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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 tastes. Find your favorite in this roundup of the 15 best festivals happening across New Jersey this month.


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Spring Block Party

may festivalsWhere: Asbury Avenue from 5th to 14th Streets, Ocean City
When: May 5 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 5 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 2:00 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 5 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 from local musicians, 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


Lake Hopatcong Block Party

Where: Hopatcong State Park, Lakeside Boulevard, Landing
may festivalsWhen: May 12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: New Jersey’s largest lake is throwing its fifth 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. New this year – guests are eligible to win great prizes as they travel through the party on a “Passport Adventure.”
More info: Lake Hopatcong Block Party or call 973-663-2500


Sip Into Spring Festival

Where: Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May
may festivalsWhen: May 12 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Enjoy an outdoor marketplace on the lovely grounds of the Physick Estate. Celebrate spring’s rebirth and new growth as you are inspired by gardening demos, special workshops and fun activities. The Calamity Janes will provide live music, with refreshments sold by Empanada Mama, Matt’s BBQ, Cape May Brewery, Hawk Haven Winery and more.
More info: Sip Into Spring Festival or call 609-224-6030


Mother’s Day Festival

Where: Alba Vineyard, 269 Route 627, Milford
may festivalsWhen: May 13 from 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 wood-fired pizza from Osteria Morini 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 18 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, May 19 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and May 20 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 19 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 20.
More info: Family Garden Party or call 973-783-5974


20th Annual Buffalo Watch

Where: Readington River Farm, 937 County Road 523, Flemington
When: May 19 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
may festivalsPrice: $5 per vehicle
Details: It’s a day of family fun at the 20th annual Buffalo Watch. Tour the Buffalo Farm, take a pony ride or sample beer and wine at the Red River Saloon. Mingle with Wild West Cowboys and Native American Indians before you peruse the over 100 vendors. All proceeds from Buffalo Watch go to support the Whitehouse Rescue Squad, a non-profit providing emergency medical and rescue services to Readington Township and surrounding areas.
More info: Buffalo Watch or call 908-534-2509


Kenilworth Street Fair & Car Show

may festivalsWhere: Boulevard from 14th to 24th Streets, Kenilworth
When: May 20 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 at this sixth annual event! 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 25 through 28 at various times
Price: Free admission
Details: Sign up to participate as a kite flier or just come as a spectator to the 33rd year of 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 26 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


Bellview Winery Memorial Day Barbecue

may festivalsWhere: Bellview Winery, 150 Atlantic Street, Landisville
When: May 26 from noon to 5:00 pm
Price: $5 general admission
Details: Celebrate the beginning of summer with a fun barbecue at Bellview Winery. Sip local wines while enjoying live music from and delicious fare. Check the website as food vendors are added closer to the event.
More info: Bellview Winery Memorial Day Barbecue 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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