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Eight Events Happening in New Brunswick This Week (March 12)


NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – It’s spring break for Rutgers students this week despite the not-so-spring weather. But while the streets of New Brunswick might be a little less crowded Hub City is far from dead and there’s still plenty of great events happening, especially with St Patrick’s Day weekend.

Tuesday, Mar. 13

  • It’s opening night for the dramatic play “Trying” at the George Street Playhouse. Written by Joanna Glass, this production is based on the true story of Francis Biddle. Biddle was the U.S. Attorney General under Franklin D. Roosevelt and chief judge of the Nuremberg Trials. “Trying” depicts Biddle’s final living year as it was seen through the eyes of his assistant Sarah Schorr. Much of the story revolves around issues of aging and the breakdown of communication over divisions of age and class. The work comes from Glass's own experiences as Biddle's assistant from 1967-68.  The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m. with tickets starting at $40. The George Street Playhouse is located at 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick. Tickets are available at their website.

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Thursday, Mar. 15

  • The New Brunswick Public Library offers free monthly "Path to Employment" workshops to highlight how NJ Career Connections can help with your job search. This month, they will go over how to start looking for a job, set your career goals, and organize your job search. The workshop is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the library (60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick).

Saturday, Mar. 17

  • Parents get their kids out of the house for a day of fun at the 8th annual Kids Fest. This event will have live entertainment, game zones, the Magyar Bank rock climbing wall, photo booth, and a lot more. Kids Fest is from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the College Ave Gym (130 College Ave, New Brunswick). Admission is free. This event is hosted by Magic 98.3 and Saint Peter’s Children’s Hospital.

  • Are you considering buying a home? Then come hear from expert realtors at the Spring Home Buying Seminar where attendees will learn all about the home buying process, what financing options are available, and why now is the best time to buy a home. The realtors will be on hand to discuss personal options one-on-one afterwards. The seminar is free and will include a hot breakfast buffet at the start of the event. It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ludwig Center on Rutgers’ Douglass Campus (9 Suydam St, New Brunswick). It is hosted by KW Princeton Realty.

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by going to a high-energy performance from Dublin Irish Dance at the State Theatre. Follow the evolution of Celtic culture in Stepping Out, an extravaganza of sights and sounds. These accomplished Irish step-dancers and musicians—many of whom have performed with internationally famous Irish ensembles like Riverdance, Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance, and Celtic Woman—take us on a journey, exploring the history of the Celtic cultural experience through song and dance. This entertaining production reveals influences that have shaped Irish music and dance throughout history: from the farms of rural Ireland in the 1800s, to the Great Famine and the mass migration to New York. The show runs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased on the State Theatre website. The theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

  • Keep up the St. Paddy’s day fun by going to a party at a local bar & restaurant. Stuff Yer Face (49 Easton Ave) is having drink specials all day with $5 pints of Guinness, $5 Irish car bombs, and $4 shots of Jameson.

  • Houlihan’s (55 US-1, next to the Sears) is having an all-day party too with plenty of food and drink specials, including $2 domestic pints, $4 Guinness pints, and $5 Irish Mules. Stop by starting at 6:00 p.m. when the party really begins with live bagpipers, a balloon artist, and giveaways.

  • Last but not least is the shindig going on at the Hub City Brewhouse (335 George St). They have menu specials all day long, including a long list of drink specials with live music from Beer Goggles and giveaways throughout the day. This party goes from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Just try to pace yourself.

Sunday, Mar. 18

  • Hone your public speaking skills with a workshop titled “Approaching Podiums with Power” presented by Above Art Studios. Learn the vital skills related to public speaking such as handling anxiety when speaking in front of an audience, writing effective speeches, and delivering your speech in an engaging way. The workshop runs from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $60. Above Art Studios is located at 55B Morris St, New Brunswick. This workshop is for adults age 18+ only. Tickets can be purchased on their event page.

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