Spring in Hunterdon County launches a slew of activities, from farm market and golf course openings to local streams stocked with trout, ripe for fishing. With warm days, it’s also the perfect time of year for festivals and other outdoor events. Here is a list of springtime events, some long-standing, others anew, that are worth checking out this season.
Califon’s 3rd Annual Troutfest
When: Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Califon Island Park, 130 Bank Street, Califon
This annual children’s fishing derby contest includes fly fishing, fly tying, food and prizes. Special trout will be stocked prior to the event, courtesy of sponsor Shannon’s Fly and Tackle Shop.
Third Annual Hunterdon Art Tour Kickoff Celebration
When: Friday, May 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton
The event kicks off the annual art studio open house tour in Hunterdon County which takes place May 4-5.
When: Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Riegel Ridge Community Center, 910 Milford-Warren Glen Road, Holland
The annual Milford-Frenchtown softball tournament that supports local food pantries has been expanded to include Holland and Alexandria townships. Cost of admission is a canned good or nonperishable food item.
3rd Annual Beer and Bags Cornhole Tournament
When: Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m.
Where: Califon Fire Company, 41 Main Street, Califon, NJ
Food and cash prizes will be offered at this fundraiser for the Dan Handy Memorial Fund. Entry fee is $50 per team. If you need to brush up on the game, consider attending the cornhole class offered by Hammer & Stain Central Jersey, 48 Main Street, in Flemington. Visit www.thepaintpartystudio.com for details.
Fashion with a Twist
When: Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Where: Frenchtown Home and Hardware, 11 Kingwood Avenue, Frenchtown
A fashionable fundraiser featuring food, beverages and live music. Proceeds benefit Frenchtown Elementary School’s performing arts program.
New Hope/Lambertville PrideFest Parade and Festival
When: Saturday, May 18 at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Begins in Lambertville and crosses over the bridge to New Hope
Drawing more than 15,000 people every year, New Hope Celebrates joins together the LGBT friendly towns of Lambertville and New Hope with a week of festivities, culminating with the parade and festival. There are marching bands, floats, local artists and more.
When: May 18 at 6:30 p.m.- May 19 until 8 a.m.
Where:Family Promise of Hunterdon County, 8 Bartles Corner Road, suite 11, Flemington
Spend the night sleeping outside in a cardboard box as part of a fundraising and awareness campaign by Family Promise of Hunterdon County. Participants are asked to raise at least $30 for the cause. Prizes will be awarded to those who raise more than $50. Dinner and a movie are offered to those who don’t want to spend the night outdoors.
Memorial Day Ceremony Honoring Archie Fagan
When: Saturday, May 26 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Flemington Jewish Community Center, 5 Sergeantsville Road, Flemington
World War II veteran and local Hunterdon hero Archie Fagan, known to anyone who shops at Flemington ShopRite, will be the featured speaker. Get more information here.
6th Annual Hunterdon County Community Day
When: Saturday, June 1 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Hunterdon County Fairgrounds, 1207 Route 179, Ringoes
A petting zoo, tethered balloon rides, children’s games and activities, displays by local community groups and businesses round out this free event. A $5 donation for parking is requested.
Flag Day Parade
When: Friday, June 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Clinton
Break out the red, white and blue for this annual celebration of the stars and stripes.