Stay & Play

It’s the one weekend you don’t want to head out of town.  Stick around, stay and play and enjoy South Orange with your neighbors from September 15-17!



Campout LogoSouth Orange Community Campout Like the woods but not enough to camp out? Grab your tent and camp gear and head over to the New Waterlands Park between 4 and 7 p.m to set-up for an evening under the moonlight. Bring your family and friends to watch a movie, dine al fresco and play games aplenty. The department will provide volleyball, kickball and Frisbee equipment. Campers are welcome to bring their own games as well. Bagels, juice and coffee will be served in the morning.

The event is free but registration is required. Click here for more info. The Community Campout is brought to you by the South Orange Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs.


Achieve Newstead 5K – The 15th annual Newstead 5K race powered by D&I will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, from the South Mountain School Annex (112 Glenview Road). The race benefits The Achieve Foundation to support our local schools. In addition to the 5K race, the event also includes a two-mile walk and a fun run for kids.

Join friends and family in support of Achieve’s mission to raise funds for exemplary public education for students and teachers in the School District of South Orange & Maplewood.
Register today!

Olde Time Baseball Game:  Saturday afternoon, 12pm at Cameron Field.The South Orange Department of Recreation is presenting a 19th century baseball game. Part game, part show, part history lesson and all fun, the Flemington, NJ Neshanock team will play against local volunteers in bare-handed baseball, wearing period uniforms and using rules from 1864 or 1873. The event will also include a short lesson on the history of the game and a recitation of “Casey at the Bat”. Come on out and support our South Orange Villagers!  For more information, contact the Department of Recreation at (973) 378-7754, ext. 1.

Live @ SOPAC: Tom Rush and Livingston TaylorSaturday evening at 8pm. Tom Rush and Livingston Taylor, two Folk legends that made musical history through the decades, come to the SOPAC stage in a double bill celebrating the uplifting music that gives joy and inspiration to people throughout the world. Click here to purchase tickets to join Tom Rush and Livingston Taylor in an unforgettable night of music!


PlayDay South Orange- The greatest day of play is back! It’s the most fun you’ve ever had between two curbs. On Sunday, Sept. 17, from 1 to 6 p.m., PlayDay South Orange returns even bigger than its first successful year. Thousands will enjoy street games, fitness activities, inflatables, live music, art, dance, and food from local eateries. (Rain date Sunday, Sept. 24.) All events will take place on South Orange Avenue, Sloan Street, Village Plaza and designated spaces in between. Some activities such as inflatables, miniature golf and the rock wall will require a wristband purchased on site for $10. The zip line and euro bungee will require the purchase of a $5 ticket.

PlayDay is produced by the South Orange Village Center Alliance in conjunction with the Village of South Orange.

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