This may just be the weekend you have been waiting for — especially if you mark your calendar every year for a special event.
On Thursday, May 31, the Base Camp International races return to downtown Basking Ridge, to begin at 6 p.m. sharp. A stunt bike show is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to warm up the local crowd.
Then there's the Bonnie Brae Scottish Festival and Games, still going strong after more than two dozen decades, with everything Scottish you can imagine coming to the fields of Liberty Corner on Saturday.
And don't forget the Pleasant Valley Twilight Challenge on Sunday for anyone who can run, walk or have fun with the kids! Or Somerset County Asian American Organization's Asian Festival on Sunday in Bridgewater.
There are other one-of-a-kind activities too, on our list. Have fun!
Bonnie Brae Scottish Festival and Games
When/Where: From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday atop the rolling fields of the Valley Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: When the bagpipers, including Basking Ridge's own Rampant Lion Pipe Band, come marching en masse over the hills, you may think you're in Scotland. Fans of all things Scottish, from edible specialties, kilts, British cars, dogs, dancers and much more congregate here each year.
Cost: Admission is $13 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 16; under 6 free. $5 parking charge.
Steve Woyce's The Turtle Show
When/Where: Saturday, at 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the 32 S. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Patrons will meet a variety of species of turtles and tortoises from around the world and learn where they live, what they eat, how they hibernate and much more! The program is open to all ages and is sponsored by The Friends of the Bernards Township Library. More programs on library website.
Cost: Free tickets at children's desk, for information, call children's library at 908-204-3031, ext. 3.
Boy Scout Troop 351 Annual Yard Sale
When/Where: Saturday, June 2, until 1 p.m. at the Gazebo on Allen Street in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: To help the Boy Scouts AND find bargains
Cost: Free, except for what you buy
24th Annual Pleasant Valley Twilight Challenge
When/Where: Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. at , off Valley Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Help the Bernards Township Municipal Alliance take a stand against underage drinking and substance abuse by participating in 5K run, one-mile Health Walk or "Lollipop Loop" for children.
Cost: $20 registration
Live Animal Exhibit at Environmental Education Center
When/Where: "Alive at the EEC," a live animal exhibit, will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Somerset County in Basking Ridge, continuing through June 8, except for Memorial Day, May 28.
Why Go: You not only get to see real animals from the surrounding Great Swamp, you can see other reptiles and amphibians — such as poison dart frogs — from around the world.
"Impressions of Nature" Photo Exhibit and Sale
When/Where: At the center in Basking Ridge, during gallery hours from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends through June 16, except for Sunday, May 13, Saturday, May 19, or the weekend of May 26-27.
Why Go: Basking Ridge photographer Filip Everaert’s photography is exceptional for its color and rich textures, capturing the essence of the beauty of nature.
Base Camp International Bike Race
When/Where: Next Thursday, May 31, starting at 6 p.m. sharp in the center of Basking Ridge; stunt bike demonstration at 5:30 p.m.
Why Go: Cheer on professional cyclists from all around the world while cheering and munching from the sidelines.
Cost: Free to watch
Somerset County Student Artists at Morris Museum
When/Where: On exhibit, through May 27, at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown.
Why Go: The work of student artists from, Gill St. Bernard's, Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Watchung Regional High School and more are on exhibit at the museum.
Cost: Museum admission, adults: $10, children: $7, seniors: $7, children under 3, free
Fever: Serena Bocchino
Where/When: 5-7 p.m. Saturday at the Simon Gallery, 48 Bank St., Morristown.
Why Go: See some cool artwork by an artist that known far and wide — and in our area, too.
When/Where: Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at .
Why Go: To get some Asian culture as the Somerset County Asian American organization brings food, dancing, music and much more to the high school!
Bridgewater Oaks Neighborhood Yard Sale
When/Where: Saturday at 10 a.m. at 57 Bond Street in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because who doesn't love a yard sale? The Bridgewater Oaks Homeowners' Association is holding a sale for the nieghborhood chock full of fun stuff to buy!
Cost: Free, except for the cost of what you buy.
When/Where: Saturday at 8 a.m. at 891 Sherwood Road in Bridgewater.
Why Go: Because don't we all love a garage sale? One family is selling electronics, kids toys, clothing, home furnishings and much more.
Cost: Free, except for the cost of what you buy.
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You're a "Child of the 90s" that loves one of that decade's biggest-selling R&B groups.
Cost: $37 to $67
When/Where: Saturday starting at 10 a.m. at Cavalry Baptist Church, Morristown
Why Go: You want to support the RISE Youth Mission group; you want to get a confidential AIDS test.
Cost: $5 for cars, $8 trucks/RVs; AIDS test is free
When/Where: Saturday, 5 p.m. at Zebu Forno, Morristown
Why Go: You love art openings over a slice of pizza, perhaps?
When/Where: Sunday, 9:30 a.m. at Early Street Community Garden, Morristown
Why Go: It's yoga in a garden, need we say more?
Cost: Free ($5 suggested donation)
When/Where: Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Franciscan Oaks Retirement Community Center, 19 Pocono Road, Denville
Why Go: Because you want to celebrate with all those who have survived and their families and friends.