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The Garden State is full of fun, festive events for you to enjoy this month. Whether you love music, seafood, pork roll or craft beer, there’s an event to suit everyone’s taste. (There’s even a Renaissance Faire this month, for those who enjoy a little cosplaying with their food.) Find your favorite in this roundup of the 15 best festivals happening across New Jersey this month.

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Swirling Wine with the Swine

may festivalsWhere: Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes
When:
May 5 at 6:30 pm
Price: $60 per person
Details: The sixth annual pig roast at Unionville Vineyards will feature a roasted succulent portly pig and side dishes from Q Crew BBQ, plus Unionville wine and sangria. Live blues and jazz music will be provided by Cheek2Cheek. Ticket price includes wine, dinner, entertainment and a souvenir glass.
More info: Swirling Wine with the Swine or call 908-788-0400


Spring Block Party

may festivalsWhere: Asbury Avenue from 5th to 14th Streets, Ocean City
When: May 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Ocean City is a beautiful destination for a Saturday excursion. Stroll the streets of downtown as you peruse available wares from over 300 vendors and crafters. Enjoy delicious food and live music too.
More info: Spring Block Party or call 1-800-BEACH-NJ


Gloucester County Craftsmen & Home Show

Where: Gloucester County 4H Fairgrounds, 275 Bridgeton Pike, Mullica Hill
may festivalsWhen: May 6 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Shop from over 100 vendor booths or check out the spring home and garden expo. Pony rides, inflatable bounce toys, craft-making, a dog parade and the Little Miss & Mister Springtime Pageant provide fun for the kiddos. Food and music, plus a $500 Home Depot gift card giveaway at 3:00 pm, make this a can’t-miss event.
More info: Gloucester County Craftsmen & Home Show or call 856-765-0118


Creative Arts & Music Festival

may festivalsWhere: Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
When: May 6 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Check out specially selected artisan vendors of pottery, photography, jewelry, paintings and more at Thompson Park. Live music, food vendors and art demonstrations are also on tap at this rain or shine event.
More info: Creative Arts & Music Festival or call 732-842-4000


Festival Earth

may festivalsWhere: Vail Mansion Lawn, 110 South Street, Morristown
When: May 6 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Learn more about living a sustainable lifestyle at this family-friendly event. Local businesses set up interactive booths to showcase their sustainable products and solutions. Starbucks provides free coffee (just bring a reusable cup) and free yoga classes are offered starting at 12:30 pm.
More info: Sustainable Morristown or call 856-912-6586


Renaissance Faire

may festivalsWhere: Historic Smithville, 1 North New York Road, Smithville
When: May 6 & 7 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Historic Smithville is transformed into the Shire of Smithville, a quaint community from the English Renaissance. Music, performances, sword fighting and vendors selling historical gifts are featured at this festive two-day event.
More info: Renaissance Faire or call 609-748-8999


Lake Hopatcong Block Party

may festivalsWhere: Hopatcong State Park, Lakeside Boulevard, Landing
When: May 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details:
New Jersey’s largest lake is throwing its fourth annual block party! Check out local businesses, water demonstrations, live music, craft vendors, boat rides, a kiddie area and lots of delicious food at this fun event.
More info: Lake Hopatcong Block Party or call 973-663-2500


What’s on Tap Beerfest

may festivalsWhere: Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville
When: May 13 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Price: $34.99 general admission
Details: Sample craft beer from 25 brewers at the scenic Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center. Food trucks, craft vendors, glassblowing demonstrations and more are on hand as the event is filmed for an episode of “What’s on Tap” craft beer show. Special discounts available for groups of 10 or more people.
More info: What’s on Tap Beerfest or call 856-327-8800


Mother’s Day Festival

may festivalsWhere: Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627, Milford
When: May 14 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Price: $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 13-20, free for kids 12 & under
Details: Live music by The VooDUDES and delicious desserts will pair well with $10 wine tastings this Mother’s Day at the vineyard. There will also be craft vendors and activities for the little ones, so bring the whole family along.
More info: Mother’s Day Festival or call 908-995-7800


New Jersey Seafood Festival

Where: Silver Lake Park, 5th and Ocean Avenue, Belmar
may festivalsWhen: May 19 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, May 20 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and May 21 from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Come taste the best seafood the Jersey shore has to offer, plus enjoy libations in the wine and craft beer tent. Specialty vendors, children’s activities, live music and contests round out this delicious day at the beach. Free shuttle service is available.
More info: New Jersey Seafood Festival or call 732-747-4449


Family Garden Party

may festivalsWhere: Presby Memorial Iris Gardens, 474 Upper Mountain Avenue, Upper Montclair
When: May 20 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Price: Free admission, donations welcome
Details: This annual event features music, refreshments, student art exhibits and children’s entertainment. Plus witness the gorgeous irises in full bloom throughout the gardens. The rain date for this event is May 21.
More info: Family Garden Party or call 973-783-5974


Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show

may festivalsWhere: Boulevard from 14th to 24th Streets, Kenilworth
When: May 21 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: It’s a giant block party for the whole family, with fun activities like a rock wall, pony rides, petting zoo, slot car races and paintball guns! Check out the cars on display in the classic car and modern muscle car shows or enter the competition yourself for a $10 fee.
More info: Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show or call 908-276-9090


Wildwoods International Kite Festival

may festivalsWhere: Various locations along the Wildwoods Boardwalk
When: May 26 through 29 at various times
Price: Free admission
Details: Sign up to participate as a kite flier or just come as a spectator to North America’s largest kite festival. Highlights of the weekend include an illuminated Nite Kite Show, the Candy Drop and the Running of the Bols. Detailed schedule is available online.
More info: Wildwoods International Kite Festival or call 732-822-4884


Trenton Pork Roll Festival

may festivalsWhere: Trenton Social, 449 South Broad Street, Trenton
When: May 27 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Price: $5 general admission
Details: Like pork roll? Then you’ll love this festival that celebrates Jersey’s best breakfast meat. Taste traditional pork roll recipes, plus sample exciting and inventive ones (pork roll sushi!) as you peruse the vendors and listen to live music from local bands.
More info: Trenton Pork Roll Festival or call 609-989-7777


Backyard BBQ

may festivalsWhere: Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
When: May 27 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm
Price: $10 general admission (or $25 for pre-order platters)
Details: Celebrate the beginning of summer with a fun barbecue at Bellview Winery. Sip local wines while enjoying live music from SunDog and delicious fare from Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine and I Got Crabs N Some Seafood. Pre-order platters include admission, wine tasting and souvenir glass.
More info: Backyard BBQ or call 856-697-7172

Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.


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