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

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:

Holmdel Harvest Fest from 12-9pm at Bayonet Farm. Join the 7th Annual Harvest Fest on Middletown Road, which includes food vendors, crafters, beer/wine in the Red Barn, wagon rides, pony rides, inflatables, a Ferris Wheel, carousel, touch-a-truck, live music and more! Parking is $10 per car. Find out more here.

Matawan Day and Fall Festival from 12-5pm on Main Street. Don’t miss this annual event in which thousands of people make their way down Main Street in Matawan to visit over 120 booths and tables of crafters/artisans, retailers, food vendors, local restaurants,  professionals, and non-profit organizations who are ready to showcase their products and services. Learn more here.

Asbury Park Zombie Walk from 4-8pm at Convention Hall. You won’t want to miss the world’s largest gathering of zombies! There will be music and festivities along the boardwalk and a “blood red” fireworks show along the ocean front. Get the details here.

October 6:

Sunflower Festival at Holland Ridge Farm (Cream Ridge) from 9am-6pm. Wander through towering rows of sunflowers, stroll through the barns, visit the animals, and check out the museum and Holland Shop. Same day adult tickets are $12 each, $10 for seniors, $8 for children 3-12, and kids under 3 are free. Discounted tickets are available for purchase online in advance. See more information here.

Pierfest Annual Fall Festival (Long Branch) from 12-5pm. There will be face painting, inflatables, a photo booth, fun bus, vendors, crafters, live music, and great food & drinks from surrounding restaurants. Rain date will be October 13th. Find out more at http://www.pierfest.com/

October 11: Haunted Theater at Brookdale Community College (Lincroft) from 7-10:30pm. Celebrating 17 years of scares, Brookdale Performing Arts Center’s Haunted Theater is locally regarded as one of the scariest Halloween attractions in Monmouth County. This indoor, self-guided walk through haunted house maze – features pitch black zones and special effects, all contained within the walls of the Performing Arts Center. Find out additional details at http://brookdalehauntedtheater.com/

October 12: Fall Afternoon Tea at 600 Main Bed and Breakfast (Toms River) from 12-4pm. Welcome the fall season with a five course afternoon tea and tours of the Victorian Historic Mathis House. Cost per person is $37 and includes soup, salad, scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, and favorite fall gourmet teas (pumpkin spice, harvest glow, and cinnabon). Register here.

October 12 & 13:

Jersey Shore Cake and Cookie Convention from 10-4pm at Convention Hall (Asbury Park). A place where professionals and hobbyists can shop hard to find supplies, learn new techniques, meet face to face with cake and cookie idols, all while having fun and meeting new sweet friends. Hosted by Shore Cake Supply, this event will be bustling with nationwide supply vendors, live free demonstrations, competitions, hands on classes and so much more! Find out more information here.

Allentown Fall Festival from 10am-5pm. There will be crafters, a civil war re-enactment, classic car show, live entertainment, a petting zoo, contests, kids’ activities, and great food! A shuttle bus will be available leaving from Allentown High School. Learn more here.

October 14: Pumpkin Fest at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck from 11am-4pm. Come spend your Columbus Day off at a fun-filled family event featuring crafts, games, live music, local food samples, and an antique tractor display. Get more information here.

October 15 & 16: Flavor of Freehold from 5:30-8pm on Main Street in Downtown Freehold. Don’t miss this unique tour of Downtown Freehold’s restaurants, bars, and shops. Walk from place to place with your event passport, and receive signature samples from some of Freehold’s most well-loved establishments. The cost to attend is $20 per person. Learn more and purchase your tickets here.

October 18 & 19: Haunted Allaire from 6-9:30pm at Allaire Village (Wall). Don’t miss the haunted village and hayride tour of Allaire State Park. This year features a new route along with 20 different scary scenes, plus visit the grounds and see scary storytelling, stop into the bakery and check out the haunted food truck. Advanced ticket purchase is required – adults are $15 each, children 12 and under are $10 each. Learn more and reserve your spot today!

October 19: Fall Movie Series at Pier Village (Long Branch) from 6-8:30pm. Don’t miss this showing of the Goonies in the outdoor cinema on Festival Plaza! Bring your favorite beach chair and blanket and relax under the stars. Find out more here.

October 19 & 20: Boo at the Boardwalk (Pt. Pleasant) from 12-4pm. There will be trick or treating, crafts, games, a pumpkin patch, a beach maze, pumpkin carving, rides, and more! Find out the details here or call 732.892.0600

October 20: Thompson Park Day (Lincroft) from 11am-5pm. You won’t want to miss this family-friendly autumn event! There will be a costume contest for dogs, pumpkin painting, wagon rides, entertainment, races, food vendors, ceramics, pottery, archery, canoeing, climbing wall, games, contests and more! Free admission and free parking. Learn more here.

October 25: Mad Science Halloween at the Monmouth Museum (Lincroft) from 6-7pm. This presentation will have you gasping and laughing at the Mad Scientist’s peculiar and chilling science experiments. Through a mixture of science and magic, children will see a paper spider turn into a real spider. Watch as the wicked witch melts right before your eyes! Find out how an eyeball floats in the air, then make bubbling potions and fearsome fog, experience melting witches and even edible spider webs (cotton candy)! All will have an evening of gruesome goodness and fun. Find out more here.

October 26: Halloween PJ Party at Robert J. Novins Planetarium (Ocean County College, Toms River) from 12-1:30pm. Come in your favorite Halloween costume or Halloween PJs for a not-super-spooky good time! Learn about the planets, moon, and stars in October’s night sky. Listen to stories of monsters, heroes, and princesses in the stars. Sing along to Halloween themed laser songs, and make a special Halloween themed craft before the show. Cost is $10 for all ticket levels ages 3 and up. Find out more here.

October 26 & 27: Not So Haunted Wine Fest at 4JG’s Vineyard (Colts Neck) from 12-5pm. The spells are friendly and the brews are delicious! Must be age 21+ in order to drink alcoholic beverages. Learn more about the wine walk weekend here.

October 27: Bullock Farms Fall Fest (Cream Ridge) from 10am-6pm. There will be hay rides, live music, food, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, flower walk, barnyard animals, facepainting, a balloon artist, farm yard lawn games, a straw bale slide mountain, tractor tire jungle, and more!  Kids under 2 are free. Find out more information 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 August 2019

With the summer days breezing by, make use of the sunny weather as long as you can. This is the time to make plans with family and friends, explore the activities waiting for you just outside your door, and make memories that will last a lifetime. Don’t hang your head that summer is coming to a close, make the most of the time and make it your family’s best month yet!

August 1-4: Annual Clamfest (Highlands) from 6pm-10pm at Huddy Park. Love seafood? The Clam Festival features a 120 foot seafood court serving the freshest foods from many famous restaurants that the Highlands has to offer. Admission and parking is free and the event will be held rain or shine. There will be a beer and wine garden, live entertainment, vendors, and fireworks on August 2nd. For more information, click here.

August 3:

Lake Yoga at Lake Lefferts in Matawan from 9-10am. Participate in yoga on the lake every summer Saturday! Bulk class discount is available. For more information or to register call 732-566-3898 ext.130 or click here.

Italian Fest at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11am-5:30pm. Pizza, pasta and wine – it’s the most delicious time of year at the Italian Festival! Bring your family and friends to enjoy amazing Italian food, listen to live music, see and shop from Italian crafters, play a game of bocce, and experience a fun day of racing too. For $10, adults 21+ can enjoy 5 two ounce Italian wine samples. Parking is $5, admission is $5 and kids 12 and under are free. Learn more here.

August 3-4: Luau Foodtruck Festival at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Grab your Hawaiian shirt and enjoy some sangria, live bands, free vineyard wagon rides, 15 food trucks, and fireworks on Saturday night! Admission is $12 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Discount tickets are available online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

August 5-10: Keyport Fireman’s Fair at Fireman’s Park (West Front Street) from 7pm-11pm. The annual Keyport Fireman’s Fair is back yet again! Have fun at the boardwalk and carnival while enjoying warm weather, food, games, rides, and more. Fireworks will take place on August 10th. For more information visit this link.

August 7-11: Annual Township of Ocean Italian Festival at Joe Palaia Park from 5-11pm. Celebrate Italian heritage and culture! There will be rides, fireworks, games, raffles, food eating contests, an Italian street band, nightly entertainment and Italian delights. Free admission and fireworks on August 9th. Learn more here.

August 9 and 23: Movies in the Park (Howell) at dusk on the Howell Library Hill, 318 Old Tavern Road. August 9th will feature Mary Poppins Returns and August 23rd will feature Coco. Bring blankets or your favorite lawn chair. The event will feature a collection of non-perishable food items to go to the local food bank. Find out more here.

August 10: Mid-Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Hunt for bargains among vintage treasure, books, artwork, handmade items, knick knacks and more! Cost of admission is $5 per car. The bakery will also be open to make purchases of delicious baked goods. Learn more and buy tickets in advance here.

August 12-13: Kite Festival at Jenkinson’s Beach (Pt. Pleasant) from 11am-4pm. There will be beautiful kites flying high up in the sky, as well as music, games, prizes and live radio broadcasts from several local area radio stations. Find out more by clicking here, or call 732-892-0600.

August 14 and 21: Family Movie Night at the Hall of Records in Freehold (East Main Street) at 8:30pm. Grab a lawn chair or a blanket, pick up a bite to eat downtown and watch a movie outside. August 14th will feature Grease and August 21st will feature The Goonies. Learn more here.

August 17: Bugs, Birds and Beyond at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building on Kozloski Road (Freehold) from 12-4pm. Join the Rutgers Master Gardeners at a free festival for children of all ages! There will also be nature inspired activities, crafts, and educational exhibits. See live – butterflies, ladybugs, rabbits, snakes, bees and more. There will also be Six Flags Adventure animal demonstrations. The event features food, ice cream, fresh produce and other vendors. Learn more here or call 732-303-7614.

August 17-18: Winestock Food Truck Festival at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Dress like it’s 1969 (tie dye, headbands) at the re-creation of the first Woodstock Festival 50 years ago. There will be 3 live bands daily, 15 food trucks, free vineyard wagon rides, and fireworks on Saturday night. Admission is $12 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Discount tickets are available online at www.lauritawinery.com or call 609-758-8000.

August 18: Rolling Iron Antique Auto Show at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Come out and see 200 antique cars including family cars, firetrucks, motorcycles, and more. To attend, admission is free and parking is $5. If you have a car to display, the pre-registration fee is $18 ($20 the day of) and the car must be older than 1992. Learn more about the event here.

August 22: Belmar Cruise Night (Belmar Plaza Parking Lot, between 8th and 10th Aves.) from 5:30-8:30pm. Free admission! Don’t miss a great night of fantastic cars, oldies music, shopping downtown, and great local dining options. Learn more by calling 732-894-9022 (if you’d like to register a car for the show), or click here.

August 23: Drive In Movie in Seaside Heights from 8:30-11pm. Come see Back to the Future on the bay! Drive into the Sumner Avenue lot right at the entrance of town. Free admission. Learn more by calling 732-830-3700 or visit www.exit82.com

August 26: Movies at Main Beach (Manasquan) at 8:15pm. Free to attend – bring a beach blanket or your favorite beach chair, and come out to see a showing of Jaws on the beach! Get more details here.

August 31: Bradley Beach Lobsterfest from 11am to 8pm on Ocean Avenue. This event features a DJ, 6 bands playing live music, over 180 craft vendors, 25 food vendors, and kids activities (water slide, rides, sand art, facepainting) with an oceanfront view! Find out more here.

We hope you enjoy the last month of summer!

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 June 2019

You can smell the freshness in the air, feel 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 16th so don’t forget to appreciate Dad too!

June 1:

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.

Summerfest in Pt. Pleasant from 11am-7pm. The event will take place at Community Park, 2255 Bridge Avenue. There will be vendors, food, music, inflatables and more! Get additional details at https://www.facebook.com/Pointpleasantsummerfest/ or email info@pointpleasantchamber.com

June 1 & 2: Jersey Shore Wine Festival at First Energy Park (Lakewood). The event runs from 12-5pm each day and will be held rain or shine. Sample over 100 great NJ wines, plus eat delicious food, and there will be entertainment, crafters, and exhibitors. Tickets are $20 in advance or $30 at the door for ages 21+ and designated drivers and attendees age 15 and up are $5. Call 732-946-2711 or click here for more information.

June 2: Red Bank Farmers Market from 9am-2pm in the Galleria Parking Lot, 2 Bridge Avenue. You won’t want to miss locally grown produce from NJ’s best farmers, as well as unique vendors and crafts for sale. Learn more by calling 732-530-7300 or go to https://www.redbank.org/events/55/red-bank-farmers-market-2019/

June 5: Downtown Toms River Farmers Market from 11am-5pm at the Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn on Hadley Avenue. Free parking is available. You will also find NJ fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, olives, pickles, Italian specialties, spices, candy, nuts, coffee, homemade soap and more! Get more details by calling 732-341-8738 or visit www.downtowntomsriver.com

June 9: Irish Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11am-6pm. Make it a lucky day and come celebrate your inner Irish at the 49th Annual Irish Festival. Start your day with a Roman Catholic Mass. Follow that with a fun-filled day of live thoroughbred racing, crafters, food, a pipe and drum competition, two human horse races and more! Authentic Irish music and step dancing will be performed throughout the day. Plus, enjoy Family Fun Day with face painting, pony rides, and a bounce house. Parking is $5 and admission for those over age 12 is $5. Learn more at http://www.njirishfestival.com/

June 15:

Eco Elephant Family Flea Market at Dorbrook Park (Colts Neck) from 9am-2pm. Browse and shop a number of vendors offering one-of-a-kind items and other wares. Admission and parking are free. Get more information at https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/page.aspx?ID=4548

Spring Lake Irish Festival from 12-5pm in Downtown Spring Lake. Enjoy an afternoon of everything Irish! There will be music, dancing, food, shopping, kids activities and more. Fun for the entire family.  Learn more at http://www.springlake.org/irishfestival or call 732-449-0577.

June 16: Father’s Day at iPlay America (Freehold) from 11am-9pm. Dads eat and ride FREE on Father’s Day, plus they’ll get a free draft beer at the Game Time Bar & Grill. Find out more details at https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/fathers-day-2/ or call 732-577-8200.

June 22: Taste of Highlands from 12-5pm at Huddy Park. You won’t want to miss this spectacular event with five hours of scrumptious samplings and cocktails at over 20 restaurants and eateries. Nowhere else will you find such an eclectic selection of cuisine served in just a half square mile. Tickets are $45 and include a drawstring backpack with a map, plus free transportation and parking. Learn more here.

June 22 & 23:

Wine and Chocolate Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 8am-5pm. Unlimited wine and sweet dessert samples – what more do you need? So gather up your friends and family, sample from dozens of delicious New Jersey wines and finish it all off with the smooth taste of chocolate. Option 1: $10 Unlimited Wine Sampling & Commemorative Wine Glass, Option 2: $7 Chocolate Sampling Only, Option 3: $16 Wine and Chocolate Sampling Combo & Commemorative Wine Glass. Parking is $5. Learn more at http://www.monmouthpark.com/event/wine-chocolate-festival/2019-06-22/

Family Camp Out at Ocean County Park (Lakewood) begins at 6pm Saturday and ends at 9am on Sunday. Cost is $5 per person, ages 5 years to adult are welcome to attend. The camp out takes place at the Beach Complex and there will be a campfire at night and an evening nature walk. You will need to bring your own tent, sleeping bag, marshmallows for roasting and a no-cook breakfast for Sunday morning. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the entire camp out. Find out more details by calling 732-506-5122 or click here.

June 29 & 30: Wall Township Fair at 1870 Baileys Corner Road. The fair runs from 4-11pm on Saturday night and ends on Sunday at 9:30pm with fireworks. You won’t want to miss rides, games, music, and delicious treats. Learn more at http://wallfair.mmdacademy.com/

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/