We all need a night out once in a while—even when we’re exhausted and feel like having a quiet night at home in our PJs. We’ve taken the planning off your to-do list by rounding up some of the best things to do sans-kids in NJ this month.
Aren’t you due for a margarita or two? Head to Blue Moon (locations in Englewood, Woodcliff Lake and Wyckoff) May 3-5 for a fiesta, Dos XX and Corona Parties and a DJ on Friday, and another fiesta with live music on Saturday. On Sunday, come for tequila, mariachi music and more. Bahama Breeze is throwing an epic Cinco de Mayo Block Party on May 4-5. Make your way to Woodbridge for $5 margs, $3 beer and 2 for $5 street food like empanadas and tacos. Live music will be playing, and your $10 cover scores you food upon entry. Other places to celebrate on the 5th include Escondido Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar in Freehold ($5 apps, $6 beers, $7 house margs, a photo booth and more), Orale Mexican Kitchen in Hoboken and Jersey City (prix fixe menu with cocktails, music; book a table now) and Margaritas Mexican Restaurant in Toms River and Wayne (margaritas, drink specials, giveaways, a chance to win a trip to Mexico).
Make It About the Beer (or Wine)
On May 4, Skylands Stadium Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in Augusta will host more than 25 food trucks, games, live tunes and more than 100 different craft beers. Also on the 4th is Big Brew Day 2019 in Hammonton. Celebrate National Homebrew Day with more than 20 homebrewers showing off their skills and sample the goods, of course. Sign up to be a member of the Brew Jersey Homebrew Club before you go if you want to drink on the premises. On May 5, head to the Red Bank International Beer, Wine & Food Fest. Sample bites from different cuisines courtesy of local restaurants. Then, take in two stages of live entertainment, shop craftwares and sip beer and wine. Winos will be in heaven on May 12 at the Spring Wine & Music Festival at Ringoes’ Unionville Vineyard. Wine tasting and food trucks and vineyard tours will be going on, plus live bands and vendors. On May 18, it’s all about the brews at Meadowlands Racetrack’s 4th Annual Beerfest in East Rutherford. If you love local beer, you’ll get to taste the goods from more than 60 breweries, 10 of which are based in NJ. Splurge on the VIP food buffet. Spend the weekend at Riverview Beach Park Wine Festival from May 18-19. Head to this Pennsville staple to sip your way through a dozen local wineries. Food truck fare will also be available, plus crafter wares. Still thirsty? Get more vino at The Spring Portfolio Wine Tasting at Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery in Cape May for estate wines from around NJ. There’ll also be a jazz band, a la carte bines and wine education presentations. Kick off Memorial Day Weekend on May 25-26 at Arts & Craft Beer Fest. Hit the shore in Tuckerton for artists, craftwares, food trucks and more, all curated by Union Market & Gallery.
Head to a Food Fest
Make this the month you try some new food truck fare, fresh fish and smoky barbecue. Start off at Chester Food Truck Festival on May 4 with 20 gourmet food trucks, music and tons of brews. Don’t skip the beer and sangria garden, either. Or head to the Toms River Food Fest instead. Think a beer and wine garden, music and food trucks on food trucks on food trucks. On May 17-19, get your fill of your favorite seafood at the 33rd Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar. There’ll also be crafters and live entertainment. On the 18th, it’s all about pork and beer at the Beer, BBQ, Bacon Showdown. Visit Morristown’s Doe Meadow Field for the 5th year of this annual fest. Thirty NJ breweries will be there slinging drinks, so you’ll have plenty to wash down all that savory pork and tender BBQ. Love cheese? Cheesefest! on May 19 is a can’t-miss. Head to Montclair to see how it’s made, meet the animals that make it possible and munch your way through pairings and samples. There are few things more quintessentially Jersey than pork roll (or is it taylor ham?). On May 25th, get your fill of this NJ delicacy at The Official 6th Annual Pork Roll Festival 2019, Then, take in live jams, shop vendors, see the Pork Roll Queen Pageant and more, all in Trenton. More food truck fare awaits on May 25-27 at the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. You’ll find crafts, live entertainment and a whole slew of good eats at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. Don’t miss out on the horseracing while you’re there. Start summer off at Michael Arnone’s 30th Annual Crawfish Fest from May 31-June 2. Augusta’s Sussex County Fairgrounds will be home to New Orleans-style tunes and eats for three days. Be sure to dig into the five tons of imported crawfish.
Make a Date at the Montclair Film Festival
Calling all movie buffs! Montclair Film Festival, running from May 3-12 at varying locations including Investors Bank Film & Media Center and Wellmont Theater, features indie flicks of a variety of genres showing on select dates. On May 3, see the story of Rose-Lynn, an ex-con who reunites with her family in the film Wild Rose. On May 4, see Late Night, a flick featuring Mindy Kaling that’ll make you laugh out loud. Stephen Colbert will be in attendance moderating a Q&A with Kaling. On May 11, see a doc on the Beloved author Toni Morrison followed by a Q&A with the director.
Get Your DIY On
Flex your DIY skills by crafting with your squad. A pro artist will help you along while you sip craft brews or wine and munch your way through the menu. Work on a sunflower masterpiece at Hamilton’s TGI Fridays on May 4. Mix it up at Plank Pizza Company Beer Parlor in Saddle Brook on May 12 by painting a magical wine bottle with a forest fairy scene. If you have more of a green thumb, try Plant Nite, where you can work on your own terrariums and succulent masterpieces. Go to On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina in New Brunswick to make a succulent terrarium with special stones on May 18, or make a stunning planter out of a vintage birdcage at Nook’s Pourhouse in Florence on May 20.