May Events: New Jersey Entertainment

2019 Schedule For Concerts, Theatre, Comedy, and Sports

New Jersey May Events

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.



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.

May Festivals and Themed Events

Eco Fair: Artful Living, Handmade & Homegrown
Saturday, May 4, 2019: 10am - 5pm
Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ 08332
856-825-6800
Website
Inspired by natural living, this event features the handmade works of New Jersey artists, locally grown native plants, herbs and vegetables, environmental organizations, hands-on crafts and activities for families and live music. Keynote speaker Pat Sutton, sponsored by CU Maurice River, will present It's a Jungle Out There: LIFE & DEATH in the Wildlife Garden. A book signing will follow after the presentation.

Chester Food Truck and Music Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 11 AM - 7 PM
Municipal Field
134 Main St,
Chester, NJ
Cost: $5
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Over 20 gourmet food trucks, 3 great bands, craft beer & sangria garden, kids activities, benefit for the Chester First Aid Squad, Chester Food Pantry & Historic Chester Business Association. Bring your appetite, lawn chairs, pups and blankets. Dine on excellent food, while enjoying the beer and sangria garden along with the amazing sounds. Face painting, vendors, kids activities.

Skylands Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, May 4, 2019; 12:00 - 7:00 PM
Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place
Augusta, NJ 07822
(973) 383-7644
Website
Adults: $5, Children 12 and under: Free
This family event features more than 25 food trucks with a variety of delicious fare • Over 100 craft beers • A variety of hard ciders, hard sodas, flavored drinks, and wine • Backyard games and activities, including Ladderball, KanJam, Wiffle ball, volleyball, carnival games, and bounce houses • Great live music • Sports on our giant video board • Shopping with local vendors • Free parking

Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival
Sunday, May 6, 2018; 11am to 6pm
Washington Street
Observer Highway to 7th Street
Contact:
Hoboken Division of Cultural Affairs
201-420-2207
gfallo@hobokennj.org
Website
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.

33rd Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival
Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19, 2019; Rain or shine event.
Downtown Belmar
Belmar Plaza Parking Lot Between 8th and 10th Avenues
Belmar, New Jersey.
Website
Free admission and shuttle from downtown, marina and train station.
Feast on your fill of crab cakes, steamed clams, combo platters and more during this years Seafood Festival. Hometown favorites Ragin' Cajun, Klein's, Jake's Downtown, Simply Southern, Marina Grille, and Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant were among the participating Belmar restaurants.
Food will be for sale at each individual vendors booth.

Jersey Shore Festival
May 17th and 18th, 2019: (rain or shine)
Seaside Heights, NJ
Website (Information and line-up)
(732) 203-7787
FREE ADMISSION,
This event features performances by over 300 artists from around the world. Aside from the music, the Jersey Shore festival also includes activities that are fun the for whole family including BMX and Skate Shows, Motocross Shows, Ford Car show, Pro's vs. Heroes Charity Flag Football Game, Free Monster Truck Rides, Food Trucks, the JSF Vendor Village, and much more!

Azela Festival
Sunday, May 12, 2019 (Mother's Day) 10 am - 4 pm
Sayen Botanical Gardens
155 Hughes Drive
Hamilton, NJ
Website
This annual event features a magnificent display of over 250,000 flowering bulbs, dogwoods, azaleas and rhododendron, beautifully landscaped walking paths, fountains, bridges, lakes, gazebos and breathtaking scenery. Craft and food vendors, along with musical entertainment and children activities will provide fun for the entire family.

New Jersey Renaissance Faire
May 18, 19, 25, 26 & June 1, 2, 2019
1195 Florence Columbus Rd
Bordentown, NJ 08505
Website
Event Contact Phone: 888-864-8222, Email: huzzah@njrenfaire.com
Event Cost: $10-$25; Free admission for children under 5 years old. Free Parking
The New Jersey Renaissance Faire is an event of epic proportions! This year, the Faire celebrates its 10th glorious season.
Located on the beautiful 60 acres of Liberty Lake, the Faire is the largest festival of its kind in the state of NJ, and has made a name for itself as the most interactive Renaissance Faire in the country. A event features family entertainment on seven stages hosting a variety of performances each day of the Faire, including sword fighting, music, comedy, fire breathing, and aerialists. Over 50 actors welcome guests as they enter through the castle gates!
In addition to the 7 hours of non-stop entertainment, there is an extensive merchant village featuring the work of talented artisans, and delicious food and drink, including Beer and Wine courtesy of the South Jersey Celtic Society and Valenzano Winery.

Taylor Dayne to Kickoff the Summer Celebration in Seaside Heights! 
Friday, May 24, 2019; 2PM - 8PM (Taylor Dayne beginning at 6pm)
Boardwalk
In front of Spicy Cantina
Seaside Heights, NJ
Website
Free Event
This event will feature a performance by American Pop Icon, Taylor Dayne!
Beginning at 2pm on the Boardwalk in, WJRZ fm 100.1, Jersey’s Greatest Hits radio station will kick off the Memorial Day Weekend with a LIVE Broadcast.
Taylor Dayne turned into an overnight sensation with her groundbreaking debut single, “Tell it to my Heart” in 1987.  She became in international star and followed with number one smash hits such as “Love will Lead you Back”, “Prove your Love”, and “I’ll Always Love You”.

Waterfront Arts Festival
Friday, May 24th: 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. & Saturday, May 25th, 2019: 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Perth Amboy Waterfront
Sadowski Parkway
Perth Amboy, NJ
732-826-1690 ext. 4305 or 4306.
Werbsite
Cost: Free
Attendees wiil get to enjoy a variety of local and regional talented artists, who showcase their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, prints, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, hand-made items, and vivid photography. To complement the festivities, live bands will perfrom on stage throughout the day. A food court will feature over a dozen local eateries and food trucks. The family-friendly festival will also feature free arts and crafts activities for children and community mural that everyone can participate in creating!

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
May 24, 25, 26, 27, 2019
Wildwoods Beach
Rio Grande to Burke Aves.
Wildwood, NJ 08260
609-729-9000
Website
Free to spectators.
This annual event is one of the largest kite festival in North America. It features kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations.
Event begins on Friday at noon with the 'Unlocking of the Ocean' media event on the beach behind the center. Festivities continue with the opening of the Festival Field Tent and the 9 pm illuminated kite fly at Rio Grande Ave. and the beach.
Saturday & Sunday include the East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach starting at 9 am daily, as well as kite exhibits and workshops. A Kite Festival Auction will be held in the center at 7 pm on Saturday night and is open to the public - many unique kites and collectibles will be auctioned off.
Monday will feature the World Indoor Kite Competition from 11 am - 12:30 pm inside the center where kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite without wind.

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Festival
May 25, 26, & 27, 2019; 11 am - 8 pm
Ocean Ave.
Website
Contact: 732-776-2999 Ext. 1050
This annual family event features one mile one mile of food vendors, Crafters, and Kids jumping house and rides, including 6 bands and emcee/DJ playing requests, and over 180 craft and specialty vendors 25 food vendors with something for everyone Great oceanfront location Children's activities including water slide, rides, face painters and sand art.
The Annual Memorial Day Parade will start on Saturday, at 10am on Ocean Avenue and Bradley Blvd.  The annual parade features several local school marching bands, pipe bands from around the state.

The Hackensack Music Festival
May 26, 2018; 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Hackensack Performing Arts Center
102 State Street
Hackensack, NJ
Website/Tickets
Cost: $20
This event features a variety of top performers including:
Ttrumpeter Duke Jones, Armando son Jimenez and his band "Sabor," Multi-genre electric violinist Priya DeBerry, Daneik Ashley, and SOAR (Sounds of A&R)

Fleet Week at Liberty State Park
Sunday, May 26, 2019: Noon until 5:00 PM
1 Audrey Zapp Dr.
Liberty State Park
Jersey City, NJ
201-915-3400
Event Flyer
Event is free and open to the public.
This family event features the U.S. Navy (USN), U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) as they showcase the latest capabilities of today's maritime services. Event will include a performance by U.S. Fleet Forces "Brass Band;" USN and USMC helicopter static displays; USN Dive Tank; USO; USMC Martial Arts Program demonstration and pull-up challenge; USCG Search and Rescue demonstration; USCG Silent Drill Team and USMC Battle Color Detachment performances; military static displays, including Stewards of the Sea, World War I Commission, Submarine Forces, USMC ordnance and vehicles; kids activities, bounce houses and face painting, food trucks and much more!



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