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Annual Events

Enjoy Central 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, theater, dance, comedy, family programs, school-time events, open rehearsals, workshops, parties and Family Day on President’s Day. Call 732-246-SHOW or visit


Rutgers Day – Guests to 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 New Jersey Folk Festival to encompass university campuses across New Brunswick and Piscataway. For more information, visit

Battle of Bound Brook – The Friends of Abraham Staats House, Bound Brook. 732-469-5836.


International Festival at Raritan Valley Community College in North Branch – First Sunday in May, this event highlights the performing arts, crafts and foods saluting the area's cultural diversity. 909-369-4318.

Kugler-Anderson Memorial Tour of Somerville – Memorial Day. "The Kentucky Derby of Cycling" with fun races, parade, 50-mile bicycle race and food vendors. 908-725-7223.


Rose Day – First Saturday in June. Rudolph W. van der Goot Rose Garden

Colonial Park, Mettlers Road, Franklin Township. 908-722-1200.

IBM/USET Festival of Champions – Competition of three Olympic disciplines. Food and boutiques. U.S. Equestrian Team Headquarters. Hamilton Farms, Pottersville Road, Bedminster. United States Equestrian Team. 908-234-0555.


Middlebrook Encampment – July Fourth. Site of two encampments of major portions of Washington's Continental Army. Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Changing of the 13-star flag and historical address. 732-356-2692.

QuickChek N.J. Festival of Ballooning at Solberg Airport – As many as 125 colorful hot air balloons making ascensions into the air twice a day to three headline concerts, world-class children's entertainment, hundreds of arts & crafters, food vendors from around the world, twice daily old time barnstorming air shows, amusement rides, fireworks, balloon glows and more round out the list of attractions. 973-882-5464.

Fireworks – Every Independence Day numerous cities in Central Jersey host firework celebrations. Among these are East Brunswick, Piscataway and Perth Amboy.


County 4-H Fair – A free, three-day event at the Fairgrounds at North Branch Park in Bridgewater. Animals, competitions, arts & crafts, exhibits and entertainment. 908-526-6644.

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

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