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This weekend there are strawberry festivals to celebrate the delicious fruit–a great way to get outdoors and get pickin’. Belmar is hosting their annual Seafood Festival and World of Wings has two great events. A worthy cause is going on in Franklin Lakes as they host a 3 on 3 basketball tournament to benefit a local boy with cancer, Nico. If you want an educational activity, head over to the Meadowlands Expo Center for an International Heritage Festival. On Sunday, get in shape with the GW Bridge Challenge (also, might not be a good idea to drive into the city this day!) Have a great weekend!


North Jersey DARE Carnival. Thur/Fri: 5pm to 10pm; Sat/Sun: 5pm to 10pm. Rides, games, petting zoo and a beautiful lighted ferris wheel! Proceeds support DARE NJ. $10 unlimited ride wristband on Thurs. Free admission and free parking. New Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park. Link here.

12th Annual Feast of St. Anthony. Thur: 6pm to 10pm;  Fri: 6pm to 11pm; Sat: 4 to 11pm; Sun: 2 to 10pm. Rides, games, food, live entertainment. $25 Thurs wristband night. Coupon for free drink on website. Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park. Link here.

….Far, but Worth the Drive!

NJ Seafood Festival. Fri: 4pm to 8pm; Sat: 11am to 8pm (Sun till 6pm). Top NJ restaurants, craft beer & wines, children’s activity tent, live music. Free admission and free shuttle from Belmar Marina Downtown. Silver Lake Park, Belmar. Link here.

NJ Renaissance Faire. (June 1, 2, 8 & 9th) 11am to 6pm. William Wallace (Braveheart)  is the theme this year and will feature entertainment, food, jousting, sword fighting, comedy, music, Winery Garden, Merchant Village, etc. $20 adults/ $12 children 6 to 12yrs. Children 4 and under are free!  Bordentown. Link here.

Alstede Farms Strawberry Harvest Festival (June 8,9,15 & 16). 9am to 6pm. Family activities, pick-you-own strawberries, homemade treats, pony rides and more! $13.95/child. Chester. Link here.

Rock, Ribs, & Ridges Music and Food Festival. 11:30am. The title says it all! Featuring 38 Special music group. Hidden Valley Club, Vernon. $30-60, kids $15. Link here.

Ocean Fun Days. Sat: Island Beach State Park; Sun: Sandy Hook. 11am to 3pm. Free admission and parking! Celebrate a decade of ocean discovery! Enjoy exhibits, classes, nature tours, and children’s activities all about our coastal environment. Link here.

StrawBEARy Surprise & Nature in Art Day. 1pm to 4pm. Celebration of the strawberry with nature crafts and planting activity. Camden Children’s Garden. $4 children; $6 for 12yrs and older. Link here.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid. May 29 to June 30th. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. $34 to $105. Link here.


Baskets for Franklin Lakes. 8am to 5pm. 3 on 3 basketball tournament with teams of 3 or 4 grouped by age. Food and sports vendors and contests too! 3 point contest and foul shooting contests at lunchtime. Proceeds will benefit Nico Santoli and the “Dream Team.” Franklin Lakes Recreation Center. Register by downloading this form: Link here.

Adventures by Kim/Family Fun Day. 11am to 2pm. Crafts, face painting, balloons, snacks and prizes! World of Wings, Teaneck. Link here.

Best Friend Day. 10am to 6pm. Bring your friend and receive one free pass to enjoy WOW together! Print the coupon from the website or facebook page. World of Wings, Teaneck. Link here.

World Ocean Day. 10am to 2pm. Free tidal tank demos, Ocean story times, crafts and animal demos. Bergen County Zoological Park, Van Saun Park, Paramus. Link here.

Under the Sea Porthole. 11am to 3pm. Make some crafts and shop! Lakeshore Learning Center, Hackensack. Link here.

Garden State International Heritage Festival. 9am to 5pm. North Jersey Arts & Science Charter Schools and New Jersey Charter Schools Association proudly present this educational program which provides a rich, multi-sensory cultural experience that enriches both our curriculum and our community. Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus. $3. Link here.

Touch of England Vintage British Auto and Motorcycle Show. 9am to 3pm. The Hermitage Museum, Ho Ho Kus. Link here.

…Essex County

50th Anniversary Celebration. 10am to 4pm. Animal presentations, activities and enterainment! Included with Zoo admission! Turtle Back Zoo, West Orange. Link here.


Books NJ 2013. 1pm to 5pm. Over 100 authors, illustrators, and poets will discuss the art of writng, researching and publishing. Crafts & face painting. Free. Paramus Public Library. Link here.

26th Annual George Washington Bridge Challenge. Registration starts 6am. 7am to 1pm. Walk, run, or bike across the bridge with no traffic to raise funds and support the American Cancer Society. Afterwards, enjoy a picnic at Allison Park in Englewood Cliffs. Registration held at 220 Bruce Reynolds Blvd, Fort Lee. 5K and 10K: $30; Cyclists: $45. Link here.

NJ Canoe Day. 11am to 4pm. Celebrate nature with a scenic canoe ride on Pfister’s pond, animal encounters, family hikes and crafts at the education pavilion. Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly. Non members $8; $5/child to max of $20. Link here.

Fair Lawn Street Fair and Craft Show. Over 200 crafters, artists, vendors. Free admission and parking. Link here.

Seussical. 10am. Theatreworks USA production. Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn. $15 Orchestra/$12 Mezz. Link here.

…Hudson County

Spring Festival of Children. 10am to 5pm. Dance and theater performances, music and art workshops and local vendors. Free admission! Van Vorst Park, Jersey City. Link here.

Spring Family Fun Day. 12pm to 3:30pm. Crafts and activities related to the current exhibit: “Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 to 2013.” Free! Hoboken Historical Museum. Link here.

….By the Shore

Shore Orchid Festival. 10am to 5pm. Free lectures, workshops, parking, food and wine on site. Free admission and parking. Link here.