Family & Community Calendar for Monmouth County, NJ

Looking for quality wholesome activities and family events in your community? Check this page for ideas!

Events and activities are listed in three sections of this page:

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Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Freehold, NJ

Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay

August 12, 2019: Discover nature! Find a variety of fish, crabs, and other sea creatures as we pull along seine net along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay. Closed-toe shoes are required. Meet on the beach near the park entrance. Parents or guardians are required to stay with and supervise their children. No swimming during the event. Weather permitting. FREE! Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth. 11am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.

Bayshore Fishing Derby

August 24, 2019: Get hooked on fishing while competing in our annual saltwater fishing derby! Participants supply their own fishing poles, tackle and bait. Prizes are awarded for the longest fish caught in three different age categories. Only fishing from the beach is allowed. The cost is $8 per person; $4 per additional person. Walk-ins are welcome. Cash or check only on site. Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth. 3-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

September 11, 2019: Join us for this remembrance ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands. 8am. Visit their website for more information.

15th Latino Festival of Monmouth County

September 21, 2019: Family festival with food, live music, contests, prizes, kids games, and more. Rain date September 28, 2019. Hall Of Records, Freehold. 12noon-7pm. Visit their website for more information.

Historic Battery Lewis Tour

October 4, 2019: our the newly restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE! 12 noon-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Haunted Express Night Time Rides

October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26, 2019: Spooky nighttime ride & walk through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park. An annual tradition! Trains leave every half hour from 7:30-9:30pm. This event is weather-permitting; please call ahead to be sure we're running. $7.50. NJ Museum of Transportation, 4265 Atlantic Ave, Wall Township. Visit their website for more information.


Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Freehold, NJ

Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

January 28, 2019: Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and play basketball in our climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! Our lobby table games including air hockey and ping pong will be available as well. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The cost is $5 per person per day. See schedule for additional days. 2566 Guam Lane, Tinton Falls. 11:30am-4pm. 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 for more details. Visit their website for more information.

Historic Longstreet Farm

Open Year Round: The sights, sounds & smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been recreated on 9 acres at Historic Longstreet Farm. Interpreters in period dress show both daily & seasonal agricultural & domestic activities. Open daily year round from 10am-4pm. Free weekend activities! 44 Longstreet Rd., Holmdel. Visit their website for more information.

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

Open Daily: Explore with your family & friends with a Safari Backpack! Each backpack contains all you need to make your self-guided nature walk filled with adventure & exploration! Use of the backpack is free, but you must leave your valid NJ drivers license with the docent. The contents of the backpacks will change seasonally. 331 Georgia Tavern Rd., Howell. Open daily: 10 am-4:30 pm. Visit their website for more information.

Tuesday Afternoon Movies

Tuesday Afternoons: 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.


Archive of Some Past Events

Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

July 31, 2019: These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only. 311 Windeler Road, Howell. 2pm, 3pm & 4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Drop In Kayaking

July 17, 2019: The Park System is offering a kayak nature tour at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Use entrance on Windeler Road. Novice paddlers welcome. All equipment is provided. Open to ages 12 and up; under 18 with participating adult. The cost is $20 per person; cash or check only. 311 Windeler Road, Howell. 11am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.

Independence Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm

July 4, 2019: Join the staff at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, as they celebrate the holiday with games and contests. FREE! 44 Longstreet Rd, Holmdel. 12-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Roving Golfzilla

June 22, 2019: See if you can hit golf balls through the hands, feet, or mouth of Golfzilla. All are welcome. This is a non-instructional offering, however, if needed we will teach you the very basics of the golf swing. All equipment is provided. FREE! Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, 2566 Guam Lane, Tinton Falls. 9am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.

Early Summer Flea Market

June 8, 2019: Hunt for bargains among vintage treasures, bric-a-brac, books, art work, handmade items, knick-knacks and so much more! $2 admission for adults, children under 12 free. Rain date 6/9. 263 Atlantic Ave, Wall. 8am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Annual Freehold Memorial Day Parade

May 27, 2019: The largest and longest consecutively running Memorial Day Parade in NJ. At 10am, the Parade steps off from the corner of Brinkerhoff Ave & 10 East Main St in Freehold. 10am-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

33rd Annual NJ Seafood Festival

May 17-19, 2019: One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Great seafood, crafters & live entertainment! Corner of 9th Ave. and Main St, Belmar. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Environmental Tech Late Night

May 1, 2019: Learn how scientists use new & exciting technologies to study & solve important environmental issues! Demonstrations, arts & crafts & educational activities will be set up around the museum for this event & people are welcome to come & go as they please. We encourage all ages to come participate & learn something new! Free. Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Catsbury Park

April 13-14, 2019: Catsbury Park will be bringing together an even larger all-star lineup from Cat World: Celebrity Cats, adoptable felines, DJs, games, activities, art, vendors, presentations, seminars, comedians, tattoos, tasty vegetarian food! A huge Cat Lounge / Cat Cafe is also planned to allow more attendees to interact with the cats for adoption and find forever homes for our lovely feline friends. In addition, there will be seminars about rescue, kitten care, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) & more. 708 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park. Visit their website for more information.

Red Bank Street Fair & Craft Show

April 7, 2019: On the Streets of Downtown Red Bank, the absolute best goods and services! Artists, crafters, vendors, delicious food, kids rides, games, live bands, DJ, dance and martial arts performances & much more for the entire family! 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Monmouth County Library Concert

March 31, 2019: The Intentions, made up of Byron Crawford Smith, Mario Casella, John Micco and Christopher O'Hara, will be playing the great 60's classics along with the sounds of Motown, Stax, and R&B. Come on out and enjoy the party! Entrance doors open at 12:30pm. Seats are available on a first come, first-served basis We request that participants do not hold or reserve seats for others. 125 Symmes Rd, Manalapan. 2-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Irish Week Flavor of Freehold

March 12-13, 2019: A unique tour of Downtown Freehold venerable restaurants, bars, and shops held over two days. Participants walk from place to place with their “Shamrock Passport” used as a guide of where to go. Everyone will receive signature samples from some of Freehold most loved establishments. There will also be bagpipers performing to establish a festive atmosphere! 5-8:30pm. Visit their website at https://downtownfreehold.com/product/flavor-of-freehold-ticket-3122019/ for more information.

Open Ceramics

March 3, 2019: Come 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. Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft. 12:30-4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.

Open Shoot Archery

February 23, 2019: Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft. All equipment is provided. No outside equipment permitted. This is not an instructional program and is designed for those already familiar with archery techniques. Open to ages 10 and up (under 18 with adult). Cost is $10 per person; cash or check only. 10am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Seashell Sunday at Bayshore Waterfront Park

February 17, 2019: Starting a shell collection this year? It’s the best way to get to know the Jersey Shore. Want to know where shells come from? Can't figure out what you found on the beach? Bring it to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, 719 Port Monmouth Road, and we will tell you all about seashells, how to collect them without harming the environment, and feature an assortment of live mollusks, crustaceans, and cool beach finds and artifacts. FREE! 1-2pm. Visit their website for more information.

Find Your Path in Volunteering

February 6, 2019: Come to the Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft, and learn about the many unique opportunities the Volunteer In Parks Program has to offer. Open to ages 14 & up. Share your time and talents and become a member of the Park System Volunteer Staff. Join us in a number of notable jobs! 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Historic Myths BUSTED at Historic Walnford

January 19 & 20, 2019: Learn to sort fact from fiction as we explore some common historical misunderstandings and share fun facts and credible accounts about the past. Held at Historic Walnford, 62 Walnford Rd, Upper Freehold. FREE! 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Night Skies Hike & S'mores at Thompson Park

January 5, 2019: Go on a short hike with a Park System Naturalist looking at the night ski & then warm up by the fire pit enjoying s’mores, warm drinks & music. Bring binoculars if you have them. Remember to dress for the weather. Rating: Easy, some seasonal trail conditions could be challenging: ice, snow, mud. If there is snow we will be using snowshoes that we provide. Open to ages 7 & up, under 18 with adult. FREE! Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft. 6-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

First Night Ocean County - in Seaside Heights

December 31, 2018: Mark your calendar for New Year's Eve & a family celebration with local businesses along the Boardwalk. Fun & games for the entire family! Fireworks at 5 pm. Boardwalk, Seaside Heights. 12 noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.

Annual Winter Wonderland Run

December 15, 2018: Bring the family! Runners of all ages are welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes are mandatory, so Santas & Elves wear your craziest holiday attire! There will be a post-run celebration with costume contests, live music, food & drink specials. Canned goods & non-perishable items will be collected for the food pantry & toy donations for the HFD Toys For Tots program. FREE registration begins at 11am. Event begins at noon. Proving Ground, 56 Shrewsbury Ave, Highlands. Visit their website for more information.

Menorah Lighting

December 3, 2018: Celebrate the Holiday by joining us in lighting the Menorah in Downtown Freehold at the Hall of Records. 5-6pm. 1 East Main St., Freehold. Visit their website for more information.

Casino Pier Holiday Festival

December 1, 2018: Celebrate the holidays at Casino Pier! Wear your Ugly Christmas Sweater or Festive Holiday outfit to win a prize. Bring your creative mind for arts & crafts; there'll be card making & special pictures to send to our Service Members. Join in the fun at the indoor snowball fight! And of course a visit from SANTA! Please bring non-expired canned goods for donations to the Fulfill of Monmouth & Ocean Counties. Pier Grill, Casino Pier, 800 Ocean Ter, Seaside Heights. 12 noon– 3pm. Visit their website for more information.

Twilight Hike @ Freneau Woods Park

November 17, 2018: During this twilight hike you'll be looking for both animals of the day & of the night! such as bats, owls, foxes & flying squirrels. It will be a one mile walk, round trip. Bring a flashlight & dress for the weather. Open to ages 8 & up, under 18 with adult. Meet in the Monastery parking area of Freneau Woods Park, 360 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen Township. Visit their website for more information.

Fall Craft Show

November 10, 2018: This seasonal craft show is the perfect place to find holiday gifts & decorations. Admission & parking are free. Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, 2566 Guam Ln, Tinton Falls. 9am-1pm. Visit their website for more information.

Marty's Place Howl-O-Ween Family Fest

October 21, 2018: Find fun for the whole family - including your dog! This spook-tacular event will feature a Ruff Mudder Canine Obstacle Challenge (for dogs & their owners), a Canine Costume Contest, Hay Rides, Dog Photo Sessions, K-9 (police dog) Demonstration, Kids' Crafts, food truck, 50-50 cash raffle & more. Outdoors on the grounds of Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary in Upper Freehold (outside Allentown), NJ. Free admission - with fees for some activities. All proceeds go directly for the care of Sanctuary residents. Marty's Place Senior Dog Sanctuary, 118 Rt. 526, Upper Freehold. Visit their website for more information.

Haunted Express Night Time Rides

October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2018: Take a spooky nighttime ride and a walk through the haunted woods of Allaire State Park! An annual tradition for decades! Trains leave every half hour from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets are available the night of the event (no advance sales). Fare is $7.50. This event is weather-permitting; please call ahead to be sure we're running. NJ Museum of Transportation, 4265 Atlantic Ave, Allaire, Farmingdale. Visit their website for more information.

4th Annual LBI FLY International Kite Festival

October 5-8, 2018: The Annual Kite Festival is returning for its fourth year! LBI will be welcoming back domestic & international kite professionals to participate in this four-day festival. This festival will have many different events across the island. Mark your calendars & visit LBI for this fall weekend of flight! Ship Bottom Beaches, Long Beach Blvd, Ship Bottom. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

Climb Time at Freneau Woods Park

September 23, 2018: Give the 25 foot portable climbing walls try! This is a great opportunity to experience the sport of rock climbing close to home. Climbers must be 42” or taller & age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). Freneau Woods Park, 360 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen. 1-5pm.

Railroaders Weekend

September 8-9, 2018: Passenger and freight trains parade every hour on the Pine Creek Railroad! Come see vintage locomotives & trains in operation, shop tours, exhibits & much more! Trains leave every half hour from 11 am-4:30 pm. The fare is $5. NJ Museum of Transportation, 4265 Atlantic Ave, Allaire, Farmingdale. Visit their website for more information.

Asbury Park Oysterfest

September 7-9, 2018: The perfect recipe for a cool weekend in hot weather! Fresh seafood & other culinary delights, plus a full line-up of live music. 9/7 Free admission. 9/8 & 9/9 $3. Bradley Park, across from Convention Hall, Ocean Ave, Asbury Park. 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.

Bugs, Birds & Beyond

August 18, 2018: Bee wise about wildlife! See live butterflies, snakes, rabbits, turtles, insects, bees & more! There will be educational displays, games, activities & crafts. Food, ice cream, honey, jams & fresh produce will be available for purchase. Rutgers Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Rd, Freehold. noon-4pm. Visit their website for more information.

42nd IAATO Italian Festival

Aug 8-12, 2018: Celebrate Italian heritage & culture at this five-day festival featuring plenty of amusement rides, games & live entertainment. There’s also a pizza- and pasta-eating contest. Just make sure you save room for dessert—zeppoles! Joe Palaia Park, 200 Whale Pond Rd, Oakhurst. 5-11pm. Visit their website for more information.

Roving Naturalist at Big Brook Park

August 4, 2018: Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk! We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife & identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain is not a deterrent. Free! Meet in the Route 520 parking area. Big Brook Park, Marlboro. 9am. Visit their website for more information.

Pier Village Mid-Summer Sidewalk Sale

July 26, 2018: Stores like Molly & Zoey, Molly & Zoey Undercover, and Sundaze roll out their racks for early season savings. Make it a day by dining at Avenue, Beach House, Coney Waffle, Corner Cafe, Luke's Lobster, McLoone's Pier House, Oni Ramen House, Playa Bowl, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Simply Greek, Sirenna, Stewart's Root Beer, Turning Point or the Wine Loft. Ocean Ave & Centennial Dr, Long Branch. 10am-9pm. Visit their website for more information.

28th Annual Oceanfest

July 4, 2018: Enjoy an all-day, family friendly festival that brings together the most memorable sights, sounds & sensations of the summer season! Not just a music or food festival; much more than a craft sale or street fair, Oceanfest combines the best parts of everyone’s favorite summertime memory — and caps it all off with the most spectacular fireworks display. Long Branch Beach, Long Branch, NJ. 10am-10pm. Visit their website for more information.

Bradley Beach Lobsterfest

June 23 & 24, 2018: Come enjoy 6 bands & emcee/DJ playing requests! There'll be over 180 craft & specialty vendors plus a beer & wine garden. Children's activities include water slide, rides, face painters & sand art. 500 Ocean Ave, Bradley Beach. 11am-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Youth Fishing Challenge

June 9, 2018: Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs Youth Fishing Challenge is a statewide event to promote fishing among youths and their families. No license is required to fish regardless of age. Visit their website for more information.

Fair Haven Annual Memorial Day Parade

May 28, 2018: Each Memorial Day, the citizens of Fair Haven honor the Veterans & heroes of our nation through an enjoyable Memorial Day Parade in their honor. The parade features patriotic anthems, reading of names of fallen Fair Haven soldiers, a special guest speaker, presentation of wreaths & much more. Knollwood School, 224 Hance St, Fair Haven. 9-10:30am. Visit their website for more information.

Seafood Festival

May 18, 19 & 20, 2018: Feast on seafood! There will be children's activities, specialty vendors, a beer tent & wine garden. Live music all day! Silver Lake Park, 5th & Ocean Aves, Belmar. Visit their website for more information.

County Seat Jazz & Blues Street Fest

May 6, 2018: Come listen to talented & well-known musicians from the Tri-State Area! Many vendors are participating with a variety of items! Fire Department/First Aid Trucks will be there for all to see & learn about what they do for our community. Food provided by: Big Harlie's BBQ and Taste of Cakes. West Main Street between Court Street & Throckmorton Street, Downtown Freehold. Noon-6pm. Visit their website for more information.

Ocean Exploration Late Night @ The Rutgers Geology Museum

May 2, 2018: Learn all about how scientists discover the secrets held beneath the ocean’s surface! Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of ocean-themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

Easter Express!

April 8, 9, 15 & 16: Share a ride on the train with the Easter Bunny! Trains leave every half hour from noon-4:30pm. NJ Museum of Transportation, Allaire State Park, 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Township. Visit their website for more information.

Ice Age Late Night @ The Rutgers Geology Museum

March 7, 2018: Come chill with us and learn about mastodons, saber tooth cats, and the many other creatures that roamed this planet during the Ice Age. Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of Ice Age themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website at https://www.sas.rutgers.edu/cms/sasose/museum-events for more information.

Egypt Late Night @ The Rutgers Geology Museum

February 7, 2018: Get wrapped up in our Egypt night as we explore mummies and learn about ancient Egyptian culture. Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum for a free night of mummy-themed crafts and activities for visitors of all ages! Free event. 85 Somerset St, New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.

WinterFest at Thompson Park

January 27, 2018: Celebrate Winter with the whole 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.

Roving Naturalist at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area

January 6, 2018: Join our Roving Naturalist for a walk at Fisherman's Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. We'll discuss seasonal points of interest, search for signs of wildlife, and identify a bird or two. This is a 1.5-2 hour program, but feel free to join in or drop out at any point. Dress for the weather as light rain and snow are not deterrents. FREE! 9am. 383 3rd Ave., Manasquan. Visit their website for more information.

Menorah Lighting

December 18, 2017: Celebrate the Holiday by joining us in lighting the Menorah in Downtown Freehold at the Hall of Records. 5-6pm. 1 East Main St., Freehold. Visit their website for more information.

Downtown Freehold Tree Lighting

December 5, 2017: The Annual Downtown Freehold Tree Lighting will be an occasion 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.

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.

Ancients to Astronauts: How We Communicate

November 20, 2017: 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.

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 non members. 18 Hartshorne Drive.

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 Monastery Ln., Aberdeen. 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 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen. 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.

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 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.

Summer Sidewalk Sale

August 19 & 20 2017 Rain Date 27 & 28: Downtown Spring Lake 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.

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.

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 7:30 pm June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, 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.

Spring Lake Summer Art Walk

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

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 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. 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.

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

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.

47th Irish Festival at Monmouth Park

June 11, 2017: 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. 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.

Thursdays Rock! Summer Concert Series

June 8th-August 24th: 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 August 17, 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.

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.

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

June 2, 2017: Stunning music from the powerful singing traditions of the Baltics and Scandinavia 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.

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.

Jersey Shore Food Truck 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 Monastery Lane, Aberdeen Township. 9am. 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.

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.

Sleeping Beauty in Red Bank

April 7th-9th: A sleeping princess, a magical kiss ...and they lived 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.

"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.

The Spring Lake Theatre Company's Dr. Seuss Musical

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 2:00 pm and 7:30 PM performance. Spring Lake Community House, 300 Madison Avenue, Spring Lake. Visit their website for more information.

Malas on a Mission to Benefit Root to Rise

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 one's 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.

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.

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.

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 fundraiser. Admission is a $50.00 donation. Doubletree Hotel - Eatontown/Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Eatontown. 6pm. 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.

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.

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.

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.

Monmouth University Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition

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.

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.

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.

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 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick. 7:30-9:30pm. Visit their website for more information.