Back to Back Issues Page
New Jersey Guide Newsletter - May 2021 edition
April 30, 2021

New Jersey Leisure Guide Monthly Newsletter
May, 2021

May is the month for 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 & Things To Do
  • Seasonal Frequently Asked Question
  • This Month's Featured Restaurant

    COVID-19 executive orders in effect may restrict or require cancellation of events.
    With near term cancellations occurring at a rapid rate, and despite trying to remove them as soon as we learn of the cancellations or restrictions, we recommend viewers contact the event sponsors before heading out to a listed event to confirm their status

May 2021 Events & Things To Do .

Jersey Shore Wine & Food Truck Festival
May 1, 2021: 12PM – 5PM
FirstEnergy Park
2 Stadium Way
Lakewood, NJ
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 if you purchase on the event day
Designated driver tickets and Festival Goers are $5 and include festival admission(rain date: 4/26/20). The centerpiece of the festival will be wine tasting by New Jersey wineries from around the state; the event will also feature live musical entertainment, food and crafters to enjoy!
A portion of the proceeds of this event will benefit Sylvia's Children, a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting children in Uganda.

Spring Craft Show
Saturday, May 1, 2021; 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Rain date Sunday, May 2nd
The Historic Village at Allaire Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Tickets --- Admission is $5 per person 6 years old and up. All proceeds of the day to benefit the educational programming at the Historic Village at Allaire!
This event features over 80 crafters, Allaire artisans, floral exhibits, historic demonstrations and more to kick off our Craft Show season in style!. Join us for our Spring Craft Show and Historic Demonstrations throughout the village. Local artists will be demonstrating their work. Paintings, pottery, textiles and more!
There will be craft demonstrations at the Carpenter, Blacksmith, and Tinsmith shops! General Store, Bakery, Food Truck - Pilsen Gourmet will be open throughout the day!
COVID-19 Rules will apply

Walking Tour of Monmouth Battlefield State Park
May 2, 2021: at 1:30 pm
Monmouth Battlefield
16 Highway 33
Free admission
Meet at visitor center at 1:30 pm

Mother's Day Brunch Cruise
May 9, 2021
River Belle Broadway Basin
47 Broadway
Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ
Cost: $40 Adults Ages 13 and up $22 Children Ages 12 and under Children 3 & Under 3 years and under.
Their 2 hour Mother's Day Buffet Brunch cruise sails the Manasquan River, and conditions permitting, the Pt. Pleasant Canal & Barnegat Bay with time for sightseeing on the return trip. Cash Bar available for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Pour into Summer Wine Festival
May 22, 23, 2021; Noon – 5 p.m. daily
Byrne Plaza
3400 Pacific Ave.
Downtown Wildwood, NJ
Come wine down with 6 of New Jersey's best wineries as they kick off the summer season in style. Sometimes in life it's worth making "pour" decisions! Why not grab a cozy lounge chair, safely gather friends and family and have your souvenir wine glass ready because the sippin' starts now! Attendees can relax while enjoying the sampling and purchasing of over 100 refreshing NJ wines. The fun doesn't top there…spend the day listening to great live music, shop artisan crafter's works and indulge in delicious eats and treats from some of NJ's favorite food trucks.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 28 - 31, 2021
On the Beach at Rio Grand Avenue
and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center
Wildwood, NJ
732 822 4884
FREE to spectators.
Festivities begin with a Friday night social via the local kite club and the 9:00pm illuminated night kite fly. Saturday includes the silent and loud auctions (open to all) and Saturday and Sunday include the flying of large inflatable kites, sport kite demo's, team flying, as well as family games. Monday features the World Indoor Kite exhibition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Ocean Township Fireworks
May 29, 2021; @ 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm (rain date May 30th)
Bryant Road
Over Barnagat Bay
Waretown, NJ
Admission FREE

NJ Renaissance Faire
May 29, 30, 2021; 10am-6pm
1195 Florence Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
A Renaissance Faire is a unique and magical phenomenon, one that one truly has to experience to understand.
This family friendly faire will feature a variety of shows, music, human chess match, games, jousting, sword fighting, knights of crossford, wine tasting, beer, and much more. Additionally, there will be an array of vendors selling gifts, clothing, handmade artisan goods, delicious food, and more.

Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert
May 30, 2021; 7:30 PM
Fern Road and Ocean Avenue
Centennial Park Entertainment Pavilion
Wildwood Crest, NJ
Free Admission
Live music for the entire family at the Centennial Park entertainment pavilion. Musical act TBA. Bring a blanket or a chair

The Grounds for Sculpture
80 Sculptors Way
Hamilton, NJ
Grounds for Sculpture has reopened to the public with reserved timed ticketing.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

Lakota Wolf Preserve
89 Mt. Pleasant Road
Columbia, NJ 07832
(908) 496-9244
Currently open for limited capacity tours
Hear the howling of wolves echo through the mountains of the Delaware Water Gap in Knowlton Township, Warren County, NJ. Photo opportunities of a lifetime and the experience of watching and listening to packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves will be yours. View wolves here in the East in a natural surrounding for the first time in over a century. Bobcats and foxes also reside at the reserve

Liberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
Jersey City
(201) 200-1000
Kids have plenty of room to burn off steam while enjoying 100s of exhibits, rock climbing, a suspended maze , live demonstrations (volcano pictured), a mini zoo, films, and shows. They even offer special exhibits and programs for kids ages 2-5. There's so much to do that most visits last 4 hours. Try the famous Touch Tunnel maze, see tiny live monkeys, and dodge a sneeze from the Big Blue Nose. Learning has never been so much fun. The new Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium and LSC Giant Dome Theater is the largest and most technologically advanced planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. Only three others in the world—two in Japan and one in China—are bigger

Seasonal Frequently Asked Question:

Question: Dogs on Beaches. - Are there any beaches in NJ that permit dogs on the beaches & boardwalk during the summer?

Answer: The ordinances allowing dogs on beaches and boardwalks in NJ are very restrictive, with very few locations that allow dogs on the beach during the summer from April 1st until October 1st.
Visit here for information on the Top dog friendly beaches along the Jersey Shore

This Months Featured Restaurant

Oceanos Restaurant
2-27 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
(201) 796-0546
Oceanos is one of the best sea food restaurants in Northern New Jersey. They are open on Easter and Mother's Day
Read Review


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

Monthly Events - This page has links to events that appear in future months, usually 3-4 months in advance. The Monthly newsletter that you are receiving includes many of the events found on the pages

New Jersey Mother's Day
- Tips on how to make it a special day for Mom, and status on this year's scheduled Mother's Day Events

Back to Back Issues Page