It’s a great weekend with many local happenings to enjoy. Don’t forget about PlayDay South Orange on Sunday! Read more about it here.
Here are what’s happening in the Villages (and beyond) this weekend:
Bollywood arrives in Essex County with an explosion of color, energy and culture in an all-new show at NJPAC on Friday. The globe-trotting Mystic India: The World Tour is an internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India. This newly revised spectacular features dozens of renowned musicians, brilliant dancers, breathtaking aerialists and acrobats – and more than a thousand opulent costumes.
Mystic India: The World Tour
Friday, September 18 at 8 pm
NJPAC, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ
Tickets are $25 – $99 and can be purchased online here
Led by fourteen-time Grammy Award-winner and three-time Country Music ‘Musician of the Year’ Jerry Douglas, The Earls of Leicester features some of Nashville’s most talented musicians, including hit songwriter Shawn Camp on guitar and lead vocals, bassist Barry Bales (Jerry Douglas’s cohort in Alison Krauss & Union Station), fiddler Johnny Warren (son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Boys), mandolinist Frank Solivan, and acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman. See them perform at SOPAC on Saturday night.
Jerry Douglas Presents the Earls of Leicester
Saturday, September 19 at 8 pm
SOPAC, One SOPAC Way, South Orange, NJ
Tickets are $30 -$40 and can be purchased online here
Get naked in the woods at the first Annual Robert J. Miller Oysterfest on Saturday. This event is designed to celebrate a special man and raise awareness about melanoma. Bob Miller was a proud Maplewood resident for more than a decade. He lived near Maplewood Village, where he and Grace were raising their four young girls. He passed away in March of 2014 after a 2 year battle with melanoma.
The Robert J. Miller Oysterfest will take place on the grounds of The Woodland. Bands scheduled to play include The Shearson Sisters, Brian Kirk and the Jirks and Maplewood’s own Lisa Rott and All Terrain Band. An exclusive V.I.P. lounge will be available with wine and Irish whiskey samplings in addition to all-inclusive food and an open bar. Free melanoma screenings will take place from 1 pm – 4 pm.
Robert J. Miller Oysterfest
Saturday, September 19 from 12 pm – 8 pm
The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd, Maplewood, NJ
Tickets are at $25 for general admission (food and beverage available for purchase) or $125 V.I.P., food and beverage included
Also on Saturday, is the 12th annual All Star OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest in West Orange. Go enjoy a fun filled day complete with live jazz performances, vendors, and a beer and wine garden! Performances by the Bill Charlap Trio, the Eric Alexander and the Mabern Quartet, the Oscar Perez Latin Jazz, the Dave Stryker Quartet, the Bob DeVos Quartet, Enrico Granafei and Madame Pat Tandy. There will also be afternoon kids activities, including face painting by Gina Rivas-Velazquez
All Star OSPAC Jazz & Brew Fest
Saturday, September 19 from 12 pm – 8 pm
OSPAC, 4 Boland Drive, West Orange, NJ
Tickets are $10 adults / free for children under 5
Looking for a fun family event? The second annual South Mountain Reservation (SMR) Family Campout will take place on September 19-20 at Summit Field.The overnight event is best for families with children up to 12 years of age. Experience the Reservation through the seasoned eyes of nature experts. Open your children’s minds to all the woods have to offer! The camping and educational program is run by the Conservancy with the assistance of the Essex County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs. Last year’s program was attended by 65 parents and children and was a great success!
SMR Family Campout
2 pm, Saturday, September 19 to 12 pm, Sunday, September 20
Summit Field, South Mountain Reservation, Essex County, NJ
SMC Members: $25 per family / Non-Members: $50 per family
Register online here
On Sunday, see Fat Selfish Bastard presented by The Strollers, in association with Ground Level Theatre. Fat Selfish Bastard is an overweight comedy written and performed by Michael Magenta. It takes on the universal topic of overeating with laughter and tears, telling the story of one man’s ups and downs with weight, food and the world of diets.
Fat Selfish Bastard
Sunday, September 20 at 1 pm
Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Road, Maplewood, NJ
Tickets are $15 (plus fees) and can be purchased online here
Check out our Events Calendar to see what else is happening and enjoy the weekend!