Book a babysitter in May to soar in the skies in a hot balloon, catch a flick at a local film festival or eat a delicious meal prepared by a top chef at one of these local date night options. 

Hit the Montclair Film Festival

You may dream of a romantic getaway to Cannes or Sundance someday, but for now the Montclair Film Festival is much closer. Held this year from April 29–May 8, it showcases the work of emerging, talented filmmakers from around the world at various theaters in town. Plus, there are many genres to choose from, whether you’re into regular-length feature films, documentaries or shorts. Montclair Film Festival; dates, times and locations vary; $10–14/ticket per screening;

Float in a Hot Air Balloon

Take an hour-long ride in a majestic hot air balloon at sunset when the winds are calmest. Look out over the gorgeous landscapes below, from the countryside and Delaware River Water Gap to the Philadelphia and NYC skylines. Afterwards, celebrate with a champagne toast and snacks (included in most couples packages). It’s worth the splurge—don’t forget your camera and sunscreen! In Flight Balloon Adventures, meet at Spain Inn II, 1045 Rte. 173 W., Asbury; 888-301-2383; $590 for two-person flights, $200-215 a person for group flights;; Adrenaline, Clinton, 888-992-3736; $299/person for private basket;

Eat Dinner Cooked by a “Top Chef”

Head to Talde in Jersey City, an Asian- fusion eatery run by Top Chef alum Dale Talde. Long, shared tables span the length of the restaurant, and a huge bar lines one side of the space (it comes in handy, since Talde doesn’t take same-day reservations). Make sure you try the award-worthy dumplings and the spectacular Korean fried chicken. Talde, 8 Erie St., Jersey City; 201-630-0077;

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