May through July: It’s time for some Jersey Shore Cookbook launch parties and signings! Meet and greet author and Jersey Bites founder, Deborah Smith, at these upcoming events, and stay tuned for more!
- May 27, 6 p.m.: Signing and tasting from contributing chefs at Stella e Luna, Point Pleasant Beach
- June 4, 1 p.m. : Signing at Barnes & Noble in Brick
- June 12, 11 a.m.: In-store signing at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA
- June 29, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: In-store signing at Sun Rose Books in Ocean City
- July 9, 1 p.m.: In-store signing at Deena’s in Point Pleasant Beach
May 27: It’s never too late to put on your dancing shoes and bust a move at Laurita Winery! On these upcoming Fridays, dancers of all ages gather for Country Line Dancing Night for just $5.35 per guest. The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. You can purchase tickets in advance here. 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt.
Through May 28: Pilsener Haus and its sister biergarten Asbury Festhalle celebrate spring with a month-long MaiFest celebration! Throughout May, chefs at both locations will offer special Maifest Menus as well as specially imported seasonal Maibock beer. There will be a special Ramstein keg-tapping at the May 7th kickoff at Pilsener Haus with live music and traditional German food. Asbury Festhalle will also hold a StrasseFest (street festival) May 20-22, with stein-carrying, best lederhosen/dirndl contests and more live music. Pilsener Haus, 1422 Grand Stret, Hoboken. Asbury Festhalle, 527 Lake Avenue, Asbury Park.
May 28 and 29: The Garden State Wine Growers Association kicks off its festival season on Memorial Day weekend with the Wine & BBQ Experience from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. This will be GSWGA’s first festival of four throughout the summer and into the fall. Tickets are available in advance for $25 and $30 on site. Schooley Mountain Park, Long Valley.
May 28 to 30: Gear up for the Monmouth Park for the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. The event features 50 food trucks lined up, along with crafts and live music, all set up in a new layout. Gates open at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Click here for a full list of participating food trucks. Sunday, aka family fun day, will feature free pony rides, face painting and a bouncy house. Admission to Monmouth Park Racetrack is $5 at the gate (plus $5 for parking). Children under 12 are free. No dogs are permitted. Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport.
June 2 to 5: Say “Opa!” at this year’s NJ Greek Fest 2016, which will feature cooking demonstrations, dancing, vendors, and several dining options. The festival runs from 5 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, 12 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 to 6 p.m. on Sunday and benefits the Children’s Specialized Hospital, the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road, Westfield.
June 3 to 5: Michael Arnone’s 27th Annual Crawfish Fest, the largest Louisiana-style music, food and camping festival in the northeast, makes its way to the Sussex County Fairgrounds. With all dishes priced at $10 or lower, it will be easy for all guests to enjoy boiled crawfish, pork sausage, chicken Jambalaya, and more. Single, two-day or three-day ticket info can be found here. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.
June 3 to 5: Take a stroll along the Navesink River during RiverFest in Red Bank. The free event runs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Participating restaurants and food vendors include Richie Lou’s, Bistro at Red Bank, Fresh Fruit Cup, Gaetano’s, J&J Concessions, JR’s Red Bank, Keyport Fishery, Kupcake Kouture, Readies, Rita’s Water Ice, Soda City, The Bacon Jams, Wild Coyote, Tony’s Italian Sausage, and UFC Kettle Corn. Stop by for food, rides, music, and activities! A full list of vendors and music performances can be foundhere. Marine Park, Red Bank.
June 4: The annual West Cape May Strawberry Festival is back, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. come by and enjoy some of the freshest strawberries the Garden State has to offer. Admission is free to this sweet event, which includes food (lots of strawberries, of course), entertainment, crafts, and the crowning of the new Strawberry Queen and King at the end of the day. (Rain date June 5.) Wilbraham Park, West Perry Street, Cape May.
June 10 to 12: Experience an authentic taste of Greece at this year’s Big Greek Festival. This three-day event treats attendees to a celebration of Greek culture, which features delicious food (think succulent souvlaki straight off of the grill), live music, traditional folk dancing, and a marketplace. St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church, 1447 Sussex Turnpike, Randolph.
June 11 and 12: Tickets for the Lakewood BlueClaws’ Jersey Shore Wine Festival are on sale now. Ticket info can be found here. This annual event features more than 100 samplings from wineries across the state as well as live entertainment and food vendors. The cost to attend is $20 in advance or $25 at the gate (21 and over), with designated drivers and children free. FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood.
June 11 and 12: Wine festival season heats up with the 5th Annual Pour Into Summer Wine Festival. Over 200 wines from across the state will be available to sample and purchase at the event. Enjoy local cuisine, live music, and artisan vendors and while you’re at it stop by the adjacent Beach Bums Corvette Show on Sunday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the day of the event, and can be purchased here. Spectators and guests under 21 are free. The festival runs from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Taylor Avenue Ball Field, Beach Haven.
June 17: This is about to be your favorite visit to the zoo since grade school. The Turtle Back Zoo celebrates its 53rd birthday with the fourth annual Brew at the Zoo, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature live entertainment, and a wide range of brewers and craft beer vendors. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $15.50 for designated drivers. Guest must be 21 or over. Turtle Back Zoo, 560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange.
June 24 to 26: The Sea Isle Food Truck Fest is back for its second year! The impressive lineup of food trucks includes el Lechon de Negron as well as Sum Pig, Five Sisters, and Shore Shake (pictured, right). Stop by from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday for some tasty food and fun! 63rd and Landis Ave, Sea Isle City.
June 25 and 26: Get your sweet tooth ready for the Wine and Chocolate Festival at Monmouth Park! Take your time enjoying samples from a dozen wineries and the chocolate lounge (really!) while listening live music. $10 for wine sampling, $7 for chocolate sampling, or $15 for both. The festival runs 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport.