Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this August 2018

Happy 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!

August 1: Asbury Park Beach Bonfire from 8pm-midnight. Every week through the summer, Asbury Park will be having a free bonfire open to anyone who wants to come. All you need is a blanket or some chairs, and you’re set! There’s no better way to cool down after a long day in the sun. Bring a group of friends or your whole family for a soothing night out on the shore.  Exact locations will alternate between Third, Fifth, First, and Sunset Avenue Beach. Get more details at http://apboardwalk.com/bonfires-on-the-beach-in-asbury-park/

August 2-5: Highlands Annual Clamfest at Huddy Park on Bay and Waterwitch Avenues. Don’t miss this 4 day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood from local restaurants, live entertainment, rides, games, and more. Admission and parking are free, and the event takes place rain or shine. Clamfest begins at 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here or call 732-872-1224.

August 3: Beach Camping on North Beach (Seaside Heights) begins at 7pm and ends at 6am on August 4th. Under the stars beach camping, one of the summer’s most popular events! Online pre-registration is required. Participants are invited to bring their own tent and camp overnight in the designated section of the beach. This is a family-friendly event. Learn more here.

August 4: Blood Drive and Free Shred Event at First Financial’s Corporate Office Parking Lot in Freehold/Howell.  The event begins at 9am and is open to the public. The blood drive will be held from 9am-1pm and the Central Jersey Blood Center mobile unit will be on site. Planet Shred will be on site collecting shredding from 9am-12pm, and there is a limit of 5 boxes/bags per person. Advanced registration for blood donors is preferred and can be completed online here. Learn more about the day here, or call 732-312-1500. Blood donations for our local hospitals are needed most in the summer, help save lives in our community!

Monmouth Park Racetrack Italian Festival (Oceanport) from 11:30am-5pm. Bring your family and friends to savor delicious Italian food, listen to live music from Metropolitan Festival Band, visit Italian crafters, and enjoy a day of racing! Stop by one of the bocce courts and have a family-friendly game. For only $10, enjoy 5 two-ounce samples of Italian wine and receive a commemorative wine glass. General parking is $5 and admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. Learn more here or call 732-222-5100.

August 5: A Taste of History, Ice Cream at Historic Walnford (Upper Freehold). Starting at 3pm, gather in the shade of the ice house to learn about this frozen treat while you help crank and then sample several flavors of ice cream prepared from 19th century recipes. Free family fun and cool history all in one! Learn more here, or call 609-259-6275.

August 8-12: Ocean Township’s Annual Italian Festival from 5-11pm at Joe Palaia Park on Whalepond Road. There will be bands every night, fireworks, a 50/50, delicious Italian food vendors, and rides. For more information please email: infoiaato@gmail.com or call 732-517-1040. Learn more at http://iaato.com/festival/

August 9: Kite Festival at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant). For the first time ever at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, this is not your traditional kite night! Take the family to be amazed by the Jenk’s kite festival. Watch large, detailed and creative kites flying through the sky. To learn more call 732-892-0600 or go to https://jenkinsons.com/event/kite-festival/

August 15: Free Summer Movie on the Beach at Pier Village (Long Branch). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory begins at dusk. Pier Village is bringing back Hollywood Films at their Outdoor Cinema on Festival Plaza every Wednesday through Labor Day.  Make your reservations today at one of the many restaurants featuring al fresco dining for a prime dinner and a movie viewing spot, or bring your favorite chair and blanket and relax on the grassy plaza under the stars. Learn more here or call 732-923-0100.

August 16: Fresh Farmer’s Market (Bradley Beach). From 5-9pm at Ocean and 5th Avenues in Bradley Beach, don’t miss this great farmer’s market! Now one of the biggest farmers markets in their region, Fresh Markets has set out to bring you the best of locally grown produce, artisan foods, and homemade crafts. There is bound to be a little bit for everybody. Learn more here.

August 18-19: Food Trucks at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). End the summer at this amazingly fun food truck event, starting at 11am each day. Don’t miss the fireworks Saturday evening! There will be fun family activities and three bands each day. Cost is $8 per person/under 21 are free. For more information call 609-758-8000 or visit https://lauritawinery.com/

August 21: Eat, Putt and Play at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach (Seaside Heights). Purchase a $26 package and gain access to Wacky Rooftop Golf, 2-hour Pier Wristband for rides (excludes Go-Karts, Skyscraper, Sky Ride, and SkyCoaster). Includes 1 cheese pizza slice and 1 medium fountain soda.  To learn more call 732-793-6488, or visit their website at https://casinopiernj.com/promotions-events/.

August 25: Free Movies on the Beach (Belmar). Don’t miss Paddington starting at 8pm on the beach in Belmar at 8th Avenue. Come out with blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the cool ocean breeze while your kids relax to some of their favorite movies. Learn more by calling 732-681-3700 or click here.

 

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