10 Best NJ Events This Weekend: May 27 – 29

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Oh, heyyyyy, summer! It’s the unofficial, official kick off of summer in New Jersey, Memorial Day weekend!

Spend Memorial Day at the boardwalk in Bradley Beach with free kiddie rides and live entertainment at their Memorial Day Boardwalk Festival, see a spectacular light show in Atlantic City at the Tropicana Block Party and Light Show, or relax and enjoy some blues music at the Blues and BBQ event in Cape May.

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1. Hispanic Youth Showcase
May 27th, 2016 | 7:00 PM
In this unique showcase of Hispanic heritage and customs, New Jersey’s most talented Hispanics dancers, musicians, and artists will be displaying their breathtaking mastery of the arts. Recommended for ages 8 and up, families are invited to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to witness a performance unlike anything they have seen before.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center
1 Center St., Newark, NJ
Cost: $14

2. Memorial Day Boardwalk Festival
May 28th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Memorial Day is around the corner which means that it is time to plan a trip to the beach. This Memorial Day, Bradley Beach is holding its FREE Memorial Day boardwalk event with food vendors, craftsman, a parade at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning, and many kiddie rides.
Bradley Beach Boardwalk, Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: FREE

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3. Block Party & Light Show
May 27th, 2016 | 8:00 PM
From a spectacular multimedia light and sound show to fun, free giveaways that anyone can enter, start the summer off right this Memorial Day weekend by heading to the Tropicana Atlantic City, where they are having their free Boardwalk Block Party. Festivities such as an all-new and engaging multimedia light and sound show and explosive, beautiful fireworks will be happening right off the boardwalk.
Tropicana Atlantic City
2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ
Cost: FREE

4. Blues and BBQ Event
May 28th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Want to experience some Blues & BBQ this Memorial Day? Head on over to Natali Vineyards in Cape May where there will be lives Blues music sung by Danny Eyer, local artisans, barbecue styled food vendors, and a wine tasting for the adults.
Natali Vineyards
221 N. Delsea Dr., Cape May, NJ
Cost: Free admission

5. Spring Family Day
May 27th, 2016 | 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Spring Family Fun Day is here and you don’t want to miss an event where all of the proceeds go to some wonderful organizations. From an antique car showing to an interactive bouncy house, this barbecue styled family-friendly event will also feature fresh popcorn and homemade goodies.
636 Adelphia Rd., Freehold, NJ
Cost: FREE

6. Live Animal Show at The Stickley Museum
May 28th, 2016 | 10:30 AM and 11:15 AM
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is bringing friendly little critters through its doors this Saturday morning. Wake up early and join educators at Stickley Museum to catch a glimpse of some wild and exotic farm animals during their 30 minute show which introduces children to wildlife. Not only will children learn about the animals, they will also be able to pet them and hear their amazing stories.
Craftsman Farms Stickley Museum
2352 NJ-10, Morris Plains, NJ
Cost: $8 children, $8 adults

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7. Pork Roll Festival
May 28th, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
New Jersey is known for its pork roll and that is why Trenton brings its very own Pork Roll Festival to the state. In the 3rd annual Pork Roll Festival, located in downtown Trenton, there will be a pork roll queen competition, a recipe contest, 20+ vendors with different pork roll themed foods, and live entertainment.
100 S Broad St., Downtown Trenton, Trenton, NJ
Cost: $5 admission

8. Laura Marano at iPlay America
May 27th, 2016 | 6:30 PM
Laura Marano, from Disney channel’s Austin and Ally, will be performing at iPlay America. With a fan base of many young children who look up to her, Marano takes part in a variety of Disney forums including hosting Radio Disney and being in Disney original movies. For a small admission fee of $10, children who love Disney channel will be able to see their favorite celebrity while dancing to her beloved songs and show tunes.
iPlay America
110 Schank Rd., Freehold, NJ
Cost: $10

9. Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
May 28 – May 30th, 2016 | 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
A day at the beach with an endless variety food. Don’t miss out on the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival—a day full of fun family-friendly festivities including mouthwatering cuisine, free pony rides, a bouncy house, and specialty beverages.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport, NJ
Cost: $10 parking & admission

10. Saturday Night Concert Series
May 28th, 2016 | 6:30 PM
Kick off the warm weather right and have a dance or sit back and relax at Belmar’s FREE Saturday Night Concert Series.
601 Main St., Belmar, NJ
Cost: FREE

5 FREE events this weekend >

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