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 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!

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

It’s time for some fun in the sun! Enjoy the weather and the sights and sounds the summer season brings. Check out these local activities happening this month in a town near you, as well as all the great Independence Day fireworks displays!

July 1:

Aberdeen Fireworks – The festivities begin at 6pm at Veterans’ Memorial Park (Ocean Blvd. and Lakeshore Drive) with lots of food trucks, face painting, and fun! Shuttles from LA Fitness will be available. Fireworks will take place after dusk at 9pm. Learn more on Facebook, or call 732-583-4200, ext. 130

Belmar Fireworks & Light Show Fundraiser – Catch the fireworks at 9pm at the Taylor Pavilion (512 Ocean Ave.). Donations are encouraged to support Rebuilding Warriors. Learn more by calling 732-681-3700 or visit

Ocean Township Fireworks – Town Independence Day celebration takes place at Joe Palaia Park from 6-11pm. There will be music, food trucks, fun and fireworks. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic in the park! Learn more here.

July 2:

Asbury Park Fireworks – The fireworks begin at 9pm between Second & Fourth Avenue beaches. Get more details by calling 732-775-2100 or visit

Barnegat Fireworks – Festivities will begin at 5:30pm at Barnegat High School (180 Bengal Blvd.) with food trucks. There will be a concert by Joey D’s Rockin’ Oldies Band at 6pm on the lawn in front of the school auditorium. At 7:30pm there will be a light show and music from Arties Parties, and fireworks will take place at 9pm. Learn more at

Six Flags (Jackson) Coca-Cola July 4th Fest – Will take place all holiday weekend from Saturday, July 2nd to Monday the 4th. Say Happy Birthday America with screamin’ rides, spectacular fireworks, music, and of course ice-cold Coca-Cola. Fireworks will be at 9:30pm every night of the event. To learn more and purchase tickets, click here or call 732-928-1821

Manasquan Fireworks – The Independence Day Celebration starts at 5:15pm with a bike decorating contest at the little league field, and then a 6:30pm parade at Manasquan Coast Guard. Music on the beach will start after the parade, and then fireworks will begin at dusk on Main Beach. Learn more here.

July 3:

Bradley Beach Fireworks – Fireworks will begin at 8pm on the beachfront. Learn more at

Colts Neck Fireworks – A celebration will start at 6pm at Bucks Mill Park (137 Bucks Mill Rd.) and there is free parking. Fireworks will conclude the event by 9pm. Learn more here.

Freehold Borough Fireworks – Doors open at 5:30pm at Freehold Raceway (130 Park Ave.) and there will be live music. Fireworks will take place at dusk, bring your own blankets or folding chairs. Call 732-462-4200 or click here to find out more details.

Wall Fireworks – Will begin at 9pm at the Municipal Complex located at Allaire and Bailey’s Corner Roads. Find out more at

July 4:

Beach Haven Fireworks – Fireworks begin at dusk on Taylor Avenue in Bay Village. Call 609-492-2800 for more information, or click here.

Lakewood BlueClaws Fireworks – Fireworks will take place after the baseball game ends, at First Energy Park (2 Stadium Way). Admission is included with your game ticket. Enjoy a nice night at the ball field with great food, followed by holiday fireworks! Call 732-901-7000 or visit to purchase tickets.

Long Branch Fireworks – Oceanfest begins at 10am in Pier Village and features musicians, dancers, rides, sand sculpting, crafts and food vendors. Fireworks begin at 9pm. Call 732-222-0400 or visit for more information.

Pt. Pleasant Beach Fireworks – Take place at Jenkinson’s Beach starting July 4th once it’s dark, and then every Thursday night through 9/1. Learn more here or call 732-892-0600

Seaside Heights Fireworks – Begin at 9:30pm on the boardwalk, and then take place every Wednesday night until August 24th. Find out more at

July 5: Lacey Township Fireworks – Live music by Shallow Green begins at 7:30pm at Lacey High School (73 Haines St.), and fireworks will be at 9:15pm. Call 609-693-1100 ext. 2203 for more information, or visit

July 7: Brick Fireworks – As part of the SummerFest Concert Series, the food court opens at 6pm, live music starts at 7pm, and fireworks will end the evening. The event takes place at Windward Beach Park (265 Princeton Ave.). Find out more at

July 8: Atlantic Highlands Fireworks – Start at 9:45pm at the Atlantic Highlands Marina (2 Simon Lake Dr.). Get more details by calling 732-291-1444 or visit

July 9: Freehold Township Fireworks – As part of Freehold Township Day, a car show begins at 3pm, and festival from 4-11pm with live music, kids’ rides, food, and more. Fireworks will take place at 9pm. All activities are at Michael J. Tighe Park (65 Georgia Rd.). Call 732-294-2199 or visit for more details.

July 10: Elliot’s Legacy – Kites for a Cure (Deal) – From 4-7pm at 1 Jerome Ave. in Deal, don’t miss this beautiful kite flying event to help raise money for lung cancer research. Call 212-588-1580 or click here for more information.

July 13:

Family Movie Night (Downtown Freehold) – Begins at 8:30pm and is free to attend. The event takes place at the Hall of Records (1 E. Main St.). Don’t forget to bring your own snacks and lawn chairs! 7/13 will feature 2019’s “Blinded by the Light” movie. Learn more by calling 732-333-0094 or click here.

Ocean County Fair (Berkeley Township) – Begins at 5pm on July 13th and goes through July 17th. There will be entertainment, animals, rides, food, and vendors. Admission is $8 and kids under 10 are free. Parking is also free. Learn more here or call 732-914-9466

July 19: Summer Movies in the Park (Red Bank) – “Encanto” will be shown beginning at dusk in Riverside Gardens Park on West Front St. This event is free to attend, and don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs. Learn more here.

July 21: Jersey Shore Arts Center’s Outdoor Movie Night (Ocean Grove) – Starts at 8pm at 66 South Main Street, and features “Back to the Future.” The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Call 732-502-0050 for more information.

July 24: Mary Poppins at the Algonquin Arts Theater (Manasquan) – Takes place at 3pm at 60 Abe Voorhees Drive. Tickets can be purchased here, or call 732-528-9211

July 30: Vintage Boat Festival (Toms River) – Takes place from 10am-4pm at Huddy Park (39 East Water Street), and will feature a little fun for all ages! The event will be a celebration of the rich maritime history of Toms River and Barnegat Bay, featuring many vendors and historic, vintage and interesting watercraft. Call 732-349-9209 or go to

July 31: Movies on the Beach (Seaside Heights) – “Sing 2” will be playing from 7-10pm at 410 Boardwalk (Carteret Avenue Beach). This event is free to attend, just bring your own beach chairs and blankets! Call 732-830-3700 for more information or click here.

We hope you have a great July!

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

Summer is here and it’s prime time for outdoor activities at the Jersey Shore! Be sure to check out these upcoming dates for some free or inexpensive events happening nearby this month.

June 10:

Live Music in Downtown Freehold will take place at the Gazebo (10 East Main St.) from 7-9pm and is free to attend! This event will be taking place every Friday night during the summer. There will also be additional live music performances at the Performance Plaza next to Suite 23 Barbershop (27 West Main St.). Learn more here.

June 11:

Brick Township Historical Society Giant Yard Sale runs from 8am to 2pm, at the Havens Homestead Museum (521 Herbertsville Rd.). There will be a variety of items such as household furnishings, costume jewelry and more. There will also be a homemade bake sale, and a licensed gold/silver dealer to buy unwanted metals. Learn more by calling 732-785-2500 or online here.

Stafford Township Founders Day begins at 10am at 260 East Bay Ave. There will be a hometown parade, entertainment, food trucks, mechanical and inflatable rides, vendors, and fireworks at dusk. Learn more here or call 609-597-1000 ext.8573

Red Bank Street Life is free to attend, and you won’t want to miss the sidewalks coming to life every summer Saturday night from 6-9pm! There will be performances from local musicians and artists. Find out more at or call 732-530-2777.

June 16:

Kite Night on Ortley Beach starts at 5:30pm on Third Avenue Beach. Be sure to bring a beach chair or blanket and get an ice cream cone from Mr. Softee as you watch all the beautiful large-scale kites on the beach! Get more information.

Stars on the Bay, A Night with Sinatra (Keyport) is free to attend, and takes place from 7-9pm. Don’t miss this great concert series featuring a Frank Sinatra tribute band, while enjoying a beautiful night on the bay at Keyport Mini Park on West Front Street. For more information, call 732-739-5138 or visit the event link on Facebook.

June 18:

Seaside Classic Car Show from 9am-3pm at Stewart’s (1200 Central Ave. – Route 35 South, Seaside Heights). Lots of great classic cars to check out, live DJ and music, trophies will be awarded, and food discounts will be available for car show participants. Learn more.

June 19:

Father’s Day Celebration at iPlay America (Freehold) from 12-9pm. Dads get to ride free, all day long! You can also save $10 on booking a Topgolf Swing Suite for Dad in advance of Father’s Day. Call 732-577-8200 or click here for more details.

June 23:

Free Outdoor Movie (Ocean Grove) at 7pm. Don’t miss the classic movie Footloose, outdoors at the Jersey Shore Arts Center, 66 South Main St in Ocean Grove. Pre-registration is required, and can be done online here. For questions, call 732-502-0050.

June 25:

11th Annual Taste of Highlands begins at noon and goes until 5pm. You won’t want to miss this spectacular event with five hours of scrumptious samplings and cocktails at over twenty great Highlands restaurants and establishments. The event will take place rain or shine. Tickets are $45 and include a map and free parking. Ticket holders must check in at Huddy Park on Bay & Waterwitch Avenues and pick up their map/bracelet. For more information, call 732-291-4713 or register online.

Manchester Day starts at 2pm at 1501 Lake Road in Whiting. There will be lots of food and craft vendors, fireworks, rides, and swimming! Get more information by calling 732-657-8121 or click here.

June 29:

Free Family Outdoor Movie Night in Freehold begins at 8:30pm with a showing of Karate Kid, at the Hall of Records downtown. Don’t forget to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks! Learn more at

We hope you have a great June, and Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads!