Community Fun All Weekend Long: Our Weekend Picks

Screen Shot 2015-09-17 at 12.19.16 PMThursday, September 17
Food & art – that’s a pretty good evening, right? Drop in to the Princeton University Art Museum’s Nassau Street Sampler – a presentation by some of Princeton’s most delicious businesses, with food & drinks being served amidst the museum’s world-class collection! Food, fun, activities & entertainment, open to the community. FREE, 5-7pm. artmuseum.princeton.edu

Friday, September 18
Have you heard? Princeton has it’s own indie film fest, and it kicks off this week! The Princeton Independent Film Festival – or PrIndie Fest – showcase films from independent filmmakers from around the world, and touts a celebrity lineup that includes (gasp!) Zachary Quinto, Peter McAllum, and Anthony DeVito. Get the full scoop on the films, the filmmakers, and the events at www.prindiefest.com

For your little nature lovers, catch a nighttime adventure at the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed. The ‘Creepy Spider Night Hunt’ will have families exploring the fields and trails of the preserve in search of eight-legged friends! $12, 7:30-9pm. www.thewatershed.org

Saturday, September 19
It’s a true community-wide celebration as Good Grief of Princeton opens the doors of it’s new center on Mapleton Road. Park at Princeton Hospital and catch the free, short shuttle ride to the center for live music, workshops, family-friendly activities and freebies from your favorite local vendors (Small World, bent spoon, Tico’s Juices, Lillipies Bakery, Wildflour Bakery, Cherry Grove Organics & the Lombardi Pizza truck!) make this an event that is not-to-be missed! Learn more about how Good Grief serves families in our community, & RSVP for this free, fun event here: http://good-grief.org/other-events FREE, 11am-4pm.

Princeton Public Library is pulling out all the stops for their annual Children’s Book Festival, happening this Saturday under the tents in Hinds Plaza – because it’s the festival’s 10th anniversary! Meet & mingle with the book world’s most beloved authors & illustrators (get your family’s favorite book – or new favorite book – signed!) and catch presentations from the biggest names in Children’s Books. FREE, 11am-4pm. http://bookfestival.princetonlibrary.org

Sunday, September 20
The free fun continues on sunday with Palmer Square’s annual JazzFeast, a street festival that combines great music & great food! Jazz performances from 5 different ensembles will take place throughout the day, while popular area restaurants will be serving up tasty eats. FREE, 12-6pm. www.palmersquare.com

On Sunday afternoon, take a seat at the table to take a stand against hunger in our community. Yes – food insecurity is a REAL factor right here in Princeton (did you know roughly two kids in every classroom in the local school district need assistance in paying for their lunches? Which means that they’re relying on school lunches for their daily nutrition. Imagine those long, hungry weekends.) How can you help? Attend Sunday’s Hunger Banquet on Hinds Plaza, hosted by Send Hunger Packing Princeton. Your $50 ticket benefits SHUPP, and gets you a seat at the table – with a twist: “The place where you sit and the meal that you eat are determined by the luck of the draw, and just as in real life, some will enjoy relative prosperity and others will not.” 1-3pm, http://www.shupprinceton.org/hunger_banquet.html

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