25+ Festivals This Month In New Jersey


It’s May and you know what that means—festival season has begun bringing lots of family fun this month. Pick delicious strawberries, plus enjoy live music, wine, scenic hayride tours, and more at the Berry Bash Festival at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, take in a day of food trucks, kids’ activities, ax throwing, and carnival games at the Skylands Stadium Fest in Augusta, or enjoy the 37th Annual Seafood Fest in Belmar which includes live music, vendors, and everything from conch fritters to crab legs. And for more ideas on family fun, check out our guide to all things spring in NJ. (Featured photo credit: @skylandsstadium)

Chester Food Truck and Music Fest
May 4 at 11 AM
Round up your crew for a fun day—there will be food trucks, kids’ activities, ax throwing, and inflatables.
Cost: $5. Kids under 5 are free; please bring an item for the food pantry
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930

Skylands Stadium Fest
May 4 at 12 PM
You won’t want to miss This day of food, fun, and family. Make memories while enjoying the outdoors and activities, including 20+ food truck vendors, desserts, and specialty drinks. There will be live music, carnival games, axe throwing, and more.
Cost: $5. Kids under 38″ free.
94 Championship Place, Augusta, NJ 0782

Tenafly Street Fair
May 4 at 11 AM
Celebrate spring at one of the first street fairs of the season. There will be artists, crafters, food, rides, and live music.
Cost: Free admission for spectators
Tenafly Historic Railroad Station, 1 Piermont Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670

Rock & Roll Steampunk Fair 2024
May 4 at 10 AM
Bring your crew to this festival filled with activities for everyone. Don’t miss out on the multiple live musical acts, kid’s activities, and plenty of vendors throughout the day.
Cost: Free
44 E. Washington Avenue, Washington, NJ 07882

Maverick’s Legacy 2nd Annual Spring Festival
May 4 at 11 AM
Celebrate the legacy of Maverick, a child who left the world way too soon, at this lively spring festival with crafters and vendors, food trucks, live music, children’s entertainment, a tricky tray, and more. Proceeds go to the Maverick’s Legacy Foundation, a non-profit that strives to reduce preventable choking deaths and injuries. 
Cost: Free admission and parking
Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ 07822

Galloway Art Festival
May 4 at 12 PM
Join in as the community comes together to enjoy music, dance, and visual arts at the Galloway Art Festival. Follow a master schedule of performances led by the Absegami Performing Arts, and enjoy interactive activities as well.
Cost: Free
Village Greene, 615 E Moss Mill Rd, Smithville, NJ 08205

Car Show and Vendor Fair
May 4 at 9 AM
This annual event is the perfect way to get outside and spend time with the family. Food trucks, classic cars, craft vendors, and a celebration of Vo Tech’s 50th anniversary will be on site.
Cost: Free
Vo Tech, 880 Route 45, Woodstown, NJ 08098

Spring Craft & Food Truck Festival
May 4 at 11 AM 
Now that the weather is getting warmer, head outside and to this spring festival. There will be delicious food, crafters, hay rides, pony rides, and more.
Cost: Free
Duffields Farm, 280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell, NJ 08080

Spring Street Fair and Earth Day Celebration
May 5 at 11:30 AM
Spend the morning at the Fun Run and Kids Race, then head to this lively festival where you can celebrate Earth Day and the season of spring together.
Cost: Free
Main Street Highland Avenue, Raritan Ave. from 2nd to 5th Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904

Spring Festival
May 5 at 9 AM 
Grab the fam and enjoy a day of fun together, which includes hay rides, face painting, vendors, food trucks, music, and more. Make sure you feed the animals while you are there.
Cost: Free
Funny Farm Rescue, 6908 Railroad Boulevard, Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Annual Azalea Festival
May 11 
It’s a Mother’s Day weekend of fun with local craft vendors and food as you stroll through our renowned botanical gardens overflowing with blooming azalea shrubs.
Cost: Free
Sayen Gardens, 155 Hughes Drive, Hamilton, NJ 08690

Creative Arts Festival
May 11 at 10 AM
Spend a day perusing artists at the juried arts festival. Works will be displayed in all mediums, including pottery, jewelry, photography, and painting. There will be live music and food vendors.
Cost: Admission and parking are free
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738

Branchburg Food Truck and Music Festival
May 11 at 11 AM
Live music, ax throwing, kid’s activities, face painting, inflatables, knocker ball, games, sand art, and spin art will be featured at the festival. The best part? Three animatronic Dinosaurs will be on display for people of all ages to interact with, sit on, pet, feed, and play with. Don’t forget your lawn chair.
Cost: $5; children under 5 are free. Please bring an item for the food pantry.
White Oak Park, 235 Baird Road, Branchburg, NJ 08876

Wildwoods Spring Fling Festival
May 11 at 11 AM
This spring festival will be full of fun for the entire family. It will feature live entertainment, food, craft vendors, and a beer garden for the adults.
Cost: Free
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Bloomfield Food Truck and Music Fest
May 17 at 4 PM
Visit 16 food trucks, live music, face painting, hatchet throwing, a petting zoo, sand art, kids’ activities, and vendors. Parking is free.
Cost: $5; kids under 5 are free. Please bring a nonperishable canned or boxed item to help support the food pantry.
St Thomas the Apostle Parking Lot – 50 Byrd Ave., Bloomfield, NJ 07003

New Jersey Seafood Fest Belmar
May 17-19
It’s the 37th year of seafood and family fun in Belmar. Spend the day listening to live music and perusing vendors, where you can try everything from conch fritters to crab legs.
Cost: Free
Downtown Belmar, NJ 07719

15th Annual Fairy and Pirate Festival
May 18 at 10 AM
Do you have a pirate or a fairy in your family? Come in your best costume and enjoy a day of food, live performances, vendors, pony rides, inflatables, and more.
Cost: Free
Turkey Brook Park, 30 Flanders Rd, Budd Lake, NJ 07828

Glen Ridge Art and Eco Fair
May 18 at 10 AM
Celebrate the arts and the environment at this eco-friendly fair. This event will include arts and crafts, wellness vendors, live performances, eco demonstrations, and children’s activities.
Cost: Free
200 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

Woodbridge Street Fair & Craft Show
May 18 at 11 AM
Bring your family to enjoy artists, crafters, vendors, food, rides, and live music. Kids will love the rides, games, and more just for them. 
Cost: Free admission for Spectators
Downtown Woodbridge, NJ Main St and Amboy Ave Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Keansburg 6th Annual Food Truck Festival
May 18 at 2 PM
Bring the whole family to Keansburg’s 6th Annual Food Truck Festival. Your kids will enjoy face painting, a bounce house, and more. This event will also feature No Limit Entertainment from 2 PM to 5 PM and the Aftermath from 5 PM to 7 PM.
Cost: Free
1 Beachway Ave, Keansburg, NJ 07734

Stella Farms Strawberry Festival
May 18 at 9 AM

Celebrate the start of the growing season and enjoy all things strawberries at the Stella Farms Strawberry Festival. This event will also feature live music, food and drinks, pony rides, a petting zoo, and other fun activities for your children.
Cost: Free
Stella Farms, 459 Berlin New Freedom Rd, Berlin, NJ 08009

May 18-19 at 10 AM
Head to Historic Smithville for Mayfest, which features an international food court, crafters, and live music. There will also be plenty of activities for the kids, such as face painting and carousel rides, and free shuttles will leave from the parking lot.
Cost: Free
Historic Smithville, NJ 08060

Asbury Park Vegan Food Fest
May 18-19 at 11 AM
It’s a two-day celebration featuring vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, vegan products, plant-based fashion, and live music. This event is rain or shine.
Cost: $15-$30
Bradley Park – 101-199 5th Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Renaissance Faire NJ
May 18-19, 25-26, and June 1-2, 8-9
Take a step back into the 16th century, and the kids can explore Nipper’s Nook, where there will be plenty of things to do to fire the imagination, including pinatas, water balloon games, building your own magic wands, and the new gaming cart of wonder.
Cost: $25 and up. $10 for Child Flex Day Pass (Ages 5 to 12).
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505

Verona Food Truck & Music Festival
May 19 at 11 AM
This fun-filled family day features 17 gourmet food trucks, drinks, live music, and kid activities. Your kids will enjoy pony rides, the petting zoo, face painting, inflatables, knockerball, sand art, spin art, and more.
Cost: $5; Children under 5 are free. Please bring an item for the food pantry
Bundt Park, 8 Red School House Rd, Lebanon, NJ 08833

Flower Power & Garden Festival
May 19 at 8 AM
Come ready to groove at this fun flower power festival. There will be flower child threads, cosmic eats, far-out photo ops, vendors, groovy music, and so much more. The rain date is June 2.
Cost: Free
New Egypt Flea Market Village, 933 Monmouth County Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514

Wildwood International Kite Festival
May 24-27, 12 PM on Friday
Kick-off this weekend-long event with a Friday night social and the 9:00 PM Illuminated Night Kite Fly. On Saturday and Sunday, come out to watch giant inflatable kites take flight, team fly, and participate in family games. Monday features the World Indoor Kite Exhibition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Cost: Free to spectators
Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260

Berry Bash Festival
May 25-26 at 10 AM
Enjoy some time with the fam during the strawberry peak season at this festival. The festival will feature live music, wine, scenic hayride tours, delicious food, and the chance to pick your own succulent strawberries.
Cost: Ticket prices TBA
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, 2691 Monmouth Road, Jobstown, NJ 08041

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival
May 25-27 at 11 AM
Kick off your Memorial Day weekend with the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. Enjoy 40 mouth-watering food trucks and sample everything from lobster lolls to mac and cheese to fried Oreos. This event will feature live music on each day. Free activities for the kids include clowns, face painters, pony rides, and a bounce house.
Cost: Free
Monmouth Park Race Track, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ 07757

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