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!

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 https://www.gsff.org/

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.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this September 2019

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 your local summer and the start of fall. Enjoy!

September 4: Fall Concert Series (Downtown Freehold) from 7:30-9:30pm at the Hall of Records. Come out and see The Nerds and enjoy an evening outside filled with upbeat, entertaining music! This event is free to attend. Learn more here.

September 6-8: Asbury Park Oysterfest across from Convention Hall. Admission is $3 on Saturday and Sunday, kids under 6 are free. Friday has free admission and event hours are 5-10pm. Saturday hours are 11am-10pm and Sunday is 11am-6pm. Traditional festival fare, seafood and oysters will be available from dozens of local food vendors. There will also be craft vendors, music, activities for kids, and this event is dog friendly. Learn more here.

September 7:

Ocean Grove’s Giant Fall Flea Market from 9am-4pm by the Great Auditorium. Admission is free, the event will be held rain or shine, and there will be over 300 vendors! Get more details by calling 732.774.1391 or clicking here.

Brielle Day Craft Show from 9am-4pm at Brielle Park (644 Union Lane). Brielle Day is a town wide celebration featuring a craft show, fire truck rides, beer garden, entertainment, kids activities and food vendors. The event will be held rain or shine. Get more information here.

Chocolate, Wine, and More from 12-4pm at iPlay America in Freehold. This event will feature representatives from chocolatiers, bakeries and specialty food markets. With your ticket, you will get a chance to sample it all, as well as purchase. In addition to chocolates and wine, there will also be a variety of vendors for some shopping opportunities. Tickets are $10 for adults 21+, $5 for ages 13-20, kids under 12 are free. Learn more and buy tickets online here.

September 7-8: Apple Fest at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck from 11am-4pm. Don’t miss the ultimate summer sendoff and fall kickoff all at once! There will be games, prizes, live music, local food vendors, an antique car show and lots of things apple! Find out additional details here.

September 8: Ice Cream Social Picnic and Fall Festival (Havens Homestead Museum in Brick) from 12-4pm. Bring a picnic lunch and purchase made to order ice cream treats and soft drinks, enjoy the beauty of the museum property, and there will be autumn themed games for children. Admission is free. Reserve a spot by calling 732.458.6266 or visit http://www.bricktownshiphistoricalsociety.com/

September 14:

Late Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, books, artwork, handmade items and more! Admission is $2 for adults and kids under 12 are free. Learn more here or call 732.919.3500.

Food Trucktemberfest at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11am-5pm. There will be over 24 food trucks, you won’t want to miss this event! Live music will be available from 12-4pm. Parking is $5, admission is $5, and kids under 12 are free. See the food truck line-up here.

September 15: Red Bank Food and Wine Walk from 2-5pm. Tickets are $40 each (this event is for those 21+). Your ticket includes tastings at over 15 Red Bank eateries, as well as wine samples, and a self guided tour. The event is held rain or shine. Learn more here.

September 21:

Fall Apple Festival at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am-4pm. Join the villagers in celebrating the harvest and try your hand at apple cider pressing, an apple pie baking contest, games and hat making for kids, hearth cooking, music, historic demonstrations, strolling villagers, and more! Adults are $8 each, kids 2-12 are $4 each, and kids under 2 are free. No parking fees for this event. Learn more and purchase tickets online here.

42nd Annual Festival of the Sea (Downtown Pt. Pleasant Beach, Arnold and Bay Avenues) from 10am-7pm. Visitors can sample dishes by the area’s finest restaurants – including lobster, clam chowder and more, there will be arts & crafts, pony rides, hundreds of vendors, kids activities, live entertainment, and more. Get additional information at http://www.pointchamber.com/

September 28:

Manasquan Fall Craft Fair from 10am-4pm at Squan Plaza on Miller Preston Way. The annual Manasquan Festival is an outdoor event with a vendors offering quality arts, crafts, and gifts – plus food, fun, entertainment, apple pie and pumpkin pie baking contests, pumpkin painting, and more.  See additional details at https://www.manasquanchamber.org/calendar.html

Spring Lake Italian Festival from 12-5pm in Downtown Spring Lake. Morris Ave from 3rd to 4th Avenues will become an Italian Village featuring live music, Italian food, dancing, wine, kids activities, and more. Get the scoop here.

Middletown Day takes place from 11am-5pm at Cryodon Hall (900 Leonardville Rd.) This fall festival boasts activities for all ages including a business and community showcase, craft fair, live local music, children’s activities, emergency response demonstrations, a petting zoo, hayrides, flea market, food court and more.  The event will be held rain or shine.  Learn more at https://www.middletownnj.org/450/Middletown-Day

Jackson Day takes place from 11am-5:30pm at John F. Johnson Jr. Memorial Park. The day celebrates over 175 years of Jackson history, and there will be vendors, a craft fair, touch a truck, a car show, entertainment, rides, a petting zoo, a game truck, and more! Find out additional details by calling 732.928.1200 x1361 or click here.

September 29: Belmar Kite Festival from 9am-4pm at 5th Avenue Beach. Come see some beautiful kites flying high up in the sky at the Jersey Shore! You won’t want to miss this gorgeous local summer event. Find out more here.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this July 2019

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.

Independence Day Fireworks Schedule 2019

July 3:

Freehold, Dusk at Freehold Raceway

Bradley Beach, 9pm Beachfront

Manasquan, Dusk at Main Beach

Ocean Township, Dusk at Mike Cernigliaro Fairgrounds at Joe Palaia Park

Lakewood, Lake Carosaljo at dusk

Jackson, Six Flags at 10pm (nightly July 3 – 6)

July 4:  

Long Branch, 9pm Oceanfront Promenade (The entire day will feature the city’s annual Oceanfest event)

Seaside Heights, 9:30pm on the boardwalk

Asbury Park, Oceanfront at dusk

Pt. Pleasant, Dusk at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

Brick, Windward Beach Park at 6pm (Summerfest Concert Series)

*For more Monmouth and Ocean County towns with fireworks – click here or here.

July 6: Jackson Township Fireworks, Music and Food Trucks at Johnson Memorial Park from 3-8pm. Fireworks will take place at dusk. Free admission. Get more details here.

July 7: Classic Car Show and Oldies Day at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11am-5pm. There will be over 150 antique cars to admire, old school entertainment featuring Big Joe Henry from NJ 101.5 FM, live performances from The Cameos, pony rides, face painting, a bounce house and more.  Admission is $5, parking is $5 and kids under 12 are free. Learn more here.

July 10-14: Ocean County Fair at Robert J. Miller Airpark (Berkeley Township). Wednesday and Thursday hours are 5-11pm, Friday and Saturday hours are 11am-11pm, and Sunday is 11am-5pm. 2019’s Ocean County Fair will be 5 days filled with entertainment, 4H displays, animals, rides, games, music and food. There will be a chainsaw carver, pig races and a hands on butterfly encounter. $8 per person and children under 10 are free. Learn more at http://oceancountyfair.com/ or call 732-914-9466.

July 12: Movies in the Park (Howell) begins at dusk at the Howell Library hill on Old Tavern Road. How to Train Your Dragon is the featured movie of the night. The event is free, just bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. Non-perishable food item donations will be collected for those interested in bringing anything for the local food bank. For more information call 732-938-4500 ext. 2106 or click here.

July 13: Freehold Township Day at Michael J. Tighe Park from 4-11pm. There will be food vendors, merchandise, kids rides, activities for teens, live bands, an antique car show, and fireworks at 9pm. Learn more here.

July 14: Surf and Turf Seafood Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport). There will be live music, pony rides, facepainting, a bounce house, fresh local seafood, and more. Admission is $5, parking is $5 and kids under 12 are free. Learn more here.

July 17: Belmar Sandcastle Contest from 7am-1pm at 18th Avenue Beach. The competition is free and open to participants of all ages! Bring your shovels and creative flair for a day of sculpting in the sand. Learn more at http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/ or call 732-681-3700 ext. 214.

July 21: Movies on the Beach (Seaside Heights) from 8:30-11pm at Carteret Avenue Beach. This event is free to attend. Bring your own beach chairs and blankets. This showing will feature Lego Movie 2. Get more information at http://www.exit82.com/ or call 732-830-3700.

July 24-25: Christmas in July at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 2-6pm. Get in the holiday spirit at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk! Enjoy photos with Santa, strolling entertainment and lots for kids to do. For more information, click here or call 732-892-0600.

July 24-28: Monmouth County Fair (Freehold) takes place at the East Freehold Showgrounds on Kozloski Road. There will be plenty of rides, 4H competitions, great food, and lots of entertainment. Wednesday through Friday hours are 5-11pm, Saturday is 11am-11pm, and Sunday is 11am-6pm. Admission is $8, kids 12 and under and seniors 65+ are free. Learn more here or call 732-842-4000 ext. 4312.

July 27: Kites, Crafts and Cones Festival (Ortley Beach) from 12-8pm. The craft show will take place from noon to 7pm, kite flying from 6:15-8:30pm, and all day there will be free face painting, balloon art, and ice cream for sale. For more information call 908-303-9624 or go to http://friendsofortleybeach.org

We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer!