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

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Enjoy this special time of year by attending one of the events below – either outdoors, virtually, or in your car. Happy Holidays from all of us at First Financial, and wishing you a prosperous 2021!

Monmouth & Ocean’s Best Holiday Lights Displays

  • Six Flags Holiday in the Park (Jackson) – You won’t want to miss this beautiful winter wonderland! On weeknights, drive through the park and see the holiday lights. On weekends, the park features festivities, food, firepits, hot cocoa, and light shows. Holiday in the Park runs through January 3, 2021. Find out more and purchase tickets online here.
  • Magic of Lights (Holmdel) – Ride through PNC Bank Arts Center’s gorgeous 2.5 mile holiday light display from dusk to 10pm Sunday – Thursday, and until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Standard vehicles are $25 each to drive through the display. Learn more and purchase tickets online here.
  • Sisti Family Christmas Lights (Spring Lake) – Each year, this family turns their front yard into a holiday wonderland of lights. Ride by 322 Pitney Avenue in Spring Lake, you won’t want to miss it! Find out more.
  • Gress House Holiday Light Spectacular (Union Beach) – Each year, this home gets involved with Decorations for Donations and donates to the Children’s Miracle Network. You won’t want to miss the massive display of lights, inflatables, sounds of the season and more at 14 Johnson Avenue in Union Beach. Get more information.
  • Ferone Family Christmas Light Spectacular (Toms River) – The goal of this gorgeous light display is to raise money to the Children’s Hospital of Toms River. It can be seen from 5-9:30pm Monday to Thursday and 5-11pm on Friday & Saturday at 184 Yellowbank Road, Toms River through December 26th. Tuesday nights are Disney nights. You definitely won’t want to miss it! Find out the details here.

All December until the 24th: Red Bank Elf Scavenger Hunt. Look for the Red Bank Elf in the windows and in the stores, restaurants, and businesses and enter to win from November 27 to December 24th. Stroll the charming downtown and arts and antiques district to view more than three dozen places where the Red Bank Elf has been spotted. Keep track of the locations by logging information into the official Scavenger Hunt form. Find out more and download the form here.

Saturdays & Sundays in December: Victorian Holiday Tea at the Mathis House (Toms River) at 11am and 3pm. Enjoy a full Victorian Holiday Tea at the Mathis House located in Downtown Toms River. Live music and tours of the historic mansion are available. The afternoon tea includes soup, salad, scones, a variety of tea sandwiches and a plate of desserts with a pot of holiday tea. The cost is $39 per person by reservation only by calling 732-818-7580. For more information, please visit

December 13 & 20:

Christmas at Allaire from 11am-4pm (Wall). Warm up on the open hearth, help make holiday treats, listen to the musicians, there will be storytelling, a Gingerbread House Contest, and much more. Also keep your eyes out for Santa, a great photo opportunity! All the village buildings will be spectacularly decorated for the Season. Historic sleds and various outdoor Christmas trees will be on display too. Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Learn more and buy your tickets here.

Shrewsbury Historical Society Wedding Dress Displays from 1-4pm. Don’t miss this historical wedding dress display! Contributions are appreciated. The display is at the Shrewsbury Municipal Center, 419 Sycamore Avenue. Learn more here.

December 18: There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays (Virtual Event) at 8pm. Let the comedy elves from The Second City deliver the virtual holly jollies to wherever you are in this fast, festive, funny improv show that brings you into the action! This event will take place on Zoom. One virtual ticket per viewing device, and you can have as many people view per viewing device as you wish. Cost is $18.50 plus a $1.50 ticket fee. Available through the Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. Purchase tickets at

*All events are subject to changes or cancellations due to COVID-19. Please be sure to check online or call before you go!

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

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 outdoor and socially distant fall and Halloween activities. Check out these free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you!

Monmouth & Ocean’s Best Pumpkin Picking and Fall Outdoor Activity Spots!

  • Casola Farms (Holmdel) – Open 7 days a week from 8am to 7pm for hayrides, pumpkin picking, farm animals, a Halloween shop, fall plants/décor, wild west show, bakery and food! There is also a corn maze available every Saturday through 10/31. For the adults 21+, every weekend there is a wine tasting from 10am-6pm at Fox Hollow Vineyards.
  • Argos Farm (Forked River) – The farm has plenty of fall country fun activities such as a hay mountain, cow train, double hay slide, pedal carts, tractor rides, corn maze, pig races, farm market, pumpkin picking, and more. The pre-purchasing of tickets for activities online is recommended. Hours are Monday-Friday from 1-6pm, and 10am to 6pm on weekends.
  • Battleview Orchards (Freehold)Open everyday from 9am-6pm except closed Tuesdays. Pick your own apples and pumpkins, stop by the country store for pies, apple cider donuts and fresh apple cider!
  • Bullock Farms (Cream Ridge) – Open Friday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Take a 25 minute hayride, pick some pumpkins, explore the corn maze, check out some farm animals, and kids get their very own kids maze and fall play/activity area.
  • Eastmont Orchards (Colts Neck) – Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm and weekends from 9am to 6pm. There are 9 different types of apples to pick currently in season! You can also pick your own pumpkins.
  • Emery’s Farm (New Egypt) – Open daily from 9am-6pm for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and more. Famous pies are fresh baked daily, as well as jellies, preserves, and spreads are available for purchase.
  • Hallock’s U-Pick Farm (New Egypt) – Stop by the farm market, and pick some pumpkins (as well as other vegetables). Open weekdays from 7am-7pm and weekends from 7am-5pm.
  • Happy Day Farm (Manalapan) – Don’t miss the Farm Festival and Pumpkin Picking Event at Happy Day Farm through 10/25! Hours are Friday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. Over 30 different activities are available for the whole family – including a corn maze, pumpkin bowling, and giant Jenga. There is also a concession stand available to purchase refreshments. Visitors are required to purchase tickets online in advance.
  • Wemrock Orchards (Freehold) – Pumpkin picking is available on weekends from 10am-5pm, as well as a 15 minute hayride, 5 acre corn maze, munchkin fun patch, bakery full of fall treats and Jersey fresh produce.

All October: Sunflower Festival at Holland Ridge Farms (Cream Ridge) from 9am-6pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance online for your selected date. Wander through towering rows of sunflowers to pick and bring home! Prices vary depending upon your selected day of the week. Click here for more information and to purchase admission tickets online. *No refunds, purchased tickets are for your chosen date and will be available rain or shine.

October 9-12: Pier Village Fall Sidewalk Sale from 11am to 8pm (Long Branch). You won’t want to miss a Columbus Day Weekend filled with outdoor shopping! There’s sure to be incredible deals and fabulous finds. Learn more here.

October 10: Allaire Village Fall Flea Market from 8am to 2pm (Wall). Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, books, artwork, handmade items, crafts, and more. Admission is $3 per person. The general store, bakery and gourmet food truck will also be open. Find out more here.

October 17 & 18: Allaire Music Jamboree from 11am to 4pm (Wall). Join in the fun at Allaire Village’s fall music jamboree! Local NJ bands will perform bluegrass and folk music outside. There will be multiple stages and sessions throughout the weekend. Artist tables will also be available. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Allaire Bakery and Food Trucks. Pre-purchased tickets are required. Adults are $8 each and kids ages 4-12 are $4 each. Learn more here.

October 24: Hocus Pocus Outdoor Movie at 6pm (Barnegat). Bring in the Halloween season with a classic family outdoor movie at the Elizabeth Edwards School Football Field (North Main St, Barnegat Township). Free admission, and don’t forget a blanket and chairs! Call 609-698-0080 ext. 12 for details.

October 24 & 25: Long Branch Fall Bazaar from 2-7pm. Shop small and celebrate fall! Don’t miss artisan vendors, craft beer, a costume contest, food, Halloween goodie bags, fall selfie stations, live DJs, and fun – outdoors both days at the Whitechapel Projects. Get more information here.

October 29: Witches Night Out from 5:30-9pm (Allentown). Join in this wicked fun night with a Halloween scavenger hunt, tarot card readers, palm readers, a witches hat contest, refreshments and more! Tickets can be purchased at Bruno’s One Sweet Ride. Details are available here.

October 31: Halloween at Allaire Village from 11am to 4pm (Wall). Come and experience a family friendly Halloween with spooky storytelling, a children’s costume parade, scavenger hunt, fortune telling, kids’ activities, historic demonstrations, and tours of Allaire’s historic homes. Adults are $8.95 each and kids 4-12 are $4.95 each. Buy tickets online here.

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

After the unprecedented year we’ve had so far, it’s time for some fun in the sun! Enjoy the weather and the sights and sounds the summer season brings. The holiday weekend may look a little different this year, but you can still enjoy some time and activities outdoors. Continuing to keep social distancing in mind, check out these free or inexpensive events in a town near you this month.

July 3:

Drive in movie at Drum Point Sports Complex (Brick) begins at dusk. The parking area will open an hour before and is limited to a first come, first serve basis. Toy Story 4 will be shown. Social distancing according to state guidelines will be enforced. For more details, click here.

Fireworks (Red Bank) at 9:15pm, sponsored by the Hackensack Meridian Riverview Medical Center Foundation. The annual event on the Navesink River will not take place this year, but the fireworks will still be visible starting at 9:15pm near the Oceanic Bridge. Find out more here.

Fireworks (Lakewood) at 7:30pm at First Energy Park. The Lakewood BlueClaws are hosting a fireworks display at New Hampshire and Cedar Bridge Avenues. Tickets to that event — both inside the stadium and in the parking lot — are sold out, however you may be able to see at least part of the display from some of the parking lots at businesses near the stadium.

July 4:  

Allentown, 9am Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence

Bay Head, 10:30am Annual Bike Parade begins at Sacred Heart Church and ends at Bay Head Fire Station

Eatontown, 4th of July Reverse Parade (Drive around town and see decorated homes and businesses by getting a map from the Recreation Department).

Lavallette, 9am Patriotic Bike Parade

LBI, 9pm Fireworks (Long Beach Township at 68th Street, Bayview Park)

Ocean Gate, 10am Independence Day Parade at Ocean Gate Avenue

Toms River, 9pm Fireworks at Shelter Cove Beach

July 10:

Summer drive in movie (Barnegat), 8:30pm at the Barnegat public dock. Don’t miss this free drive in showing of Grease, social distancing rules will be in effect. All attendees must remain in their vehicles. Learn more here.

Keansburg Summer Concert Series featuring Asbury Fever (A Springsteen cover band), from 7-9pm at Keansburg Recreation. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and don’t miss this great concert! Social distancing rules apply. Find out more here.

July 14: Twilight Firefly Hike at Big Brook Park (Marlboro), 7:30pm. Join a family adventure hike to search for fireflies and other creatures that live in the park. Don’t forget to bring flashlights! Get more details here.

July 18: Celebration Saturday (Bradley Beach) off Main Street in Riley Park, 11am-5pm. Shop at the sidewalk sale, get takeout, have a picnic in the park, and listen to great live music. Learn more here.

July 18 & 19: Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir (Howell), 2-5pm. Join a 45 minute boat tour narrated by a park system naturalist. Tickets are $6 per adult and $4 per child, and must be purchased on the day of the tour. Life jackets are required. Other dates and time slots are available as well, find out more information here.

July 25: Blue Grass at the Beach (Bradley Beach), from 7-9pm at the Bradley Beach Gazebo. Don’t miss great music at the beach, featuring The Dunegrass Band. Click here for more information.

July 31: Beach Ball-a-Palooza (Toms River), from 5-8:30pm at Cattus Island County Park. There will be food trucks, live music, crafts, bay boat tours, guided nature walks, and more! Bring your beach chair or a blanket. Find out more here.

We hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe summer!

Social Distancing on a Budget this April 2020

It’s April, and while many of our usual monthly activities in Monmouth & Ocean Counties have been cancelled due to the public health crisis, there are still some grab n’ go and virtual wellness happenings you can participate in while also maintaining social distancing. Here are some fun things you can still enjoy with your family this month. We hope you are staying safe and healthy!

Grab & Go At Home Kits

  • Julio’s Pizza Company (Atlantic Highlands) has a pizza kit ready for pick-up, complete with a ball of dough, tomato sauce, a pound of cheese, and cooking instructions – all for just $8. Learn more at or call 848-300-2674 to place your order.
  • Beacon 70 (Brick) has a DIY at home pizza kit for the whole family for just $12! The kit includes dough, sauce, mozzarella cheese, an additional topping of your choice, and grated parmesan cheese. Call to order at 848-232-4235 and you can pick-up curbside or have the kit delivered. Find out more on their website at
  • Jersey Freeze (Freehold) has a make your own ice cream sundae kit for pick-up, only $20! You’ll get two quarts of homemade soft serve ice cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles, cherries, and your choice of a candy topping. Call 732-462-3008 to order and pick-up curbside 45 minutes later! For more information visit
  • Sugarush (Red Bank) call 732-414-9044 to order and then pick-up an at home cupcake decorating kit for $25 or cookie decorating kit for $20! The cookie kit includes 6 sugar cookies, 2 royal icing colors, and sprinkles. The cupcake kit includes 6 cupcakes, 3 icing colors, sprinkles, and toppings. There are three themes available to choose for cupcakes: mermaid, unicorn, or lego. Find out more at
  • Jersey Cookie Girl (Jackson) is offering cookie decorating kits for $35. The kit includes 12 sugar cookies, 3 piping bags of royal icing, and 3 colors of sparkle sugar. Cookie themes are Happy Birthday, unicorn princess, or puppies. Place your order at 732-213-0590, and curbside pick-up is available or free delivery if you are 10 miles or less from the store. Learn more at
  • Color Me Mine (Freehold) is shipping paint your own ceramic to-go kits. Simply choose the ceramic(s) you would like to paint, pick your paint colors, and check out online. The kits include instructions and a set of brushes for you to keep. For more information and to place your online order visit

Online Activities

  • Lunch Doodles: Online lunch doodles for kids will take place daily, and are free! New episodes will be posted every weekday at 1:00pm EST. Kids will learn to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing. Grab your pencils, crayons and your imagination! Find out more information and join in on the fun here.
  • Snapology of Monmouth County: The usual STEAM classes are going virtual! For $10 register your child for one of these upcoming online classes:
  • Virtual Disney Rides: While the Disney parks are closed, you can still experience the wonders of Disney right at home. Thanks to some amazing Disney fans, your family can hop on a variety of Disney rides through YouTube. Get started here.
  • Google Arts & Culture: Check out virtual tours of museums, parks, and natural icons like the largest temple complex on Earth, Yellowstone National Park, and much more. Get started at

Virtual Wellness

  • Prime Cycle: Free gym classes are being offered for students during lunch on Instagram Live. A session for kids ages 6-10 years old runs from noon-12:30pm, kids 11 and up runs from 12:30pm -1pm. For more information visit
  • Planet Fitness: Hosting free live-stream fitness classes daily at 7pm. Join them on their Facebook page at
  • Mindfulness Lessons: Mindful Schools is a non-profit organization which will be offering mindful classes online for kids at 1pm EST on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Kids will get to join in on mindful activities, movement, and read-a-longs. Join in here.

At Home Activities for Kids

  • Scavenger Hunt: If your kids are bouncing off the walls from being cooped up at home right now, get them to let off some steam with a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt. Set up hints around the house and have them race from clue to clue searching for the treasure you’ve hidden for them. If your kids are too young to read, this can work with picture clues as well. The “treasure” can be a special treat you have in the house, a new game or art supply you’ve been saving, or an item you know they’ll love. Get creative!
  • Balloon Ping-Pong: No need for a bulky ping-pong table! Just tape large popsicle sticks to the backs of paper plates, blow up a balloon, and have your preschoolers play ping-pong with their makeshift paddles over your empty kitchen table.
  • Scrapbook: Spend some quality time reliving precious memories by digging out scrapbooking supplies and old photos to create a timeless masterpiece together.
  • Teach a Household Skill: Enlist your child’s help! Even very small children can help sort laundry, load the washing machine, and press the buttons to turn it on (with your supervision, of course). Have the older ones help you bake, letting them put their math skills to use by adding fractions in recipes. And, of course everyone cleans up their own messes when the day is done!

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

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.