BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Get ready for “BIG BH WEEKEND” -  coming to town on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9!  This fun-filled weekend features the events your kids will talk about and you will love - the Rubber Ducky Festival on Saturday and the first-ever Berkeley Heights Block Party on Sunday -  as well as the “Pour Into Summer” Wine Festival at Mt Carmel on both Saturday and Sunday, complete with live music.

Rubber Ducky Festival - Saturday, June 8, noon - 4 p.m.

This year’s Festival and Ducky Race will be held on Saturday, June 8, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Passaic River Park, located at 151 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights. Admission is free.

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The Rubber Ducky Race will be the featured event, with thousands of tiny yellow plastic ducks racing down the Passaic River to the finish line. Ducky adoption tickets are just $5 each and available throughout Berkeley Heights on weekends up to the Festival date, with a limited number of ducks available for adoption on Festival Day.  

There will be tasty food for sale by the popular “Gastro Truck” by Embassy Suites, plus bottled water by the Rotary Club.  Kids’ games will be on site for all to play, plus exhibits and demonstrations by local businesses and community organizations. Other exciting happenings will be live DJ and local bands, Scout-O-Rama, Bouncy House, and the Classic & Custom Car Show!

The Rubber Ducky Festival is a Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights event, in cooperation with the Suburban Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department. For more information, call Rotary Club President Jim Ramentol at (908) 216-7151 or visit their website.

Berkeley Heights Block Party - Sunday, June 9, 1 - 4 p.m.

On Sunday, June 9, the Berkeley Heights Business and Civic, in conjunction with the BH Recreation Department, will be hosting the inaugural Downtown Summer Block Party!  Located on Springfield Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m., the Summer Block Party will be a showcase for all local restaurants, businesses, sports teams, non-profit organizations and service clubs in Berkeley Heights, recently named one of top towns to raise a family.

Games, rides, activities, local cuisine, fun foods, performances, recreational activities and even a local “celebrity” dunk tank will highlight a fun afternoon featuring the best of Berkeley Heights. Specific activities include:

  • Ninja Warrior Challenge Course - Come and meet local American Ninja Warrior Anthony DeFranco and try out an eight-station Ninja Warrior type obstacle course.

  • Axe Throwing           

  • Rock Wall  

  • Game Trucks  

  • Giant Water Slide

  • Inflatable Bounce

  • Electric Scooters

  • Local “Celebrity”  Dunk Tank

  • Caricature Booth

  • Pure Movement Dance Exhibit

  • & more!

Visit TapInto or the event website for more information.

“Pour Into Summer” Wine Festival at Mt. Carmel - Saturday & Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

Come enjoy a little bit of wine country here in Berkeley Heights at the Pour Into Summer Wine Festival, June 8 and 9, from noon to 5 pm at the Mt. Carmel Society in Berkeley Heights. Join 10 New Jersey wineries as we welcome the Summer season and offer selections made from their local grapes.  Advance tickets are $20, and $25 at the gate (cash only) with portions of the proceeds benefiting the Mt. Carmel Society. Price includes souvenir wine glass and sampling.

Participating wineries are: Auburn Road Vineyards, Cedar Rose Vineyards, DiMatteo Vineyards, Four Sisters Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Terra Nonno Winery, Villa Milago Vineyards, Villari Vineyards and Wagonhouse Winery.

Food trucks featured on Saturday include The Flying Pie Guy, Guac Spot and Pure & Simple Flatbread, On Sunday, Cajun Jax BBQ, Ms. Fu’s Yummy Food Truck, Waffle de Lys and Pure & Simple Flatbread will be serving! There will be live music on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. with Zaire and form noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday with Mario & the Slyders.

The Berkeley Heights Communications Committee Founded in 2010, the Berkeley Heights Communications Committee (BHCC) is an all-volunteer committee consisting of business owners, community leaders, and residents of Berkeley Heights Township. The BHCC’s mission is to maximize the transparency of Township activities as well as promote both public and private sector initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of life for local community members. For more information, visit the Township’s website at http://www.berkeleyheightstwpnj.gov/191/Communications-Committee, or email the committee at: BHCommunications@bhtwp.com.