Friday, August 8, 2014

Events in New Jersey

Looking for something fun to do in New Jersey? Here's a listing of events happening in the Garden State by region. Check back soon for additional activities and events.

Events in or near Long Branch, New Jersey

August 16
West End Car Show featuring the Brooklyn Bridge

August 23

Long Branch Jazz and Blues on the promenade and great lawn

Events in or near Spring Lake, New Jersey

August 7,8,9:14,15,16,17:21,22,23
Rogers & Hammerstein/A Unique Love Story, Spring LakeTheater

August 9 

Kenny Loggins/The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove / Summer Stars Concert Series

August 16 & 17
Summer Sidewalk Sale - Spring Lake

August 23 
Johnny Mathis/The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove / Summer Stars Concert Series

August 30 
Labor Day End Of Summer Celebration & Sale/Art Walk In Spring Lake

August 30 / Doo Woop
The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove / Summer Stars Concert Series

Events In Or Near Ocean Grove, New Jersey

August 14 
Music On Main Street - Extra Innings Band

August 16

August 23

September 6
Giant Fall Flea Market, Ocean Pathway

September 6
St.Peter’s By The Sea Orchestra/The Great Auditorium / Ocean Grove /

September 20
British Car Show, Main Avenue

October 11
Fall Harvest Festival & Craft Show, Main Ave; Music On Main       

October 25
Halloween Parade Prizes For Best-Dressed Pets; Firemen’s Park; Followed By Trick Or Treating Downtown

Events In Or Near Barnegat Light, New Jersey

August 31, 2014

September 14

October 3

November 29

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Heading to New Jersey for Labor Day?

If you're planning to head to New Jersey to celebrate Labor Day, now is a good time to start making arrangements; particularly when it comes to where to stay.

The Garden State has much to offer in every region. You'll want to find a bed and breakfast or inn that's close to the type of holiday you have in mind. While the list of events is just getting started, it's expected to balloon by September. Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1st this year.

So far, we know that:

  • ScanFest will return to Morris County on August 31st. The Nordic Festival is the largest on the East Coast and will mark its 30th year.
  • Wildwoods will have a full Labor Day weekend with concerts, restaurants, fishing tournament and more.
  • The Mayor's Labor Day Race will take place on September 1st.

There will also be various parades and fireworks across different cities. To get information on different events, visit:

To find a nearby bed and breakfast or inn by region, click here.

Monday, June 30, 2014

New Jersey Fireworks!

There’s something magical about seeing the sky light to celebrate the 4th of July. But where to go to catch the best overhead display can be tricky… unless you’re near Long Branch, New Jersey where Oceanfest is the place to be.

Oceanfest, now in its 24th year, is the largest 4th of July celebration in the entire state of New Jersey. It takes place form 10 am till 10 pm and has everything from spectacular fireworks to sandsculpting to children’s entertainment. It takes place come rain or shine, which is really what you want when you’re ready to celebrate your independence. For more details on Oceanfestclick here.
If you’re planning to visit elsewhere in New Jersey, click here to view fireworks and events by region.

And if time is of the essence, click here to view a day-by-day fireworkscalendar.

Last but not least, to find a place to stay near all the action, click here toview nearby New Jersey bed and breakfasts.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Italian-American Festival to Celebrate 20 Years

This year marks the 20th annual celebration of the Italian-American festival in North Wildwood!

June 27-29 enjoy Italian-American foods, live music, dancing, the Little Miss Italy Pageant… even a meatball relay race. The events take place at 1st & Olde New Jersey Avenues. This year's grand marshal is Angelo Cataldi, anchor of the 94 WIP Sports Radio Morning Show. The event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus #2572, North Wildwood and should bring for fun for the whole family. 

Mark your calendars:

Friday, June 27 from 4-10 p.m.

Saturday, June 28 from: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday, June 29 from Noon-6 p.m.

For more information visit or call (609) 536-0176.

Click here to find other festivals and events in New Jersey. And if you’re looking for an affordable escape, take a peek at these bed andbreakfasts that offer great perks, near all the action, at budget-friendly prices.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Cape May to Mark 25th Anniversary of Music Fest

Cape May, New Jersey, will mark the 25th anniversary of the Cape May Music Festival from May 25th through June 14th.

The festival, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, will offer something for every musical taste. From Irish tunes to brass band music, classical lovers will cheer the return of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the New York Chamber Ensemble, and the New Jersey Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Jazz-aficionados will enjoy two new events this year:  Jazz at the Estate and A Night in New Orleans, in collaboration with Exit 0 International Jazz Festival, alongside the 3rd annual George Mesterhazy Tribute concert.

Admission costs vary per day. For further information or to purchase tickets call 609-884-5404 or order online at

To find a bed and breakfast in Cape May or elsewhere in New Jersey visit the Preferred Inns of New Jersey Bed and Breakfast Association, where you may narrow your search by city, amenities, attractions and more.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Events in New Jersey

So much to do this Spring in New Jersey and so little time! Better hop to it...

Cape May

April 25, May 4, Cape May’s Spring Festival

May 10, World Series of Birding

May 16-18, NJ Audubon's 37th Annual Cape May Spring Birding Festival

May 25-June 12, 25th Annual Cape May Music Festival

June 1-8, Cape May Restaurant Week

July 5, Cape May Independence Day Parade

August 9, 3rd Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival

August 17-22, 23rd Annual Mid-Atlantic $500,000 (MA-500)

Ocean City Events

April 11-12 and May 8, Author’s Tea

April 12, Doo Dah Parade

April 20, Easter Fashion Parade

May 17-18,  “Cinco en Mayo” Treasure Hunt 

June 11-14, Miss New Jersey Pageant

July 4, Various Fourth of July celebrations

July 19, Chip Miller Surf Fest

July 19, 2014 Huge Summer Outdoor Extravaganza

August 1-3, 52nd Annual Boardwalk Art Show

North Wildwood Events

April 13, Beast of the East Cheerleading Competition

April 25-26, Sensational Spring Concert Weekend

April 30-May 4, Tournament of Bands Indoor Championships

May 8-11, Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show

May 23-26, Wildwoods International Kite Festival

June 13-14, Mummers Brigade Weekend

June 27-29, North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival

July 4, various Fourth of July celebrations

July 19, Antiques Car Show

July 25-27, 22nd Annual Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament

August 16, Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon, 5K & Kids Splash & Dash Race

August 29, Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular

August 30-31, Boardwalk Crafts Show



April 20, Barefoot Grape Stomping

April 26, New Jersey Folk Festival

May 3, 20th Anniversary Springfest of Music

May 3-4, Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

June 7-8, Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts Show at Peddler’s Village

July 18-20, Dark Skies Astronomy Weekend

August 9-10, Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

Ongoing events at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve


April 12, Spring Tillage Wagon Tours 

April 27, Meet the Barn Swallows 

April 27, Day at the Fair

Saturdays and Sundays in May, Impressionism Drop In Tours

May 22, Fifth Annual Wild Mushroom & Burgundy Dinner

July 4, Fonthill Castle's Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration

August 23, Fonthill Castle Beer Fest

Califon Events
April 20, Barefoot Grape Stomping

April 26, New Jersey Folk Festival

May 3, 20th Anniversary Springfest of Music

May 3-4, Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village

June 7-8, Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts Show at Peddler’s Village

July 18-20, Dark Skies Astronomy Weekend

August 9-10, Peach Festival at Peddler’s Village

Ongoing events at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Stanhope Events
Ongoing - Live music at Stanhope House

Frenchtown and Newtown

Spring Lake, Avon-by-the-Sea and Sea Girt

April 12, Art Walk, sponsored by Underground (609) 652-5200

April 12, British Car Show

April 19, Easter Bunny Breakfast ..Call Fred and Ethels Lantern Light 609-652-0544 (fee)

April 20, Easter Parade at Smithville Inn (registration required) questions call 609-652-7777

April 26, Drum Circle, sponsored by Herban Legend (609) 204-6620

May 3 and 4, Renaissance Faire

May 9 and 27, Car Cruises

May 10 Children Festival (rain date May 9)

May 17-18, Mayfest....100 crafters+

May 31, Green Fest

June 13-14, Car Cruises

June 7, GM Car show (rain 10) 

June 15, Smithville Fife and Drum Corp

June 26, Taste of Galloway

July 4, Fourth of July Parade & Festivities

July 11 and 25, Car Cruise

July 20, Smithville Fife and Drum Corp

August 8 and 22, Car Cruises

August 9-10, Living History ...Encampment

August 17, Smithville Fife and Drum Corp

Long Branch Events

May 25, Art in the Park West End Park

June 8, 22 and 29 Blues on the Beach

June 12, 19 and 26, Pier Village City concerts

June 23 Long Branch High School Concert

June 15, 20th Anniversary Cruise to the Jersey Shore

July 4, Oceanfest at Long Branch

July 8, 15 and 22, Downtown Tuesday Nights at the Bandshell behind Brookdale

July 13, 20 and 27, Blues on the Beach, West End Park

July 10, 17, 24 and 31, Pier Village City Concerts

August 3, 10, 17 and 24, Blues on the Beach, West End Park

August 7, 14, 21 and 28, Pier Village City Concerts

August 16, West End Car Show

August 23, LONG BRANCH JAZZ AND BLUES on the PROMENADE AND GREAT LAWN all day and evening

New Egypt
Thursdays in April, Laurita Idol Competition

Ongoing, Wednesdays - Girls' Night Out Laurita Winery Style 

July 19-20, Annual Cool Jazz and Blues Festival

August 23-24, Laurita Irish Festival

Forked River
June 7, Privateers & Pirates Festival

June 21-22, Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival

June 28-29, Roots Music  Festival

3rd Wednesday of each month, Literary Lunches

Highlands Events
April 13, Fifth Annual Tackle the Trail 5K & 1-Mile Fitness/Dog Walk

May 3-4, 19th Annual Plant Sale, Add Oomph to Your Garden

May 10, Born to Be Shorn

June 24-25, Berkshire Blast

Ocean Grove Events

May 3, Spring Fling Arts And Crafts Festival

May 17, Vintage Car Show

July 4, Fourth of July Parade

July 18, 46th Annual HSOG House Tour

Point Pleasant Beach Events

May 4, Behind the Scenes Tour

June 28, Mermaid Tea Party

Maplewood Events
June 1, Society of Musical Arts Orchestral Concert

Haddonfeld Events
May 1, Mom’s the Word

April 10, Girls’ Night Out

April 12-May 3, Scavenger Hunt

Princeton Events

May 3 and June 1, Pairing Wine and Chocolate Classes 

April 19 and June 22, Wine and Cupcakes 

April 24, May 15 and June 19, Tarot Card Reading & Wine Tasting 

April 13, April 27 and May 18 Vinyasa Yoga & Wine Tasting

April 27, Communiversity

May 31, Wine Drinker’s Challenge