10 Outdoor Events in New Jersey this May

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Spring has sprung in New Jersey — now is the time to get your family outside and enjoying nature. Whether you’re thinking about checking out New Jersey’s tallest waterfallchow down on exotic and local food at Chester Food Truck & Music Festival in Chester, NJ, or learn how to make your garden stand out at the Mercer County Master Gardeners’ Plant Expo in Pennington, NJ, there’s fun to be had all around the state this month.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Best Outdoor Events in May:

Photo Via Chester Food Truck & Music Festival on Facebook.com

1. Chester Food Truck & Music Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00AM to 7:00PM
Nothing screams summer like food trucks and good music! Stop by the Chester Food Truck & Music Festival for over twenty five gourmet food trucks, face painting, and musical acts throughout the day. If you choose to attend, please bring a nonperishable canned food item, to be donated to the local food pantry. For tickets and more information, please click here.
Municipal Field
134 Main St, Chester, New Jersey 07930

2. Vine to Wine Spring Festival 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Sunday May 7, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Attend a local wine tasting event, which are prominent throughout the month of May! Bask in the warm weather in an afternoon of wine, gourmet food tasting, arts and craft booths, and a stroll through the Old York Cellars Winery art gallery. For tickets and more information, please click here.
Old York Cellars Winery
80 Old York Rd, Ringoes, New Jersey 08551

3. Mercer County Master Gardeners’ Plant Expo
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM
Celebrate a belated Earth Day at the Mercer Educational Gardens. This year, they will be hosting the Master Gardeners’ Plant Expo, which features a variety of unique flowers, all grown without chemicals! With free admission, this is the perfect event for families with a love for nature and gardening.
Mercer Educational Gardens
431A Federal City Rd, Pennington, New Jersey

Photo Via jcdaytrippers.com

4. Road Trip: NJ Waterfalls + State Parks
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM
Take an education, nature-filled road trip with your loved ones this May. The road trip with feature local waterfalls and parks, like the Great Falls, the Buttermilk Falls, and the Boonton Falls. As their website states, join them for “Free wifi. Charging stations. Awesome tunes. And even better company! JCDT is your ticket outta town and to adventure.” For ticket prices and more information, please click here.
Departure from Grove & Columbus, Jersey City and Hoboken PATH Station

5. Weekend in Old Monmouth
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Sunday May 7, 2017 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Step into your child’s history book this May, with the Monmouth County Historical Association’s “Weekend in Old Monmouth.” Here, your family will learn about the history of New Jersey in an interactive, live exhibit. Costumed interpreters will be at all five historic houses.
Monmouth County Historical Association
70 Court St, Freehold 07728

6. Rancocas Creek Kayak Trip 
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 8:30AM to 4:00PM
Take a step out of your comfort zone and go Kayaking this May! Presented by 87FSS Outdoor Recreation, this trip features a 6.6 mile paddling loop from the Rowan College Rancocas Creek and is a great way to stay active with the athletes in your family.
Rancocas Creek
Riverside, New Jersey 08075

Photo Via Diggerland USA

7. Diggerland USA
Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
If your child loves all things construction and destruction, Diggerland is the perfect place for them! Join Diggerland for their tours, or create a day for yourself with their multiple rides and daily events, like their Mother’s Day promotion where “Mom’s Dig Free!”
Diggerland USA
100 Pinedge Dr, West Berlin, New Jersey 08091

8. Run The Hook 5K & 10K 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Get your family running for a good cause. Join Peak Projects at their “Run The Hook” 5K for local charities. This year, they partnered with Clean Ocean Action, which is an organization dedicated to preserving New Jersey’s Oceans and Beaches. Be a part of the newest trend along the Jersey Shore! For ticket prices and more information, please click here.
Sandy Hook, New Jersey 07732

9. 5th Annual Miki & Friends Walk for AIR
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 5:00AM to 3:00PM
If your child loves puppies, cats, and everything in between, this Miki & Friends Walk is perfect for you. Come to Mercer County Park for a morning of dog friendly activities with your family and friends and lots of food. The money raised will go towards suicide prevention. For ticket prices and more information, please click here.
1346 Windsor Edinburg Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Photo Via Celebrate Clifton’s 100th on Facebook.com

10. Clifton Centennial Parade 
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Join the quaint town of Clifton in celebration of 100 years. With floats, marchers, and bands, this is not a parade to be missed! (Parade starts at 2:00pm at Clifton Avenue and Colfax Avenue.
It will travel north on Clifton Avenue and turn left onto Main Avenue, ending at Main Memorial Park.)
Clifton, NJ 07011

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While studying Journalism and Professional Writing at The College of New Jersey, Julia has mastered numerous skills, including sleeping with her eyes open and using NJTransit. She loves going to Jack Baker’s Wharfside in Point Pleasant with her family and going to Cuban Pete’s in Montclair with her friends. She also plays badminton with her little sister, Sarah, in her nonexistent free time. When Julia is not at Ice Cream Charlie’s, you can probably find her listening to The 1975 or watching Disney movies.