Here are 17 events happening in Middlesex County and Central Jersey this weekend to get you out of the house. 

Friday Film: Oranges and Sunshine

OLD BRIDGE – The library will show the film “Oranges and Sunshine,” on Sept. 6 at 1:30 p.m. Until the early 1970s, thousands of British children — many orphans, others taken by social workers from broken homes — were packed onto ships bound for Australia. Promised “oranges and sunshine,” many instead endured abuse in workhouses as virtual slaves. In 1987, Nottingham, England, social worker Margaret Humphreys learns the horrific extent of this program as she attempts to help two of its survivors, the timid Jack and the violent Len. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.

St. Stephen the Protomartyr’s Festival

SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The St. Stephen the Protomartyr’s Festival is Sept. 6-8 in South Plainfield. The three-day festival includes a car show on Sept. 6 from 5-8 p.m.; Hafle with Samer Tabari on Sept. 7 from 6-11 p.m.; and the St. George Allentown Debka Group on Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. The festival is open on Friday from 4-11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 1-7 p.m. Free admission. There will also be food, drinks, raffles and activities for children. 609 Lane Ave., South Plainfield.

Rummage Sale

CRANBURY – St. David’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual rummage sale on the same day of Cranbury Day on Sept. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will take place mostly inside the Meirs Hall at the church. 90 South Main St., Cranbury.

Helene Cody Cranbury 5K, 1 Mile Runs

CRANBURY – The Helene Cody Cranbury 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run is on Sept. 7 at the Cranbury firehouse. The fun run starts off this annual fundraising event, in honor of Helene Cody, at 8:15 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9 a.m. Though online registration is now closed, last-minute participants can sign-up on race day between 7:30-8 a.m., for the fun run and 7:30-8:30 a.m. for the 5K. Day of registration for the fun run is $25 and $30 for the 5K. Following the running events is the after-party with a DJ, drinks, bagels, fruit and … free massages. The event is a fundraiser for the Helene Cody Foundation. 2 Main St., Cranbury.

Cranbury Day

CRANBURY – The annual Cranbury Day, presented by the Cranbury Business Association will include food, music, vendors, games, pony and helicopter rides on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music from Ed Goldberg and Odessa Klezmer Band, Lenox Underground Foundation, Big Country and FPG, Tone Rangers, and After Hours. North Main Street, Cranury.

Car, Truck, and Bike Show

SOUTH BRUNSWICK – The Monmouth Junction First Aid squad will hold an autumn mobile car, truck and bike show on Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodlot Park. Prizes awarded to participants are based on public voting. The event will also have food, drinks, music and activities for children. 124 New Road, South Brunswick.

Looking To Make Extra Cash?

OLD BRIDGE – Visit the library between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to learn about the various employment opportunities being offered by the U.S. Census Bureau. This includes positions such as Census Takers, Census Field Supervisors, Recruiting Assistants, Census Clerks, and more. Representatives from the U.S. Census Bureau will also be on hand to answer your questions and assist you in completing the online job application. Computer space is limited so feel free to bring your own laptop if possible. For more information, visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020. 1 Old Bridge Plaza.

Pig Roast

HELMETTA – The Spotswood PBA Local 225 will host its annual pig roast on Sept. 7, from 3-8 p.m. at the Helmetta Pavilion. Tickets are $40 per person, children under 12 years old attend for free. In addition to the pig roast, the event will include a live band, DJ, food, prizes, tricky tray and beer. For tickets, email Maple Street Pavilion, Helmetta.

Red Bank Street Fair

RED BANK – The annual fall Red Bank craft and street fair is Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fair will have crafters, food vendors, rides, and shopping. Broad Street, between Peters Place and Front Street, and Monmouth Street, between Broad Street and Maple Avenue. 

Double Feature

MONROE – The library will show the documentary films “Libby, Montana,” at 10:30 a.m. and “Dark Money,” at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8. “Libby, Montana:” Below the rugged peaks of the Northern Rockies lies the site if the worst case of community-wide exposure to a toxic substance in US history. “Dark Money:” Political thriller examines the influence of untraceable corporate money on the elections and elected officials in Montana. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.

Dave Schlossberg Live

EAST BRUNSWICK – Perennial library favorite Dave Schlossberg returns to the East Brunswick Library stage on Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. for “Dave Schlossberg Plays Broadway.” This show will feature him performing his inspired and sophisticated improvisations on classic Broadway melodies, as well as taking show tune requests from the audience. Come for a great time and be ready to sing. Lyrics will be provided. 2 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick.

Art Reception and See ‘The Story Behind the Art’

PLAINSBORO – If you’ve ever looked at a piece of art and wondered how it was made or what it was inspired by, the September gallery exhibit at Plainsboro Library will provide the opportunity to find out. At the library’s Annual Artists’ Group Exhibit, approximately 25 participating artists will share a little background about the piece they enter. It may be about the materials used, details about the technique they employed, or what inspired them to create the image. Accompanying each piece of art will be an index card explaining “The Story Behind the Art”, this year’s exhibit theme. The reception is Sept. 8 from 2-4 p.m. 9 Van Doren St., Plainsboro.

Marlboro Day

MARLBORO – The annual Marlboro Day is Sept. 8 from 12-5 p.m. at the township’s recreation community center. The day includes family-friendly activities, vendors, food, and local organizations. 1996 Recreation Way, Marlboro.

Four Seasons Watercolor Artists Reception

CRANBURY – The Gourgaud Gallery will have an artists reception for the Four Seasons Watercolor Artists group exhibit on Sept. 8 from 1-3 p.m. There will be several paintings from each artist on exhibit, and most works will be for sale. The artists will be featuring many of their more recent original pieces. The exhibition is open to the public until Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 23-A North Main St., Cranbury.

Race and Gender in Baseball’s Early Years

PRINCETON – The Morven Museum and Garden will host Leslie Heaphy on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. (doors open at 1:30 p.m.) to discuss women’s baseball before 1915 and 19th century black baseball in New Jersey in a program called “Baseball’s Outsiders: Race and Gender in the Early Years.” Tickets are $15 for non-members or $10 for members and include admission into the museum. 55 Stockton St., Princeton.

The Music of James P. Johnson

NEW BRUNSWICK – The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center presents Aaron Diehl and The Music of James P. Johnson on Sept. 8 from 7-9 p.m. Diehl plays the music of the New Brunswick native. Free tickets available online. 11 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. 

Israeli Film 'The Drive'

HIGHLAND PARK – The Highland Park/Edison Chapter of Peace of Mind will show the film “The Drive,” on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Highland Park Conservation Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth. It is a story about three brothers who reunite for a weekend to bury their father in their native kibbutz, which borders Lebanon. Tickets are $20 or $50 for admission and six raffle tickets. RSVP required. Contact Debbie Teitz at or 732-476-4677. 201 South 3rd St., Highland Park.

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