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Enjoy Central New Jersey every year by attending these annual events!


Hub City Carnivale
The State Theatre in New Brunswick presents the Hub City Carnivale, a festival of the "Imagination at Play" including approximately 60 events in 25 days. Attractions include music, theatre, dance, comedy, family programs, school-time events, open rehearsals, workshops, parties, and Family Day on President's Day. Call 732-246-SHOW or visit for more details.


Rutgers Day
Guests on Rutgers Day enjoy free performances, tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, demonstrations, and more. Rutgers Day expands the long-standing success of Ag Field Day and the NJ Folk Festival to encompass all Rutgers University campuses across New Brunswick and Piscataway. For more information visit

Battle of Bound Brook
Held at the Friends of Abraham State House, Bound Brook, NJ. For more information call 732-469-5836.


International Festival
At Raritan Valley Community College in North Brunswick - Held on the First Sunday in May. This event highlights the performing arts, crafts, and foods saluting the area's cultural diversity. For more information call 909-369-4318.

Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Somerville
Memorial Day. "The Kentucky Derby of Cycling" a 50 mile bicycle race,  parade, and food vendors. For more information call 908-735-7223.


Rose Day
First Saturday in June at the Rudolph W. van der Goot Rose Garden in Colonial Park, Mettlers Road, Franklin Township, NJ. For more information call 908-234-0555.

Is a Japanese Pop-Culture event held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, NJ and show cases Anime (Japanese Animation) and Manga Japanese Comic Books as well as traditional Japanese culture. Visit for more information.


Middlebrook Encampment
4th of July. Site of two encampments of major portions of Washington's Continental Army. Ceremony at 10:30 am consisting of Changing of the 13-star Flag and Historical Address. For more info call 732-356-2692.

30th Annual QuikChek NJ Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport
July 27-29, 2012. As many as 125 colorful hot air balloons make ascensions into the air twice a day to three headline concerts. The day also holds world class children's entertainment, hundreds of arts and crafters, food vendors from around the world, twice daily old time brainstorming air shows, amusement rides, fireworks, balloon glows, and more! For more information call 973-882-5464.

4th of July Fireworks
Every Independence Day numerous cities in Central Jersey host firework displays and celebrations among those being East Brunswick, Piscataway, Carteret Waterfront and Perth Amboy Waterfront.


County 4-H Fair
A free, 3-day event at the Fiargrounds in North Branch Park in Bridgewater. Animals, competitions, arts and crafts, exhibits, and entertainment. For more information call 908-526-6644.

Middlesex County Fair
Includes food, games, rides, and much more! The fair also features tents staffed with businesses and organizations from around the region.


Somerset County's Weekend Journey through the Past
Oct 13. 10AM-5PM; Oct. 14 Noon-4pm
7th Annual Weekend-long event; Visit 22+ historic sites in Somerset County FREE