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

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 is National Night Out! Check out where your local town is participating:

August 3-6: Clamfest in the Highlands – 4-day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood from local restaurants, spirits, live entertainment, thrill rides, games and more. Clamfest takes place at Huddy Park at the corner of Waterwitch & Bay Avenue. Call 732-291-4713 or go to http://www.highlandsnj.com/ for details.

August 4: Beach Ball-a-Palooza (Toms River). This free event on Silver Bay (Bandon Road) features live music, crafts, sports, vendors, and more. A shuttle will be provided. For details visit oceancountyparks.org or call 732-506-9090 ext. 5951

August 5: Blood Drive and Free Shred Event at First Financial’s Corporate Headquarters Parking Lot (Howell). The blood drive takes place from 9am-1pm and 9am-12pm for the shred truck. Advanced registration for blood donations is preferred. The shred event is open to the public, and there is a limit of 5 bags per person. For more details or to sign up to donate blood, call 732-312-1500 or click here.

Italian Festival & Wine Tasting at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) from 11:30am to 5pm. There will be plenty of Italian food, bocce ball, and live music! Call 732-222-5100 or click here for information.

August 7: Full Moon Beach Camping (Seaside Heights) from 7pm to sunrise. Participants are invited to bring their own tent and camp overnight on the beach. The number of camp sites is limited, so pre-registration will be required. This is a family-friendly event located at North Beach/Hiering Ave. Visit www.exit82.com or call 732-830-3700.

August 9-13: Ocean Township Italian Festival at Joe Palaia Park on Whalepond Road (begins at 5pm). For information go to http://iaato.com/festival/ or call 732-517-1040.

August 12: Mid-Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall). Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8-3pm. $5 admission per car.  The Village, General Store, and Bakery are open as well.   The rain date is August 13th. For details call 732-919-3500 or click here.

West End Cruise Night and Classic Car Show: Brighton Avenue in Long Branch from 6-10pm. Go to http://visitlongbranch.com/ for details or call 732-222-7000 ext. 5447

August 19: Clambake at 6pm in Lavallette at Chandler Ball Field. Come out for a fun night featuring Lavallette’s best restaurants and music! Purchase tickets at www.enjoylavallette.com,  My Sister’s Jewelry Box, or IceBerg Ice Cream.$30 tickets for adults, $15 tickets for children ages 3-12. Call 732-300-7462 for more details.

August 19-20: Spring Lake Summer Sidewalk Sale in the downtown business district. Call 732-449-0037 or go to http://www.visitspringlake.com/

Food Trucks and Fire Pits at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). There will be fireworks on Saturday evening. $8 per person and kids under 12 are free. Go to www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

August 25: “Karate Kid” – Free Summer Film Series at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, 7pm. Go to http://www.countbasietheatre.org/ or call 732-224-8778, ext. 132

August 26: Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival from 12-9pm. Sponsored by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation and features well-known jazz and blues artists. Fireworks at 10pm. Promenade and Great Lawn at the Boardwalk. Call 732-222-7000 ext. 5447 or go to http://www.visitlongbranch.com/

 

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

It’s time for some fun in the sun! Enjoy the beautiful weather and all the sights and sounds this summer season brings. Now is the perfect time to gather your family and friends to check out these free or inexpensive events in a town near you.

July 1: Spring Lake Summer Art Walk (12-4pm) – Third Avenue in downtown Spring Lake. For more information visit http://www.springlake.org/  or call 732.449.0577.

July 2: Independence Day Celebration at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am-4pm. The members of the Howell Iron Works celebrate the founding of our nation with an Independence Celebration. Experience a day in the life of people during the 1830s. The school master will be holding school lessons for visitors and villagers alike. Participate in a Militia drills and parade.  The Declaration of Independence will be read at 2pm before the General Store.  There will also be speeches, and fanfare.  For more details, click here or call 732.919.3500.

Independence Day Fireworks & Celebration Schedule 2017

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*For more towns and fireworks – click here.

July 7: Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair – Games, rides, food, and fun. Fireworks start at 9:45pm on July 7th at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. For more details call 732.872.8711 or visit https://www.aharts.org/

July 8: Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! $5 per car admission.  The Village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well.  For info, click here or call 732.919.3500.

July 9: Oldies Car Show at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) at 11am. Take a trip down memory lane by walking through over 100 classic cars, plus sing and dance along to live oldies music courtesy of The Cameos. Big Joe Henry will be live broadcasting his NJ 101.5 FM’s Jersey Favorite Hits Show live from 11:30am to 3pm. Get the scoop here or call 732.222.5100.

July 11: Free drive-in movie “Finding Dory” in Seaside Park, 8:30pm at the Marina Lawn & J Street and Central Ave. The PBA will be providing popcorn and shaved ice. For more details go to www.seasideparknj.org or call 732.793.3700.

July 12: NJ Sandcastle Contest in Belmar from 8am-12pm at 18th Avenue Beach. Details at http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/ or call 732.681.3700 ext.214.

July 15 & 16: Food Trucks and Firepits at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Food Trucks, Fire Pits and Fireworks (Saturday evening!) Visit LauritaWinery.com for more details or call 609.758.8000. $8 per person/ kids 12 and under FREE. Discounted tickets online.

July 18: Free Summer Film – “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” at Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, 7pm. Information is available at http://www.countbasietheatre.org/ or call 732.224.8778 ext.132.

July 27: Downtown Freehold Concert Series from 7:30-9:30pm at the Hall of Records on Main Street, featuring Tim McCloone and The Shirleys. Get information at http://www.downtownfreehold.com/  or call 732.333.0094.

July 29: Bradley Beach Pirate Day from 11am to 9pm. A kid’s scavenger hunt starts at 11am at the library, 5-9pm music and market, and 6:30pm is an adult costume contest at Riley Park. Details at http://www.bradleybeachnj.org/ or call 732.869.1020.

July 30: Haskell Invitational at 10am Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport). The top three-year-old racehorses in the country battle in the $1 Million Grade I Haskell Invitational. Be sure to arrive early to receive a commemorative Haskell Hat. Details at http://www.monmouthpark.com/ or call 732.222.5100.

We hope everyone is having an enjoyable summer!

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

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 this June.

June 3: Point Pleasant Summerfest in the Park from 11am to 7pm. Fun festival For all ages, specialty foods, food trucks, wristband rides, market vendors, expo vendors and live music all day. Free admission, and the event takes place on the corner of Bridge Avenue and Beaver Dam Road. For more information call 732.295.8850 or go to http://www.pointpleasantchamber.com

June 3 & 4: Keyport Garden Walk from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy a free self-guided walking and biking tour of the public and private gardens in historic Keyport at Keyport Waterfront Park on American Legion Drive. For more information call 732.687.9519 or visit http://www.keyportgardenwalk.org/

June 8: Bayshore Greek Festival begins at 6pm in Holmdel at 20 Hillcrest Road. Free shuttles will be available from St. Benedict’s parking lot as well. For details call 732.739.1515 or go to http://greekfestivalholmdel.com/

June 10: Early Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! $5 admission per vehicle. Click here for details or call 732.919.3500.

National Marina Day at Leonardo State Marina on Concord Avenue from 10am-3pm. Craft vendors, food trucks, face painting, cake, & more! Details at http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/ or call 732.291.1333.

June 11: Irish Festival at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) from 11:30am-5pm. Start your day with a traditional Irish mass at 11am in the first floor of the grandstand.  Follow that with a fun-filled day of live thoroughbred racing, Irish step dancing, crafters, food, a pipe and drum competition, two human horse races and so much more! Music from the Emerald Isle and authentic Irish step dancing will be performed at three different stages all afternoon long. Click here for details or call 732.222.5100.

June 17 & 18: Food Trucks & Fire Pits at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Food trucks, fire pits and fireworks (on Saturday evening)! Visit LauritaWinery.com for all details or call 609.758.8000. Cost is $8 per person and kids 12 and under are free.

June 18: Father’s Day at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace (Seaside Heights). Bring your Dad to Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach for Father’s Day! Dads Ride or Slide FREE with a paying child. Call 732.793.6488 or go to http://www.casinopiernj.com to learn more.

June 21: Free Summer Film Series – Jaws at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank) 7pm. For details call 732.224.8778, ext.132 or go to http://www.countbasietheatre.org/

June 24: Summer Craft Market, Ice Cream and Art in the Park at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-5pm. Craft shows at the Historic Village at Allaire showcase local artists as they sell and demonstrate their crafts.  The craft market includes handmade items of all varieties from paintings and photography to pottery, woodworking, textiles, and beyond.  Admission to the craft market is $5 per vehicle. For more information click here or call 732.919.3500.

June 24 & 25: Bradley Beach Lobster Festival at 11am. Come enjoy great food, crafts, and vendors. Enjoy the beach, boardwalk and businesses too! Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm. For details call 732.869.1020 or go to http://www.bradleybeachnj.org/

We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer!

 

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 http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/

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 http://www.exit82.com/ 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 http://www.downtowntomsriver.com/ 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!

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

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 – many of them are free or very inexpensive that you and your family and friends can enjoy this month. 

April 8: Early 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.

Made in Monmouth Expo from 10am to 5pm at the Ocean First Bank Center on the Monmouth University Campus (West Long Branch). Vendors of consumer products in Monmouth County will be showcasing and selling their products. For details click here, or call 732.431.7470.

April 9: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm (Pt. Pleasant). Join the FREE family fun for the unofficial kickoff to the summer season! Open to children up to 10 years old. For information click here or call 732.892.0600.

April 15: Easter Egg Hunt at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am to 4pm. Cost to participate is $6 and pre-registration is highly recommended. Over 10,000 Easter eggs will be scattered throughout the village for the day! For details click here, or call 732.919.3500.

April 16: Asbury Park Easter Parade at 1pm at the Paramount Theatre (Ocean Ave. on the Boardwalk). For information click here or call 732.502.5752.

April 22: Run a Palooza with the Jersey Shore Running Club (Asbury Park) from 8am to 1pm. The event features a Relay Marathon, Half-marathon, and 3 mile walk. Click here for details or call 732.681.9464.

April 22 & 23: First Annual Surf, Bike, and Skate Expo at iPlay America (Freehold) from 10am to 8pm. Get details here or call 732.577.8200.

April 29 & 30: Allaire BBQ and Brew Festival (Wall) from 11am to 5pm. There will be a general admission fee of $5, children under 18 years old are free. While you enjoy the festival explore the historic buildings, visit craft shops, listen to music and enjoy some good barbecue with family and friends! For information click here, or call 732.919.3500.

Baconfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Bacon! Bacon! Bacon and more Bacon! Food trucks filled with bacon! Visit LauritaWinery.com for more details or call 609.758.8000. Cost of admission is $8 per person/Kids12 and under are FREE. Discounted tickets available online.

April 30: Asbury Park Restaurant Tour from 12pm-4pm. Sample small bites while you experience the culinary culture at over 30 Asbury Park restaurants, bakeries, lounges & more. Click here or call 732.775.7676.

Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival from 12pm-7pm. Join a family-friendly outdoor celebration of international food, live music, wine, beer & more at the White Street Parking Lot in Downtown Red Bank. Click here or call 732.842.4244.

We also hope you have a Happy Easter and Passover!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this March 2017

Happy St Patricks Day leprechaun hat gold chocolate coins on white table.

March is filled with fun and festive holidays – St. Patrick’s Day and the start of Spring. So 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.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades:

March 11 & 12: Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend in Ocean Grove! Starts at 10am Saturday (Chamber Office – 45 Pilgrim Pathway) with the hunt for hearts, there is a tour of the inn’s at 11am, and special chocolate lovers’ dinners at participating restaurants. Sunday includes a winter walk starting at 12pm. For more information, click here or call 732.774.1391.

March 12: Belmar Restaurant Tour from 12pm-4:30pm in Downtown Belmar. Sample the fine cuisine of local Belmar restaurants. (Check website for participating restaurants or call 732.681.3700 x214).

March 14 & 15: Flavor of Freehold Restaurant Tour from 5:30-8pm on Main Street in Downtown Freehold. For more information visit http://www.downtownfreehold.com/ or call 732.333.0094.

March 18 & 19: St. Patty’s Celebration at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Irish food, Irish music, Irish dancers and Irish vendors – it doesn’t get any better than being Irish at Laurita Winery! Come celebrate wonderful Irish heritage! Check out LauritaWinery.com for more information or call 609.758.8000.

March 26: Red Bank Wedding Walk – 10am to 4pm at 146 Bodman Place in Red Bank. Getting married or know someone who is? This event is a one day, free event to showcase Red Bank as a one-stop shopping destination for brides, grooms, their bridal parties and families. For more details click here or call 732.842.4244.

March 27: The Harlem Globetrotters at Pine Belt Arena (Toms River) 7pm. The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy. Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries and territories. Tickets start at $25, for more information call 732.818.8536 or visit www.pinebeltarena.com

March 31: Disney’s The Lion King Musical at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, 7:30pm. Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and a crazy cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Kids 12 and under are $12, $15 all others. To purchase tickets visit www.bcct.org.