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

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 1: Pier Fest, Long Branch. From 12-4pm, this outdoor festival will feature sidewalk sales, vendors, live music, crafters, delicious food and kids’ activities! Festival Plaza at Pier Village, 1 Chelsea Avenue. For details call 732-245-0412 or go to http://www.pierfestnj.com/

October 6, 7, & 8: Italian Street Festival in Seaside Heights. Friday through Sunday, featuring performances from Italy. Friday  4 to 10pm, Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 8pm. Savor a weekend of Italian specialties, arts and crafts, outstanding entertainment and a parade that is bound to delight young and old alike. 26th Annual Ocean County Columbus Day Parade at 1:00 pm Sunday on the Boulevard. Free admission. Go to http://www.exit82.com/ or call 732-830-3700.

October 7: Fall Craft Market and Art in the Park at Allaire Village (Farmingdale). From 10am-4pm the Historic Village at Allaire showcases 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 $2 Adults, Children under 12 years old and members are free. For more information call 732-919-3500 or click here.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Allaire Village (Farmingdale). Interactive adaptation of the classic ghost story from 7:30-9pm; advance tickets recommended. The performance takes place at the Allaire Chapel beginning at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 per person. Click here for information and to purchase your tickets online.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk at 4pm. The Annual Asbury Park Zombie Walk holds the record for the world’s largest gathering of zombies! Enjoy festivities & music taking place through downtown & along the boardwalk, and end your day with a “blood red” fireworks show along the ocean front. Walk starts at Convention Hall to Cookman and Main Asbury Park. Rain or shine event. For more details, click here.

October 8: Belmar Oktoberfest from 11:30am to 5pm. Join the fun for German food, stein hoisting, pumpkin decorating, performers and much more! Main Street (between 8th & 10th Aves.) Call 732-681-3700 ext. 214 or go to http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/

Manasquan Wine and Beer Festival from 12-4pm. Prepare to get busy with your inner wine (or beer) connoisseur. The Chamber is hosting their annual Wine and Beer Festival in downtown Manasquan at Squan Plaza. There will be plenty of great music and food and sample tastings and a keepsake Manasquan wine glass. Admission is $30, or $25 if you pre-order online at http://www.manasquanchamber.org/

October 13 & 14: Annual Waretown Haunted Hayride. 19th Annual Waretown Haunted Hayride sponsored by the Township of Ocean and Waretown Vol. Fire Company. 20 minute tractor ride around the “Haunted” Waretown Lake. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Adults $10 admission, children $8. Call 609-693-5407 or visit http://www.twpoceannj.gov/

October 14: Classic Car Show in the Atlantic Highlands. From 10am-4pm, come see the annual car show along First Avenue. Rain date is October 15th. Call 732-872-8711 or visit http://www.atlantichighlands.org/

October 15: Thompson Park Day in Lincroft. From 11am to 5pm, take place in a fun filled fall day! “Strutt your mutt” dog costume contest, scarecrow contest, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, food, crafts, and live entertainment. Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Call 732-842-4000 or go to https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/

October 20, 21, 27, and 28: Haunted Hay Rides at Allaire Village (Farmingdale). In the dark of the night, the ghosts, ghouls, and monsters fill the haunted village. From woods to historic homes the Historic Village at Allaire takes on a dark twist for the Halloween season. Admission includes: Haunted Hayride, Mr. Allaire’s Home, and the Haunted Village itself.  Enter if you dare! Tickets can be purchased online, for a group rate of 25 or more, call the office at 732-919-3500. Adult tickets are $15, children tickets, ages under 12, are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 5:45 pm.

October 21: Bradley Beach Howl-o-Ween Festival and Parade. 12-3pm at Riley Park, free admission and live music. Learn more at http://www.bradleybeachnj.gov/ or call 732-776-2999.

October 21 & 22: 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. Cost $8 per person/ Kids 12 and under FREE. Discounted tickets online.

October 28: Ocean Grove Halloween Parade for children and pets. Begins at noon at Fireman’s Park on Main Avenue. For more details go to http://oceangrovenj.com/ or call 732-774-1391.

Trunk or Treat, Lake Shenandoah Park (Lakewood).  Individuals, businesses and non-profit groups decorate car trunks, vans or pickup beds and hand out treats. If you are interested in collecting treats, just come out in costume. All are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk and for the best costumes. Free admission, 7 to 8:30pm. For more details call 732-506-5122 or go to http://www.oceancountyparks.org/

October 29: Annual Point Pleasant Halloween Parade at 1pm. Marching down Bridge Avenue to Point Pleasant’s Community Park since 1980 – this fun filled day has been a tradition among families of all ages. Featuring live bands, 10 + motorized and pull floats, categories for marching, judged costume contest. Trophies awarded at Community Park immediately following the parade. Ice cream for sale, free admission. Call 732-295-8850 or go to http://pointpleasantchamber.com/

4 Ideas for “Me Time” Under $25

Whether or not you’re a parent, it’s important you take time out of your busy schedule to take care of yourself once in awhile. Parents often call this “me” time and although some may not want to admit it, everyone needs a little time to themselves for rest and relaxation. Here are four budget-friendly tips for getting that much needed “me” time for under $25.

Pick out a Pinterest project.

Whether it’s a new recipe, a home décor idea, or a creative craft, go back to your Pinterest boards and tackle that project you’ve been longing to get to. Having a small project to do on your own, will get you feeling creative and also productive.

Have your car cleaned.

Sometimes having someone do your chores makes all the difference in the world. Cleaning out your car is not something most of us look forward to, so do some research and find auto-detailing shops in your area on the cheap. In most cases, you can usually get a great interior and exterior wash for around $20. Check out Groupon for deals near where you live or work.

Take a nap.

Who doesn’t love a good nap? Many of us are lucky if this is ever an option. On the next weekend that rolls around, make it part of your day, even if it’s just 30 minutes. If you have children – arrange in advance for them to be looked after. Just getting that extra time in to rest can really help recharge your batteries, even if you just lie down and don’t go all the way to sleep.

Go out for a solo coffee date.

Those fancy coffees can really put a dent in your budget, but grabbing one every so often can be a nice treat. Make a plan to hit up your neighborhood coffee shop with a good book or magazine and sit and enjoy your favorite beverage. The coffee will give you an energy boost and the alone time will help you feel happy and rejuvenated.

Article Source: Wendy Bignon for CUInsight.com

 

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

Summer is officially winding down and the kids are heading back to school for another year, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great inexpensive events happening near you. Check out the list of activities that are kicking off the fall season. Enjoy!

September 2 & 3:

Allaire Bacon, Bikes, and Brews (Allaire State Park, Wall). With a beer tent, food trucks with bacon-themed items, craft vendors, live bands, children’s activities, and tours of the historic buildings – this is an event you won’t want to miss!  The event is 11am to 5pm with the ‘last call’ for drinks at 4:45pm on September 2nd and 3rd. Admission is $10 for adults, 18 years old and older.  Kids under 18 are free! Tickets can be purchased in at the door. For details, click here or call 732-919-3500.

Grape Stomping Festival at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Grape stomping for all! $8 per person and kids 12 and under are free. Call 609-758-8000 or go to www.lauritawinery.com

September 2-4: BBQ and Craft Beer Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport).  Come celebrate the juiciest, most tender pulled pork, brisket and ribs the Jersey Shore has to offer – plus so much more. There will also be a craft beer garden with over 40 beers to choose from. Gates open at 11:30am and the festival goes until 5:30pm each day. Kids will enjoy FREE Family Fun Day activities from 12-4pm on Saturday and Sunday including clowns, face painters, pony rides and a bounce house. For more information click here, or call 732-222-5100.

September 8-10: Asbury Park Oysterfest.  This 3-day culinary event is one you won’t want to miss! Friday: 5-10 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday:  11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Located at Bradley Park, across from Convention Hall and the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel.  Admission is $3. For details visit http://www.asburyparkchamber.com/festivals.asp or call 732-775-7676.

September 9: Ocean Grove Fall Flea Market. Over 300 vendors selling new, used and antique items as well as a variety of food offerings. Rain or shine event from 9am-4pm! Ocean Pathway from the Great Auditorium to the boardwalk. http://www.oceangrovenj.com/ or call 732-774-1391.

September 9 &10: Delicious Orchards Apple Festival (Colts Neck). Attendees will enjoy a full antique car display (over 40 cars ranging back to the early 1900’s), fun games, local vendors offering delicious product samplings, farm animals, a clown, live music, and of course plenty of apple options including more than a dozen varieties: Delicious Orchards’ famous apple cider, seasonal apple ice cream, apple flavored cotton candy and made on site apple fritters. Click here or call 732-462-1989.

September 16:

Late Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall). Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knickknacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8-3pm. $1 admission for adults, children and members of the Historic Village at Allaire are free. Learn more here or call 732-919-3500.

40th Annual Festival of the Sea (Point Pleasant Beach). Visitors sample dishes by the area’s finest restaurants, from clam chowder to lobster, to steak, even desserts! Arts and crafts, pony rides, and hundreds of vendors. Kiddie games, live entertainment and more. Voted Best Seafood Festival in Ocean County by the Asbury Park Press Readers Year after Year! Free shuttles provided, rain date September 17th. Festival runs from 10 am to 7 pm on Arnold and Bay Avenues. Learn more at www.pointchamber.com or call 732-899-2424.

September 16 &17:

The Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore (Belmar). From 11am-6pm enjoy games, a beer & wine garden, and kids’ activities on Main Street between 10th and 13th Avenues. There will also be a cannoli eating contest on Saturday and a pasta eating contest on Sunday. There will also be live entertainment all weekend. Learn more here or call 732-681-3700 ext. 214.

Food Trucks and Firepits at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Fireworks Saturday evening! $8 per person and kids 12 and under are free. Call 609-758-8000 or go to www.lauritawinery.com

September 23: Ocean Township’s Fall Fest at Joe Palaia Park (Whalepond and Deal Road). The event takes place from 10am-4pm. http://www.oceantwp.org/ or call 732-531-5000 ext. 5401.

September 24: Red Bank Oyster Festival. Join a celebration filled with food, wine, live music, beer & more! Don’t miss this fun event located in the White Street Parking lot from noon to 7pm. http://www.redbank.org/ or call 732-842-4244.

September 30:

Fall Harvest Festival at Allaire State Park (Wall). Come celebrate the harvest, bring your sweetheart and try your hand at cider pressing, games, dancing, and much more! Adults are $5, children ages 5-12 years old are $3. (Children under 5 are free).  Wagon rides additional cost $7 adults, $5 children. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The festival takes place from 11am-4pm. Click here or call 732-919-3500.

Spring Lake Italian Festival and Art Walk. The event takes place from noon to 6pm at Third and Morris Avenues. There will be an Italian specialty food court, wine & beer garden, live music, face painting, art and more. http://springlake.org/italianfestival or call 732-449-0577.

Food Truck Wind Up and Craft Beer Fest (First Energy Park, Lakewood). The event takes place from noon to 5pm. Take your family and your friends out to the ballpark at the Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium for this fun-filled day of food trucks, craft beer, bands, vendors and crafters. Admission is free; $5 parking per car. Call 732-316-0222 or visit www.irunnewjersey.com

 

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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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!