Ooh, la la: Celebrate a new production of the French comedy "The Misanthrope" at a free tasting of Gallic wines in Madison. If that doesn't set your tastebuds alight with glee, no worries, mon ami: There are activities galore throughout Parsippany and the region this weekend. And if you have kids, the Grab and Go Kids' Planner features lots of things you can do with the wee ones.
Where/When: From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at in Madison.
Why Go: In celebration of ," Gary’s Wine & Marketplace will hold a free Great Wines of France wine tasting featuring a repertoire of the Gallic country’s finest summer rosés, reds and whites. During the tasting, each location will hold a raffle to win a pair of tickets to Moliére's "The Misanthrope," which runs through June 26 at The Shakespeare Theatre’s F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison.
Where/When: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the in Parsippany.
Why Go: Because it’s a massive garage sale with more than 35 homes participating.
Pricing: How much do you want to spend?
Where/When: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Shore Drive and Dorothy Road in Parsippany.
Why Go: It’s a family day filled with music, boat rides, challenge races, swimming and a chance to see local firefighters, rescue squads, and police officers with their various trucks and equipment. There will also be good food and drinks available, along with a used book sale, scrapbooking demonstrations, free balloons and face painting for the young and the young at heart. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry and receive a free firecracker ice pop.
Pricing: Entry is free, but it really depends on how much money you would like to spend on all of the goodies.
Where/When: On Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at .
Why Go: Because it’s a day of food, fun, games, prizes, music and more.
Where/When: On Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at in Parsippany.
Why Go: To get your car washed for a good cause!
Where/When: From 1 p.m to 3 p.m. Saturday at in Madison.
Why Go: Joe Kubert, whose remarkable career ranks him among the all-time comic book greats, will be appearing for a rare in-store appearance on Saturday, June 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kubert will meet fans and autograph copies of his entire body of work, including recent additions to DC Comics’ Joe Kubert Library: "Jew Gangster," "Yossel: April 19, 1943," and "Dong Xoal, Vietnam 1965."
Where/When: At 8 p.m. Saturday, at the .
Why Go: Comedy icon Bill Cosby dazzles fans young and old with humor that transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.
Pricing: Ranging from $52 to $107.
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Saturday at in Chatham.
Why Go: Because the 2010/11 season was such a hit, The Sanctuary Concerts is celebrating its loyal audience with an ice cream social, followed by a show by Columbia Records artists The Burns Sisters at 9 p.m.
Where/When: At 8 p.m. Saturday at The Black River Playhouse, at Grove St. and Maple Ave. in Chester.
Why Go: After last year’s comedy night was a sold-out hit, The Black River Playhouse in Chester is hosting its second annual comedy night as a fundraiser for the Chester Theatre Group. The night will feature comedians Katherine Brower, Dan Hoffman, Fred Holzapfel, Julie McCormick, Karen Muha, Peggy Robinson and Phil Sweet.
Pricing: $15 donation.
Where/When: At 7:30 p.m. Friday at the in Morris Township.
Why Go: There will be a concert and dancing featuring LaBamba and The Hubcaps, one of New Jersey's most successful and well-known bar bands. (You may know LaBamba from the Conan O'Brien show.) The opening act will be Philadelphia acapella group Quiet Storm.
Where/When: From 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at in Pine Brook.
Why Go: Because there will be inflatables, carnival games, food, hair painting and much more.
Pricing: $18 at the door (price breaks available if you preorder and buy in bulk. See Woodmont's website for more details.)
Where/When: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at .
Why Go: Because people are teaming up to send a truckload of supplies to communities in Tuscaloosa that were devastated by the tornadoes last month. Non-perishable foods, water, cleaning supplies, paper products, tarps to cover roofs, school supplies, pet supplies and food, plastic storage containers, pots and pans, gently used clothing for children and teens, and more are needed.
Pricing: How much can you donate?
Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 85 Cascade Way in Butler.
Why Go: Because it’s a flea market and everyone likes a flea market.
Pricing: How big is your wallet?
Where/When: From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at 180 Boonton Ave in Butler.
Why Go: Because the owners are moving to a smaller house and must sell everything. Items for sale include toys, crafts, patio furniture and many other household items.
Pricing: How big is your wallet?
Where/When: At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: To enjoy an evening discussing Tom Franklin’s novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter” with some like-minded adults. Newcomers are welcome.
Where/When: From 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday at in Butler.
Why Go: To stop by and play at the open mic night, or just to stop by and enjoy listening to live music.
Where/When: At 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at in Madison.
Why Go: To enjoy a night out in Madison experiencing Molière’s comedic masterpiece about the hypocrisy of polite society.
Pricing: $32 to $55.
Where/When: From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the in Morristown.
Why Go: To check out a new series of drawings by Harding artist Peter Allen for the gallery’s new inaugural artist exhibition program. Allen will celebrate his exhibit with an artist reception on Sunday that is open to the public.
Where/When: At 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at in Morristown.
Why Go: You can see The Illusionist, a French animated film directed by Sylvain Chomet.
Where/When: From 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: To get outside and enjoy a free beginner group run on Thursday evenings.
Where/When: From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday at in Morristown.
Why Go: Come see Morristown’s own Brian Leopold, a one-man band who will play your favorite songs from bands like The Beatles, Billy Joel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers and more.
GRAB & GO KIDS' PLANNER
Where/When: At 2 p.m. on Saturday at in Chatham.
Why Go: Children ages 6 and older can dig into the pond and learn about what lives there. It’s suggested to wear clothing that can get muddy or wet.
Where/When: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at in Morristown.
Why Go: Children ages 7 to 11 get the chance to learn the basic skills of archeology and unearth some treasures of their own.
Pricing: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children.
Where/When: At 2 p.m. on Sunday at in Chatham.
Why Go: Children ages 10 and older will learn about aquatic invertebrates with a naturalist.
Where/When: From 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday at in Lake Hopatcong.
Why Go: Who doesn’t like a carnival?
Where/When: At 6 p.m. on Thursday at , 1000 Weldon Rd. in Oak Ridge.
Why Go: To get your little ones into their PJs early and enjoy an evening of stories at the public library.