The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce brings you their signature events that you and your family look forward to each year. Some of your favorites might include the Annual Fall Country Fair, Junebug ArtFest (in association with Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission), Cruise Nights, Farmers Market, Spring Street Fair, the Memorial Day Parade, Scarecrows on Main and of course the Winter Festival Parade and Tree Lighting.
These Signature Events are sponsored and delivered by the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce through the generosity of our sponsors, members and community volunteers. Our residents and business partners have come to count on these events every year. It is also through the generous sponsorships from our business members to whom deserve a very big Thank You. As such, we hope that you will stop by and say thank you but also see what their businesses have to offer. Remember, think local when looking to purchase products and services.
For each event description, follow the related links for more information about the events such as: event details, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, photos and more.
Spring Town Wide Garage Sale
The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce arranges and markets the Annual Town Wide Garage Sale held in the Spring. By holding a Town Wide Garage Sale, we advertise the event in media that is far more reaching than just Metuchen, we compile a map of participants for the shoppers, we provide Balloon markers to be placed by your home and acquire the Boro permits. About a month before the event, we will send out email notifications and flyers alerting you of the registration period, and dates of the sale. Registration forms will be made available at that time at the Metuchen Chamber Office (forms are located both inside and outside our office) and at various locations throughout town such as stores, restaurants, the Metuchen Library and Metuchen Train Station.
Get Your Motor Runnin’ every year on the 1st Wednesday from May through September when the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce hosts Cruise Night. Cars, pickups, and even a John Deere tractor are displayed along Main & New Streets in downtown Metuchen. The event begins at 6 PM and continues until 9 PM. Stroll down the sidewalk and see vintage cars to some of the latest cars, cars in their original state to souped up custom cars. While strolling along grab a bite to eat and drink at one of Metuchen’s great eateries.
Every Wednesday, visitors can vote on their favorite car for one of three People’s Choice awards. Winners are announced that evening. The event planners also reach out for sponsors of the event. All event sponsors will have their names and locations announced throughout each evening of Cruise Night and company name will appear in all ads, newsletter and posters.
Memorial Day Parade
Every year as a memorial to the Metuchen service men and women who sacrificed their lives in our nation’s wars and the many Metuchen men and women currently serving in the armed forces, the Metuchen Chamber hosts a Memorial Day parade commencing downtown Metuchen, proceeding along Main Street to Brunswick Ave. and ending at Edgar School. Following the parade there is a memorial ceremony honoring our service men and women. Hundreds turn out for the parade. The event is possible thanks to many of our volunteers and especially our business sponsors.
The Memorial Day Parade Committee invites all veterans, community groups, scouts and youth groups to be a part of this very special day!
For more information, please visit our Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony page and our sponsors page. Please note that due to construction on Route 27 at Amboy Avenue, the parade route and ceremony will change while construction continues. See our Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony page for parade route and ceremony location.
Spring Street Fair
Yearly the Metuchen Chamber of Commerce hosts the Spring Street Fair. The fair is open to Metuchen Chamber members and non-members, and vendors and organizations outside the Metuchen area. The booths represented range from crafts, clothing, jewelry, art, to restaurants. Additionally, there are non-profit organizations and kiddie activities. Many of Metuchen storefronts have sidewalk displays and foods. The event is held on Main & New Streets in downtown Metuchen and is well attended. The event is typically held toward the end of Mayor in June.
For more information about the Spring Street Fair, please visit our Annual Street Fair event page .
Annual Golf Outing
Join us for an exciting day of fun at one of New Jersey’s finest golf courses. Enjoy breakfast, a full lunch buffet, door prizes and awards, and of course an enjoyable round of golf.
For information on our event, visit the Golf Outing section of our website. The site is updated as each year’s plans are finalized.
JuneBug Artfest (in association with Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission)
The Junebug ArtFest is a month-long event held each Friday night in June from 6-10 p.m., and features a wide array of open air exhibits, interactive art events, open mic sessions and live music performances all in the heart of Metuchen. It is a great event, one that enables artists and performers to entertain and show their skills. The event brings artists and performers and visitors from Metuchen area, throughout New Jersey and from neighboring states. Come down and enjoy the evening, the activity and the local eateries.
The ArtFest has grown tremendously over the years; and this years’ event is promising to be the largest yet with several new events. For information about the ArtFest visit the Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Metuchen Farmers Market
Metuchen Farmers Market is a great Saturday outing for any dedicated Foodie, first browse the Farmer’s Market and stock up on quality ingredients, then stroll our vibrant downtown area sampling specialty food, wine shops, and restaurants. Market Day has a long history and has been expanding year after year with a wider variety of foods from more and more vendors in addition to Cooking and Tasting Events in cooperation with the Borough Improvement League. The Farmers Market operates from June through November. So come on out to the Farmers Market and have a great day. Click here to learn more about the Farmers Market.
Annual Fall Country Fair
Every fall, the Chamber hosts the Metuchen Country Fair held on Main & New Streets in downtown Metuchen. The Fair is planned for Non-profit organizations and Metuchen Chamber members only; member participation is not limited to downtown Main & New Street businesses. If your business is located outside the Fair area, you may reserve space. Each year there is a designated theme. A plaque is awarded to the Chamber member who “contributes the most to the spirit of the Fair” along with individual booth awards. We certainly encourage your participation in adding to the fun and spirit of the day. The Fair is held on Saturday and runs from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Annual Halloween Parade
What is Halloween without Trick or Treat, costumes and a Halloween Parade. Every year in conjunction with the Metuchen Recreation Commission, we hold a Halloween Parade and a Trunk & Treat seasonal event. This is a unique twist to the standard Trick or Treat event for the whole family. Chamber business members will have tables for candy distribution as the costumed participants parade by.
Winter Festival Parade
At that festive time of year when the winter holidays approach, what better way to celebrate but with a good ole fashion parade, Winter Festival Parade; bands, floats, organizations, Fire Department, First Aid Squad, and more marching down the streets of Metuchen greeting the bystanders with the cheers of jubilation.
The parade kicks off at 2:00 pm, weather permitting, at the corner of Brunswick Avenue and Main Street. Participants will travel down Main Street and turn onto New Street to end in the Pearl Street parking lot. Be sure to join us at the Metuchen Senior Center at the conclusion of the parade for a visit with Santa and hot chocolate provided by the Metuchen Recreation Department.
As plans develop for this year’s parade along with the groups, bands and businesses marching, information will be posted on the Chamber’s website; check back for the latest information.
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
For a night of social festivities, come to the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony held at the Old Franklin Schoolhouse and the parking lot of the Corporate Headquarters of the YMCA (483 Middlesex Avenue)
There is a variety of entertainment sure to fill spectators’ hearts with holiday joy. This event features instrumental performances, singing, and dancing in the YMCA Corporate Headquarters parking lot . Join us inside the Old Franklin Schoolhouse for a visit with Santa and hot chocolate and cookies, provided courtesy of the Borough Improvement League ( BIL).
Bundle up and join us as we ring in the holidays – snow or shine! And don’t forget to bring your camera!