Things To Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this September 2013

familySummer is slowly coming to an end as we enter September, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun! Grab your family and friends and enjoy these affordable activities near you.

Sunday, September 1 – BOOM! BANG! That’s right, it’s time to celebrate Labor Day with colorful and bright fireworks. They will be starting at dusk on the beach in Asbury Park so don’t forget a beach chair or some blankets! For more information, call 732-775-2100.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 3, the off-season feeding schedule begins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant! While walking around and seeing some of your favorite sea animals, you can also enjoy watching some of the animals being fed. Seals: 10am, 1pm and 4pm Daily Penguins: 11am and 3:30pm Daily Atlantic Sharks: 1:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. For more information, call 732-899-1659.

Thursday, September 5 – Throw your cowboy hat and boots on and see Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, and Jana Kramer play at the PNC Banks Art Center (Holmdel). Lawn seats are about $30 and the show starts at 7:30pm. Get in touch with your country-side and enjoy a fun night with friends and family! For more information, call 732-203-2500.

Friday, September 6  – Sunday, September 8 – Come and experience one of Asbury Park’s most popular, free festivals, Oysterfest! You can enjoy food, shopping, and live music and it’s located at The Carousel on the Water (Ocean Ave & Lake Ave). On 9/6 the festival will be open from 5 – 10pm, 9/7 noon – 10pm, and 9/8 from noon – 6pm. For more information, call 732-897-1111.

Saturday, September 7 – Sunday, September 15 – Can’t get enough of the beach? Well, that’s not a problem living in New Jersey! Come down to Belmar’s 16th Avenue beach and watch one of the largest surfing contests on the East Coast while relaxing with your toes in the sand. It starts at 8am and lasts until 8pm – for more information, call 732-681-6405.

Friday, September 13 – Sunday, October 27 – “Thrills by Day, Fright by Night” BOO!!! Join Six Flags Great Aventure’s annual Fright Fest in Jackson (Rte. 537). Have a spooktacular time with hair-raising shows and electrifying street entertainment, plus all rides in the dark. This is a great night out with friends or family! For more terrifying information, call 732-928-1821.

Saturday, September 21 – It’s the perfect time to gather up the family, a blanket, and a picnic basket and enjoy a nice picnic in the park! Located at the Huber Woods Environmental Center (Middletown Township) from 11am to 3pm. After your picnic,  enjoy a hayride (small fee), visit the Reptile House, and a free snake and turtle show (12pm, 1pm & 2pm). For more information call 732-872-2670.

Sunday, September 29 – From 11am-5pm enjoy the Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm (Holmdel). This festival will take their visitors back in time when neighbors gathered to accomplish work, harvest, and spend time socializing and enjoying each other’s company. Experience old-fashioned fun as it was a century ago with wagon rides, games, and live entertainment. See craft demonstrations that will inspire you to start a new hobby or career. Enter one of many competitions ranging from needlework, baked goods to homegrown vegetables. For more information, call 732-946-3758.

Happy Fall & back to school everyone!