Well, it's officially summer. Kids are out of school. The heat is bearing down. You need a break.
What's your style? Theater? History? Family Fun? If you're looking for fresh produce or smooth music, we've got you covered. In a charitable mood? You can dunk some local musicians and help a kid whose family could use a hand with some medical bills. Love the on-again off-again acting governor? Codey'll be signing books in Madison.
If you can't find something to do in the list below, you're just not looking hard enough. (OK, maybe we're just not looking hard enough. So if you know about an event we missed, let us know in the comments below.)
Where/When: At 8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at 6 Court Road in Morris Plains.
Why Go: Learn all about this famous murder trial as you sit in the actual courtroom where Antoine LeBlanc was tried in 1833 for the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Sayre and their servant, Phoebe.
Where/When: From 9 to midnight on Friday and Saturday at in Morristown.
Why Go: Because you want to enjoy a night of music this weekend.
Pricing: No cover.
Where/When: At 8 a.m. on Saturday at .
Why Go: To start off your Saturday with a pleasant 20-mile ride through Morristown, Harding and Chatham.
Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Merchant Block of Morris Plains.
Why Go: Your interested in getting some homemade mozzarella and ravioli, freshly baked bread and, some of New Jersey's best cheesecakes.
Pricing: Bring your wallet.
Where/When: At 8:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the .
Why Go: Because you want to enjoy an outdoor performance of one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies.
Pricing: $33 for adults, or $17 for children.
Where/When: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: To join chef and master gardener Cynthia Triolo as she presents four different recipes featuring blueberries. Recipes and samples will be provided.
Where/When: From 10 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: At the Transportation Exhibit at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, you'll discover how local transportation has changed over the past century.
Pricing: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6 to 14, $2 for children ages 2 to 3.
Where/When: From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at in Hopatcong.
Why Go: For a chance to dunk Hopatcong Band Goodbye Friday, to benefit fourth-grader Kyle O’Brien, who has inoperable tumors.
Pricing: Organizers didn't list pricing on submitted information, but all proceeds will go to Kyle’s family.
Where/When: From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday in Lake Hopatcong.
Why Go: To bring the whole family by and belt out some tunes with Kip.
Where/When: From 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday at in Hopatcong.
Why Go: To learn the ability to defend yourself from a potentially life-threatening situation with the help of the Gen Lee Ju-Jitsu Club.
Pricing: $10 per class.
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Saturday at in Madison.
Why Go: Because enjoying Molière’s enduring comedic masterpiece sounds like a great addition to your weekend.
Pricing: Ranging from $32 to $55.
Where/When: From 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Shanghai Jazz Restaurant, 24 Main St. in Madison.
Why Go: To hear the Chihiro Yamanaka Group perform, and to enjoy a delicious Asian gourmet diner while supporting advocacy for abused and neglected children.
Pricing: No cover.
Where/When: From 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday at in Madison.
Why Go: To see former Gov. Richard Codey sign copies of his new book, "Me, Governor?"
Where/When: From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: Because you’re interested in seeing a sale of oil, acrylic, watercolor, print, photography, collage, mosaic and sculptor works by members of the Art League of the Chathams.
Where/When: At noon on Sunday at in Chatham.
Why Go: To see the Chatham Borough Policemen’s Benevolent Association play its annual softball game against the Chatham Borough Fire Department.
Where/When: From 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at .
Why Go: Because a great way to start off your summer is by coming to see the Jefferson Community Band’s opening summer concert.
Where/When: From 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at in Hopatcong.
Why Go: To work out at a two-hour Zumba class to raise funds for a mobility push chair for Lake Hopatcong resident Adam Varda’s father.
Pricing: $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Where/When: At 9:30 a.m. on Friday at the in Long Valley.
Why Go: You’re interested in starting your weekend by enjoying a morning of Mahjong.
Where/When: From 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the in Long Valley.
Why Go: The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Program will present two films about Korean history, followed by a traditional Korean wedding ceremony and a traditional meal.
Where/When: From 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at .
Why Go: To see legendary songwriter Craig Bickhardt and Ronstadt Generations perform a night of music, stories and more.
Pricing: $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Where/When: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: You’re interested in seeing more than 130 artifacts from the museum's costume collection, ranging from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Pricing: $10 for adult museum admission, or $7 for senior and children museum admission.
Where/When: At 6 p.m. on Thursday at 100 Horseneck Road in Montville.
Why Go: Among other reasons, to watch the second annual Summer Idol amateur talent competition as part of the Montville Township Independence Day Celebration.
Pricing: $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Where/When: From 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Butler VFW, 69 Carey Avenue in Butler.
Why Go: Because you’d like to enjoy this Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning, dance fitness class.
When/Where: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Moorland Farms in Far Hills. Fireworks at nightfall.
Why Go: It's a magical evening for the whole family with the classical music of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and spectacular fireworks by Grucci. Proceeds benefit Somerset Medical Center.
Pricing: $30 per person in advance. $60 per person at the gate. Children under 14 are admitted free.
When/Where: From 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To enjoy a special ride under the light of the moon. Riders must be 12 years of age and older and have the ability to walk, trot, and canter with control on the trails.
Pricing: $32 for Somerset County residents, $40 for non-residents.
When/Where: From 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at in Bridgewater.
Why Go: It's the start of the summer concert series. The 12th Annual Party in the Park/Family Volunteer Day featuring the R&B hit sounds of Dr. K's Motown Revue. Don't forget to help donate a school supply or book to help aid the "Stuff the Bus" project.
When/Where: At 7 p.m. on Friday at the in Bridgewater.
Why Go: To watch a great western that was nominated for 10 Academy Awards. The cinematography is amazing and Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, and Josh Brolin look great in cowboy hats.
When/Where: From 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at Colonial Park in Somerset.
Why Go: To participate in a field study of the summer blooming plants of the park. Bring home plant care and gardening techniques tips to help make your own grow in vivid color.
Pricing: $12 per person. Registration required.
When/Where: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Teens and adults will receive instruction on wildlife drawing and painting with artist Andrea Gianchiglia.
Pricing: $25. Registration required.
When/Where: At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at Villagers Theatre in Somerset.
Why Go: It's a song and dance extravaganza that will have your feet tapping to the "Lullaby of Broadway."
Pricing: $18 per adult, or $16 for seniors and students.
When/Where: From 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Duke Farms in Hillsborough.
Why Go: To peddle your way to a unique way to enjoy the outdoors as evening approaches.
Pricing: $10 per person / $5 per children in a bike seat or a trailer. Registration is required.
Where/When: At 11 a.m. on Saturday at the .
Why Go: So the kids can learn all about animals—and so can you.
Pricing: Free for members of the Summer Reading Program.
Where/When: From 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at in Chatham.
Why Go: For a day of information, training, mayhem and fun by Chatham High’s robotics teams.
Where/When: From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the in Long Valley.
Why Go: The library opens up its Summer Reading Club with a petting zoo and Sprinkles the Clown.
When/Where: At 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Bernards Township Library in
Why Go: To hang with friends, play some Wii, grab a snack, and participate in special programs especially designed for those entering into grades five and six.
When/Where: From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To experience an entire weekend of camping in a single afternoon. Don't worry, roasting marshmallows will be part of the fun.
Pricing: Free. Registration required.