Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Enjoy yummy food at Monmouth Park Racetrack’s Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival or at Trenton’s Mill Hill Park Pork Roll Festival. Celebrate our service men and women at Liberty State Park’s 2nd Annual Fleet Week or the Greek culture at Perth Amboy’s Greek Festival. Spend some time outdoors at Asbury Park’s Summer Kickoff Carnival, Wildwood’s International Kite Festival, or Bradley Beach’s Memorial Day Weekend Festival.
1. Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
May 27-29, 2017
Saturday & Sunday from 11:00AM to 5:30PM (First Race will be at 12:50PM)
The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival returns just in time for another spectacular Memorial Day Weekend. With over 40 unique food trucks to choose from paired with an amazing festival space, there is no reason for your family to miss out on all the fun. There will be three FULL days of fan favorites such as: ocean-fresh lobster rolls, savory empanadas, ice-cold lemonade, live music, ice-cold drinks, and family activities for everyone. Families are encourage to arrive early and keep in mind the festival will run until the end of live racing each day at approximately 5:30pm. Of course, for the many kids attending there will be FREE pony rides, face-painting, clowns and a bounce house. Spend your Memorial Day Weekend the right way, surrounded by family, food, and fun.
Monmouth Park Racetrack
175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Cost: Free for Children 12 & under, $5 Adult, $5 Parking
2. Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival
May 27-29, 2017
Saturday from 11:00AM to 8:00PM (Parade at 10:00AM)
Sunday from 11:00AM to 8:00PM
Monday 11:00AM to 6:00PM
The Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival will feature a plethora of food vendors, Beer and Wine tents, and Crafters that will reach a mile long. For the kids, there will also be jumping houses and many other family friendly activities to accompany the good time. If your family is looking for a great time, look no further than Bradley Beach.
Bradley Beach Boardwalk
Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
3. Asbury Park Summer Kickoff Carnival
May 24-29, 2017
Wednesday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Thursday from 5:00PM to 10:00PM
Friday from 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Saturday from 12:00PM to 11:00PM
Asbury Park invites your family to their Summer Kickoff Carnival located at Bradley Park May 24-29, 2017. There will be great rides and plenty of special promotions going on to entertain your family all day. Make sure your family does not miss out on the perfect kick off to Summer at Asbury Park.
5th & Ocean Avenues, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Cost: $1.25 single tickets, $20 for 20 tickets, $50 for 56 tickets
Special Promotions: Thurs. May 25th $25 Unlimited Rides all day and Mon. May 29th $25 Unlimited Rides all day
4. 2nd Annual Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
Sunday, May 28 at 12 PM – 5 PM
Back for its second year, Fleet Week at Liberty State Park, celebrates the sea services and gives families an unparalleled opportunity to meet heroes that are Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen. Join the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard as they display the latest capabilities of their modern maritime services. There will be an array of activities, Military Static Display, Search & Rescue Demonstrations, and kids activities so all of the family can participate in this unique event.
Liberty State Park
1 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
5. Garden State Comic Fest: Great Adventure Edition
Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10:30AM to 10:00PM
Six Flags Great Adventure will be hosting their fun filled mini-con. Comic-book lovers can feast their eyes upon comics, collectibles, artists and some of the best DC Comics cosplay around; all set with the backdrop of DC Comics themed roller coasters. John Wesley Shipp-Shipp acted as Barry Allen on the CBS sci-fi adventure series “The Flash” from 1990- 1991 will be in attendance for photos and autographs during the event. Along with the festivities, it is a day to remember the Super-Heroes that do not wear capes, which is also a chance to celebrate Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. As a thank you for all they do, Police Officers, their friends and family can stay in the park for 90 minutes after it closes for Exclusive Ride Time on BATMAN: The Ride and THE DARK KNIGHT coaster. Police Officers must present an ID at the NJ 101.5 table at the Comic Con event to receive a wristband.
Six Flags Great Adventure
Jackson, NJ 08527
Online Cost: $47.99-$57.99
Park Entrance Cost: $46.99 Child, $72.99 Adult
6. Perth Amboy Waterfront ARTS Festival 2017
Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 12:00PM
Art enthusiasts are not the only ones who will appreciate this spectacular festival. All families will get the chance to embrace the culture of many local and regional talented artists, who showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, prints, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, hand-made items, and breath-taking photography. Families will be treated to 5 bands taking the stage throughout the day playing Latin sounds, rock, folk, jazz and acoustic music. The food court on display will also include over a dozen local eateries and food trucks. Even more of a reason to attend, this extraordinary event includes will also feature free arts and crafts activities for children and a community mural that everyone can participate in creating. The festival is sure to be a fun time for the whole family, and a good introduction to the world of art, or a great way to indulge in the arts.
Perth Amboy Waterfront
97 Sadowski Pkwy, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
7. Perth Amboy’s Greek Festival
Saturday, May 27 at 11 AM – 11 PM (Rain or Shine)
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church of Perth Amboy, NJ graciously invites your family to enjoy a celebration of Greek culture, food, live music, dancing, 50/50 raffles, and shopping during their annual Greek Festival by the Bay. This one-day family-friendly celebration will be home to traditional Greek delicacies such as souvlaki, gyros, spanakopita (spinach pie), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), and moussaka (baked eggplant), as well as delicious desserts like baklava (walnut strudel) and loukoumades (honey puffs) – all made fresh by festival volunteers. Coincidently, the Perth Amboy Waterfront ARTS Festival 2017 will also be going on right across the street, which means your family can spectate live musical performances as you feast on authentic Greek food. There will also be a delectable beer Garden and Wine selection, so make sure your family stops by to celebrate your inner Greek culture.
St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
41-47 Wisteria Street and Sadowski Parkway, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
8. The 2017 Pork Roll Festival
Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10:00AM to 7:00PM
At The 2017 Pork Roll Festival, your family will experience the world’s largest selection of pork roll food items. Families will also get the chance to witness the finale of the Pork Roll Queen Pageant & Recipe Contests that will be accompanied by live bands throughout the day. The Festival will be also be home to food trucks, snack vendors, merchandise and craft vendors, and kids entertainment for the littles looking for more fun.
Mill Hill Park
100 South Broad Street, Downtown Trenton, NJ 08608
9. Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 26-29, 2017
Friday at 12:00PM
Saturday & Sunday at 9:00AM
Monday at 11:00AM
The largest kite festival in North America is finally here and will take your family to greater heights. This event features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible creations. Festivities follow with the opening of the kite sales tent and illuminated kite fly. There will also be the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach, wonderful kite workshops, and plenty of family games.
On the Beach at Rio Grande Avenue
And inside the Wildwoods Convention Center
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260
10. First-Ever Shark Awareness Weekend
May 27-29, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Prepare the kiddies this Memorial Day Weekend as we focus on the world’s most misunderstood predator. Adventure Aquarium will be taking kids behind the scenes shark care taking and how OCEARCH keeps track of sharks in the wild. There will also be a Shark Fact or Fiction table where you will receive info and have to guess if it is fact or fiction so don’t forget to visit the Blue Mile in Zone B.
1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103
Cost: $21 Child, $28 Adult
11. Art In the Park 2017
Sunday, May 28 at 10 AM – 5 PM (Rain or Shine)
Art In the Park assures your family a day filled with strolling through West End with visiting booths full of artistic creations made by local talents. Artists will have their showcases up and down Brighton Avenue and throughout West End Park. Make sure your family also checks out all the great restaurants and shops in the area too.
Brighton Avenue & West End Park
Long Branch, NJ 07740
12. Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow
May 27-28, 2017 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM (Gates open at 8:00AM)
Get ready for another outstanding Millville Wheels & Wings Airshow. The airshow event will feature vintage warbirds, modern military and civilian aircraft, exciting aerobatics, a classic car show, displays, vendors, food, family fun, and much more for the whole family to enjoy.
104 Leddon Street, Millville, NJ 08332
Cost: $10 Child, $50 Child VIP, $20 Adult, $100 Adult VIP, $5 Parking, Tickets can be purchased here
13. New Jersey Renaissance Faire
May 27-28, 2017 from 10:00AM to 6:00PM (Rain or Shine)
The New Jersey Renaissance Faire invites your family to figure out of myths and history as they are taken on a path and must figure out a way back on their paths. Greats such as Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael are back, and this time as the actual famous artists their names are based on. This Spring at Liberty Lake, popular historical figures from Machiavelli, Ferdinando de’ Medici, and more will transport your family to a family-friendly festival filled with entertainment, food (including giant pickles and the ever popular “dragon legs”), and mystifying activities including a Jousting Tournament, Human Chess Match, and seven hours of Sword Fighting, Juggling, Fire Breathing, Aerialists, Comedy and Music on a variety of stages. There will also be a wine garden, a Merchant Village filled with glass blowing, blacksmiths, and other fine trinkets. The NJ Renaissance Faire is an event your family just cannot miss, and is also nationally known for being the most interactive Faire, with 80 trained cast members who will make you and your family a part of the show, as soon as you walk through the castle gates.
Liberty Lake Day Camp
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, New Jersey 08505
Cost: $15 Child, $25 Adult, Tickets can be purchased here
14. 2017 Newark African American Heritage Festival
The 50th annual African American Heritage Parade and Festival ensures your family a great time as event goers all come together to celebrate African American History, which will be highlighting the beautiful heritage and historical contributions of African Americans. There will be a parade, carnival, games, pony rides, celebrities, giant and historic balloons, health pavilion, college fair, vendors, live entertainment, festival food, and lots and plenty more that has not been announced yet.
Elizabeth Ave & Meeker Ave, Newark, NJ 07112
15. Cape May Music Festival
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 7:00PM
The Cape May Music Festival will be a place filled with music and excitement for the whole family. This year, the festival presents the Winner of the 2017 North American Brass Band contest, the Atlantic Brass Band. The Atlantic Brass Band will perform an array of exciting American music, which will be the perfect finish to your family’s Memorial Day Weekend.
Cape May Rotary Park
400 Lafayette Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
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