SOMERSET, NJ - Do you have plans this weekend?

If you don’t, check out our editor’s picks for some of the best things to do in and around Franklin Township.

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Friday, Nov. 8

Cook’s Market 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Rutgers Gardens Cook Market

Rutgers Gardens Cook's Market provides a well-managed and organized farm market for both the local farmer/producer and patron. Our aim is to encourage the development of local agricultural and specialty products, as well as promote local economic development and community building through educational and family-friendly activities. Since 2008, the Farmers Market has promoted land stewardship by practicing sustainable growing practices and providing the community nutritious, quality food.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Join the Assembly Line: Help OPSHBX NJ Pack Boxes for US Troops

Operation Shoebox New Jersey is putting out a call for volunteers to help form an assembly line and pack boxes for shipment to US troops deployed around the world. TAP here for more details. 

Holiday Photos With Team Velvet and Santa Rick

Families will be have a special opportunity to have a family holiday photo taken with Santa and his Christmas horses for a minimum donation of $10 per sitting. Lead therapy horse Velvet will be dressed as Santa, Precious the Haflinger mare will be dressed as Mrs. Claus and the miniature horse, Little Annie dressed as Elfkin. TAP here for more details. 

Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department Tricky Tray

Many raffles -- 50/50, Designer bag of cash, Mystery Box, & WINE TREE -BRING A BOTTLE OF WINE (Valued @10+) For one free entry into the drawing for a selection of wine. ADDITIONAL TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED. TAP here for details. 

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Presents

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Presents International Food Festival.



Make a Mosaic: Make a Mosaic Trivet - Customizable at 2 p.m.

Where: On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina

Coasters and trivets keep your furniture safe and looking fine, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good while doing it. Arrange brightly colored glass pieces on ceramic tile to create drink- and food-saving statement pieces. Our Host has tips for creating patterns, setting, edging, and laying the grout. To purchase tickets click here. 

Piscataway Spray Park Groundbreaking set for this Saturday, Nov. 9

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new outdoor Piscataway Spray Park will be held this Saturday, November 9 at Noon. TAP here for details. 

Sunday, Nov. 10

Rutgers Men’s Basketball Game at 1 p.m.

Where: Louis Brown Athletic Center

Grab all the red gear you got and head on over to the Louis Brown Athletic Center! The Scarlet Knights will be playing against the Niagara University Purple Eagles. Go, Knights!

For tickets click here.

Coffee Cupping Class from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Hidden Grounds Roastery 

It’s time you learn what goes into a great cup of coffee. The folks at Hidden Grounds Roastery on Jersey Avenue will be showing you the art of cupping coffee and truly being able to experience how to taste coffees from different regions. 

Compare their coffee against other big players, develop your palate and take some coffee home. Email them with any inquiries at

To purchase tickets click here. 

Franklin Township Public Library - Concert: PJ Parker Jazz Trio

Join us for an afternoon of traditional jazz featuring standards from the Great American Song Book along with PJ Parker's award-winning compositions. In addition to vocalist PJ Parker, the group includes David Kingsnorth on bass, Bob Himmelberger on piano, and Cengiz Baysal on drums. TAP here for more details. 

Somerset County Tourism’s Weekend Top 10: 

Weekend Top 10: 11.8 to 11.10

1. Lantern Walk, Fairview Farms Wildlife Preserve

2. Mamma Mia, Villagers Theatre

3. Colonial Tavern Night, Abraham Staats House

4. Discovery Day for Kids, Duke Farms

5. Russian Ballet Theatre presents “Swan Lake”, RVCC Theatre

6. Small Works for the Holidays, Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery

7. The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, RVCC Planetarium

8. Opening Reception, The Center for Contemporary Art

9. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, State Theatre New Jersey

10. Palisades Virtuosi – NJ’s Premier Chamber Music Ensemble, Farmstead Arts Center

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