When spring has sprung, South Jersey's Main Street communities also spring into action with events that will definitely help shake off the last vestiges of winter. Burlington Day, the town's annual May celebration, spills into the streets with sidewalk sales, antique cars, music and entertainment for the whole family. And the sound of a cracking bat signals the start of baseball season for both the Camden Riversharks at Campbell's Field and the Trenton Thunder at Waterfront Park.
A balmy summer evening can be an event in South Jersey when many communities host outdoor family movie nights. Pack some snacks, bring a lawn chair or blanket and settle the family in for an evening among the stars of both the celestial and Hollywood variety. The arts and culture get their day in the sun, too. Tucked away in rural Elmer, each June, the Appel Farm Arts & Music Center's annual Arts & Music Festival features artisans, the visual and fine arts, top names in modern music and a children's village with activities designed just for the wee ones.
South Jersey celebrates the nation's birthday with fun, fireworks and good, old-fashioned community celebrations. Towns throughout the region stage July 4th parades and picnics that culminate in displays that light up the skies. But the biggest show is along the Camden Waterfront where the Delaware River is the stage for fireworks that have gained a national reputation for its eye-popping display and artistry.
South Jersey's produce is so bountiful that many fruits and veggies have their very own festivals dedicated just to them. Throughout the fall, the region's calendar is jam-packed with Blueberry, Cranberry, and Pumpkin Festivals that celebrate their annual harvest. The harvest fests spill over into Halloween when ghost tours, hayrides, haunted houses, and costume balls have become traditions in this neck of the woods.
South Jersey doesn't let the cold weather stop anyone from having fun. As the holidays approach, Medford prepares to celebrate with its annual Dickens Festival, where evening carriage rides, caroling and yummy treats are a prelude for the arrival of the big guy in the red suit, who pops into town to see who has been naughty and who has been nice. No holiday season is complete without the Nutcracker and other children's productions and those in the know head to the Trenton War Memorial and the McCarter Theatre in Princeton to jump-start the holiday spirit.
For a complete listing of South Jersey's jam-packed schedule, check out the Calendar of Events.
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