It's time for the weekend. Here are 10 events happening in Middlesex County to help get you out of the house. 

Friday Film: The Shack

Old Bridge library, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge

July 12, 1:30 p.m.

After suffering a family tragedy, Mack Phillips spirals into a deep depression that causes him to question his innermost beliefs. Facing a crisis of faith, he receives a mysterious letter urging him to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. Despite his doubts, Mack journeys to the shack and encounters an enigmatic trio of strangers led by a woman named Papa. Through this meeting, Mack finds important truths that will transform his understanding of his tragedy and change his life forever.

Friday Film: Unbroken: Path to Redemption

Monroe library, 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe

July 12, 2 p.m.

The story of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini as he meets and marries the love of his life while struggling with his post-war angst, until a chance meeting with Billy Graham in 1949 changes both of their lives forever. Biography/Drama, Rated PG-13, 88 Minutes.

Music and Family Movie Night

Woodlot Park, 124 New Road, South Brunswick

July 12, 6:30 p.m.

Children’s musical entertainer Mr. Ray will perform for South Brunswick’s summer music series. Following his act, the township will show the film “A Dog’s Way Home,” at about 8:45 p.m. There will also be food trucks and an inflatable obstacle course. Attendees can bring their own lawn chair, blanket and picnic.

Romeo and Juliet

Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick

July 12, 8:30 p.m.

ReThink Theatrical is back at the Rutgers Gardens for a comical adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless tale of star-crossed lovers. The foolishness and folly of Capulets and Montegues comes to life through energetic sword fights, hilarious actors, and the natural grandeur of the Rutgers Gardens. Please visit to reserve a ticket now. Patrons should arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of performance to park their cars, walk to the performance location, and claim their spot(s) in the open-air seating area. Patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs/blankets/towels to sit on for the performance. A suggested donation of $10 is welcome, but not required upon entrance.

Plays in the Park: Newsies

Stephen J. Capestro Theater, 1 Pine Drive, Edison

July 12-13, 8 p.m.

Inspired by the famous Newsboys Strike in NYC in 1899 and adapted from the 1992 Disney Movie w/Christian Bale, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a band of teenaged "newsies." When titans of publishing raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack rallies newsies from across the city to strike against the unfair conditions and fight for what's right and in doing so, win the hearts of America along the way. More information and special show dates

Car Show Fundraiser

1740 US Highway Route 130, North Brunswick

July 13, 10 a.m.

Our Lady of Peace Knights of Columbus will hold a car show to raise funds for veterans. There will also be food and music. Trophies awarded.

Family Fun Festival

137 Beekman Road, Kendall Park

July 13, 11 a.m.

Friends of the South Brunswick Library present the annual Family Fun Festival. There will be games, prizes, bounce attractions, tween competitions and local organizations and businesses.

Second Saturday Concert: David Aaron Trio with Vocalist Pat Tandy

Old Bridge library, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge

July 13, 2:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand, the library welcomes the David Aaron trio and vocalist Pat Tandy to perform a variety of jazz, swing and big band music, including many well-known standards. Aaron has performed as a clarinetist and band leader for more than 50 years, and has appeared in top venues including the Waldorf Astoria and the Hotel Edison in New York City and Trumpets Jazz Club and the Crystal Springs Resort in NJ. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable, unexpired food donation for the Old Bridge Food Bank to this free event.

Summer Film Festival: Run the Race

110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction

July 14, 2 p.m.

As part of its Summer Film Festival, the South Brunswick library will show “Run the Race.” The story of two desperate brothers willing to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow. Reeling from his mother's death and his father's abandonment, Zach finds glory on the football field, working to earn a college scholarship and the brothers' ticket out of town. But when a devastating injury puts Zach and his dreams on the sidelines, his brother David laces up his track cleats to salvage their future and point Zach toward hope.

Summer Concert: The Perry Brothers

Spring Lake Park, Maple Avenue, South Plainfield

July 14, 6 p.m.

The Perry Brothers, playing Irish favorites and more, will perform at Spring Lake Park as part of Middlesex County’s summer music in the park series.

Image credit: Ford Madox Brown 

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