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LEGEND
All events located in Rahway
$: Paid event (all other events are free)
K: Indicates an activity for children
F: Indicates a family-friendly event
A: Indicates an adults-only event

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SATURDAY • AUGUST 21

11AM to 2PM
Big Community Cleanup F
Wheatena Park
Elizabeth Ave

Calling all volunteers! Join the Rahway River Watershed Association, The Central Jersey Stream Team and members of the community to help clean up the Rahway River! Don’t like to see litter polluting our waterways? Hate to find tires, shopping carts, bikes and other debris in the river? Then join us and members of the community on August 21st to help get that stuff out! This will be a fun family-friendly event, so bring the kids, but just not the young ones. We have had a strong turnout in previous years so let's make this year epic! The location we are tackling this year is near Wheatena Park. Let’s rally that community spirit and get folks out to do the cleanup!

• Parking will be free along Elizabeth Avenue for the duration of the cleanup
• No registration is required 
• Adults and children 10 and up are welcome
• All minors need to be supervised by an adult at all times 
• Wear a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants you won't mind getting dirty or wet 
• Waterproof high boots or waders recommended 
• Bags and gloves will be provided
• Meet at Wheatena Park at 11 am

3PM to 6PM
RiverFest Kickoff Party F
RRWA Watershed Learning Center
337 E Milton Ave

After the cleanup we will all go over to the RRWA Watershed Learning Center for the Rahway RiverFest Kickoff Party. Enjoy food, refreshments, and entertainment. The Essex County Environmental Center will be there with some eco-inspired displays and interactive educational activities. The Essex County Environmental Center is an environmental education center with a mission to create awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the environment.  The Center is dedicated providing integrated educational programs including hands-on activities.

The Rahway RiverFest Kickoff party will be all afternoon, so come prepared to stick around and have some fun!

6PM to 9PM
Rusty Monks Band A
Wet Ticket Brewing
1435 Main St

After the Kickoff Party at the RRWA Watershed Learning Center, walk over the bridge to Wet Ticket's beer garden where the Rusty Monks will be rockin' it till 9. Rusty Monks is a continuation of the groove oriented funk/rock/latin/jazz started by Housecatnick in the early 2000's. They will inspire you to sway, bop and just plain grooooove!

SUNDAY • AUGUST 22

3PM to 9PM
Lantern Float $F
Rahway River Park Lake
St Georges Ave

The Rahway River Lantern Float begins as an enjoyable, family friendly event consisting of water themed games and eco art activities. The afternoon will commence with barbecue and refreshments and culminate with the launch of personalized illuminated floats on the lake at Rahway River Park.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center will bring their van, a table and exhibit of native plants and animals, and eco-crafts in a mini representation of Union County's awesome environmental center here for us to see.

The highlight of the day will be a release of provided illuminated floats (for purchase) onto the lake. Messages and wishes can be written on the floats before they are sent afloat.

The event is free, however there will be a small charge for the lanterns.

MONDAY • AUGUST 23

10AM to 12noon
Eco-Crafts with Gretchen: Painting by the River
RRWA Watershed Learning Center
337 E Milton Ave

Gretchen Kellaway will lead a workshop for children of all ages to create watercolor and crayon resist paintings.  In addition, children will create artwork using petals, leaves, grass, and other natural material.

3PM to 4:30PM
Afternoon Nature Walk with Jordan Parham F
Rahway River Park
St Georges Ave

Mid Summer Afternoon Nature Walk with Jordan Parham: As the hottest days of the summer arrive and the thunderstorms roll through, nature responds accordingly. As the flowers bloom and plants reach their peak growth, beautiful butterflies and baby birds begin showing up. Fireflies light up the dim evening sky and bullfrogs continue to bellow in the ponds. Join RRWA as we take a brief walk around Rahway River Park and learn about the flora and fauna that call this area home.

Jordan is a recent graduate from Delaware Valley University and majored in conservation and wildlife management. He is an avid birder and amateur wildlife photographer who is currently pursuing a career in wildlife conservation, photography and education. Jordan works as a naturalist for Trailside Nature and Science Center in Watchung Reservation.

6PM
Story Time on the Go K
Wheatena Park
Elizabeth Ave

Join Story Time on the Go for a RiverFest themed tale and activity. Bring your imagination, and a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

TUESDAY • AUGUST 24

9:30AM to 10:45AM
Yoga at River's Edge with Lisa Ferraro
River Road, South of Rahway River Park

Enjoy an all-levels yoga class where we embrace the power of water, to cleanse & clarify as well as to reunite us with our natural flow of wisdom. Get nourished through ritual, breath, movement, and sound healing practices! Let's flow alongside the beautiful gift of our Rahway River!

Lisa Ferraro – (RYT 500 Yoga Instructor) Lisa empower yoga teachers & practitioners to connect to their true voice & the roots of yoga through mantra and movement. She has been teaching yoga for 15 years and is the co-creator of Sutra Seeds 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. As a singer and musician, she has always connected to the healing power of sound. It is the combination of movement, sound, stillness, and silence that she wishes to share with you. She can't wait to support you on your journey!
www.sonicblissyoga.com
lisa@sonicblissyoga.com

10AM to 11:30AM
RiverFest: Painting at the Gallery Space K
1670 Irving St

The Project of the day will be for Children, ages 7-11 to draw their own versions of the Rahway River using photographs of the river during different seasons as a reference. All materials will be provided. This is a FREE program offered by the Rahway Recreation Department as a part of a week-long Celebration of the Rahway River.

7PM to 9PM
RiverLore: Perspectives in history
Merchants and Drovers Tavern and Museum
1632 St Georges Ave

Alex Shipley, Rahway's Town Historian and story-teller extraordinaire, will charm us with a presentation of facts and lore regarding the history of the Rahway River and the important part it played and continues to play in the origins and development of the City of Rahway. Many photographic images of river scenes, and other material (past and present) will accompany the discussion. Attendees will have an opportunity to take a map quiz to test their knowledge of the river. 

Michael Dennis, in discussing the early people of NJ and their relationship with the Rahway River, will provide many hand made artifacts that represent earlier times including ice age artifacts of animals that once roamed our fields and forests in ancient times. He will also have handmade artifacts which represent early peoples of NJ including their reliance upon food, clothing, transport and shelter in relation to the river. The topics discussed will be specific to the Rahway River and surrounding lands. 

A light snack and refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY • AUGUST 25

10AM to 12NOON
Eco-Crafts with Gretchen: Salt Dough Masks K
Cherry Street Pavilion
Outside The Coffee Box

Gretchen Kellaway will guide children of all ages to use items from nature including sticks, pebbles and leaves to create their very own salt dough masks that they will take home at the end of the workshop. In keeping with the theme of RiverFest masks can depict mythical water creatures or other monsters.  After completion, the mask can be air dried or baked in the oven.

6PM to 10PM
Swamp Soiree $
Hamilton Stage
360 Hamilton St

Lights! Camera! Action! Continue celebrating Rahway RiverFest at the Swamp Soiree, where you can enjoy a screening of the classic film, The Creature From the Black Lagoon, while sipping on a Swamp Themed Cocktail.

Enhance the evening by letting the themes of the 1950s, swamps and creatures inspire your attire.

Tickets are available from Hamilton Stage box office.

$15 per adult over 21. Includes one "swamp" cocktail.

$5 under 21 (no cocktail).

THURSDAY • AUGUST 26

9:30AM to 10:45AM
Yoga at River's Edge with Lisa Ferraro
River Road, South of Rahway River Park

Enjoy an all-levels yoga class where we embrace the power of water, to cleanse & clarify as well as to reunite us with our natural flow of wisdom. Get nourished through ritual, breath, movement, and sound healing practices! Let's flow alongside the beautiful gift of our Rahway River!

Lisa Ferraro – (RYT 500 Yoga Instructor) Lisa empower yoga teachers & practitioners to connect to their true voice & the roots of yoga through mantra and movement. She has been teaching yoga for 15 years and is the co-creator of Sutra Seeds 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. As a singer and musician, she has always connected to the healing power of sound. It is the combination of movement, sound, stillness, and silence that she wishes to share with you. She can't wait to support you on your journey!
www.sonicblissyoga.com
lisa@sonicblissyoga.com

10AM to 11:30AM
RiverFest: Painting at the Gallery Space K
1670 Irving St

The project of the day will be for children, ages 7-11 to draw their own versions of the Rahway river using photographs of the river during different seasons as a reference. All materials will be provided. This is a FREE program offered by the Rahway Recreation Department as a part of a week-long celebration of the Rahway river.

11:30AM
Story Time on the Go K
Train Station Plaza
Irving St

Join Story Time on the Go for a RiverFest themed tale and activity. Bring your imagination, and a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.

6PM to 9PM
Rhythm and Brews A
Wet Ticket Brewing
1435 Main St

Clean water makes good beer! Learn how protecting our waterways makes beer better. What can be more important? Seriously.
Michele Bakacs, Agriculture & Natural Resources County Agent II of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, will talk about why clean water is necessary for our health and the health of all life on the planet.
Then, celebrate RiverFest with two awesome bands performing surf, rockabilly boogie-woogie, and blues – The Hammers and the Hudson City Rats.

FRIDAY • AUGUST 27

10AM to 12noon
Photo Walk
RRWA Watershed Learning Center
337 E Milton Ave

2PM to 4PM
Eco-Crafts with Gretchen: Bug Making K
Lewis Street Pavilion
Outside Nancy's Town House

Gretchen Kellaway will teach children of all ages to create 2D and 3D insects from recycled materials and objects found in nature.  Material will be supplied, however you are free to donate items such as bottle caps, paper, and cardboard.

5:30PM to 9PM
Creature Crawl
The Paseo (begin and end)
Main Street

Join this ragtag band of monsters, water creatures and ocean deities of all shapes and sizes in roaming around Rahway on Friday evening. Dust off that Mermaid, or Gill Man costume we all know you have in the back of your closet or start now and make one! An easy and dramatic option is to come as a jellyfish. You can create your own illuminated jellyfish with a hand-held umbrella or umbrella hat using battery operated fairy lights, sparkly fabric, old scarves, feather boas (for tentacles), or anything you might have around the house. Check out YouTube for DIY video tutorials.

This is an adults only event, think: a pub crawl with style.

SATURDAY • AUGUST 28

12noon to 6PM
Spanktown Splash $
Canoe & Kayak Race A
RiverFest Closing Party
Rahway Yacht Club
1706 Paterson St

Join the RRWA and the Rahway Yacht Club for the Second Annual Spanktown Splash Canoe and Kayak Race! A limited number of canoes and kayaks are available for rent, however you can bring your own canoe or kayak. Prices can be viewed on our registration page. Spectators and participants are welcome.

After the race enjoy some refreshments and lunch along with live music as we celebrate the culmination of RiverFest week.

This event is co-hosted by the RRWA and the Rahway Yacht Club and sponsored in-part by the City of Rahway.

The race will take place at:
Rahway Yacht Club
1706 Paterson St
Rahway, NJ 07065

Register Here