Happy Tuesday! (Is anyone else as confused as me? It sooo feels like a Monday!) I hope you all had an awesome Memorial Day weekend and were able to make time to honor our fallen soldiers at one of the many Memorial Day observances around New Jersey. Summer is (unofficially) here in New Jersey, and we have some great events happening this week to start off the season. From the New Jersey Renaissance Faire to some fantastic Jersey music and food festivals, there’s going to be lots of things to do and see this week and I’ve got the scoop for you right here! Read on for the top five things to do in New Jersey this week…
1. New Jersey Renaissance Faire
May 30th & 31st
Liberty Lake Camp
1195 Florence Columbus Road
Bordentown, New Jersey
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! The New Jersey Renaissance Faire is a weekend full of fun things to do for all ages – daily activities include a costume contest for adults and a children’s show from the Merry Music Makers. You may even encounter characters such as William Shakespeare, Robin Hood, or King Arthur! The New Jersey Renaissaince Faire is an extended event, taking place this weekend as well as the first weekend of June (June 6 & 7). Daily admission to the Faire is $20.00 for adults and $12.00 for children (VIP and season passes are available).
May 29th-May 31st
Red Bank, New Jersey
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 Tramps Like Us and 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. Jersey Born Music Festival
Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Nerds, B-Street Band, JoBonnano & the Godsons of Soul, Billy Hector Band, The Funktion, Lance Larsen and Marc Ribler, Quincy Mumford & the Reason Why, Christine Martucci, Joe Iconis and many more fantastic New Jersey bands and musicians will come together for the first time ever as part of the Jersey Born Music Festival presented by Coors Light and the Asbury Park Press. In addition to the incredible music line-up, the Jersey Born Music Festival will feature other fun things to do including enjoying a wide variety of fantastic Jersey-themed food, shopping with unique vendors, and family-friendly entertainment. In the event of rain, the festival will be held on May 31st. The Jersey Born Music Festival benefits the Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Mary’s Place by the Sea. Admission is $5 for anyone over the age of 10.
4. Exit 0 Jazz Festival
May 29th-May 31st
Cape May, New Jersey
This weekend, the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival returns to Cape May for its spring edition! Named for the Gardens State Parkway’s exit to Cape May, twice a year the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival transforms the quaint Victorian town into “a veritable jazz village” (Jazz Times Magazine) that features phenomenal jazz music and fine food and wine. The 5th edition of the Exit 0 International Jazz Festival will include performances by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and six-time Grammy award winner Dr. John & The NiteTrippers, Grammy award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, Paul Jost reimagines Springsteen’s Born to Run, Pepito Gomez – Night In Havana, Sean Jones, Joe Locke, Cyrille Aimee, Melissa Aldana, Charenee Wade, Joey Alexander, and more! Visit the Exit 0 Jazz Festival online for information on tickets, festival lineup, and venues.
5. Michael Arnone’s 26th Annual Crawfish Fest
May 29th-May 31st
Sussex County Fairgrounds
37 Plains Road
Augusta, New Jersey
What began over twenty years ago as a small crawfish boil for 70 people homesick for boiled has been transformed into Michael Arnone’s 26th Annual Crawfish Fest, featuring the best food and music that Louisiana and New Orleans has to offer – right here at New Jersey’s Sussex County Fairgrounds! The weekend promises to be a fun event for all ages. Enjoy Cajun, Zydeco, Delta Blues, New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, Brass, Gospel and Jazz music on four stages. Indulge in mouth-watering treats like fresh boiled Louisiana Crawfish, Crawfish Pie, Crawfish Bread, Shrimp Creole, Alligator Sausage, Crawfish Po-boys, Southern Fried Chicken, Jambalaya, and other tasty dishes! Take free Cajun/Zydeco dance lessons! And when the day is done, camp out on the festival grounds so you can do it all again the next day! Visit Michael Arnone’s Crawfish Fest online for ticket information, artist lineup and schedule, directions, and more.
Featured Photo Credit: Andrew Butitta via Flickr