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Spring into Fun: Discover the Exciting Events Happening in the Midtown-Direct Train Line Region!

by: Sue Adler
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Some of the best parts of living in the suburbs are the amazing community events that expose us to our local businesses and fellow community members. After a long winter, we are all itching to get outside and into the spring spirit. We’ve compiled a list of a few upcoming events to celebrate the season in some local Sue Adler communities.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Source: Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Summit | Daffodil Day at Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Sunday, Apr 16, 2023 | 11 AM – 3 PM

165 Hobart Avenue | $10 per person or $25 max per family

Nothing says springtime like blooming flowers! Celebrate the arrival of spring with the bloom of over 50,000 daffodils, one of the largest daffodil collections in New Jersey, in the Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s “Daffodil Bowl.” Enjoy a day of delicious food from local food trucks, live music, springtime-themed games and crafts, and even a story walk. Entry slots are still available for 1 PM, but they are limited so act fast! Tickets must be reserved online here.

New Providence | Earth Day Green Fair

Saturday, April 22 | 10 AM – 12 PM

Centennial Park | Free

Celebrate Earth Day in New Providence with a day of fun for all ages! Featuring kids’ crafts, interactive booths, and activities about living a more sustainable lifestyle, the Earth Day Green Fair is a great way to get involved in your local community! Stick around to see the awarding of the Pioneer Green awards.

Millburn | Millburn-Short Hills Street Fair & Craft Show

Sunday, April 23, 2023 | 11 AM – 5 PM

Millburn Avenue (near town hall) | Free


One of our favorite street fairs in the state has to be the Millburn-Short Hills Street Fair & Craft Show. With endless activities for all ages, one could easily spend a whole day exploring downtown Millburn. Eat delicious food, shop local artisans, crafters, and businesses, learn about local organizations, and enjoy live music and entertainment. There are even rides, dancing, and games for the kids (or the kids at heart)! While you’re in downtown Millburn, enjoy many of the local downtown businesses like The Book House or The Millburn Deli, or spend some time in the beautiful Taylor Park.

Summit – Summit Farmers Market

Sundays April 23 – November 19 2023 | 8 AM – 1 PM | WEEKLY

Park & Shop Lot #1 on the corner of DeForest Avenue and Woodland Avenue


Known as one of the best in New Jersey, the Summit Farmers Market is a must visit for all ages. Pick up a fresh gourmet ice pop from Puras Paletas or a slice of Pizza Vita pizza, enjoy live entertainment, discover local makers and businesses, shop fresh produce, meat, dairy, seafood, baked goods, and so much more before enjoying many of the other stores, coffee shops, or restaurants in downtown Summit.

Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department

Source: Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department

Chatham – Small Fry Fishing Derby

Saturday April 29 & Sunday, April 30 | 9 AM – 5 PM (Registration begins at 8 AM)

Kelley’s Pond at Brookside Grove (Behind Milton Avenue Elementary School)

Join the Chatham Borough Volunteer Fire Department for their annual fishing derby. Open to Chatham Residents ages 15 & under, Chatham small fries are in for a treat! They will be offering free refreshments to all who attend and awarding prizes throughout the day. Rain or shine!

New Providence – Fishing Derby

Saturday, May 6 | 8 AM – 11 AM

Oakwood Park

$7/child – kids 15 & under

The New Providence fishing derby is co-sponsored by New Providence P.B.A. Local #132 and New Providence Recreation. Children aged 15 years and younger are welcome to participate and compete for prizes. Registration opens on April 3. For more information, click here.

Westfield – Westfield Spring Fling

Sunday, May 7, 2023 | 10 AM – 5 PM

Downtown Westfield


Central Avenue in Westfield will be transformed into a marketplace of over 300 vendors, crafters and retail establishments for a day of fun, shopping, and dining for all ages. Enjoy live music, food trucks and vendors, crafters, businesses, and organizations. The Spring Fling also boasts their amazing “Kids Zone” with rides, games, and inflatables.

Maplewood – Annual Plant Sale of the Maplewood Garden Club

May 11, 12, and 13 | 8 AM – 8 PM

187 Boyden Avenue


Maplewood Garden Club

Source: Maplewood Garden Club

Known around the state as the best plant sale of the year, the 86th annual plant sale is intended to offer exceptional plant material at bargain prices while raising money for the Maplewood Garden Club and many ongoing projects and activities including scholarships for Columbia High School seniors and Rutgers University students, the Dickens Village Conservatory, the Durand-Hedden herb garden, the Hilton Rain Garden, Maplewood Library book donations, Maplewood Township greenhouses, the Memorial Garden behind Town Hall, holiday decorations at the railroad station, and numerous gardens around town.

Interested in getting the real town tour? Call us at 973.936.9129 or check out local listings here!

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