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!


07/26/2015 - 08/01/2015

Ongoing Events

Rider Art Gallery: Annual Student Exhibition

  • Date(s): 05/01/2015 - 08/01/2015
  • Recurring monthly on the 1st
  • Times: 11:00 a.m
  • Location: Rider University Art Gallery Bart Luedeke Center Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ
  • Contact: Box Office
  • Phone: (609) 896-7775
  • Admission: Free Admission
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Exhibit on display: Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, August 30. Gallery Hours: Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Works created by Rider University visual arts students. This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Summer Native Plant Sales

  • Date(s): 06/19/2015 - 08/28/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Friday
  • Times: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location: One Preservation Place, Princeton, NJ
  • Contact: Emily Blackman
  • Phone: (609) 924-4646
  • Admission: Free
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WHAT: D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Summer Native Plant Sales. WHEN: Fridays from 3 – 5 pm until the end of August 2015 WHERE: D&R Greenway Native Plant Nursery at the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton, off Rosedale Road. 609-924-4646; WHY: Eco-conscious gardening using native species provides essential food for wildlife; contributes to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem; and creates low maintenance plantings. D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to its Friday Summer Native Plant Sales, held outside the Johnson Education Center from 3 – 5 pm every Friday until the end of August. The Nursery is located at One Preservation Place, south of Princeton, off Rosedale Road. No registration is required. D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery is a community resource for regionally native plants that contribute to a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. D&R Greenway nursery staff is available to advise the best choice of plants for gardening projects. Native plants are adapted to central New Jersey’s climate, making them more drought-resistant than most exotic plants, and also provide essential food & habitat resources for wildlife. Of particular concern are native pollinators such as bees and butterflies, which especially depend on native plant species to survive. A famous example is the monarch butterfly, now in decline largely due to the loss of milkweed across the United States. Gardeners can help by planting milkweed and other native plants on their property! D&R Greenway’s plants are grown from genetically local seeds gathered on their preserves and tended in the nursery by staff and skilled volunteers. Plants grown from locally sourced commercially-grown plugs and bare-root plants will also be available for purchase. Plants are available in quart and gallon-sized pots from $5 to $12. A full catalog is available online at Please contact Emily Blackman, Nursery Manager, to check species availability at (609) 924-4646, or Background Because central New Jersey’s native plants and wildlife evolved together, they are highly adapted to and dependent upon each other. Native plant nutrition is especially critical for wildlife at energy-intensive times of the year, such as spring and fall migration, and during courtship and breeding. In turn, native plants rely upon wildlife for pollination and seed dispersion. Whereas indigenous plants support diversity and disease-resistance, invasive species form monocultures that outcompete other plants. Replacing them with native species, which co-exist, creates a complex, vibrant ecosystem vital to both plants and animals. D&R Greenway Land Trust has preserved almost 19,000 acres of land in central New Jersey. Their mission is to preserve a network of natural lands and open space accessible to the public, and to inspire a conservation ethic through educational programming, including increasing awareness of the benefits of native species. The nursery provides plants for habitat restoration projects on D&R Greenway managed land, for use by home gardeners, and for native garden projects by schools and other conservation non-profits.

West Windsor Community Farmers Market

  • Date(s): 06/20/2015 - 11/21/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday
  • Times: 9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
  • Location: 2 Vaughn Drive, Princeton NJ 08540
  • Phone: (609) 933-4452
  • Admission: Free
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Beginning Saturday, June 20th, 2015 until Saturday, November 21st, 2015, the West Windsor Community Farmers Market invites the public to their weekly annual event. This event is held every Saturday from 9:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. The event provides food, fun and entertainment in an outdoor setting. Be sure to check out New Jersey's own local fruits, vegetables and more. 

Butterfly House Tours

  • Date(s): 06/29/2015 - 08/17/2015
  • Recurring every 7 weeks on Monday
  • Times: Mondays, 10:00-11:00AM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, Pennington, NJ
  • Contact: Maryann Polefka
  • Phone: (609) 737-7592
  • Admission: Adults and Families, $5 per person
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Drop in for a Naturalist-led tour of the NEW Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. Learn about the nectar and host plants we have selected to grow, the butterflies that inhabit the house and how you can encourage butterflies to visit your home garden. If time allows, we will venture into the field with nets to try our hand at catching butterflies. Registration is not required, drop-ins are welcome.

Princeton Farmers' Market, Hinds Plaza

  • Date(s): 07/02/2015 - 11/19/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Times: 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
  • Location: Hinds Plaza; Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 655-8095
  • Admission: Free
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Ranging from produce, baked goods, flowers, poultry and much more, the Princeton Farmers' Market invites the public every Thursday to Hinds Plaza. This event is held every Thursday in the summer and fall reoccuring at the same times, 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Live music will begin from noon until 2:30 P.M. The event will be held in rain or shine.

Princeton Summer Theater’s annual Young Artists’ Workshops

  • Date(s): 07/03/2015 - 08/07/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Princeton Summer Theater
  • Phone: (732) 997-0205
  • Admission: Workshops are $30 each. Save 20% by registering for all 6 for $145!
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Princeton Summer Theater's annual Young Artists' Workshops
Come learn and play alongside the 2015 PST Company! Over the course of 6 weeks, we will explore some of the fundamentals of theater and work together to create our very own show, which we'll perform for family and friends at our last session together. Come to one or come to all - we always welcome drop-ins!
All workshops are Friday afternoons from 1:30-4:30pm. Ages 6-12. Register by emailing
July 3 - Puppets and Masks
Create fun characters using the transformative power of some time-tested theatrical traditions.
July 10 - Movement and Physical Theater
Learn how to use your body to create characters, express emotions, and make stage pictures!
July 17 - Making Music as an Ensemble
From folk tunes to musical theater: learn how to make to music with a group of friends in order to tell a story.
July 24 - Improv
Who says you need a script to do theater? Learn the art of making it up!
July 31 - Playwriting
There are lots of ways to tell stories, and our playwriting lab will let you experiment and hone your skills.
August 7 - Fundamentals of Acting: Script to Stage
Take the page to the stage and learn how to act out stories from scripts!
Workshops are $30 each. Save 20% by registering for all 6 for $145!


Family Day, Hunter Farms

  • Date(s): 07/05/2015 - 10/04/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 12:00 P.M.
  • Location: 246 Burnt Hill Road, Skillman, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 924-2932
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Enjoy pony rides, entertainment, euqestrian competition and shopping with your family at Hunter Farms on Sunday, July 5, 2015. The event will reoccur on July 12, August 23, Spetember 20, September 27 and on October 4, 2015. More information needed for this event can be directed towards the phone number provided above. 

Sunday Stories, Princeton Public Library

  • Date(s): 07/05/2015 - 08/30/2015
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday
  • Times: 2:00 P.M.
  • Location: Princeton Public Library
  • Admission: Free
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Children and their families are welcome to listen to stories and songs every Sunday in July and August at the Princeton Public Library. Ages 2 to 8 years old are welcome. It is mandatory for a guardian to attend. 

Calling All Private Collectors- American Pickers to film in New Jersey

  • Date(s): 07/13/2015 - 08/31/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Phone: 1-855-OLD-RUST
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Have antiques, collections or junk that you want to sell? Join New Jersey in welcoming the hit series, American Pickers, from the History Channel. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, and Antique Archeology are on the hunt for rusty gold. During the month of August, Mike and Frank are looking for fellow New Jerseyians that have large collections that are worth the pick. Private collections only therefore retail shops, flea markets, museums and auctions are prohibited. Items that Mike and Frank are willing to buy include motorcycles, old advertising signage, folk art, vintage collectibles, old movie posters and much more! If you are interested, an e-mail address and phone number is provided above. Be sure to include your name, contact number and description of your items. If you and your items qualify, you may be considered to appear on American Pickers with Frank and Mike! Join the two on Wednesdays at 9:00 pm on the History Channel (produced by Cineflix Productions) for more information in their mission to restore forgotten relics to their former glory while learning about the history of America. 

NEW - Plein Air Painting Workshop

  • Date(s): 07/13/2015 - 08/03/2015
  • Recurring every 3 weeks on Monday
  • Times: Mondays, 2:00-5:00PM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 924-8777
  • Admission: Adults, Series Fee: $150M/$175NM
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Enjoy the challenge and joy of completing a painting, either oil or acrylic, on the Watershed Reserve under the tutelage of ACP instructor Ray Brown! Registration is for the 4-class series. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.

NEW - World of Water

  • Date(s): 07/15/2015 - 08/05/2015
  • Recurring every 3 weeks on Wednesday
  • Times: Wednesdays, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ
  • Contact: Maryann Polefka
  • Phone: (609) 737-7592
  • Admission: children 7-10yo, fee per class: $12M/$18NM
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Have you ever wondered what kinds of plants and animals live in the aquatic world? Each week we will head out on the Reserve trails with Teacher-Naturalist Vicky Allen and explore the nearby streams and ponds to answer that question. Our weekly investigations will include using microscopes in the lab, performing water chemistry experiments and the catch/release of aquatic residents, including fishes, turtles and insects! Prepare to get wet!

NEW -Digital Photography Workshop

  • Date(s): 07/22/2015 - 08/05/2015
  • Recurring every 2 weeks on Wednesday
  • Times: Wednesdays, 10:00AM – 1:00PM each day
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 924-8777
  • Admission: 15yo - Adult, Series Fee: $135M/$160NM
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Study the basics of digital photography from an artistic and technical perspective with ACP instructor Chris Stadelmeier. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.

Princeton Summer Theater Presents The Real Inspector Hound

  • Date(s): 07/23/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Location: Princeton Summer Theater, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University
  • Phone: (732) 997-0205
  • Admission: $22-$27.50
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Princeton Summer Theater presents The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard and The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang
"The Real Inspector Hound" and "The Actor's Nightmare", an evening of one-act comedies by Tom Stoppard and Christopher Durang.

A hysterical parody of Agatha Christie, The Real Inspector Hound follows two second-string theater critics assigned to review a standard, melodramatic whodunit. What starts off as a typical writing assignment soon becomes anything but, as the reviewers get caught up in a mystery that curiously parallels the events they are watching unfold on stage. Written by four-time Tony-Award winning playwright Tom Stoppard, The Real Inspector Hound is a darkly comedic delight sure to appeal to fans of mystery and comedy alike.
AND... A man finds himself trapped in his worst fear: being thrown on stage in a performance for which he has never rehearsed. The Actor's Nightmare is an absurdist look at the world of theater is a delight for theater people, anxious people, and people who like to laugh.
July 23-25, 30, 31, and August 1 at 8pm; July 25-26 and August 1-2 at 2pm. $22-$27.50. Princeton Summer Theater, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University. P.O. Box 183, Princeton, NJ, 08542. 1-(732)

Family Drop-In Workshop: Spilled Ink!

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/01/2015
  • Times: 1 - 3pm
  • Location: Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 586-0616
  • Admission: $5 materials fee
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Learn how to print on water! In this workshop, float colorful inks on the surface of water to create unique and unrepeatable marbleized patterns that will then be transferred onto paper. Drop-in anytime from 1pm until 3pm, and discover the endless design, color, and style variations that are possible using the spilled ink technique. Instructor: April Zay.

Just Peachy Festival

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
  • Location: Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton NJ, 08540
  • Phone: (609) 924-2310
  • Admission: Ages 3-up: $5.00 (No admission fee to farm store or the winery)
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Celebrate summer with Jersey Fresh and New Jersey's local grown fresh peaches at Terhune Orchards during the first weekend of August. Activities for kids, food and live music will be provided at the festival. A special feature of the festival, "Summer Harvest," features local chefs who will prepare a variety of food recipes to sample. The tasting area is $10.00 a person.

Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10am to 5pm
  • Location: Terhune Orchards 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ
  • Contact: Farm Store
  • Phone: (609) 924-2310
  • Admission: $5
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Celebrate Jersey Fresh and one of our state’s favorite fruits by joining us for our annual Just Peachy Festival. A special feature of this festival will be our “Summer Harvest” farm-to-fork tasting section featuring local chefs using locally sourced ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. The tasting area will be open from noon to 4 pm both days and admission to the special tasting section is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. The weekend will be filled with plenty of activities for kids, including wagon rides, pony rides, games and barnyard fun. Bring your appetites for Pam’s food tent, filled with lots of tasty peach treats: peach pie, sliced peaches and cream, and peach salsa. Enjoy tasty summer fare like barbecued chicken, hot dogs, homemade gazpacho, salads, cider donuts, and more. Enjoy live local music from 12 pm to 4 pm both days. Adults can visit our winery tasting room to sample our wines, including our award-winning Just Peachy wine. Filled with the freshest summer fruit, try our peach sangria. Admission to the festival area is $5 ages 3 and up. No admission fee to the farm store or winery. Parking is at the farm.

Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series: Elikeh

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/01/2015
  • Times: 7:00 P.M.
  • Location: Capital Green, 201 Barrack Street, Trenton, NJ 08608
  • Contact: Christian Martin
  • Phone: (609) 393-8998
  • Admission: Free
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With the support of NJM Insurance Group, join downtown Trenton for the Levitt AMP Trenton Music Series for ten consecutive Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. starting July 25th, 2015 until September 26th, 2015. On August 1st, 2015, Washington D.C.-based Afropop group Elikeh will be performing on the Capital Green. Elikeh uses Togolese rhythms through blues, funk, reggae, highlife and rock music. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets for this open lawn venue. Alcohol, pets and glass containers are prohibited. For more information regarding Elikeh, click on the website provided above. For the latest updates of the music series, visit

Mercer County 4-H Fair

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Location: Howell Living History Farm
  • Phone: (609) 989-6833
  • Admission: Free
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Organized by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, join the community for the 97th Annual Mercer County 4-H Fair held for its eighth year at Howell Living History Farm on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd. The fair provides food and homemade ice cream, hay rides, pony rides, music, farm tours and demonstrations, children's activities and 4-H animal shows and exhibits. The event includes free parking and free admission. Be sure to come out to enjoy this event with family or friends!

Take Wing with Butterflies – Susan Hoenig, ACP instructor

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/01/2015
  • Times: Saturdays, 10:00-11:30AM
  • Location: Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed, 31 Titus Mill Road, Pennington, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 924-8777
  • Admission: Fee per class is $20M/$30NM
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Students will look at examples of many beautiful butterflies from around the world then use liquid watercolors to paint their own butterflies on special paper and transform them into ‘flying flowers’. We will also use oil pastels to draw butterflies or moths. What a wonderful way to get ready for the Butterfly Festival on August 8th! Developed for children 6-10 years old, children will join one of the instructors from the Arts Council of Princeton each Saturday for a different nature-inspired art adventure! Register for single classes or the entire 4-class series. Classes meet at the Watershed Center on Saturdays, 10:00-11:30AM. Fee per class is $20M/$30NM. Registration is exclusively through the Arts Council of Princeton; visit or call 609-924-8777. Membership rate applies to current members of either organization.

Tomato Festival

  • Date(s): 08/01/2015 - 08/02/2015
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: 10:30am-4:00pm
  • Location: Oasis Family Farm, Robbinsville, NJ
  • Phone: (609) 259-7300
  • Admission: Free
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Tomato Festival AUGUST 1 & 2 (10:30am - 4pm) AUGUST JUST GOT TASTIER! FROM THE FARM TO YOUR TABLE! Our tomatoes are born and raised on the farm, and have a superior flavor than their store-bought counterparts. So, come visit us at Oasis Family Farm, and treat your family to the ripe, sweet, and juicy taste of Jersey fresh tomatoes! NO U-PICK Farm fresh Jersey tomatoes American grilled cheese & tomato sandwiches Italian grilled provolone cheese with tomato & pesto sandwiches Sliced tomato, onion & cucumber salad, with balsamic vinegar Tomato & wet mozzarella slices, with fresh basil & olive oil Jumbo prairie hot dogs & more! ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS: Wagon rides Sand art Craft activities & more! Reservations are not required but strongly encouraged. RSVP on our Facebook event page for Sat Aug 1st here: RSVP for Sun Aug 2nd here: Oasis Family Farm 3 Circle Dr Robbinsville, NJ 08691 (609)259-7300

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