by Lauren Porter
Within the never-ending debate of North vs. South Jersey, there’s a section of the state that’s always left out: Central Jersey. Yes, we do exist; and here are four reasons why respect needs to be put on our name!
1. Art All Night- Trenton is an annual pop up art festival that’s held in a renovated factory building every third weekend in June. For 24 hours, attendees can view and even purchase art submitted by artists of all ages and skill levels. But that’s not all! There’s also live music and art demos, master classes, two food courts with food trucks from across the state, vendors, and so much more! The later you go, the livelier it gets. It’s a thing, so if you consider yourself to be a creative of any kind, you need to be here. Oh, and the best part- it’s free! Check out more information at www.artallnighttrenton.org.
2. There’s always so much to do at Palmer Square Princeton, but when the sun starts the glow, the events just overflow! From summer block parties and music series to movies outside and sidewalk sales, there’s literally something for everyone. Palmer Square also has ample parking and countless shopping and dining options, all of which are within walking distance from each other. A list of all events can be found at www.palmersquare.com/events.
3. Who doesn’t love wine? Better yet, who doesn’t love wine tasting? Well, each summer at the Jersey Shore Wine Festival in Lakewood, you can sample over 100 wines from New Jersey wineries while enjoying live entertainment, vendors and food. This year, the two-festival takes place on June 10th & June 11th from 12pm-5pm each day; tickets can be purchased for one or both days in advance or upon arrival. More details, including a link to purchase tickets can be found at www.jerseyshorewinefestival.com.
4. If you enjoy plays with an intimate appeal, you need to be in the building to see the Passage Theater Company at Mill Hill Playhouse. Located in the historic Mill Hill section of Trenton, the theater holds approximately 100 people at a time. Every seat is a good seat. With the ticket season running from March-October, each production is always either culturally or socially relevant. After each play, you’ll also have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with the actors. Tickets fare about $20, but student, senior and group tickets are also available. Check out more at www.passagetheatre.org.