Handpicked Events for July 8-10, 2011

Welcome back! We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend because it’s the last real holiday of the summer (unless you count the premier of the last Harry Potter movie). After some initial thunderstorms Friday, it’s supposed to be gorgeous this weekend so take the opportunity to get outside with some great outdoor music and festivals.

Grounds for Sculpture courtesy of flikr user redantelope

Friday

The Three Little Pigs
This is the last weekend to catch Princeton Summer Theater’s first family show of the season. PST has been around for over 40 years providing fantastic live theater to the Princeton Community. In this not-so-classic rendition of the classic tale, the three little pigs try to make their way in the world while avoiding the Big Bad Wolf and getting some help from other classic characters like Little Red Riding Hood.  The Three Little Pigs can be seen at the Hamilton-Murray Theater on the Princeton University Campus with 11 am performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. $9. More information HERE.

Courtyard Concert at the Grounds for Sculpture
Two of Princeton’s best kept secrets come together this Friday for what promises to be a wonderful event. Grounds for Sculpture hosts this outdoor concert featuring local indie darling Sarah Donner starting at 7:30. Donner’s folk/pop tunes are perfectly suited for this twilight performance on the gorgeous lawns of GfS. The Peacock Café will also be open for the event serving freshly made sandwiches, salad, pizza, and more as well as beer, wine and signature cocktails. Rain or shine. $12. More information HERE.

Summer Skies
There’s something undeniably magical about staring up at the stars. On a clear summer night, the constellations above can be more interesting than a tv or a movie and a great way to learn about history and mythology. The Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College hosts an event called Summer Skies every Friday at 7:30 to explain which heavenly bodies are most visible each week. This week they’ll explain about the Summer Triangle that dominates the sky right now and point out where to look to see Saturn in the night sky. $6. More information HERE.

Saturday

Lunchtime Concert on the Green
From 2-4 pm every Saturday, Palmer Square presents live music on the lawn in front of the Post Office. Performers range from big band to classic rock. This Saturday, SunDog, a New Jersey classic rock cover band will let the good times rock! Grab some sandwiches from Olives or just some ice cream from Bent Spoon and enjoy some great free entertainment. For a full schedule for the summer go HERE.

Blueberry Festivals
Apparently this weekend is the peak of blueberry season! Terhune Orchards is celebrating with their annual Blueberry Bash. You can pick your own berries and enjoy pony rides, a puppet show, and live music. There is also a juried bake-off with blueberry themed recipes. There’s even a category for kids! Free. 10-5 pm. More information HERE.

Kingston Presbyterian Church is also celebrating blueberries this week with their annual Blueberry Festival. There will be movies and games and of course lots and lots of blueberries. Free (with suggested donation). 6-8 pm. More information HERE.

Sunday

The Jungle Book
It’s opening weekend for Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre’s production of The Jungle Book! The musical production of the Disney classic promises to be jumping with jazz as Mowgli, Baloo, King Louie, and the gang swing their way through madcap adventures. Friday and Saturday matinees at 11 am and a Sunday performance at 4 pm. $5. More information HERE.

Kutztown Festival
This annual folk festival brings over 200 of America’s finest traditional craftsmen to Kutztown, PA. There are demonstrations and performances all weekend long as you are surrounded by Pennsylvania Dutch culture. Kids will have a great time with baby farm animals, puppets, make-and- take crafts, hay stacks and mazes, story time, and sing-a-longs. Another highlight of the festival is the wide assortment of PA Dutch food with amazing hand made sausage and enough pies, pastries, and cakes to satisfy even the most persistant sweet tooth. A one day pass for adults is $14, $5 for children under 17. More information HERE.