Yes, you could go to a big box store this weekend, get trampled by the crowds and wait for hours in the checkout line. But that was, like, so 24 hours ago.

You could, on the other hand, consult Baristanet’s Thrills page for something else to do this weekend.

Here’s a novel idea. Get out and enjoy the sunshine.

This is the last week that the Montclair Hawk Watch is open to the public.  Visitors can expect to see red-tailed and red-shouldered Hawks or golden eagles.  There are guided hikes at Sandy Hook, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville, and The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Basking Ridge.  Tomorrow, Bike Montclair will be meeting at Watchung Plaza for a short ride through Montclair√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s South End.

A new show at the Dreyfuss Planetarium in the Newark Museum opens this weekend, √¢‚Ǩ≈ìTis the Season,” which features the Winter Solstice and traces the development of holiday customs around the World.  Lambert Castle is decorated for the holiday season and is having a sale of handcrafted gifts.  A little farther away, The Garden State Wine Growers Association is sponsoring a Holiday Wine Trail Weekend with 18 wineries offering wine tastings and seminars.

The kids might enjoy Aladdin at 12 Miles West Theater Company this afternoon.  Lunatic Fringe Comedy Improv is at 12 Miles West this evening.  Luna Stage is presenting Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen.

Clubs and restaurants in the area are also offering entertainment this weekend: Chaz DePaolo at Tierney’s Tavern, Dog Voices Just Jake√¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s, and Lynn Rosenthal at Sesames Brunch Show, to name a few.

Details on these and many more events are listed on our Thrills page.  Do you have an event to list?  Please email us at

2 replies on “Shop Til You Drop Have Fun in Baristaville”

  1. thought about going to Lunatic Fringe – then I went to their website. they didn’t look very funny…i mean, hawaiian shirts aren’t really funny, are they?

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