Spring Lake Christmas Train Village to Benefit the Common Ground Grief Center

The Spring Lake Christmas Train Village, located in the Duggan Memorial building, 313 Washington Ave., opened to the public on Saturday, November 25. It runs from noon to 5 PM until December 31. There will be extended hours until 8 PM on November 25 and December 2.

img_0735Admission to see the train display is free, however, donations to the Common Ground Grief Center will be excepted.

Please note that Place does not operate and is not affiliated with any event listed on this website

Barron Arts Center’s Holiday Model Train Show 2017

The Barron Arts Center Presents the 27th Annual Holiday Model Train Exhibit ~ On View Nov 25 – Dec 30, 2017
Exhibit Hours Mon – Fri 11am-4pm Sat & Sun 2-4pm

The Barron Arts Center in Woodbridge, New Jersey will once again host an exhibition of model trains curated by Colonia resident Michael Gelesky.

The exhibition will officially open on Saturday November 25, from 2-4 pm.

The exhibition can be viewed Monday through Friday 11 am-4 pm and Saturdays and Sundays 2-4 pm.  For more information, see the Barron Arts Center Facebook page.

barron train2.pngThe display of over 300 feet of track will feature a moving operating playground and three towns including Main Street U.S.A., a small town in the snowy mountains, The Boardwalk with a Ferris Wheel and Tilt-A-Whirl surrounded by an operating monorail. Eleven different trains will be used in the display with four trains operating at all times. The layout will be a complete walk-around-display viewed in the round. Display cases featuring several gauges from N-scale through G-scale will also be on view.

The exhibition will be free to the public but donations are always greatly appreciated. This event is sponsored by Access Self Storage of Woodbridge located at 135 Amboy Avenue, Woodbridge, J.J. Elek Realty Co. located at 117 Main Street. Middlesex Water Company located at 1500 Ronson Road, Iselin & Wegmans Food Market located at 15 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge. This year’s show is also sponsored by The Mom’s Club of Edison.

All events at the Barron Arts Center are sponsored by The Woodbridge Township Cultural Arts Commission chaired by Dr. Dolores Capraro Gioffre with the support of Mayor John E. McCormac.
Director of the Barron Arts Center is Cynthia Knight.

The 18th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival

The 18th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival, September 22, 23, 24 2017.

Festival Hours:

Friday: 3pm – 11pm, Saturday: 12 noon – 11pm, Sunday: 12 noon – 9:30pm
Admission: Adults: $5.00, Senior Citizens, 65 years of age and older: $4.00, Children, 12 years of age and younger: FREE


See website for details.

Food Piazza

Enjoy Italian specialties from many of the area’s best Italian restaurants and vendors plus stop by our wine and beer gardens for a refreshing beverage.
Italian Market Tents
Peruse over 60 offerings in our Italian Market and purchase Italian and Italian-American handcrafted products from numerous vendors.
Italian Heritage Pavilion
View memorabilia with over 200 displays of important and famous Italian-Americans who have made a contribution to our Country. Check out more Italian products, crafts and organizations.


Bocce is available to all who come to the festival, free of charge. There will be tournaments, bocce lessons, and time for everyone to play.  To participate in a tournament or need additional information, contact the festival office at 609-631-7544 or buongiorno2000@optonline.net.

Cultural Theater

Listen to guest speakers and watch cooking demonstrations. Located in the Italian Heritage Pavilion in front of the beautiful tapestry of Venice.

Dance Tents

Dance to your favorite performers on covered dance floors.

Amusement Rides

Enjoy more than twenty amusement rides for the whole family, provided by Majestic Midways. Rides are open all three days of the festival (Fri. 4pm – 10pm, Sat. 1pm -11 pm, Sun. 1pm-9:30 pm). Rides require two to five amusement ride tickets with most in the three to four tickets range. Tickets cost $1.50 each for quantities below 25 and $1.00 each for quantities of 25 or more. (Minimum purchase is two tickets).

SPECIAL REDUCED RATE HOURS: See website for details.

Munchkinland will be housed in a tent and will have a soft play area for children under 36″ tall and coin operated rides and games for those under 42″ tall. There will be a changing station with hand sanitizer as well and benches for adults to rest.


Enjoy performances on two stages including the Investors Bank Stage and the Cabaret Tent. Entertainment includes national and international favorites, Italian folk dancers, big band music, traditional Italian music, Italian American favorites, opera, and children’s entertainment. Click here for this year’s schedule.

Fireworks Spectacular

Join us on Saturday and stay for the festival’s spectacular fireworks display at 9:40 PM, immediately following the headliner performance.

Sunday Mass

Start Sunday with Mass at 11:00 am at the Investors Bank Stage. The Mass will be offered by Monsignor James Innocenzi in honor of military veterans. Then be part of the re-creation of a long-time Chambersburg “Feast of Lights” tradition when the statue of the Madonna di Casandrino is carried in procession immediately following the service.  Parking and Admission are FREE for those arriving for Mass before 11:00AM.

Super 50/50

See website for details.

Please note that Place does not operate and is not affiliated with any event listed on this website


Middlesex County Fair, 2017

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly event, check out this year’s Middlesex County Fair. Explore the rich agricultural heritage that has come to define Middlesex County. This year’s event runs from August 7th through the 13th—call Middlesex County Fair Association at 732-257-8858 to learn more about the festivities! Event Website
Get Directions to the Fair today!

The cost of admission is as follows:

  • $7 for adults
  • $4 for seniors over the age of 65
  • $1 for children between the ages of 3 and 12
  • Free for children under 2
  • Free Parking
  • Free Entertainment

Buy a ticket for the Middlesex County Fair at the gate.

Hours are: Monday-Friday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 11:00pm ; Sunday: 11:00am – 10:00pm

Come browse selection of homemade goods made by local fair vendors. Feel the thrill of adventure as you hop on one of our rides. Indulge in some traditional fair food and entertainment.

Learn more about Middlesex County’s biggest outdoor event by contacting the Middlesex County Fair Association. For any questions or for additional information during fair time call 732-257-8858 Event Website

Please note that Place does not operate and is not affiliated with any event listed on this website.

Saint Ambrose Parish Carnival 2017, Old Bridge

Saint Ambrose Parish Carnival, Jul 18-22, 6-11 PM
Annual fair held by Saint Ambrose, 83 Throckmorton lane, Old Bridge, NJ

Rides for all ages, games, food, prizes. Nightly Live Bands from Classic Rock to Country Music Nightly DJ Music Nightly Entertainment Beer and wine Tiki Bar.

Unlimited Ride Armbands: Armbands will be available at the event for $30 on Wednesday only and are valid only on Wednesday

Additional Information
Phone: 732-713-2295
Contact: Anthony Cosentino
Contact email: carnivalinfo@stambroseschool.net

Every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information is made, however, you should always check Event Website or call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.


The Ocean County Fair, 2017

The Ocean County Fair, Robert J. Miller Air Park, Route 530, Berkeley Township, NJ.
​​July 12th – 16th, 2017

     Wednesday         5 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Thursday            5 P.M. – 11 P.M.
Friday                11 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Saturday            11 A.M. – 11 P.M.
Sunday               11 A.M. – 5 P.M.​$15 Unlimited Ride Wristbands available on Thursday & Sunday!Entertainment

Experience a variety of musical acts, animal events, and much more!

4-H Animals & Displays

Meet animals raised by local youth, learn new things in the 4-H General Tent, and participate in fun games and activities!

Rides, Food & Vendors

Scream on the Tilt-a-Whirl, savor delicious BBQ, or find a new treasure.

Shows happening every day of the fair!

Check Event Website for details

Exotic and Domestic Petting Zoo and Rides.

Check Event Website for details

Fair Admission

Kids Under 10 Free!
Free Parking!

Every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information is made, however, you should always check Event Website or call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

Model Train Shows and Open Houses – 2017  

New Jersey

CARLSTADT ~ New York Society of Model Engineers, 2 layout exhibitions a year

CINNAMINSON ~ Burlington County Model Railroad Club, Open Houses TBA

NORTH HALEDON ~ Garden State Model Railway Club, Annual open house in April

PATERSON ~ The NJ Hi-Railers-Open Houses in October, November, December

UNION ~ The Model Railroad Club, Inc., Open to public Saturdays 1 to 4 pm

WAYNE ~ Nat’l Collectors Club Wayne Train Show July 16, Oct 29, 9am-2pm.


ALLENTOWN ~ First Frost™ Train Meet – November 11 & 12, 9-4 Saturday, 9-3 Sunday

HARRISBURG ~ Holiday Modular Layout Display – Fort Hunter – Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, 10, 16-17, 23, 30

MECHANICSBURG ~ Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society Open House, Sept. 16-17, Oct. 14, 15, Nov. 18,  Dec. 9, 10, 30


Click here for listings for NJ, NY and PA Model Railroad Clubs ~ NMRA.org

Click here for listings for Model Railroad Clubs in New Jersey ~ Best of the Web

Click here for Holiday Season Model Railroad Open Houses in PA

*Look for 2017 Holiday Train shows to be announced later in 2017…