The “unofficial” start of summer occurred last week during Memorial Day, and we know everyone is ready to take on the heat and enjoy the great outdoors. This is best time of year to indulge in fun activities and take local day-trips with family and friends. Check out these free or inexpensive activities and events below to start your next adventure…
Thursday, June 4 – Sunday, June 7: It’s the 46th Annual NHRA Toyota SUMMERNATIONALS at Raceway Park (Englishtown)! Enjoy races, food, and fun with the entire family. Tickets start at just $5 – buy yours in advance today. For more information, call 732- 446-7800.
Saturday, June 6: Are you ready for a challenge? Take your chance at the Thompson Park Amazing Funtathlon (Lincroft)! This exciting event offers families the opportunity to compete in a variety of outdoor adventure challenges. Teams composed of two to six members (any combination of adults/children) race against the clock and each other as they traverse the park solving problems and completing challenges. For more information, call 732-842-4000 ext. 4236.
Sunday, June 7: Wear your favorite green attire to the 45th Annual Irish Festival at Monmouth Park (Oceanport)! From noon to 6pm, come celebrate your inner Irish on a day where everyone has a little bit of Ireland in them. Enjoy a beautiful day of live Thoroughbred racing highlighted by Irish step dancing, crafters, food, a pipe and drum competition and the fan-favorite human-horse race. Music from the Emerald Isle will be playing all day from three different stages. So wear green, dust off your finest Irish brogue, and enjoy a great day of fun to celebrate everything Irish. For more information, call 732-222-5100.
Tuesday, June 9: Looking to purchase a new vehicle, and still want to get a great deal and not burn a hole in your wallet? You’ve come to the right place – register for First Financial’s upcoming FREE “How to Walk Out of a Dealership with a New Car AND Your Wallet” seminar at 6pm in Freehold/Howell where you will learn the in’s and out’s of car buying from negotiating price to financing your car. First Financial’s Lending Team will show you the ways to prepare for car shopping, how to avoid allowing your emotions from getting involved in the transaction, and much more. Register today by clicking on the link above or call 866.750.0100.
Friday, June 12 – Sunday, June 14: Does anything scream summer at the Jersey Shore more than fresh seafood? Come celebrate the best the ocean has to offer at the annual three-day New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar. Featuring 40+ seafood vendors, beer tent & wine garden, children’s activity tent, and live music. FREE admission and shuttle from the marina and train station will be available. This great event is sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission. For more information, 732-681-3700 ext. 214.
Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, June 21: Do you have what it takes to be a Navy Seal? Test your luck at the BattleFrog Obstacle Race – a series obstacles designed by US Navy Seals. These obstacles include ladder walls, cargo nets, monkey bars, paintball, normandy jacks, wall climbs, and SO MUCH MORE! Join alone or with a team today – event will be held at Raceway Park (Englishtown). For more information, call 786-479-6498.
Saturday, June 27 – Sunday, June 28: New Jersey’s finest wineries are back for another weekend of elegant wine tasting at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) for the Win & Wine Weekend and Chocolate Expo! This year, they’re joined by some of the top local chocolatiers for their first-ever chocolate expo. It’s a two-day festival filled with wine and chocolate – can you really afford to miss this?! So gather up your friends and family, sample from dozens of delicious New Jersey wines, and finish it all with the smooth taste of chocolate. Pick up a bottle of wine and picnic for the day or buy a $10 wristband for unlimited sampling. You definitely don’t want to miss the most decadent day of the year! For more information, call 732-222-5100.
The Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce proudly invites you to the 7th Annual LobsterFest (6th Ave beachfront)! The entire family can enjoy this FREE event along with live music, over 100 craft & specialty vendors, beer & wine garden, great oceanfront location, and children’s activities such as a water slide, rides, face painters and sand art. For more information, call 732-776-2999 or visit their Facebook page.
As always, feel free to leave a comment below and let us know if you attend any of these events and give us your feedback!