2020 Annual Festivals
SMITHVILLE HISTORY FUN DAY
May 17 - The Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, in cooperation with the Friends of the Mansion at Smithville invite you to celebrate the opening the 2020 Smithville Mansion Tour season. During Smithville History Fun Day, enjoy an afternoon filled with music, children’s games and activities, local history, food, and craft vendors. Enjoy the music of the Golden Eagle Band, Libby Prison Minstrels, Sweet Adeline’s and much more. The Smithville Historian will be offering tours of the village. Along the way, you will see a display of bicycles of a by-gone era, presented by the New Jersey Wheelmen. Enjoy a carriage ride along Park Avenue. The centerpiece of the event is the Historic Smithville Mansion. Take a tour, offered for a nominal fee, hear the stories of its most colorful and innovative residents H.B. Smith and Agnes Gilkerson Smith and see how they lived. Free Admission and Parking.
JUNE 7th ~ Bring the family to Smithville Park for a celebration of nature, Burlington County parks and opportunities to connect with nature locally! As always, this event will introduce new ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle but this year will also show us how to preserve, protect and play in the parks! The Sustainable living tent will introduce the newest ways to be eco-wise in your own homes to reduce landfill waste, cleaning the air, or preserving our natural landscapes! Plenty of kids’ activities will be on hand to show them the importance of taking care of the Earth and keeping our parks clean and enjoyable for all, whether it be for outdoor hiking, biking, or any of the other programming held in our parks. Get a taste of the seasonal, weekly farmers market or learn about all the cooking classes available at the Agricultural Center. Listen to folk music with an environmental theme. Meet the County Park rangers and learn about mountain biking, fly fishing, backpacking, and more with live, interactive demonstrations. Park Naturalists will be on hand to introduce the impressive variety of nature programs they offer, including Life That Glows, the exciting program that uses special UV flashlights that allow us to see that the natural world “glows” in different dazzling colors at night that would normally be invisible to us! See for yourself and find out why! Stroll through the Blue Trail to see what you can uncover on a scavenger hunt. Visit Historic Smithville Mansion Annex for the ‘Unnatural’ Exhibit and see previews of exhibits to come. At Smithville Park, we can’t leave out the history! Take a guided tour of the village or the historic Smithville Mansion, grab a passport, and learn about the Lyceum and history of Burlington County. Any celebration wouldn’t be complete without live music, food trucks, live animals, vendors, kids’ activities, face painting, and interactive fun! Join us on June 7 as we bring all of the educational and recreational programming into one festival as we celebrate nature and all it has to offer!
ARTS IN THE PARK
SEPTEMBER 12 ~ Arts in the Park Festival - Arts in the Park will be a celebration of the arts in Burlington County. Burlington County is filled with many talented artists and organizations that use that creativity to provide a different perspective on what we see every day. Smithville Park will be the stage from 2-8 PM! The event tent will be transformed into a pop-up art gallery with fine art on display from local artists. Meet the artists from previous and future exhibits in our galleries and sample wines from local wineries. See performances by musical and theatrical organizations from all over Burlington County. Watch for strolling magicians that will wow you with up close magic or catch a magic show! See dancers of all ages perform ballet, modern, and contemporary dance, hip-hop and various types of social and ballroom dance! Give it a try yourself with Rob and Sheila as they get you more comfortable with the dance floor! Local theater groups will perform scenes from recent productions. Have a piece of artwork that could use a new frame? Register for the nature photography walk that starts at the Worker’s House Gallery. Creative vendors have the ability to artistically enhance what is around them! Stroll down Park Avenue, see their work and shop, while enjoying the acoustic sounds of solo musicians.
Scarecrows on Parade
Scarecrows will be displayed for the month of October. Join us for our Annual Scarecrows on Parade. Every year the Scarecrows are a huge hit with visitors to Smithville Park. We invite organizations, businesses, clubs and individuals to participate by creating their own family-friendly scarecrow. A small registration fee is required. This is a fun way to promote your organization or business. Cash prizes awarded.
October 18 - The Fall Float Festival returns on October 18 with free canoeing on the Rancocas Creek! View the foliage during its peak season as you paddle from Smithville Park to Mount Holly. Take note of your favorite decorated dock as you float and vote when you return. Shuttle buses will return you to the park for an afternoon of fun, fall activities! Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch and pick a pumpkin to paint. Enjoy the scarecrows on parade and vote for your favorites. Watch the most talented artists with a chainsaw transform ordinary logs into collectable masterpieces. Bid on your favorite one at a live auction. You won’t miss a beat of the NFL action, as the big game will be on in the Event Tent. Be sure to register if you’re paddling! Pre-registered guests will be first to float!
December 6 - Victorian Holiday Celebration - Join us to kick off the Holiday Season at Historic Smithville Park. Festivities will include ice carving demonstrations, tours of Smithville Mansion decorated for the holidays, entertainment, kids’ activities, and a holiday marketplace where you can purchase unique gifts. Expect to see Victorian performers, activities, re-enactors and vendors during this holiday event. The Historic Smithville Mansion will be fully decorated and open for tours all afternoon. Carolers sing your holiday favorites throughout the park. Stop by for some s’mores and hot cocoa by the fire. Saint Nick arrives by horse-drawn carriage in the afternoon and will be greeting children all day. This event is the perfect photo opportunity for your holiday greeting cards!
Lookout for that grinchy Grinch!