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Five Fabulous Things To Do In New Jersey This Week – May 15-21

Top NJ Events This Week Include Fun at the Shore, Beer & Bacon Fest, Armed Forces Day Festival

Hey there New Jersey! Isn’t this spring warm-up fabulous? Hopefully you’re able to get out and enjoy it, as well as all the fun things that are happening around the Garden State. Speaking of things that are happening around New Jersey, be sure to check out these fantastic New Jersey events! Here are the top five things to do in New Jersey this week

5 Fabulous Things To Do In New Jersey This Week

1. Spring Shorebird & Horseshoe Crab Festival

May 19 2017 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
May 20 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
May 21 2017 | 9:30am – 4:30pm

The Wetlands Institute
1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard
Stone Harbor, NJ

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.

2. Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown

May 20 2017
1:00pm – 5:00pm (12:00pm – 1:00pm –  VIP hour)

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. Save up to 30% on tickets to the Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown – CLICK HERE!

3. New Jersey Armed Forces Day Festival

May 20 2017
9:00am – 6:00pm

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

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.

4. Ocean Fun Days

May 20 2017 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Island Beach State Park
Route 35 South
Seaside Park, NJ

May 21 2017 | 11:00am – 3:00pm
Gateway National Recreation Area – Sandy Hook Unit
128 South Hartshorne Drive (GPS address)
Highlands, NJ

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!

5. History Day at East Jersey Old Town Village

May 21 2017
10:00am – 4:00pm

East Jersey Old Town Village
1050 River Road
Piscataway, NJ
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.

Still looking for things to do in New Jersey this week? You’ll find lots more New Jersey events and activities here…

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