ANNUAL COMMUNITY EVENTS
Without volunteers, the annual community events would not occur. Do you have a few hours to volunteer? Do you have ideas for a Borough event? If so, please reach out to us.
In March, participating restaurants in the Hopewell Valley share their culinary skills with special menu items to get you through the cold blah winter. A charity is chosen to receive donations from patrons who visit participating restaurants.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt
The hunt is held at 9am, the Saturday before Palm Sunday at Hopewell Borough Park, south. The family friendly event will include goodie bags for the children and a non-competitive Easter Egg Hunt in three age groups: 1-3, 4-6 and 7-9. Children should bring their own baskets and parents/guardians are encouraged to bring cameras for a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. The event is co-sponsored by the Council of Churches in Hopewell Valley.
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
On the Sunday before Easter, 8am – Noon, the Ladies Auxiliary and Fire Department transform the Borough Fire Station into a “diner” with many volunteers serving up sausage, bacon, eggs, juice, coffee, and, of course, pancakes.
Hopewell Boro Block Party
This is an opportunity to get together “Under the Stars” in an adult setting, with friends and neighbors to enjoy great music and food from 7 to 10pm, at a location and date to be announced in April. The event is hosted by a non-profit 501(c) that donates funds to local community charities.
Ladies Auxiliary Plant Sale
On Mother’s Day weekend, Thurs-Fri-Sat, 8am – 6pm, the Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary line up rows of plants to help dress up your summer or provide a gift for Mom.
Memorial Day Parade
Everyone enjoys an old-fashioned parade with veterans marching, bands playing, flags waving, and fire trucks shining. Line up is organized at Taylor Terrace and the marching begins at 1pm, moving east on Broad Street. Sponsored by the Hopewell Borough Fire Department.
Concerts In The Park
On select Friday evenings, live music is performed by local musicians under the Volunteer Bandstand fondly referred to as the Gazebo in Borough Park south, 7 – 9:30 pm. Grab your blankets or lounge chairs, and pick up dinner or desert from any of our local restaurants. Concerts sponsored by 1st Constitution Bank. Alcohol is not permitted. Bathrooms are located at the Fire Station. Rain date is Sunday.
Twice a year, the middle of our charming borough, streets become filled with antique cars and car lovers who also love great food served street-side and live music played on front porches. 5 – 8 PM
Blawenburg Band Concerts
Three Monday nights in the heat of the summer this community band plays marches, show tunes, and sonatas as the sun sets behind the Train Station. Bring your folding chair and a cold drink. Bathrooms are available inside the Train Station. The music begins promptly at 7:30 PM
Quits / Horseshoes
The first person that arrives at the Train Station gets to pick: quoits or horseshoes. Every Wednesday at 7 pm, beginning the week after Memorial Day through the week of Labor Day, join up with friends to learn how to play or show off your skill. No rain date.
Animation At The Station
Twice during the summer an animated movie will be projected on a very large screen with big sound, under the open sky. By 8:30 pm the crowd settles in. Rain date Sunday.
Food Truck Friday
Sponsored by the Borough Recreation Committee and other volunteers twice a year, 5-9pm. The Train Station fills with local food trucks, both sweet and savory, while live music plays. Bring your lounge chairs or blankets but leave alcohol at home. This is a rain or shine event. Signs for parking options will be posted.
Town-Wide Yard Sale
The second weekend in June, borough residents clean out their basements, sheds, garages, and barns to participate in a no fee, two-day community yard sale; rain or shine.
Hopewell Public Library Book Sale
The little red library will have the perfect book for summer reading. This sale is always held the same Saturday as the town-wide yard sale; 10am – 4pm. There are many other programs that the library provides for both children and adults. Visit http://www.redlibrary.org to discover other fun programs and events throughout the year.
Hopewell Community Campout
This bi-annual event is a partnership between Delaware-Raritan Greenway, Hopewell Valley YMCA and local scouting groups. Enjoy an evening of adventure under the open sky. This is a “tents only” event starting at 2pm on the June weekend in conjunction with the Nation’s Great American Backyard Campout.
Hopewell Harvest Fair
On the fourth Saturday in September, on the grounds of the Hopewell Elementary School, the Hopewell Harvest Fair brings together residents, businesses, and community organizations. There are plenty of food choices, games, pony rides, scarecrow making, live music, and even the “Find Freddy” competition (a live scavenger hunt). The Fair is not just a day of fun; it is also a fundraiser organized by volunteers to raise grant money for local non-profit organizations in the Hopewell Valley area. Rain date is Sunday. Discover more at hopewellharvestfair.org
Tour de Arts
The Hopewell Valley is rich with talented artists. In early October, a weekend is designated to celebrate local artists by having them open their studios and share their passion. The self-guided tour begins at the Train Station and Freight Shed.
The Sunday before Halloween means it’s time for the annual Borough costume parade, sponsored by the Hopewell Borough Fire Department. Line up is at 12:30 pm at the Train Station. All are encouraged to be creative. Bring pets, decorated bikes and wagons, to march down Greenwood Avenue, across Broad Street to the Fire Station.
Children’s Holiday Gift Shop
On a Friday in December, the train station and freight shed glow with holiday cheer in every manner. Volunteers guide children with gift giving for their family and friends while live music plays, elves dance, and jolly Santa pops in to say “hello-ho-ho.”
Museum Holiday Tea
The Hopewell Museum holds an open house the first Sunday in December, 1-4 pm. Visitors get to see period holiday decorations, discover the history of Hopewell, and enjoy a traditional tea served in the kitchen. http://www.hopewellmuseumnj.org/
On the first Saturday in December, at 6pm, locals gather in front of the Volunteer Bandstand, fondly called the gazebo, to sing holiday tunes and watch for Santa to ride into town on an antique fire engine. When he arrives, he asks for the children to help him light the tree. On the count of three, the evergreen by the Fire Station lights up as if by magic.
Communities of Light™
During the winter solstice in December, candles line the streets of central New Jersey – a powerful symbol of hope for those impacted by domestic violence. 100% of luminary kit sales go to Womanspace for programming. Join in the effort to spread the message that Peace Begins at Home.
For almost half a century, on the four consecutive nights before Christmas Day, the five borough churches have participated in the live staging with the scene of the historic nativity on the lawn of the Calvary Baptist Church at 3 East Broad Street. Carolers also roam the streets on these nights.