If you're in the mood for music, if you've got a hankering for history or if you sure can shop, there's a lot going on this weekend (and if you're illin' alliteration, all you really need to do is read this intro).
There's family fun, concerts and shows decidedly aimed at the adults, and plenty of chances to help the local community. Read on:
Where/When: From 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: Because you can bring a favorite poem with you, create a design and cut it on a printing block.
Where/When: From 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: Because simple stories, songs and finger plays for kids ages 6 and up will be the focus of the program.
Where/When: From 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday at in Chatham.
Why Go: Mothers and their babies can come to this fun, social time and receive expert advice in a safe and supportive environment.
When/Where: At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To hear local youth talent perform a light-hearted musical with a good, solid message. The lively '70s tunes will have the whole family smiling.
Pricing: $12 for adults. $10 for students and seniors.
When/Where: At 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at the in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To discover the difficulties and magic of love in Shakespeare's most beloved comedy performed under the stars.
Where/When: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday at in Morristown.
Why Go: Because the exhibit focuses on the three centers of American silver-making in the 18th century—featuring Boston, New York and Philadelphia silversmiths and exploring the master/apprentice relationships.
Price: Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students; and free for those 12 and under.
Where/When: At 6 p.m. Friday at the in Madison.
Why Go: Because you can bring a blanket or chair and enjoy a free family-friendly outdoor music concert on the lawn of the Museum.
Where/When: On Friday at in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because you can tour The Willows, a Gothic Revival-style house museum at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township that was originally built in 1854 for a grandson of Paul Revere.
Price: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children 6 to 14, $2 for children 2 to 3.
Where/When: From 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the .
Why Go: Because kids can have fun on Friday moving, playing and singing around a giant rainbow colored parachute.
Where/When: From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at in Morristown.
Why Go: It’s an open drawing opportunity that includes models, still-lifes, architecture, abstract and more.
Where/When: At 7 a.m. on Friday at the in Parsippany. Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said the event is on Saturday.
Why Go: It’s a day of golf and helps the fire department. What else do you need to hear?
Where/When: From 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturday at the in Chatham.
Why Go: Because you’re a new dad and you have some important questions.
Where/When: 9 a.m. on Saturday at the .
Why Go: To start off your Saturday with a 5-mile group run and finish it off with a free bagel.
Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Merchant Block of Morris Plains.
Why Go: You can pick up some homemade mozzarella and ravioli, freshly baked bread and some of New Jersey's best cheesecakes.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because you get a chance to listen to some great music and all proceeds will benefit educational programs at Historic Speedwell.
Where/When: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Railroad Plaza and Fairmont Avenue in Chatham.
Why Go: To get some of the best Jersey Fresh produce, Jersey Shore seafood, pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs, honey, baked goods, fresh mozzarella, specialty prepared foods of all kinds, and more. The market will also have cooking demonstrations.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at the .
Why Go: Because it’s a great way to start keeping track of what you eat and the amount of physical activity you participate in each week.
When/Where: From 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because it an evening of makeovers, manicures, discount shopping and more, all benefiting Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity. Now, that's a good reason to go shopping.
Pricing: $5 donation.
Where/When: At 4 p.m. on Sunday at in Morristown.
Why Go: Because Adriane Post, the great-granddaughter of Dorothea Miller Post, who lived at Macculloch Hall, will perform.
Price: Adults $6; Senior & Students $5; Members and children under 12 are free.