Fall in love with Princeton this time of year.  There are many philanthropic, sporting, historic, community and holiday events for people of all ages.  Here are a select handful of local happenings  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and be in-the-know about events and area promotions on the days they are scheduled.

YWCA''s "In Pink" Fashion Show

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
* For the month of October, participating Panera Bread bakery-café locations are offering their Pink Ribbon Bagel and 25 cents of each bagel sold will benefit The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Foundation. Over the past three years, Panera has raised more than $20,000 through this effort. On Wednesday October 13th 20% of all proceeds from items sold at Panera Bread Princeton between 4-8 PM will be donated to CINJ.   The YWCA Princeton held their 5th Annual “In the Pink” Fashion Show on October 2nd.  Since 2005 they have raised over $110,000 to benefit the YWCA’ Princeton’s Breast Cancer Resource Center (BRCR).



PU Football – Support the Tigers and see them play long time rivals including Colgate Oct 9th , Brown Oct 16th and Harvard Oct 23rd, all Saturdays at 1 PM.  Full schedule and results.


Happy 100th Birthday!

October 10th – 1-5 PM – Princeton Public Library’s 100th Birthday Celebration – The community and the library have changed and grown together—from a small reading room with just a few hundred items to the current state-of-the-art 55,000 square foot building.  From 1-5 PM on Sun. 10-10-10, the Library will hold a variety of events on Hinds Plaza outside their doors to commemorate this historic occasion. Events include a 5k fun run, live music, WPST live broadcast, and characters from favorite children’s books – bring your camera!.  Full schedule of events.

October 16th – National Boss’s Day
Many people are asking why this falls on a Saturday this year. As stated on Askville by Amazon, “The origin of National Boss Day was launched in 1958 by Patricia Bays Haroski, an Illinois secretary. Was she a person with an exceptionally wonderful boss? Or was she just a super-competent secretary whose boss added to her “to do” list: “Create national holiday in my honor”? Actually, she was an appreciative daughter who worked for her dad whose birthday was Oct. 16. That’s how National Bosses Day became the day to honor bosses.”  Click here for a more elaborate version of the history of National Boss’s Day.

Palmer Square Gives Back

October 16th – 11 AM – 3 PM – Palmer Square Customer Appreciation Day – Palmer Square in downtown Princeton wants to say “thanks” to their local shoppers, diners and visitors alike.  From 11 AM – 3 PM on Palmer Square there will be music, trunk shows, In-store raffles, special discounts, light refreshments, face painting and more!  Plus, the Palmer Square “Shopping Patrol” will be out on the streets giving away prizes. Full schedule of events.


ArtSpace in Ewing, NJ

October 16th – 10 AM – 2 PM – HomeFront’s Art Party with Heart
HomeFront will showcase the ArtSpace.  All of the artwork is completed by women residing at HomeFront’s shelter, The Family Preservation Center, and will be displayed throughout the building.  From 10 AM – 2 PM you are invited to take a tour of the Family Preservation Center, listen to live music, participate in art workshops taught by HomeFront clients and volunteers, and learn more about the soul of HomeFront.  There will also be children’s activities including a moon bounce, cotton candy machine, face painting and pumpkin painting. Learn more about this event.



October 21st – 6-9 PM – Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce 50th Anniversary
The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 50 remarkable years of serving business and community with a very special event from 6-9 PM at Springdale Golf Course in Princeton. Special highlights of the event include prizes, games, a walk down memory lane, music and a costume contest  Event details and online registration.

Parade in Costume

October 29th – 5 PM – The Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Public Library’s Annual Hometown Halloween Parade. Dress up in your best costume and join us for the ACP’s Annual Hometown Halloween Parade in downtown Princeton. This year the parade will start on the Palmer Square Green and end on Albert Hinds Plaza. Activities include hands-on art making, a DJ dance party, and a haunted house in the Princeton Public Library Community Room. Bring your family and friends!

October 30th – 11 AM – 3 PM – Princeton Shopping Center’s Kid’s Howl-oween Spook-tacular Costume Contest and Parade
Everyone wins something.  There are special prizes for first, second and third in each age category. Pet costume contest and parade sponsored bu Cutter’s Mill Pet Store begins at 1 PM.  Come and enjoy pumpkin painting, scarecrow stuffing mask making and more.


Leave a Comment