From a Grand Queen Anne home built in 1865 on Highland Avenue in the Gardens to a brand new Mediterranean-styled Villa in Indian Forest, the 33rd annual Tour of Notable Homes is a must for any architectural or design buff.

Showing-off some of the best homes the town has to offer, the tour is organized by the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, a professional, regional orchestra, based in Westfield. The organization uses monies raised to help offset operating costs and keep community programs alive.

“Supplemental fund raising is critical because only about a third of our revenue comes from the sale of tickets,” said David Wroe, Maestro of the New Jersey Festival Orchestra. “Income from the Tour will also support our critical educational outreach and music therapy programs.”

The Tour of Notable Homes is on Saturday, May 13, and is self-guided. Homes can be seen between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. According to organizers it takes about two to three hours to complete. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 the day of the tour.

You can buy your ticket online or in Westfield at Baron’s Drug Store or The Town Book Store. In Mountainside at Christoffers Flowers & Gifts. In Cranford at Periwinkle’s Fine Gifts and Norman’s Hallmark in Fanwood.

The day includes a raffle and live music.

Photo above of Highland Avenue Grand Queen Anne courtesy New Jersey Festival Orchestra at