Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this August 2022

As the Summer continues to heat up, let’s look at some free and inexpensive activities to cool it down this August. Grab the entire family and explore these fun happenings around you!

August 1: Monday Concert Series (Seaside) begins at 7pm to dusk on the Franklin Avenue Stage at Seaside Heights Boardwalk. Bring a beach chair and enjoy the sounds of the local singers each week. Learn more here, or call 732-830-3700.

August 2:

National Night Out – Check your local police department’s website or Facebook page for fun, safe family activities! Learn more about the origin of the celebration here.

Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Kite Festival (Pt. Pleasant) from 11am-5pm. Enjoy kite flying, music, games, prizes and unforgettable special moments. Bring the entire family out! *Beach entry fees do apply for this event. Get more information here, or call 732-892-0600.

August 3: Free Family Outdoor Movie Night (Freehold) begins at 8:30pm with a showing of the Lion King (G) 1994, at the Hall of Records downtown. Don’t forget to bring your snacks and lawn chairs! Learn more here.

August 5: Princess Sing-A-Longs (Seaside) every Friday in August at Casino Pier from 3pm-5pm, 800 Ocean Terrace in Seaside Heights. Find out more here, or call 732-793-6488.

August 6:

Old Freehold Day at Topanemus Park, will feature a kids zone, food, various vendors, bouncy rides, a petting zoo and more! The event takes place from 12-5pm at 251 Pond Rd. Find out more details here.

Made in Monmouth (Cream Ridge) takes place from 12-6pm at Cream Ridge Winery, 145 Rt. 539. This event is free to attend. Attendees ages 21+ will get to sample wine while shopping for items by two dozen local Monmouth County vendors. Get more details.

August 6 & 7: New Jersey Friends of Clearwater Festival (Red Bank) from 11am-7pm at Riverside Gardens Park. Don’t miss the 47th annual celebration of music and the environment with live music on two stages, vendors, food and free sailboat rides. To learn more, click here.

August 7:

American Girl Doll Tea (Ocean Township) from 1-3:30pm at the Eden Woolley House Yard, 703 Deal Road. Attendees will get to complete a custom-made craft, enjoy refreshments, tour the house museum, and there will also be a doll shop available. Tickets are $30 and include one adult and one child. Call 732-531-6040 or click here for more information.

Argos Farm Sunflower Festival (Lacey) from 3-8:30pm, 1250 Lacey Road. There will be live music, photo opportunities, treats, an obstacle course, corn hole, tractors, and lots more! And of course you can pick your own sunflowers too. Learn more here.

August 8: Free Movie Mondays on the Beach (LBI) starts at 7pm. “The Goonies” will be shown at 7pm at 68th Street Beach in Brant Beach (6805 Long Beach Blvd.). Family Promise of Southern Ocean County will be selling concessions to help support their organization. For more information, click here.

August 10: Free Family Outdoor Movie Night (Freehold) begins at 8:30pm featuring Dora and the Lost City of Gold PG (2019) at the Hall of Records downtown.  Bring your snacks and lawn chairs! Learn more here or call 732-333-0094.

August 11: A Beginner’s Guide to Fishing (Howell) from 10am-2pm at the Manasquan Reservoir. Learn how to rig, bait, cast and hopefully catch your first fish! This event is free to attend. To learn more and register, click here.

August 13: Brick and Central’s Summertime Carnival (Bayville) from 5-10pm at Central Regional High School, 509 Forest Hills Parkway. There will be carnival rides, games of chance, food trucks and lots of fun! Learn more here, or call 732-269-1100.

August 19: Live Music (Downtown Freehold) from 7pm-9pm.  Don’t miss this free event at the Downtown Freehold Gazebo (1 East Main St.)! Learn more here, or call 732-333-0094.

August 22: Women’s Networking Event (Toms River) at Playa Bowls located at 224 Rt 37, from 5pm-8pm. If you are interested in networking with other local women, there are monthly meetings focusing on various topics regarding health and wellness. The topic for 8/22 is essential oils and massage therapy. The cost to attend is $25, which includes a $15 food credit. Learn more and purchase your ticket here.

August 27: Beachwood Community Day from 12-4pm at Birch & Surf Park, 1001 Ensign Avenue. There will be lots of vendors, giveaways, games, inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, live music, food and more! Get more information here.

August 28: Free Movies on the Beach (Seaside) begins at 8pm at Carteret Avenue Beach. Boss Baby 2 will be shown on 8/28. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets! Learn more here or call 732-830-3700.

August 30: Hot Halloween (Pt. Pleasant) will take place at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk from 3pm-7pm. This is a free event for all ages, so don’t forget to dust off those costumes to have a great time! Find out more.

August 31: They Might Be Giants (Asbury Park) will be performing at Asbury Lanes, located at 209 4th Avenue. Doors open at 7pm, come out to bowl and get a chance to see a great performance. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.asburylanes.com/ or call 732-361-6659.

We hope you all enjoy the rest of summer and wishing all the teachers and students a great new upcoming school year!

Inexpensive Summer Activities in Monmouth & Ocean Counties

As most of us know, living in or visiting our beautiful Jersey Shore area – is one of the best places to be in summer. There are so many great outdoor activities for those of all ages. Even better, many of these things to do are free! Keep reading to discover no or low-cost family fun in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, that you can still partake in all summer long.

Free Outdoor Movies

Great Play & Spraygrounds

Downtown Red Bank

Red Bank is a great place to spend the day walking around! There is much to see and do from the Navesink River area, Count Basie and Two River Theater Companies, lots of shopping, restaurants, art, and music. There is also free parking every Sunday! Plan how you’d like to spend your fun-filled day trip to Red Bank by visiting https://www.redbank.org/

Tour a Lighthouse

  • Sea Girt Lighthouse is located at Ocean Avenue and Beacon Blvd.
  • Barnegat Lighthouse at the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County

Walk the Boardwalk

Take a relaxing evening stroll down any Jersey Shore beach town’s boardwalk. Don’t forget to indulge in some ice cream depending on which one you decide to visit, or pick up some salt water taffy! You can also never go wrong with simply sitting on a boardwalk bench and taking in the peaceful sound of the ocean waves – any day of the week.

Pick Your Own Fruits & Veggies

  • If you haven’t been to Hallock’s U-Pick Farm in New Egypt (38 Fischer Rd.), be sure to make time to check it out this summer! You’ll get to pick your own vegetables and fruit, or visit their plentiful farm stand. Learn more about what you can pick and what’s in season here.
  • Happy Day Farm in Manalapan (106 Iron Ore Rd.), is another great spot to pick your own flowers, lavender, berries, and more.

Free Fireworks

Backyard Campfire and Treats

Spend a low-key evening at home in your own backyard and setup a small firepit and toast some s’mores with the family. Be sure to also check out the stars in the night sky while you’re there!

Go on a Local Hike

  • Hartshorne Woods on the Navesink in the Highlands (1402 Portland Rd.) – A hilly 794-acre site that overlooks the river, and also includes a nice historic district to visit and a beautiful park.
  • Cheesequake State Park in Matawan is a great place to hike, and there is also a lake for swimming, along with many other things to do outdoors.

Butterfly Gardens

  • The Aberdeen Township Butterfly Garden is located outside of the Municipal Building
  • Cattus Island County Park in Toms River – Check out 20 different plants that attract different butterfly species at 1170 Cattus Island Blvd.
  • Jakes Branch Butterfly Garden in Forked River – This SHIP (Soil Health Improvement Project) Butterfly Garden (714 Lacey Rd.) is comprised of native perennial plants that thrive in moderately sunny areas and most soil types, including the sandy soil found in Ocean County.

We hope you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer with family and friends, with the many free or inexpensive things to do in our gorgeous area of New Jersey!

Article Source: NJFamily.com