There’s no doubt that another busy weekend is coming up. Music is a big part of it as we have several events from jazz to symphony standards. Check your town’s schedule because outdoor summer concerts have become extremely popular. More towns host them every year as a result.
This weekend has a very special Civil War reenactment that runs for 2 days. It’s fun to see history come to life and this one is big. I have 11 new events for you so this is certainly another busy weekend in Bergen County.
Jazz Under The Stars
The Englewood Public Library is bringing back Jazz Under The Stars, their highly popular series of outdoor musical concerts. It’s been a summer favorite for the past 9 years because the musicians are all award winners. Held on the library’s front plaza at 7:30 Thursday nights beginning this Thursday, it runs through August 25th. This free program is open to the public. The Englewood Public Library is located at 31 Engle Street in town with parking in the back.
New Jersey Wind Symphony
Let’s turn the table 180 degrees to classical music now. The New Jersey Wind Symphony is giving a concert program Friday night in Ridgewood at the West Side Presbyterian Church (located at 6 S Monroe St, Ridgewood). It starts with the Cobalt Saxophone Quartet at 7:30 pm followed by Brass and Winds by the New Jersey Wind Symphony. You’ll be treated to everything from new contemporary music through the best of classical. Tickets are purchased online.
A Civil War Encampment at The Hermitage
Watch the Civil War come to life at The Hermitage on Friday and Saturday. You’ll see an authentic Civil War Union Army regiment camping out on The Hermitage grounds just as they would back then. The 6th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Company C will be doing drills and maneuvers both days. Because this is both a fun and a learning experience, the soldiers will be interacting with the public. Tickets (purchased at the gate) are only $7 for both days (under 4 free) and also include a tour of the Hermitage itself. In addition, there will be exhibits and crafts on display.
Pride Block Party in Fair Lawn
You don’t have to be a member of the LGBTQ+ community because the Pride Block Party is open to all. It’s happening Sunday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm outside the Fair Lawn Municipal Building on Parmelee Avenue. Hosted by the Fair Lawn Community Relations Advisory Committee, they ask that you RSVP using the QR code. That’s because they need to be prepared for everyone coming.
Dog Show in Van Saun Park
Bring FIDO with you or just come yourself. Either way this is going to be a ton of fun in Van Saun Park on Saturday in Pavilion F from 10 to 1. It’s the 1st ever Lois Seeing Eye Dog Show. Sponsored by the Lois Law Firm as a fundraiser for the Seeing Eye Dog program, its only a $20 donation. You can enter your dog to compete in a variety of ways from best costume to tail wagging. Included is a scenic photo of you and your dog plus a caricature to take home with you. There’s a lot of other things going on too so come and donate even if you don’t have a dog.
The Tenafly Nature Center has a special program for children all about dinosaurs. Dinosaur Dominion happens at 2-3 on Saturday at the Nature Center and there are a few spots still available. Part of this program will be indoors and part outside. Register for this special children’s program today. It’s not expensive – $5 members and $10 others.
Bergen County Elder Abuse Awareness Walk
Join Bergen County’s inaugural Elder Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday to raise awareness for this cause. Because this is a topic that’s not widely understood, there will be information tables to educate you about this. Location is the Overpeck County Park amphitheater. It opens at 9 am and the walk begins at 9:30 am. This event is from 9 to 12 on Saturday. Since it’s run by the County, there’s going to be music and refreshments too.
Spend Sunday With Shakespeare
Come to the Wyckoff YMCA (691 Wyckoff Ave) on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm for Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. While it might seem a little odd to erect a stage in a parking lot, it’s also going to be a lot of fun. That’s because you’ll see highlights performed from several of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays. Tickets are only $15 for 1 hour of the best from the Old Bard. I bet this is a great way to introduce children to Shakespeare too.
Fair Lawn Summer Concert Series
This Sunday kicks off Fair Lawn’s summer concert series. Beginning this Sunday and for all the following Sundays through August, there will be a concert at 8 pm. The location is the Memorial Park parking lot and this Sunday begins with the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Hoodwinked From Heaven
While local live theater has winded down for the season. HACPAC is going strong. Hoodwinked From Heaven is being performed at the Hackensack Performing Arts Center (102 State Street) at 3 pm on Sunday. This is a beautifully poignant original musical play written and performed by Elisa Brown. It’s about how music kept her and her father communicating during his cognitive decline. There are still tickets left so don’t delay. No matter where you sit in this theater, you’ll have a fine seat.
Maywood Food Truck and Vendor Festival
Food truck festivals are fun. You get to sample a wide variety of food and there’s always music going on and vendor tables selling anything you can imagine. It runs nearly all day from 11 to 6.
So there you have it. Another busy weekend in Bergen County with tons of things to do for you. Check your town for 4th of July celebrations now too. Some towns are starting already because they know a lot of residents will be leaving for vacation soon. Because so many people are expected to be away this summer, many towns have decided to do things early.
When I work with home buyers coming here from the city, they’re always impressed with what we have going on here. We should all be proud of what we have here. Bergen County is a great place to live and work.
I hope that there’s something here for you to enjoy this weekend. Even if you’re just visiting, these are all open to the public so just come on in!