MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The month of June is full of big festivals, smaller community events, outdoor concerts and so much more.

In addition to some favorite annual events making their return in June, there are also plenty of new events, including the first South by South Orange Festival from June 26 to June 28.

June Events in South Orange and Maplewood:

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Saturday, June 6
Second Annual Cultural Heritage Festival - Live performances, vendors, international food and more at Maplewood Memorial Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Sunday, June 7
South Orange Maplewood Artists Studio Tour - The 12th Annual Artists Studio Tour has over 50 participating artists in studios and venues throughout South Orange and Maplewood, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.studiotoursoma.org to preview participating artists and see a full map of locations.
 
Remembering Grunings Ice Cream Parlors - Visit Durand-Hedden House (523 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for a relaxed afternoon of fun recalling these adored institutions.
 
Thursday, June 11
Girls Night Out in Maplewood Village - Stores and restaurants throughout Maplewood Village will be participating in this festive annual event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 
Saturday, June 13
South Orange Town Wide Garage Sale - Map of participating homes available here.
 
Sunday, June 14
The North Jersey Pride Festival - This family-friendly event brings together LGBTQ and straight allies to celebrate diversity and promote equality with a full day of performances and activities at Memorial Park Amphitheater (123 Dunnell Road, Maplewood) from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Full schedule available here.
 
Bike Drive and Bike-Tuning Event - The South Mountain School PTA and the Newark Boys and Girls Bike Exchange program are holding an event where visitors can purchase a used bike, donate an adult bike, or get a bike tuned-up for a $5 donation. Event takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the blacktop area behind South Mountain School (444 W. South Mountain Ave.).  All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Newark after-school program.
 
Tuesday, June 23
Summer Reading Club Kick-Off and Family Concert - Maplewood Memorial Library begins the summer reading program with a fun family concert from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Gazebo on Springfield Avenue, next to the Hilton Library.
 
Monday, June 29
South Orange Public Library Summer Reading Opening Day - The South Orange Public Library hosts a full day of kids events including arts and crafts at 1 p.m. and "Magic with Brian Richards" at 7 p.m.
 
Multi-Day and Ongoing Events
Leader of the Pack from InterACT Theatre Productions - performances on June 6, 7, 12, and 14 at the Baird Theatre on Three (5 Mead Street, South Orange).  
 
Friends of the South Orange Library Book Sale -  At the Baird Community Center (5 Mead Street, South Orange) on Sat. June 6 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sun. June 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Members get in an hour early on Saturday, at 10am. 
 
South by South Orange Festival - This is the inaugural year for a new arts, ideas and music symposium, which includes events at local restaurants, merchants and local spaces with the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) serving as a primary venue. A full schedule of events for the three day festival on June 26, 27 and 28 is available at southbysouthorange.org
 
The Maplewood and South Orange Farmers Markets occur weekly during the summer and fall. The Maplewood Farmers Market is held on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Indiana Street Municipal parking lot adjacent to Springfield Avenue, and the South Orange Farmers Market is held on Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sloan Street parking lot across from the NJ Transit station
 
Bowtie Cinemas Free Kids Movies -  Different movies are shown each week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC) in South Orange from June 23 to August 19.
 
Essex County Free SummerMusic Concert Series - Free outdoor concerts from Saturday, June 20 to Sunday, September 13 on selected dates at various parks throughout Essex County.