With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect opportunity to step outside and savor the fresh air. This time of year is for embracing the outdoors, and NJ offers a plethora of festivals that showcase its diverse attractions—from food and drinks, to music and crafts.
If you’re looking for some inspiration, here’s a selection of the best outdoor festivals in the state. Don’t forget to bring your friends and family to make the most of these celebrations!
Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival
On the Fields at Skylands Stadium, 94 Championship Place, Augusta
Food trucks, craft-beer vendors, and family-style fun come together for the Augusta, NJ food truck and craft beer festival. A full lineup of live music is on the agenda as are backyard games like wiffleball, volleyball, and knockerball. Since lines are expected, keep the kids entertained at a Miner’s Express train ride and a bouncy house.. If you’re brave enough, hop on the mechanical bull and see how long you can last before flying off.
Just Jersey Food Truck and Music Festival
Chester Municipal Field, 134 Main Street, Chester
The Chester Municipal Field is the place to be in early May for the first Just Jersey food and music festival of the year. The festival includes more than 20 local food trucks, beer vendors, and a full musical lineup from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bring a blanket or chair to sit back and enjoy the festivities. Additionally, don’t forget to bring a non-perishable canned or boxed good, as this event supports both the Chester Fire Department and Food Bank. It’s going to be a lively day of tunes and fare for a fantastic cause!
Down and Derby Wine Festival 2023
Veterans Island, Cooper River Park 5300 North Park Drive Pennsauken
Sample delicious wines from South Jersey’s leading wine producers while immersing yourself in derby-themed fashion and festivities at the third annual Down &Derby Wine Festival presented By the Camden County Board of Commissioners and Visit South Jersey. Enjoy a wonderful day with melodies from regional favorite Secret Service, food, games, and some of the best wines from our South Jersey Wineries. You’ll have a blast discovering your next favorite wine while dressed in your best derby attire.
Springfield Food Truck Festival
Springfield Community Pool 44 Morrison Rd. Springfield
Make your way to Springfield, NJ, for delicious food trucks, unique craft vendors, and fantastic live music. Make sure to bring your ID if you want to enjoy some beer and wine. Admission is only $5 at the door and kids under five get in for free. So grab your blankets and chairs, bring your relatives, and have a delightful day filled with excitement and mouthwatering eats. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event that benefits the Springfield Rotary, Recreation Department, and JDHS Senior Scholarships. See you there!
Central NJ Spring Beer Festival
Sunset Lake 1350 Coriell Drive Bridgewater
Enjoy NJ’s best craft breweries on a white sand lakefront beach with live music, food trucks, and a special cask ale tent. Draft beers will be sourced from NJ breweries: Buttzville, Conclave, Descendants, Flounder, Glenbrook, Highrail, Jersey Cyclone, Jersey Girl, Oakflower, Opportunity, Sunken Silo, and Burnt Mills Cidery.
Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival
Bradley Park 101-199 5th Ave Asbury Park
May 20 – 21
Calling all foodies! The Asbury Park Vegan Food Festival is back and better than ever! Celebrate two days of delicious vegan and plant-based meals from local chefs, as well as vegan products, plant-based fashion, live music, and good vibes. The festival runs from 11a.m. to 5p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday and kids 13 and under get in for free. Don’t worry about the weather, because this event is rain or shine! With 83 vendors including many gluten-free options, you’re sure to find something tasty to enjoy. Come hungry and leave happy!
Barrels and Bites Festival
Atlantic County Fairgrounds 3210 50 Hamilton
Mark your calendars for the second annual Barrels and Bites – Food Trucks & Wine Tasting Festival! Make your way to Hamilton, NJ, for a day filled with a full list of wineries, food trucks, craft vendors, and entertainment, this event is not one to miss. And the best part? All proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Atlantic County 4H. Please note that ticket holders must be 21 or older, and their ID will be checked at the door.
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They cancelled the Crawfish Festival this year. Seriouly bummed!