Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this May 2017

We can finally enjoy the Spring sun! Don’t forget to take advantage of our local parks and enjoy a bike ride, a hike, play basketball or even a have a family picnic this month. It’s a free, fun and a great way to stay active and get some fresh air at the same time. And, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th so don’t forget to appreciate Mom! Check out some more free or inexpensive activities below that you can enjoy this month with your family and friends.

May 6: Late Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am to 3pm. $1 admission for adults, children under 12 get in free. Hunt for hidden treasures amid books, art work, knick knacks, and so much more! The Historic Village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. For information click here or call 732.919.3500.

“Truck”erton Food Truck and Brew Fest (Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum) from 11am-6pm. Get a taste of what is coming this year with food trucks, craft brews and live music. Help settle the great debate in the Garden State as food trucks from North and South Jersey battle it out.  $10 admission.  Seaport members and kids under five are free. Food prices are set by individual food tuck vendors. To learn more call               609.296.8868 or visit

First Financial Car Sale at Automotive Avenues in Wall Township from 9am-4pm. Take advantage of this one day special offer, your first month’s interest payment is on us!* For more details, click here or call 732.312.1500 Option 4.

May 7: The Jersey Four – A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Monmouth County Library Headquarters (Manalapan) at 2pm. Entrance doors open at 12:30pm. For more information, click here or call 732.431.7220.

May 9: A Night Out for Local Businesses (Asbury Park Brewery) from 6:30-8:30pm. For $10 (must be paid in advance through PayPal) join First Financial for a tour of the brewery, get a flight of beer, network, and receive information packed marketing tips to bring back to your business. For more details, click here or call 732.312.1500.

May 13: Spring Craft Fair and Art in the Park at Allaire Village (Wall), from 10am-4pm. Come shop a wide selection of handmade crafts and items from jewelry to woodworking, ceramics, sculpture and everything in between. This is the perfect place to shop for Mom or anyone else special in your life. Rain date is May 14th. For information click here or call 732.919.3500.

May 14: Memories of Frank – Celebrating 100 Years of Sinatra at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank) at 4pm.  To purchase tickets, click here or call 732.842.9000.

Moms ride free at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach all day for Mother’s Day (Seaside Heights). At 12 noon, flowers will be distributed along the boardwalk by the Borough of Seaside Heights Mayor and Council. Go to or call 732.830.3700 for more information.

May 19-21: Belmar Seafood Festival – Silver Lake Park (Fifth and Ocean Avenues). One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Great seafood, crafters, and live entertainment. Sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission. For details call 732.681.3700 ext.214 or click here.

May 20: Spring Lake Irish Festival from 12-5pm on Third and Morris Avenues.  There will be Irish step dancers, a beer and wine garden, an Irish soda bread contest, photo booth, petting zoo, kids’ activities, and more!  For details, click here or call 732.449.0577.

NJ State Salsa and Chili Cookoff (Toms River) from 11am-5pm on Washington Street between Hooper Ave and Main St. NJ’s original and hottest cook-off! International Chili Society – sanctioned State competition. Come out and taste the best chili on the street. Vote for your favorite People’s Choice Chili & Salsa. Live entertainment, food & merchandise vendors, beer & wine garden! Free admission & free parking. Tasting kit (to taste the people’s choice chili & salsa) $7.00. Call 732.341.8738 or go to to learn more.

Bayshore’s First Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest (Keansburg), Baywalk East at the corner of Beachway and Main Street from 2-8pm. Free admission, live music all day, craft beer tasting, food sampling, up to 500 cars park free and then a shuttle service will be available.  Click here for information or call 732.787.0215.

May 27-29: Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Celebration from 9am-7pm. Festival on the boardwalk for the weekend and oceanfront parade on 5/27 at 10am. Click here to learn more or call 732.776.2999.

Jersey Shore Foodtruck Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11:30am-5pm. There will be food trucks and live music! Learn more here or call 732.222.5100.

Have a great month!

*Financing for qualified First Financial Federal Credit Union members. Not all buyers will qualify. Actual rate may vary based on credit worthiness and is subject to credit approval. A First Financial membership is required to obtain an auto loan and is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, volunteers, or attends school in Monmouth or Ocean Counties. A $5 deposit in a base savings account is required for credit union membership prior to opeing any other account/loan, see credit union for details. First Financial will make an additional principle payment equivalent to your first month’s interest payment within 30 days after receiving the title with the perfected lien showing First Financial as the lien holder. No minimum or maximum payment. Federally insured by NCUA.



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