Summer is officially winding down and all the children are heading back to school for another year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great events happening near you. Check out the list of activities that are kicking off the fall season. As always, feel free to post a comment and share your experience from any of the events listed here. Enjoy!
Friday, September 4 – Sunday, September 6: A musical perfect for the whole family, Seussical is a based on a combination of Dr. Seuss’s most famous books and beloved characters. This charming story teaches us the importance of believing in yourself and embracing uniqueness. Seussical is a production of Howell Police Athletic League Theater Company, a non-profit children’s theater company, dedicated to the children of Howell and the surrounding communities. See your favorite stories brought to life at the Algonquin Theatre (Manasquan)! For more information, call 917-838-8429.
Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6: The Garden State Wine Growers Association presents the Jazz It Up Wine Festival at Historic Allaire Village (Farmingdale). The 2015 Jazz it Up Wine Festival will tickle your palate while the jazz man tickles the ivories. Move your soul with tastings of hundreds of wines from 17 premier New Jersey wineries and some of the finest jazz acts on the east coast. This festival is the perfect way to beat the shore crowds while still enjoying the outdoors in September. Enjoy two days of delicious local wine sampling, fantastic foods, live jazz, crafters, kids’ activities, and more! For more information, call 732-919-3500.
Saturday, September 12: It’s time for the 11th Annual SkimBash Contest! The SkimBash, held in Sea Bright, is the premier professional/amateur skimboarding contest on the Jersey Shore. Skimboarders of all ages, from beginners to professionals, gather for this annual action-packed two-day event to show off their skills, and compete for prizes and cash from 8am-5pm. For more information, call 732-598-6028.
Thursday, September 10 – Sunday, September 13: Surfers and fans alike come back to the stretch of beach between 16th and 18th Ave in Belmar on the same weekend each year for the Annual Belmar Pro Surf Competition! Traveling pros recognize that this contest has a great history of waves and in the past, they’ve come from Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Europe, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and all over the US. Event-goers will be able to enjoy fun contests, autograph signings, demos, bands, food vendors, and giveaways. And the action doesn’t stop when the last horn goes for the day – the evenings are packed with parties, live bands at various venues, and film premieres! For more information, call 732-681-6405.
Friday, September 18 – Sunday, September 20: Head on over to FirstEnergy Park (Lakewood) for the Jersey Shore Boat Sale & Expo! This event is produced by the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey (MTA/NJ) and features over 20 top dealers, 50 of boating’s best brands, and 300 boating related businesses. Adults are just $4 and children 12 and younger are free (plus, free parking)! For more information, visit this link.
Saturday, September 19: Bring the whole family to enjoy an exciting day at the 4th Annual Open Space Pace and Festival of Horses at Freehold Raceway! Come join this free all-day event featuring of a parade of horses, demonstrations by equine and agricultural non-profits, live harness racing, petting zoos, live music, and more. The Open Space Pace is dedicated to the preservation and protection of open space in New Jersey. For more information, call 732-577-4059.
Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27: Raceway Park (Englishtown) is holding their 39th Annual Fall Swap Meet & Auto Show presented by PC Richard and Son! Attendees will be able to browse a wide display of antique, classic, and commercial cars as well as over 3,000 vendors, over 300 cars for sale, and much more! The event will take place from 7am-6pm – for more information, call 732-446-7800.
Sunday, September 27: The Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival is a great time for family and friends and is fashioned after the 61-year-old Galway Oyster Festival celebrating the opening of the oyster season. It is a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with great live music, food, and family fun. For more information, call 732-842-4244.
Have a great September!