Things to Do in Bergen County Week of May 17

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We rounded up the best things to do in Bergen County and beyond on our weekend PLAYlist!
 

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Events Not To Miss:
 
Why: Freebies, Discounts & Giveaways from  your fave shops ($10 off at Whole Foods Market!)
When: Friday, May 18th 10am-7pm, RSVP for extra entries
Where: Checkin at Closter Plaza, Supreen Lash & Wax
 
Why: Come for some family fun, to support non-profit charities supporting blind children and adults.
When: Through Sunday May 20, wristband night Sunday, discounted tickets at Cartridge World and Tons of Toys
Where: McBride Field, Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes
Why: Spring carnival fun for all ages.
When: Friday May 18, 6 pm-close, Saturday May 19-Sunday May 20, 2 pm-close
Where: Madonna Church Carnival, 340 Main Street, Fort Lee
 
Why: Enjoy a wild night out with the crew.
When: Wednesday May 16-Sunday May 20, 6-10 pm, pay one price $25
Where: Church of the Assumption, 29 Jefferson Avenue, Emerson
 
Why: Celebrate Greek culture with cuisine, music, fun and games.
When: Thursday May 17, 11 am-9 pm, Friday May 18-Saturday May 19, 11 am-12 am, Sunday May 20, 12-9 pm
Where: St. Athanasios Greek Orthodox Church, 51 Paramus Road, Paramus
 
Why: The lovable tiger comes to your neighborhood for a visit and open play.
When: Friday May 18, 3:30-5:30 pm, $28
Where: The Big Playhouse, 316 Kinderkamack Road, Westwood
 
Why: Tour the grounds and hear about the learning experience.
When: Friday May 18, 9-9:30 am Upper School, Wednesday May 23, Lower School 9-11 am, Middle School 11 am-1 pm
Where: Dwight-Englewood School, 81 Lincoln Street, Englewood
 
Why: See which dogs have the chops to win the show, plus dog performances, games, music and adoption opportunities.
When: Saturday May 19, 12-4 pm
Where: Cresskill High School, 1 Lincoln Drive, Cresskill
 
Why: Put on your dancing shoes at this afternoon filled with family-friendly music, food and good times.
When: Saturday May 19, 12 pm-4 pm, kids/$10 online $20 at door, adults/$15 online $25 at door
Where: Garden State Public Market, 1 Garden State Plaza, Suite 1305, Paramus
 
Why: Come out for gaga and carnival games, bouncing, food trucks, performances and tons more.
When: Saturday May 19, 11 am-4 pm
Where: Tenakill Middle School, 275 High Street, Closter
 
Why: Learn about endangered species, tour the zoo and enjoy activities at this special day.
When: Saturday May 19, 10 am-4 pm, free with admission
Where: Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus
 
Why: International food, music, kids activities and more entertainment from around the globe.
When: Saturday May 19, 12-7 pm
Where: Lincoln Park, 1-15 Highland Cross, Rutherford
 
Why: Jump into the pilot’s seat of vintage aircrafts.
When: Saturday May 19-Sunday May 20, 10 am-4 pm, kids/$8, adults/$10
Where: The Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of New Jersey, 400 Fred Wehran Drive, Teterboro
Why: Check out summer camp classes for your budding rock star.
When: Sunday May 20, sign up to reserve a sample class and time, 50% of all summer camps one day only
Where: School of Rock Cresskill, 50 Piermont Road, Cresskill
Why: Party for our planet with food trucks, free kayaking, a “mad scientist” and green vendors.
When: Sunday May 20, 1-5 pm
Where: Overpeck Park, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
 
Why: Bring an empty stomach for tasty local eats, plus face painting and balloons for the kids.
When: Sunday May 20, 1-4 pm
Where: Ramsey Main Street Train Station, 1-5 Erie Plaza, Ramsey
 
Why: Pony rides, ice cream, arts and crafts.
When: Sunday May 20, 11 am-2 pm
Where: Bergen Equestrian Center, 40 Fort Lee Road, Leonia
 
Why: Celebrate World Turtle Day with the shelltacular animals.
When: Sunday May 20, 2-3 pm, members/$3, nonmembers/$6
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
 
Why: Hop in the drivers seat of tons of vehicles, plus bouncing and face-painting.
When: Sunday May 20, 10 am-2 pm, family 4 pack/$25
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
 
What: Al Roker
Why: The Today Show cohost signs his new book Ruthless Tide.
When: Tuesday May 22, 6 pm
Where: Bookends, 211 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood
Why: Kids get their OM on with a moonchild yoga & mindfulness class.
When: Saturdays through May 26, 9:45-10:45 am, $15/class
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
Why: Family zen time as you connect with nature and each other.
When: Saturdays through June 9, 9:30-10:20 am, $15/session non-member, $75/6-week session non-member
Where: Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Avenue, Tenafly
 
 
Why: Make it a game night and test your trivia skills, plus wine and beer.
When: Thursdays through June 28, 6 pm
Where: Garden State Public Market, 1 Garden State Plaza, Suite 1305, Paramus
Why: Children can breathe, relax and learn to pose in this yoga class.
When: Saturdays through June 30, 11 am, $15 single class, $48 3 class pack, $90 6 class pack
Where: Garden State Public Market, 1 Garden State Plaza, Store 95, Paramus

What: Garden State Public Market
Why: Bring your appetite for this pop up food hall with authentic cuisines.
When: Thursdays-Saturdays through June 30, 11 am-7 pm
Where: Westfield Garden State Plaza, One Garden State Plaza, Paramus
 
Why: Shilamida brings a weekend of restoration and healing, exploring mindfulness and living your best life.
When: Friday June 8-Sunday June 10, $597
Where: The William H. Dean Mansion, 122 Noyes Drive, Park Ridge
 
If you’re heading out of Bergen:
Why: Touch a hippo skull, meet a macaw and learn about helping endangered animals.
When: Friday May 18
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
Why: Carnival rides and games, raffles, and plenty of food trucks.
When: Friday May 18, 6-10 pm, Saturday May 19, 2-10 pm, Sunday May 20, 1-8 pm
Where: Our Lady of the Valley and Holy Cross Roman Catholic Churches, 630 Valley Road, Wayne
 
What: Celebrate Pinkster
Why: Dance, storytelling and theater to celebrate the African-American springtime holiday.
When: Saturday May 19, 10 am-5 pm, kids/$8, adults/$14
Where: Phillipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway
 
Why: Make it a family night out at this evening carnival.
When: Through Saturday May 19, 6-11 pm, 25 tickets for $29
Where: St. Thomas More Church, 12 Hollywood Avenue, Fairfield
 
What: Rapunzel
Why: The creators of “Friends” put their hilarious twist on the beloved hair-y-tale.
When: Fridays through May 25, 7:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays through May 27, 1 pm  May 18, kids/$15, adults/$18
Where: Forum Theatre, 314 Main Street, Metuchen
 
Why: More than 30 breweries to satisfy every beer lover’s palate.
When: Saturday May 19, 5:30-9:30 pm, $35 GA ticket
Where: Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, 1 Racetrack Drive, East Rutherford
 
Why: Drool-worthy foodtrucks offer tons of BBQ at this competition and eating festival.
When: Saturday May 19, 1-5 pm, $60
Where: Lewis Morris Park, Doe Meadow Field, 270 Mendham Road, Morristown
 
Why: Bring your wings or patch your eye and come for walk-the-plank slides, pirate challenges, pony rides and tons more magic.
When: Saturday May 19, 10 am-2 pm
Where: Mt. Olive Township, 30 Flanders Road, Budd Lake
 
Why: An all-access pass for animal lovers to the zoo, plus meet-and-great with a vet tech.
When: Saturday May 19 and Saturday May 26, 2-2:30 pm, $42.50-$50
Where: Essex County Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
 
Why: Shop from hundreds of arts and crafts, home and fashion vendors, while the kids enjoy rides and face painting.
When: Sunday May 20, 10 am-5 pm
Where: Downtown Main Street & Broadway, Nyack
 
Why: Grab a gift for yourself or others, and enjoy rides, a petting zoo and ice cream.
When: Sunday May 20, 10 am-4 pm
Where: 525 Boulevard, Kenilworth
 
Why: Live performances, rides and music.
When: Sunday May 20, 11 am-5 pm
Where: Springfield Avenue between Indiana and Rutgers Street, Maplewood
 
Why: Asian American Heritage month comes alive with dance, Bollywood celebs, shopping and kids activities.
When: Sunday May 20, 11 am-8 pm, $3
Where: New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, 97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison
 
Why: The glass slipper fairy tale is told through dance.
When: Sunday May 20, 1:30 pm, $15-$25
Where: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown
 
Why: Hands-on activities that gives kids the tools to create and build.
When: Monday May 21, 11 am-12 pm
Where: Home Depot, 2024 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack
 
Why: Live long and prosper as you go on an otherworldly adventure.
When: Open through May 28
Where: Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City
 
 
 
Why: Pony and wagon train rides, bounce houses and tons more fun.
When: Weekends and Holidays through May, check schedule for times., $14.99 for all activities
Where: Alstede Farms, 1 Astede Farms Lane, Chester
 
Why: Go back in time and let your imagination take over at this with hours of entertainment the whole family will love.
When: Saturdays and Sundays through June 3, 10 am-6 pm, ages 5-12/$12, adults/$20
Where: 1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown Township
Why: Get a taste of the Bronx’s diverse culture through music, dancing art and food.
When: Weekends through June 3, kids/$26.95, adult/$36.95
Where: The Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx

What: Stone Barns Center Weekend Admission
Why: Farm activities from meeting pigs and bees to collecting eggs.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 am-5 pm
Where: Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills
 
Why: Swifties: Step inside the life of the hugely popular singer, who hand-picked personal photos, videos and lyrics for display.
When: Open daily, 11 am-6 pm
Where: GRAMMY Museum Experience, Prudential Center, 165 Mulberry Street, Newark
 
Upcoming:
Why: Rides, games, food and raffles.
When: Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24, 6-10 pm, Friday May 25, 6-11 pm, Saturday May 26-Sunday May 27, 4-11 pm, wristbands available
Where: 34 Maple Avenue, Hackensack
 
Why: The perfect fashionistas night out: personal stylists, a fashion show, music and a silent auction with amazing prizes.
When: Wednesday May 30, 8 pm
Where: Indian Trail Club, 830 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes
Why: Honor military service men and women at this parade, and continue with free food, music and military vehicle rides.
When: Monday May 28, 10 am
Where: Parade starts at corner of Hackensack Street and Highland Avenue, Wood-Ridge
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