NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — You only have so many summer weekends left to enjoy what the Hub City has to offer.
And there's a lot to do. Restaurants, live music, festivals—or even a low-key walk downtown. Whatever your pleasure, you're sure to find it on a weekend in New Brunswick.
Here's a brief guide on how to make the most of this one.
Friday, July 28
This is supposed to be good. “The Big Sick” opens at Rutgers Cinema, on Livingston Campus, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Rutgers students can buy matinee tickets for $5 or evening tickets for $7. Don't miss what producer Judd Apatow—the guy who had a hand in just about every successful comedy of the past 15 years—called one of the finest projects he's worked on.
Getcha veggies here. Before wandering into the weekend, load up on fresh produce at the Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, 124 Ryders Ln., before 5 p.m. The weekly event typically features more than 20 vendors, including some who hawk prepared foods.
Jazz up your happy hour. The Vanessa Perea Duo plays Due Mari, 78 Albany St., from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. There's no cover charge for this New Brunswick Jazz Project show.
Saturday, July 29
Grab a beer and get down in the Gardens. Summer Fest takes over Rutgers Gardens, 140 Log Cabin Rd., with free tours, chats with experts, games and activities, gardening and cooking demos and food vendors, including River Horse Brewery. It runs from 3 to 7 p.m. And costs $5 for non-members.
Forks up and inhibitions down. New Brunswick Restaurant Week 2017 has been extended at 13 of the original 25 eateries. Check out the special deals and dishes to make this Saturday a belly-buster.
Sunday, July 30
Last call. This is the final day for five exhibits at the Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton St., which is open from noon to 5 p.m. Catch 'em before they're gone: Circa 1966: Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection; Looking Back at the 1980s: Gifts to the Collection; Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese; Toutes Les Nouvelles – All the News: Current Events in Nineteenth-Century French Prints; and Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude.
Take a load off. George Lopez hits the Stress Factory for two shows tonight and a couple more on Monday. Tickets are still available for the 9:45 p.m. performance.