New Brunswick, N.J.
Spring Date Night at the George Street Playhouse
The work is basically done for you. Just get the tickets, and your date night is all planned. Two glasses of wine and a box of chocolates from Thomas Sweet will top off your evening after a performance of "Venus in Fur," a sultry comedy based off of the romance novel by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. Just relax and enjoy this romantic evening. To make it a weekend getaway, book a room at the Heldrich, a hotel in downtown New Brunswick (theheldrich.com)
The Spring Date Night package is available Tuesday through Sunday at the George Street Playhouse, 9 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, N.J. Tickets start at $100, and are available for purchase online at georgestreetplayhouse.org.
Never been to a strawberry auction before? Here's your chance. In addition to a strawberry auction, there will be block parties, a band competition, a car show, a carnival, Irish road bowling, draft horse pull, parades and "Strawberry Idol." It is a packed week, with a little something for everyone.
The West Virginia Strawberry Festival runs May 15-19. All events are free to spectators, but there may be a fee to for certain activities. For more information, visit wvstrawberryfestival.com.
Australia's Strange Fruit
Dance, theater and circus all performed atop 16-foot poles, and to a soundtrack that varies from Mozart to swing. This avant-grade performance has garnered international attention. Even better: It's free.
Strange Fruit will be performing the show "Swoon!" from May 10 to May 14 at the Festival Green Space. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are necessary. Performance times vary daily. Go to vafest.org for details.
Mother's Day Tea at the Cauffiel House
Spend the day with Mom, starting with a casual tea at the historic Cauffiel House. Then enjoy a tour of the grounds, and spend the afternoon in Bellevue State Park. This Mom-and-me time would be a great way to spend Mother's Day.
Tea will be served at 11 a.m. May 11. Tickets are $20 per person, and $12 for children under 10. Register by May 8 at destateparks.com/parks/bellevue
Washington Crossing, Pa.
Washington Crossing Brewfest
For three years running, the Friends of Washington Crossing have been hosting this annual brewfest. With over 60 national and local beers, as well as live music and food, this event is great for even casual beer drinkers.
Brewfest will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 11. Tickets are $40 ($10 for designated drivers) and are available at etix.com. Visit the event's Facebook page for more information.