Our Weekend Picks

Friday June 17
Grab a bite to eat downtown and then swing by Hinds Plaza for a live jazz performance by the Sustainable Jazz Ensemble. Princeton Public Library presents the group as part of their ‘Listen Local Series,’ and they’ll be playing original jazz and latin compositions. FREE, 7pm. www.sustainablejazz.com

Saturday June 18
Food Trucks & world cultures – a combination that makes for a tasty and fun Saturday! It’s the Cultural Festival & Food Truck Rally at Mercer County Park, with live performances of music and dance, and traditional art demonstrations from cultures from around the world. Oh yeah – and Food Trucks! Admission is FREE, 11am-7pm.

Happy Birthday, Hopewell! Celebrate the town’s 125th Anniversary with a Community Day Music Festival at St. Michael’s Farm Preserve. The festival will include free family events like kids’ music and crafts, bounce houses, tours and nature events. For the grown ups, there will be a beer garden from 7-11pm. Tickets are $20 and benefit the repainting of the Hopewell Train Station. 4-11pm. www.hopewellblockparty.org

It’s back! Art All Night returns to the Roebling Wire Works building in Trenton. If you haven’t been, it’ a MUST! For 24 hours, the venue is taken over with hundreds of works of art from local artists, performances from local musicians, kids’ activities, lectures, interactive events, art demos and so much more. PS: it’s FREE. 3pm Saturday to 3pm Sunday. www.artworkstrenton.org/artallnight

The Spring Hill Band takes the ‘stage’ outside Thomas Sweet on Nassau Street in Princeton! Grab a scoop and a seat and enjoy some bluegrass tunes from the local band. FREE, 7-10pm. www.thomassweet.com

Wishing you could ditch glasses or contacts? This is your chance to say goodbye! We heard that Dr. Barry Wasserman – or Barry, as his patients like to call him – is offering $1000 off the easy, pain-free procedure this summer. It’s time to declare your “Independence from Glasses and Contacts!” Click here for the scoop.

Sunday June 19
On Sunday, it’s another birthday: JaZams turns 20! (Just proving that you’re never too old to love toys!) Join in the Birthday Celebration on Palmer Square, with live music by Alex Mitnick and the Kaleidoscope Band, cake, and lots of fun! FREE, 2pm. www.palmersquare.com

Sunny weather calls for some stream stomping! Washington Crossing Park hosts a Stream Stomp, or a hike through a stream in search of crayfish, salamanders, frogs, fish, and other aquatic critters. 355 Washington Crossing Pennington Road, Titusville. $5 per carload, 1-3pm.

Get an inside look at the latest Special Exhibition at the Princeton University Art Museum on Sunday. “Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise” focuses on the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise – started in 1895 – which provided a means for women to support themselves through the arts. The display features pottery, jewelry, textiles and more. Join for a guided tour by meeting at the entrance at 3pm. FREE. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/art/exhibitions/2005

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