Family & Community Calendar for Monmouth County, NJ

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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Freehold, NJ

Thursdays Rock! Summer Concert Series

Featuring widely known groups and local talent that attract audiences from the greater-Freehold area and beyond. The free Thursday night concerts in June, July and August attract people of all ages. Attendance has ranged from 1000 – 2000 with music fans enjoying dinner downtown before, during and after the performances. All performances begin at 7:30 pm June 8, 2017: Remember Jones June 15, 2017: Mission Dance June 22, 2017: Funktion 11 June 29, 2017: Full Throttle July 6, 2017: Matt O’Ree July 13, 2017: Turnstyle July 20,2017: Brian Kirk & The Jerks July 27, 2017: Tim Mcloone & The Shirleys August 3, 2017: NRG August 10, 2017: The Phil Engel Band August17, 2017: The British Invasion August 24, 2017: Eddie Testa Band & Special Guest. Downtown Freehold Gazebo on East Main Street and the Downtown Freehold Performance Courtyard on West Main Street. Visit their website for more information.

Open Ceramics

December 3, 2017: Come to the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center and choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Children age 12 and under are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $6 per hour plus price of bisque ware; cash or check only. Pieces will be fired in about a week. 12:30-4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Downtown Freehold Tree Lighting

December 5, 2017: The Annual Downtown Freehold Tree Lighting will be an occassion to remember! This family friendly event will feature entertainment and visits by special guests! In front of the Hall of Records, East Main St. 5-7pm. Rain date Dec 6th.


Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Freehold, NJ

Tuesday Afternoon Movies

Visit the Monmouth County Library in Manalapan for a free movie every Tuesday afternoon. 2pm. Located at 125 Symmes Dr., Manalapan. Visit their websiteor Call 732-431-7220 for more information.

Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate

Visit Monmouth Museum! From the ancient Egyptians to early rocket science and the future of space travel, the history and science of communication is brought to life through scenic displays in this hands-on, interactive exhibition designed for children ages 6 – 12 years. $8/person, children under 2 are free. 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft. Visit their website for more information.

Community Support Night at The Counseling Center

Every Month: Every month The Counseling Center at Freehold hosts a Community Support & Education Night, including a presentation on a topic of interest to the recovery community and professionals helping the community. Please check the blog formore details. Visit their website for more information.


Archive of Some Past Events

Cirque Eloize in New Brunswick, NJ

January 11, 2017: SALOON: A Musical Acrobatic Adventure - In an old-time saloon, a piano tuner falls under the spell of the beautiful entertainer Belle. The two of them set off on a chase worthy of the greatest cowboy Westerns, taking them from the deserted plains to the rocky depths of a mine. Montreal’s Cirque Éloize tells this rollicking story through comedy, spectacle, dance, and astonishing acrobatics — ending in a breathtaking, gravity-defying duel that’s more thrilling than a galloping mustang! Tickets range from $35.00 - $70.00. State Theatre, 15 Livington Avenue, New Brunswick. 7:30-9:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

The New Jersey Repertory Company presents "The Jag" in Long Branch

January 12th-February 12th: In "The Jag" seventy year old "Chick" Chicarella has one prized possession, a 1967 Jaguar that is in desperate need of repair. When his son suggests that they finish the car and sell it off, old family wounds and failures rise to the surface. Unable to complete the task by themselves, they hire Carla, who is an expert in Jaguars, but woefully lacking in social skills. Together, the three learn some hard lessons about repairing cars and smoothing out life's jagged edges. January 12th, 2017 through February 12th, 2017. Regular performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $46.00 to $51.00. New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch. Visit their website for more information.

2017 Light Of Day Winterfest in Asbury Park

January 14, 2017: Performers dedicating their talents for supporting the Light of Day Foundation's fight against Parkinson's. Tickets start at $43.oo. Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey. 6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Monmouth University Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibtion

January 17th-March 10th: Have you ever wondered if art teachers can actually make their own art? Come see for yourself! Featuring the work of the Monmouth University Department of Art and Design Faculty and Adjunct Faculty. Admission is free! Rechnitz Hall, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco asks "Why Would You Do That?" at the Count Basie Theatre

January 19th-21st: The 2016 Just for Laughs Stand Up Comedian of the Year and 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian has established an avid fan following. Saying what we’re all thinking has always been Sebastian Maniscalco’s specialty. Except when he says it, it’s a whole lot funnier, and that has fans across North America showing up in droves for his shows and millions tuning in for his network specials. Tickets start at $39.75. Shows at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM . Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank. Visit their website for more information.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Bright Stream - Live in HD

January 22, 2017: During harvest festival at a collective farm, a visiting dance troupe reunites a ballerina with her childhood friend Zina. In order to teach her unfaithful husband a lesson, Zina, the ballerina and the ballerina’s husband decide to swap roles for the evening… Alexei Ratmansky invokes the genius of Shostakovich’s score at the Bolshoi, creating a laugh-out-loud masterpiece with its bits of slapstick comedy, hilarious deceptions, false identities including Principal Dancer Ruslan Skvortsov dressed as a Sylph and its many colorful characters! The Bolshoi bursts with vivid life and bright spirits in Ratmansky’s brilliantly choreographed smash. Tickets are $23.00. Pollak Theater, Howard Ave, West Long Branch. 3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" at the Algonquin Arts Theatre

January 28th-February 4th: A rib-tickling comedy from Neil Simon, Barefoot in the Park features straight as an arrow Paul, who is newly wedded to free spirit Corie. Their new apartment is her most recent find (too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job). Paul just doesn't understand Corie. As she sees it, he's too staid, too boring and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous, running "barefoot in the park" would be a start. Tickets range from $15 to $36. Shows at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm . Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan,. Visit their website for more information.

WinterFest at Thompson Park

January 28, 2017: Celebrate Winter with the family! Join for ice skating, nature hikes on snowshoes, crafts, wagon rides and much more! Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Noon to 4pm. Visit their website for more information.

All Fur Love Valentine's Dinner & Gift Auction

February 9, 2017: All Fur Love Animal Rescue is a New Jersey based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing animals in the community and finding them a loving home. This buffet dinner with gift auction and music is the annual fund raiser. Admission is a $50.00 donation. Doubletree Hotel - Eatontown/Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Eatontown. 6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Valentine's Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Howell

February 11, 2017: Bring your little ones in for Storytime and activities in celebration of Valentine's Day. Featured titles are The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine's Day Is Cool. Don't miss out! This event is free! Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4831 US Hwy 9, Howell. 11am. Visit their website for more information.

Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus in Asbury Park

February 18, 2017: The Plunge to Freeze out Lupus is an annual event held each winter where friends, family and co-workers of those affected by lupus can plunge into the frigid ocean to increase lupus awareness and raise money for lupus research*. A fun and festive event for the entire family. You do not have to plunge to participate. The Lupus Research Alliance gives 100% of all donations to finding a cure for lupus. Paramount Theatre, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park. 11am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

February 21, 2017: Mala Beads have been used for centuries as prayer beads in many cultures. Commonly strung with 108 beads, they are often worn as a protection against evil spirits, to purify ones mind, body and words and to simply remind you of your personal and spiritual intentions. Join us for a night of creative beading, inspiration, ocean views, amazing food and drinks led by Krista Lynn. The mission at Root to Rise is to break the mental barriers and stigmas associated with addiction and recovery by building community through physical activity and mental wellness programs. Pricing varies from $40 - $60/per person depending on bead type chosen. Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park. 6:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

March 3rd-4th: Dr. Seuss’ best-loved characters collide and cavort in this unforgettable musical caper. Children from 3 to 103 cannot resist the charm and the lovely life lessons learned from Horton the Elephant and his many friends! This wonderful production is guaranteed to make your heart smile, your feet happy and the entire world seem brighter. We promise! Favorite songs include Alone in the Universe, Oh the Thinks You Can Think! and Amayzing Mayzie. March 3, 4**, 2017 - Curtain at 7:30 PM - **Matinee at 2:00pm and 7:30 PM performance. Spring Lake Community House, 300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake. Visit their website for more information.

"Godspell" at the Spring Lake Community House

March 24th-April 8th: In Godspell, the Gospel according to Matthew is presented in modern-day setting. This musical (written by Stephen Schwartz of Wicked fame) is based around a small group of friends coming together to understand love and ultimately, loss. The show has the ability to make you laugh and weep; through two acts, Godspell takes its audience through an inspiring and experimental journey of what it means to truly be human. Favorite songs include Day By Day and We Beseech Thee. March 24, 25 and 31, 2017 and April 1**; 7, 8**, 2017 - Curtain at 7:30 pm, **Matinee at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm performance. Spring Lake Community House, 300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake. Visit their website for more information.

Sleeping Beauty in Red Bank

April 7th-9th: A sleeping princess, a magical kiss ...and they live happily ever after! The Company of Dance Arts brings the beloved fairy tale of good over evil to life! A perfect ballet for the young and young at heart – Tchaikovsky’s famous score, acclaimed choreography , lavish period costumes and guest artists from NYC! April 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM, April 8 and 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM. Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. Visit their website for more information.

Climb Time at Thompson Park

April 13, 2017: Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, (by Filly Run parking lot) and try their 25’ portable climbing wall. This is a great opportunity to experience the sport of rock climbing close to home. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE! Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. 3-7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

April 15th-16th: See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. This is a FREE event! Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

The Casual Birder at Freneau Woods Park

April 20, 2017: Join a Park System Naturalist for this FREE laid-back morning bird walk at Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. We will meander for about an hour and see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy this walk. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. Open to ages 8 and up. FREE! Freneau Woods Park, 360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township. 9am. Visit their website for more information.

Bring the kids, or just be a kid yourself!, and enjoy Jack Hanna and the amazing wild animals he will be sharing!

April 30, 2017: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown. Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $64/per person to $209/per person. 1:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

The "Weekend in Old Monmouth" Tour

May 6th-7th: This is an annual two-day event where over 48 Monmouth County historic sites open their doors and waive their admission fees. This is a self-guided tour you will not want to miss! May 6 & 7, 2017 - Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. Noon-5pm. For more information, and a complete list of 2017 Weekend in Old Monmouth Sites, please visit their website. Visit their website for more information.

Ocean Grove Welcome to Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Festival

May 6, 2017: Come out for a day filled with Arts & Crafts Festival, as well as music on Main. Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Spirit of New Jersey's History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield

May 13, 207: NJ Don't miss this! The State History Fair will boggle your mind with all the wonderful exhibits and live demonstrations centered around the history and famous people of the state of New Jersey. Monmouth Battlefield State Park, NJ Business Route 33, Manalapan. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

31st Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar

May 19th-21st: One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Great seafood, crafters, and live entertainment. Sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission. Silver Lake Park, Fifth and Ocean Ave, Belmar. Visit their website for more information.

Ocean Grove, NJ Vintage Car Show

May 20, 2017: The Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce presents its Annual Spring Vintage Car Show with over 90 cars on display and live music to enjoy. Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Jersey Shore Foodtruck Festival at Monmouth Park

May 27th-29th: Come out for 3 great days of Food trucks & live music! Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport. 11:30am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Seaport Craft Show in Highlands

May 28, 2017: A delightful collection of various handmade crafts. Huddy Park, Waterwitch and Bay Ave., Highlands. 10am-5pm. Call for more information.

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

June 2, 2017: Stunning music from the powerful singing traditions of the Baltics and Scandanavia featuring works from Part, Esenvalds, Tormis, Kreek and Miskinis rendered for your enjoyment by the Monmouth Civic Chorus. Admission is Regular $30, Senior $27, Group $25 and Students $5. St. Mary's Church, One Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. 8pm.

The Ballad of Little Jo at the Two River Theatre in Red Bank

June 3rd-25th: A soaring musical about the American West inspired by the real story of Josephine Monaghan. Two River Theatre, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank. Call for show times.

47th Irish Festival at Monmouth Park

June 11, 2017: tart 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. Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport. 11:30am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Spring Lake "Art in the Park"

June 10, 2017: Enjoy a day in the park and some outstanding locally produced art as well. Sponsored by the Manasquan River Group of Artists. Divine Park, Spring Lake. 11am-4pm.

National Marina Day at the Leonardo State Marina

June 10, 2017: Craft vendors, food trucks, face painting, cake, & more! Come get to know your neighborhood marina! Leonardo State Marina, 102 Concord Avenue, Leonardo. 10am-3pm.

Doodle - All American Sing-a-long

June 16th-25th: Join friends for this great audience involved event! Come sing your heart out! Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold. Shows at 2pm & 8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Charity Motorcycle Run & Picnic

June 24, 2017: Jim Hall Memorial Homeless Veterans Motorcycle Run & BBQ/Picnic, Jun 24 9am-5pm at the Jackson Elks Lodge, #2744 Jackson Elks Lodge 1059 West Veterans Hwy Jackson, NJ

Ice Cream for Art Festival at Allaire

June 24, 2017: Summer Craft Market and Art in the Park with a fun summer twist-there will be ice cream too! The craft shows at The Historic Village at Allaire show case 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. The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale. 8am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Charity Motorcycle Run & Picnic

June 24, 2017: Jim Hall Memorial Homeless Veterans Motorcycle Run & BBQ/Picnic. 1059 West Veterans Hwy Jackson. 9am-5pm.

Spring Lake Summer Art Walk

July 1, 2017: Located on Third Avenue in Downtown Spring Lake. Visit their website for more information.

Freehold Idol

July 26, 2017: Talented singers aged 10 and older are given the spotlight to show off their vocal abilities in this very popular annual singing contest that draws contestants from all over NJ, NY, PA and even Boston! Much like the renowned TV talent contest, singers are judged and the best of each week heads straight to the finale where the top 3 vocalists are awarded prizes! 2017 Freehold Idol Schedule - All shows are held at 7:30pm June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9. Finale August 16. Hall of Records; 1 East Main Street, Freehold. Rain Location: The American Hotel 18 East Main Street, Freehold. Visit their website for more information.

51st Annual Keyport Fireman's Fair

July 31st-August 4th: What’s a summer without a fireman’s fair? The Annual Keyport Fireman’s Fair returns to Fireman’s Park for its 51st consecutive year running. Celebrate six days full of summer carnival and boardwalk fun. Enjoy the warm weather, food, games, rides, face painting, characters, 50/50’s, live music and more! End the fair with a Saturday Night Firework Grand Finale. Come and join us, you’ll have more than fun—you’ll be supporting the brave men and women of the Keyport Fire Department! Free admission. W Front St, Keyport. Visit their website for more information.

Sandy Hook Foundation Beach Concerts

August 9, 2017: Free to the public! Concert-goers bring beach chairs and pack a picnic dinner. Listen, Dance and sing to the music of the Jersey Shore. Every Wednesday evening at Beach Area E June - August Visit their website for more information.

Summer Sidewalk Sale

August 19 & 20 2017 Raindate 27 & 28: Downtown Spring Lake Visit their website for more information.

Downtown Freehold Fall Concert Series

Wednesdays in September & October: Join us at the Hall of Records on Wednesdays at 7pm in September & October for a concert series in front of the Hall of Records in downtown Freehold. Sept 6: B st Band, Sept 13: Soul Cruiser, Sept 20: After the Rain, Sept 27: Vinny Pastore's Gangster Squad Jersey Style, Oct 4: The Amish outlaws, Oct 11: Jimmy & the Parrots, Oct 18: The Nerds. Located at One E Main St., Freehold, NJ. Visit their website for more information.

Thompson Park Day

October 15, 2017: Visit Thompson Park for a day of free family fun activities! There will be entertainment, canoeing, footgolf, kid's races, S.T.E.A.M. fun and an apple cider demo! Plus more! 11am-5pm. 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Visit their website for more information.

Climb Time at Freneau Woods Park

October 22, 2017: Head over to Freneau Woods Park and try our 25’ portable climbing wall. This is a great opportunity to experience the sport of rock climbing close to home. Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE! 1-5pm. 360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen. Visit their website for more information.

Night-time Nature Walk at Freneau Woods Park

November 4, 2017: Listen for owls and crickets, watch for bats, and discover other creatures of the night during this night-time adventure at Freneau Woods Park. Please dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or lantern. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE! 7-8pm. 360 Monastary Ln., Aberdeen. Visit their website for more information.

Surf Fishing Clinic at Sandy Hook

November 18, 2017: Join Jeff Dement, Tagging Director, for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. He'll cover the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection, and “reading” a beach. All skill levels are welcomed. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult. Meet at 8 a.m. at building 18. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided but please bring your lunch. Cost : $20 for members, $60 for nonmembers. 18 Hartshorne Drive.