by the popular Sacramento Promenade of
Mermaids in California. Head to the north end
of the beach wearing your finest bedazzled
sea-creature costume. Noon; only those who
wish to be considered for the best-costume
prizes need to pay the $5 on-site registration
fee. Convention Hall (asburyparkmermaids.
Summer Food Truck & Wine Festival
July 11-12: Alba Vineyard hosts tons of yummy
food trucks for a festival in its upper field,
surrounded by panoramic views of the vineyard
and distant hillsides. Food trucks include Oink
& Moo BBQ, Waffle De Lys, Amanda Bananas
and the Empanada Guy. Noon- 5 PM; 21 and over
general admission, $10; ages 13-20, $5; children
under 12, free; wine tasting, additional $10 on
admission fee. Village of Finesville, Milford
July 11-12: Started in 2004 by a group of young
Maplewood music lovers, Maplewoodstock has
blossomed into the Garden State’s reimagining
of Woodstock with two days of live music.
Browse hundreds of art and food vendors, and
bring the family for kid-friendly activities,
including face painting and rides. Noon- 9 PM.
Maplewood ( maplewoodstock.com).
Valenzano Winery Sangria Contest
July 12: The Shamong winery hosts its annual
Sangria contest, inviting guests to bring their
own Sangria or come thirsty to sample the
various batches and vote on their favorite recipe.
11 AM- 4 PM; $5. Shamong ( valenzanowine.com).
Cape May County 4-H Fair
July 16-18: Enjoy 16 acres of tree-canopied
fairgrounds for three days of family
entertainment, live music, livestock shows,
petting zoo, crafts and food vendors, including
speciality chicken BBQ. Thurs & Fri, noon- 9
PM; Sat, noon- 10 PM. 355 Court House, S. Dennis
Road, Cape May Court House ( cmc4h.com).
Sourland Music Festival
July 18: The Sourland Conservancy hosts the
jazz, blues and folk fest each year to benefit
protection of the ecological and historic
resources of the Sourland Mountain region.
Don’t forget to bring blankets and sunblock.
Coolers allowed, but no outside alcohol
permitted; there are a beer-and-wine garden
and plenty of food trucks. 3-10 PM; adults, $20;
children under 12, $10; children under 7, free;
parking; $5. The Polo Field, Hillsborough
Golf & Country Club (908-369-3322,
Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival
July 18: The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival
stopped in Point Pleasant in June and now
heads to Asbury Park. The last stop will be Long
Branch on August 29. Along with nonstop live
music, don’t miss the outdoor wine-and-beer
garden, craft and food vendors, and loads of
children’s activities. Noon- 8 PM. Bradley Park
Pine Barrens Festival
July 20-25: Enjoy six nights of carnival fun at
the annual Pine Barrens Festival, featuring
rides, live music, food, kids’ entertainment,