15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, May 19-21


Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate the Greek culture at St. George’s Annual Greek Festival, the German culture at Maifest 2017, or Clifton’s 100th anniversary at their Centennial Parade. Enjoy yummy food at Belmar’s NJ Seafood Festival, Laurita Winery’s Jeep Thing & Food Trucks, or Keansburg’s A Taste Of Spring: The Bayshore’s 1st Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest.

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Belmar NJ

Belmar Seafood Festival, Photo via VisitBelmarNJ.com

1. NJ Seafood Festival
May 19-21, 2017
Friday from 4:00PM to 08:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM to 08:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM to 06:00PM
Belmar’s 31st 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 from the vooDUDES.
Silver Lake
5th and Ocean Avenues, Belmar, NJ 07719
Cost: Free

2. Greek Orthodox Church of St. George – Annual Greek Festival
May 18-21, 2017 (Rain or Shine)
Thursday: 11 am – 11 pm (Free admission before 4pm, additional Dinner coupon here)
Friday from 11:00AM to 11:30PM
Saturday from 11:00AM to 12:30PM
Sunday from 12:00 to 8:00PM
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. More details of this fabulous weekend are yet to be announced, so make sure your family makes an appearance to celebrate all of our inner Greek.
Greek Orthodox Church of St. George
1101 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854
Cost: Free for Children 12 & Under, $2 Adults

3. Jersey Shore Festival
May 19-21, 2017 (Rain or Shine)
Friday from 2:00PM to 1:00AM(Saturday Morning)
Saturday from 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM to 7:00PM
The 2017 Jersey Shore Festival is back. This years festival will give event your family a chance to witness performances by over 300 premier and emerging artists, attend Industry Seminars, and get a peek into one-on-one mentoring sessions with music industry professionals. 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
Cost: Free

The Historic Village At Allaire NJ

19th Century Spring Festival 2016, Photo via Facebook @TheHistoricVillageAtAllaire

4. Spring Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
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
Cost: Free

5. Jeep Thing & Food Trucks
May 20-21, 2017
Saturday from 11:00AM to 9:00PM, with Fireworks starting around 8:30PM
Sunday from 11:00AM to 8:00PM
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.
Laurita Winery
85 Archertown Road, New Egypt, NJ 08533
Cost: Free for everyone 20 and under, $8 Adults

6. Bloomfield Center Block Party
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 12:00PM to 8:00PM (Rain Date: May 21, 2017)
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.
Washington Street
Between Glenwood Avenue and Farrand Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Cost: Free

Robbinsville NJ

Strawberry & Honey Weekend, Photo via OasisFamilyFarm.com

7. Strawberry & Honey Weekend
May 20-21, 2017 from 10:30AM to 4:00PM
Oasis Family Farm is hosting its unique Honey & Strawberry Weekend Berry Sweet Adventure Game Extravaganza. Families will get a chance to buzz their way through the adventure of a new-bee as they learn some “Berry” fun facts. Of course there will also be local raw honey, fresh strawberries, Strawberry pies, and fresh dipped chocolate covered strawberries on sale for all. Along with all those great items, Oasis Farms will also have an Observation bee hive, Wagon rides around the farm, and many more game activities for the kids.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: ​$7.00/participant, Free Adults & Non-Participants

8. Mayfest
May 20-21, 2017 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
Cost: Free

9. A Taste Of Spring: The Bayshore’s 1st Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2:00PM to 8:00PM
Keansburg brings A Taste of Spring, which is Bayshore’s 1st 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. A performance car show, Craft Beer Tasting, Free Food Sampling, and Live Music all day will be there for all.
Beachway & Main Streets
Keansburg, NJ 07734
Cost: Free

Scotch Plains NJ

Touch A Truck, Photo via Facebook @JCCOfCentralNJ

10. Touch a Truck
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM
Returning for its second year, Touch a Truck is a Free event that provides a unique chance for children to discover and play with vehicles of all types including: public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, transportation, delivery just to name a few. Children will be allowed get their hands all over their favorite vehicles as well as get behind the wheel, climb, explore and learn. Camp Yachad will be assisting with bouncing and games on our campsite.
On top of the great games and discovery, Food trucks and music will also be part of the day’s entertainment. The event will be open to the everyone and will run rain or shine.
An important aspect of the event will be the “Hold the Horn” hour from 1 – 2pm designed for children with special needs and those with auditory sensitivity issues – no horns, music or sirens!
JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Cost: Free

11. Spring Street Fair
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
The Metuchen Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 20th 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
Cost: Free

12. 3rd Annual Keyport Antiques & Artisan Festival
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM (Rain Date: May 21 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM)
The 3rd Annual Keyport Antiques & Artisan Festival invites your whole family for a culture-filled festival celebrating the finest antique dealers, artists, crafters, poets and musicians the Bayshore has to offer. Artists, artisans and dealers from around come to this one place to sell their crafts and perform their works in downtown Keyport on Waterfront Park. The backdrop to this wonderful atmosphere will be live entertainment and the beautiful waters of the Raritan. This event is a real treat for all your senses, and also a great place for your family to enjoy the delicious work of the community.
West Front Street
Keyport, NJ 07735
Cost: Free

Hackettstown NJ

MaiFest, Photo via Facebook @HackettstownBID

13. Maifest 2017
Saturday, May 20, 2017 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 Washington and Main at Grand Avenue and Valentine Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Cost: Free

14. Clifton Centennial Parade
Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 2:00PM to 6:00PM
Everyone loves a parade. Especially one that celebrates a city’s centennial. Mark your calendars for the Clifton Centennial Parade. Your family will enjoy the many floats, marchers, and bands.
Parade will start on the corner of 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 07013
Cost: Free

15. Newport’s Annual Spring Festival & Carousel Opening
Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:00AM to 1:00PM (Rain Date: May 21, 2017)
Families and kids of all ages are encouraged to come out to Newport’s annual Spring Festival. Those who attend can enjoy many carnival games, face painters, balloons artists, and jugglers. This amazing event also has the pleasure to have all this going on all right on the Jersey City waterfront to pair together spectacular views and family friendly activities. Event goers of course should keep in mind that they should not leave without a ride on the carousel.
Newport Green Playground
Washington Boulevard & 14th Street, Jersey City, NJ 07310
Cost: Free


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