The threat of clouds and rain may dampen beach fun this weekend. But if you have to come in off the sand, there's plenty of things to do and places to go.
Check out some of this weekend's best bets:
Celebrate New Jersey wineries at the second annual at the home of the Lakewood Blueclaws baseball team, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. The festival will feature tastings from 10 state wineries, live music, crafters, vendors, food and more. The festival is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for adults 21 and older. Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting the Blueclaws' website or calling 732-901-7000.
The 22nd annual Point Pleasant Borough will feature rides, games, food, music and much more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at , Bridge Avenue and Beaver Dam Road. The festival also will serve as a collection point for on behalf of Move for Hunger, a nonprofit group.
History comes alive at in Wall Township, where a will be staged from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event (which will include artillery demonstrations, battalion drills, musket cleaning, dress parades and more) is free, but there's a $5 parking fee. Call 732-919-3500 for more information.
The celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a on the . Show hours are: 2 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the at the Plaza in Sea Girt. More than 20 artists will be represented in the exhibition, sponsored by the Manasquan River Group of Artists.
Professional golf comes to Galloway this weekend with the at the . The three-round tournament, which begins Friday and concludes Sunday, includes 21 of the top-25 battling for their part of the $1.5 million purse. For ticket options, .
Tour the by boat, with off Georgia Tavern Road in Howell. The cost is $5.75 for adults and $3.75 for children age 12 and younger.
in Long Branch goes to the dogs Saturday when the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals hosts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature free, pet-friendly activities for families and their dogs. Guests can make donations to support the mission of the nonprofit Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals. For more information about the event, visit purrnpoochfoundation.org.
: Jazz vocalist Laura Hull returns to this Shore-area restaurant and brings along her Jazz Gems as part of the weekly Saturday Night Jazz Sessions, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.themillnj.com.
: Point Beach's ever-popular nightspot features well-known cover band The Benjamins at 10 p.m. Sunday night. Cover charges vary; call 732-899-0569 for more information or visit www.jenksclub.com.
"Freak Brother Fred" will lead karaoke and music requests at the Toms River pub from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Call 732-244-4262 or visit miraclesportspub.com for more information.
The Aztec, 901 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights: A favorite of MTV's "Jersey Shore," The Aztec sponsors Jersey Shore Fridays featuring a mix of Latin top 40, hip-hop, reggaeton and reggae music by DJ Edit and DJ EQ. Cover charges vary. Visit aztecoceanresort.com for more information.
Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach: will perform selections from the King of Pop's entire career at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Surf Club box office at 732-830-8000.
The Surf City Hotel, 800 N. Long Beach Island Boulevard, Surf City: Caribbean musical act No Discipline will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Long Beach Island nightspot. Call 609-494-7281 for more information.
: Enjoy an evening while looking out at the ocean at Point Beach's expansive Martell's Tiki Bar. Hi Def plays Friday, the Mike Dalton Band Saturday, with both shows starting at 9 p.m. Call 732-892-0131 for more information.