Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this June 2014

Family on bikes outdoors smilingMemorial Day has quickly come and gone, but that just means that summer is finally here! Time to put that harsh winter behind and focus on the great weather, great food, great activities and great times with family and friends! As always, we’ll be featuring free or inexpensive activities throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties that everyone can enjoy.

Thursday, June 5: Enjoy an intimate performance with musicians, Kevin and Joe Jonas, formerly of the pop rock band Jonas Brothers. This time they aren’t singing their hit songs, but instead answering questions and talking with their fans in an intimate, interactive theater experience called Off the Record with Kevin & Joe Jonas. Off the Record is a chance for Kevin and Joe to interact with fans like never before. The live show will feature Q&A sessions, never-before-seen video footage, audience participation, and many other surprises that will give fans a rare up-close and personal look at the two Jonas brothers. Don’t miss this! The event will be held at iPlay America (Freehold) at 7pm. Tickets start at just $39. For more information, call 732-577-8200.

Saturday, June 7: Wear glow-in-the-dark accessories for Dorbrook Recreation Area’s (Colts Neck) first-ever Glo-in-the-Park 3k Fun Run night race! The 3k course will be glowing and ready for seasoned runners or first time racers. Register in advance or day of race for a minimal fee. The race waves will take place between 7:30pm-10:30pm. For more information, call 732-542-1642 ext. 23.

It’s time for the Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival! This FREE, rain or shine event will be held from noon – 8pm, attendees will enjoy 6 great bands with headliner: Rob Paporozzi & the Hudson River Rats! There will also be vendors, crafters, art, kids’ activities and above all, a ton of music! The event will be featuring a Beer Garden and downtown shopping. For more information, call 732-933-1984.

Sunday, June 8: The 44th Annual New Jersey Irish Festival is back at Monmouth Park (Oceanport)! Enjoy live entertainment on two different stages, pipe and drum band competition, Catholic Mass, food and craft vendors, Irish Step Dancing, family activities, 50/50 raffle, Ceili & Step Dancing, a human horse race, as well as a full day of live Thoroughbred racing! Gates will open at 10:00am, Catholic Mass will be held at 11:00am and the 1st post will be at 12:50pm. For more information, call 732-222-5100.

Friday, June 13 - Sunday, June 15: It’s back and better than ever – Belmar’s 28th Annual Seafood Festival! One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Visitors will enjoy great seafood, crafters, live entertainment, and more. Event times vary: 6/13: 4pm – 8pm, 6/14: 11am – 8pm, 6/15: 11am – 6pm. For more information, call  732-681-3700 ext. 214.

Sunday, June 15: Celebrate Father’s Day at 4JG’s Winery (Colts Neck) for a Pig Roast! Mark your calendars and treat your Dad with a special day together. Call in advance to reserve your space – reservations required at just $25 per person. The event will take place from noon – 5pm. For more information, call 908-930-8066.

Saturday, June 21: Bring the family out to the Middletown 350 Time Capsule Celebration and Parade! Celebrate Middletown’s birthday at this FREE family-friendly event featuring a parade, the burying of the Time Capsule, entertainment, and more! The parade begins at Middletown High School North at 11 a.m. and ends at the Middletown Arts Center. For more information, call 732-615-2260.

Saturday, June 21 & Sunday, June 22: It’s the Win & Wine Weekend at Monmouth Park (Oceanport)! Be sure to save the date – the best local New Jersey wineries will be pouring their featured wines. This is a great opportunity to plan a picnic with family and friends for the day! No advance tickets required. The event will take place from noon – 6pm on both Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call 609-758-5400.

Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28: The NJ Surf Show & Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) presents the Saltwater Festival! The event was created to provide New Jersey and the East Coast the best offerings in surf, film, and art. An ambitious and remarkable lineup of artists, shapers, photographers and vendors headline the event, which shines a light on all the amazing men and women who inspire greatness and promote a positive reflection of what a surfer is, and can be. The theme of this year’s event is informally “East Meets West,” with some of the best creative spirits from both coasts involved. Times and ticket prices vary – for more information and to purchase tickets online, click on the link above. For additional questions, call 732-528-3149.

Have a GREAT summer & Happy Father’s Day!

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