Have a fantasy-filled day at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Photo courtesy of the event
Have a fantasy-filled day at the New Jersey Renaissance Faire. Photo courtesy of the event

Weekend Fun: NJ Renaissance Faire, Mayfest, Ocean Fun Days

A busy May weekend is a "shore" thing, with oceans of fun taking place Saturday and Sunday. Head to the Jersey Shore for delicious eats at the 33rd Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival, family-friendly nature activities during Ocean Fun Days, and a lively Mayfest in Historic Smithville. 

Whether your brood is into vehicles or fairies and pirates, this something for everyone to enjoy this weekend. Climb aboard all kinds of vehicles at touch-a-truck festivities in Scotch Plains and Westville, and explore aircraft at Open Cockpit Weekends. Have fantasy-filled fun at the 10th Annual Princess and Pirate Festival and The New Jersey Renaissance Faire. And take time to take in performances, including The Illusionists, Laurie Berkner, Roxey Ballet's Cinderella, and a live version of Double Dare

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including 13 NJ Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Backyards and Outdoor Dining. And look to our May GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.


Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, NJ

Historic Smithville Village
615 E Moss Mill Rd.
Smithville , NJ 08205

Silver Lake Park
5th & Ocean Avenue across from the Boardwalk
Belmar, NJ 07719

Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum of NJ / Teterboro Airport
400 Fred Wehran Drive
Teterboro, NJ 07608

Liberty Lake
1195 Florence Columbus Road Exit 52A from Interstate 295
Bordentown, NJ 08505

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960

Turkey Brook Park
30 Flanders Rd.
Budd Lake, NJ 07828

LaGrande Park
LaGrande Avenue
Fanwood, NJ 07023

The College Of New Jersey’s Kendall Main StageTheater
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078

South Orange Performing Arts Center
1 SOPAC Way
South Orange, NJ 07079

JCC of Central NJ
1391 Martine Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Lord Stirling Stable
256 South Maple Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ

Deptford Skating Center
510 Deptford Ave.
Westville, NJ 08093

TD Bank Ballpark
1 Patriots Park
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Springfield Ave and Yale Street
Maplewood, NJ

Mayo Performing Arts Center
100 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960