Princeton Events

There are so many things to see and do in the Princeton area.  Check out our calendar of events below.  If you're looking for a place to stay while in Princeton, check out our great hotels.  We also have a variety of wonderful restaurants and things to do.  There are also a few great annual events in the Princeton area.  Enjoy your visit with us!

 

11/23/2014 - 11/29/2014

Ongoing Events

Wednesday Tea & Tour at Morven Museum & Garden

  • Date(s): 01/05/2011 - 11/26/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: Tea is served at 1:00 p.m.. A docent-led tour of the museum accompanies the tea and can be taken at 12:00 or 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St. Princeton, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 924-8144 ext.103
  • Admission: $16 Members, $20 Non-Members
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Invite a friend (or a few!) to relax in the classic elegance of Morven's Garden Room overlooking the Colonial Revival Garden. Tea is served at 1:00 p.m. and includes tea sandwiches, scones, and an assortment of fresh fruit and sweets. A docent-led tour accompanies the tea and can be taken at 12:00 or 2:00 p.m. Advance reservations are required and subject to availability.Payment is due at the time of booking. To reserve your spot, call (609)924-8144 ext.103.

Preschool Nature Class

  • Date(s): 09/09/2014 - 12/09/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Times: 10:00-11:30AM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, Pennington, NJ
  • Contact: Maryann Polefka
  • Phone: (609) 737-7592
  • Admission: Fee per class per child: $10M/$15NM; register and pay for 4 classes, receive a 5th class free.
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Nature programs designed for children 3-5 years old. Each class covers a different seasonal topic and includes stories, simple crafts and outdoor exploration with a Teacher-Naturalist; children and adults should dress for the weather. Parent must stay with child younger than 4. Register for entire season or single classes. Registration required. September 9 – Snakes September 16 – Monarch Madness September 23 – Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! September 30 – Eye See You No preschool classes during October November 4 – Skeletons November 11– Who? Owls! November 18 – Oh Deer November 25 – Nuts to You December 2 – Star Gazers December 9 – Winter Wildlife Theater

Preschool Nature Class

  • Date(s): 09/10/2014 - 12/10/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday
  • Times: 1:00-2:30PM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, Pennington, NJ
  • Contact: Maryann Polefka
  • Phone: (609) 737-7592
  • Admission: Fee per class per child: $10M/$15NM; register and pay for 4 classes, receive a 5th class free.
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Nature programs designed for children 3-5 years old. Each class covers a different seasonal topic and includes stories, simple crafts and outdoor exploration with a Teacher-Naturalist; children and adults should dress for the weather. Parent must stay with child younger than 4. Register for entire series or single classes. Registration required. September 10 – Snakes September 17 – Monarch Madness September 24 – Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! October 1 – Eye See You No preschool classes during October November 5 – Skeletons November 12 – Who? Owls! November 19 – Oh Deer November 26 – Nuts to You December 3 – Star Gazers December 10 – Winter Wildlife Theater

A Visual Voyage

  • Date(s): 10/22/2014 - 12/14/2014
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
  • Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 12Noon-7:00pm and Sundays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
  • Location: The Art Gallery which is located in the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building (AIMM) on The College of New Jersey campus at 2000 Pennington Rd, Ewing, NJ 08628
  • Admission: free and open to the public
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TNCJ’s fall exhibition, Visual Voyage: Exploring the Media and Styles of Award Winning Children’s Book Illustrators will present more than 50 works of art by renowned picture book artists. Four basic elements make a picture book—a format unique to children’s literature—distinctive: story, pictures, style, and format. Pictures and style are featured in this exhibit. Pictures, of course, are self-explanatory, but they are never just lines or brush strokes on a page. The illustrator’s style lies in how he or she approaches his/her craft. Styles can be realistic, surrealist, impressionist, expressionist or naïve. The artist’s means of expression is also reflected in the choice of medium. The media choices an artist makes often determine whether a picture book works or falls flat. Watercolors, oils, acrylics, collage, or photographs are a few ways in which illustrators bring stories to life. The artists featured in the exhibit are known internationally and represent the highest caliber of children’s book illustrators reflected in the number of whom have been awarded Caldecott Medals and Honor Medals; Coretta Scott King Medals and Honor Medals, Pura Belpré Medals and Honor Medals, plus a myriad of other awards too numerous to list. There is even one alumnus of The College of New Jersey—Coretta Scott King and Caldecott Honor medalist E. B. Lewis. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Deborah Thompson, Associate Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at TCNJ. The exhibition will be accompanied by public lectures and demonstrations, as well as a fully illustrated catalogue with a scholarly essay by Dr. Barbara Kiefer, the Charlotte S. Huck Professor of Children's Literature at Ohio State University.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

  • Date(s): 11/05/2014 - 12/17/2014
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Wednesday
  • Times: 8:30-9:30AM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, Pennington, NJ
  • Contact: Maryann Polefka
  • Phone: (609) 737-7592
  • Admission: FREE for Watershed members/$5 non-members
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Start your autumn days off right with a walk on the Watershed Reserve trails with Teacher-Naturalist Allison Jackson. Allison’s well-trained eye and experience will help you better observe seasonal changes and enjoy all the benefits of being outdoors. Walks will happen rain or shine so dress appropriately for seasonal temperatures and possible muddy conditions. Binoculars and nature journal are encouraged. Adults only, registration requested.

"Botanicals Illuminated" NJ Native Species Art at D&R Greenway Exhibition

  • Date(s): 11/14/2014 - 01/09/2015
  • Recurring every week day
  • Times: business hours, business days but call to be sure Galleries Not Rented 609 924 4646
  • Location: D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place off Rosedale Road, Princeton NJ 08540
  • Contact: Carolyn Edelmann
  • Phone: (609) 924-4646
  • Admission: free but call to be sure galleries not rented
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D&R Greenway presents Botanicals Illuminated art, beginning Friday, November 14. Art+10, an elite group of Princeton regional artists, created new works on NJ native plants, on D&R Greenway Preserves. Award-winning botanical illustrators are featured in the Upmeyer Room. “Curator’s Choice”, in the Evelyne V. Johnson Room celebrates regional botanical artists, Karen McLean, Carol Sanzalone and Madelaine Shellaby. Botanicals Illuminated is open to view November 14 through January 9, business hours of business days. Meet the artists at their reception Friday, November 14th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register for this free festivity at rsvp@drgreenway.org. All art is for sale, a percentage supporting D&R Greenway’s preservation and stewardship of New Jersey land.

Mineral Fusion Road Show at Whole Foods - Princeton

  • Date(s): 11/14/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Whole Foods Market - Princeton, Princeton, NJ
  • Contact: Linsey Tilbor
  • Phone: (212) 986-7000
  • Admission: Free
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Whole Foods Market in Princeton will be hosting a Mineral Fusion Road Show for the first time ever in New Jersey, while offering customers 35% off of all Mineral Fusion Products including skin, hair, body, nail care and cosmetics. Enjoy complimentary makeup applications from passionate and experienced makeup artists in the natural cosmetics industry while exploring all that Mineral Fusion has to offer.

Festival of Trees at Morven

  • Date(s): 11/26/2014 - 11/26/2014
  • Times: November 26 - January 4
  • Location: Morven Museum and Garden
  • Admission: Adults $6, Seniors (60+) and Students $5, Children 6 and under and friends of Morven Free
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Festival of Trees at Morven: Begins November 26. The annual Festival of Trees is a must-see Princeton holiday traditon. Visitors enjoy elegant galleries adorned with trees decorated by local artisans

Over the river and through the woods - a Thanksgiving Day nature walk

  • Date(s): 11/27/2014 - 11/27/2014
  • Times: 10 am - 11:30 am
  • Location: Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park, 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston, Kingston, NJ
  • Contact: Karen Linder
  • Phone: (609) 683-0483
  • Admission: Free
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Thursday, Nov. 27th (Thanksgiving), (10 – 11:30 am): Join us for a Thanksgiving Day morning exploration of the Mapleton Preserve in Kingston. Come walk off some holiday calories, search for turkeys and turkey tails, and enjoy the abundance and subtle beauty of late fall. Free and open to all, but preregistration IS requested. Call 609-683-0483 to reserve a spot. Meet at Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road, Kingston.

Thanksgiving Dinner

  • Date(s): 11/27/2014 - 11/27/2014
  • Location: Salt Creek Grille, 1 Rockingham Row, Princeton, NJ 08540
  • Admission: $29 Adults/ $16 Kids 12 and under
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Join friends and family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Salt Creek Grille Princeton! Enjoy slow roasted, hand-carved turkey, served with homemade pan gravy, apple rosemary stuffing, sage candied yams, roasted winter vegetables, cranberry orange relish and Yukon gold mashed potatoes!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Rat's

  • Date(s): 11/27/2014 - 11/27/2014
  • Times: Seatings at 12pm & 2:30pm
  • Location: Rat's Restaurant, Hamilton, NJ
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At GFS and Rat’s Restaurant, we have a lot to be thankful for, and we invite you to share in that warmth by letting us prepare and serve your Thanksgiving dinner here. Bring the whole family or enjoy a quiet afternoon with a special loved one as you feast on a traditional, sumptuous meal prepared from the harvest of regional growers and farms. For information, pricing, and reservations please call (609) 584-7800.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

  • Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 11/28/2014
  • Times: 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Location: On the Green
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Kick off the season with our Tree Lighting! OUr 65-foot Norwegian Spruce is adorned with over 32,000 lights and will be lit with the help of Santa Claus.

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

  • Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 11/29/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 11/28 1pm, 4pm, & 7pm; 11/29 11pm, 2pm & 5pm
  • Location: 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Admission: $35-135
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Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story in their new touring show Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival. Disney hits are remixed to the hottest sounds of today featuring hip hop, pop, swing, reggae, rock, country, and much more! The irresistible lineup of performers, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy; Ariel, Sebastian, and Ursula; Jasmine, Aladdin, and Genie; and Woody, Buzz, and Jessie; are among the more than 25 Disney stars featured in this jam session fit for the entire family! You can’t resist dancing, singing, playing your air-guitar, and laughing with this band of characters! Come join them at Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival for a lively concert experience guaranteed to deliver enough rockin’ memories to last a lifetime.

Garden State Wine Growers Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

  • Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12-5pm
  • Location: Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes, NJ, 08551, Ringoes, NJ
  • Contact: Stacy Brody
  • Phone: (908) 788-0400
  • Admission: No cover
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Garden State Wine Growers Holiday Wine Trail Weekend, 11/28/14-11/30/14, 12-5pm Visit Unionville Vineyards and other participating wineries and collect ornaments for your grapevine wreath. On Sunday the 30th, enjoy live jazz music by the Chernoff duo and pick up some holiday gifts from local vendors for your favorite foodie!

Holiday Trolley Tours

  • Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 11/29/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Every hour from 10a - 5p
  • Location: Tours start in front of the Mediterra Fountain on Palmer Square at 40 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ
  • Contact: Princeton Tour Company
  • Phone: 18557431415
  • Admission: $15pp
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These 1 hour trolley tours take you and your family where our walking tours can't go! See the homes and hangouts of Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Grover Cleveland, Woodrow Wilson, James Madison, Aaron Burr Jr., John F. Kennedy, Nancy Drew .... What? Nancy Drew lived in Princeton? (TRUE! Her name was Nancy Stratemayer!) .... TS Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Mann, Robert Wood Johnson, William Bristol, Paul Robeson, Toni Morrison, Michael Graves, the Wicked Witch of the West .... What? The Wicked Witch of the West lived in Princeton? (TRUE! Margaret Hamilton lived in Princeton! I KNOW!) We're proud to be rated the #1 Princeton Attraction by TripAdvisor and AAA Magazine so you can bet we've designed this route to be one of your most treasured holiday memories.

Holiday Wine Trail Weekend

  • Date(s): 11/28/2014 - 11/30/2014
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 12pm to 5 pm
  • Location: Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ
  • Contact: Farm Store
  • Phone: (609) 924-2310
  • Admission: $5 tastings
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Kick off the holiday season with a visit to Terhune Orchards. The whole family can enjoy a fun and relaxing day at the farm. Visit us in the Terhune Orchards Vineyard and Winery Tasting Room where you can sample our award winning wines and warm up with our hot mulled wine made with our own Chambourcin, apple cider and Terhune Orchards apples. The whole family can enjoy exploring the farm, visiting our barn yard of animals and the farm store, still full of the harvest bounty. Saturday & Sunday, 11am-4pm enjoy wagon rides. While you are here, you can start your holiday shopping. Choose from our unique selection of gift baskets overflowing with Terhune Orchards fruit, baked goods, and even wine, perfect for anyone on your list! Order your gift boxes and baskets this weekend at the farm!

Hayrides, Wreaths and Sleighbells

  • Date(s): 11/29/2014 - 11/29/2014
  • Times: Afternoon Event
  • Location: Howell Living History Farms
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An afternoon of old fashioned fun with horsedrawn hayrides or sleioghrides.

Strolling Holiday Entertainment & Santa

  • Date(s): 11/29/2014 - 11/29/2014
  • Times: Nov. 29 - Dec. 21st Every Saturday and Sunday Noon-3 pm
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Strolling brass bands and carolers from 1-3 pm. Strolling Santa Claus from Noon-2 pm.

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Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
182 Nassau Street, Suite 301
Princeton, NJ 08542
Phone: 609-924-1776
info@princetonchamber.org