NEW BRUNSWICK - Even though spring break is over for Rutgers students, this week marks the first day of spring, even if the weather still makes it feel like winter. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the many fun events happening in and around Hub City!

Monday, March 19

  • Come out and enjoy a free film at the New Brunswick Public Library. They will be showing the 2016 animated musical adventure “Leap.” The film is rated PG so it’s appropriate for all ages. Film Summary from IMDB, No Spoilers: “An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina and flees her rural Brittany for Paris, where she passes for someone else and accedes to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.” The screening is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The library is located at 60 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

Tuesday, March 20

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  • Join the Harmony Family Success Center for a night of arts & crafts. Take some time to get creative and meet new people. This Crafter’s Corner event will focus on knitting. Attendees can bring their own supplies or the center will have some on hand. This event is free and anyone can attend. It will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at 255 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick. The HFSC is a nonprofit organization that helps families access the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit in a welcoming and supporting environment.
  • As part of Women’s History Month, the Center for Latino Arts and Culture (CLAC) is hosting a screening of the 2017 documentary “Dolores.” The film details the life of activist Dolores Huerta who led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Cesar Chavez and who became one of the most outspoken feminists of the 20th century; she continues her fight to this day at 87 years old. The screening is from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. It’s free and open to the public and it will be held at the CLAC (172 College Ave, New Brunswick). Refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25

  • The State Theatre presents Motown The Musical for four performances only. This show is based on the true story of Motown founder Berry Gordy and how he launched the careers of superstars from Diana Ross to Michael Jackson and so many more. Motown will be performed on Friday at 8:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are from $35 to $108 and can be purchased at the State Theatre website. The theatre is located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

Saturday, March 24

  • Have a classy night out with a performance from the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra. They will be presenting an evening of Mozart, Wagner, and Strauss. Conducted by Kynan Johns, the orchestra will perform Wagner’s Overture to Tannhäuser, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K.488, and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30. Tickets for Rutgers students are $5, $10 for Rutgers alumni, staff, and all senior citizens 65+, and $15 for the general public. The concert is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center (85 George St, New Brunswick). It is hosted by the Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University.

Sunday, March 25

  • It’s time for the annual Spring Fest at Rutgers Gardens. Bring family and friends out for an afternoon of games, food, and fun. Their “Famous” Egg Hunt is back again with plenty of prizes to win. The festival will be at the log cabin rain or shine. There is a suggested $5 donation for the event. It will be held from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Rutgers Gardens are located at 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick. They are only accessible by car. The Rutgers buses do not stop at or around there. Spring Fest is sponsored by Alpha Zeta Cook Chapter: the co-ed SEBS Honors and Service Fraternity. Register here if you plan to attend.
  • The Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir is performing a selection of warm and exciting works to welcome in spring. Directed by Patrick Gardner, they will sing Argento’s Walden Pond, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, RV 610, Gibb’s Sit Down Servant, and the traditional folk song Red River Valley. Tickets for Rutgers students are $5, $10 for Rutgers alumni, staff, and all senior citizens 65+, and $15 for the general public. The concert is from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kirkpatrick Chapel (81 Somerset St, New Brunswick). It is hosted by the Mason Gross School for the Arts at Rutgers University.
  • Rutgers student radio station 90.3 The Core is hosting its annual music festival: Corefest. This year’s lineup includes Japanese Breakfast, ehiorobo, Din, Junkanoo, and Jeff Linden and the Black Spot Society. There will also be vendors selling hand made items. Plus, Starbucks will be serving up free coffee. Tickets are $10 for Rutgers students and $15 for the general public. They can be bought online or at the door. The concert fest runs from 3:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the College Ave Student Center in the Multipurpose Room (126 College Ave, New Brunswick).