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Top Five Things To Do In New Jersey This Week – May 31 – June 5

RiverFest, Bay Day, Renaissance Faire Top Things To Do In NJ This Week

Hi there! Welcome to June in New Jersey! The weather is warming up and it’s really starting to feel like the beginning of summer out there. Thoughts are turning to Jersey Fresh produce from our Garden State farms (don’t miss out on yummy Jersey strawberries – find a NJ pick-your-own farm here) and fun summer fairs and festivals. There’s a lot going on around New Jersey this coming week and – lucky you – I’ve rounded up the best events for you right here! Read on for the top five things to do in New Jersey this week …

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1. Appel Farm Music & Wine Festival

June 4, 2016
12:00 – 6:00pm

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Road
Elmer, NJ

Head on down to Appel Farms and enjoy specialty vintage wines from 16 different wineries (many of them are NJ wineries!), live music performed by Ginger Coyle, Nancy Micciulla, No Good Sister, and Steppin’ Razor, a crafts fair, art activities at the Discover Your Arts tent, great food from local culinary artists, and fun children’s activities in the Kids Zone.

2. Red Bank RiverFest

June 3, 2016 – 5:00pm – 10:00pm
June 4, 2016 – 11:00am – 10:00pm
June 5, 2016 – 11:00am – 6:00pm

Marine Park
Riverview Road
Red Bank, NJ

New Jersey’s premiere music and food festival returns to Marine Park in Red Bank this weekend, when the 25th Annual RiverFest comes to town! RiverFest features three days of delicious food from area restaurants and festival caterers, non-stop entertainment by the best local and regional musicians (including headliners Young Rising Sons!), and lots of other fun things to do including riverboat cruises on the Navesink River, shopping for fine handmade items and artwork in artisan’s alley, and tons of fun things to do for the kids at Nathan’s Famous KidsZone with children’s rides, games and activities!

3. New Jersey Renaissance Faire

May 28 & 29, 2016
10:00am – 6:00pm

Liberty Lake DayCamp
1195 Florence-Columbus Road
Bordentown, NJ

This Is No Damsel In Distress.

Brunhilda, Shield Maiden and Daughter to the Viking King Budli, has refused to be wed to the winner of her father’s tournament for her hand. Instead, she takes her trusted Shield Maidens with her and flees into the woods. The magic of the faeries woods whisks her to Crossford… but her father is not so easily defied. As Vikings descend upon Crossford, Queen Elizabeth also sets off to investigate rumors of the mysterious happenings in Crossford.

What will happen when two royal courts show up on the Shire, each with their own agenda?!

Step back in time to the 1500’s and the magical village of Crossford, England at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Mingle among kings and queens, dukes and duchesses, and common villagers as you witness sword fights, watch a human chess match, view an archery demonstration, and much more. Enjoy live music and dancing; watch as master glassblowers, blacksmiths, and other craftsmen create beautiful handcrafted pieces of art before your eyes; shop amongst over 50 vendors selling fine crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more; indulge in tasty treats like dragon legs, meat pies, and giant pickles on a stick! Daily admission to the Faire is $25 for adults and $15 for children (VIP and season passes are available). The New Jersey Renaissance Faire continues next weekend with dates on June 11th and 12th.

4. Bay Day at the Bayshore Center

June 4, 2016
11:00am – 9:00pm

Bayshore Center at Bivalve
2800 High Street
Port Norris, NJ

Delaware “Bay Day” is the largest free festival in the tri-state region, taking place along the wild and scenic Maurice River in the historic New Jersey fishing villages of Bivalve and Port Norris. East Point Lighthouse in Heislerville will also be a satellite site for this event. Bay Day will be packed with fun things to do including the Bay Day Strut Street Parade, river cruises on the A.J. Meerwald, educational demonstrations and exhibits, live music , Jersey-grown wine tasting, New Jersey beer tastings, mouth-watering Jersey Fresh seafood and other local fare, blue crab races, mini-golf, free crafts, a lighted boat parade, games, races, and contests and fireworks! Free parking with shuttle transport to festival sites. Admission to Bay Day is free!

5. Fido’s Festival USA

June 4th & 5th, 2016
10:00am – 5:00pm

Burlington County Fairgrounds
1960 Jacksonville Jobstown Road
Columbus, NJ

Looking for a fun place in New Jersey to take your pooch? Fido’s Festival USA is a fun-filled dog-friendly New Jersey event that promises to be a weekend of fun for dogs, dog-lovers, and their families. Dog and family-friendly activities will include Ultimate Air Dogs dock diving, superhero-themed contests, Lure for a Cure lure racing benefiting the National Canine Cancer Foundation, Disc-Connected K9s-World Famous Frisbee Dogs, agility competitions and demonstrations, demonstrations by dog experts, dog product and service vendors, a special kids’ activity area, a food court, canine entertainment, and much more! Rescues and shelters will be present with adoptable dogs.

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