SPOTSWOOD, NJ - It's never too early to start thinking about the weekend, especially with only a precious few remaining before the unofficial end of summer arrives with Labor Day weekend. Many area schools including Spotswood and Milltown will be opeing on September 2. Soon weekends will be filled with fall sports, travel games, football and homework. However, the upcoming weekend features a lot of local fun and color.

On Saturday, August 15, the Jamesburg Elks Lodge is sponsoring Miles for Mikey. The escorted ride and street fair will benefit the rehabilitation of Monroe hockey player Mikey Nichols who suffered a spinal injury. The ride begins at 11:30 a.m. with the street fair getting underway at 1 p.m. The festivities will feature performances by Rock Hous and Locked and Loaded as well as food, vendors and raffles.

Down the road in South Brunswick, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County is hosting a Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on August 15 at Davidson's Mill Pond Park on Riva Avenue. The afternoon will be filled with family-centered activities, garden tours and presentations on gardening and landscaping techniques. There are also contests for the best home-grown produce in various catergories and local gardeners are invited to bring along some of their finest vegetables and fruits to enter.

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Rain dates for both Miles for Mikey and Garden Field Day are Sunday, August 16.

Foodies may be interested in the Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off being held at Monmouth Park this weekend in Oceanport. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. Admission to Monmouth Park is $3 with the cost of food being extra. Participants can expect live entertainment in addition to the horse racing and delicious shellfish dishes being showcased from local restaurants and vendors.

For those looking for a bit of a road trip, the Wildwood Convention Center is hosting the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash. Tickets are $20 for the day or $40 for a weekend pass. This is definitely off the beaten path since the list of performances include a suspension show, an extreme pincushion artist as well as sideshows. Fans of the reality show "Inkmaster" will be interested to know that many of the shows former contestants will be in attendance at the event.

Whether residents decide to stay close to home this weekend or travel around the state, New Jersey always has something going on.