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April 30, 2015

New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
May, 2015

The arrival of May brings the unofficial beginning of summer when visitors will flock by the thousands to the Jersey shore to hit the beaches and the boardwalk amusement parks.

 This Edition's Contents...

  • Popular May Events and Things To Do
  • Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

Popular May, 2015 Events and Things To Do

Note: This information is provided by event sponsors as a free service to our viewers. Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Eric Church
Saturday May 2, 2015 @7:30PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 3, 2015, 11am to 6pm
Washington Street Observer Highway to 7th Street
Contact: Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs 201-420-2207
Admission is free
Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and crafts people with 3 stages of live performance. More than a music festival, there will be; Fine artists displaying oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc Children's activities with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more. Crafters displaying and selling handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items. And of course what's a Hoboken festival without food. There will be great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian

The Marshall Tucker Band
Sunday May 3, 2015 @8:00PM
Levoy Theatre
Millville, NJ

Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett & Frankie Ballard
Friday May 8, 2015 @7:30PM
Boardwalk Hall Arena - Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ

Iggy Azalea & Nick Jonas
Friday May 8, 2015 @7:30PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Annual Atlantic City Mothers Day Music Festival
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7pm - 10:30pm
Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ
Information and Tickets
Atlantic City's historic venue, the renovated Boardwalk Hall, features the Mother's Day Music Fest, one of the most popular R & B events of the year. This years event will include performers The Isley Brothers, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds , Fantasia, and Eric Benet.

Mcdonald's Gospelfest: Hezekiah Walker & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Saturday May 9, 2015 @3:00PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Annual Azalea Festival
Sunday May 10, 2015; 10am - 4pm; Held Rain or Shine.
Sayen Park Botanical Garden
155 Hughes Drive
Hamilton Square
Hamilton Township, NJ
(609) 890-3874
Held only on Mother's Day each year. This event takes place in the historic Hamilton Square, Sayen House and Gardens, a sanctuary for nature lovers, garden enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Enjoy seeing over 250,000 flowering bulbs, dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendron, In addition to touring the grounds' collection of beautifully landscaped walking paths, fountains, bridges, lakes, gazebos, and breathtaking scenery, attendees can enjoy crafters, food, music, entertainment, and more

2015 Country Megaticket
Wednesday May 13, 2015
PNC Bank Arts Center
Holmdel, NJ
Country Megaticket is the hottest country music festival featuring the biggest country artists under one billing. At venues across the country the top-tier country megastars take to the stage to deliver what is sure to be the most raucous LIVE concert experience of the year for country music fans!

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
May 13,14,15, 16,17, 2015
Sun National Bank Center
Trenton, NJ

Spring Camp Jam In The Pines
May 14th - 16th, 2015
Old Cedar Campground 
274 Richwood Road
Monroeville, NJ 08343
An all weekend festival hosting national, regional and local acts, with a wide array of talent in many styles of music. They offer camping facilities in the South Jersey farmlands. Campground features full hook-ups, bath house, laundry, camp store, playgrounds, tennis, basketball, shuffleboard and fishing. Stage built on beach right next to lake. Fun filled with happy, dancing, and friendly folks. Attractive to music lovers of all tastes and ages, our family friendly fest is held twice yearly, the third weekend in May and the third weekend September. In addition to a strong following, Camp Jam is graced with wonderful craft and food vendors, as well as yoga workshops and even kid's activities.

Brad Paisley, Justin Moore & Mickey Guyton
Friday May 15, 2015 @7:30PM
Susquehanna Bank Center
Camden, NJ

Skate and Surf Festival
Saturday May 16, 17, 2015; 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Asbury Park Oceanfront
Bradley Park & Ocean Ave
Asbury Park, NJ
Skate and Surf returns to the Jersey Shore after an absence of more than ten years. .The event features five total stages with headlining acts performing for a minimum of 75 minutes

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 22 - 25, 2015
On the Beach at Rio Grande Ave and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center
Wildwood, NJ
Free to spectators!
The largest kite festival in North America. Highlights include the 9 p.m. illuminated kite fly on the beach, the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships, kite exhibits and workshops and the World Indoor Kite Competition where kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind.

The Who
Friday May 22, 2015 @7:30PM
Boardwalk Hall Arena - Boardwalk Hall
Atlantic City, NJ

Bradley Beach Parade & Festival
Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24, & Monday, May 25, 2015; Rain or shine!
Contact: 732-776-2999 Ext. 1050
The Annual Memorial Day Parade will start Saturday, May 23th at 10am on Ocean Avenue and Bradley Blvd.  The parade is the "kick off" for The Memorial Day Weekend Festival held on Saturday, Sunday. and Monday. Food, craft vendors and activities for everyone at the beachfront. The annual parade features several local school marching bands, pipe bands from around the state

Electric Daisy Carnival
May 23, 24, 2015; 12:00PM - 11:00PM
MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, NJ
The super electronic dance music festival features a creative atmosphere with live performances on four stages, including the East Coast debut of the iconic 100-foot animatronic Owl stage with new and improved Electric Daisy art installation, standing at 125 feet tall, as massive fireworks displays light up the night sky above the festival grounds. The event is highlighted by 450 theatrical and dance performers, more than 150 artists, and 13 fully interactive art installations.

26th Cape May Music Festival
Sunday, May 24 through Thursday, June 11, 2015
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St
Cape May, NJ
Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach's Lunches

Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest
May 29, 30, 31, 2015
The Sussex County Fairgrounds
Rt. 206 to Plains Road
Frankford, NJ
On-site Camping and camping hook-ups.3 day New Orleans Style Music, Food, and Camping Festival. Featuring the best Music and Food that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer. Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans R&B, Brass, Gospel and Jazz on 4 Stages. To really enjoy the "nor-leans" experience, you can try a taste of fresh Boiled Louisiana Crawfish trucked in alive, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Creole, Crawfish Bread, Crawfish Pie, Alligator Sausage, Crawfish Po-boys, Jambalaya, Southern Fried Chicken and the other great dishes with a menu price of $10.00 or less per dish.

Ed Sheeran
Saturday May 30, 2015 7:30PM
Prudential Center
Newark, NJ

Exit 0 International Jazz Festival
May 29 - 31, 2015
Emlen Physick Estate
1048 Washington St
Cape May, NJ
Exit 0 Jazz plays host to over 100 international touring musicians. The atmosphere is styled after European festivals, with fest-goers strolling from venue to venue reveling in the many styles of music from jazz, soul, blues and R&B.
The live performances will take place on an outdoor, rain or shine stage on the grounds of the historic Emlen Physick Estate from noon until six. The event also includes a large variety vendors on the estate's spacious grounds offering Cape May & South Jersey foods, crafts and locally produced wines and brews. Be sure to bring along the kids, grandma, your funky beach hat and beach blanket and be ready for a full day of Festival fun in the sun.
Festival performers will also appear at the Cape May Convention Hall each night of the Fest weekend and many of the local club venues.

This Month's Frequently Asked Question

Question: Ocean Temperature in New Jersey.
We are considering a weekend getway at the Jersey Shore.What is the average ocean temperature in May and June?

The average ocean temperature in New Jersey in May ranges from 55 degrees in Sandy Hook to 62 degrees in Cape May; and in June from 60 degrees in Sandy Hook to 69 degrees in Cape May. For more detailed information about the ocean temperatures in New Jersey, please visit Ocean Temperature page

New Jersey Restaurant Reviews - New Jersey has over 23,000 restaurants and finding about them is often times a time consuming task. Check out our comprehensive ratings and reviews gathered from diners, critics, and personal visits by New Jersey Leisure Guide.

This Month's Featured Restaurant

Jersey Girl Bar & Restaurant
Wildwood, NJ

Kick off the summer season with a quick getaway to Wildwood. The Jersey Girl Bar and Restaurant is one of the top restaurants in Wildwood.

[ Read Review ]

For other top New Jersey Attractions, Events & Things to do:

Mother's Day Events - This year Mother's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, May 10, 2015. Tips and events for making it a special day for mom.

Memorial Day Events - This year Memorial day will be celebrated on Monday, May 25, 2015

Top Things To Do in May - The top ten seasonal outdoor and indoor activities, events, attractions, and points of interest for people of all ages.

May Events - This months events includes concerts, theatre, festivals, kids events, and entertainment, that have appeal to people of all ages and interests, especially with parents and/or families with children ages 4-18.

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