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

You can smell the freshness in the air, the warmth of the sun, and the grass between your toes – it’s almost summer! This is best time of year to indulge in fun activities and take local day trips with family and friends. Check out these free or inexpensive activities and events below to start your next adventure. And, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th so don’t forget to appreciate Dad too!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We can finally enjoy the Spring sun and warming weather! Don’t forget to take advantage of our local parks and enjoy a bike ride, a hike, play basketball or even a have a family picnic this month. It’s a free, fun and a great way to stay active and get some fresh air at the same time. And, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th so don’t forget to appreciate Mom! Check out some more free or inexpensive activities below that you can enjoy this month with your family and friends.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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