Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this October 2018

It’s officially fall – and October is one of the best and most beautiful weather months in New Jersey. Get the family ready for an action-packed month filled with fun fall and Halloween activities. Check out these free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you!

October 5: Scary Rotten Farms in Brick (Brick Blvd) is holding haunted tours every Friday and Saturday in October starting at 7pm. Don’t miss the carnival of chaos, haunt combo packages and more. Call 732-477-0606 for information or visit http://scaryrottenfarms.com/index.shtml to purchase tickets online.

October 6:

Allaire Village Fall Craft Market, Wall. From 10am to 4pm, artisans and crafters line the winding paths of Allaire’s historic village. Over 70 craft and art vendors, with food service (including the Allaire Bakery), general store, children’s games on the village green, and historic buildings will be open with various blacksmith, tinsmith, carpentry, leather-making, and other interactive demonstrations. $3 per adult (Children 12 and under are free), and FREE Parking! Learn more here, or call 732-919-3500.

Ocean Grove Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show. From 10am-4pm on Main Avenue, Pilgrim Pathway, and Auditorium Square Park (rain or shine), you’ll see over 90 arts and crafts vendors, sidewalk sales, pony rides, live music, pumpkin painting, and a variety of food.  Learn more by calling 732-774-1391 or at https://www.oceangrovenj.com/

Asbury Park Zombie Walk. From 4-8pm at Convention Hall, don’t miss the largest gathering of zombies in the world! You’ll also enjoy festivities, music along the boardwalk, and a blood red fireworks show along the oceanfront. To start the festive day even earlier, participate in the zombie costume contest on the boardwalk at 3pm to win cash prizes. Learn more by clicking here.

October 7:

Belmar Octoberfest. From 11am-5pm on Main Street and 8th Avenue in Belmar, you’ll get to experience antiques and crafts for sale, performers, a pumpkin decorating contest, a local food court, pony rides, and a kid’s obstacle course and games. Learn more at http://www.visitbelmarnj.com/ or call 732-681-3700 ext. 214

Pier Fest 2018, Long Branch. From 12-5pm in Pier Village, experience live music, vendors, crafters, kids’ activities (inflatables and the fun bus), delicious food, and more. The event will be held rain or shine. See more details at http://www.pierfest.com/ or call 732-245-0412.

October 13: Matawan Day and Fall Festival. On Main Street in Matawan from 12-5pm you’ll see over 120 crafters/artisans, retailers, food vendors, and non-profit organizations. Rain date will be October 14th from 12-5pm. For more information call 732-290-1125 or visit this link.

October 19, 20, 26, 27: Haunted Allaire, Wall. From 6-9:30pm, don’t miss Haunted Allaire Village’s spooky hayrides, story telling, ghost hunting and more! Adult tickets are $15 each and kids up to age 12 are $10 each. Advanced ticket purchase is required. Buy tickets online here or call 732-919-3500 for more information.

October 20:

A Taste of Spring Lake Kitchen Tour. Don’t miss this self-guided tour experiencing the charm of Spring Lake! Sample delicious cuisine from local top chefs. Get inspired by the creative talents of interior designers and stores. The tour takes place between 10:30am-3pm, rain or shine and is a fundraiser for the HW Mountz Elementary School PTA. This event always sells out, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at https://www.springlakekitchentour.com/

Boo at the Boardwalk (Jenkinson’s, Pt. Pleasant) from noon to 4pm. Don’t miss trick or treating, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, beach maze, pumpkin derby and more! Call 732-892-0600 for details or click here. *Additional dates are 10/21, 10/27, and 10/28 also from noon to 4pm.

Oktoberfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 11am-9pm. There will be food trucks galore, three bands, firepits, family activities, and fireworks at night! $8 per person admission, and under 21 are free. Purchase tickets online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

October 27:

Sandy Hook Spooky Walk from 7-9pm at Gateway National Park. Get into the Halloween spirit with a moonlight walk around Historic Fort Hancock, where ghosts have been known to linger. After the walk, participants can gather at Littoral Society headquarters for cider and fall snacks. Call 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve a spot, or click here.

Trunk or Treat in Ocean County Park (Lakewood) begins at 7pm. Individuals, businesses and non-profit groups decorate trunks for trick or treating in the park. This is a free community event. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk and for the best costumes. Call 732-506-5122 for details or visit www.oceancountyparks.org

October 28: Long Branch Fall Festival and Pooch Parade. Don’t miss crafters, kids’ costumes and activities, bouncy rides, a costumed pooch parade and more from 11am-4pm in Pier Village. Free admission. Learn more here or call 732-222-0400.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this September 2018

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 the fall season. Enjoy!

September 1 – 3: Monmouth Park Racetrack’s (Oceanport) BBQ and Craft Beer Festival from 11:30am to 5pm all Labor Day Weekend! Don’t miss three days of delicious BBQ and a great selection of brews in Monmouth Park’s Craft Beer Garden. Admission and parking are just $5 each, and children 12 and under are FREE. For more information, click here or call 732-222-5100.

September 2: Asbury Park Fresh Farmer’s Market from 10am-3pm. This summer event will bring together the greatest collection of homegrown artisan food products, local produce, and handmade crafts in the region. Don’t miss out on an excellent opportunity to try something new while also partaking in some healthy habits! The farmer’s market location is at Kennedy Park on Cookman & Grand Avenues. For questions and more information, visit here.

September 4: Gentle Sunset Yoga at Beyond Organic Growers (Freehold) at 6:45pm. All levels are welcome, cost to attend is $10. For more information, call 732-303-1515 or click here to register online. *Please note this is a weekly Tuesday night event throughout September!

September 7 – 9: Asbury Park Oysterfest (Bradley Park in front of the Historic Paramount Theater and Convention Hall). Don’t miss this 3 day culinary event! There will be food, music, crafts, and more. Admission is $3, and kids ages 6 and under are free. Call 732-775-7676 for details. Learn more here. 

September 8: Ocean Grove’s Giant Fall Flea Market from 9am-4pm. Around the Great Auditorium, spend your day with over 300 vendors selling new, used, and antique items as well as a variety of food offerings. This is a rain or shine event. For more information click here or call 732-774-1391.

September 8 & 9: Apple Fest at Delicious Orchards (Colts Neck). From 11am-4pm, don’t miss this great early Fall kickoff event! There will be games, prizes, live music, local food vendors, an antique car show, and EVERYTHING apple you can imagine. Learn more here, or call 732-462-1989.

September 9: Paws in the Park at Breakwater Beach (Seaside Heights) from 3-5pm. End the summer season with your dog at Breakwater Beach! Your furry friend will be able to paddle in the Harbor Wave Pool and play catch in the Minuteman Express Pool. Admission is $20 per dog, $10 per handler, and extra guests are $10 each, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the local SPCA. For more information about registration call 732-793-6488 or visit this website.

September 15: Point Pleasant’s Annual Festival of the Sea from 10am-7pm. This Seafood festival is held downtown on both Arnold and Bay Avenues. Local restaurants and vendors provide delicacies such as crab cakes, shrimp skewers, paella, soups and bisques, lobster, and other seafood items. Don’t like seafood? No problem, there are plenty of other varieties of food to sample! There are also hundreds of craft vendors featuring hard to find and unique items. For entertainment, there is a stage set up on the corner of Arnold and River Avenues. For more information please call 732-899-2424 or learn more here https://www.facebook.com/events/1079663122199959/

Allaire Farm and Food Truck Fundraiser from 12-5pm at the Historic Allaire Village in Wall. Two great non-profit organizations are partnering to bring an amazing event to the Jersey Shore! The day will be filled with popular food trucks, live music, animals, history demonstrations, hayrides, and more, all held on the grounds of Allaire State Park. Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended! Pre-Purchased Tickets are $8.00 each per person, $4.00 each for 12 years old and under. Parking is free and pets are welcome. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/312225732685584/ or call 732-919-3500.

September 15 & 16: Apple Festival at Happy Day Farm (Manalapan) from 10am-5pm. Join Happy Day Farm for live entertainment, activities and attractions. They will have a variety of apples, fresh apple cider & donuts, fresh apple pie, candied apples, apple slushies, and more! FESTIVAL ADMISSION INCLUDES: 10-Acre John Deere Corn Maze, Pirate Ship, Pumpkin Guess Who, Tractor Rides, Timmy Town Zoo, Pig Races, Hay Mazes, Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Tunnel, Corn Box, Rubber Duck Racing, Horse Bouncers, Corn Hole, Tire Mountain, Pedal Carts, Bean Bag Toss, Tetherball, Spider Web, Bridge Observation, Horse Swings and more. Admission (cash only) is $14 and kids 2 and under are free. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1406681032797268/ or call 732-977-3607.

Belmar’s Feast of San Gennaro from 11am-5pm on September 15th and 16th. Be sure to visit Main Street for delicious Italian food, games, and live entertainment. Get the scoop here, or call 732-681-3700 x214.

September 16: Waterfront Brunch Buffet at MJ’s at Buttonwood Manor (Matawan) from 11am-2pm. Don’t miss a fun Sunday brunch with your loved ones. Enjoy a diverse buffet with hand-carved roasts, a made to order omelet station, an assortment of dishes and salads, and display of delicious desserts. Each adult entrée starts at $27.99 and includes all you can eat as well as a complimentary mimosa or bloody Mary. Children under 12 are $13.99. Call 732-566-6220 to reserve your spot today or learn more here!

September 22: Allaire Fall Festival from 11am-4:30pm in Wall. A must see event on the Jersey Shore, join the villagers in celebrating the harvest and try your hand at cider pressing, apple snap, militia demonstrations, old fashioned games, dancing, and much more! Additionally there will be blacksmithing, carpentry, tinsmithing, and hearth cooking demonstrations throughout the day. The Bakery and General Store will be open for you to visit. Check out vendors selling mums, vegetables, and other seasonal items. General Admission: $5 Adults / $3 Kids Ages 5 -12. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/1809252989095006/ or call 732-919-3500.

September 22 & 23: Annual ‘Que by the Sea BBQ Festival and Competition (Seaside Heights). This event features a BBQ lover’s weekend packed with mouth-watering specialties along with all day musical entertainment, artists and crafters, a kids zone, and the annual BBQ Competition on Grant Avenue. Saturday hours are 11am to 9pm and Sunday is 11am to 6pm. Entry into the event is free, for more information click here.

September 23: Bullock Farms Fall Fest (Cream Ridge) from 10am-6pm. Come spend the day on this 100 acre farm and celebrate the Fall season. Bring the whole family for pumpkin picking, hay rides, mazes, live music, delicious food vendors, and more! Bullock Farms is home to New Jersey’s only farm brewery, Screamin’ Hill Brewery. Stop in during your visit to sample some amazing craft beer grown and brewed right on the farm. Save a few dollars on admission by purchasing your tickets online early! Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/events/288930748538338/ or call 609-758-8726.

September 29: Annual Downtown Spring Lake Italian Festival from 12-5pm. Morris Ave from 3rd to 4th Avenues will become an Italian Village featuring live music, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, kids activities, and more. See additional details at http://springlake.org/italianfestival or call 732-449-0577.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this August 2018

Happy summer everyone! As we continue to enjoy the beautiful weather and the fun outdoor activities – here are a few exciting events that you and your family and friends can attend all month long. Remember to get out and embrace the summer fun while it lasts!

August 1: Asbury Park Beach Bonfire from 8pm-midnight. Every week through the summer, Asbury Park will be having a free bonfire open to anyone who wants to come. All you need is a blanket or some chairs, and you’re set! There’s no better way to cool down after a long day in the sun. Bring a group of friends or your whole family for a soothing night out on the shore.  Exact locations will alternate between Third, Fifth, First, and Sunset Avenue Beach. Get more details at http://apboardwalk.com/bonfires-on-the-beach-in-asbury-park/

August 2-5: Highlands Annual Clamfest at Huddy Park on Bay and Waterwitch Avenues. Don’t miss this 4 day action packed event featuring the freshest seafood from local restaurants, live entertainment, rides, games, and more. Admission and parking are free, and the event takes place rain or shine. Clamfest begins at 6pm on Thursday and Friday, and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday. Learn more here or call 732-872-1224.

August 3: Beach Camping on North Beach (Seaside Heights) begins at 7pm and ends at 6am on August 4th. Under the stars beach camping, one of the summer’s most popular events! Online pre-registration is required. Participants are invited to bring their own tent and camp overnight in the designated section of the beach. This is a family-friendly event. Learn more here.

August 4: Blood Drive and Free Shred Event at First Financial’s Corporate Office Parking Lot in Freehold/Howell.  The event begins at 9am and is open to the public. The blood drive will be held from 9am-1pm and the Central Jersey Blood Center mobile unit will be on site. Planet Shred will be on site collecting shredding from 9am-12pm, and there is a limit of 5 boxes/bags per person. Advanced registration for blood donors is preferred and can be completed online here. Learn more about the day here, or call 732-312-1500. Blood donations for our local hospitals are needed most in the summer, help save lives in our community!

Monmouth Park Racetrack Italian Festival (Oceanport) from 11:30am-5pm. Bring your family and friends to savor delicious Italian food, listen to live music from Metropolitan Festival Band, visit Italian crafters, and enjoy a day of racing! Stop by one of the bocce courts and have a family-friendly game. For only $10, enjoy 5 two-ounce samples of Italian wine and receive a commemorative wine glass. General parking is $5 and admission is $5, kids 12 and under are free. Learn more here or call 732-222-5100.

August 5: A Taste of History, Ice Cream at Historic Walnford (Upper Freehold). Starting at 3pm, gather in the shade of the ice house to learn about this frozen treat while you help crank and then sample several flavors of ice cream prepared from 19th century recipes. Free family fun and cool history all in one! Learn more here, or call 609-259-6275.

August 8-12: Ocean Township’s Annual Italian Festival from 5-11pm at Joe Palaia Park on Whalepond Road. There will be bands every night, fireworks, a 50/50, delicious Italian food vendors, and rides. For more information please email: infoiaato@gmail.com or call 732-517-1040. Learn more at http://iaato.com/festival/

August 9: Kite Festival at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant). For the first time ever at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, this is not your traditional kite night! Take the family to be amazed by the Jenk’s kite festival. Watch large, detailed and creative kites flying through the sky. To learn more call 732-892-0600 or go to https://jenkinsons.com/event/kite-festival/

August 15: Free Summer Movie on the Beach at Pier Village (Long Branch). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory begins at dusk. Pier Village is bringing back Hollywood Films at their Outdoor Cinema on Festival Plaza every Wednesday through Labor Day.  Make your reservations today at one of the many restaurants featuring al fresco dining for a prime dinner and a movie viewing spot, or bring your favorite chair and blanket and relax on the grassy plaza under the stars. Learn more here or call 732-923-0100.

August 16: Fresh Farmer’s Market (Bradley Beach). From 5-9pm at Ocean and 5th Avenues in Bradley Beach, don’t miss this great farmer’s market! Now one of the biggest farmers markets in their region, Fresh Markets has set out to bring you the best of locally grown produce, artisan foods, and homemade crafts. There is bound to be a little bit for everybody. Learn more here.

August 18-19: Food Trucks at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). End the summer at this amazingly fun food truck event, starting at 11am each day. Don’t miss the fireworks Saturday evening! There will be fun family activities and three bands each day. Cost is $8 per person/under 21 are free. For more information call 609-758-8000 or visit https://lauritawinery.com/

August 21: Eat, Putt and Play at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach (Seaside Heights). Purchase a $26 package and gain access to Wacky Rooftop Golf, 2-hour Pier Wristband for rides (excludes Go-Karts, Skyscraper, Sky Ride, and SkyCoaster). Includes 1 cheese pizza slice and 1 medium fountain soda.  To learn more call 732-793-6488, or visit their website at https://casinopiernj.com/promotions-events/.

August 25: Free Movies on the Beach (Belmar). Don’t miss Paddington starting at 8pm on the beach in Belmar at 8th Avenue. Come out with blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy the cool ocean breeze while your kids relax to some of their favorite movies. Learn more by calling 732-681-3700 or click here.

 

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this July 2018

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 2018

July 1:   Wall Township, Dusk at the Fairgrounds on Bailey’s Corner Road

               Lavallette, 9pm at the Lavallette Gazebo

July 3:   Freehold, Dusk at Freehold Raceway

              Bradley Beach, 9pm Beachfront

              Manasquan, Dusk at Main Beach

              Ocean Township, Dusk at Joe Palaia Park

              Lakewood, First Energy Park after the Blueclaws game

July 4:   Long Branch, 9pm Oceanfront Promenade

              Seaside Heights, 9:30pm on the boardwalk

July 5:   Pt. Pleasant, Dusk at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk

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

July 1: 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. Cost is $6 per hour plus the price of bisqueware (cash or check only). Call 732-842-4000, ext. 4343 or click here to learn more.

Open Gym at Fort Monmouth Recreation Center in Tinton Falls, from 10:30am to 4:30pm. Have fun in the indoor, climate controlled gymnasium! Play equipment and table games will be available all day. Cost is $5 per person for the day. Learn more by calling 848-456-4278 or click here.

July 4: Independence Day celebration at Longstreet Farm in Holmdel from 12-3pm. Independence Day was a festive time in the 1890s and patriotism was celebrated with music and games. Join the staff at Longstreet Farm as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests. This is a free event. Learn more details here, or call 732-946-3758.

July 8: Family Fun Night at Pier Village in Long Branch begins at 5pm. Enjoy a day of fun for the whole family at the Pier Village Arcade, Boardwalk Fun N’ Games for crane games and skee ball. Visit Festival Plaza for bounce houses, slides and inflatable obstacle courses and more! Learn more here or call 732-923-0100.

July 11: Ocean County Fair Opening Day at Robert J. Miller Air Park, Route 530 (Berkeley Township), from 5-11pm. The fair will run daily through July 15. Come enjoy animals, rides, food, vendors and live entertainment. Parking is free, kids under 10 are free, $8 admission for everyone else. See more details at http://oceancountyfair.com/ or call 732-914-9466.

July 14: Free Movie on the Beach in Belmar, begins at 8pm on 8th Avenue Beach. This week’s movie is Despicable Me 3. Don’t forget your blankets and chairs! Learn more here, or call 732-681-3700, ext. 214. Check out the rest of the summer’s movies on the beach schedule here.

July 14 & 15: Monmouth Park’s Surf and Turf Seafood Festival (Oceanport), gates open at 7:30am both days and the first race is 12:50pm. This two-day festival will let you enjoy the best of the Jersey Shore. Stop by the famous Monmouth Park sandcastle, then grab a crab cake and a refreshing beer and watch as your favorite horse breaks from the starting gate. While you cheer on your favorite horse, the kids can enjoy FREE Family Fun Day on Sunday! The kids will love the FREE pony rides, bounce house, face painting, and more. Plus, enjoy live music both days. General parking is $5, and admission is $5 a person. Learn more here or call 732-222-5100.

July 15: National Ice Cream Day at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach (Seaside Heights). All day, enjoy free toppings on purchased ice cream cones or cups at Waffles & Ice Cream! Cool off from the summer heat on national ice cream day. Check out https://casinopiernj.com/promotions-events/ or call 732-793-6488.

July 18: Belmar Sandcastle Contest at 18th Avenue Beach from 8am-12pm. 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. Rain date is July 19. Learn more here or call 732-681-3700, ext. 214.

July 21 & 22: Red, White, and Blue and Food Trucks Too at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Celebrate America at Laurita Winery! Enjoy food trucks, family activities, free vineyard wagon tours, and Saturday evening fireworks. The fun begins at 11am each day. Admission is $8 per person, those under 21 years old are free. Go to www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

July 25: Monmouth County Fair Opening Day at the East Freehold Park Showgrounds. The fair will run daily through July 29. Don’t miss the craft market, food, animal exhibits, rides, entertainment, amusements, and more. There will be fireworks on opening night. See more details here, or call 732-842-4000, ext. 4312.

Ocean County Mall Car Cruise (Toms River), in the parking lot near Bahama Breeze from 5-9pm. Car cruise to the mall co-sponsored by the Vintage Automobile Museum of NJ. Open to all vehicles. Best of show trophy, paved parking, and food and drink available. Rain date July 26. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. See more details at http://www.vintageautomuseum.org/ or call 609-713-4310.

We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this June 2018

You can smell the freshness in the air, the warmth of the sun, and the grass between your toes – it’s almost summer! This is best time of year to indulge in fun activities and take local day trips with family and friends. Check out these free or inexpensive activities and events below to start your next adventure. And, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17th so don’t forget to appreciate Dad too!

June 2: Giant Spring Flea Market in Ocean Grove from 9am-4pm. Free admission to the event, which includes over 300 vendors selling new, used, and antique items. The event will be held rain or shine. Learn more at http://www.oceangrovenj.com/ or call 732-774-1391.

June 2 & 3: Annual Giant Yard Sale in Brick from 8am-2pm. The Brick Township Historical Society will sponsor its Annual Giant Yard Sale featuring a great variety of merchandise including household goods, toys, costume jewelry and much more. There will be a NJ licensed gold/silver dealer to buy jewelry, silverware, etc.  Also, there will a bake sale and specials in the Lizzie Herbert Gift Shop on Herbertsville Road. Go to https://bricktownshiphistoricalsociety.com/ or call 732-785-2500 for more information.

June 4: Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration at Ft. Hancock, Sandy Hook from 5:30-9pm. Enjoy a culinary feast provided by Jersey Shore restaurateurs and entertainment by Brian Kirk and the Jerks. The event supports educational fundraising efforts. For details call 732-330-4443 or go online and visit http://www.jerseyshorepartnership.com/

June 9: Spring Lake Downtown Irish Festival from 12-5pm. The Irish Festival will feature many family friendly events perfect for a springtime stroll through downtown Spring Lake at 3rd and Morris Avenues. Expect live music, Irish step dancing, food, kids activities and shopping. Call 732-449-0577 or visit http://www.springlake.org/irishfestival

June 16: Atlantic Highlands Classic Car Show from 10am-4pm. The annual car show takes place along First Avenue and features classic cars, vendors, live music, and street food. Click here for more information or call 732-872-8711.

June 16 & 17: Dads and Grads Food Truck Event at Laurita Winery in New Egypt, begins at 11am both days. Bring your dads and grads and come celebrate at a super fun food truck festival at Laurita Winery! Cost is $8 at door and those under 21 are FREE. Discounted tickets online or call 609-758-8000. All information is available online at www.LauritaWinery.com

June 17: Bands by the Beach at West End Park in Long Branch at 7pm.  Don’t miss this Sunday night music series featuring local bands on Brighton Avenue. Call 732-222-7000 ext. 5447 or go to https://www.visitlongbranch.com/ for details.

Father’s Day at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach in Seaside Heights all day on June 17th! Bring your dad to Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach for Father’s Day. Dads Ride or Slide FREE with a paying child (excludes Go-Karts, SkyCoaster, Sky Ride & Skyscraper). Will receive free ride wristband or free waterpark wristband at sales booths. Call 732-793-6488 or go to https://casinopiernj.com/promotions-events/

June 23 & 24: Bradley Beach Lobster Festival begins at 11am each day. This is the 8th annual festival, don’t miss great food, crafts, and vendors. Enjoy the beach, boardwalk and local businesses.  Call 732-869-1020 or go to http://www.bradleybeachnj.org/

June 28: Garden Tour of Manasquan from 9am-2pm. See 10 beautiful Manasquan gardens this summer. Tickets are available for pre-sale at White Bliss, Painted Daisy, or Bouquets to Remember. Day of Tour tickets will be on sale at the Gazebo at Hancock Park, Squan Plaza. Rain date is June 29. Call 732-223-1819 for more information about the tour.

June 29: Touch a Truck Day at Jakes Branch Park in Beachwood from 10am-4pm. Kids will be able to get behind the wheel, climb and explore all manners of trucks! Dump trucks, fire trucks, steam rollers, bull dozers, police cars, and many more. Crafts for kids – bring a white t-shirt to paint! Snack truck on site as well. Cost  is FREE. Call 732-281-2750 or go to http://www.oceancountyparks.org

June 30: Manchester Day on Lake Road in Whiting at 2pm. Free children’s rides, games, contests, prizes, fireworks, DJ, entertainment, music by Time Machine and WJRZ, food, free swimming for the day. Rain date is July 1st. Go to www.manchestertwp.com or call 732-657-8121 ext 5103.

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this April 2018

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 1: Asbury Park Easter Pageant Parade at 1pm Paramount Theater (Ocean Ave. on the Boardwalk). This is a free event, and there will be trophies, prizes and gift certificates for best dressed men, women, boys, girls, families, and unusual bonnets. For more information, call 732-502-5755 or click here.

April 7: Opening Day Celebration at Allaire Village from 11am to 4pm. Allaire Village (Wall) is celebrating 60 years! With winter behind and signs of spring, the village comes to life to kickoff the 2018 season. Over 12 unique craft guilds will be demonstrating their 19th century crafts. Guided tours of the historic village will be available, and a special history and science scavenger hunt for children and adults. There will be music, hands-on activities, and interactive programs to experience life in this early 19th century industrial village. There will also be a special food and baking program at the Allaire Bakery, with specialty cookies and baked goods and a photo exhibition in the Enameling Building. General Village/Event Admission: $5 per adult, $3 children 6-12 years, kids under 5 are free. Learn more here, or call 732-919-3500.

April 8: Teddy Bear Tea at Navesink Country Club (Middletown) from 2-4pm.  Children 3-8 years old are cordially invited to enjoy an afternoon with a furry friend for: Polite conversation, lesson on manners, teddy bear parade, gourmet treats & music entertainment featuring “The Little Rockers.” Get more information here, or call 732-224-1993.

April 14 & 15: Kites at the Pier Festival (Long Branch) from 9am to 4pm. The event will feature kite flyers from all areas of the eastern seaboard flying their most incredible creations!  Kites of all shapes and sizes – from inflatable flying creatures to traditional kites, will be flying high over the beach between Avenue and McLoone’s Pier House in Long Branch. Learn more here.

April 21: Spring Craft Show at Fort Monmouth Recreation Center (Tinton Falls) from 9am to 1pm. Support over 40+ homegrown artists and artisans. Shop for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, communions, weddings or for yourself. Craft Show admission and parking are free. Cooking demonstrations by Chef Stephen Wolff of Culinary Creations LLC, will take place at 10am, 11am, and noon. Learn more about the event here, or call 732-542-1642, ext. 31.

International Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival at Six Flags (Jackson) from noon to 7pm. Attend the 5th annual food truck festival full of delicious treats from all over the world, plus beer! Guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines ranging from barbeque and tacos to hibachi and sliders, plus sweets including gourmet waffles and cupcakes. More than 15 trucks will be available. Admission to the festival is included with theme park admission or a season pass. Food is available for an additional fee. Click here for information, or call 732-928-2000 ext. 2831.

April 22: Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival from noon to 7pm. A family-friendly outdoor celebration of International food, live music, wine, beer & more! White Street Parking Lot in Downtown Red Bank. Visit http://www.redbank.org/ or call 732-842-4244.

April 27-29: Pier Village Spring Sidewalk Sale (Long Branch). Don’t miss participating stores rolling out their racks for early season savings! Click here or call 732-923-0100.

April 28: Baconfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 11am to 9pm. BACON, BACON and more BACON – a bacon lover’s dream! There will be food trucks, family activities and vendors. Cost  is $8 per person/ those under 21 FREE. Discounted tickets online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

April 28 & 29: BBQ and Brew Fest at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am-5pm. Don’t miss this fun event with a beer garden, award winning BBQ menu items, historic craft demos, food trucks, interactive activities for all ages, live music, and more. Click here for information or call 732-919-3500.

April 29: Asbury Park Restaurant Tour from noon to 4pm. Sample small “bites” while you experience the culinary culture at over 30 Asbury Park restaurants, bakeries, lounges & more. Call 732-775-7676 or click here.