Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this February 2023

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: Cupid’s Love Shop Holiday Shopping Event (Waretown) takes place from 6-9pm at Breakers Kitchen and Tap on Route 9. Proceeds will go to the local food bank. There will be vendors, a giveaway, face painting, balloon twisting, and a character visit. For every item you purchase, you will get 1 envelope for a chance to win a “love ticket” for a pick of a vendor prize. Find out more.

February 4:

Sea Girt Patriot Polar Bear Plunge will take place from 10:30am to 1pm at Sea Girt Beacon Boulevard Beach (9N Ocean Avenue). This event will benefit Jersey Shore area Veterans with home improvement and housing needs through Coastal Habitat for Humanity, and is $55 to participate. Register here.

Fire and Ice Festival (Cream Ridge) takes place from 10am-7pm at New Egypt Flea Market on Monmouth Road. There will be firepits, food trucks, wine from Cream Ridge Winery, shopping, music, character photos, fire juggling, and more. Admission is $5 per person. Learn more.

February 5: Annual Beef and Brew Fundraiser (Highlands) will take place from 3-7pm at Proving Ground Waterfront Dining on Shrewsbury Avenue. An event ticket is $40 and includes a buffet dinner and two beer tickets. There will also be a gift auction and a pipe band. All proceeds will benefit the annual St. Patrick’s Parade. Learn more and register here, or call 732-291-4713.

February 9: Wine and Bundt Cakes at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 7-9pm. The event is $35 per person to attend, and includes a flight of four wines paired with mini bundt cakes. Bring your valentine or enjoy a fun night out with friends, ages 21+. Register online at https://lauritawinery.com/ or call 609-752-0200.

February 10: Clue on Stage at Spring Lake Theater will take place at 2pm (matinee) and 7:30pm (evening performance), located at 300 Madison Avenue. Event tickets range from $30 to $40 per person. Don’t miss the experience of everyone’s favorite classic board game coming to life on stage, in a great evening filled with mystery, murder, and laughs. Purchase tickets online, or call 732-449-4530.

February 11:

Asbury Park Valentine’s Bazaar will take place from noon-6pm at the Asbury Hotel on 5th Avenue. Shop incredible local and regional vendors selling goods and gifts handmade with love. There will be food and libations, photo stations, a flower bar, kids activities, workshops and more. Get more details here, or call 732-774-7100.

Brick Township’s 173rd Birthday Party will take place from 3-5pm at Civic Plaza Activity Center on Chambers Bridge Road. The event celebrates the founding of the town with games, music, hand painting and cake, and is free to attend. Registration is required and can be done online here, or call 732-262-1000.

February 14: Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company’s Valentine’s Day Fundraiser Rose Sale will take place from 10am-7pm at the fire house on Central Avenue. Rose bouquets range from $20 to $35 and will benefit the volunteer fire company. Surprise your special someone with a beautiful bouquet for a good cause! Learn more.

February 18:

Winter Beach Blast (Toms River) will take place at the Ocean County Mall from 1-3pm. Get a taste of summer at this event featuring crafts, interactive tables, dancing, games (including the world’s largest Twister game), and more – for all ages. There will also be music and entertainment from B98.5 radio. This event is free to attend. Call 732-244-8200 or click here to find out more.

Comedy Night and Gift Basket Raffle (Lincroft) will take place at St. Leo the Great Arts and Athletic Center on Hurleys Lane from 7-11pm. Back by popular demand, the Knights of Columbus are presenting an evening of comedy along with a chance to win some prizes! The show features comedian Joe Fernandes, alongside other local professional entertainment. The cost to attend is $30, and tickets can be purchased online here or call 732-908-4386.

February 19: Summer in Winter Carnival (Manahawkin) will take place from noon-4pm at Holiday Inn on Route 72. There will be skee ball, a milk can toss, food such as chicken fingers, fries, popcorn and cookies. There will also be face painters, a balloon artist, photos, a DJ, and so much more! Admission is free. Reserve your spot online.

February 25: Seaside Heights Annual Polar Bear Plunge will begin at 9am with registration at Blaine Avenue. The plunge itself is at 1pm at 500 Boardwalk (Spicy’s). This fundraiser is a great way to support the Special Olympics in New Jersey. Find out more by calling 732-830-3700 or go to https://www.plungeseaside.org/event-information/

February 26: Annual Chili Cookoff (Highlands) will take place from 3-7pm at Quarterdeck at Seastreak on Shore Drive. Tickets are $35 per person and includes the sampling of chili, two beer tickets and two voting ballots. There will be performances by bag pipe bands and Daly’s Irish Dancers. All proceeds will benefit the 2023 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Register to attend here, or call 732-291-4713.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this January 2023

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoy some of these great winter events in a town near you this month, as we kick off 2023.

January 6:

The Little Mermen will be at House of Independents on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park at 8pm. The ultimate Disney tribute band returns! Come and enjoy an evening of music, dancing, and epic sing-alongs. Tickets cost $17 and can be purchased online here.

January 7:

Bruce Springsteen Symposium at Monmouth University (West Long Branch) takes place from 9am to 5pm. The Archives and Center for American Music will present this celebration of the 50th anniversary release of Springsteen’s debut album. Tickets are $50 per person, and more information can be found here, or call the box office at 732-263-6889.

January 8:

New Year’s Holiday Victorian Tea at the Mathis House in Toms River from 11am-3pm. The Inn will remain decorated for the holidays through the end of January, and will be featuring various events on most days of the week! Don’t miss this great Sunday tea that also includes live music, a five course meal, and a tour of the historic Mathis House. Cost is $50 per adult on weekends (weekdays is $40), kids up to age 12 are $20, and under age 5 are free with a paid adult. Call 732-818-7580 for reservations or go to https://www.mathishouse600main.com/

January 13:

Commemorative Breakfast Celebrating the Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Sheraton Hotel in Eatontown from 7:30am to 9:30am. The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County will be holding their 34th annual commemorative breakfast buffet with various keynote speakers. Tickets are $35 for adults, and $10 for those ages 16 and under. Purchase your tickets at https://ymcanj.org/mlk

January 15:

Lacey Township High School Flea Market from 9am to 2pm at 73 Haines Street in Lanoka Harbor. This is the 13th annual event to help the Lacey Fishing Club fund trips, outdoor experiences, and scholarships. Get ready to shop and support! Admission is $5. Learn more here.

January 18:

Wonderous Winter Walk at the Manasquan Reservoir (Howell) begins at 10am. Toss on your winter gear and tag along with a Park System Naturalist as you explore the Manasquan Reservoir in the wintertime. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. This event is open to all ages; under 18 must be with an adult. Sturdy footwear is recommended, trails may have inclines or tree roots to step over. Free to attend! Learn more here, or call 732-751-9453.

January 20:

Miniature Golf Tournament at Ocean County College (Toms River) begins at 6pm in the Larson Student Center. Don’t miss an evening of competition, food, drinks and fun! Call 732-557-8000 to learn more, or sign up here.

January 21:

Bluebird Workshop takes place at the Manalapan Community Center on Rt. 33 West from 10am to 11:30am. This event is a great opportunity for the entire family to learn how to attract these beautiful birds to your yard or nearby trails, by providing a habitat for them. Did you know Eastern Bluebirds help control backyard mosquitos naturally? For more information click here.

January 29:

Seashore Open House at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park (Long Branch) from 1-4pm. Engaging hands-on activities will entertain and educate you and your family about the shore and the sea. Speak with a Park System Naturalist about your own shell collection or the aquatic animals on display. You can even create a beach keepsake to take with you. This event is free to attend! Call 732-229-0924 with questions, or click here.

Know anyone getting married in the near future? The Jersey Shore Wedding Expo will take place from 12pm-4pm at Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. It’s the largest Jersey Shore Wedding Expo featuring over 10,000 square feet of bridal show exhibits. There will be hundreds of ideas to plan your wedding, dozens of vendors, live shows, prizes, honeymoon giveaways, and much more. To learn more and reserve your spot (this event is free to attend) call 732-571-4000, or click here.

 

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

It’s time to kick off the start of the holiday season and there are so many great things to do with family and friends in the upcoming weeks to celebrate this special time of year! Check out our list of free or inexpensive activities happening this month in a town near you.

November 4:

Jersey Shore Restaurant Week (Monmouth & Ocean Counties) runs from November 4th through November 13th and covers a wide range of participating restaurants from Seaside Heights to Red Bank, and several towns in between! Enjoy a 3-course meal with your choice of an appetizer, entrée and dessert for either $30.22 or $40.22. See the participating restaurants, menu and details here. You can also contact jim@jerseyshorerestaurantweek.com or 732-859-5643.

Allaire Village Auxiliary Stocking Stuffer Sale (Wall) takes place from 10am to 3pm (November 4th and 5th) and from 12-3pm on Sunday, November 6th at the Historic Village at Allaire in the Visitor Center. Admission for this event is free. For more information click here or call 732-919-3500.

November 5:

Broadway at the Barn (Holmdel) will take place from 8pm-9:30pm at the Holmdel Theatre Company on Crawfords Corner Road. Come and enjoy a great fall night of storytelling, laughter and music. Doors open approximately 30 minutes prior to show time and tickets cost $49. Tickets can be purchased here. For more information click here, or call 732-946-0427.

Ocean Grove’s Fall Fling Arts & Craft Show takes place from 10am-4pm at Auditorium Square Park. Don’t miss this wonderful event to come out and shop, dance and dine with other crafters, food vendors and bands. There will be live music too! Admission is free. Learn more or call 732-774-1391.

Awesome Autumn Campfire (Beachwood) will take place from 1pm-3pm at Jakes Branch County Park on Double Trouble Road. Enjoy live music, lawn games and refreshments with the family. Don’t forget to Bring a blanket and chairs. Click here to learn more or visit Ocean County Parks & Recreation on Facebook for the latest updates. You may also contact them at 732-506-9090.

November 10: Santa is coming to the Freehold Raceway Mall from 11am-7pm. The magic of the holiday season comes alive with a visit from Santa’s winter wonderland. The entire family is welcome for this fun event. Don’t miss the opportunity to pre-book your appointment to reduce your wait time here. A visit with Santa is always free, and photo packages are available for purchase. Learn more here, or call 732-577-1144.

November 11: Holiday Sip and Shop (Keyport) takes place from 4-8pm at the Kevin Kelly Salon.  This free event is an excellent way to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy a signature cocktail and hors d’oeuvres while getting a head start on your holiday shopping. A portion of the proceeds will help the children from the Collier group home celebrate the holidays. To learn more about this event visit their website, follow the salon on Instagram, or call 732-497-0025.

November 12:  Monmouth Fall Craft Show (Tinton Falls) starts at 9am until 2pm at Fort Monmouth Recreation. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping while enjoying a craft show featuring many hand-made items. Admission and parking are free.  For more information click here, or call 848-456-4278.

November Food Truck Festival (New Egypt) will take place from 11am-9:30pm (Saturday, 11/12) and 11am-8pm (Sunday, 11/13) at Laurita Winery. Admission is $12 online in advance or $14 at the door for guests 21 and older. For more information and to purchase event tickets, click here.

November 13: Holiday Gifts, Crafts & Collectibles Fair (Toms River) will run from 10am-3pm at Toms River High School South. You can expect several vendors, baked goods, used books, displays by numerous historical societies, and a 50/50 raffle. There is free admission to this event. For more information contact Jeff at 609-339-9134, or you can learn more here.

November 20: Monmouth Museum Holiday Train Display (Lincroft) starts from 10am-4pm at the Monmouth Museum on campus at Brookdale Community College on Newman Springs Road. You won’t want to miss seeing this train with the family for free, from November to January 8, 2023. Learn more here or call 732-747-2266.

November 25:

Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar starts on 11/25 and runs every weekend through December 18th from 12pm-5pm at the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. Come enjoy this great event featuring shopping, dining, entertainment, and beautiful holiday décor. Learn more here or call 732-897-6500.

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival (Pt. Pleasant) begins at 5:30pm-8:30pm at Downtown Point Pleasant Beach.  Get your picture taken with Santa at Ocean County Music, and also enjoy refreshments, horse and carriage rides, and many more activities for the children. To lean more, click here or call 732-899-2424.

November 26: Santa’s Viking Christmas Village (Barnegat Light, LBI) takes place from 10am-5pm at the Historic Viking Village. Come and enjoy over 40 artists and crafters, live music, a fire pit, s’mores bar, lawn games, food and special holiday sales. Santa will arrive at 1pm by firetruck! Admission is free. Get more information here.

November 27: Celebrate the Arrival of Santa (Freehold) from 11am-1pm at iPlay America. Meet Santa and get a free photo-op while making holiday crafts that you can take home. You can even spread more cheer and donate a toy or $5 towards gifts for charity, and also get 2 hours of unlimited video games. Click here for more information or call 732-577-8200.

November 29: Holiday Market (LBI) starts at 10am and runs until 3pm at the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Long Beach Township.  You can expect to see amazing clothing, jewelry and ceramics made by local residents. To learn more, click here or call 609-494-1241.

November 30: Holiday Style Luncheon & Shopping Spree (Shrewsbury) takes place from 11am-4pm, at the Shadowbrook. This event is hosted by the Monmouth Conservation Foundation and will feature guest speaker Lee Woodruff. Tickets cost $175 and can be purchased here. For more details, click here or call 731-747-0200.

We hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday with loved ones!

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

Hello Autumn! It’s that time of the year again when the leaves are changing, the weather is amazing, and you can grab a hot pumpkin coffee and a sweater and check out this list of all the great Fall events happening in a town near you.

Halloween House Ocean County (Toms River) at the Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue. This event is ongoing throughout October and is available at multiple days and times, and you won’t want to miss the Halloween fun for all ages! Get all the details and purchase your tickets online here, or call 732-244-8200.

October 5:  Fall Concert Series (Downtown Freehold) takes place from 7:30pm to 9:30pm on East Main Street at the Hall of Records. Come and enjoy an evening of upbeat and entertaining music. This is a free event for everyone. For more information click here, or call 732-333-0094.

October 7: Annual Oktoberfest (Asbury Park) will be happening at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten on Lake Avenue from 4pm until midnight. Come and enjoy live music, food, and beer complemented by Munich-style tents on the roof top. This event is for adults 21+ only. Learn more here, or call 732-997-8767.

October 8:

Fall Outdoor Antique and Flea Market (Ocean Township) will take place from 9am-3pm at the Historical Museum on Deal Road. This event is free admission. Find out more information here, or call 732-531-2136.

Fall Harvest Festival (Ocean Grove) starts at 10am and runs until 4pm at Auditorium Square Park on Main Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine, and is free to attend. There will be an arts and crafts show, and live music as well. There will also be parking and a shuttle at Midtown Community Elementary School on Rt. 33 in Neptune. Get more information by calling 732-774-1391 or click here.

Fall Taste of Highlands at Huddy Park, from 12pm-5pm. Enjoy five hours of delicious food samplings and cocktails from nearly 20 restaurants and retailers. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased here, which also includes free parking and a map of participating establishments. To get more information click here or call 732-291-4713.

October 9: Stafford Fall Wine & Harvest Festival (Manahawkin) takes place from 12pm-5pm at Heritage Train Park on West Bay Avenue. Don’t miss this great event for adults 21+ to learn about and sample wines created by some of New Jersey’s leading wineries.  Enjoy live music, and be sure to get in line for some tasty eats from the food trucks. You’ll also want to bring your own chairs or blankets. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the gate. For more information call 732-991-1672 or click here.

October 12:

Flavor of Freehold takes place at 10 East Main Street from 5:30pm-8pm. Get ready to take a tour of Downtown Freehold with your event passport, and sample signature treats from different establishments and shops. Tickets are $20 each, and you can find out more about the evening and purchase tickets online here. Be sure to support this event as proceeds go toward preventing substance abuse. Questions? Call 732-333-0094.

Downtown Toms River’s Scarecrow Walk begins, and runs through October 31st. The streets will be lined with scarecrows for this annual event.  For two weeks, the public is invited to visit and vote on their favorite. Participating businesses will have ballots for voting.  Just look for the Scarecrow Walk poster in their window. Learn more here, or call 732-341-8738.

October 14: Family Halloween Movie Night (Downtown Freehold) starts at 7pm with a showing of Ghostbusters at the Hall of Records on East Main Street. This event is free to attend. Get more details by calling 732-333-0094 or click here.

October 15:

Ocean Grove Vintage Car Show from 10am-3pm on Main Avenue. The event will be held rain or shine. A canned good or $5 donation is preferred to attend this event, and all proceeds will benefit St. Paul’s Food Pantry. There will be live music throughout the day as well. Find out more here, or call 732-774-1391.

Brick Fall Fest at Windward Beach Park from 1pm-7pm. Fall Fest is a family friendly event that features food trucks, games, hatchet throwing, rides, fire pits, a cornhole tournament, and much more! The event concludes with a fireworks display and is free to attend. Call 732-262-1000 or visit https://www.bricktownship.net/ for additional details.

Fall Fireworks Festival (Pt. Pleasant) will be taking place from 5pm-9pm at Riverfront Park on River Road. There will be music, activities, food vendors, and fireworks will begin at dusk. Get more information.

October 16: The American Cancer Society’s Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Pt. Pleasant Beach) begins at 10am. Come join our team, The First Financial Fighters or donate online to this important cause. Learn more here, or call 732-820-7075. Every little bit helps – Think Pink!

October 22:

Howl-O-Ween Familyfest and K-9 Costume Contest (Upper Freehold) will be happening from 12pm-5pm at Marty’s Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, located at 118 Rt. 526. There will be a 50/50 raffle, vendors, food trucks, and live music. For the dogs, there will be pet photos, a ghost walk, a dog friendly hayride, puppuccino drinks, a costume contest, and more! General admission is $5 each, kids under 6 are free. Learn more here, or call 609-259-1278.

Fall Festival and Outdoor Movie (Barnegat) from 11am to 7pm, located at the field across from the firehouse at 14 Birdsall St. The event features food trucks, children’s inflatables, live music, craft vendors, fire pits and a showing of Hocus Pocus on the lawn at dusk. Admission is $10 for adults, children are free. Call 609-698-0080 ext.130 or click here for more information.

October 23: Lakewood PBA Auto Show will take place from 9am-2pm at the Blue Claws Stadium. Pre-registration to attend is $10, or $15 on the day of the car show. Find out more details here.

October 26: Halloween Ladies Night at the Mathis House (Toms River) on 600 Main Street at 6pm. This is an opportunity to get dressed in your best costume for a special Halloween-themed evening of tea, dinner, contests and shopping. Tickets cost $25 per person to attend. Get more information by calling 732-818-7580 or you can learn more here.

October 29 & 30: Jenkinson’s Boo at the Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 12-4pm each day. There will be crafts, face painting, a beach maze, underwater pumpkin carving, some kiddie rides & more! Call 732-892-0600 or click here to learn more.

October 31: Toms River Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Halloween Parade begins at 7pm. The parade route begins at the Toms River Shopping Center on the corner of Highland Parkway and Rt. 166 and travels down Main Street turning left onto Washington Street ending at the corner of Washington Street and Hooper Avenue. Registration is from 8am to 4pm on the day of the parade at the firehouse, 26 Robbins St. You can find out more by calling 732-341-0144 or visiting their Facebook page.

We hope you all enjoy Autumn and have a safe and happy Halloween!

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

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 2:  Fire Pit Friday (Brant Beach, LBI) takes place at 68th Street Beach from 7-9pm. Come and enjoy a free fire pit concert to kick off the long holiday weekend! Learn more by calling 609-361-1000 or click here.

September 3: Brick Farmer’s Market from 8:30am to 1:30pm at Windward Beach on Princeton Avenue. Get more information by calling 732-262-1000 or visit their Facebook page.

September 5: Jenkinson’s Labor Day Fireworks (Pt. Pleasant) begin at dark at 300 Ocean Avenue. Don’t miss the last showing of the summer! Call 732-892-0600 or click here.

September 9: Romantic Italian Dinner at the Mathis House (Toms River) at 7pm. This wonderful evening will include live music, great Italian food and dessert and is $42 per person to attend. Reserve your spot by calling 732-818-7580 or visit their website.

September 10:

Ocean County Irish Festival (Manahawkin Lake Park) from 11am to 7pm. There is free admission and parking, plus a beer garden, extensive food vendors, live music and Irish step dancing, craft vendors, kids’ activities, a raffle, and more. Learn more here.

Giant Fall Flea Market (Ocean Grove) from 9am to 4pm. Put your walking shoes on, because there will be dozens of vendors lined up from the Great Auditorium to the ocean for the annual Giant Fall Flea Market! This event will be held rain or shine, and there is free admission. Additional parking is available at the Midtown Community Elementary School on Rt. 33 in Neptune, and there will be a shuttle from this location. Learn more at https://www.oceangrovenj.com/events or call 732-774-1391.

September 15: Jersey Shore Arts Center “E.T.” Outdoor Movie (Ocean Grove) begins at 8pm and goes until 10pm (66 South Main Street). This event is free to attend! Call 732-502-0050 for more information, or click here to register to attend online.

September 16: Stargazing Boat Cruise (Belmar) from 9pm to 11:30pm at the Belmar Marina, 905 Rt. 35. Cruise out into the ocean, away from all the lights, for an amazing astronomy experience! Tickets are $60 each and reservations are required. Click here to reserve your spot, or call 732-681-2266.

September 17:

Pt. Pleasant Festival of the Sea begins at 10am and goes until 7pm. Don’t miss the 44th annual festival, one of the best of the Jersey Shore area! Visit some of the best Point Pleasant Beach area restaurants, over 200 crafters & vendors, live music, games, wine garden, family activities, and free shuttle service. The event takes place in downtown Pt. Pleasant Beach, and you can find out more by calling 732-899-2424 or visit https://www.pointpleasantbeachchamber.com/

Fall Apple Fest at the Allaire Historic Village (Wall) begins at 11am and goes until 4pm. Try your hand at apple cider pressing, an apple pie baking contest, strolling villagers, historic demonstrations, games and so much more! There will also be demonstrations of blacksmithing, carpentry, fiber arts, tinsmithings & weaving throughout the day. The bakery and general store will be open also. Adult admission tickets are $8 and children ages 3-12 years old are $4 each, and must be purchased in advance. Click here to learn more or call 732-919-3500.

Brick Kite Festival from 11am to 4pm at Brick Beach III (2301 Ocean Blvd., Mantoloking). Sky Festival Productions will be entertaining viewers with giant kites flown by professional kite flyers. Other attractions will be giant bubbles, a candy drop from a kite, running with the bolls race, and beautiful ground displays. Find out more details.

September 18: ‘Que by the Sea (Seaside Heights) takes place from 12-8pm at 410 Boardwalk on Grant Avenue. This event is free admission to attend, and will feature lots of great BBQ food and craft vendors. Call 732-830-3700 or go to https://exit82.com/boardwalk/ to find out more.

September 22: Make and Take Pasta Making Class (Toms River) from 10am to 12pm at the Rutgers Cooperative Association of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Road. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at making homemade pasta but felt a bit unsure about the process and how the results would come out? This in person class will explore the basics of pasta made from scratch. Learn more by calling 732-349-1246 or click here.

September 23:

Jersey Shore Boat Expo (Lakewood) takes place from 11am to 6pm at FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way. The event also continues Saturday 9/24 from 10am-6pm and Sunday 9/25 from 10am-5pm. Adults are $7 each and kids 12 and under are free. Find out more information.

Asbury Fest (Asbury Park) takes place from 5-10pm at Bradley Park (1301 Ocean Avenue). The event also continues Saturday (11am-10pm) and Sunday (11am-6pm). Start with some of the best festival food around, add a dash of music, and a pinch of surprises and you have a three-day culinary event you don’t want to miss. This year’s event will be held across the street from the iconic Convention Hall. Learn more here, or call 732-775-7676.

Fall Sunflower Festival (Cream Ridge) at Holland Ridge Farms opens 9/23 and runs through October 23rd. Pick your own sunflowers and more! Admission is $13 for attendees ages 3 and up. Tickets must be purchased in advance. 9/24 and 9/25 will also feature the Fall Food Truck Festival, with over 30 food trucks. Don’t miss it! Get more information by calling 609-448-7483.

September 24: Kids Day America (Wall Township) takes place from 10am-2pm and is free to attend. This annual health awareness event takes place at the Wall Municipal Building, 2700 Allaire Road. Find out more by calling 732-820-4792 or click here.

September 25: Taste of Atlantic Highlands goes from 12-4pm on First Avenue in the business district. The cost to attend is $45 for adults and $10 for kids, and you’ll get to sample delicious cuisine, desserts, and beverages from the restaurants, pubs, bars, breweries, coffee shops, bakeries and meet and greet business owners from retail boutiques. Learn more by calling 732-872-8711 or visit ahchamber.org

September 30: Haunt O’Ween (Holmdel) opens for its first night, and will take place at Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road starting at 4pm. You and your family will be able to wander through 200,000 square feet of performances, games, rides, photo ops and more immersive Halloween fun. Kids will love trick-or-treating inside, dancing, having their face painted or jumping around in the bounce houses and slide. Come in costume and take tons of photos amidst the thousands of pumpkins! Tickets are $40 each, and children under 2 are free. Haunt O’Ween will be open Fridays through Sundays until October 31st, with special hours of operation the week before Halloween. Learn more at https://hauntoween.com/new-jersey/ and purchase admission tickets online.

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

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!