10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: April 29 – May 1


Embrace the warm weather and get out of the house this weekend with these spectacular events. Travel to a different era and watch knights dual at the Renaissance Faire, play carnival games and enjoy carnival food at the 20th Anniversary Spring Fling Carnival in Fair Lawn, eat unlimited bacon at the Laurita Winery Baconfest, or get your food truck on at the food truck frenzy in Augusta.

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1. Renaissance Faire
April 30th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Witness knights face off in a dual, get a good laugh with the old-time comedy of the renaissance, or dance to live music from another era at the Historic Village of Smithville Renaissance Faire.
Historic Smithville and Village Green
615 E Moss Mill Rd., Smithville, NJ
Cost: $15-$25

2. 20th Anniversary Spring Fling Carnival
April 29th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
May 1st, 2016 | 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Celebrate 20 years of community fun at Fair Lawn’s spring fling carnival with professionally operated family-friendly rides, games and prizes at booths, carnival food, and free music throughout the weekend. Don’t miss out on this extravagant fundraising event.
35-01 Morlot Ave., Fair Lawn, NJ
Cost: Prices vary for activities

3. Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Festival
April 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Food trucks from all over the east coast will be making a stop at the Tuckerton Seaport this weekend for their Spring edition of “Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Festival. Craft beers for the adults, delicious treats for the kids, and exciting live music for the entire family. Additionally, there will be a Seaport Pong tournament.
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W Main St., Tuckerton, NJ
Cost: $8


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4. Laurita BaconFest
April 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM
Enjoy a bit of bacon from a selection of 15 bacon-themed food trucks at Laurita Winery. There will be many bacon options, country wine dancing, live entertainment, and a firework show.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd., New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $8

5. Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny
May 1st, 2016 | 1:00 PM + 4:00 PM
Experience the classic nighttime tale of Goodnight Moon and the tale of the Runaway Bunny as he pretends to leave home with Mermaid Theater at BergenPAC.
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 N Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ
Cost: $15-$40

6. Food Truck Frenzy
April 30th, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sample some of the best food in New Jersey at the food truck frenzy. From Latin American cuisine to Italian dishes, Skylands Stadium is hosting its first annual food truck frenzy in honor of the area’s best food trucks. Cuisines being featured will be American, Cajun, Italian, Latin-America, and many more.
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ
Cost: $5

7. Annual May Day Festival
May 1st, 2016 | 1:00 PM
May is just around the corner and to celebrate the first day of a new, warmer month, the American Labor Museum is holding its annual May Day Festival with live instrumental music, live vocals, refreshments, and shopping from vendors.
American Labor Museum
83 Norwood St., Haledon, NJ
Cost: $10


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8. Paint Sea Shells with Ariel
May 1st, 2016 | 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM
The little mermaid from under the sea is taking a trip on the shore for her special event. Paint Sea Shells with the underwater princess, Ariel, and take pictures as well. Every princess will get a goodie bag, snacks, and drinks.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 State Route 35, Holmdel, NJ
Cost: $35/child

9. The Little Mermaid
April 29th, 2016 | 8:00 PM
April 30th, 2016 | 7:00 PM
May 1st, 2016 | 3:00 PM
Ariel won the prince’s heart, but it took her a long journey to get there. Learn about how The Little Mermaid came to be with classic songs such as “Under the sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World,” during Count Basie Theater’s spectacular rendition.
Count Basie Theater
99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ
Cost: $22-$32

10. Love That Dog
April 29th, 2016 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
If you adore dogs and love poetry, than this performance of “Love That Dog” at Raritan Valley Community College is the perfect show for you and your family. Written through free-verse poetry, a boy finds his voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, and his dog.
118 Lamington Rd, Somerville, NJ
Cost: $15




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