5 Favorite Things In and Around Madison, NJ: June 8 - 14


Maplewood-South Orange Book Festival

Friday, June 8 & Saturday, June 9 - 10 am - 5 pm

The Woodland, Maplewood

Readers, writers and book lovers of all ages are sure to find something of interest at this annual festival being held at The Woodland in Maplewood, Words Bookstore and other venues throughout the title towns. Meet authors of all genres, from children's books to young adult and adult, fiction and non-fiction, and browse through exhibitors featuring everything for book lovers.

Children's activities include games, music, food and face-painting. Some 80 authors are expected to participate.



Civil War Weekend

Saturday, June 9, 10 am - 5 pm & Sunday, June 10, 10 am - 4 pm

Historic Speedwell, Morristown

The 2nd NJ Brigade brings the battle between the Blue and the Gray to life through camp life demonstrations, musket and artillery drills, mail call, bayonet drills, cannon firings, a medical demonstration, skirmishes, and much more.

Adults $7; Seniors $6; Children 4-16 $5; 4 and younger free



Turtle Back Zoo 3rd Annual Sleepover

Saturday, June 9, 5 pm - Sunday, June 10

Have a sleepover with furry friends at Turtle Back Zoo. Observe animals in the dark, and discover how the zoo works behind the scenes.

The fun includes carousel and train rides, an animal encounter activity, evening snacks, crafts, secure indoor sleep arrangements at the Berson Education Center and breakfast.

The program ends 8:30am on Sunday.

$110/non-members; $94/members


Juneteenth in Morristown

Sunday, June 9 - various times

Morristown Green

Community and faith groups across Morristown are pleased to announce the town’s 6th annual Juneteenth celebration. This year, the celebration has expanded into a town-wide event to commemorate its 175th Anniversary. Events will be held at Historic Speedwell, Morristown Green and Church of Redeemer.

Juneteenth, traditionally observed on June 19th, commemorates the emancipation of all enslaved African Americans at the end of the Civil War when President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became the law in all states.

Events at Historic Speedwell include a Civil War encampment, musket drills, a Civil War battle reenactment, exhibits, story time, and a quilting demonstration. Admission to Historic Speedwell is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children.

Morristown Green activities feature stories and songs of freedom, Frederick Douglass reenactor Fred Morsell, President and Mrs. Lincoln and Reverend Alexander Newton reenactors, Colored Troop interpreters, and Emancipation Day art activities. These events are free of charge.

Church of the Redeemer festivities includes music, family activities, food, and an outdoor movie. Admission is free.

Free parking and shuttles available. See website for specific schedules.


Summit Family Fun Night

Thursday, June 14, 4-8 pm

Beechwood Road, Summit

Beechwood Road in Summit hosts this Thursday evening carnival-like fair, with live music, magic, animals, games, crafts, balloon artists, a photo booth, food and much more.