Here are 18 events happening in Middlesex County and Central Jersey this weekend to get you out of the house.
Friday Film: Captain Fantastic
OLD BRIDGE – “Captain Fantastic,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Frank Langella will be shown at the Old Bridge library on Sept. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Ben Cash, his wife Leslie, and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids — educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.
Thou Shalt Not - An Original Play
NEW BRUNSWICK – Thinkery & Verse and the Church of St. John the Evangelist presents “Thou Shalt Not,” on Sept. 20-21 at 7 p.m. This play re-imagines the true crime story of the Hall-Mills double homicide of 1922. The daughter of one of the victims sets out to solve her mother's murder. The play takes place in the real church Reverend Hall and Eleanor Mills worshiped in. Tickets. 189 George St., New Brunswick.
Hall-Mills Murders Walking Tour
NEW BRUNSWICK – In 1922, the bodies of Rev. Edward W. Hall, and his lover, Eleanor Mills, were found along Lovers Lane on the outskirts of New Brunswick. His wealthy widow was the prime suspect, but her money and her connections helped win her acquittal in a widely-publicized trial in 1926. Nearly a century has passed and still the crime remains an open case. The Hall-Mills Murders Walking Tour will follow in the footsteps of the lovers; where they lived, worshiped and were stalked on Sept. 20 from 8-9:30 p.m. A dozen sites will be viewed during a ninety-minute walking tour of their neighborhood, covering just under one mile. The tour is suitable for ages twelve and over and is also handicap-accessible. $10 per person. Star-Crossed Lovers’ Neighborhood, 100 George St., New Brunswick.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
EAST BRUNSWICK – Playhouse 22 at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center presents “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” based on the novel by Ken Kesey Sept. 20-21 at 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Sept.21. Mental hospital patient Randle McMurphy leads a revolt against cold Nurse Ratched. Tickets. 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
Hub City Sounds: Rock New Brunswick
NEW BRUNSWICK – Hub City Sounds returns on Sept. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. with “Old School Meets New School,” featuring hip hop, funk, rock and punk from the 1980s and 1990s into today’s era. The Yard, 40 College Ave., New Brunswick.
Festival of the Sea
POINT PLEASANT BEACH – The Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce presents the Festival of the Sea on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sample dishes from local restaurants including clam chowders, lobsters and steaks, arts and crafts, pony rides and other family-friendly activities. There is also a wine garden. Downtown Point Pleasant Beach.
Plainsboro Library Festival of the Arts
PLAINSBORO – Make arts and crafts, watch art demonstrations and other activities with music from a DJ and high school a Capella and string orchestra at the Plainsboro Library Festival of the Arts on Sept. 21 from noon to 4 p.m. 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro.
Old Bridge Day
OLD BRIDGE – The annual Old Bridge Day is Sept. 21 from 12:30-5 p.m. at the municipal complex. The event will feature family-friendly activities, vendors and food.
Central Jersey Beer Fest
WOODBRIDGE – The annual charity Central Jersey Beer Fest will take place on Sept. 21 from 1-5 p.m. at Parker Press Park. The event will feature handcrafted beers, live entertainment, food, crafts and games. Admission is $30 for drinking adults, $15 for non-drinkers and free for kids 12 and under. Ticket includes souvenir sampler glass. Attendees can bring their own lawn chairs, but outside food and drink is not allowed. Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge.
NEW BRUNSWICK – See actor and three-time Grammy Award nominated comedian George Lopez at State Theatre New Jersey on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. for his new stand-up comedy tour, The Wall World Tour! Tickets. 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
Slovak Heritage Festival
EAST BRUNSWICK – The annual Slovak Heritage Festival takes place on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds. Celebrate our Slovak-American heritage, enjoy live music and great authentic Slovak food. 655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic
NEW BRUNSWICK – From his Double Levitation to his phenomenal illusions, Jason Bishop, along with his lead assistant Kim Hess, presents a magic show for all ages at State Theatre New Jersey on Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The 90-minute show features grand illusions, sleight of hand, and close-up magic tricks in a modern and unique way. Tickets. 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
Raritan River Festival
NEW BRUNSWICK – The Raritan River Festival returns on Sept. 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Elmer Boyd Park. This community celebration of the Raritan River and environment features live music, food, craft vendors, the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market, activities for children, cardboard canoe races and much more. The day will culminate with The Beez Foundation’s annual Rubber Duck Drop into the Raritan River, with prizes for the winners. Route 18 North, New Brunswick.
ASBURY PARK – The Sea.Hear.Now Festival will take place on Sept. 21-22 from noon to 10:30 p.m. at 1300 Ocean Ave., at the boardwalk. The festival will include more than 25 performances on three stages including The Lumineers and Dave Matthews Band, surfing, more than 20 food vendors, and other activities. Tickets.
Musician’s Showcase: Michele Mountain
MONROE – The Friends of the Library’s Musician’s Showcase series presents Michele Mountain on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Mountain will perform songs on the harp. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.
Sandy Hook and the Bayshore During the Revolutionary War
OLD BRIDGE – Local author and historian Michael Adelberg will discuss the American Revolution events that occurred in Sandy Hook and the Bayshore area at the Old Bridge library on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Michael Adelberg has been researching the American Revolution in Monmouth County for more than twenty years and is the author of the award-winning book “The American Revolution in Monmouth County.” 1 Old Bridge Plaza.
World Cinema - All Is True
SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The South Brunswick library will show “All Is True,” for its World Cinema series on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. The year is 1613, and Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family. 110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction.
Neil Young Tribute Band – Decade
MONROE – Decade, a Neil Young Tribute Band, will perform at the Richard P. Marasco Center for the Performing arts on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.