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May 12-14 events — The best things to do Mother’s Day weekend in NJ

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Looking for something to do this weekend? Big Joe’s got you covered. Check out our complete list of great events and fun things do right here in the great Garden State!


ATLANTIC COUNTY


Mother’s Day

Treat the mothers in your life to a special wine weekend at Bellview Winery! Taste from our wine list and wines on tap or grab a bottle to go with one of our specialty platters. Live acoustic music will be featured in the tasting room from 12:30 – 4:30 pm.

Date: May 13th, 2017 – May 14th, 2017
Location: Bellview Winery
150 Atlantic St., Landisville, NJ 08326


BURLINGTON COUNTY


Mother’s Day Tea Party In The Garden

In honor of Mother’s Day, bring your special guest to an enchanting wonderland tea party in our butterfly garden. Enjoy crafts, hot and cold tea, finger sandwiches, and pastries plus surprise guest appearances. Pre-registration required. Seating’s are available at 11 am, Noon, and 1 pm. Visit the website, email or call to reserve your spot.

Date: May 13th, 2017 – May 14th, 2017
Location: PAWS Discovery Farm
1105 Hainesport-Mt. Laurel Rd., Mount Laurel, NJ 08054


CAPE MAY COUNTY


Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend

Bring your mom to Hawk Haven for the Mother’s Day Wine Trail! Our wine tasting bar is open 11am-6pm and of course mom’s tasting is complimentary. Moms: if you can’t get the kids to bring you, just show us a picture of your darling children (no matter how young or old) to get your free wine tasting! Order a bottle to pair with our gourmet cheese plate on the crush pad where there is plenty of seating. Or bring your own picnic lunch to share as you enjoy the view of the vineyard. It’s your weekend, mom, so sit back and relax at beautiful Hawk Haven Winery.

Date: May 13th, 2017 – May 14th, 2017
Location: Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
600 S. Railroad Ave., Rio Grande, NJ 08242

Jazz Brunch at the Estate for Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day under the tent at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom with brunch and enjoy live jazz from The Great American Songbook featuring The Herb Moore Duo. 10 am – noon. Free parking. Carriage House Café & Tearoom on the grounds of the Physick Estate. Advance reservations recommended. Admission $30. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC).

Date: May 14th, 2017
Location: Emlen Physick Estate, Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom
1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204

Avalon Wine and Spirits Festival

Over 200 wines and flavored vodkas. Appetizers presented by the island’s finest restaurants. Silent Auction – items from the island’s top businesses. Tickets available for purchase at Fred’s Avalon Liquor Store.

Date: May 12th, 2017
Location: Avalon Community Hall
3001 Avalon Ave., Avalon, NJ 08202

Spring Boardwalk Classic Car Show

Cars on display on the Wildwoods Boardwalk from 8:30 am – 3 pm on both days. Call or visit the website for details.

Date: May 12th, 2017 – May 14th, 2017
Location: Ocean Ave. & Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260


CUMBERLAND COUNTY


“What’s on Tap” Craft Beer Festival

For one day, two great and storied American crafts come together to bring you the inaugural “What’s on Tap” Beer Festival. Over 25 craft brewers will showcase their finest beers on the idyllic, lakeside pinelands of the WheatonsArts and Cultrual Center. WheatonArts can trace its roots back to 1888 when it was considered the nations commercial glass center. Just as the craft brewer spends much time and care formulating the perfect beer recipe so too does the master glass blower. Tickets are $34.99 for a four-hour session that includes general admission access, a souvenir festival mug and unlimited beer tastings for 4 hours. Additional information available online.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: WheatonArts & Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Roa., Millville, NJ 08332


ESSEX


Mother’s Day at Presby

Enjoy the day with Mom at Presby.  Treat her to a special iris or item from our Bloom Room Gift Shop. Free music program 11 am – 3 pm.  A special luncheon is planned; ticket information will be available on our website. The garden and all events are free and open to the public.  A suggested donation is requested during Bloom Season to fund operating costs. The Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens was established in 1927 to honor Frank H. Presby of Montclair, a leading horticulturalist and a founder of The American Iris Society. This living museum, listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Sites, offers a spectacular display of thousands of iris varieties to visitors from all over the world.

Date: May 14th, 2017
Location: Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043

Family Fun: Architectural Walking Tour

These are the buildings in our neighborhood Gothic, eyebrow, or palladium? On this Family Walking Tour, we’ll look for architectural details in the beautiful homes located on the streets near the Crane House and Historic YWCA. Teach your kids the language of architecture. Maybe you’re raising the next Mead, McKim, or White! $10/family, $5 if you have a family membership with the Montclair History Center. Each family gets one free herb at the herb sale. 10 am.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: Crane House and Historic YWCA
110 Orange Rd., Montclair, NJ 07042


HUDSON COUNTY


Hoboken Irish Festival

The Hoboken Irish Festival features Irish music & step dancing, food, crafts, rides, games, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a beer garden, hurling games & demos, an Irish Soda Bread Contest and more. Musical performances by: Gold N’ Brown, McClean Ave. Band, Colin Nisbet, Garden St. Irish Step Dancers & Emerald Fire, Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance and more.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: Sinatra Park
525 Sinatra Dr., between 4th & 5th St., Hoboken, NJ 07030


HUNTERDON COUNTY


Mother’s Day Festival

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Alba Vineyard. Treat mom to a wine tasting, lunch, live music, winery tours, and more. Spend the afternoon in our estate vineyard overlooking scenic Musconetcong Valley. Admission is $15 for adults 21 and over, $5 for ages 13 to 20, and children under 12 are free. Parking is complimentary. Reservations are not required. Wine tastings are $10 per person which includes samples of our award-winning wines and an etched Alba Vineyard wine glass. Live music by The VooDUDES. Food for purchase ~ Children’s activities ~ Crafters and Vendors. By law, only Alba Vineyard’s wines may be consumed on the property. No beer or other alcohol, it will be confiscated. You are welcome to bring a lawn chair, blanket, or beach umbrella. No pets, canopies, or EZ-Up shelters are allowed.

Date: May 14th, 2017
Location: Alba Vineyard
269 Riegelsville Warren Glen Rd., Village of Finesville, Milford, NJ 08848

Spring Wine & Music Festival

Join us for the 24th annual Spring Wine Festival, a day of fine wine, great food, swing & big band music, winery tours, vineyard walks, and more! Rock with Hot Club of Philadelphia Noon – 3 pm, and NYC-based The Swingaroos 3 – 6 pm. Enjoy delicious bites from food trucks, or relax on the sprawling farmland with a bottle of your favorite while enjoying the music. Check out the latest wares from the craft vendors, toss a frisbee on the field, Or sip some unreleased wines with our on-staff sommelier. Kids can fly kites on the lawn, or paint a flowerpot for mom (it is Mother’s Day Weekend after all). Featured food trucks include Antimo’s Italian Kitchen: Trattoria & Pizzeria, Jammin’ Crepes Flying Crepeze food truck and save room for desserts dished up by Nina’s Waffles & Ice Cream. $15 in advance until 5/6, $20 at the door or online thereafter, $10 for 13-20 years old and designated drivers, 12 & under free. Admission comes with wine tasting and a complimentary Unionville glass.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: Unionville Vineyards
9 Rocktown Rd., Ringoes, NJ 08551

Roxey Ballet’s Beer and Ballet

Come get a taste of the local art while sampling some local craft! During this 2-hour event, participants will watch professional dancers in a warm up class and rehearsals while tasting local beer. There will also be a performance of repertoire, as well as a brief question and answer session with the dancers and the artistic director of the ballet. Snacks and wine will also be offered at this event. A different variety of beers will be available at each event. A donation of $15 in advance or $20 at the door is requested to attend Roxey Ballet’s Beer and Ballet experience. For more information call or email. THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS AGES 21 AND OVER. IDS WILL BE CHECKED AT THE DOOR UPON ARRIVAL. NO CHILDREN PLEASE.

Date: May 12th, 2017
Location: Roxey Ballet
243 N. Union St., Lambertville, NJ 08530


MERCER COUNTY


Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend

Celebrate mom on the special weekend. Free tastings for moms. What a wonderful way to treat her than an afternoon of wine tasting. Special samplings from our own bakery. The whole family is welcome here at Terhune Orchards. After wine tasting, visit the barnyard and farm store.

Date: May 13th, 2017 – May 14th, 2017
Location: Terhune Orchards
330 Cold Soil Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540


MONMOUTH COUNTY


Central Jersey Irish Festival

The Freehold & Jackson divisions of the Ancient Order of Hibernians are co-sponsoring this 4th Annual Irish Cultural event. 10 am – 6 pm. Traditional Irish music featuring Sean Hennessy and Poor Mans Gambit. Shamrock & Thistle Pipe Band and The Devrin Irish Dancers. Authentic Irish food, Irish craft vendors. Play area for the wee ones. $5 Admission fee: Children 12 and under free. Parking is free. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the park as a trolley ride brings you from the parking area to the event. This year come enjoy Guiness/Harp & Smithwicks.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: Lake Topanemus Park
150 Robertsville Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728

Spirit of the Jerseys – New Jersey State History Fair

History comes alive at the SPIRIT of the JERSEYS State History Fair. This FREE, award-winning historical festival is fun for the entire family! There will be many special activities throughout the day including period games and music. 11 am – 5 pm. Suggested parking donation of $10 per vehicle.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: Monmouth Battlefield State Park
16 Rt. 33, Manalapan, NJ 07726


MORRIS COUNTY


Mother’s Day Brunch

Treat mom to a special day out at Alstede Farms! Enjoy a hearty farm brunch, available from 9 am – 2 pm, featuring our delicious homegrown asparagus and then stick around for some farm fun! Hayrides, friendly farm animals, and more! Also – stop by the farm store – moms get a free ice cream cone on Mother’s Day!

Date: May 14th, 2017
Location: Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Ln., Chester, NJ 07930

Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block Party

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation Block Party is once again set to be a day that celebrates New Jersey’s largest lake: from recreation and leisure to business and everyday living. The fourth-annual event, to be held from 10 am – 5 pm, will bring together organizations and businesses, bands, on-the-water demonstrations, craft vendors, boat rides, food trucks and restaurants, train ride, a children’s area, and more, for a day to celebrate all facets of Lake Hopatcong life.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: Hopatcong State Park
260 Lakeside Blvd., Landing, NJ 07850


OCEAN COUNTY


Mother’s Day Celebration

Flowers distributed along the Boardwalk by the Borough of Seaside Heights Mayor and Council. Starts at Noon.

Date: May 14th, 2017
Location: Boardwalk, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751


UNION COUNTY


Fanwood Celebrate Spring Arts & Crafts Fair

This juried event is held in the heart of their downtown at the Fanwood Train Station. It will feature 75+ artisans selling and displaying their original work. Open to the public from 10AM-5PM, you will find a wide variety of items such as, paintings, sculpture, ironworks, metalworks, glassworks, pottery, jewelry, fashion clothing, garden works and much more. Be sure to come hungry and enjoy the wide variety of food being sold including shish ka bob, french fries, gyros, burgers, kettle corn, zeppoles, ice cream and more. There will also be live music playing throughout the day. For the children we will have a “hands on” free craft table.

Date: May 13th, 2017
Location: 239 South Ave., Fanwood, NJ 07023


WARREN COUNTY


Mother’s Day Celebration Dia de las Madres

Treat Mom to a trip to our little “place of miracles” (Villa Milagro) where she will enjoy spectacular views overlooking our vineyard and four counties. She will taste our delicious European style wines and savor a small plate of delectable brunch bites. Admission $10 includes food, wine tasting, monogrammed gift glass to take home and a special gift for all Moms. Noon – 6 pm.

Date: May 13th, 2017 – May 14th, 2017
Location: Villa Milagro Vineyards
33 Rt. 627, Phillipsburg, NJ 08865

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