The Best Things to Do in NJ: Comedy, Festivals and More

This month's hottest happenings include hilarious stand-up sets and fun festivals.

Looking for fun this month? Check out these events and activities happening all over New Jersey.

Please note that all schedules are subject to change; visit each venue’s website for more information.


You Belong Here: Place, People, and Purpose in Latinx Photography
Thru May 7
The You Belong Here exhibition at Princeton University’s Art on Hulfish highlights and celebrates photography from Latinx artists across the country, covering themes such as family, community, culture and American identity. The exhibition will feature work from established and new artists alike, such as Sofía Córdova, Perla de Leon, Joiri Minaya and Reynaldo Rivera. Varying visiting hours; FREE. Art on Hulfish, Princeton.

"Pompeii: The Immortal City" exhibit at

This month is your last chance to visit the Pompeii: The Immortal City exhibition. Photo courtesy of Liberty Science Center

Pompeii: The Immortal City
Thru May 14
Time is running out to see the Pompeii: The Immortal City exhibit at the Liberty Science Center. Head to Jersey City for a time-traveling trip and see Mount Vesuvius erupt with the entire family. Showtimes vary; $24.99-$29.99. Liberty Science Center, Jersey City.


Michelle Buteau

Comedian and actress Michelle Buteau performs in her native New Jersey this month. Photo courtesy of NJPAC

Michelle Buteau
May 4
If New Jerseyans don’t know Michelle Buteau by way of her local roots, they may know her from the First Wives Club TV series, Always Be My Maybe, Russian Doll or The Circle. Fans can catch her stand-up routine in Newark this month. 7 pm; $39.50-$49.50. New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark.

Vir Das

Vir Das is a Bollywood star and one of India’s biggest stand-up comics. Photo courtesy of Wellmont Theater

Vir Das
May 12
New Jerseyans may know comedian and actor Vir Das, one of India’s biggest stand-ups, from his four Netflix specials or his parts in the movie The Bubble and the TV series Whiskey Cavalier. Now, the Bollywood star is bringing his Green Light Tour to the Garden State. 8 pm; $29-$59. Wellmont Theater, Montclair.

Randy Feltface
May 13
An international comic for nearly two decades, Randy Feltface has made people laugh all over the world. Now the Bring The Funny standout is looking to do the same in Jersey. 7:30 pm; $27. Bananas Comedy Club, Rutherford.


Trifecta of Folk
May 7
Three folk bands—the Kingston Trio, the Brothers Four and the Limeliters—are taking over the Mayo Performing Arts Center this month. See how their smooth sounds revived the genre in the 1960s. 3 pm; $39-$79. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown.

Anita Baker
May 10
An eight-time Grammy Winner, Anita Baker is now enjoying her “The Songstress Tour.” Garden Staters can hear her soulful ballads echo throughout the Prudential Center this May. 7 pm; $69-$199. Prudential Center, Newark.

Samara Joy

Grammy-winning vocalist Samara Joy will kick off McCarter Theatre Center’s Jazz in June. Photo: Courtesy of McCarter Theatre Center

Jazz in June
June 2-17
McCarter Theatre Center is hosting six jazz shows in June, including concerts by saxophonist Melissa Aldana and Cuban musicians Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera. The month kicks off with Grammy-winning vocalist Samara Joy. Various showtimes; $17-$95. McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton.


Madagascar: the Musical
May 6
There’s something wild—yet family-friendly—coming to the stage. Madagascar the Musical brings the lively cast of zoo animals from the hit animated film Madagascar to the theater. Plenty of music, dancing and laughs are guaranteed for audiences of all ages. 2 pm, 7 pm; $19-$79. State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick.

Million Dollar Quartet
Thru May 25
Million Dollar Quartet is a musical based on the real-life impromptu recording session of legendary rock and roll and country musicians Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis in Memphis, Tennessee on December 4, 1956. The musical features hit songs from all four artists and this show will also include a table dinner and dessert. Various showtimes; $86. Hunterdon Hills Playhouse, Hampton.


A floral paperweight

Get crafty with a weekend of events dedicated to the art of making paperweights. Photo: Courtesy of WheatonArts

Paperweight Fest
May 17-20
WheatonArts is celebrating its 48th anniversary with Paperweight Fest, a weekend of demonstrations and festivities dedicated to the art of making paperweights. Events will include live glass-making demonstrations, meet-the-artist sessions and an exhibition with products for sale. Various times; $170-$315. WheatonArts, Millville.

Hayley Williams of Paramore performing on stage

Paramore is among headliners of the inaugural Adjacent Festival in Atlantic City. Photo: Shutterstock/Christian Bertrand

Adjacent Festival
May 27-28
The inaugural Adjacent Festival hits Atlantic City for Memorial Day weekend. With headliners Blink-182 and Paramore, as well as Jersey favorites like Bleachers and the Front Bottoms, this new jamboree is looking to make a strong first impression. $189+.

Vintage green retro car

Photo: Shutterstock/Alexander Kalina

2nd Annual Bernardsville Car Show and Food Truck Fest
May 29
The annual Bernardsville Car Show showcases sweet rides of the past and present. Food trucks will also be on hand for hungry enthusiasts. 10 am; FREE. Bernards High School, Bernardsville.

People clinking beer mugs outside

Photo: Unsplash/Des Récits

Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival
June 3-4
Sip beers from nearly 100 different breweries and rock out with bands including the Dropkick Murphys and 311 throughout the weekend. $62 and up. Bader Field, Atlantic City.


New Jersey Walk with Us to Cure Lupus
May 6
Walk with Us to Cure Lupus is coming to Metlife Stadium this year in an effort to raise funds to find a cure for the autoimmune disease that affects millions each year. Participation is free, and participants who raise at least $125 will receive a free Walk Day t-shirt! Water and light refreshments will also be provided. 10 am; FREE. Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford.

The Ocean Township Mayor’s Charity Event
May 6
This edition of the Ocean Township’s Mayor’s Charity Event will benefit the Mya Lin Foundation, an Oakhurst-based foundation dedicated that has so far raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer patients. The night will begin with a cocktail hour followed by a dinner, and will feature a premium open bar, a viewing of the Kentucky Derby and fun contests like Best Derby Hat and Best Dressed. 5:30 pm; $250. Deal Golf & Country Club, Deal.

Pride Events


Photo: Shutterstock/dinaodess

June 3
Head to Peak Secondhand for an on-street fashion show. 11 am; free (donation suggested). Peak Secondhand, Merchantville.

Asbury Park
June 4
The 31st annual Jersey Pride celebration will be happening in Asbury Park with a parade beginning at noon, followed by an outdoor concert and festival. Noon-6 pm; $15.

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