throughout the City. A PorchFest guide listing host porches and performance schedules will be available before the event.

    New Jersey Folk Festival
    Saturday, April 30, 2022
    Douglass Campus
    Rutgers University
    New Brunswick

    Free Admission
    A family friendly one day folk festival featuring three stages of music, dancing, craft vendors, children's activities, and food. This year's theme is "On the Move: Transportation and Migration" which highlights ideas of transportation, migration, and life in motion.
    This festival is not only for fun but it serves to educate people on the culture and history of traditional indigenous people, multicultural forms, and artists in New Jersey. It showcases the folk tradition and aspires to share it with the younger generations.
    Cost: $5
    This event features over 80 crafters, Allaire artisans, floral exhibits, historic demonstrations, and more. There will be Historic Demonstrations throughout the village. Local artists will be demonstrating their work. Paintings, pottery, textiles and more! In addition to craft demonstrations at the Carpenter, Blacksmith, and Tinsmith shops! General Store, Bakery, Food Truck - Pilsen Gourmet will be open throughout the day!

    Seasonal Frequently Asked Question:

    Question: A Place to hold an Inexpensive Group Picnic. What is a great, but inexpensive spot for a group picnic (about 40 people)?

    Answer: I would suggest contacting your local county parks department as a good source of having sites for inexpensive picnics. Most county parks charge a small fee but they usually offer a pavilion, grills and some recreational facilities. Or visit Top New Jersey County Parks

    This Months Featured Restaurant

    Molly Pitcher Inn
    88 Riverside Ave
    Red Bank, NJ
    (732) 747-2500
    The Molly pitcher Inn is a Red Bank landmark on the bank of the Navesink River that features unparalleled "Old World" elegance and formality.
    Their Sunday brunch is exceptional and very popular, especially on Easter Sunday and Mother's Day ---- Book early.

    Easter Sunday Celebrations - The Best New Jersey Easter Celebrations and Events

    Top Ten Things To Do in April - The popular NJ seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

    Monthly Events - Helpful for planning your activities in the future. usually 3-4 months in advance.

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