Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive festivals around New Jersey – despite this crazy weather! Celebrate the Greek culture at St. George’s Annual Greek Festival, the German culture at Maifest 2018, and all things Jersey Shore at NJ Seafood Festival, to name a few. Grab your umbrellas, rain boots and appetite for fun and food and make some memories with your little ones all weekend.
1. NJ Seafood Festival
Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 18th-20th, 2018
Belmar’s Annual Seafood Festival is back by popular demand. This 3 day event will showcase a variety of seafood along with other speciality vendors, a beer tent, a wine garden, plenty of children’s activities, as well as live music performances.
5th and Ocean Avenues, Belmar, NJ 07719
2. Greek Orthodox Church of St. George – Annual Greek Festival
Thursday thru Sunday, May 17th-20th, 2018
The 45th Annual St. George’s Church in Piscataway invites your family to not 1, not 2, not 3, but 4 days of food and fun at their Annual Greek Festival. The fan favorite festival will feature incredible Greek delectables, Greek pastries, and Greek dance.
Greek Orthodox Church of St. George
1101 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Cost: Free or $2 based on the day (check their FB page for full details); free parking
3. Jersey Shore Festival
Friday thru Sunday, May 18th-20th, 2018
The Jersey Shore Festival is a free admission, rain-or-shine music and arts festival that kicks off the summer festival season and proves that summer really does start sooner at the Jersey Shore. With performances by over 300 artists from around the world, the Jersey Shore Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in New Jersey! The fun continues of course, with plenty of VIP’s Motocross Stunt Shows, BMX & Skate Demos, MiniMoto GP Demos, Pro’s vs. Heroes Charity Flag Football Game, NFL Play60 Clinics, Free Yoga and Tai Chi on the Beach, Free Monster Truck Rides on the Beach, and many food trucks spread out throughout the beach.
Seaside Heights Beach & Boardwalk
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
4. Spring Festival
Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM (NEW DATE!)
The Historic Village at Allaire is hosting its Spring Festival. Accompanied by the opening of the historic buildings, there will also be special programs for the day. Along with the programs, an historic baseball game, a beehive oven baking demonstration, and an auction at the General Store are all open to event goers.
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave, Farmingdale, New Jersey 07727
5. Jeep Thing & Food Truck
May 19-20, 2018 (rescheduled to June 16 & 17 due to weather, but they will still have food/wine/sangria/live music this weekend)
Laurita winery invites your whole family to explore what “It’s a Wine and Jeep Thing” is really all about, along with exploration of beautiful scenic views. There will also be live entertainment, a country line dance area, vineyard tours, and over 20 Food Trucks. For the kids: there will be a huge playground, bounce house, as well as face painting. The combination of fine wines and gourmet food is always worth the price, but once you add in the plethora of vendors, 13 custom jeep accessories, fireworks displays, and the live music this event makes for quite the special day.
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: Free for everyone 20 and under, $8 Adults
6. Bloomfield Center Block Party
Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12:00PM to 8:00PM (cancelled due to inclement weather)
The Bloomfield Center Alliance is inviting your family to Bloomfield’s outdoor block party. There will be mouth watering food and drinks, live music, and amazing raffles.
Between Glenwood Avenue and Farrand Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
7. Red Furry Friend (ie, perhaps Elmo) at Sky Zone Ocean
Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9am-10am
Toddler Time is a special jump time just for little ones; ages walking to 5 years old. If they can walk, they can jump! The toddlers and parents can enjoy the entire park with other jumpers of the same size during this time.
Sky Zone Ocean
2355 State Highway 66 Ocean, New Jersey
Cost: VERY LIMITED CAPACITY (reserve your spot asap): $14 for toddlers, free for parents (must bring or purchase sky socks to assist toddlers)
8. Sweet Like Honey Weekend at the Farm
May 19-20, 2018 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Oasis Family Farm is hosting its unique honey-filled weekend. Join us for a honey filled weekend to kick off our Live Bee Hive observatory opening for the season! Craft station for the kids, Fun Zone, & Interactive information sessions for the entire family brought to you by Brothers In Bees, an organization dedicated to serving U.S Veterans and Honey Bees.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: $10.00/ participant, Free Adults & Non-Participants
Saturday & Sunday, May 19th-20th, 2018 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Mayfest is an fun event that includes over 100 Crafters, a unique International food court, live music, children’s games, and of course an array of over 50 shops for all event goers.
Historic Smithville – The Village Greene
615 E Moss Mill Road, Smithville, NJ 08205
10. A Taste Of Spring: The Bayshore’s 1st Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest
Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2:00PM to 7:00PM
Keansburg brings A Taste of Spring, which is Bayshore’s 2nd Annual Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival. Make sure you bring your family out for a great day which will of course include a variety of Food Trucks, beer garden & a battle of the bands. Live performances, a car show, craft beer tasting, and free food sampling all day.
Beachway & Main Streets
Keansburg, NJ 07734
11. Spring Street Fair
Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 21st Annual Spring Street Fair between Main and New Streets in downtown Metuchen. The Spring Street is host to thousands of people that come for the variety of food vendors, various restaurants, retailers, crafters and plenty more. Your family can also visit the exquisite Downtown Shops and the many Fair Booths while enjoying live music. There will also be kiddie rides for children.
Main and New Streets
Metuchen, NJ 08840
12. Maifest 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 12:00PM to 8:00PM
Manifest is a traditional German celebration of the Springtime. Families can join local breweries for beer, food, music & fun for the family! To top it all off, your family can participate in brewing contests, arts, crafts, vendors, live music, and children’s activities.
The block between Main at Grand Avenue and Valentine Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
13. Family Movie Night with Moana at Joe Palaia Park
Friday, May 18, 2018 from 6:00PM to 9:30PM
The Mayor and Council and the Community Celebration Committee are proud to announce another Family Movie Night in the Park with food trucks on May 18th. This week’s movie will be Moana.
Joe Palaia Park
240 Whalepond Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755
14. 2018 Color Fun Run
Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 9:00AM to 12:00PM (rain or shine)
In addition to the run, there will be a DJ with dancing, food trucks and most importantly fun. There will be individual color packets, Pace water bottles, and extra shirts for sale for $5 each.
Mercer County Parks Soccer Fields, Trenton, NJ 08690
Cost: $10 up til 9:45am on race day/ adults can run free. More info here.
15. 41st Annual Bordentown Street Festival
Saturday & Sunday, May 19-20, 2018 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Free event in downtown Bordentown City, New Jersey with fun for the whole family. Expect handmade crafters, local restaurants, free entertainment, kids area, Farnsworth Street merchants and local non-profits transforming Farnsworth Avenue and surrounding streets. Over 20,000 people visit Bordentown during this fun weekend!
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