10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: May 20 – 22


Taste and judge the chips and dip at the 27th Annual New Jersey State Chili and Salsa Cook Off, take a trip to the Jersey Shore to see a BMX Stunt Show at the Jersey Shore Festival, try Oasis Farm’s homemade strawberry ice cream at the Strawberries Forever Festival, or visit the traveling petting zoo in Warren Farm’s children’s garden during their Butterfly Festival.

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1. 27th Annual New Jersey State Chili and Salsa Cook Off
May 21st, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Live music, street performers, and the chance to taste test some awesome chili and salsa is all going down in Toms River this weekend. Don’t miss out on the 27th Annual New Jersey State Chili and Salsa Cook Off—one of the largest food contest in New Jersey.
Washington St., Toms River, NJ
Cost: Free

2. Jersey Shore Festival
May 20th – May 22nd, 2016 | 1:00 PM
Beach season is almost here and Seaside Heights is holding a Jersey Shore Festival featuring emerging artists, BMX Stunt Shows, free monster truck rides, and fireworks.
Seaside Heights Beach & Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

3. Strawberries Forever Festival
May 21st, 2016 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Homemade strawberry ice cream, strawberry jelly & jam, strawberry pies and everything else you can create with this sweet fruit will be featured at the Strawberry festival. Bring your sweet tooth.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Dr., Trenton, NJ
Cost: Free Admission


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4. Spring Food Trucks & Fire Pits at Laurita Winery
May 21st – 22nd, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Laurita Winery is having its very own food truck festival all weekend long. The event will include kid friendly events such as a huge playground, a bouncy house, face painting, live music, a country line dancing area, and over 30+ food trucks.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Rd., New Egypt, NJ
Cost: $8 adults, children are free

5. 39th Annual Bordentown Street Fair
May 21st, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Unique food, family-friendly festivities, and a bunch of fun is happening at the 39th Annual Bordentown City Street Fair. Check out the local vendors and have a bite to eat at some of the food areas. The street fair will take up the entire Farnsworth Avenue which means that there is an endless amount of entertainment, food, and vendors for the family.
Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown, NJ
Cost: Free Admission

6. Butterfly Festival
May 21st, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Spring time brings out one of the most beautiful insects in New Jersey—the butterfly. At Wagner Farm Arboretum’s Children’s Garden, there will be a petting zoo, bouncy houses, games, sand art, crafts, food, a honey bee exhibit, balloon art, and much more.
Wagner Farm Arboretum
197 Mountain Ave., Warren, NJ
Cost: $3


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7. Boat Show and Armed Forces Day
May 21st, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Spend the day honoring our armed forces for Armed Forces weekend. There will be a boat show debuted by local boat owners and the chance to witness tours, demonstrations, and an educational presentation about the U.S. military. For the kids, the event will host a variety of activities such as model boat building, knot tying, magnet fishing and more.
Tuckerton Seaport
120 W Main St., Tuckerton, NJ
Cost: $8

8. Happyfest
May 21st – 22nd | All Day Event
Get your smile on at Happyfest obstacle course and festival. Accessible for people in wheelchairs, this event shines a light on inclusive activities for family members of all ages and abilities.
Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
230 Pension Rd., Englishtown, NJ
Cost: $15-$65 depending on choice of admission


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9. Curious George: The Golden Meatball
May 22nd, 2016 | 1:00 PM + 4:00 PM
Curious George is making a stop at the Bergen Performing Arts Center. Curious George, a lovable little monkey, takes part in the All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day by helping his friends cook the best meatballs, but the crowd who is supposed to eat them have gone to another meatball vendor. In this performance of friendship and determination, Curious George helps out his friend and enters the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome.
Bergen Performing Arts Center
30 N Van Brunt St., Englewood, NJ
Cost: $15-$40

10. Paint Your Own Fairy House
May 22nd, 2016 | 12:00 PM
Tinkerbell is hoping that all of her little helpers will attend the Learning Express Toys craft event this Sunday. Children are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite princess costume to get their picture taken with the one and only Tinkerbell. On top of that, children will be creating their very own Fairy House.
Learning Express Toys of Holmdel
2107 State Rt. 35, Holmdel, NJ
Cost: $35



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