Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this August 2015

Family-in-PoolHappy summer everyone! As we continue to enjoy the beautiful weather and the fun outdoor activities – here are a few exciting events that you and your family and friends can attend all month long. Remember to get out and embrace the summer fun while it lasts!

Tuesday, August 4: Enjoy a night out to see The Piano Guys at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank)! What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius who does video, a studio engineer who writes music, a pianist who had a successful solo career, and a cellist who does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of “guys” with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos. Tickets start at just $35 a person – for more information, call 732-842-9000.

Wednesday, August 5: It wouldn’t be the summer without The Sandy Hook Foundation’s Beach Concert Series. These concerts are free to the public, and each summer thousands of people of all ages come out to enjoy live entertainment on the beach at sunset. Each Wednesday during the summer, come enjoy live entertainment at Sandy Hook’s beach, 8/5’s performer is The Haven. For more information, call 732-291-7733.

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, August 9: Get ready for five days of fun dedicated to celebrating Italian heritage and culture at the 39th Annual Italian Festival! The event is free and will take place from 5-11pm at Joe Palaia Park (Oakhurst). There will be Italian cuisine (sausage and peppers and zeppoli), as well as entertainment throughout the festival, including: A&S Sound, Mario Delano Jr., Taylor Tote, Doo Wop Pop Disco, and Eric DeLauro. Enjoy rides, games, raffles, food eating contests and fireworks, which will be displayed at 9:30 p.m. August 7. For more information, call 732-517-1040.

August 6, 13, 20, and 27: Come ready to purchase Jersey’s finest produce and goods at Keyport’s Farmers Market! Shop a variety of fresh produce, honey/beeswax products, pickles, relish, olives, potted plants, and so much more. For more information, call 732-739-5138.

Saturday, August 8Head on over to Keansburg Amusement Park for Hot Rods & Food Trucks! As one of their signature events, attendees can enjoy classic cars and food truck cuisine from 11am-6pm. This family friendly event is a feast for the eyes and taste-buds, so bring your appetite! The event is located right on Beachway, in between the Water Park and Amusement Park. Tickets to the attractions may be purchased at the Park, and there will be free admission for the event. For more information, call 732-841-7732.

Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16: Does anything scream summer at the Jersey Shore more than fresh seafood? Come celebrate the best the ocean has to offer at Monmouth Park’s (Oceanport) annual two-day Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off! Dine on everything from chowder, to lobster rolls, to some of the best crab cakes you’ve ever had. Throw in some live music and the excitement of live, thoroughbred racing and this event will have you hungry for more. The event will be held from noon-5pm. For more information, call 732-222-5100.

Sunday, August 16: Love art? Stop by the 10th Annual Boardwalk Art Show in Asbury Park, sponsored by the Asbury Park Historical Society. This exhibit features fine art, oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pastel photographs and sculptures! For more information, call 848-667-3432.

Thursday, August 20 – Sunday, August 23: Come one, come all to the 25th Annual Colts Neck Country Fair! The fair will feature food, entertainment, vendors, rides and games. Daily entertainment includes performances by: August 20 – Matt O’Ree Band, August 21 – Moroccan Sheepherders, August 22 – Rock of Ages Band/Constantine Maroulis, August 23 – Slim Chance and The Gamblers. For more information, call 732-462-8500.

Friday, August 28: Come watch the talented Cassadee Pope in Concert at iPlay America (Freehold)! With soaring vocals, opening slots on major tours, impressive sales and being selected for CMT’s Next Women of Country, Cassadee Pope continues to add to her growing list of accolades. Mentor Blake Shelton presented the season three winner of The Voice with another fan-voted honor – 2014 CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year. She ended 2014 with a Female Vocalist of the Year nomination at the first-ever American Country Countdown Awards. For more information, call 732-577-8200.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this July 2015

Fourth-of-July-FamilyHappy 239th Birthday, America! As we prepare to celebrate our independence this upcoming weekend, there are so many exciting celebrations that you and your family and friends can join in on. Check out the events and activities below that are going on all month long in a town near you.

4th of July Firework Celebrations:

Sunday, July 5: This year, Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) is throwing the ultimate backyard BBQ – the Red, White & Blue Party, presented by Budweiser. Gather your friends, wear your most patriotic red, white, and blue, and come party Monmouth Park style. There will be tons of food, drink specials, live music courtesy of Rockin’ Thunder 106 and Fun 107.1, games, and so much more. Eating competitions such as whipped cream pie, watermelon, and hot dogs will also take place – plus, a spicy wing eating competition! In addition, Monmouth Park will be celebrating our armed forces and local first responders – many of whom will be on-site celebrating too. So tell all your friends that the biggest summer party is the Red, White & Blue Party – you won’t want to miss it! For more information, call 732-222-5100.

Saturday, July 11: Attention runners: Register today for Belmar’s Annual 5k Run! The race will start at Silver Lake Park at 7:00am where you can run through the beautiful streets of Belmar. You can join as an individual or a team, and there’s even an opportunity for children to join the run as well! For more information, call 732-681-3700.

Wednesday, July 15: Head on down to the sandy shores of Belmar for the 29th Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest! The event will be held at Belmar’s 18th Avenue Beach from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. The competition is free and open to participants of all ages. *Rain date is July 29. For more information, call 732-681-3700 ext. 214.

Saturday, July 18: It’s the Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival at Bradley Park. Attendees will be able to enjoy music all day long on the Main Stage, plus a biergarten, arts & crafts, food, and of course, access to the beach! This event is free of charge and will be held rain or shine. You won’t want to miss some of the very best jazz and blues music around, which has become an award-winning New Jersey tradition. For more information, call 732-933-1984.

Wednesday, July 22 – Sunday, July 26: Come one, come all to the Monmouth County Fair! The fair will be located at the East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozloski Road in Freehold. Times are as follows: Wednesday-Friday 5-11pm, Saturday 3-11pm, and Sunday, 11am-6pm. Enjoy tons of food, games, and rides as well as the 2015 Home & Garden Competition! For more information, call 732-842-4000.

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2: Head to the 21st Annual Clam Fest at Huddy Park (Highlands)! This 4-day, action packed event, features the freshest seafood, live entertainment, contests, vendors, crafters, games, rides, and the best part – free entry and parking! For more information, call 732-291-4713.

We hope you’re having a great summer!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this June 2015

getty_rf_photo_of_family_on_boardwalk_at_beachThe “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!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this May 2015

family-spring-gardenIt’s finally time to enjoy the outdoors and all that the warm weather has to offer! During the spring and summer, it’s a great idea to visit your local parks and enjoy a bike ride, a family hike, play basketball or even a have a quaint family picnic! It’s free, fun and a great way to stay active and get some fresh air. Check out some more free or inexpensive activities below that you can enjoy this month with your family and friends.

Friday, May 1: First Financial is hosting a Bake Sale & FREE Shred Event at the Freehold/Howell Service Center (389 Route 9 North, Freehold) for Grand Opening Week! Between 9am-11am, bring your items to be shredded by AutoShred. *Limit 5 boxes/bags per person. What can be shredded? Mixed office paper, papers with staples/paperclips, papers with small binder clips and rubberbands. What cannot be shredded? Magazines/newspapers, hardcover books, 3 ring binders, x-rays/MRIs, wet, damp, or mildewed paper. This is a free service, open to the public, and don’t forget to stop in and check out our newest branch location! For more information, call 866.750.0100.

 

 

Saturday, May 2: Head on over to First Financial’s new Freehold/Howell Service Center (Freehold) for a free Grand Opening Family Picnic from 10am-1pm! Bring the whole family to enjoy music, food by Vito’s Hot Dogs and Farley’s Ice Cream, cotton candy, popcorn, games, facepainting, palm readings, special visits from the Howell Police Department, Adelphia Fire Department, blood pressure screenings from the Farmingdale Howell First Aid Squad, and more. For more information, call 866.750.0100.

Saturday, May 2 – Sunday, May 3: Enjoy a Weekend in Old Monmouth (Freehold)! This is an annual two-day event when more than 40 of the Monmouth County history sites open their doors to visitors and waive their admission fees. Please note that a Weekend in Old Monmouth is a self-guided tour, it is encouraged to visit the link above for a printable or online map of the historic sites/locations. The event will take place on Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sunday from 12pm-5pm. For more information, call 732-431-7460 ext. 7413.

Saturday, May 9: It’s Opening Day at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport)! Enjoy FREE grandstand admission and celebrate the return of everyone’s favorite summertime destination. Come take your picture next our 2015 commemorative sandcastle and enter to win one of 100 VIP season and parking passes for the 2015 season. Gates open at 11:30am and the first race is 12:50pm. For more information, call 732-222-5100.

Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 17: Shrek The Musical is coming to Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan)! Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a TONY Award-winning fairy tale adventure featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears, a perfect family outing. For showtimes and tickets, visit the link above or call 732-528-9211.

Saturday, May 9 – Sunday, May 10: Spend some quality time with Mom and Grandma in the vineyard, at 4JG’s Winery (Colts Neck) this Mother’s Day! Join us with Mom and Grandma for a fun day of chocolate demonstrations and wine tastings. Stop by between 12pm-5pm on both days. For more information, call 908-930-8066.

Saturday, May 16: Head on down to Spring Lake’s Irish Festival! From 12pm-4pm, enjoy an Irish soda bread contest, Irish step dancers, live music, food, activities, photo booth, and so much more! You’ll also be able to meet Ray Lucas from the NY Jets and Jeff Feagles, former NY Giants Punter. For more information, call 732-449-0577.

Saturday, May 23 – Monday, May 25: The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival is back at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport)! Over three dozen of the areas best food trucks will converge at Monmouth Park for three days of amazing food, family fun, and world-class racing. Enjoy unique varieties of plates including fried bacon, mouth-watering empanadas, juicy cheesesteaks, decadent cupcakes, ocean-fresh lobster rolls, Belgian waffle sundaes, and so much more – there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone! So bring the family, bring the friends, come one day or all three. You won’t want to miss the most delicious summer kick-off party at the Jersey Shore! For more information, call 732-222-5100.

Memorial Day Celebrations:

Friday, May 29 – Sunday, May 31: Red Bank River Fest is back and better than ever! The festival will once again showcase talented local bands performing simultaneously on multiple stages capped by appearances of nationally known blues and jazz artists. Attendees will also be able to enjoy food, vendors, and crafters. For more information, call 732-741-0055.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this April 2015

family-picnic-springSpring is finally here! Time to enjoy the fresh flowers, warm weather, and great outdoor activities. Check out all of the fun events we have listed below – many of them are free or very inexpensive that you and your family and friends can enjoy this month. As always, we welcome you to post a comment with your feedback, we’d love to hear how you liked any of the events we posted!

Saturday, April 4: Visit Allaire Village (Farmingdale) for an Easter Egg Hunt in the Village from 12pm-4pm! The handmade Easter Bonnet Parade (with prizes) will be held at 3pm. There is a limited supply, please purchase tickets in advance – just $5 per person, children under 3 are FREE. All of the historic buildings are now open for the season! For more information, call 732-919-3500.

Sunday, April 5: Get dressed up in your Sunday best and stroll the boardwalk at our legendary celebration – the 2015 Asbury Park Easter Parade! This will be the parade’s 80th Anniversary and will be held from 1pm-3pm. The parade features men, women, boys and girls all competing to be judged the best dressed for trophies and prizes from local merchants and restaurants. For more information, call 732-502-5752.

Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12: The Company of Dance Arts is pleased to present their original version of Cinderella, which was performed for the first time in the spring of 2012. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s stirring score, this classic tale of rags to riches comes alive onstage. Audience members of all ages will enjoy this ballet and the beautiful choreography, costumes and staging. In addition to the classical touches, this ballet includes many comedic moments featuring the hilarious Step Mother and Step Sisters! The show will be held at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) and tickets start at just $20 a person. For more information, call 732-842-9000.

Thursday, April 16: Join Salt Creek Grille (Rumson) for their 12th Annual Wine & Martini Tasting to benefit the Kortney Rose Foundation. Enjoy an evening of wine vendors, hors d’oeuvres, pasta stations, live jazz music and so much more. The event starts at 7pm – a great date night or girls’ night out! For more information, call 732-933-9272.

Thursday, April 23: Are you a small business owner looking to get noticed on social media? Join First Financial along with Social Media Expert, Deborah Smith, for our “Paid Social Media Ad Campaigns for Business” Seminar. The event will be held at our Wall Office at 8:30am for networking and light breakfast followed by the seminar promptly at 9am. Space and time is limited, reserve your seat today! For more information, call us at 866.750.0100.

Saturday, April 25: It’s the Great Spring Perennial Plant Swap at Deep Cut Gardens (Middletown)! Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon, or two-gallon containers to the park and take home the same size and number of plants. It is asked to please label all plants prior to the event. Herb and vegetable seedlings may also be exchanged, but invasive plants will not be accepted; a list of such plants and further information is available at http://www.njisst.org. Please Note: To allow for plant inspection as per N.J. Department of Agriculture regulations, plant intake will be from 8-10 a.m., with no plants accepted after 10 a.m. Plants may be selected and taken from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 732-671-6050.

Bring your “furry” family members to the Monmouth County SPCA’s 21st Annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair! Join over 2,000 people and their pets and enjoy shopping vendors, live music, raffles, doggie costume contests and much more. The event will be held at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft) from 10am-3pm. For more information, call 732-440-1558.

Sunday, April 26 (Rain date May 3): You don’t want to miss Red Bank’s International Flavour Festival! From noon-7pm, enjoy 25 of Red Banks finest restaurants who will be cooking up international favorites including Korean, Thai, Italian, Chinese, American, Mexican, Irish and more. There will also be international beers and wines from various countries. Bring the entire family to this unbelievable fundraising event – proceeds will benefit the Red Bank River Center, Parker Family Health Center, and Monmouth Day Care. For more information, call 732-829-1104.

Happy Spring!