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!

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

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, 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 12th 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 4:

  • Spring Fling Arts and Crafts Festival at the Ocean Grove Great Auditorium from 10am-4pm. This event is rain or shine and takes place on Main Avenue, Pilgrim Pathway, and Auditorium Park. Over 200 artists and crafters will be there as well as food vendors and live music. This is a fun family friendly day that you won’t want to miss! Learn more at oceangrovenj.com
  • Drive In Movie at Barnegat Public Dock at 8:30pm. Don’t miss an old fashioned drive in movie at the Barnegat Dock on East Bay Avenue. The event is free to attend. Learn more at http://barnegat.net/

May 5:

  • Belmar Kite Festival from 11am-4pm between the 3rd and 4th Avenue beach and boardwalk. See more details at http://www.belmarbusinesspartnership.com/
  • Red Bank’s 9th Annual International Beer, Wine and Food Festival from 12-6pm at White Street Parking Lot between Maple Avenue and Broad Street. This grand festival is a great time for one and all and features international food from Red Bank area restaurants, a large selection of beer & wine, live entertainment on two stages, kids area and family fun, plus unique crafters & vendors. Admission is $5 per person, kids 10 and under are free. Get the scoop by clicking here.

May 11 and 12: Asbury Park’s Spring Bazaar from 12-5pm at Convention Hall. Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend at the Asbury Park Spring Bazaar. The event will feature a shopping extravaganza with handcraft & vintage vendors, flowers, a photo booth, beauty styling, live music, DIY workshops, and Mother’s Day Brunch. Learn more here.

May 12: Mother’s Day at Casino Pier (Seaside Heights) at 12pm-6pm. Spoil Mom by bringing her to Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach – Moms will receive a free ride wristband with a paying child under age 16. See more details at https://casinopiernj.com/event/mothers-day-promotion-2/

May 17-19: Annual Belmar Seafood Festival at Pyanoe Plaza. Friday night runs from 4-8pm, Saturday from 11am-8pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm. Don’t miss the 33rd seafood festival featuring delicious sea fare, kids activities, crafters, and outdoor live music. Learn more at www.visitbelmarnj.com

May 18:

  • Craft Market, Festival and Spring Auction at Allaire Village (Wall) from 10am-4pm. You’ll see over 50 crafters, Allaire artisans, flowers, historic demonstrations and more! Plus a real 19th century auction in front of the General Store. Advanced tickets are $5 per adult, $3 for children ages 2-12, and kids under 2 are free. Buy tickets online here.
  • Downtown Toms River Chili and Salsa Cookoff from 11am-5pm on Washington Street between Hooper Avenue and Main Street. Free admission and free parking! Join the 30th Annual Chili & Salsa Cookoff. Come taste the best chili from local restaurants and chefs and vote for your favorite! There will be food trucks offering everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to gyros, tacos and more. Toms River Fire Co. #1 will have a beer & wine garden. Live entertainment, merchandise vendors, and kids’ rides. Learn more at http://www.downtowntomsriver.com/

May 23-28: Asbury Park Summer Kickoff Carnival at Ocean and 5th Avenues. The Asbury Park Carnival will be filled with rides for all ages, various attractions & delicious fair food. Join the fun at Bradley Park! The carnival begins on 5/23 from 5-10pm. Learn more and get tickets online here.

May 25-27:

  • Bradley Beach Memorial Day Fest from 11am-8pm on Ocean Avenue. A Memorial Day Parade will take place at 10am on 5/25. There will be 6 bands and a DJ, over 180 craft vendors, 25 food vendors, kids’ activities (water slide, rides, face painting, sand art), and oceanfront fun. Get more information here.
  • Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11:30am-6:30pm. It’s time to kick off the summer season at Monmouth Park! There will be over 40 mouth watering food trucks, live music, family fun activities like face painting and pony rides, and a bounce house. The first horse race begins at 12:50pm on 5/25. Admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free, and $5 for parking. See the food truck line up and learn more here.

May 27:

  • Freehold Memorial Day Parade on Main Street in Downtown Freehold from 10am-2:30pm. Don’t miss one of the largest consecutively running parades in NJ! The parade steps off from the corner of Brinkerhoff Avenue and Main Street at 10am. The parade features more than 70 military units, veterans groups, bands, fire departments, EMS squads, youth groups, custom designed floats and civilian units.​ Learn more at http://www.freeholdmemorialdayparade.com/
  • Middletown Memorial Day Parade begins at 10am from Bayshore Middle School. The route is as follows: Leonardvile Road to Appleton Avenue to Center Avenue to Brevent Avenue, turn right onto Highland Avenue, then left on Leonard Avenue and right on Viola Avenue to the American Legion Post on Route 36. The parade ends at approximately 11:30am. Learn more here.
  • Manchester Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony at 10am at Manchester Township Recreation on Lake Road. The parade will feature a remembrance of all the veterans who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The township is asking children to adorn their bicycles with patriotic décor and take part in the parade. Free to attend. Learn more at http://www.manchestertwp.com/

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

Spring has sprung! Time to enjoy the fresh flowers, warm weather, and great outdoor activities this April. Check out all of the fun events we have listed below – that you and your family and friends can enjoy this month. We also hope you have a Happy Easter and Passover!

April 4: Lakewood BlueClaws Opening Day Game at 6:35pm vs the Hickory Crawdads. Join the BlueClaws minor league baseball team as they kick off their 19th season at the Jersey Shore! Kids 12 and under will also get to run the bases after the game. Learn more and buy tickets online here, or call 732.901.7000.

April 7:

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Casino Pier (Seaside Heights) at 9:30am and 11am. Enjoy breakfast and fun with the Easter Bunny! Pre-registration is required. Tickets include a breakfast buffet, $5 arcade card, face painting, and photos with the Easter Bunny for $12 per person. Register online here, or call 732.793.6488.

Red Bank Street Fair and Craft Show from 11am-5pm in Downtown Red Bank. Free admission. Don’t miss artists, crafters, vendors, food, kids’ rides & games, live music, and more. See more information here, or call 908.654.1400.

April 12-14: Annual Spring Swap Meet and Auto Show at Raceway Park (Englishtown).  Connect with other car owners, look for hard to find parts/accessories, appreciate American classic cars, there will be over 300 cars for sale, vendors, and more! General admission is $12 per day, free parking, and kids 12 and under are free. Gates open at 7am each day. The event closes at 6pm Friday & Saturday, and 4pm Sunday. Call 732.446.7800 or go to https://etownracewaypark.com/ to learn more.

April 13:

Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Don’t miss bargains among vintage treasures, books, artwork, handmade items and more! $2 admission for adults and kids 12 and under are free. The historic village, general store, and bakery will be open as well. Learn more here or call 732.919.3500.

Langosta Lounge’s Annual Lobster Run (Asbury Park) at 10am. All donations and proceeds from the 5K event go to the American Littoral Society to benefit marine life. A buffet at Langosta Lounge will begin at 10:30am and will be available through 12:30pm. Learn more, register to run/walk in the 5K race, and see the buffet menu here, or call 732.915.9139.

Breakfast with Sonny the Bunny at iPlay America (Freehold) from 8am-11am. There will be a hot breakfast buffet, live performances, and professional photos, treats, and visiting with Sonny the Bunny. Purchase event tickets here, or call 732.577.8200.

Mermaid Tea Party at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant) from 1:30-3pm. Dress in your best mermaid outfit and have some magical under the sea fun! Enjoy snacks, tea, make a craft, and more. Ages 4-10 only, pre-registration is required. Cost is $30 for an adult/child pair, $15 for each additional child, $20 for each additional adult. Learn more and register here, or call 732.892.0600.

April 13 and 14: Kites at the Pier Festival (Pier Village, Long Branch) from 9am-4pm. Every kind of kite imaginable will be at this festival!  Kites of all shapes and sizes – from inflatable flying creatures to traditional kites, will be flying high over the beach between the Avenue and McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. A dazzling display of giant kites will be visible for miles and miles. Learn more about the event at https://piervillage.com/events/kites-at-the-pier-2/ or call 732.923.0100.

April 14: Spring Wreath Workshop at B&B Studios (Arnold Ave., Pt. Pleasant Beach) from 1-3pm.  You’ll learn hands on how to construct your very own fresh spring wreath made with lavender and eucalyptus, led by Amber and Earth. All you need to bring to the class is a pair of garden shears. Learn more here.

April 20:

Easter Egg Hunt and Festival at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am-4pm. Don’t miss this day of fun for the whole family! Over 15,000 eggs will be hidden on the village green and hunts will take place every 15 minutes. Children will be grouped according to age, and each child can hunt for 6 eggs total. Pre-registration is recommended (the event was sold out in 2018). Tickets are $8 per person and kids under 1 years old are free. If the event is not sold out, tickets on the day of at the door will be $12 each. There will also be music, costumed characters, balloon animals, basket & bonnet decorating, an egg toss and other games, Easter Bunny visits and more. Learn more and purchase tickets online here, or call 732.919.3500.

Easter at the Pier (Pier Village, Long Branch) from 12-4pm. Pier Village will be featuring a DJ, Easter Bunny meet & greet, Easter themed games and contests, face painting, inflatable rides, balloons, and more! Learn more here or call 732.923.0100.

April 27: Belmar Artwalk from 12-4pm on Main Street. Don’t miss the beautiful displays of art throughout downtown Belmar! For more information go to https://www.belmararts.org/ or call 732.749.3360.

April 27 and 28:

Allaire BBQ and Brew Fest (Wall) from 11am-5pm. $8 per adult and $4 per child when purchased in advance, $12 per adult and $8 per child at the door, kids ages 2 and under are free. This event will be held rain or shine. There will be a beer and wine garden, award winning BBQ items to purchase, food trucks, live music and fun. Learn more and purchase tickets here, or call 732.919.3500.

Annual Waretown Spring Wine Festival from 12-5pm both days (Waretown Recreation and Lake Area, Wells Mills Rd.). The Waretown Spring Wine Festival is a two-day event that features an array of samplings from a spectrum of award-winning wineries from throughout the Garden State. In addition to premier wine tastings, there will also be live entertainment, crafters, retail vendors, food vendors, and a children’s play area. Tickets are $20 when purchased in advance (if you are not wine tasting, tickets are $5). Get more details by calling 732.946.2711 or click here.

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

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 2: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant) from 1-4pm. Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book and share it during story times with the Cat in the Hat. Enjoy crafts too! Cost is free with aquarium admission. Learn more by calling 732.899.1659 or click here.

March 3:

Open ceramics at Thompson Park in Lincroft from 12:30-4:30pm. Choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children age 12 and under are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware – cash or check only. Learn more by calling 732.842.4000 ext. 4343 or click here.

Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 12-4pm on Main Street. Don’t miss one of the biggest celebrations of St. Patty’s Day in our area! See the parade route and get more information here, call 732.280.2648 or watch the parade streaming live the day of!

March 9:

Ocean County’s Annual St. Patty’s Day Parade kicks off at 12pm down the Boulevard in Seaside Heights. Enjoy a great afternoon celebrating with thousands! For more details, visit https://www.ocstpatricksdayparade.com/

March 10:

Belmar Restaurant Tour from 11:30am-3:30pm. Don’t miss over 30 of Belmar’s best places to eat on this year’s annual restaurant tour. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online in advance.

Annual Asbury Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 1-3pm. The parade begins at 5th and Ocean Avenues, with lots of places to continue to celebrate and have fun afterward. See the parade route and get more information at https://asburyparkstpatricksparade.com/

March 12 & 13: Flavor of Freehold Restaurant Tour from 5:30-8:30pm in Downtown Freehold. A unique tour of Downtown Freehold’s restaurants, bars, and shops held over two days. Participants walk from place to place with their “Passport” used as a guide of where to go. Everyone will receive signature samples from some of Freehold’s most loved establishments. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online.

March 15: Pizza and Penguins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Pt. Pleasant) from 6-7:30pm. Your favorite flightless bird will make a special dinnertime appearance while you enjoy pizza and drinks! Learn all about them, ask their keepers questions, and meet Perky the Penguin too. Pre-registration is required. All ages are welcome. Cost  is $20 Adults $15 Children. Call 732.899.1659 or click here.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day at iPlay America in Freehold from 11am-9pm. Come to iPlay America and feel the luck of the Irish! Purchase an iRide, iRide Plus, or Power Play Pass and you are eligible choose a coin from the Pot of Gold. You can also win a free Shamrock Shake or Free Ride Band. Game Time Bar and Grill will also be having great St. Patrick’s Day specials featuring corned beef and cabbage and more. Get additional details at https://www.iplayamerica.com/ or call 732.577.8200.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off in Downtown Freehold on McLean Street at 1pm and runs through 2:30pm. The parade route will be packed with tons of fun and Irish tradition, as participants march from McLean Street to the Elk’s Lodge. Parking is available in Borough and Public lots. Learn more here.

March 23 & 24: Sugar Shack Tour, Tasting and Tractor ride at Happy Day Farm (Manalapan) from 12-5pm. Freezing nights and thawing days mark the beginning of maple sugaring season, and the work of tapping trees and boiling sap is underway. This is a great outdoor winter experience where attendees will take a tractor ride of the 130-acre farm. Visitors will find out what equipment is needed to collect sap, learn how to identify maple trees, and lend a hand in the process. In the Sugar Shack, visitors can see how sap is produced into delicious maple syrup. $3 per person to attend and 100% pure maple syrup available to purchase. Call 732.977.3607 to find out more, or click here.

March 24: Jersey Shore Comic Book Show at the Elks Lodge in Toms River from 10am-4pm. If you are a comic fan, don’t miss this comic book festival featuring artists, writers, costume groups. Guests include Joe del Beato from Marvel Comics and the Star Wars 501st Legion. There will also be raffles, door prizes, and a costume contest. $3 admission. Learn more by calling 609.242.7756 or visit http://www.jerseyshorecomicbookshow.com/

March 27-31: Garden State Film Festival in Asbury Park. The festival begins on 3/27 with a 7pm screening, and various films are shown at different locations around the city. See the full film festival movies and schedule at https://www.gsff.org/ and purchase tickets online at https://www.gsff.org/tickets/ . There are various ticket options available for a full weekend pass, day passes, awards banquet, and more. Don’t miss this great artistic event!

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

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 2: Ice at the Pier (Long Branch) from 10am to 10pm. Enjoy one of Pier Village’s most celebrated traditions. Lace up your skates and twirl away by-the-sea at their iconic Ice Rink. Here you’ll find residents and visitors alike skating in the heart of Pier Village’s beautifully decorated community, exciting shops and restaurants. Adult tickets are $14, kids under twelve are $10, and skate rentals are $4. For more information on skate times and other dates to skate, please visit https://www.iceatthepier.com/ or call 732.923.0100 x109

Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet (Convention Hall, Asbury Park) from 10am to 6pm. When you pay $10 admission for adults (kids under 12 are free), you’ll be able to check out 60 different vendors and over 60 beautiful custom motorcycles. There will also be great food and cold beer available. Learn more at https://cheapthrillsshow.com/

Glass Blowing Demo and Open House at The Hot Spot at Rainbow Art Glass (Wall) from 3-6pm. Watch experienced artists turn molten glass into colorful hearts, beautiful paperweights, one-of-a-kind cups, and more! Want to create your own piece of glass art? Sit one-on-one with a talented glassblower as they guide you through creating and blowing your own unique glass art project. Walk-ins welcome; reservations recommended. Please call (732) 681-6003 or visit hsrag.com to learn more.

February 3: Valentine’s Day Cookie Making Class (Pt. Pleasant) from 11am-2pm. Soule Culinary Art Studio is featuring a twist on rainbow cookies by making Valentine’s rainbow cookies with red, white, and pink layers. Learn how to make your own almond paste from scratch. The rainbow cookies will be filled with raspberry preserves and finished with chocolate ganache and a little heart for your sweetie. Everyone will go home with at least a dozen cookies. Reservations needed for this class and it is $40 a person. Learn more here.

February 8: An Evening with the Celebrity Housewives (Count Basie Theater, Red Bank) from 8-10pm. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with some of your favorite Television Housewives – on stage live in person! Hear all about these dazzling ladies, their cherished families, amazing businesses, and how fame has changed their lives forever. Don’t miss this outrageous evening with these fabulous Reality TV stars featuring: Teresa Giudice (New Jersey), Dorinda Medley (New York) and Kelly Dodd (Orange County). Learn more and purchase tickets here, or call 732.842.9000.

February 8 and 9: Family Date Night at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 6-9pm. What better way to spend “Valentine’s Day” than with the ones you love the most? Package of Four = $54.95 and includes: Admission for (4) to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a Plain Pizza & Pitcher of Soda at the Pavilion, a $10 PlayCard for the Pavilion Arcade and (4) treats from the Sweet Shop. Learn more here, or call 732.892.0600

February 9: Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar from 12-6pm. Come to the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall which features great local and regional vendors selling gifts made with love. There will be plenty of craft vendors, live music, a kissing photo booth, food, drinks, and more.  Get more information and see the complete list of vendors at https://www.asburyparkbazaar.com/valentines-bazaar-2019/

February 9 and 10: Wine and Chocolate at 4JG’s Vineyard in Colts Neck. From 12-5pm, enjoy a perfectly choreographed pairing of award winning wines and locally crafted chocolate. This is the Valentine’s Day event you won’t want to miss! For more information, visit https://www.4jgswinery.com/events-1/

Wine and Chocolate Weekend at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) starts at noon both Saturday and Sunday. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with lots of wine and plenty of chocolate, featuring 3 chocolate vendors, live music, and great food too. General admission is FREE! Call 609.758.8000 or visit www.lauritawinery.com for more details.

February 14: Valentine’s Day Horse and Carriage Rides (Pier Village, Long Branch) from 5-7pm. Enjoy an evening of dinner, shopping and ice skating, complimented by Horse and Carriage Rides through beautifully decorated Pier Village. Get more information here.

Valentine’s Day at iPlay America (Freehold) from 4-9pm. Share a fun-filled Valentine’s Day with friends, family or the one you love! Purchase the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Package for two at just $39.95 which includes: (2) Laser Tag, (2) 4D, (2) Go-Karts, (2) unlimited non-redemption video games, and (2) $10 game cards! Learn more at https://www.iplayamerica.com/events/upcoming-events/ or call 732.577.8200

February 19: Don’t miss the start of Pier Village’s Restaurant Week (Long Branch)! From 5:30-8:30pm each night through February 27th, Pier Village’s culinary scene will be heating up. Participating restaurants will feature a 3 course, prix fixe menu at a great price of either $25 or $35 per person. To see participating restaurants and make your reservations, visit here.

February 20: Wine, Chocolate and More at the English Manor (Ocean Township) from 5:30-7:30pm. Join the Greater Ocean Township Chamber of Commerce for their annual wine, cheese, and chocolate event!  Don’t miss this great night of fun. To learn more, click here or call 732.660.1888

February 24: Annual Chili Cookoff in The Highlands (3-7pm). At Bahrs Landing on Bay Ave, there will be two Chili Cook Off contests. There will be a “Professional” Cook Off (commercial) and an “Amateur” Cook Off (residents). Once the chili lovers have tasted all contestants’ chili, they will vote for their favorite and drop their ballot in the ballot box. Learn more here or call 732.291.4713

February 28: Yoga at Rinn Duin Brewing (Toms River) from 6:30-7:30pm. For just $12, take a yoga class and have a beer afterward. All yoga levels are welcome to attend, and the class is hosted by This is Yoga. Ages 21+ only. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Register online here, or call 732.569.3261