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Your May Just Got A Lot More Fun! 36 Date and Girls' Night Ideas

Spring into a month of warm weather, good eats and bumping music.


May 2

New Jersey Folk Revival Music: History and Tradition

What better place to have a fairy tale date than at a gorgeous castle? Head to the Lambert Castle Museum in Paterson to learn about NJ’s role in folk music.

May 3-6

Topgolf Edison’s Cinco de Mayo

Practice your swing while wetting your whistle with $5 house margaritas and Mexican beer. Then try your luck at winning prizes at this hotspot.

May 4

Wyckoff Food Truck and Music Festival

Head to Bergen County to stuff your face for a good cause. This evening of food, music and games benefits The American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

May 4-6

Photo courtesy of Crystal Springs Resort

10th Annual New Jersey Wine and Food Festival

Venture to Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg for a weekend of champagne, wine cellar exploration, cooking activities, food pairings and more. Don’t miss The Grand Tasting of more than 200 vinos from 50+ wineries and food samples from fifty top restos.

May 5

Chester Food Truck Festival

Take in food truck fare, wine and live entertainment on the Municipal Field. Don’t forget to bring canned goods to donate.

Stone Harbor’s Spring Tide Fest and Boat Show

Take a trip down the Parkway to the beach for local bites and brews, live music and, of course, boats.

Cinco de Mayo at The Dog and Cask in Rochelle Park

This craft pub and restaurant is serving up the essentials: $2 tacos and $3 margaritas. Splurge on a tequila flight, sample homemade mezcal infusions and more. Wear your sombrero for a free $10 gift card for your next visit.

Toms River Food Fest

Barbecue fare? Check. Seafood? Check. Empanadas? Check. The shore’s the place for these, live bands and a beer and wine garden.

Tranquil Mama Self-Care Event

Hello, me time! Hamilton’s Heart of Art Studio is hosting an afternoon of vendors, painting, makeup, massage, meditation and more.

Photo courtesy of Pancho's Burritos Facebook page

Cinco de Mayo at Pancho’s Burritos in New Milford

Visit this eatery for perfectly mixed margaritas (rocks or blended), live music and an authentic Mexican menu.

May 5-6

Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Cinco de Mayo

This is one fiesta foodies won’t want to miss. Taste your way through more than 12 trucks near the water at Tuckerton Seaport.

May 5 and 12

Laser Classic Rock at Branchburg’s RVCC

When’s the last time you rocked out to Led Zeppelin, Queen, Styx and the like? Sing along to your faves at the RVCC Planetarium while an electrifying laser show plays.

May 9

Moscow Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake at MPAC

Does it get more romantic than a night at the ballet? Get tickets to this stunning performance in Morristown to see this renowned Russian company own this famous Tchaikovsky score.

May 10

Conversations on Creativity: Elizabeth Gilbert

Head to the beloved Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton to see the author of Eat, Pray, Love discuss her newest nonfiction work.

May 10-13

Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show in Wildwood

Vroom-vroom your way down to the boards to check out vintage wheels and exclusive happenings like a kickoff dinner party by the beach.

May 12

Sip Into Spring Festival in Cape May

Experience the historic Emlen Physick Estate while shopping craft vendors, attending nature and gardening demos, sipping the goods of wineries, breweries and distilleries and watching live entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Pocono Whitewater Rafting Facebook page

Big Day Out

You’re in for a real adventure. Make the trek to the Poconos in Jim Thorpe, PA to bike, hike and raft, then unwind with a bonfire, beer and food.

May 12-13

Asbury Park Spring Bazaar

Squeeze in some girl time with your besties on Mother’s Day weekend in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. Spy the wares of vintage vendors and artisans, build your own bouquet with the help of a floral design company, snap pics in the photo booth and more.

May 13

The Best of ’70s Soul at Bergen PAC

Englewood is getting taken over by a doo-wop quintet, passionate singers and groovy bands who made a mark on this decade of iconic ballads and R&B.

May 18

Jay Leno at MPAC

Do you miss seeing this guy’s jokes and commentary on the air? Head to Morristown to see the former host of The Tonight Show hit the stage.

May 19

Meadowlands Racetrack’s 3rd Annual Beerfest

Hopheads, assemble! Get tickets ASAP to this collab of more than 30 breweries in East Rutherford. You’ll also gain access to food samplings, educational seminars and a VIP lounge and food buffet.

Photo courtesy of Beer, BBQ, Bacon Showdown Facebook page

Beer, BBQ, Bacon Showdown

This Morristown event is all about pork and pints. Fill up on beer from 30 NJ breweries, lots of barbecue and crispy bacon, then witness a culinary competition for Jersey chefs.

29th Annual New Jersey State Chili and Salsa Cook-Off

This fest brings the heat to Toms River with music, a DJ, martial arts demos and tons of bone-tingling chilis and salsas. Stick around to hear the winners of the cook-off; they’ll be off to the World Championship.

William Shatner Live at NJPAC plus Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Beam up to Newark to see this sci-fi icon in action. Then see Captain Kirk on the big screen.

May 19-20

Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival

Calling all winos! Taste the products of a dozen wineries and vineyards in Pennsville. The event takes place in Riverview Beach Park, which was once the site of one of the East Coast’s top amusement parks.

May 20

Kenilworth Street Fair and Car Show

Get in-person peeks at gorgeous muscle cars and custom wheels, shop more than 100 merchants and fill up on street food like sausage and peppers, zeppoles and shish kabob at this free local fair.

Plant Nite: Dino Terrarium

Flaunt your green thumb at this DIY planting activity at Plank Pizza Company Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook. While you’re at it, order some craft beers and over-the-top apps and pies at this resto with 41 taps and 300+ bottles.

Photo courtesy of iPlay America

The British Invasion Years Dinner Show at iPlay America

Take in cocktails and a stocked buffet in Freehold while hearing revolutionary tracks by The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Simon and Garfunkle and more. End the night with the epic final act, a Beatles medley that’ll have you singing every word.

May 20

Oh What a Night of Doo-Wop and Rock ’n Roll II

Swing and groove to classic sounds at Bergen PAC in Englewood. Sirius XM’s Cool Bobby B will transport you and your date back to the ’50s as the event host.

May 21

Taste of Somerset

Resident foodies won’t want to miss the 26th year of this gourmet tasting event where you can get your hands on everything from apps to drinks to dessert. Participating restaurants include Bridgewater Bakery, Kuay Tiew and Wolfgang’s Steakhouse.

May 24


The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank is celebrating Bob Dylan’s birthday with live performances by beyond-talented cover artists. Attend the annual bash to honor this legendary artist.

May 26

The Official 2018 Pork Roll Festival

This Trenton fest with tons of food vendors, kids’ events, a pork roll contest and the crowning of the next Pork Roll Queen is a can’t miss (even for those on team Taylor Ham).


Paint Nite

This DIY painting service links pro artists and local restaurants so you can get your craft night on while sipping cocktails and snacking on apps. Margarita lovers can head to The Rock Bar and Grill in Clifton on May 4, gardeners will get in the spring spirit at Hackensack’s Lazy Lanigan’s on May 16 and start summer early at Town Pub in Bloomfield on May 21.

Photo courtesy of Garden State Public Market

Garden State Public Market

From the creators of InstaYum, this pop-up food hall and gourmet marketplace at Garden State Plaza in Paramus not only has top-notch food and drink, but also hosts events like trivia night every week. Head here any Thursday through Saturday until June 30.

Parental Time Out in Weehawken

Can’t find a sitter for your night out? Drop ‘em at Play City any Friday night this year. They’ll have dinner and open play while you get some alone time. Have a Greek dinner at Molos, Mexican at Charrito’s or Thai at HI-SO Thai.

Super Swing Tuesdays at Brix Restaurant and Bar

Learn West Coast Swing with WCS National Champion Arjay Centeno. Bring a partner to socialize and dance with at this Belleville hotspot.


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