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The best things to do in New Jersey this May

Want to have fun in May? Check out these events happening across New Jersey. For hundreds more things to do this month and beyond, check out our events calendar.

Please note that all timetables are subject to change. For more information, please visit each venue's website.

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πŸ“…: Until Friday10th of May
πŸ“
: George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University β€’ Montclair
ℹ️: In this installment of a series of sound installations, Brian Oakes uses circuit boards in light and sound sculptures.
πŸ’Έ: Free

πŸ“…: FridayMay 17th – Sunday May 19th
πŸ“
: Morris Museum β€’ Morristown
ℹ️: Discover the fascinating world of slots at this conference that brings together enthusiasts and experts.
πŸ’Έ: $30-$110

πŸ“…: SundayMay 19th – Sunday September 1st
πŸ“
: Hunterdon Art Museum β€’Clinton
ℹ️: New Jersey-based artist Parvathi Kumar creates vibrant and meditative street photography.
πŸ’Έ: Free

πŸ“…: Until Sunday2th of June
πŸ“
: Newark Museum of Art β€’ Newark
ℹ️: Check out the art of nine contemporary designers with Newark ties. They've dressed everyone from former First Lady Michelle Obama to music superstar Rihanna.
πŸ’Έ: Free – $10

πŸ“…: Until Sunday7th of July
πŸ“
: Montclair Art Museum β€’ Montclair
ℹ️: Pieces from the Montclair Art Museum's collection of black art, from photographs from the 1920s to paintings from more recent years.
πŸ’Έ: Free – $30

πŸ“…: ThursdayMay 2nd (8 p.m.)
πŸ“
: Wellmont Theater β€’ Montclair
ℹ️: The comedian and host of the wildly popular WTF podcast returns to his home state for a night of stand-up comedy.
πŸ’Έ: $39+

πŸ“…: FridayMay 17th (8 p.m.)
πŸ“
: NJPAC β€’ Newark
ℹ️: The TikTok sensation, comedian and America's Got Talent fan favorite is heading to Jersey.
πŸ’Έ: $29.50+

πŸ“…: Friday, May 31st (8 p.m.)
πŸ“: Bergen Performing Arts Center β€’Englewood
ℹ️: The Jersey-born king of endearing sarcasm is best known for his Netflix specials and his podcast Breaking Bread With Tom Papa.
πŸ’Έ: $39+

πŸ“…: FridayMay 10th – Sunday, May 12th (8:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.)
πŸ“: NJPAC β€’ Newark
ℹ️: In celebration of its 65th anniversary, the popular dance theater is wrapping up its 21-city national tour here in the Garden State, with new and old productions on offer.
πŸ’Έ: $25+

πŸ“…: SaturdayMay 18th – Sunday, May 19th (7:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.)
πŸ“: Mayo Performing Arts Center β€’ Morristown
ℹ️: The classic tale of a princess in a centuries-long sleep is reimagined in New Jersey Ballet's updated production, adapted from ballet legend Marius Petipa's original 1890 choreography.
πŸ’Έ: $39+

πŸ“…: WednesdayMay 1st – Saturday, May 4th (8 p.m.)
πŸ“: The Woodland β€’ Maple wood
ℹ️: Named in honor of jazz guitar icon Django Reinhardt, this festival showcases music and even offers some learning opportunities.
πŸ’Έ: $40

πŸ“…: Saturday, May 4th (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
πŸ“: Bellworks β€’ Holmdel
ℹ️: Enjoy a day full of activities for adults and children, from spa treatments to a hands-on outdoor area.
πŸ’Έ: Free

πŸ“…: ThursdayMay 9th – Sunday May 12th (times vary by day)
πŸ“: Salem County Fairgrounds β€’ Woodstown
ℹ️: This annual festival in the woods of Salem County brings a wide variety of bluegrass, ska, funk, reggae and country artists for a three-day jam.
πŸ’Έ: $60+

πŸ“…: SaturdayMay 18 (7 p.m.)
πŸ“: White Eagle Hall β€’Jersey City
ℹ️: The Greetings from the Garden State The podcast presents this celebration of all things Jersey with a local music program including Natalie Farrell and Surfing For Daisy, as well as drinks from Garden State breweries and distilleries.
πŸ’Έ: $25+

πŸ“…: FridayMay 24th – Monday May 27th (times vary)
πŸ“: On the beach on Rio Grande Avenue β€’ Wild forest
ℹ️: Head to the beach for this unique and high-flying festival featuring illuminated nighttime kite flying, sport kite displays, games and more.
πŸ’Έ: Free – $10

πŸ“…: SaturdayMay 18th – Sunday, June 9th (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
πŸ“: Burlington County Fairgrounds β€’ Columbus
ℹ️: Dress in historical garb and enjoy non-stop outdoor entertainment with jousting, sword fights, aerial acrobatics, music and more. Rain or shine.
πŸ’Έ: $25+

πŸ“…: Until TuesdayMay 7th
πŸ“: Liberty Science Center β€’Jersey City
ℹ️: An interactive exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of Pixar's unique filmmaking and some of its most popular films, such as: Toy story And Monster University.
πŸ’Έ: $10 (plus admission)

πŸ“…: SaturdayMay 11th (12-5 p.m.)
πŸ“: Monmouth Park Racetrack β€’ Ocean port
ℹ️: Celebrate the start of the season at Monmouth Park Racetrack with horse racing, family-friendly events like face painting and pony rides, and refreshments.
πŸ’Έ: Free

πŸ“…: WednesdayMay 8th – Sunday June 2nd
πŸ“: McCarter Theater Center β€’ Princeton
ℹ️: Journalist Zipporah Zunder must reckon with her past as she tells the story of her life in this piece about the right to choose.
πŸ’Έ: $25-$55

πŸ“…: WednesdayMay 15th – Sunday June 9th
πŸ“: Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey β€’Madison
ℹ️: This Tony-winning black comedy follows an enterprising young man as he gives detailed instructions on how to climb the social ladder, one murder at a time.
πŸ’Έ: $20-$85

πŸ“…: SaturdayMay 17th – Sunday June 2nd
πŸ“: The Barn Theater β€’ Montville
ℹ️: A rollicking musical that tells the fictional story of Elizabethan playwright Nick Bottom as he and his brother attempt to surpass Shakespeare by writing the world's first musical.
πŸ’Έ: $30

πŸ“…: SaturdayMay 4th (7 p.m.)
πŸ“: Bergen Performing Arts Center β€’Englewood
ℹ️: Watch the classic film Jaws and hear from star Richard Dreyfuss about his 40-year career in show business.
πŸ’Έ: $55+

πŸ“…: SundayMay 19th (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
πŸ“: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum β€’ Morristown
ℹ️: Get a rare opportunity to step inside some of Morristown's finest private homes in and around historic Macculloch Avenue. Start at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, then take a self-guided walking tour of the houses.
πŸ’Έ: $60

πŸ“…: SundayMay 19th (12-3 p.m.)
πŸ“: Crane house β€’ Montclair
ℹ️: Learn about the journey to preserving the Crane House, the first property owned by a formerly enslaved person in New Jersey, on this historical walking tour.
πŸ’Έ: Free – $12

πŸ“…: SundayMay 5th (6-10:30 a.m.)
πŸ“: Lincoln Tunnel
ℹ️: Have you always wanted to race through the Lincoln Tunnel without a car? Do just that with this unique 5K run that benefits the New Jersey Special Olympics and thousands of athletes.
πŸ’Έ: $40-50


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