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Dust off the walking shoes and stroll along the world-famous Boardwalk, then kick back and enjoy the countless celebrations taking place for Kentucky Derby, Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day, and over Memorial Day Weekend! Find endless entertainment options including The Black Crowes, Mötley Crüe, and Steve Martin and Martin Short! Enjoy boat rides, eclectic dining options, beach bar openings, Mother's Day brunches, and so much more! There is no better time to visit Atlantic City with so much to do and see in the month of May - you'll never want to leave!


May In Atlantic City 

Mother's Day, Kentucky Derby, Memorial Day Weekend and More!

May is great time to Explore Atlantic City with the weather warming and many seasonal attractions opening!

May events include concerts like an acoustic evening with John Hiatt at Borgata or Kelly Clarkson at Hard Rock plus much more! Just a short drive outside the city is Historic Smithville hosting MayFest May 18-19 with 100's of vendors, entertainment and more! Cigar connoisseurs check out the 2nd Annual Atlantic City Cigar Social at Oscar E. McClinton Park.

Before your visit check out things to do in Atlantic City below and our Deals pages for hotel, golf and spa packages, food and drink specials and more!


Anchor Rock Club

May Music Lineup

Anchor Rock Club, Atlantic City’s independent music venue, is jam packed with awesome events all month long! Don’t miss Faster Pussycat (photo) with special guest Johnny Nasty Boots on May 3, a Grateful Dead tribute on May 4, Nylon Ghost/Teen Idle on May 10, Meridian Brothers on May 12, a Rush Tribute on May 17 & much more! Dinner & a Show collab with Cardinal Restaurant continues, $10 off dinner and $2 off drinks at ARC, check their website for more details!


The Atlantic City Cigar Social

2nd Annual Cigar Social Presented by Cigar Snob Magazine

Cigar enthusiasts - on Saturday, May 18th, The Atlantic City Cigar Social will be taking place at the Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park. The Cigar Social is the gathering of like minded humans from different walks of life in the pursuit of that perfect smoke in the ideal setting while creating the opportunity for stimulating conversation, savory dishes, thirst-quenching libations, and an opportunity for cigar discovery. The spring Cigar Social will feature 20 Cigar brands, craft beers, wines, distilled spirits, local culinary, live entertainment, interactive programming, and more. This is the cigar event the jersey shore has been waiting for.


Atlantic City Comedy Club

Get your laugh on at AC Comedy Club

Get ready for a night of comedy gold at the Atlantic City Comedy Club - now located at The Tropicana inside the Royce Social Hall! See the best live comedy show in town. The showroom is headlined by the funniest comedians from New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York right here in Atlantic City! Check out your favorite comedians from late-night TV, popular podcasts, and radio personalities. Weekly shows Thursday – Monday.


Atlantic City Country Club

Paint & Sip and Mother’s Day Buffet

Join at the Atlantic City Country Club on Friday, May 10, for a beautiful night at Paint & Sip on the Patio event! Turn a blank canvas into a completed masterpiece, with easy step-by-step instruction, while enjoying wine and tapas! Doors open at 5:30 PM, instructions begin at 6 PM. Come early to enjoy an Antipasto Table Display featuring cheeses, grilled vegetables, fresh fruit and crostini before instruction begins. All art supplies are included along with one glass of wine. $65 PP Plus Tax, 20% Gratuity & Eventbrite Fees. Celebrate Mom at the AC Country Club for Mother’s Day with either a brunch or dinner buffet! $65 for adults, $25 for kids, kids under 3 eat free.


Bally’s Atlantic City

May Lineup at Bally’s

Gear up for a month of non-stop action at Bally’s Atlantic City! Enjoy Cinco de Mayo specials at The Yard at Bally’s, available from May 3-5. Bally’s Beach Bar, will be open on weekends starting May 17 for the 2024 Season. In addition to live entertainment every weekend, Bally's Beach Bar will be offering drink specials from 5pm–9pm Sunday-Friday. Get ready to experience an exhilarating and electrifying extravaganza as Thunder from Down Under, the world-renowned Australian male revue, returns to Bally’s on May 18 at 8 PM.


Boardwalk Hall

Mother's Day Music Festival

Vibe out with mom at the Mother's Day Music Festival with Kem, Dru Hill, SWV & Silk coming to Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall Saturday, May 11 at 7pm. Don't wait tickets are on sale now!


Boogie Nights at Tropicana

Get your Boogie on this May

Boogie Nights May calendar is full of fun themes to get you struttin’ on the dance floor! Little Monsters Night Thursday, May 2nd with the World Famous Lady Gaga impersonator! Come dressed as your best Gaga for free admission! Saturday, May 4th - May the Fourth Be With You, The Ultimate Star Wars Celebration. Enter the Hot Mom’s Contest for a chance to win prizes May 11th. Friday, May 17 is the Stoplight Singles Mixer, take a green glow necklace at the door if you’re single, red if you’re taken, yellow for complicated, and rainbow for LGBTQ. Cher the Love is Saturday, May 18 in honor of Cher's birthday with live performances from the world-famous Cher impersonator!


Cardinal Restaurant

First Birthday, Mother’s Day Brunch & more!

There won’t be a dull moment all May long at Cardinal Restaurant! Come out & celebrate their 1 year anniversary all day from 11am-10pm! Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Cardinal with drink & menu specials or treat Mom to the Ultimate Brunch Experience at Cardinal this Mother's Day! Serving a brunch buffet alongside a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar, Hayday Coffee, and Prosecco Bottle Specials ($30/bottle). 10am–4pm, $55 pp ($20 for kids under 8) Full dinner menu will be served from 5pm–close, also offering Happy Hour in the Lounge from 4–6pm. Reservations are recommended.

Friday, May 17 marks the official start of The Garden season! Cardinal will be hosting a Garden Party, featuring live music from 5–9pm by Originaire Duo. Drink & menu specials. Enjoy live music in the garden Friday-Sunday all summer long!



Caesars Atlantic City

Mother’s Day Brunch at Nobu

Celebrate Mother’s Day by indulging in an elevated brunch at Nobu Atlantic City. On Sunday, May 12, enjoy a thoughtfully curated prix fixe menu with a complimentary mimosa, or craft your own special brunch with their regular à la carte menu. Mother’s Day Kid’s Bento also available. Brunch hours are noon - 4pm.


The Claridge Hotel

Endless Celebrations at The Claridge

This May, The Claridge Hotel is your one stop spot for entertainment and celebrations! Enjoy a rooftop fiesta for Cinco De Mayo at the VÜE Rooftop Bar! Dive into a delicious lineup of Mexican favorites and specialty cocktails from a rooftop oasis. 12 PM-10 PM on May 5th. Celebrate the 150th Kentucky Derby Celebration on Saturday, May 4 at the VÜE Rooftop Bar. Enjoy bourbon tastings, a cigar bar, Southern inspired cuisine, and exclusive drinks. Predict the winning horse or show off your derby hat for a chance to win prizes! Indulge Mom in an exquisite Southern Homestyle Brunch for Mother’s Day featuring a selection of gourmet delights paired with endless Mimosas and Bloody Mary's! Don’t forget to take advantage of the Summer Splash Sale – Book two nights or more and SAVE 20%.


Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar

Mother’s Day and Cinco De Mayo

Plan your escape to Old Havana for award-winning traditional Cuban cuisine at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar inside Tropicana Atlantic City’s, The Quarter. Treat mom on Mother's Day with each mom receiving a rose and a $25 gift card good for 1 year!

Get festive on Cinco De Mayo at Cuba Libre with a special offers of 2 tacos for $18 and their CORE margarita for $16, or make it a combo for $29!


Girasole Ristorante

Mother's Day Menu

Girasole, which means sunflower in Italian, is a true, family-owned restaurant.  Food is cooked to order from scratch (not pre-made) handcrafted authentic cuisine-which keeps guests coming back.

Treat mom to their special mother's day 3-course prix-fixe menu! Start off with items like  Burratina, a creamy mozzarella pugliese, roasted beets, balsamic reduction and entrées like Ravioli Di Zucca, homemade squash filled ravioli, parmigiano, black truffle, butter, and sage.


Good Dog Bar AC

Doggie Photo Contest

Good Dog Bar AC, your neighborhood bar & restaurant focusing on craft beer, cocktails, and scratch kitchen, announces the return of its Doggie Photo Contest! They are inviting all canine enthusiasts in Atlantic City and surrounding areas to showcase their furry friends' charm and charisma. The contest will run from now until May 15, 2024, with winners announced during the Memorial Day weekend.

The contest is open to dogs and their families residing within a 30-mile radius of Good Dog Bar, located at 3426 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.

Stop in for weekly specials and live music!


Irish Pub & Inn

Kicking Off Summer at The Irish Pub

Get ready to kick off the summer festivities at The Irish Pub! Enjoy the beautiful ocean breeze on a European style outdoor patio and a turn-of-the-century pub and restaurant. Irish Pub features Guinness and Kelsey Grammer’s Faith American beer on tap plus a mouth-watering menu, a wide selection of domestic and imported beers & more. Irish Pub is now taking reservations for their historic Victorian Inn which will open on Memorial Day weekend.

In remembrance and appreciation of all those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and those who died on 9/11, come visit the memorial "In the Line of Duty", commissioned by The Irish Pub, located at St. James Place and the Boardwalk.


Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

May Entertainment at Hard Rock

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has announced a new beach experience scheduled to open Memorial Day Weekend. Open to hotel guests and Unity Card members, the new Hard Rock Beach Experience will offer patrons a beautiful seaside retreat complete with lounge chairs, umbrellas, and beverage service.

Additionally, Hard Rock guests will be able to enjoy the summer season with a new outdoor venue, The Terrace. Located on the second level of the resort with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Steel Pier’s iconic Ferris wheel, The Terrace will feature live entertainment, specialty cocktails plus a delectable seasonal menu.

Along with new outdoor amenities, Hard Rock Atlantic City is gearing up to host A-list entertainment throughout the season. Scheduled performers include Mötley Crüe May 3 and 4, Kelly Clarkson May 10 and 11, and Snoop Dogg June 1!


Historic Smithville

May Festivities at Historic Smithville

The festivities are endless at Historic Smithville all month long with something for everyone to enjoy! May 18th & 19th is Historic Smithville’s annual Mayfest from 10 AM-5PM. Historic Smithville hosts over 100 juried crafters, an international food court, music, kids’ activities, non-profit organizations and much more! All of this is in addition to our 50 Shoppes, carousel ride, train ride, paddle boats, 7 eateries, and antique arcades that are located at the Village year-round! 

Riddlesbrood’s Wizard of Oz is a magical outdoor spectacle where whimsy reigns supreme. This free-to-the-public show is a delightful rendition of the cherished classic, wrapped in Riddlesbrood’s signature comic twist. Check it out May 21-22 from 11 am – 5pm at Historic Smithville, on the green near the gazebo.


Mexico Restaurant

Cinco de Mayo at Mexico

Escape from the ordinary at Mexico Restaurant with a variety of tastes ranging from spicy chili flavors to the hard to find, sweet and hearty Mole sauce.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and enjoy a live Mariachi Band starting at 5 pm, Espolon Tequila Margarita pitcher specials starting at $40. Dinner reservations are recommended. Dinner seating is limited to 1.5 hours. Appetizers are available at the bar only. 


Ocean Casino Resort

Gift mom the gift of Ocean Casino Resort!

Celebrate Mother's Day Weekend from Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12 for a luxurious experience. Create unforgettable memories at Amada's Mother's Day Brunch, unwind at Exhale Spa + Bathhouse, enjoy a wide variety of fine dining options and more.


Renault Winery & Resort

Kick Off Party at Renault

Kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend Thursday, May 2 from 6 - 9pm with a fiesta of Margarita and Taco tasting experience. Afterward, enjoy music from their private DJ and raise a toast at the bar, marking the beginning of an incredible holiday weekend at Renault.


Resorts Casino Hotel

May Entertainment at Resorts

Resorts Casino Hotel is set to kick off the summer like no other!

Things are about to go down at the annual Dundie Awards, and Resort’s need YOUR help to solve the crime! A Dundie Demise: An Office Whodunnit is at the Starlight Theater in May and June at 5 pm and 8 pm.

El Grupo D’AHORA hailing from Santiago, Dominican Republic, and based in New York City will be bringing their latin sound to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on May 23. Listen here for a preview!

Don’t miss the Candlelight Concert Series starting with discovering the music of Vivaldi on May 25 at 6:30 pm and 9 pm. Candlelight brings the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to Atlantic City with the gentle glow of candlelight.

The annual Memorial Day Weekend Beach Ball Drop at Resorts returns with special guest Kelsey Grammar! A weekend filled with thrilling promos, live music, giveaways and much more begins Friday, May 24th!


Steel Pier

Celebrate Mother’s Day and Weekend Hours

Start planning your Mother's Day with a visit to Steel PierAtlantic City's #1 Family Attraction! May 12 Moms ride free with a paid rider. Complimentary carnations for mom and $5 Mimosa’s available at Steel Pier bars all day!

Steel Pier is open weekends starting at noon in May with extended days and times for Memorial Day Weekend!


Tennessee Ave Beer Hall

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations and More!

This May 5, The Tennessee Avenue team in Atlantic City is excited to present an amazing Cinco de Mayo celebration of Mexico's culture and traditions. Guests can experience a one-of-a-kind Tequila Dinner by Charles Soreth & Lee Sanchez in a secret location, or head over to the Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall for a more laid-back day full of tacos and margaritas.