7 Bergen Events To Check Out This Weekend

Not going away for Presidents’ Day? There’s plenty of fun—and some learning—for family and friends happening in Bergen County.
Maple Syrup Time


Making plans during winter isn’t always a walk in the park, mainly the result of unpredictable weather and cold temperatures. So don’t fret if your calendar is open for Presidents’ Weekend—we have a few ideas to fill your days.

If you still haven’t enjoyed the great outdoors this season, pack your parkas and gloves and head to a nearby ski resort for a few days on the slopes. Of course, you can always go snowboarding and skiing indoors at American Dream’s Big Snow. For more family fun and entertainment, check out one or all of the following events happening in Bergen over the long weekend.

Feb. 18, 10 a.m., Onesidefest 5K: If you enjoy wearing costumes while running, this race at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah is for you! Wear your favorite onesie and run along a marked trail around Scarlet Oak Pond. The course is flat and not technical, so it’s ideal for runners of all ages and skill levels! Registration is $35.

Feb. 18, 1 p.m., Maple Sugaring (above): The best part of a pancake breakfast is the delicious syrup, and now you can learn how to make the sweet treat yourself at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus. Three hour-long sessions start at 1 p.m., giving participants the chance to tap maple trees on site. Admission is $35 per family and includes a kit so you can tap trees in your own yard as well.

Feb. 19, 10 a.m., Backyard Bird Count: Join the Bergen County Audubon Society at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy for this event, where attendees will help one another spot, identify and count birds—then submit results to help researchers better understand and protect each species. Participation is free.

Feb. 19, 1 p.m., Paddington Gets in a Jam: This kid-friendly show at bergenPAC in Englewood follows Paddington, the accident-prone bear, as he goes on adventures with his pals Mrs. Bird and Mr. Curry. Tickets range from $15 to $39.

Feb. 19, 2 p.m., Forever Ray: A Tribute to the Music of Ray Charles: This musical lecture and listening program at the Mahwah Library spotlights the legendary musician, whose music crossed genres of soul, R&B, gospel, jazz, blues and pop. Admission is free but registration is required.

Feb. 19, 3 p.m., Julliard Chamber Orchestra: The renowned ensemble returns to West Side Presbyterian Church in Ridgewood as part of the church’s West Side Concert Series. The orchestra will perform the works of Melinda Wagner, Joaquin Rodrigo and Mozart. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged.

All weekend, Bergen County Winter Wonderland: Only a couple of weekends remain to enjoy the county’s annual winter playground, featuring outdoor ice skating and ice bumper cars. Open skating sessions are $10 per person, while bumpers car tickets are $20 each. Reserve yours online now!

What are your plans for Presidents’ Day Weekend? Tell us on Instagram @bergenmagnj.

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