10 Can’t-Miss Memorial Day Weekend Events

Memorial Day means a long weekend filled with fun plans. In between remembrance ceremonies and barbecues, stop by New Jersey's many food, craft and music festivals.

Memorial Day means a long weekend filled with fun plans. In between remembrance ceremonies and barbecues, stop by New Jersey's many food, craft and music festivals.
Courtesy of Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Memorial Day means a long weekend filled with fun plans. In between remembrance ceremonies and barbecues, stop by New Jersey’s many food, craft and music festivals.

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

May 25-28: Colorful kites soar over the Rio Grande Avenue beach for North America’s largest kite festival. Special events include an illuminated kite fly, sport-kite demonstrations and an indoor kite competition.

May Fair

May 26: Collingswood will be bursting with art, music and activities for all ages during May Fair. More than 200 artists and crafters display their creations in a juried show. Multiple music stages feature live blues, rock, folk and more. The Collingswood Farmers Market also returns.

Cowtown Rodeo

May 26-Sept 29: Saddle up, cowboy! Travel back to the Wild West every Saturday night during the summer at Cowtown Rodeo, the oldest running weekly rodeo in the country, with bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Travel back to the Wild West every Saturday night during the summer at Cowtown Rodeo, the oldest running weekly rodeo in the country, with bull riding, steer wrestling and barrel racing. 

Cowtown Rodeo is the oldest running weekly rodeo in the country. Courtesy of Lynn Nelson

New Jersey Renaissance Faire

May 26-27; June 2-3: Travel back in time at Bordentown’s New Jersey Renaissance Faire with a jousting contest, human chess match, sword fighting, fire breathing and more.

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival

May 26-28: Bring your appetite to this smorgasbord with 45 food trucks serving everything from empanadas to lobster rolls to Belgian waffle sundaes. Watch live racing at the Monmouth Park Racetrack.

Wildwoods Boardwalk Craft Show

May 26-27: Tons of vendors sell handmade products line the boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue. Sat, 9 am-5 pm on Saturday, May 26 and 9 am-4 pm.

Strawberry Festival Weekends

May 26-28, June 2-4: At Johnson’s Corner Farm in Medford, the fun and food all starts on Friday evenings with a barbecue and classic car cruise. The market will be jam packed with all things strawberry, from fresh berries to milkshakes and pies.

Trenton hosts not one but two pork roll festivals on May 26. Courtesy of Jeff Stewart Photography

Trenton’s Pork Roll Parties

May 26: Let’s party, pork roll style. They’ll be two salty meat celebrations in Trenton on Saturday. One, at Trenton Social, and the other, in Mill Hill Park. Contests, creative chefs, live music and more make these parties extra fun.

Cape May Music Festival

May 27-June 15: The 29th annual music celebration features a cappella group Blue Jupiter, the Bay Atlantic Symphony and a tribute to George Mesterhazy.

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