Here are eight ways to get out of your home this weekend and enjoy some of the wonderful events that are happening in Middlesex County. For more events, visit our daily calendar and Halloween event pages.
Friday Movie: Chappaquiddick
MONROE – The Monroe library will show “Chappaquiddick” Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. Rated PG-13, 106 minutes. Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. 4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe.
Turn Up The Quiet World Tour 2018
NEW BRUNSWICK – Multi-Grammy Award-winning artist Diana Krall returns to State Theatre New Jersey with her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. The tour features material from her new album, Turn Up The Quiet, as well as a mix of some fan favorites. Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered five Grammy Awards, eight Juno Awards, and have also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Joining Krall on this tour is her band of Anthony Wilson (guitar), Karriem Riggins (drums), Robert Hurst (bass) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle). 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick.
4-H Haunted House and Hayride
EAST BRUNSWICK – The Teen Council of the Middlesex County 4-H Youth Development Program invites the community to their Haunted House and Haunted Hayride fundraiser on Oct. 12, Oct. 13 and Oct. 14 from 7-10:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center. Along with the Haunted House and Hayride, there will be less spooky activities for younger guests such as pumpkin decorating. Snacks and Halloween treats will also be available at the 4-H Tiki Hut. The proceeds will go to fund 4-H's next big event, Project GIFT, in December. Admission is $5 for each activity or $8 for both activities. 645 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
The Mexican Connection
EDISON – Through Spanish and Mexican dance, song and music The Alborada Spanish Dance Theater presents a The Mexican Connection, a dazzling production of live dance, song and music from Spain and Mexico at the Middlesex County College’s Performing Arts Center on Oct. 13 from 3-5 p.m. Spain's encounter with indigenous civilizations in Central America during its 16th-century imperial expansion created music and dance representing a merging of Spanish and New World styles. These multicultural mixtures of European music with New World rhythms and melodies are the roots of Latin American traditional music. The shared roots of Mexican and Spanish Gypsy Flamenco and Galician dance and music come alive on stage with passion, power and beauty. This program is made possible in part by funds from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Office of Culture & Heritage Commission though a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. 2600 Woodbridge Ave., Edison.
Rutgers Garden Fall Festival
NEW BRUNSWICK – The annual Rutgers Garden Fall Festival on Oct. 14 from noon to 4 p.m. is a day for children. Spend the afternoon outside discovering the gardens on a scavenger hunt, visiting the animals, painting pumpkins, playing games and using natural materials from the gardens to create crafts. $5 (cash/check payable at front gate); 17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. 140 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick.
'Girls Who Code'
PLAINSBORO – The Plainsboro library will host a program with Madiha Jafri called “Girls Who Code,” on Oct. 14 from noon to 1 p.m. Priority for this program is given to those currently enrolled in the library’s Girls Who Code,” program. Registration for those not enrolled in the program opened Oct. 7. This event is a celebration of women in STEM led by Jafri, who is an artificial intelligence scientist at Lockheed Martian. Program is intended for girls in Grades 3 through 12. Register online. The Plainsboro library is located at 9 Van Doren St.
Free Health Screenings
OLD BRIDGE – Registered nurses and lab technicians from RWJ University Hospital will be at the Old Bridge library on Oct. 14 from 1-4 p.m. to conduct free health screenings for glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure. There will also be giveaways and information about free RWJ Community Health Education programs and services. 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge.
New Jersey Film Festival
NEW BRUNSWICK – The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, in association with the Rutgers University Program In Cinema Studies, Jungle Software, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick City Market, and Jimmy John's, presents the 37th Bi-annual New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14. Showcasing new international films, American independent features, animation, experimental and short subjects, and cutting-edge documentaries, the New Jersey Film Festival Fall 2018 will feature over 30 film screenings. 71 Hamilton St., New Brunswick.