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!

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/