Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this March 2020

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 1: Annual Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 12:30pm and runs through 3:30pm on Main Street. Don’t miss the 47th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade – one of the most well known in Monmouth County!  See the parade route and get more information here, call 732.280.2648 or watch the parade streaming live the day of.

March 7: Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Seaside Heights) begins at 12pm on the Boulevard. Don’t miss Ocean County’s premiere St. Patty’s Day parade! There will be plenty of fun to be had, music, Irish pipes & drums, the Irish Woman of the Year will be featured, and much more. Find out more details and check out the local fare here.

March 7 and 8: Shamrock Festival at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) will feature an awesome Irish weekend! Grab your green and enjoy live bands, delicious food, and of course wine. General admission is free. Learn more by calling 609-758-8000 or click here.

March 8:

Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1pm and will go to 4pm at 5th and Ocean Avenues. Don’t miss the city’s 7th Annual St. Patty’s Day Parade, which attracts up to 10,000 visitors! The parade includes participation from honored veterans, local scout troops, dance teams, high school marching bands, classic cars, cyclists, pipe & drum groups, first responders, clowns, live bands, Asbury’s zombies, and more. Find out additional details here.

Belmar’s Annual Dine & Discover event begins at 11:30am and goes until 3:30pm. Don’t miss this one of a kind food tour and tasting with 30 of Belmar’s best restaurants! Tickets are $35 per person or there is also special discounted pricing for larger and smaller groups. You can find out more details about the event here.

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day 1830s Celebration at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am to 4pm. All of Allaire’s historic buildings will be open, including the bakery and general store. There will be live Irish music, dancing, cooking demonstrations of traditional Irish food, and kids can make their own paper shamrock. Advanced ticket purchases are $5 per adult, $3 for kids ages 2-12, and under 2 are free. Learn more here and reserve your tickets online.

March 15:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Freehold from 1-2:30pm. Don’t miss downtown Freehold’s 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade featuring several community organizations including the Freehold Elks, Knights of Columbus, and more. The parade route takes place starting at McLean Street to the Elks Lodge. Parking will be available in Borough Public Parking Lots on the day of the parade. Learn more here, and find out about additional activities going on in downtown Freehold all week following the parade!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Casino Pier (Seaside Heights) at 9:30am or 11am. Enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Tower Princess, and others. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $15 per person and includes the breakfast buffet, $5 arcade card, photos with the Easter Bunny, and facepainting. Find out more by calling 732-793-6488 or click here.

March 21: Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am to 2pm. Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, books, art, handmade items, knick knacks and more! Admission is $2 per person. A gourmet food truck will be on site, as well as the historic village, general store and bakery will be open. Find out more information here.

March 22: Donut Chase 5k (Wall) from 9:30am to 12pm. Join in the fun at Wall Recreation on Allaire Road, where there are two different courses (a 5k and a 1 mile course). Donuts will be provided by Main Street Donuts in Belmar and the event benefits Memorial Sloan Kettering of Monmouth. Learn more and purchase tickets to participate here (*Pre-registration for this event is required).

March 25-29: Garden State Film Festival (Asbury Park) begins at 10am each day and goes until 10pm. Over 200 films from around the world will be shown over the course of the five day film festival, as well as attendees will be able to meet various filmmakers and actors. Tickets can be purchased online and more information can be found at https://www.gsff.org/

March 29: Teddy Bear Tea (Middletown) from 1:30 to 3:30pm at Navesink Country Club. This event is perfect for kids ages 3-8 and will include conversation, a lesson on manners, a teddy bear parade, gourmet treats and music. Learn more and purchase tickets online here.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this February 2020

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 1:

Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap (Asbury Park) from 10am to 6pm at Convention Hall. There will be over 70 custom built motorcycles on display, as well as nearly 100 parts and industry vendors. For more information click here.

Freehold Raceway Mall Kids Club – 9am to 10:30am in the upstairs food court, free to attend. There will be activities for kids, crafts, a prize drawing, and free carousel rides. The event is hosted by 94.3 the Point radio. Find out more information here.

Home Depot Valentine’s Kids Workshop – Check out your local Monmouth and Ocean County Home Depot Store and don’t miss their monthly workshop for kids (ages 5-12, accompanied by an adult) from 9am to 12pm. February’s project features Heart String Art. All participants will get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron and commemorative pin. Learn more here, or find your local store.

February 5: Daddy and Daughter Valentine’s Tea Party at 600 Main (Toms River) at 6pm. Enjoy gourmet tea, chocolate chip scones, and make beautiful Valentine’s Day cards together. Cost to attend is $15 per person, registration in advance is required. Call 732-818-7580 to reserve your spot or learn more here.

February 9: The Art of Storytelling at Dorbrook Recreation Area (Colts Neck) from 1-3:30pm. Join an award winning children’s author for an imaginative workshop designed for kids ages 8-11, where participants will create their own illustrated fiction story. The event takes place at the Program Building and pre-registration is required. Find out more information here.

February 12: Mommy and Me Valentine’s Tea at 600 Main (Toms River) from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Enjoy spending time with your child while sampling delicious desserts, homemade tea, and making Valentine’s Day cards together. The cost to attend is $15 per person, registration in advance is required. Call 732-818-7580 to reserve your spot or learn more here.

February 13: Jersey Shore Influencers Craft Beer Edition (Freehold) – Doors open at 7pm at iPlay America and the event ends at 10pm. Cost of admission is $20 when paid in advance. Several local breweries including Kane Brewing, Carton Brewing Co., Bradley Brew Project, and Little Dog Brewing Co. will be present, along with a Q&A session with the Asbury Park Press and lots of networking. Register here.

February 14-16: Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) – Celebrate your love with wine and chocolate all weekend long! There will be plenty of chocolate vendors, live music, and of course wine. Make dinner or brunch reservations, even renew your wedding vows! Learn more here, or call 609-758-8000.

February 15: Manasquan Mid-Winter Beach Run/Walk Party begins at 11am at Leggett’s (217 First Avenue). Advance registration is required, and is discounted up through February 9th. The course is a two mile fun run through town and ¼ mile on the beach. Don’t miss this nice event for the whole family, with a party and awards (including a free buffet) at Leggett’s after the run. Learn more here.

February 16: Vegan Pop-Up Shop (Asbury Park) from 11am-5pm at Convention Hall. Don’t miss this cozy food festival with great food, drinks, and fun! There will be over 50 vendors, and tickets are $5 when purchased in advance or $10 at the door. Find out more here.

February 17: Drop in Day at Ft. Monmouth Recreation Area (Tinton Falls) from 9:30am-4pm. School’s out for Presidents Day, stop by for some family fun! The event is open to kids ages 5-10, accompanied by an adult. There will be science exploration stations, crafts/creations to take home, open gym, and more. The cost to attend is $5 per child (cash/check only). Learn more here, or call 848-456-4278, ext. 4

February 23: Annual Chili Cookoff Fundraiser (Highlands) from 3-7pm at Proving Ground, 56 Shrewsbury Avenue. Don’t miss this annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser for chili lovers! There will be two cookoff contests, the professional contest begins at 4pm and the amateur contest at 5pm. Attendees will vote for their favorite chili! Tickets are $30 and include chili tasting, two beers, and two voting ballots. Find out more details here.

February 29: International Polar Bear Day at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant) from 1-4pm. Come spend your Leap Day with the polar bears! Learn all about this species of bear and how we can protect them from becoming extinct. Find out more here.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this January 2020

Happy 2020! 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 1: New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Island Beach State Park (Seaside Park) at Swimming Area 1, begins at 2pm. Ring in the new year for a scenic 1.5 mile walk down the beach. Learn about nature that is still present at the beach even in the winter. This event is free to attend, don’t miss the beauty of a winter beach walk to kick off 2020! Learn more and register to attend online at https://www.friendsofibsp.org/events/

January 1 – 5: A Vintage Holiday Display at the Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ on Bay Avenue (Pt. Pleasant Borough). The event takes place from noon to 4pm each day except for Saturday, which is 10am to 4pm. If you are a car buff, you won’t want to miss the vintage cars on display, plus a train, vintage auto servicing equipment, model cars, kids’ toys, period antiques and holiday decorations. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Find out more by calling 732-899-0012 or go to https://vintageautomuseum.org/

January 4: The Roving Naturalist at Turkey Swamp Park (Freehold) from 9am-11am. Join in on a winter leisurely walk in Turkey Swamp Park. You’ll search for seasonal points of interest, wildlife, and identify some birds. Dress for the weather and meet in the main parking lot. This event is free to attend. Learn more here.

January 11: Polar Bear Plunge (Union Beach) from 10am-1pm. Union Beach Recreation has organized a fundraiser to brave the chilly water to benefit Jason’s Dream for Kids. There will be an after party at American Legion 321 following the plunge. Find out more here.

January 12: Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park Seashore Open House (Long Branch) from 1-4pm. Even though it’s winter, the Seven Presidents’ activity center will be holding an open house of seashore fun and light refreshments. There will be hands on activities, education, aquatic animals on display, and you’ll get to create a beach keepsake to take home. For more details call 732-872-2670 or click here. This event is free to attend.

January 18: Winter Beach Blast at the Ocean County Mall (Toms River) from 1 to 2:30pm. Stop by center court for some summer like free fun, featuring games, temporary tattoos, and crafts. Learn more by calling 732-506-9090 x5951 or go to http://ocparks.co.ocean.nj.us/

January 24-26: Jersey Shore Home Show at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft) from 11am to 8pm on Friday, 10am to 8pm on Saturday, and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. If you are looking to make home improvements this year, this is the place to be! There will be a wide selection of home improvement professionals, tons of ideas, and endless possibilities. You can register to attend in advance for free, otherwise admission is $10 at the door. Find out more here.

January 26: Chocolate, Wine and More at iPlay America (Freehold) from 12-4pm. Enjoy the sweeter side of life by indulging in chocolate, wine, and making your Sunday afternoon a little sweeter! Tickets include 4 wine samples (adults only, age 21+), and additional drinks may be purchased at the bar at the event. Adult tickets purchased in advance are $10 each or $15 at the door. Kids ages 13-20 are $5 each, and under age 12 are free. There will be plenty of vendors including Frutta Bowls and The Cocoa Exchange, plus more. Get more information here.

We hope you have a happy and healthy new year!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this December 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  With so many joyful and festive events happening this month, it’s definitely going to be hard to choose which ones to attend. Enjoy this special time of year with your family and friends – check out the many free or inexpensive activities happening this December in a town near you.  Happy Holidays from all of us at First Financial, and wishing you a prosperous 2020!

December 1:

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar at Convention Hall from 11am-6pm. There will be handcrafted and vintage goods, photos with Santa, live holiday music, food, a fireplace lounge and hot drinks bar, 30 foot Christmas tree, kids art and holiday workshops, and a photo booth. Don’t miss this fun holiday event for the whole family! Learn more here.

Long Branch Tree Lighting in Pier Village from 4-6pm. The Pier Village ice skating rink will be open, there will be mini train rides, a meet & greet with Santa, a live band, characters in costume, dancers, carousel rides, and more. Find out more information here.

Bradley Beach Tree Lighting from 4-7pm at Riley Park (615 Main Street). There will be live music, dancers, carriage rides around the park, and free hot chocolate and cookies. Plus, Santa will be arriving to help light the tree by firetruck! Attendees are asked to donate a pair of new socks to benefit the Jersey Shore Rescue Mission in Asbury Park. See more details here.

December 6: Spring Lake’s Christmas Train Village at Duggan Hall (313 Washington Avenue). Open seven days a week from 12pm-5pm until January 6, 2020. Come check out this spectacular holiday display with numerous running trains, animated attractions and much more. The display is free of charge to visit, but donations will be accepted from those who wish to do so. Donations will be given to the Common Ground Grief Center. Learn more here.

December 7:

Free Santa Photos at all First Financial Locations (Toms River, Neptune, Howell/Freehold). Sit with Santa from 10am-1pm! Each participating child will receive a free 4×6 photo in the mail, as well as the original image file will be sent to each parent/guardian. Register at your nearest branch here, or call 732-312-1500.

Santa Ferry Ride leaves from the NY Waterway Belford Terminal in Middletown from 8:30am-2:30pm. This fun yuletide ride will feature Santa and friends, Christmas carols, goodie bags, and a beautiful scenic view of the Statue of Liberty. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and are $17 for residents and $21 for non-residents. Kids under 1 are $5. Learn more here.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides through Historic Allentown from 12pm-3pm at Pete Sensi Park. Come see Allentown decked out for the holidays by carriage ride, while also listening to historic tales. Tickets purchased the day of are $15 per person at Borough Hall, however advanced registration is recommended due to popularity of this event. Refreshments will also be available for purchase at Pete Sensi Park or enjoy any of Allentown’s historic restaurants after your 20 minute carriage ride. Find out more here.

Holiday Festival at Casino Pier (Seaside Heights) from 1pm-3pm. Entry fee is a new or gently used coat for a local coat drive and a non-expired canned good. Come dressed in your holiday best (or wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater)! There will be prizes, holiday crafts, games, and a visit from Santa. See more information here.

December 8:

Breakfast with Santa at iPlay America (Freehold) from 9:30am-1pm.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast while Santa walks around, along with live holiday performances where the whole family can sing and dance along. There will also be an opportunity for photos with Santa, and decorating of Christmas cookies and reindeer treats to prepare for Christmas Eve! Learn more and register here.

Winter on Broad Street (Red Bank) from 11am-5pm. There will be lots of fun on the streets of Red Bank including ice skating, a life sized snow globe, a scavenger hunt, food,  a holiday bazaar and plenty of holiday spirit! Learn more about the event here.

December 13: Free Movie Friday at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park from 7pm-10pm. Come see the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story at the Paramount Theater with the whole family, for free!  See more details here.

December 14: Winter Solstice Celebration at Cattus Island County Park’s Cooper Environmental Center (Toms River) from 11am-3pm. There will be games, crafts, live animals, horse drawn carriage rides, campfire storytime, food, a candy cane nature walk, and a visit from Santa! The event is free to attend. Learn more here.

December 15: Christmas in Manasquan from 12:30pm-3pm at 126 Main Street. Don’t miss the town’s annual tree lighting, plus there will be hayrides, ice sculpting, giveaways, and lots of holiday cheer! Find out more here.

December 20: Free Movie Friday at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park from 7pm-9pm. Come see another classic holiday movie It’s a Wonderful Life at the Paramount Theater with the whole family, for free!  See more details here.

December 21: Free Classic Horse & Wagon Rides in Red Bank from 1pm-5pm (11 Bridge Ave or 26 Broad St). Take a free horse and carriage ride through beautifully decorated Red Bank for the holiday season! This is the last day of the event, you won’t want to miss it. Find out additional information here.

December 23: Downtown Freehold’s Annual Menorah Lighting at 5:30pm (10 East Main Street). Be sure to check out Freehold’s annual Menorah lighting to kick off Hanukkah this year! Find out more here, along with other Freehold holiday events throughout the month of December.

December 28 & 29: Springsteen Historical Exhibit in his hometown of Freehold (70 Court St) at 11am. This unique exhibit at the Monmouth County Historical Association will feature 150 items about Springsteen including his personal scrapbooks, yearbook photos, his original recorder, music, and more. General admission tickets are $15 per person, and Freehold Borough resident tickets are free of charge. Learn more here and reserve tickets online.

Happy Holidays!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this November 2019

It’s time to kick off the start of the holiday season and there are so many great things to do with family and friends in the upcoming weeks to celebrate this special time of year! Check out our list of free or inexpensive activities happening this month in a town near you. We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

November 1: Jersey Shore Ghost Tour (Red Bank). Don’t miss the last night of this lantern-lit walking ghost tour through historic Red Bank! Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Ticket sales begin at 8pm and the tour will leave at 8:30pm from Dublin House at 30 Monmouth Street. Learn more and book online here.

November 1 – 3: Stocking Stuffer Craft Show at Allaire Village (Wall). Starting at 10am on both Friday & Saturday and noon on Sunday until 3pm each of the three days, this once a year event features handcrafted items that are perfect for holiday season gifts! You’ll find ornaments, scarves, decorations, a handmade quilt raffle, and more. Get more information here.

November 2:

Fall Fest and Chili Contest at Old Glory (Keyport) from 1-7pm.  Besides the chili making contest, there will also be a DJ, petting zoo, a pumpkin throwing contest, live music, bull riding and more! Find out more details here. You won’t want to miss this fun event for the whole family!

Awesome Autumn Fun at Jakes Branch County Park (Beachwood) from 1-4pm. Take a hayride through nature trails, participate in fall-themed games, get your face painted, there will be a petting zoo, hot apple cider, costumed characters, and more.  Free to attend!  Learn more here.

November 9:

Late Fall Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall). Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, books, art work, handmade items, knick knacks and so much more! The event runs from 8am – 3pm and is $2 per person to attend. The Historic Village, Pilsen Gourmet Food Truck, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. Learn more here.

Fall Craft Show at the Ft. Monmouth Recreation Area (Tinton Falls) from 9am-2pm. Shop for special gifts from over 50 unique craft vendors just in time for the holiday season! You’ll find holiday ornaments and decorations, jewelry, candles, soaps, paintings, baskets, embroidered items and more. Free admission and parking. Learn more by clicking this link.

November 16: Thanks4Giving Turkey Dash 5K and Splash from 10:30am to 3pm at Convention Hall (Asbury Park).  Participate in either the 5K race, cold turkey plunge, or both! The 5K dash goes from Asbury Park to Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach. Cost for the 5K is $35 and the turkey splash is $25 paid in advance (you can also register a team).  All proceeds will go to the Special Olympics of NJ. Register or donate here.

November 17: Annual Granny’s Attic Craft Show (Thompson Middle School, Middletown) from 9am to 4pm. Don’t miss more than 250 craft vendors – perfect for holiday shopping! There will also be food trucks from 11am to 6pm. Admission is $5 per adult, kids ages 3-14 are $2, and under 3 are free. There will be shuttle busses running continuously from Middletown Train Station to Thompson Middle School. There will also be hourly 50/50 raffles and a grand prize raffle at the end of the event. Find out more here.

November 22: Pizza and Penguins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant) from 6 to 7:30pm. Your favorite flightless bird will make a special dinnertime appearance while you enjoy pizza and drinks! Learn all about them, ask their keepers questions, and meet Perky the Penguin.  Pre-registration is required. Call 732-899-1659 or visit Jenkinson’s website for event details.  Event cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children.

November 23 & 24: Wine and Chocolate Weekend at 4JG’s Vineyard (Colts Neck) from 12-5pm. Sip award winning wines, sample delicious locally hand-crafted chocolates and relax. The fire pit will be going (weather permitting), come join the fun! Admission is $15 per adult (ages 21+ only). Learn more here.

November 29: Santa Express and Parade (Red Bank) from 6:45-8pm. Santa rides the NJ Transit train into Red Bank for the annual town lighting and holiday express concert. Join Santa on the train in Little Silver or meet him at the Red Bank train station when he arrives. There’ll be festivities before and after the train arrives with holiday dancers and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch. Once in Red Bank, Santa will board a firetruck and lead the parade to Broad Street for the Holiday Express Concert and Town Tree Lighting. This event is free for all ages! Find out more information here.

November 30:

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar at Convention Hall from 11am-10pm. Check out local and regional artists, vendors, and shops selling handmade art, jewelry, home goods, food, and more. The event will feature live music and special performances, photos with Santa, holiday photo booth pictures, a 30 foot Christmas tree, fireplace lounge, and beautiful holiday decor. While you shop, enjoy a seasonally-inspired menu and holiday drinks at the Anchors Bend and Asbury Oyster Bar. There will alos be kids art classes and holiday craft workshops. Get additional details here.

Seashell Festival (Ship Bottom, LBI) from 10am-3pm. Don’t miss seashells, seaglass, and holiday fun in the 2nd annual LBI Seashell Festival at Things A Drift on Long Beach Blvd. Bring your beach finds and compete in the best shell contest, enjoy some homemade cookies, and support local businesses for Small Business Weekend. There will be vendors with handmade nautical jewelry, art, home decor, holiday gifts and more!  Free admission.  Learn more at https://thingsadrift.com/

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this October 2019

It’s officially fall – and October is one of the best and most beautiful weather months in New Jersey. Get the family ready for an action-packed month filled with fun fall and Halloween activities. Check out these free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you!

October 5:

Holmdel Harvest Fest from 12-9pm at Bayonet Farm. Join the 7th Annual Harvest Fest on Middletown Road, which includes food vendors, crafters, beer/wine in the Red Barn, wagon rides, pony rides, inflatables, a Ferris Wheel, carousel, touch-a-truck, live music and more! Parking is $10 per car. Find out more here.

Matawan Day and Fall Festival from 12-5pm on Main Street. Don’t miss this annual event in which thousands of people make their way down Main Street in Matawan to visit over 120 booths and tables of crafters/artisans, retailers, food vendors, local restaurants,  professionals, and non-profit organizations who are ready to showcase their products and services. Learn more here.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk from 4-8pm at Convention Hall. You won’t want to miss the world’s largest gathering of zombies! There will be music and festivities along the boardwalk and a “blood red” fireworks show along the ocean front. Get the details here.

October 6:

Sunflower Festival at Holland Ridge Farm (Cream Ridge) from 9am-6pm. Wander through towering rows of sunflowers, stroll through the barns, visit the animals, and check out the museum and Holland Shop. Same day adult tickets are $12 each, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 3-12, and kids under 3 are free. Discounted tickets are available for purchase online in advance. See more information here.

Pierfest Annual Fall Festival (Long Branch) from 12-5pm. There will be face painting, inflatables, a photo booth, fun bus, vendors, crafters, live music, and great food & drinks from surrounding restaurants. Rain date will be October 13th. Find out more at http://www.pierfest.com/

October 11: Haunted Theater at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft) from 7-10:30pm. Celebrating 17 years of scares, Brookdale Performing Arts Center’s Haunted Theater is locally regarded as one of the scariest Halloween attractions in Monmouth County. This indoor, self-guided walk through haunted house maze – features pitch black zones and special effects, all contained within the walls of the Performing Arts Center. Find out additional details at http://brookdalehauntedtheater.com/

October 12: Fall Afternoon Tea at 600 Main Bed and Breakfast (Toms River) from 12-4pm. Welcome the fall season with a five course afternoon tea and tours of the Victorian Historic Mathis House. Cost per person is $37 and includes soup, salad, scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, and favorite fall gourmet teas (pumpkin spice, harvest glow, and cinnabon). Register here.

October 12 & 13:

Jersey Shore Cake and Cookie Convention from 10-4pm at Convention Hall (Asbury Park). A place where professionals and hobbyists can shop hard to find supplies, learn new techniques, meet face to face with cake and cookie idols, all while having fun and meeting new sweet friends. Hosted by Shore Cake Supply, this event will be bustling with nationwide supply vendors, live free demonstrations, competitions, hands on classes and so much more! Find out more information here.

Allentown Fall Festival from 10am-5pm. There will be crafters, a civil war re-enactment, classic car show, live entertainment, a petting zoo, contests, kids’ activities, and great food! A shuttle bus will be available leaving from Allentown High School. Learn more here.

October 14: Pumpkin Fest at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck from 11am-4pm. Come spend your Columbus Day off at a fun-filled family event featuring crafts, games, live music, local food samples, and an antique tractor display. Get more information here.

October 15 & 16: Flavor of Freehold from 5:30-8pm on Main Street in Downtown Freehold. Don’t miss this unique tour of Downtown Freehold’s restaurants, bars, and shops. Walk from place to place with your event passport, and receive signature samples from some of Freehold’s most well-loved establishments. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Learn more and purchase your tickets here.

October 18 & 19: Haunted Allaire from 6-9:30pm at Allaire Village (Wall). Don’t miss the haunted village and hayride tour of Allaire State Park. This year features a new route along with 20 different scary scenes, plus visit the grounds and see scary storytelling, stop into the bakery and check out the haunted food truck. Advanced ticket purchase is required – adults are $15 each, children 12 and under are $10 each. Learn more and reserve your spot today!

October 19: Fall Movie Series at Pier Village (Long Branch) from 6-8:30pm. Don’t miss this showing of the Goonies in the outdoor cinema on Festival Plaza! Bring your favorite beach chair and blanket and relax under the stars. Find out more here.

October 19 & 20: Boo at the Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 12-4pm. There will be trick or treating, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, a beach maze, pumpkin carving, rides, and more! Find out the details here or call 732.892.0600

October 20: Thompson Park Day (Lincroft) from 11am-5pm. You won’t want to miss this family-friendly autumn event! There will be a costume contest for dogs, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, entertainment, races, food vendors, ceramics, pottery, archery, canoeing, climbing wall, games, contests and more! Free admission and free parking. Learn more here.

October 25: Mad Science Halloween at the Monmouth Museum (Lincroft) from 6-7pm. This presentation will have you gasping and laughing at the Mad Scientist’s peculiar and chilling science experiments. Through a mixture of science and magic, children will see a paper spider turn into a real spider. Watch as the wicked witch melts right before your eyes! Find out how an eyeball floats in the air, then make bubbling potions and fearsome fog, experience melting witches and even edible spider webs (cotton candy)! All will have an evening of gruesome goodness and fun. Find out more here.

October 26: Halloween PJ Party at Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Ocean County College, Toms River) from 12-1:30pm. Come in your favorite Halloween costume or Halloween PJs for a not-super-spooky good time! Learn about the planets, moon, and stars in October’s night sky. Listen to stories of monsters, heroes, and princesses in the stars. Sing along to Halloween themed laser songs, and make a special Halloween themed craft before the show. Cost is $10 for all ticket levels ages 3 and up. Find out more here.

October 26 & 27: Not So Haunted Wine Fest at 4JG’s Vineyard (Colts Neck) from 12-5pm. The spells are friendly and the brews are delicious! Must be age 21+ in order to drink alcoholic beverages. Learn more about the wine walk weekend here.

October 27: Bullock Farms Fall Fest (Cream Ridge) from 10am-6pm. There will be hay rides, live music, food, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, flower walk, barnyard animals, facepainting, a balloon artist, farm yard lawn games, a straw bale slide mountain, tractor tire jungle, and more!  Kids under 2 are free. Find out more information here.