Things to Do in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this June 2016

ThinkstockPhotos-109266507You 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…

Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5: It’s Red Bank’s River Fest weekend where you and your family and friends will experience a world full of endless fun! The Garden State Craft Brewers Beer Cafe and Brewmasters will be offering delicious culinary delights from local restaurants as well as from festival vendors with non-stop entertainment ranging from nearby to regional musicians! Enjoy free admission – for times and other information, call 732-741-0055.

Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 12: Two River Theatre (Red Bank) proudly presents a production of Where the Wild Things Are. “Let the Wild Rumpus start!” This highly interactive show is a guided play experience, adapted from the timeless classic by Maurice Sendak. The audience helps transform Max’s bedroom into the various landscapes of his adventures as they sail along to the land of the Wild Things. This award-winning, internationally acclaimed production is best enjoyed by kids ages 3 to 7 and their parents/guardians.Tickets are just $25 each with various showtimes available. For more information, call 732-345-1400.

Saturday, June 11: Historic Allaire Village (Farmingdale) will be hosting their Late Spring Flea Market. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! The event runs from 8am-3pm and admission is just $5 per vehicle. The village, general store, and bakery will be open as well. Please note that the rain date is June 12th. For more information, call 732-919-3500.

Saturday, June 18: The Atlantic Highlands will be hosting their 8th Annual Atlantic Highlands Car Show. This family friendly event features 100+ beautiful cars, two stages of live music, vendors, local food places and boutiques, face painting and more! Come stroll lovely downtown Atlantic Highlands between 12pm-5pm to enjoy the show. Admission is free! For more information, call 732-872-8711.

Sunday, June 19: This year, continue the Jersey Shore family tradition and give Dad exactly what he wants on Father’s Day – a day with his family at beautiful Monmouth Park (Oceanport)! Dad’s first bet is free and all gentlemen receive a $2 betting voucher with paid admission to spend a day thanking all the amazing dads out there. Treat Dad to brunch in the Dining Terrace or bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful sights and sounds of Monmouth Park. You can also enter Dad to win tickets to his favorite local sports teams in our Father’s Day Sports Ticket Drawing. Enjoy great live music from Jersey Shore legends Tim McLoone featuring the Shirleys plus there’s FREE Family Fun Day activities for the kids. General parking and admission are both $5; and children 12 and under are always FREE! Gates open 11:30am, first race 12:50pm. For more information, call 732-222-5100.

Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26: Bring the whole family to enjoy the Bradley Beach Lobsterfest! This FREE event will feature six (6) bands and DJs playing requests.
There will be over 150 craft and specialty vendors, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities including a water slide, rides, face painters and sand art and of course a great oceanfront location! For more information, call 732-869-1020.

Wednesday, June 29: The Garden Club of Spring Lake will be holding their Annual Seaside Garden Tour! Attendees will tour eight beautiful, unique seaside gardens between 10am-3pm. You will also enjoy refreshments on an historic Spring Lake porch while watching artists paint various garden scenes. All attendees can have lunch at several Spring Lake restaurants offering a 10% discount! Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. For advance tickets or information, call 917-579-6213.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this May 2016

campingactivitiesWoohoo – we can finally come out of our hibernation period and enjoy the sun! Don’t forget to take advantage of your local parks and enjoy a bike ride, a family hike, play basketball or even a have a quaint family picnic! It’s a free, fun and a great way to stay active and get some fresh air. Check out some more free or inexpensive activities below that you can enjoy this month with your family and friends.

Sunday, May 1: Asbury Park will be holding their 5th Annual Restaurant Tour! From noon to 4pm, check out over 25 different food and beer destinations featuring small bites, sampling, and demonstrations. Tickets are available online for just $35 a person – limited amount of tickets will be for sale on 5/1. For more information, call 732-775-7676.

Saturday, May 7: Historic Allaire Village (Farmingdale) will be hosting two great events on this day – for more information, call 732-919-3500:

  • Spring Craft Market & Art Fair: This craft show 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. Stop by anytime between 10am-4pm – admission is just $2 for adults and children under 12-years-old and members are free.
  • Mommy and Me Tea Party: Celebrate Mother’s Day with this great event for all ages. Learn about the history of tea and how it shaped our lives – there will also be storytelling and a puppet show. Make sure to bring a fuzzy friend and a fun hat! Admission is just $5 for everyone 6 years and older. Admission to the Spring Craft Market is free with tea party tickets.

Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15: One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation is back for their 30th annual celebration – the Belmar Seafood Festival! Enjoy great seafood, crafters, and live entertainment all weekend long – PLUS admission is FREE. For a list of vendors and more information, click the link above.

Saturday, May 21: Shop through fine art, handmade crafts and historical antiques to the backdrop of live entertainment and the beautiful waters of the Raritan Bayshore at Keyport’s 2nd Annual Antiques and Artisan Festival. Be sure to treat all your senses and enjoy the delicious work of the town’s lively bar and restaurant community too! Guests can enjoy this FREE event and can reserve a canvas from the Arts Society of Keyport, bring their own supplies and paint along the waterfront. A free trolley service will be running between the Aberdeen-Matawan train station and the festival from 11am – 6pm. Additional parking is available at the train station and is free on weekends. For more information, call 732-739-5138.

Sunday, May 22Ocean Fun Days is the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s annual public outreach event and this year it is being held at Sandy Hook Beach. This family friendly weekend is a great opportunity to learn about New Jersey’s coastal environment and how to act wisely to care for it. Celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore with hands-on marine exhibits, classes, nature tours and children’s activities. For more information, call 732-872-1300 ext. 19.

Saturday, May 28-Monday, May 30: Monmouth Park’s (Oceanport) Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival is back and bigger than ever for a total of 3 DAYS! 50 trucks have signed on to participate this year, so you won’t want to miss out on mouth-watering empanadas, juicy cheesesteaks, decadent cupcakes, ocean-fresh lobster rolls, Belgian waffle sundaes, just to name a few…there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone! Bring family, bring friends, come one day or come all three – parking and admission is just $5. For more information, call 732-222-5100.

We hope you have a great month and Memorial Day!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this March 2016

colourbox1245002This March is filled with fun and festive holidays – St. Patrick’s Day, the start of Spring, and Easter. So let’s spring into March with a little bit of luck and have some fun with family and friends! Check out the list of free or inexpensive events below that are happening near you, and pencil in a few activities to enjoy.

Local St. Patrick’s Day Parades:

Friday, March 11: Sparking his career at the tender age of 12 years old, Nick Carter toured the globe for the last two decades with the group that made him an international pop superstar, Backstreet Boys. After going solo and also coming back as a group, Nick Carter is stopping at iPlay America (Freehold) during his All American Tour for one night only! Tickets start at just $30 and the show beings at 8pm – for more information, call 732-577-8200.

Saturday, March 12: Come out for a good cause to the Highlands Business Partnership’s 3rd Annual Guinness Run fundraiser. The event will start at 2pm and registration is $30.00 and includes a commemorative t-shirt, a pint glass, and access to the Post-Race Party at the Claddagh. All proceeds go to the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For more information, call 732-291-4713.

Sunday, March 13: It’s time to kick off Belmar’s Restaurant Tour! Sample some of the best chef creations from top shore restaurants from noon to 4:30pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Brandl, Mr. Shrimp, 10th Ave. Burrito, and Simply Southern. Tickets are $30 through March 12 and the day-of-event tickets are $35 (available at Brandl – 703 Belmar Plaza). For more information, call 732-681-3700 ext. 214.

Tuesday, March 22: Monmouth University (West Long Branch) brings the Theatreworks’ production of Charlotte’s Web – based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. A great event for children – tickets start at just $12. For more information, call 732-263-5715.

Saturday, March 26: Hop over to Allaire Village for an Easter Egg Hunt! There are over 10,000 eggs in the village for children of all ages to find. Hunts are divided into age groups and take place every 15 minutes continuously throughout the day from 12pm-4pm. Register in advance to avoid lines the day of – plus, children under 3 years old are free. Other activities include story time with Clifford the Big Red Dog, visits from the Easter Bunny, bonnet parade and contest, games, tours, and craft demonstrations. To purchase tickets in advance, click the link above – for more information, call 732-919-3500.

Sunday, March 27: Asbury Park Convention Center will be holding it’s 81st Annual Easter Parade. What a perfect way to kick off the holiday with the entire family – plus, it’s FREE! Head on down to the Convention Center’s Paramount Theatre from 1pm-2:30pm to see the Easter Bunny and great “Spring” sights. For more information, call 732-502-5752.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Easter!