Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this June 2017

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 this June.

June 3: Point Pleasant Summerfest in the Park from 11am to 7pm. Fun festival For all ages, specialty foods, food trucks, wristband rides, market vendors, expo vendors and live music all day. Free admission, and the event takes place on the corner of Bridge Avenue and Beaver Dam Road. For more information call 732.295.8850 or go to http://www.pointpleasantchamber.com

June 3 & 4: Keyport Garden Walk from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy a free self-guided walking and biking tour of the public and private gardens in historic Keyport at Keyport Waterfront Park on American Legion Drive. For more information call 732.687.9519 or visit http://www.keyportgardenwalk.org/

June 8: Bayshore Greek Festival begins at 6pm in Holmdel at 20 Hillcrest Road. Free shuttles will be available from St. Benedict’s parking lot as well. For details call 732.739.1515 or go to http://greekfestivalholmdel.com/

June 10: Early Summer Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-3pm. Hunt for hidden treasures amid furniture, books, art work, bottles, knick knacks, and so much more! $5 admission per vehicle. Click here for details or call 732.919.3500.

National Marina Day at Leonardo State Marina on Concord Avenue from 10am-3pm. Craft vendors, food trucks, face painting, cake, & more! Details at http://www.conservewildlifenj.org/ or call 732.291.1333.

June 11: Irish Festival at Monmouth Park (Oceanport) from 11:30am-5pm. Start your day with a traditional Irish mass at 11am in the first floor of the grandstand.  Follow that with a fun-filled day of live thoroughbred racing, Irish step dancing, crafters, food, a pipe and drum competition, two human horse races and so much more! Music from the Emerald Isle and authentic Irish step dancing will be performed at three different stages all afternoon long. Click here for details or call 732.222.5100.

June 17 & 18: Food Trucks & Fire Pits at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Food trucks, fire pits and fireworks (on Saturday evening)! Visit LauritaWinery.com for all details or call 609.758.8000. Cost is $8 per person and kids 12 and under are free.

June 18: Father’s Day at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace (Seaside Heights). Bring your Dad to Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach for Father’s Day! Dads Ride or Slide FREE with a paying child. Call 732.793.6488 or go to http://www.casinopiernj.com to learn more.

June 21: Free Summer Film Series – Jaws at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank) 7pm. For details call 732.224.8778, ext.132 or go to http://www.countbasietheatre.org/

June 24: Summer Craft Market, Ice Cream and Art in the Park at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am-5pm. Craft shows at the Historic Village at Allaire showcase local artists as they sell and demonstrate their crafts.  The craft market includes handmade items of all varieties from paintings and photography to pottery, woodworking, textiles, and beyond.  Admission to the craft market is $5 per vehicle. For more information click here or call 732.919.3500.

June 24 & 25: Bradley Beach Lobster Festival at 11am. Come enjoy great food, crafts, and vendors. Enjoy the beach, boardwalk and businesses too! Saturday 11am – 8pm and Sunday 11am – 6pm. For details call 732.869.1020 or go to http://www.bradleybeachnj.org/

We hope everyone has an enjoyable summer!

 

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this May 2017

We can finally enjoy the Spring sun! Don’t forget to take advantage of our local parks and enjoy a bike ride, a hike, play basketball 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 14th 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 6: Late Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am to 3pm. $1 admission for adults, children under 12 get in free. Hunt for hidden treasures amid books, art work, knick knacks, and so much more! The Historic Village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. For information click here or call 732.919.3500.

“Truck”erton Food Truck and Brew Fest (Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum) from 11am-6pm. Get a taste of what is coming this year with food trucks, craft brews and live music. Help settle the great debate in the Garden State as food trucks from North and South Jersey battle it out.  $10 admission.  Seaport members and kids under five are free. Food prices are set by individual food tuck vendors. To learn more call               609.296.8868 or visit http://www.tuckertonseaport.org/

First Financial Car Sale at Automotive Avenues in Wall Township from 9am-4pm. Take advantage of this one day special offer, your first month’s interest payment is on us!* For more details, click here or call 732.312.1500 Option 4.

May 7: The Jersey Four – A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at Monmouth County Library Headquarters (Manalapan) at 2pm. Entrance doors open at 12:30pm. For more information, click here or call 732.431.7220.

May 9: A Night Out for Local Businesses (Asbury Park Brewery) from 6:30-8:30pm. For $10 (must be paid in advance through PayPal) join First Financial for a tour of the brewery, get a flight of beer, network, and receive information packed marketing tips to bring back to your business. For more details, click here or call 732.312.1500.

May 13: Spring Craft Fair and Art in the Park at Allaire Village (Wall), from 10am-4pm. Come shop a wide selection of handmade crafts and items from jewelry to woodworking, ceramics, sculpture and everything in between. This is the perfect place to shop for Mom or anyone else special in your life. Rain date is May 14th. For information click here or call 732.919.3500.

May 14: Memories of Frank – Celebrating 100 Years of Sinatra at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank) at 4pm.  To purchase tickets, click here or call 732.842.9000.

Moms ride free at Casino Pier and Breakwater Beach all day for Mother’s Day (Seaside Heights). At 12 noon, flowers will be distributed along the boardwalk by the Borough of Seaside Heights Mayor and Council. Go to http://www.exit82.com/ or call 732.830.3700 for more information.

May 19-21: Belmar Seafood Festival – Silver Lake Park (Fifth and Ocean Avenues). One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Great seafood, crafters, and live entertainment. Sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission. For details call 732.681.3700 ext.214 or click here.

May 20: Spring Lake Irish Festival from 12-5pm on Third and Morris Avenues.  There will be Irish step dancers, a beer and wine garden, an Irish soda bread contest, photo booth, petting zoo, kids’ activities, and more!  For details, click here or call 732.449.0577.

NJ State Salsa and Chili Cookoff (Toms River) from 11am-5pm on Washington Street between Hooper Ave and Main St. NJ’s original and hottest cook-off! International Chili Society – sanctioned State competition. Come out and taste the best chili on the street. Vote for your favorite People’s Choice Chili & Salsa. Live entertainment, food & merchandise vendors, beer & wine garden! Free admission & free parking. Tasting kit (to taste the people’s choice chili & salsa) $7.00. Call 732.341.8738 or go to http://www.downtowntomsriver.com/ to learn more.

Bayshore’s First Food Truck and Craft Beer Fest (Keansburg), Baywalk East at the corner of Beachway and Main Street from 2-8pm. Free admission, live music all day, craft beer tasting, food sampling, up to 500 cars park free and then a shuttle service will be available.  Click here for information or call 732.787.0215.

May 27-29: Bradley Beach Memorial Day Weekend Celebration from 9am-7pm. Festival on the boardwalk for the weekend and oceanfront parade on 5/27 at 10am. Click here to learn more or call 732.776.2999.

Jersey Shore Foodtruck Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack (Oceanport) from 11:30am-5pm. There will be food trucks and live music! Learn more here or call 732.222.5100.

Have a great month!

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Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this April 2017

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 – many of them are free or very inexpensive that you and your family and friends can enjoy this month. 

April 8: Early Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village (Wall) from 8am to 3pm. $1 admission for adults, children under 12 get in free. Hunt for hidden treasures amid books, art work, knick knacks, and so much more! The Historic Village, General Store, and Bakery will be open as well. For information click here or call 732.919.3500.

Made in Monmouth Expo from 10am to 5pm at the Ocean First Bank Center on the Monmouth University Campus (West Long Branch). Vendors of consumer products in Monmouth County will be showcasing and selling their products. For details click here, or call 732.431.7470.

April 9: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Easter Egg Hunt at 1pm (Pt. Pleasant). Join the FREE family fun for the unofficial kickoff to the summer season! Open to children up to 10 years old. For information click here or call 732.892.0600.

April 15: Easter Egg Hunt at Allaire Village (Wall) from 11am to 4pm. Cost to participate is $6 and pre-registration is highly recommended. Over 10,000 Easter eggs will be scattered throughout the village for the day! For details click here, or call 732.919.3500.

April 16: Asbury Park Easter Parade at 1pm at the Paramount Theatre (Ocean Ave. on the Boardwalk). For information click here or call 732.502.5752.

April 22: Run a Palooza with the Jersey Shore Running Club (Asbury Park) from 8am to 1pm. The event features a Relay Marathon, Half-marathon, and 3 mile walk. Click here for details or call 732.681.9464.

April 22 & 23: First Annual Surf, Bike, and Skate Expo at iPlay America (Freehold) from 10am to 8pm. Get details here or call 732.577.8200.

April 29 & 30: Allaire BBQ and Brew Festival (Wall) from 11am to 5pm. There will be a general admission fee of $5, children under 18 years old are free. While you enjoy the festival explore the historic buildings, visit craft shops, listen to music and enjoy some good barbecue with family and friends! For information click here, or call 732.919.3500.

Baconfest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Bacon! Bacon! Bacon and more Bacon! Food trucks filled with bacon! Visit LauritaWinery.com for more details or call 609.758.8000. Cost of admission is $8 per person/Kids12 and under are FREE. Discounted tickets available online.

April 30: Asbury Park Restaurant Tour from 12pm-4pm. Sample small bites while you experience the culinary culture at over 30 Asbury Park restaurants, bakeries, lounges & more. Click here or call 732.775.7676.

Red Bank International Beer, Wine, and Food Festival from 12pm-7pm. Join a family-friendly outdoor celebration of international food, live music, wine, beer & more at the White Street Parking Lot in Downtown Red Bank. Click here or call 732.842.4244.

We also hope you have a Happy Easter and Passover!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this March 2017

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March is filled with fun and festive holidays – St. Patrick’s Day and the start of Spring. So let’s spring into March with a little bit of luck and have some fun with family and friends! Check out the list below of local  free or inexpensive activities to do with your loved ones all month long.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades:

March 11 & 12: Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend in Ocean Grove! Starts at 10am Saturday (Chamber Office – 45 Pilgrim Pathway) with the hunt for hearts, there is a tour of the inn’s at 11am, and special chocolate lovers’ dinners at participating restaurants. Sunday includes a winter walk starting at 12pm. For more information, click here or call 732.774.1391.

March 12: Belmar Restaurant Tour from 12pm-4:30pm in Downtown Belmar. Sample the fine cuisine of local Belmar restaurants. (Check website for participating restaurants or call 732.681.3700 x214).

March 14 & 15: Flavor of Freehold Restaurant Tour from 5:30-8pm on Main Street in Downtown Freehold. For more information visit http://www.downtownfreehold.com/ or call 732.333.0094.

March 18 & 19: St. Patty’s Celebration at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Irish food, Irish music, Irish dancers and Irish vendors – it doesn’t get any better than being Irish at Laurita Winery! Come celebrate wonderful Irish heritage! Check out LauritaWinery.com for more information or call 609.758.8000.

March 26: Red Bank Wedding Walk – 10am to 4pm at 146 Bodman Place in Red Bank. Getting married or know someone who is? This event is a one day, free event to showcase Red Bank as a one-stop shopping destination for brides, grooms, their bridal parties and families. For more details click here or call 732.842.4244.

March 27: The Harlem Globetrotters at Pine Belt Arena (Toms River) 7pm. The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theater, and comedy. Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 122 countries and territories. Tickets start at $25, for more information call 732.818.8536 or visit www.pinebeltarena.com

March 31: Disney’s The Lion King Musical at The Strand Theater in Lakewood, 7:30pm. Disney’s The Lion King has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and a crazy cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Kids 12 and under are $12, $15 all others. To purchase tickets visit www.bcct.org.

 

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth and Ocean Counties this February 2017

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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 9: Rockin’ Road to Dublin – Inspired by Riverdance (Monmouth University, West Long Branch) at 7:30pm in Pollak Theater. For more information visit https://www.monmouth.edu/events/arts.aspx or call 732.263.6889.

February 10: Family Date Night at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant from 6pm-9pm. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with the ones you love the most? Package includes admission for four to Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a plain pizza and pitcher of soda at the Pavilion, a $10 PlayCard for the Pavilion Arcade and 4 treats from the Sweet Shop (additional tickets can also be purchased if you have more than 4 people). For information go to www.jenkinsons.com or call 732.892.0600.

February 11 & 12: Can’t Buy Me Love Valentine’s Market (Convention Hall, Asbury Park) from 12pm-6pm each day in the Grand Arcade. Enjoy gifts for her and him, roller skating, market workshops, a Beatles cover band and gifts galore! For details visit http://www.asburyparkbazaar.com/

February 11 & 12: Chocolate and Wine Weekend at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Celebrate Valentine’s Weekend at Laurita Winery, chock full of wine and chocolate and lots of love! Visit lauritawinery.com or call 609.758.800. Free general admission.

February 12: Valentine’s Dinner and Show at iPlay America (Freehold), 6pm. Every Ticket includes a sit down, 4 course meal, live show and seat at a table. The live show features Captain Jack, a professional Billy Joel Tribute band consisting of some of the tri-state area’s top musicians. To purchase tickets visit http://www.iplayamerica.com/event/valentines-day-dinner-show/ or call 732.577.8200.

February 17 – 25: Seussical The Musical at Spring Lake Theater on Madison Avenue. Performances take place at 2pm and 7:30pm each day. For more information call 732.449.4530 or go to http://www.springlaketheatre.com/

February 19: George Washington’s Birthday Celebration at Historic Allaire Village (Wall) from 12pm-3pm. As the “Father of America,” George Washington was a hero and his birthday was widely celebrated with cannon fire and fanfare.  Join the villagers as they celebrate. There is a special program in the Chapel at 12pm. For more information go to https://allairevillage.org/ or call 732.919.3500.

February 24: Keansburg Boro Wine Glass Painting, 7pm to 10pm at New Point Comfort Fire Company on Carr Avenue. For details visit http://www.keansburgnewjersey.gov/ or call 732.787.0215, ext. 212.

February 25: Annual Seaside Heights Polar Bear Plunge, 1pm. Registration begins at 9am until 12:30pm. Plunge takes place at 1pm in the ocean in front of Spicy Cantina in Seaside Heights. For more information visit www.NJPolarPlunge.org

February 26: Annual Chili Cookoff in The Highlands, 3pm-7pm. All proceeds will benefit the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Sample delicious chili and refreshments at Claddah Irish Pub, 297 Bay Avenue. For details go to http://www.highlandsnj.com/ or call 732.291.4713.

We hope your month of February is filled with lots of love!

Things to Do on a Budget in Monmouth & Ocean Counties this January 2017

happy-new-year-2017Happy 2017! We’re ready to kick off the new year with some wallet-friendly activities for your family and friends. So, break out that new calendar and pencil in these dates for some free or inexpensive events happening in a town near you this month.

January 1: Fire and Ice – Food Trucks & Fireworks (Tuckerton) from noon to 6pm. Check out the ice cutting demo, ice sculpture, children’s activities, make and take crafts, marshmallows around the fire pits, and a hayride through the frozen woods. Top the day off with fireworks at 6pm over the lake. Featuring live music as well. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. For more information visit http://www.tuckertonseaport.org or call 609.296.8868.

January 4, 11, 18 and 25: Girls Night Out at Laurita Winery (New Egypt) from 4-9pm. Enjoy a night of fun and relaxation! Music by Gary C., Yoga Class (7-8pm), guidance readings and wonderful wine and food. Free General Admission. For more information, please visit LauritaWinery.com or call 609.758.8000.

January 6: Raiders of the Lost Ark at Count Basie Theater (Red Bank) at 8pm. To purchase tickets go to http://www.countbasietheatre.org/ or call 732.842.9000.

January 15: Winter Light on the Beach (Avon) from 2:30-5:30pm. Takes place at Visions Workshops Home Studio, 37 East End Avenue. For more information call 732.245.6699.

January 21 and 22: Ice Sculpture Fest at Laurita Winery (New Egypt). Dress warm and come enjoy the Ice Festival at Laurita Winery! Huge luge for all to enjoy, included in the price. Food trucks will join for extra fun, and fireworks Saturday night. Check out LauritaWinery.com for all details. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for kids ages 4-17, kids 3 and under are free.

January 22: Fourth Annual Vacation Expo at Sickles Market (Little Silver) from 11am-3pm. Held in Sickles’ beautiful greenhouse, the Expo brings to you a range of trusted travel operators under one roof – cruise lines, exotic destinations, yacht charters, adventure holidays & more. Plan your getaway at the Vacation Expo! For more information visit http://njvacationexpo.com/ or call 732.741.9563.

January 28: Winterfest at Thompson Park (Lincroft) from noon to 4pm. Celebrate Winter with the family – join for ice skating, nature hikes on snowshoes, crafts, wagon rides and much more! For details visit https://www.monmouthcountyparks.com/ or call 732.842.4000 extension 4312.

January 29: Annual Beef and Brew in The Highlands, 3-7pm. Join for The Highlands’ Annual “Beef and Brew.” Proceeds will benefit the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Enjoy a buffet & refreshments at Windansea, 56 Shrewsbury Ave. For more information call 732.291.4713 or visit http://www.highlandsnj.com/

We hope you have a happy and healthy new year!