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May 3

Peppa Pig Live! Big Splash!

Investors Bank Performing Arts Center
519 Hurffville Crosskeys Road
Washington Township, NJ
6:00pm

She has her own magazine, television show, and clothing line, so it’s time to make it official: Peppa Pig is an international sensation. The animated British superstar has been charming preschoolers and parents alike for more than a decade, jumping in mud puddles, letting out the occasional oink, and winning a BAFTA along the way. Now, in her first US tour, the very pink Peppa and her adorable accent hit the road with little brother George, his dinosaur, and some special friends in tow. Together, the pals will sing and dance their way through a splashy show, each character brought to life by a colorful, life-sized puppet.


May 4

Sister Act

The Grand Theatre
405 S. Main Street
Williamstown, NJ
7:30pm

Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious and uplifting tale of a wannabe disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, teaching her fellow sisters to sing, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a moving story, this soul-stirring production brings the spirit of the original to The Grand Theatre in Williamstown.


May 4

Wynton Marsalis &
the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ
8:00pm

Led by nine-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra brings its hard-swinging jams to audiences around the world. The 15 incredible soloists in the ensemble draw on an extensive repertoire that includes works by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk and Marsalis himself, whose Blood on the Fields was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize. Among his other amazing accomplishments, Marsalis is an award-winning activist, author and educator, and the first and only artist ever to win Grammys in both the classical and jazz genres in the same year. Experience “the finest big band in the world today” (Daily Telegraph) when the orchestra comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown.


May 5

Glen Burtnik’s “Summer of Love”

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ
8:00pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the music, memories and spirit of the Woodstock Generation with Glen Burtnik’s “Summer of Love”. This nostalgic concert pays tribute to the music that changed the world, featuring songs from the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Santana, and more. Burtnik (alumnus of Styx and the original Beatlemania) brings a stageful of rock vets to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, where they’ll revisit iconic rock songs note for note. The concert experience will also feature Marc Rubinstein’s Pig Light Show, one of the most famous psychedelic light shows in rock history.


May 5

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
8:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 5

Singer Storm Large & Le Bonheur

South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ
8:00pm

Best known as a contestant on CBS’ Rock Star: Supernova and as a member of the genre-crossing band Pink Martini, singer Storm Large has a voice that’s equally affective crooning a ballad or belting out a rock anthem. A versatile stylist, she’s performed with everyone from John Doe, Rufus Wainwright and George Clinton to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Her single Ladylike, featuring Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro, debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart. Large has also branched out into theater and cabaret, performing in her acclaimed off-Broadway one-woman show Crazy Enough and in Randy Newman’s Harps and Angels. Backed by her band Le Bonheur, Large will captivate you with her mesmerizing vocals at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.


May 5

Sister Act

The Grand Theatre
405 S. Main Street
Williamstown, NJ
8:00pm

Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious and uplifting tale of a wannabe disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, teaching her fellow sisters to sing, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a moving story, this soul-stirring production brings the spirit of the original to The Grand Theatre in Williamstown.


May 6

Kite Days at Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ
10:00am – 5:00pm

Celebrate spring at Terhune Orchards’ Spring Family Festival Kite Day! Bring your own kite or choose a kite from the store.  You can also make your own “guaranteed to fly” kite, then test fly your kite in the pasture while the farm animals look on! Terhune Orchards Spring Family Festival will also feature live country music and entertainment, tours of the orchards and fields in the farm wagon,  sheep shearing on Sunday (children can take home a piece of real fleece), and special activities for children in the barnyard including make your own pinwheels. Delicious food and refreshments including Terhune Orchards’ apple cider, donuts, pies, chili, hot dogs, fresh grilled asparagus, salads, soup and more will be available all weekend.  Admission to the festival area is $5 for ages 3 and up, free for children 2 and under. Save more than 40% on a family four-pack admission to Kite Day at Terhune Orchards – CLICK HERE!


May 6

Swan Lake

The Voorhees Schools Theatre
1000 Holly Oak Drive
Voorhees Township, NJ
2:30pm

Fresh off their starring appearances in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of Le Corsair, Aaron Anker and Lillian DiPiazza lead the way with Jordan Martin of the Louisville Ballet, Ian Hussey, Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet, William DeGregory, former Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Max Baud, star of Awesomeness TV’s reality show Joffrey Elite. Made melancholy by the necessity of marriage, young Prince Siegfried sets out to distract himself with a swan hunt. To his surprise, however, the flock he’s tracking lands beside a crystalline lake and transforms into a group of beautiful maidens, led by Odette, the most beautiful of all. The evil sorcerer Von Rothbart has cursed them to be birds by day and women by night, making true love the only key to their freedom. Prince Siegfried seems like the dashing young man for the job, but he would do well to remember that sorcerers stoop to cheating – even at the game of love.


May 6

Kathy Mattea: Acoustic Songs & Stories

South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ
8:00pm

A multiple Grammy winner and one-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, Nashville powerhouse Kathy Mattea joins forces with her longtime musical partner, guitarist Bill Cooley, for an intimate show at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Mattea’s chart success includes more than a dozen Top 10 singles, with Goin’ Gone, Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses, Come from the Heart, and Burnin’ Old Memories reaching No. 1. This soulful singer has also delved into folk, Celtic and bluegrass over the course of her long and critically-acclaimed career, and her latest disc, Calling Me Home, explores the roots Americana of her native West Virginia. Now she and Cooley invite you into The Acoustic Living Room to share stories and songs from the past and present.


May 6

Comedian Steve Treviño

Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ
8:00pm

Steve Treviño has come a long ways since his first gig in the comedy industry: serving as a doorman at the Addison Improv. His unique comedic voice took him from the entryway to the stage, and soon he was hitting the road with the likes of Carlos Mencia, Pablo Francisco, and the late Freddy Soto. And the Texas native shows no signs of slowing down—he has appeared on such national platforms as Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Comics Unleashed. Steve Treviño showcases his finely-polished skills during live sets, reflecting on topics ranging from imbibing to relationships.


May 6

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
8:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 6

7th Annual Toms River Food Fest

Washington Street
Toms River, NJ
11:00am – 8:00pm
Free admission

The 7th Annual Toms River Food Fest is an annual festival featuring fabulous food from the area’s best food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, free children’s rides, and live music. Free admission!


May 6

Stone Harbor Spring Tide Festival

96th Street between 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Stone Harbor, NJ
11:00am – 5:00pm
Free admission

Celebrating life on the water! Come on out to the Spring Tide Festival for a day filled with sea-faring family activities. There will be artisans, sea-faring family activities, beer & wine garden, live music, and more!

May 6

A Weekend In Old Monmouth

Various historic sites in Monmouth County NJ
10:00pm – 5:00pm (most sites – see tour guide for specific site information)
Free admission!

The annual “Weekend in Old Monmouth” event returns this year with 48 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors free of charge to visitors interested in local history. Visitors can see the tour sites in any order and pick up the tour book and map at their first stop.


May 6

TRUCKerton Food Truck & Brew Fest –
Pork Roll vs. Taylor Ham

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum
120 West Main Street
Tuckerton, NJ
11:00am – 6:00pm
$10 per person / Free for children under 5 & Seaport members

Tuckerton’s biggest event returns for a fourth consecutive year featuring craft beers, live music, fun, and food from over a dozen food trucks from all over the East Coast. The craft beer garden will have favorites from local brewery, Pinelands Brewing Co. and Laurita Winery will host two tents with wine samples and sales. Additionally, this year’s event will settle the great debate in the Garden State: is it Porkroll or Taylor Ham? This year’s event will also feature a giant Seaport Pong tournament! The live music lineup includes The Pickles, Diablo Sandwich, Nectar & Ambrosia, Billy Walton Band, and Gary Phillips.


May 6

Smithville Renaissance Faire

Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Road
Absecon, NJ
10:00am – 6:00pm
Free admission

Join the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire and travel back to the days of yore and merry olde England as the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire transform historic Smithville village into the Shire of Smithville in the heart of the English Renaissance.  The good Duke of Northumberland has decreed merriment for all! Fun for the whole family including comedy, tragedy, sword fighting, song and dance, knights, jesters and so much more.  Also stroll amongst the wares of the local vendors and traveling merchants sporting historical gifts and finely crafted items.


May 6

Eco Fair at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center

Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ
10:00am – 5:00pm
Free admission

This free community day showcases home grown native plants, herbs and berries, handmade items from New Jersey artists and craftspeople, wellness information, nature walks, and a variety of hands-on crafts and activities for families. The day includes free admission to all Wheaton Arts exhibits, studio demonstrations, and museum stores throughout the day.


May 7

Kite Days at Terhune Orchards

330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ
10:00am – 5:00pm

Celebrate spring at Terhune Orchards’ Spring Family Festival Kite Day! Bring your own kite or choose a kite from the store.  You can also make your own “guaranteed to fly” kite, then test fly your kite in the pasture while the farm animals look on! Terhune Orchards Spring Family Festival will also feature live country music and entertainment, tours of the orchards and fields in the farm wagon,  sheep shearing on Sunday (children can take home a piece of real fleece), and special activities for children in the barnyard including make your own pinwheels. Delicious food and refreshments including Terhune Orchards’ apple cider, donuts, pies, chili, hot dogs, fresh grilled asparagus, salads, soup and more will be available all weekend.  Admission to the festival area is $5 for ages 3 and up, free for children 2 and under. Save more than 40% on a family four-pack admission to Kite Day at Terhune Orchards – CLICK HERE!


May 7

Swan Lake

The Voorhees Schools Theatre
1000 Holly Oak Drive
Voorhees Township, NJ
2:30pm

Fresh off their starring appearances in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of Le Corsair, Aaron Anker and Lillian DiPiazza lead the way with Jordan Martin of the Louisville Ballet, Ian Hussey, Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet, William DeGregory, former Principal Dancer of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Max Baud, star of Awesomeness TV’s reality show Joffrey Elite. Made melancholy by the necessity of marriage, young Prince Siegfried sets out to distract himself with a swan hunt. To his surprise, however, the flock he’s tracking lands beside a crystalline lake and transforms into a group of beautiful maidens, led by Odette, the most beautiful of all. The evil sorcerer Von Rothbart has cursed them to be birds by day and women by night, making true love the only key to their freedom. Prince Siegfried seems like the dashing young man for the job, but he would do well to remember that sorcerers stoop to cheating – even at the game of love.


May 7

Annie

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
7:00pm

Some little girls daydream about ponies, and others about princesses. Some want to be champion swimmers and others prima ballerinas. But the only thing Annie wants is a family of her own. Inspired by an enduring, Depression-era comic strip, Annie follows a scrappy, red-headed orphan as she tries to find a place to belong. Help comes from an unexpected corner in the form of the wealthy Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, who takes in an orphan in hopes of adding a luster of philanthropy to his already impressive reputation. When he learns that the young girl (accompanied by her adorable dog, Sandy) still dreams of finding her original parents, he offers a sizable reward—and that’s when the vultures start to flock. But in the sunny world of Annie, good news—and tomorrow—are always only a day away.


May 7

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
2:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 7

A Weekend In Old Monmouth

Various historic sites in Monmouth County NJ
10:00pm – 5:00pm (most sites – see tour guide for specific site information)
The annual “Weekend in Old Monmouth” event returns this year with 48 historic sites throughout Monmouth County opening their doors free of charge to visitors interested in local history. Visitors can see the tour sites in any order and pick up the tour book and map at their first stop.


May 7

Smithville Renaissance Faire

Historic Smithville
615 E. Moss Mill Road
Absecon, NJ
10:00am – 6:00pm

Join the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire and travel back to the days of yore and merry olde England as the players of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire transform historic Smithville village into the Shire of Smithville in the heart of the English Renaissance.  The good Duke of Northumberland has decreed merriment for all! Fun for the whole family including comedy, tragedy, sword fighting, song and dance, knights, jesters and so much more.  Also stroll amongst the wares of the local vendors and traveling merchants sporting historical gifts and finely crafted items.


May 7

Ramsey Street Fair

Main Street
Ramsey, NJ
10:00am – 5:00pm
Free Admission

The Ramsey Street Fair will transform Main Street into a giant town block party.  This inaugural event will feature all kinds of fun things to do for all ages including kiddie rides, pony rides, petting zoo, trackless train ride, clowns, face painting, sand art, temporary tattoos, Gaga games, free video game play, delicious food from local eateries and food trucks, shopping with over 100 exhibitors and local merchants, live music, and much more!


May 7

Highland Park “Spring Fling” Street Fair

Raritan Avenue between 2nd & 6th Avenues
Highland Park, NJ
11:30am – 4:30pm
Free admission

The Annual Highland Park “Spring Fling” Street Fair is one of Highland Park’s signature events, and features something for everyone. It has crafters, vendors, artists, music, food, games, inflatable rides, and more.


May 11

Sister Act

The Grand Theatre
405 S. Main Street
Williamstown, NJ
7:30pm

Based on the beloved 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film, the Tony-nominated Broadway musical Sister Act tells the hilarious and uplifting tale of a wannabe disco diva whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a crime and is put into hiding in a convent. As this free-spirited soul singer shakes things up under the watchful eye of Mother Superior, teaching her fellow sisters to sing, she rediscovers her own voice in the process. Featuring powerful gospel music, outrageous dancing and a moving story, this soul-stirring production brings the spirit of the original to The Grand Theatre in Williamstown.


May 11

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
7:30pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 12

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
8:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 12

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
8:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 12

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
8:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 12

GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ
7:30pm

This award-winning Shanghai drum group offers a dynamic, athletic and energetic theatrical drum drama that speaks to ancient Chinese traditions and is based on timeless Chinese proverbs, fables, and fairy tales.


May 13

What’s on Tap Beer Festival at WheatonArts

WheatonArts
1000 Village Drive
Millville, NJ
1:00pm – 5:00pm

A good craft brew really shines when it’s in the right vessel, so it makes perfect sense that the inaugural “What’s on Tap” Beer Festival kicks off at the WheatonArts glass and craft studios in Millville. Situated on 65 wooded acres in Southern New Jersey, the event center will play host to more than 25 brewers pouring tastes of some 50 different beers into your souvenir mug. But you’ll also enjoy live music, on-site food trucks, craft vendors, games and activities, glass-blowing demos and more. Among the breweries scheduled to participate are Southern Tier, Eight & Sand, Saint Benjamin, Glasstown, Tomfoolery, Garden State, Slack Tide, and Beach Haus.


May 13

Audra McDonald

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
6:00pm

Audra McDonald, the only performer ever to win six Tony Awards, is coming to the State Theatre in New Brunswick for an unforgettable night of music. McDonald won her Tony Awards for performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, Porgy and Bess and, most recently, her portrayal of Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Frequently praised for her pure, powerful soprano voice, this extraordinary artist – who The New York Times calls “a defining voice of our time” – has also won two Grammy Awards, starred as Dr. Naomi Harris for four seasons on ABC’s Private Practice, and had just enough time on her hands to release 2013’s Go Back Home, her first solo album in seven years. Prepare to be dazzled as she sings her favorite show tunes, popular standards and songs from her latest album.


May 13

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
8:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 13

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
8:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 13

Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair

Monmouth Battlefield State Park
16 Business Route 33
Manalapan, NJ
11:00am – 5:00pm

The Spirit of the Jerseys State History Fair is a fun-filled adventure into New Jersey’s past with living history demonstrations, military re-enactors, tours, exhibits, period music and dance, and historical organizations and museums from around the state. This year’s fair will commemorate the 100th anniversary of WWI with several special programs including music of the era, a one-man stage production featuring President Woodrow Wilson and a reading of New Jersey poet Joyce Kilmer’s poetry. Other exciting new programs will feature a program on the role of Fort Monmouth during WWI and a presentation on Ann Baumgartner Carl, a Jersey girl who trained as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during WWII. This award-winning fair features plenty of hands-on activities for kids and adults, from participating in historical games to plowing a furrow or participating in a military drill. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet such historical figures as Harriet Tubman, President Teddy Roosevelt, Alice Paul, Dr. James Still, Walt Whitman, President Woodrow Wilson, Molly Pitcher and George Washington.


May 13

Hoboken Irish Festival

Sinatra Park
Sinatra Drive
Hoboken, NJ
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Free admission!

The Hoboken Irish Festival features Irish music & step dancing, food, crafts, rides, games, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a beer garden, hurling games & demos, an Irish Soda Bread Contest and more. Musical performances by: Gold N’ Brown, McClean Ave. Band, Colin Nisbet, Garden St. Irish Step Dancers & Emerald Fire, Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance and more.


May 13

Smithville Children’s Festival

615 E. Moss Mill Road
Absecon, NJ
Free Admission!

Gather the family and head to Historic Smithville Village for a day full of family fun and activities for all ages! The Atlantic City Aquarium will be at the Village with a touch tank. There will be lots of fun things to do for the kids including puppet shows, games, princess meet and greets, presentations by the Academy of Natural Science, storytelling, music, dance, yoga activities, face painting, train rides, and much more!


May 13

19th Annual Buffalo Watch Fundraiser Open House

937 County Road 523
Flemington, NJ
9:00am – 5:00pm
Free admission / Parking $5

Buffalo still roam the range at the Readington River Buffalo Farm, an historic, maintained working farm preserve! Get a rare up close and personal view of bison and their newborn calves at the 19th Annual Buffalo Watch Fundraiser Open House! Enjoy farm tours, two live bands, displays and reenactments, blacksmith demonstration, live wild west cowboy shows, native American Indian and civil war encampments, pony rides, antiquers and crafters, face painters, hay wagon rides, and more.


May 13

“Hooray for May!” at Center for Contemporary Art

Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Road
Bedminster, NJ
1:00pm – 4:00pm
Free Admission!

Enjoy a fun and interactive day of making art as a family at the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster NJ. A variety of hands-on art activities for kids of all ages and parents alike will take place in The Center’s three art studios and in the outdoor pavilion, and include a variety of creative projects to keep or give on Mother’s Day. Rounding out the afternoon will be family-friendly guided gallery tours of The Center’s current exhibitions, a community art project, and much more! Light refreshments will be available. A “swag bag” with a limited edition t-shirt will be given out to the first fifty children in the door!


May 13

Family Fun Day at Irvington Park

Grove Street and Lyons Avenue
Irvington, NJ
11:00am – 4:00pm
Free Admission!

Head out to Irvington Park and enjoy a free, family-friendly day of arts and crafts, a petting farm, entertainment, a fishing derby, music DJ, gospel choirs, live performances, Irvington public schools performance, free raffles/prizes, kiddie train rides, healthcare information, health screenings and much more!


May 13

Spring Livestock Expo

805 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ
10:00am – 2:00pm
Free admission!

Children are invited to pet animals, play games, and make crafts. Activities are free and sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County 4-H Youth Development.


May 14

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New Jersey Performing Arts Center
NJPAC Prudential Hall
1 Center Street
Newark, NJ
3:00pm

The explosively theatrical dancers of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater have been creating groundbreaking work for nearly 60 years. Founder Alvin Ailey drew upon his “blood memories” of Texas, the blues and spirituals to help popularize modern dance through masterpieces like Revelation, which continues to thrill AAADT’s audiences. Under current artistic director Robert Battle, this “cultural ambassador to the world” is as vibrant as ever. In this Mother’s Day performance, the troupe leaps into a swingin’ jazz-fueled program that includes Billy Wilson’s centennial salute to Dizzy Gillespie; Hope Boykin’s tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., which includes narration by Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton); Robert Battle’s lighting-fast interpretation of Ella Fitzgerald’s virtuosic scatting; plus Ailey’s signature piece, Revelation. Experience this legendary company in person as they return to New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.


May 14

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
2:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 14

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
3:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 14

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
2:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 17

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
7:30pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 18

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
7:30pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 18

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
8:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 18

Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fast boats and get a chance to meet the racers at the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival! Considered the Daytona 500 of offshore racing, the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix features meet the racer events, boats on display in the pit area, a block party, the Point Pleasant Beach Rotary Festival, a parade of boats, and – of course – boat races! See the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival website for schedule and more details.


May 19

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
8:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 19

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
8:00pm

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny,” according to the New York Times. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It’s about finding your other half; it’s the story of the origin of love.


May 19

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
7:30pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 19

Annual Spring Shorebird & Horseshoe Crab Festival

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard
Stone Harbor, NJ
6:30pm – 8:30pm

The 5th Annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival at the Wetlands Institute is a fun, family-friendly weekend packed with conservation-based, hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Every spring, horseshoe crabs climb onto the beaches of the Delaware Bay to lay their eggs, while thousands of shorebirds time a stop on their northbound spring migration route to feed on these energy-packed eggs. New Jersey’s shores host the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in their range, and the shorebird migration is one of the last great migrations on Earth. Join The Wetlands Institute and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Initiative for a festival that celebrates this amazing spectacle of nature! Guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of conservation-based activities including guided shorebird viewings, horseshoe crab workshops, horseshoe crab spawning survey demonstrations, and reTURN the Favor walks, aquarium teaching tank and aquaculture tours, naturalist-led Salt Marsh Trail walks, and other hands-on education and conservation-based activities.  Proceeds from the event will help support The Wetlands Institute’s conservation and education programs focused on shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation.


May 19

Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fast boats and get a chance to meet the racers at the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival! Considered the Daytona 500 of offshore racing, the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix features meet the racer events, boats on display in the pit area, a block party, the Point Pleasant Beach Rotary Festival, a parade of boats, and – of course – boat races! See the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival website for schedule and more details.


May 20

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
8:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 20

Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown

Lewis Morris Park – Doe Meadow Field
270 Mendham Road
Morristown, NJ

The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey’s first festival featuring only New Jersey beer, coupled with restaurants, gourmet food trucks, and chefs offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ and bacon creations, all available for purchase. There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with People’s Choice awards for Best Dish & Best Beer. Thirty New Jersey breweries will be in attendance, each bringing four styles of beer. One of these styles will be either a rare beer or a brew created specifically for this event. The event will take place outdoors under tents and will feature fantastic music! This festival is destined to become a New Jersey spring classic.


May 20

The Pillowman

Haddonfield Plays and Players Performing Arts Center
957 East Atlantic Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
8:00pm

The intense, Tony-winning drama The Pillowman is set largely within an interrogation room in an unnamed totalitarian state, where a fiction writer is being questioned by police. The authorities suspect him of committing a series of child murders that are strikingly similar to the gruesome crimes described in his short stories. Plenty of unexpected twists and turns ensue in this dark and suspenseful tale, which also contains some signature moments of black comedy from famed Irish playwright and In Bruges screenwriter Martin McDonagh.


May 20

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
2:00pm & 8:00pm

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny,” according to the New York Times. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It’s about finding your other half; it’s the story of the origin of love.


May 20

Lez Zeppelin and Nirvanish

Union County Performing Arts Center
1601 Irving Street
Rahway, NJ
8:00pm

Lez Zeppelin, the New York City-based all-girl band has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion and gender-bending audacity they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin. They use the same equipment as Led Zeppelin, and even recorded an album with Zeppelin’s recording engineer, Eddie Kramer. Nirvanish is a tribute band that strive to replicate the audio integrity of Nirvana’s recorded work while capturing the electric fury that the group was known for on stage. Nirvanish capture the raw live experience for the many fans that didn’t have the opportunity to see the legend in person.


May 20

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
2:00pm & 8:00pm

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny,” according to the New York Times. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It’s about finding your other half; it’s the story of the origin of love.


May 20

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
3:00pm & 8:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 20

Family Garden Party at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Avenue
Montclair NJ
11:00am – 3:00pm
Free admission (donations appreciated)!

Enjoy at day in the garden taking in thousands of spectacular iris blooms of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens! The day will include entertainment, crafts, face painting, booths from local organizations such as the Essex County Environmental Center and Master Gardeners, and various food trucks. A student art exhibit will also be featured. Rain date: May 21.


May 20

Spring Festival at Historic Allaire Village

Historic Village at Allaire
Allaire State Park
4263 Atlantic Avenue
Farmingdale, NJ
11:00am – 4:00pm
Free admission!

Celebrate Spring at the Historic Village at Allaire State Park!  For this one day a year, the Beehive Baking Oven is busy baking bread and pies.  The Bog Iron Boys will be playing 1836 and 1864 style baseball.  No glove and much more fun! There will be historic craft demonstrations including hearth cooking, blacksmithing, carpentry, and much more!


May 20

New Jersey Armed Forces Day Festival

North Field – Liberty State Park
Morris Pesin Drive
Jersey City, NJ

Head out to Liberty State Park and enjoy a spectacular view of Lady Liberty and the Hudson River skyline while honoring those who serve in the Armed Forces. Along with military displays and demonstrations represented by every branch of our nation’s armed forces, there will be music, food, and vendors. The festival will include displays of helicopters, a V-22 Osprey, and armored vehicles, as well as military demonstrations by every branch of the armed forces and performances by the 63rd Army Band and The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and Drum and Bugle Corps. Prior to the start of the festival, the Special Forces Association Parachute Team will present our nation’s colors.


May 20

Ocean Fun Days at Island Beach State Park

Island Beach State Park
Route 35 South
Seaside Park, NJ
11:00am – 3:00pm
Free admission! (mention Ocean Fun Days at gate for free entrance)

Come to the 14th Annual Ocean Fun Days and celebrate waves of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. You’ll have a great time learning the science of our shorelines and how to care for them for years to come!  Activities include seining, coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, youth fishing clinics, face painting, touch tanks, a student science fair competition and the NJSGC’s famous fiddler crab races. Project Terrapin will also release of diamondback terrapins hatchlings, a fun treat for the entire family!


May 20

Salem County’s Arts In Bloom

Various locations throughout Salem County NJ
Free admission!

For the ninth year in a row, more than 50 Salem County artists representing a wide variety of media are coming together to share their studios with the public for a two-day, county-wide event. Salem County Arts In Bloom will span many locations throughout Salem County NJ, including towns such as Alloway, Canton, Elmer, Elsinboro, Lower Alloways Creek, Mannington, Monroeville, Pedricktown, Pennsville, Pilesgrove, Pittsgrove, Salem, Upper Pittsgrove, and Woodstown.  Arts In Bloom guests will enjoy open studio and gallery tours featuring local artists, with activities including pottery demonstrations, painting, fiber arts, puppetry, and much more. The weekend also includes “Dig Into Art” – a family-friendly feature of Arts In Bloom that allows children and their families to enjoy a variety of free family art activities including sculpture, painting, mosaics, and more at six different locations. This increasingly popular event offers visitors an opportunity to see the spaces where local art is created while exploring Salem County’s beautiful countryside. Local restaurants and cafes are also a part of the event. Many local eateries will be offering discounts to Arts in Bloom participants and visitors, and some are offering “food on the go” for people who want to see as many of the artists’ studios as they possibly can.


May 20

40th Annual Bordentown Street Fair

Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown, NJ
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Bordentown Street Fair is two full days of family-friendly fun! Farnsworth Avenue and its major side streets are transformed into a giant food, fun and festivities extravaganza for the whole family. An eclectic array of boutique shop merchants from historical downtown Bordentown and fine art crafters from near and far set up shop on the streets for two full days of fun and festivities. Gourmet local restaurants prepare amazing food, local non-profits hold fund raisers, children flock to the Kids’ Corner, and local groups provide free entertainment.


May 20

2017 Medicine Wheel Festival

Lusscroft Farm at High Point State Park
50 Nielson Road
Wantage, NJ
10:00am – Dusk

Come on out to Lusscroft Farm in High Point State Park and experience living art and culture! Both days include an amazing array of music, workshops, garden tours, a plant sale, a wild food walk, farmers, crafters & vendors, poetry readings, awesome food, pony rides, a bake sale, carriage rides, a photography contest, a barn sale and a historical house tour on Sunday! Family friendly fun for all ages! Suggested donation of $7 for adults, kids under 18 are free.


May 20

Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fast boats and get a chance to meet the racers at the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival! Considered the Daytona 500 of offshore racing, the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix features meet the racer events, boats on display in the pit area, a block party, the Point Pleasant Beach Rotary Festival, a parade of boats, and – of course – boat races! See the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival website for schedule and more details.


May 20

Annual Spring Shorebird & Horseshoe Crab Festival

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard
Stone Harbor, NJ
9:30am – 4:30pm

The 5th Annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival at the Wetlands Institute is a fun, family-friendly weekend packed with conservation-based, hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Every spring, horseshoe crabs climb onto the beaches of the Delaware Bay to lay their eggs, while thousands of shorebirds time a stop on their northbound spring migration route to feed on these energy-packed eggs. New Jersey’s shores host the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in their range, and the shorebird migration is one of the last great migrations on Earth. Join The Wetlands Institute and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Initiative for a festival that celebrates this amazing spectacle of nature! Guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of conservation-based activities including guided shorebird viewings, horseshoe crab workshops, horseshoe crab spawning survey demonstrations, and reTURN the Favor walks, aquarium teaching tank and aquaculture tours, naturalist-led Salt Marsh Trail walks, and other hands-on education and conservation-based activities.  Proceeds from the event will help support The Wetlands Institute’s conservation and education programs focused on shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation.


May 20

Chester Spring Brew Fest

Main Street
Chester, NJ
12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Chester Spring Brew Fest will premiere this May, bringing samplings of some of New Jersey’s finest local craft beers, cider and home brews to attendees of the inaugural beer festival, paired with tasty food offerings available for purchase. Hosted by Chester Merchants Association in historic downtown Chester, the Spring Brew Fest will feature eight breweries from throughout the Garden State, as well as 50 crafters and vendors, and live entertainment from local musical performers.


May 20

7th Annual Handcrafted at Perkins Center 

Perkins Center for the Arts
30 Irvin Avenue
Collingswood, NJ
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Enjoy an evening of artistry celebrating the unique and handmade at Perkins Center for the Arts and featuring over two dozen regional craft micro brews, five New Jersey wineries, a distillery, gourmet food cart fare, handmade beer steins, live music and more! A new feature of this year’s event will be the Jewelry Bar where festival attendees will be able to create their own custom piece of jewelry. Philadelphia-based dream pop band Suburban Living will be playing the main stage at Handcrafted this year.


May 20

A Taste Of Spring:
The Bayshore’s 1st Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest

Beachway & Main Street
Keansburg, NJ

2:00pm – 8:00pm

Enjoy “A Taste of Spring” in Keansburg, a great day which will include free craft beer tasting, free food sampling, live music all day, and the IR Performance Car Show. Free admission.


May 21

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ
2:00pm & 8:00pm

Brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking, and wickedly funny, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the landmark American musical by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask that is “shamelessly enjoyable and furiously funny,” according to the New York Times. This genre-bending musical sensation, with a pulsing score and electrifying performances, tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. It’s about finding your other half; it’s the story of the origin of love.


May 21

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
3:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 21

Walnford Day

Historic Walnford
62 Walnford Road
Upper Freehold, NJ
11:00am – 5:00pm
Free admission!

Learn something new exploring something old at Walnford Day! Participate in a variety of historical activities, enjoy watching skilled woodworkers and blacksmiths, experience the gristmill in action and explore the historic Walnford House from cellar to attic! Free!


May 21

History Day at East Jersey Old Town Village

East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road
Piscataway, NJ
10:00am – 4:00pm
Free admission!

Enjoy a day of free family fun at History Day at East Jersey Old Town Village! The day will include fun activities for all ages and vintage children’s games and crafts. Historic craft demonstrations will include blacksmithing, open hearth cooking, yarn spinning, chair caning, antique clocks, lace-making and 19th century decorative painting techniques. Over 25 historical societies and groups will present exhibits and displays, and there will be 18th century music performances and horse-drawn carriage rides through Johnson Park.


May 21

Metuchen Spring Street Fair & Craft Show

Main and New Streets
Metuchen, NJ
11:00am – 5:00pm
Free admission!

Celebrate Spring at the Metuchen Street Fair! Enjoy a day of shopping with local retailers and crafters, delicious food from the area’s best food vendors and restaurants, live music and kiddie rides!


May 21

MayFest in Maplewood

Springfield Avenue
Maplewood, NJ
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Free admission!

Enjoy a beautiful spring day in downtown Maplewood with shopping with 150 vendors, family-friendly activities including pony rides, train rides and a petting zoo, great food, live music by local bands and a DJ, and performances by local dance and exercise studios.


May 21

Ocean Fun Days – Gateway National Recreation Area

128 South Hartshorne Drive (GPS address)
Highlands, NJ
11:00am – 3:00pm
Free admission! (mention Ocean Fun Days at gate for free entrance)

Come to the 14th Annual Ocean Fun Days at Gateway National Recreation Area’s Sandy Hook and celebrate waves of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. You’ll have a great time learning the science of our shorelines and how to care for them for years to come!  Activities include seining, coastal crafts, an energy-saving scavenger hunt, youth fishing clinics, face painting, touch tanks, a student science fair competition and the NJSGC’s famous fiddler crab races. Project Terrapin will also release of diamondback terrapins hatchlings, a fun treat for the entire family!


May 21

Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival

Enjoy a weekend of fast boats and get a chance to meet the racers at the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival! Considered the Daytona 500 of offshore racing, the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix features meet the racer events, boats on display in the pit area, a block party, the Point Pleasant Beach Rotary Festival, a parade of boats, and – of course – boat races! See the Point Pleasant Beach Off Shore Grand Prix Festival website for schedule and more details.


May 21

Annual Spring Shorebird &Horseshoe Crab Festival

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard
Stone Harbor, NJ
9:30am – 4:30pm

The 5th Annual Spring Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival at the Wetlands Institute is a fun, family-friendly weekend packed with conservation-based, hands-on, interactive activities for all ages. Every spring, horseshoe crabs climb onto the beaches of the Delaware Bay to lay their eggs, while thousands of shorebirds time a stop on their northbound spring migration route to feed on these energy-packed eggs. New Jersey’s shores host the largest concentration of spawning horseshoe crabs in their range, and the shorebird migration is one of the last great migrations on Earth. Join The Wetlands Institute and the Delaware Bay Shorebird Initiative for a festival that celebrates this amazing spectacle of nature! Guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of conservation-based activities including guided shorebird viewings, horseshoe crab workshops, horseshoe crab spawning survey demonstrations, and reTURN the Favor walks, aquarium teaching tank and aquaculture tours, naturalist-led Salt Marsh Trail walks, and other hands-on education and conservation-based activities.  Proceeds from the event will help support The Wetlands Institute’s conservation and education programs focused on shorebird and horseshoe crab conservation.


May 21

 Salem County’s Arts In Bloom

Various locations throughout Salem County NJ
Free admission!

For the ninth year in a row, more than 50 Salem County artists representing a wide variety of media are coming together to share their studios with the public for a two-day, county-wide event. Salem County Arts In Bloom will span many locations throughout Salem County NJ, including towns such as Alloway, Canton, Elmer, Elsinboro, Lower Alloways Creek, Mannington, Monroeville, Pedricktown, Pennsville, Pilesgrove, Pittsgrove, Salem, Upper Pittsgrove, and Woodstown.  Arts In Bloom guests will enjoy open studio and gallery tours featuring local artists, with activities including pottery demonstrations, painting, fiber arts, puppetry, and much more. The weekend also includes “Dig Into Art” – a family-friendly feature of Arts In Bloom that allows children and their families to enjoy a variety of free family art activities including sculpture, painting, mosaics, and more at six different locations. This increasingly popular event offers visitors an opportunity to see the spaces where local art is created while exploring Salem County’s beautiful countryside. Local restaurants and cafes are also a part of the event. Many local eateries will be offering discounts to Arts in Bloom participants and visitors, and some are offering “food on the go” for people who want to see as many of the artists’ studios as they possibly can.


May 21

40th Annual Bordentown Street Fair

Farnsworth Avenue
Bordentown, NJ
10:00am – 4:00pm

The Bordentown Street Fair is two full days of family-friendly fun! Farnsworth Avenue and its major side streets are transformed into a giant food, fun and festivities extravaganza for the whole family. An eclectic array of boutique shop merchants from historical downtown Bordentown and fine art crafters from near and far set up shop on the streets for two full days of fun and festivities. Gourmet local restaurants prepare amazing food, local non-profits hold fund raisers, children flock to the Kids’ Corner, and local groups provide free entertainment.


May 21

2017 Medicine Wheel Festival

Lusscroft Farm at High Point State Park
50 Nielson Road
Wantage, NJ
10:00am – Dusk

Come on out to Lusscroft Farm in High Point State Park and experience living art and culture! Both days include an amazing array of music, workshops, garden tours, a plant sale, a wild food walk, farmers, crafters & vendors, poetry readings, awesome food, pony rides, a bake sale, carriage rides, a photography contest, a barn sale and a historical house tour on Sunday! Family friendly fun for all ages! Suggested donation of $7 for adults, kids under 18 are free.


May  21

Chester Spring Brew Fest

Main Street
Chester, NJ
12:00pm – 5:00pm

The Chester Spring Brew Fest will premiere this May, bringing samplings of some of New Jersey’s finest local craft beers, cider and home brews to attendees of the inaugural beer festival, paired with tasty food offerings available for purchase. Hosted by Chester Merchants Association in historic downtown Chester, the Spring Brew Fest will feature eight breweries from throughout the Garden State, as well as 50 crafters and vendors, and live entertainment from local musical performers.


May 24

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
7:30pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 25

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
7:30pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 26

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
8:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 26

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
8:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 27

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
8:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 27

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

New Jersey Renaissance Faire
Liberty Lake Day Camp
1195 Florence Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
10:00am – 6:00pm

Summertime means picnics in the park, lazy days, but also Renaissance fair season – a time for turkey legs, cosplay, jousting and indulging in all the red wine you can drink. Step into an iconic time period at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, a lollapalooza of Medieval culture and after hours amusements. Conceived in 2009, the fair recreates the most festive elements of one of the most epic eras in history for NJ residents to enjoy, and this year they add a Machiavellian twist to it. This year’s Italian Renaissance theme brings you several stages of entertainment, including historic glass blowing, a human chess match, archery, live music and more. Munch on giant turkey legs and pickles while hanging out in the wine garden, or take a boat ride on the lake. These are just a few amusements awaiting you in Bordentown.


May 27

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
8:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 27

Gospel Artists Tye Tribbett,
J.J. Hairston, & Jekalyn Carr

Patriots Theater at the War Memorial
1 Memorial Drive
Trenton, NJ
5:00pm

An all-star gospel lineup, including Tye Tribbett, J.J. Hairston and Jekalyn Carr, comes to Trenton’s Patriots Theater at the War Memorial on The Bloody Win Tour. A two-time Grammy winner, Tye Tribbett is known for his infectious brand of Christian contemporary music, blending funky keyboard riffs, bursts of soulful horns, a powerful chorus and, rising above them all, Tribbett’s impassioned voice. J.J. Hairston and Youthful Praise began as a 35-member church choir before shooting to the top of the Billboard charts. The Stellar Award winners have become international favorites for their hit You Deserve It, from the No. 1 album of the same name, as well as other Top 10 singles like You’re Mighty and Resting on His Promise. At only 19 years old, Jekalyn Carr has already been named to Jet magazine’s Top Ten Faces You Need to Know and has earned her first Grammy nomination for her hit song, You’re Bigger. Don’t miss this night of uplifting gospel music.


May 28

Dream – A Phonograph Musical:
Music of the 20s, 30s, or 40s

The Ritz Theatre
915 White Horse Pike
Haddon Township, NJ
2:00pm

Dream takes place in an attic full of memorabilia. An old phonograph, a scrapbook, a pile of letters tied with pretty faded ribbon, and more call forth a colorful cast of characters as they re-live the wonderful pop tunes of the twenties, thirties and forties. Dance to the big band sounds when you hear In the Mood, or remember that special someone when you hear My Blue Heaven. This evening is packed full of memorable songs from a simpler time, a time when Glen Miller and Count Basie were kings of the dance floors and Judy Garland and Billie Holiday sang the tunes that have lasted throughout the years.


May 28

Peter and the Starcatcher

Eagle Theatre
208 Vine Street
Hammonton, NJ
3:00pm

The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called “the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades,” Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of “the boy who wouldn’t grow up” in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Hammonton’s Eagle Theatre weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that’s bound to appeal to your entire crew.


May 28

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

New Jersey Renaissance Faire
Liberty Lake Day Camp
1195 Florence Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ
10:00am – 6:00pm

Summertime means picnics in the park, lazy days, but also Renaissance fair season – a time for turkey legs, cosplay, jousting and indulging in all the red wine you can drink. Step into an iconic time period at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, a lollapalooza of Medieval culture and after hours amusements. Conceived in 2009, the fair recreates the most festive elements of one of the most epic eras in history for NJ residents to enjoy, and this year they add a Machiavellian twist to it. This year’s Italian Renaissance theme brings you several stages of entertainment, including historic glass blowing, a human chess match, archery, live music and more. Munch on giant turkey legs and pickles while hanging out in the wine garden, or take a boat ride on the lake. These are just a few amusements awaiting you in Bordentown.

 

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