5 Free Events in NJ This Weekend: May 20 – 22


Help in honoring our armed forces by taking part in a 9K run at the NJ Armed Forces Day Festival in Liberty State Park, learn some simple tips about improving the health of your family at the Bergen County Family Fun Fest, or hit the water with the professionals at Ramsey Outdoor during Free Paddle Day.

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1. NJ Armed Forces Day Festival
May 20th, 2016 | 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Celebrate NJ Armed Forces Day with a spectacular view of the Statue of Liberty during this exciting festival. The morning will start off with a 9K run in honor of the men and women who serve in the military and amazing displays and demonstrations with helicopters and armored vehicles. Additionally, there will be local vendors, delicious food, and live entertainment.
Liberty State Park
Audrey Zapp Dr., Jersey City, NJ


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2. Bergen County Family Fun Fest
May 21st, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Bring your family to a thrilling and educational event taking place in Bergen County where families will learn simple steps about improving wellness. There will be fun activities for everyone in the family with free train rides, free giveaway raffles, free admission to the zoo, and free rides on the carousel in Van Saun Park.
Van Saun Park
216 Forest Ave., Paramus, NJ

3. Free Paddle Day
May 21st, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Hosted by Ramsey Outdoor, this special free day of paddling will showcase the most exciting activity for the summer—being out on the water. From kayaking to canoeing, to learning how to stand up on a paddle board, Ramsey Outdoor professionals will teach children and their families how to embrace the water with Free Paddle Day.
Franklin Lakes Nature Preserve
High Mountain Rd., Franklin Lakes, NJ


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4. Galloway Greenfest
May 21st, 2016 | 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Come on down to Patriot Lake for the 4th annual GreenFest featuring local green friendly vendors, beautiful live music, interactive kid-friendly crafts, and the chance to learn about environmental groups in the South Jersey area.
Patriot Lake
300 E Jimmie Leeds Rd., Absecon, NJ

5. Pirate Day
May 21st, 2016 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Calling all young pirates in central Jersey! You don’t want to miss out on Belmar’s Pirate Day extravaganza. There will be a giant treasure hunt where all little pirates search for the hidden prizes and there will also be a best dress pirate competition during the treasure hunt.
601 Main St., Belmar, NJ




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