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May Events: Our Top Picks To Plan Your Day Out in New Jersey

New Jersey May Events

Discover New Jersey's Best May Events: Uncover The Month's Top seasonal attractions, popular events, and hidden gems

The New Jersey May events calendar is packed with exciting things to do in NJ.

May is also 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.

State of NJ

At this time, and until further notice,  COVID-19 executive orders  in effect apply to large public gatherings such as concerts, festivals, and fireworks.

Some outdoor recreational areas and businesses have been able to restart their operations. These include;
Beaches, State and Municipal Parks, and recreational campgrounds are open for passive recreation, including fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, kayaking, hiking,  jogging, biking, birding, horseback riding, and more.

Atlantic City's casinos will be able to reopen July 2 at 25% capacity.

Playgrounds and outdoor amusement parks, water parks, and arcades in the Garden State can also reopen on July 2. Parks and boardwalk rides will be limited to 50% of typical guest capacity and must enforce social-distancing rules on rides and in lines. Face coverings for guests and staff are required

Currently most public gatherings are limited: Indoor gatherings are limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 500 persons.

Restaurants are open for outdoor dining only. Indoor dining has been postponed until further notice

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 Festivals and Themed Events

The New Jersey Jerk Fest
Saturday, May 23, 2020; 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Arbor Rescue Squad Lot
1790 West 7th Street
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Cost: $5 - $10
The New Jersey Jerk Fest is anticipating to be the largest Caribbean Festival in the New Jersey. It has a broad general market appeal as the popularity of 'Jerk' transcends easily across the New Jersey area's dynamic, multi-ethnic population.
This family event features local chefs and restaurants cooking up variations of Jerk food, Food trucks and food vendors, Local performers & Live stage acts, A Beer garden, Craft and other shopping vendors, Bouncy Houses and other Kids Activiies

Swing Combo Salsa Music Festival

Saturday May 23, 2020: 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Millyard Park
South Clinton Avenue adjacent to the Roebling Marketplace
Trenton, NJ
(609) 443-8560
A special evening of music featuring Swing Combo, Kombo Latino, and Son Siete

Jersey City Jazz Festival
Friday, May 29 - Sunday, June 7, 2020
J. Owen Grundy Park
Hudson Street
Jersey City, NJ
Web Site For schedule and updated information
Free admission
The Jersey City Jazz Festival, formerly known as the Riverview Jazz Festival,is a 10-day celebration beginning with an opening party at J Owen Grundy Pier and culminate in a two-day outdoor free-to-the-public festival on the Newark Pedestrian Plaza near the Grove PATH.
Events during Jazz Week will be hosted throughout Jersey City and will include a featured show at White Eagle Hall


May Theatre and Stadium Performances

May Comedy Events

May Sports Events


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