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Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekend

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Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekend

The annual Easter Parade in Asbury Park is one of many Easter-related events happening around New Jersey this weekend.

EASTER PARADES AT THE JERSEY SHORE: Put on your Easter bonnet, and your finest threads because there will be Easter parades around the Jersey Shore in Sunday afternoon. Parades will take place on the boardwalk in Asbury Park (1 p.m.), Seaside Heights (10 a.m. registration), and Jenkinson’s in Point Pleasant (11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. parade). Historic Smithville will be holding a parade at 1 p.m. as well. These parades are free to the public, and those in the parade can win contests for best dressed.  

Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekendSunday, April 16 at 1:00 PMEaster ParadeHistoric Smithville/Village GreeneSEE FULL EVENT DETAILSnj.com

‘SESAME STREET LIVE’ IN NEW BRUNSWICK: The gang from Sesame Street is coming to Hub City with their latest live show, “Make a New Friend.” The show introduces the gang to Grover’s friend from India, Chamki. Throughout the show Chamki and the Sesame Street crew “explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies.” Sesame Street staples in the show include Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, The Count, and Bert and Ernie.

Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekendFriday, April 14 at 10:30 AM”Sesame Street Live: Make A New Friend”State TheatreSEE FULL EVENT DETAILSnj.com

SECOND ANNUAL LOBSTER RUN: The second annual Lobster Run, sponsored by the Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park, is a charity 5K run, and lobster feast. Yes, after you run you can chow down on some exquisite seafood — that’s not a bad deal. The start time staggers between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Runners should be there by 8 a.m. to make sure they’re fully registered. Once the 5K (which benefits Care for the Coast) is over, you can return to Langosta for your meal, which is included in the price to race. Food includes pastries, Fat Elvis Tiki Toast (banana, peanut butter, mascarpone, chocolate chips and praline bacon), Tiki Toast (with mango maple syrup), lobster asparagus strata, and breakfast burritos. The bar will be open, and music will be provided by Boardwalk Social Club.

DAN + SHAY RETURN TO STARLAND: The red-hot country music duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney aka Dan + Shay return to Starland Ballroom in Sayreville. The Warner Bros. inked tandem have produced a number of hits including “19 You + Me,” “Show You Off,” “Nothin’ Like You,” and “From the Ground Up.” The duo is currently on their “Obsessed” tour which promoting their album of the same name which dropped last June. Jackie Lee opens the show.

Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekendFriday, April 14 at 7:00 PMDan and ShayStarland BallroomSEE FULL EVENT DETAILSnj.com

EASTER EGG HUNTS: There’s a plethora of Easter egg hunts around New Jersey this weekend. There are a number of free egg hunts including:

  • The Ben & Jerry’s Easter Egg Hunt in Ridgewood
  • Woodcliff Lake
  • Ridgefield Park
  • Tenafly
  • Westwood
  • West Berlin
  • Camden
  • North Wildwood
  • Wildwood
  • Terhune Orchards in Princeton
  • Piscataway
  • South Plainfield
  • Middlesex
  • Montgomery
  • Vernon

THE STRANGEXCHANGE IN MONTCLAIR: Get a little weird on Saturday in Montclair. The StrangeXchange is a pop-up flea market curated by the people at Weird N.J. and The Aquarian Weekly. The event features 45 vendors selling some of the most unusual, unique, and hard to find items. The event is hosted by Mark and Mark from Weird N.J. There will be food trucks on hand, and the first 100 people in the door receive free swag bags.

Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekendSaturday, April 15 at 11:00 AM”The StrangeXchange”Wellmont TheaterSEE FULL EVENT DETAILSnj.com

‘SWAN LAKE’ IN NEWARK: Celebrate Easter weekend with a little class. The Moscow Festival Ballet presents the classic “Swan Lake” at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The 50 dancer company, founded in 1989, dances the tale of a woman doomed to be a swan. “Swan Lake” was originally composed by Tchaikovsky between 1875 and 1876. It was initially a commercial failure, but since its initial run has become one of the most famous ballets of all-time.

Ultimate N.J. weekend guide: The best of Easter weekendSaturday, April 15 at 8:00 PMMoscow Festival BalletNew Jersey Performing Arts CenterSEE FULL EVENT DETAILSnj.com

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