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The Weekender: July 24 – 26, 2015: Festival of Ballooning, Renaissance Faire, Music, and More!

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It’s a beautiful July weekend! In addition to these events we told you about:

Here’s what else is happening in the Villages (and beyond) this weekend:

QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning

The 33rd annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning takes flight this weekend (July 24-25-26) at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ and is really worth the trip. The three-day event, the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, features twice a day mass ascensions of 100 sport and special shaped hot air balloons from around the world; a live concert series; fireworks; a nighttime hot air balloon glow; a 5K race; children’s amusement rides; and hundreds of crafters and vendors.

New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
July 24-25-26. Times vary
Solberg Airport, 39 Thor-Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station, NJ
General admission is $24 adults / $10 children / free for kids 3 and under. Click here to purchase tickets online

nj renaissance faire

This weekend, you have a chance to take a trip to Crossford, England back in time during the 1500s. You don’t need a time machine, because the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire are bringing their interactive theater to the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) in West Orange for the annual New Jersey Arts Incubator Renaissance Faire on July 25 and 26. Entertainment abounds with acrobats, fire breathing, Shakespeare and music as well as the action of comedy sword fighting and drama at the Faire. You can also peruse the wares of the fine craftsmen that bring the village to life.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire at OSPAC
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 from 11 am – 6 pm
Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ
Adults $12 / Ages 5 to 12 $ 5 / under 5 free. Purchase tickets online here.
luna stage

Enjoy an evening of one act plays directed by Suzanne Trauth at Luna Stage in West Orange on Friday and Saturday night. In EXILED by Elaine Insinnia a nursing home resident is exiled to her room for bad behavior and three resident friends pull out all the stops to spring her. OFF-BALANCE by Rosa Soy tell the story of three former college friends who gather for a birthday party and instead of trivial pursuits, end up with truth or dare.

Evening of One Act Plays
Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 pm
Luna Stage, 555 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online here

dress sale

Go dress shopping on Sunday at DeHart Community Center. There will be a huge selection of dresses, shoes and accessories for sale at bargain prices. All sizes, styles, and occasions will be available. All proceeds will benefit: Take the Cake of Maplewood-South Orange and Covenant House of Newark!

Dress Benefit Sale
Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 from 1 pm – 4 pm
DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave, Maplewood, NJ
Free to attend, great bargains to be had

Check out our Events Calendar to see what else is happening in the towns and enjoy the weekend!

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