It’s time to reap the rewards of those April showers and smell the May flowers at these free events around NJ. Be sure to check out the best places to take your preschoolers or fairs and festivals this month, too. Please note that the fairs and festivals below have free admission, but activities, food and rides are an additional fee.
Saturday, May 4
Where: WheatonArts, Millville
Time: 10 am
Deets: Make a pit stop and check out handmade wares from local artists, plus dance to live music, chat with environmental organizations or make some art. While you’re there, take a peek at the Rutgers Master Gardeners’ plants and herbs.
Where: Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton
Time: 10:30 am-4 pm
Deets: Maybe your kid is the next Picasso. Inspire her with a trip to the Princeton University Art Museum where she can create her own masterpieces, explore the galleries with a scavenger hunt and catch some cool live performances. Make sure to take a free museum tour.
Where: Secaucus Xchange, Secaucus
Time: 11 am-4 pm
Deets: Think eco cruises with the Hackensack Riverkeeper, a petting zoo, pony rides, educational presentations and more than 50 food and green product vendors.
Sunday, May 5
Where: Papaianni Park, Edison
Time: 9 am-3 pm
Deets: Take in the great outdoors, learn about sustainability while you check out demos like home composting and then hit the rock wall and fishing derby.
Where: 3rd Avenue Beach, Belmar
Time: 11 am
Deets: Don’t miss one of the most colorful festivals of the year. Head down the shore to Belmar’s Annual Kite Festival to try out your own kite-flying skills or just watch them catch a breeze.
Where: Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield
Time: 2-4 pm. $4/ages 13 and up, $3/ages 3-12, free/ages 2 and under
Deets: Ages 3-9 can craft a basket, then take tours of the restored farmhouse (circa 1740!) and see a hearth cooking demo.
Wednesday-Saturday, May 8-11
Where: Our Lady of Peace, New Providence
Deets: The Church of Our Lady of Peace opens its doors to everyone, and will have lots food, games, raffles, crafters and even a beer garden.
Saturday, May 11
Where: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, Morristown
Time: 10 am-1 pm
Deets: Take the kids on a trek around the historical garden, make some art and visit other family-friendly activities and presentations. Registration recommended.
Where: Historic Smithville, Smithville
Time: Noon-4 pm
Deets: Popcorn, face painting, balloon animals, games and a special show from the Cape May Zoo.
Friday-Sunday, May 17-19
Where: Seaside Heights
Time: 5 pm
Deets: Mix BMX and skate shows, monster truck rides, food trucks, artists, a charity flag football game, Ford car show and more for a good time.
Saturday, May 18
Where: Main St. at Amboy Ave., Woodbridge
Time: 11 am-5 pm
Deets: Hit the annual fair for booths filled with crafts, art and other goodies and treat yourself to lunch before taking advantage of the rides and live music.
Where: 127 Main St., Hackettstown
Time: Noon-6 pm
Deets: There is your typical fair fun, but the star here is, authentic German food and beer trucks. There’ll be games, live music and libations from Bea McNally’s, Czig Meister Brewing Co., Man Skirt Brewing and Homebrew University.
Where: The Band Shell in Lincoln Park, Rutherford
Time: Noon-6 pm
Deets: Sample authentic international foods and watch performers from around the globe.
Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19
Where: Verona Park, Verona
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Deets: Take a stroll through the park and browse goodies like jewelry, clothing, metal, photography and more from local craft boutiques and art galleries.
Where: Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Deets: Park it in Bordentown for a day of food and music, plus plenty of handmade wares to peruse and a children’s area for the kiddos.
Sunday, May 19
Where: Donaldson Farms Farm Market, Hackettstown
Time: 11 am-3 pm
Deets: Check out local artists and crafters’ wares while taking in the fresh air and farm scenery. The kids can hang out at the Art Studio Tent and attend a canvas painting workshop while you shop. Pick up pies, cheese, fresh produce and more on your way out.
Friday-Monday, May 24-27
Where: Weequahic Park, Newark
Time: 6-11 pm
Deets: Celebrate the heritage and contributions of Africans and African American people with the African American Heritage Parade Organization, which aims to honor and teach at this family event.
Sunday-Monday, May 26-27
Where: Stangl Factory, Flemington
Time: 10 am-4 pm
Deets: Celebrate Memorial Day at this show dedicated to bringing all the art, photography, jewelry, pottery, woodwork, glass, metalwork and every other ware you could possibly look for in one location.