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

You can smell the freshness in the air, the warmth of the sun, and the grass between your toes – it’s almost summer! 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. And, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th so don’t forget to appreciate Dad too!

June 2: Giant Spring Flea Market in Ocean Grove from 9am-4pm. Free admission to the event, which includes over 300 vendors selling new, used, and antique items. The event will be held rain or shine. Learn more at http://www.oceangrovenj.com/ or call 732-774-1391.

June 2 & 3: Annual Giant Yard Sale in Brick from 8am-2pm. The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor its Annual Giant Yard Sale featuring a great variety of merchandise including household goods, toys, costume jewelry and much more. There will be a NJ licensed gold/silver dealer to buy jewelry, silverware, etc.  Also, there will a bake sale and specials in the Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop on Herbertsville Road. Go to https://bricktownshiphistoricalsociety.com/ or call 732-785-2500 for more information.

June 4: Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration at Ft. Hancock, Sandy Hook from 5:30-9pm. Enjoy a culinary feast provided by Jersey Shore restaurateurs and entertainment by Brian Kirk and the Jerks. The event supports educational fundraising efforts. For details call 732-330-4443 or go online and visit http://www.jerseyshorepartnership.com/

June 9: Spring Lake Downtown Irish Festival from 12-5pm. The Irish Festival will feature many family friendly events perfect for a springtime stroll through downtown Spring Lake at 3rd and Morris Avenues. Expect live music, Irish step dancing, food, kids activities and shopping. Call 732-449-0577 or visit http://www.springlake.org/irishfestival

June 16: Atlantic Highlands Classic Car Show from 10am-4pm. The annual car show takes place along First Avenue and features classic cars, vendors, live music, and street food. Click here for more information or call 732-872-8711.

June 16 & 17: Dads and Grads Food Truck Event at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, begins at 11am both days. Bring your dads and grads and come celebrate at a super fun food truck festival at Laurita Winery! Cost is $8 at door and those under 21 are FREE. Discounted tickets online or call 609-758-8000. All information is available online at www.LauritaWinery.com

June 17: Bands by the Beach at West End Park in Long Branch at 7pm.  Don’t miss this Sunday night music series featuring local bands on Brighton Avenue. Call 732-222-7000 ext. 5447 or go to https://www.visitlongbranch.com/ for details.

Father’s Day at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights all day on June 17th! Bring your dad to Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach for Father’s Day. Dads Ride or Slide FREE with a paying child (excludes Go-Karts, SkyCoaster, Sky Ride & Skyscraper). Will receive free ride wristband or free waterpark wristband at sales booths. Call 732-793-6488 or go to https://casinopiernj.com/promotions-events/

June 23 & 24: Bradley Beach Lobster Festival begins at 11am each day. This is the 8th annual festival, don’t miss great food, crafts, and vendors. Enjoy the beach, boardwalk and local businesses.  Call 732-869-1020 or go to http://www.bradleybeachnj.org/

June 28: Garden Tour of Manasquan from 9am-2pm. See 10 beautiful Manasquan gardens this summer. Tickets are available for pre-sale at White Bliss, Painted Daisy, or Bouquets to Remember. Day of Tour tickets will be on sale at the Gazebo at Hancock Park, Squan Plaza. Rain date is June 29. Call 732-223-1819 for more information about the tour.

June 29: Touch a Truck Day at Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood from 10am-4pm. Kids will be able to get behind the wheel, climb and explore all manners of trucks! Dump trucks, fire trucks, steam rollers, bull dozers, police cars, and many more. Crafts for kids – bring a white t-shirt to paint! Snack truck on site as well. Cost  is FREE. Call 732-281-2750 or go to http://www.oceancountyparks.org

June 30: Manchester Day on Lake Road in Whiting at 2pm. Free children’s rides, games, contests, prizes, fireworks, DJ, entertainment, music by Time Machine and WJRZ, food, free swimming for the day. Rain date is July 1st. Go to www.manchestertwp.com or call 732-657-8121 ext 5103.

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

We can finally enjoy the Spring sun and warming weather! 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 13th 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 5: Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Show in Ocean Grove from 10am-4pm. Free admission to the event, which includes over 200 crafters and artisans, and live music. The event will be held rain or shine. Learn more at http://www.oceangrovenj.com/ or call 732-774-1391.

May 6: County Seat Jazz and Blues Fest in downtown Freehold from 12-6pm. This event takes place on West Main Street between Court Street and Throckmorton Street. Many vendors are participating with a variety of items such as jewelry, t-shirts, clothing, handmade dog biscuits, soaps, honey, unique crafts, and more. Food provided by Big Harlie BBQ and House of Cupcakes. Learn more about the event here, or call 732-333-0094.

May 12: Late Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village (Farmingdale) from 8am-3pm. Enjoy a day of bargains, treasures, artwork and more. Then enjoy a stroll through the Historic Village, General Store, and Village Bakery. $1 admission. To learn more call 732-919-3500 or click here.

Mommy and Me Tea Party at Allaire Village (Farmingdale) takes place between 11am-2pm also on May 12th. Seating times at 11am, noon, 1pm, and 2pm.This event is designed for children up to age 10, but all ages are welcome. Feel free to bring a fuzzy friend and a fun hat! There will also be storytelling. The event fee is $5 per person, and pre-registration is required. Please be sure to park in the main parking lot for Allaire State Park and come to the Row House & Village Museum (aka Visitor Center) for the event check-in. Please arrive 30 minutes in advance of your seating time. Call 732-919-3500 for details or click here to register online.

May 13: Mother’s Day at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant). Moms receive FREE admission to the Aquarium, Fun House, Mini Golf, Rides and Adventure Lookout all day with a paying child! FREE Chair Massages for Moms across from the aquarium from 1pm-4pm. Enjoy Arts & Crafts, Face painter and Balloonists from 1pm-4pm too. Details at http://www.jenkinsons.com/ or call 732-892-0600.

May 18-20: Annual Seafood Festival in Belmar. The event takes place at Silver Lake Park (5th and Ocean Avenues) from 4-8pm Friday, 11am-8pm Saturday, and 11am-6pm Sunday. Free admission, live music, children’s activities, beer tent & wine garden, seafood & specialty vendors, and more. Go to http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/ or call 732-681-3700 to learn more.

May 19: Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Over 90 cars will be on display on Main Avenue, as well as live music for everyone to enjoy. $5 donation for car admission or bring a canned good with you. Canned goods and donations will go to the Lunch Break organization. Call 732-774-1391 or go to http://www.oceangrovenj.com/ for more information.

Annual NJ State Chili and Salsa Cook-Off on Main Street in downtown Toms River, 11am-5pm. Come taste the best chili from your local restaurants and chefs and vote for your favorite! If chili isn’t your thing, there will also be food trucks offering up everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to gyros, empanadas and more. Toms River Fire Co. #1 will have a beer & wine garden. Live entertainment, merchandise vendors, and kids rides. Free parking downtown during the event, and free admission. Tasting kits for sampling chili are $7. Go to www.downtowntomsriver.com or call 732-341-8738.

May 26 & 27: Spring Lake Race Day and Sidewalk Sale. Spring Lake’s annual 5 mile run starts at 8am on May 26 and you can register at www.springlake5.org. The race day sidewalk sale starts on Third Avenue at 10am on May 26 and goes until 5pm on May 27. Learn more here or call 732-449-0037.

May 26-28: Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park (Oceanport). This year’s annual food truck festival will feature 45 trucks including fresh-made empanadas, to ocean-fresh lobster rolls, to warm and gooey Belgian Waffle sundaes. 5/26 and 5/27 gates will open earlier at 11am, and 11:30am on 5/28. There will be live music each day and on 5/27 and 5/28 face painting, pony rides, a bounce house, and more. Admission is $5, and kids 12 and under are free. Learn more here, or call 732-222-5100.

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

Spring has sprung! Time to enjoy the fresh flowers, warm weather, and great outdoor activities this April. Check out all of the fun events we have listed below – that you and your family and friends can enjoy this month. We also hope you have a Happy Easter and Passover!

April 1: Asbury Park Easter Pageant Parade at 1pm Paramount Theater (Ocean Ave. on the Boardwalk). This is a free event, and there will be trophies, prizes and gift certificates for best dressed men, women, boys, girls, families, and unusual bonnets. For more information, call 732-502-5755 or click here.

April 7: Opening Day Celebration at Allaire Village from 11am to 4pm. Allaire Village (Wall) is celebrating 60 years! With winter behind and signs of spring, the village comes to life to kickoff the 2018 season. Over 12 unique craft guilds will be demonstrating their 19th century crafts. Guided tours of the historic village will be available, and a special history and science scavenger hunt for children and adults. There will be music, hands-on activities, and interactive programs to experience life in this early 19th century industrial village. There will also be a special food and baking program at the Allaire Bakery, with specialty cookies and baked goods and a photo exhibition in the Enameling Building. General Village/Event Admission: $5 per adult, $3 children 6-12 years, kids under 5 are free. Learn more here, or call 732-919-3500.

April 8: Teddy Bear Tea at Navesink Country Club (Middletown) from 2-4pm.  Children 3-8 years old are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon with a furry friend for: Polite conversation, lesson on manners, teddy bear parade, gourmet treats & music entertainment featuring “The Little Rockers.” Get more information here, or call 732-224-1993.

April 14 & 15: Kites at the Pier Festival (Long Branch) from 9am to 4pm. The event will feature kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard flying their most incredible creations!  Kites of all shapes and sizes – from inflatable flying creatures to traditional kites, will be flying high over the beach between Avenue and McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. Learn more here.

April 21: Spring Craft Show at Fort Monmouth Recreation Center (Tinton Falls) from 9am to 1pm. Support over 40+ homegrown artists and artisans. Shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, communions, weddings or for yourself. Craft Show admission and parking are free. Cooking demonstrations by Chef Stephen Wolff of Culinary Creations LLC, will take place at 10am, 11am, and noon. Learn more about the event here, or call 732-542-1642, ext. 31.

International Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at Six Flags (Jackson) from noon to 7pm. Attend the 5th annual food truck festival full of delicious treats from all over the world, plus beer! Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines ranging from barbeque and tacos to hibachi and sliders, plus sweets including gourmet waffles and cupcakes. More than 15 trucks will be available. Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Food is available for an additional fee. Click here for information, or call 732-928-2000 ext. 2831.

April 22: Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival from noon to 7pm. A family-friendly outdoor celebration of International food, live music, wine, beer & more! White Street Parking Lot in Downtown Red Bank. Visit http://www.redbank.org/ or call 732-842-4244.

April 27-29: Pier Village Spring Sidewalk Sale (Long Branch). Don’t miss participating stores rolling out their racks for early season savings! Click here or call 732-923-0100.

April 28: Baconfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 11am to 9pm. BACON, BACON and more BACON – a bacon lover’s dream! There will be food trucks, family activities and vendors. Cost  is $8 per person/ those under 21 FREE. Discounted tickets online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

April 28 & 29: BBQ and Brew Fest at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am-5pm. Don’t miss this fun event with a beer garden, award winning BBQ menu items, historic craft demos, food trucks, interactive activities for all ages, live music, and more. Click here for information or call 732-919-3500.

April 29: Asbury Park Restaurant Tour from noon to 4pm. Sample small “bites” while you experience the culinary culture at over 30 Asbury Park restaurants, bakeries, lounges & more. Call 732-775-7676 or click here.

 

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

Let’s spring into March with a little bit of luck and have some fun with family and friends! Check out the list below of local (free or inexpensive) activities to do with your loved ones all month long.

March 3 and All Weekends until March 25: Ragtime the musical at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal. Saturday performances begin at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. March 17 will feature two performances at 2pm and 8pm. For more information call 732-531-9106 or click here to purchase tickets online.

March 4: Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12:30pm on Main Street. This is one of NJ’s largest St. Patty’s events – don’t miss it! Learn more at http://www.belmarparade.com/ or call 732-280-2648.

March 10: Ocean County’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Seaside at noon. The luck of the Irish is bound to smile upon you. Join the enthusiastic crowds on the Boulevard for a fun-filled Irish parade with bands, floats, and marchers, and a street celebration where everyone is Irish. Visit www.ocstpatricksdayparade.com  for more information or call 848-480-3990.

March 10-11: Chocolate lovers’ weekend in Ocean Grove begins at 10am on Saturday. All events begin at the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce office. On Saturday the hunt for hearts takes place between 10am-4pm and there is a tour of the historic inn’s at Ocean Grove from 11am-4pm. Participating restaurants will also feature special chocolate lovers’ dinners. On Sunday there is a winter walk from 12-3pm. For details call 732-774-1391 or go to http://www.oceangrovenj.com/

March 11: Belmar Restaurant Tour from noon-4:30pm. Sample the fine cuisine of local Belmar restaurants in downtown Belmar. Learn more by calling 732-681-3700 ext.214 or go to http://www.thebelmarrestauranttour.com/

Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Starting at 1pm on March 11th, there will be marching bands, antique cars, floats and more. The parade runs from waterfront to Main St. Call 732-775-7676 for information or go to http://www.asburyparkstpatricksdayparade.com/

March 17: St. Patty’s Day Festival at Laurita Winery in New Egypt from 12-8pm. Come celebrate a weekend where everyone is Irish, with Irish food, dancing and music! Admission fee is $5 for ages 21 and older. Go to www.lauritawinery.com  to learn more or call 609-758-8000.

March 22-25: Annual Garden State  Film Festival in Asbury Park. Come see the best independent films in the Garden State! Times vary. Call 732-359-6467 or visit http://www.gsff.org/ to learn more.

March 25: Jenkinson’s Egg Hunt in Pt. Pleasant Beach begins at 1pm. The event takes place rain or shine. This is a free event that adds some spring family fun! Learn more at www.jenkinsons.com or call 732-892-0600.

March 26: Early Spring Sunset Photowalk at the Belmar Marina. This is a free event! The photowalk takes place between 6:30-8:30pm. Call 732-245-6699 or go to http://visionsworkshops.net/

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

Love is in the air – and there’s so much to love this February with a ton of fantastic events happening in a town near you. Check out the list below of free or inexpensive activities to do with your loved ones all month long.

February 3-4: Turtle Feeding at Cattus Island County Park (Toms River) at 1:30pm. Are you curious about the habits and habitats of turtles? Join a park naturalist as they demonstrate the feeding and care of these native reptiles. Cost is free. Call 732-270-6960 or go to www.oceancountyparks.org

February 8-11: Deep Cut Gardens Orchid Society Show and Sale (Holmdel).  The event is being held at Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35 South.  Judging is being held on February 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM. Find vendors of orchid plants, seedlings, supplies, greenhouses, fertilizers, watering equipment, potting mixes, lighting setups and other orchid-related products. Or just come enjoy the beauty of these amazing flowers! Learn more here, or call 732-828-7727.

February 10: A Valentine’s Doo-Wop Show at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank). Don’t miss this great event featuring six different Doo-Wop legends and hosted by Cool Bobby B of Sirius XM 50s on 5, at 7pm. Purchase your tickets here or call 732-842-9000.

February 11: Valentine’s Dinner Show with the Jersey Four at iPlay America (Freehold). Celebrate with the ones you love by seeing The Jersey Four: A Tribute the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at 5:30pm. Dance the night away as the cast takes you on a journey from the very beginning of the Four Seasons, to their number 1 hits, Frankie Valli’s solo career and to present day shows! This is a true tribute to The Four Seasons and the show will include trivia, narratives, and humor – all while encouraging the audience to sing along! Learn more here or call 732-577-8200.

February 17-18: Auto Racing in NJ (Vintage Automobile Museum, Bay Avenue in Point Pleasant) from 10am-4pm and noon to 4pm on Sunday, 2/18. The Vintage Automobile Museum will feature a display of vintage racing cars that plied the tracks of New Jersey. Featured are modified and sportsman class stock cars that raced on dirt and asphalt. There are also midgets, 3/4 midgets and factory stock dragsters. In addition, there is an eclectic display of automobilia, children’s riding toys, die-cast cars, models, vintage auto service equipment and a host of period antiques. Admission is free, however donations are welcome. Call 732-889-0012 or go to www.vintageautomuseum.org for information.

February 23-25: Ocean Grove’s Girlfriends Getaway Weekend. Join a weekend festival dedicated to celebrating women! Relax and have fun, shop, get pampered, dine, and more. There are many participating hotels offering discounted rates and specials. Learn more here or call 732-774-1391.

February 24: Annual Polar Bear Plunge at 1pm in front of Spicy Cantina in Seaside Heights. Registration begins at 9am. This is a fundraiser for NJ’s Special Olympics. For more info call 609-896-8000 or go to www.plungeseaside.org. All participants must be registered by February 21.

February 24-25: Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Come celebrate Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery with amazing bands and authentic New Orleans food. Don’t miss this great celebration! Free general admission. Call 609-758-8000 or go to www.lauritawinery.com for details.

February 25: Highlands Annual Chili Cook Off from 3-7pm at the Inlet Café on Cornwall Street. This is a fundraiser for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Your $30 donation includes chili tasting, two beer tickets, and ballots. For more information call 732-291-4713 or click here.

 

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

Happy 2018! We’re ready to kick off the new year with some wallet-friendly activities for your family and friends. So, break out that new calendar and pencil in these dates for some free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you this month.

January 14: Goldfish Swim School Grand Opening (Middletown). Fun for the whole family from 2-5pm! In addition to open family swim, there will be a balloon artist, arts & crafts, raffles, refreshments, and much more! This event is FREE and all are welcome. Learn more here.

January 21: See your favorite Marvel superheroes in action at iPlay America in Freehold at 11am! Watch Loki get revenge on the Avengers by casting a spell on Captain America to team up against Thor and the rest of the heroes. But there is a twist – they might not be able to conquer this mission without the help of the audience. Come help the Avengers rescue Captain America and defeat Loki. Buy tickets online here, or call 732-577-8200.

Jersey Shore Winter Comic Book Show at Toms River Elks. The event takes place from 10am – 4pm and different vendors, artists, writers, and costume groups will be present. $5 admission. Learn more at http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com/ or call 609-242-7756.

January 22: Taste of Long Branch from 5:30-8:30pm at Rooney’s Oceanfront Restaurant. There will be 16 restaurants preparing food and desserts and there will also be a cash bar. Tickets are $50 each. The event will be benefitting the Kay Guadagno Memorial Award & Scholarship Fund at Monmouth Medical Center. Register online here, or call 732-222-0400.

January 27: Winterfest at Thompson Park in Lincroft from 12-4pm. Celebrate winter with the whole family! There will be Cross-Country Skiing, Hands-On Activities, Wagon Rides, Arts & Crafts, Photo Opportunities, Living History Displays, Winter Sports Vendors, Food Vendors and more. Free admission and free parking. Learn more here, or call 732-842-4000 ext. 4312.

Winery Winterfest on January 27th and 28th from 11am to 8pm at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Bring the family and join the outdoor fun, featuring ice sculptures, a luge for all ages, food trucks and many family activities! $8 for adults 21+ and $5 for those ages 4-20. Call 609-758-8000 or visit www.lauritawinery.com

January 28: Annual Beef and Brew in The Highlands from 3-7pm. Proceeds will benefit the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy a buffet and refreshments at Off the Hook on Route 36. Get more details here, or call 732-291-4713.

We hope you have a happy and healthy new year!