Family & Community Calendar for Monmouth County, NJ

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Current and Upcoming near Freehold, NJ

National Marina Day at the Leonardo State Marina

Craft vendors, food trucks, face painting, cake, & more! Come get to know your neighborhood marina!
June 10, 2017 from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm
Leonardo State Marina, 102 Concord Avenue, Leonardo, NJ 07737
For more information, call 732-291-1333.

Spring Lake "Art in the Park"

Enjoy a day in the park and some outstanding locally produced art as well. Sponsored by the Manasquan River Group of Artists.
June 10, 2017 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Divine Park, Spring Lake, NJ
For more information, please call 732-449-9287.

47th Irish Festival at Monmouth Park

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.
June 11, 2017 from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ
For more information, please visit their website.

Doodle - All American Sing-a-long

Join friends for this great audience involved event! Come sing your heart out!
June 16 - 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm & 8:00 pm
Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold
For more information, please visit their website.

Ice Cream for Art Festival at Allaire

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.
June 24th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Historic Village at Allaire, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Admission to the craft market is $5 per vehicle.
For more information, please visit their website.

Charity Motorcycle Run & Picnic

Jim Hall Memorial Homeless Veterans Motorcycle Run & BBQ/Picnic
June 24th, 9am to 5pm
1059 West Veterans Hwy Jackson NJ
For more information, please call 732-363-4101.

51st Annual Keyport Fireman's Fair

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.
Monday, July 31st - Saturday, August 4th
W Front St, Keyport, NJ 07735
Free Admission
For more information, please visit their website.


Seasonal Events near Freehold, NJ

Freehold Idol!

Talented singers aged 10 and older are given the spotlight to show off their vocal abilities in this very popular ninth 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 p.m. June 7, 2017 June 14, 2017 June 21, 2017 June 28, 2017 July 5, 2017 July 12. 2017 July 19, 2017 July 26, 2017 August 2, 2017 August 9, 2017 Finale August 16, 2017; Ages 16 to 22 & 23 and up August 23, 2017; Ages 10 to 15
Hall of Records; 1 East Main Street, Freehold.
Rain Location: The American Hotel 18 East Main Street, Freehold
For more information, or to get an application form, please visit their website.

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 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
For more information, please visit their website.


Activities at The Counseling Center at Freehold

Community Support Night at The Counseling Center

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 details of the next Community Support Night.


Archive

Monmouth Civic Chorus - Northern Lights

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.
June 2, 2017 at 8:00 pm
St. Mary's Church, One Phalanx Road, Colts Neck, NJ
Admission is Regular $30, Senior $27, Group $25 and Students $5
For more information, please call 732-933-9333.

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

A soaring musical about the American West inspired by the real story of Josephine Monaghan.
June 3rd to 25th, 2017
Two River Theatre, 21 Bridge Ave., Red Bank, NJ
For show times and more information, please call 732-345-1400.

Seaport Craft Show in Highlands

A delightful collection of various handmade crafts.
May 28, 2017 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Huddy Park, Waterwitch and Bay Ave., Highlands, NJ
For more information, please call 732-291-4713.

Jersey Shore Foodtruck Festival at Monmouth Park

Come out for 3 great days of Food trucks & live music!
May 27-29, 2017 from 11:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, NJ
For more information, please visit their website.

Ocean Grove, NJ Vintage Car Show

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.
May 20, 2017 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, NJ
For more information, please visit their website.

31st Annual New Jersey Seafood Festival in Belmar

One of the largest seafood festivals in the nation. Great seafood, crafters, and live entertainment. Sponsored by the Belmar Tourism Commission.
All day May 19 - 21, 2017
Silver Lake Park, Fifth and Ocean Ave, Belmar, NJ
For more information, please visit their website.

Spirit of New Jersey's History Fair at Monmouth Battlefield

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.
May 13, 2017 from 11:00 am until 5:00 pm
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, NJ Business Route 33, Manalapan, NJ
For more information, please visit their website.

Ocean Grove Welcome to Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Festival

Come out for a day filled with Arts & Crafts Festival, as well as music on Main.
May 6, 2017 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ
For more information, please visit their website.

The "Weekend in Old Monmouth" Tour

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.

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 at 1:30 PM
Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Tickets are on sale now. Prices range from $64/per person to $209/per person
For more information, please visit their website.

The Casual Birder at Freneau Woods Park

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.
April 20, 2017 at 9:00 AM.
Freneau Woods Park, 360 Monastary Lane, Aberdeen Township, NJ 07747
A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. Open to ages 8 and up. FREE!
For more information, please visit their website.

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold.
Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
Historic Walnford, Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
This is a FREE event!
For more information, please visit their website.

Climb Time at Thompson Park

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.
April 13, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.
Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Climbers must be 42” or taller and age 8 or older (under 18 with adult). FREE!
For more information, please visit their website.

Sleeping Beauty in Red Bank

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, New Jersey 07701
For more information, please visit their website.

"Godspell" at the Spring Lake Community House

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, NJ 07762
For more information, please visit their website.

Seussical the Musical!

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, NJ 07762
For more information, please visit their website.

Monmouth University Department of Art and Design Faculty Exhibtion

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.
January 17th through March 10th, 2017 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Rechnitz Hall, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Admission is free!
For more information, please visit their website.

Malas on A Mission Event to Benefit Root to Rise in Asbury Park

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. 
Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 at 6:30 pm 
Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
Pricing varies from $40 - $60/per person depending on bead type chosen.
For more information, please visit their website.

Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus in Asbury Park

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.
Saturday, February 18th, 2017 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm 
Paramount Theatre, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ 07712
For more information, please visit their website.

Valentine's Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Howell

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!
Saturday, February 11th, 2017 at 11:00 am 
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4831 US Hwy 9, Howell, NJ 07731
This is a free event.
For more information, please visit their website.

All Fur Love Valentine's Dinner & Gift Auction

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.
Thursday, February 9th, 2017 at 6:00 pm 
Doubletree Hotel - Eatontown/Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Admission is a $50.00 donation
For more information, please visit their website.

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

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 
New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Tickets are $46.00 to $51.00
For more information, please visit their website.

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

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. 
January 28th through February 4th, 2017. Shows at 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 8:00 pm 
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 60 Abe Voorhees Drive, Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
Tickets range from $15 to $36
Visit their website.

WinterFest at Thompson Park

Celebrate Winter with the family! Join for ice skating, nature hikes on snowshoes, crafts, wagon rides and much more!
January 28th, 2017 from Noon to 4:00 pm 
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ
Visit their website.

Bolshoi Ballet: The Bright Stream - Live in HD

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.
January 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm 
Pollak Theater, Howard Ave, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Tickets are $23.00
Visit their website.

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

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. 
Thursday, January 19th, through Saturday, January 21st. Shows at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM 
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St, Red Bank, NJ 07701
Tickets start at $39.75
Visit their website.

2017 Light Of Day Winterfest in Asbury Park

Performers dedicating their talents for supporting the Light of Day Foundation's fight against Parkinson's.
Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm 
Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712
Tickets start at $43.oo
Visit their website.

Cirque Eloize in New Brunswick, NJ

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!
Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
State Theatre, 15 Livington Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Tickets range from $35.00 - $70.00
Visit their website.

Bob Dylan: Photographs by Daniel Kramer in West Long Branch

This is a FREE event curated by the GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Daniel Kramer, Daniel Kramer: Photographs of Bob Dylan features more than 40 of Kramer's photographs from his time on tour with Dylan in 1964 and 1965.
Thursday, Oct. 20th through Dec. 20th from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Pollak Theatre, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
This is a FREE event. For more information please visit their website.

Walk Through Spring Lake: Scultpures of Seward Johnson

Spring Lake is hosting a free outdoor art exhibit this fall featuring the works of world-renowned sculptor and New Jersey native, Seward Johnson. Fourteen of Johnson’s life-like bronze sculptures will be on display throughout Spring Lake’s downtown.
September 17th through January 1st 
Spring Lake, NJ
Download a self-tour booklet and more information about a listing of sculpters at their website.

The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon

Lewis and Clark were famous comedians during the vaudeville era; off-stage, though, they couldn't stand each other and haven't spoken in over 20 years. Ben, Willy Clark's nephew, is the producer of a variety show that wants to feature a reunion of the classic duo. How will Ben convince the crotchety old comedians to put aside their differences before the big show?
October 21st through November 22nd 
Center Players, 35 South St., Freehold, New Jersey
Box Office: 732-462-9093
For more information, please visit their website.

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Algonquin Arts Theatre

Get a solid dose of the holiday spirit by attending this beloved production at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan. It is full of dancing and singing of some of the greatest Christmas songs ever written.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 26th and 27th at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm 
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ
For pricing and ticket information, please visit their website.

Keyport Tree Lighting

Join friends and neighbors for the Annual Tree Lighting and a visit from Santa! Santa will be arriving at 5:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 26th at 5:00 pm 
West Front Street Mini Park in Keyport, NJ

Steve Vai - State Theatre in New Brunswick

Guitarist Steve Vai commemorates the 25th anniversary of his landmark album, Passion and Warfare—highly regarded as one of the greatest instrumental rock guitar recordings of all time.
Monday, Nov. 14th at 8:00 pm 
State Theatre, 15 Livington Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901
Tickets are $35 - $75 each.
For more information, please visit their website.

Nature Lecture Series at Port Monmouth: The Real Story of the Jersey Devil

Have some fun right before Halloween by discovering the ecology of the Pine Barrens, which gave rise to the history and folklore of the Jersey Devil. For more than 250 years this mysterious creature is said to prowl through the marshes of New Jersey and emerge periodically to rampage through towns and cities. So famous is this devil that it became New Jersey’s “official demon” in the 1930’s. We will have an amusing time discovering the many possible origins and stories of the Jersey Devil legend, some are actually real, and the devil’s home in the Pine Barrens. br /> Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 7-8 p.m. 
Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center (Seabrook-Wilson House)719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 
FREE!
For more information, please visit their website.

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Visit and view the beautiful gristmill along the banks of Crosswicks Creek. Speak and interact with knowledgable staff as they describe the workings of the mill. All ages are welcome, under 14 with adult. 
Saturday & Sunday, October 22 & 23, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. 
62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
FREE!
For more information, please visit their website.

Thompson Park Day in Lincroft

From the scarecrow contest to doggie costume contest, Thompson Park Day offers everything a fall festival should - pumpkin painting, wagon rides, arts & crafts, kids races, entertainment and so much more! 
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft 07738
Scarecrow Contest - They provide the framework and stuffing; you supply the face, outer covering (clothes, etc.) and imagination. Prizes will be awarded and the scarecrow is yours to take home. Pre-register online. Pre-registration is available until October 15. The pre-registration fee is $10 and event-day registration is $12. (Pre-registration guarantees a frame; day-of-registration frames are limited and will be assigned on a first-come, first–served basis). 
Strut Your Mutt Doggie Costume Contest - Dress up your four-legged pal as something fun, silly or scary! The whole family can dress up together! Contest is held at 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. Prizes awarded for funniest, scariest, prettiest, most original and best canine/human combo.
For more information, please visit their website.

Concert in the Barn: Ravine Crossing Chorale at the Thompson Park Theatre Barn in Lincroft

Ravine Crossing Chorale presents Sunday In The Park, a musical revue. Ravine Crossing Chorale is a group of 16 talented voices singing a variety of music from classical to popular.
Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 3-4:30 p.m. 
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ
Free admission and parking!
For more information, please visit their website.

Butterfly Walk at Manasquan Reservoir

Join a Park System Naturalist at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, and take a walk to identify butterflies. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Walk may be a mile or more. Open to ages 8 and up, under 18 with adult. FREE!
Thursday, September 29th 
331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
For more information, please visit their website.

Damn Yankees

Based on the novel The Year The Yankees Lost The Pennant by Douglass Wallop, Damn Yankees the Broadway mega-hit and winner of 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical hits it out of the park! The winning score by Adler and Ross and a devilish book by George Abbot have made this sporty musical comedy a true American classic.
September 30th - October 9th 
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main St. Manasquan, New Jersey
Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, Damn Yankees is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. Runtime: Approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes - Intermission: Yes - Age Appropriateness: Recommended for ages 12 & up
For more information and ticket purchases, please visit their website.

First Day of Spring Nature Walk at the Manasquan Reservoir

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center in Howell, and join us for a nature walk to look for signs of the new season.
Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 10:00am
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, NJ 07731
Cost: Admission is FREE. For more information visit their Website

The Casual Birder at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk of 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.
Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9:00am
Bayshore Waterfront Park, 719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 Meet at the Activity Center.
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Participate in the E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Get out and join this 13.1 miles run on a beautiful course through Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck. Forty years of racing tradition on one of New Jersey's most attractive courses. Pre-registration is suggested and closes on March 1st, 2016. Registration can also be done online. Race day registration accepted on Sunday, March 6th beginning at 7:15am.
Sunday, March 6, 2016 starting at 9:00am
Start at Brookdale Community College Collins Arena: Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ
Cost: $35.00 Pre-Registration, $50.00 Post-Registration. For more information visit their Website

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss at the Manasquan Reservoir

Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and celebrate this author's birthday with a story and craft.
Saturday & Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2016 at 1 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell 07731
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Nature Lecture Series: Whaling and Whales Along the Jersey Shore

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for this talk by a Park System Naturalist and discover some of the hidden history and ecology of the Jersey Shore. Find out about the latest research about whales as well as the important role they played for the international whaling industry and the rise of laws protecting them from commercial hunting.
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, 719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Eagles at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

What a way to spend the Valentine's Weekend! Come to the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, and discover amazing facts about these creatures and hear an update on the nesting status of our resident pair.
Saturday & Sunday, February 13 & 14, 2016 at 11:00am
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, 331 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, NJ 07731
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

L.A. Theatre Works Bram Stroker's Dracula at Monmouth University

After wowing audiences with their unique live radio theater style in last year’s adaptation of “In the Heat of the Night”, L.A. Theatre Works returns to the Pollak stage in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Count Dracula slips quietly into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil, necessary for rest between his victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, the smart and resourceful Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce Dracula’s heart with a wooden stake- setting up an epic confrontation of good vs evil. This gothic horror is a classic for all time and has spawned hundreds of spin-offs in popular culture from Twilight to True Blood.
Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ
Cost: Tickets range from $38 - $58/person. For more information visit their Website

"Voices & Visions" Poster Series at the Jewish Heritage Museum

This exhibit is comprised of a series of posters which pairs leading Jewish figures of contemporary art and design with powerful quotes from Jewish thinkers across the ages. This artwork was commissioned by entrepreneur and Jewish philanthropist Harold Grinspoon in 2012, and has been given as a gift to the Museum from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. An exploration of identity through art, Voices & Visions is about art, powerful messages, combining them into posters, about starting conversations, and about continuing the Jewish journey.
Monday, February 1, 2016 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
The Jewish Heritage Museum, 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Admission $3.00/members, $5.00/non-members, Students free. For more information visit their Website

Winterfest in Lincrost, NJ

Looking for a cool event for the whole family? Head over to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for this festival that celebrates the fun that winter can bring with ice skating, wagon rides, ice sculptures, cross-country skiing and so much more. Admission and parking are free!
Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: Admission and parking are free! For more information visit their Website

Open Gym at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center

Stop by the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls, and have fun in their climate controlled, indoor gymnasium! They have play equipment available as well as the table games in their lobby. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
All February! Visit their website below for hours.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Area, 2566 Guam Lane, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
Cost: $5 per person per day. For more information visit their Website

"Beautiful Childhood" Exhibit at the Monmouth County Historical Association

Nineteenth century portraits of children in various stages of development from toddlers to teenagers. In some cases, we know who the sitters were and what became of them as adults; in other instances, their identities remain a mystery. The exhibition demonstrates how Monmouth County and its environs provided an important source of patronage for artists based elsewhere in the Northeast and reflects the sentimentality that characterized child portraiture of the era.
Tuesdays thru Saturdays, January 7, 2016 through February 26, 2016 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Monmouth County Historical Association, 70 Court St, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: $5 adults, $2.50 ages 65 and older, Free for Members. For more information visit their Website

Morven Museum & Garden Presents "Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Couple of an Age"

This exhibition will span the lives of both Charles and Anne, with a fresh look at their roles as pilots, spouses and writers. With more than 200 photographs, Morven's galleries will expose the Lindberghs as imperfect icons in a changing culture.
Wednesdays thru Sundays from 10:00am - 4:00pm, January 7th through January 20th, 2016
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton St, Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $6 adult, $5 ages 60 and older, Free for children 6 and under and Friends of Morven. For more information visit their Website

Read to the Dog at the Freehold Public Library

Children of all ages are invited to "Read to the Dog" at Freehold Public Library.
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 from 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Freehold Public Library, 28-1/2 E Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728, Children's Room
Cost: FREE. For more information call 732-462-5135

Dancing With The Stars LIVE! in Red Bank

A cast of the television show's most popular competitors choreographing brand new numbers and recreating some of the shows most memorable acts, live at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 4:00pm and 8:00 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701
Cost: Tickets range from $55.00 - $125.00/per person. For more information visit their Website

Spooky Spooktacular Halloween in Freehold

Come experience a Halloween celebration featuring 55 performances, a trick-or-treat trail, costumed characters and more! Visit website for event schedule.
October 2-November 1, 2015 Visit website for schedule
iPlay America, 110 Schanck Road, Freehold, NJ
Cost: (PRICE AND TICKETING INFORMATION). For more information visit their Website

Keyport Farmer's Market

Bring the family out to see all the great fresh, locally grown produce and decide which goodies you want to buy and take home. Great way to support local farmers as well as get the freshest possible veggies and fruit for your table!
1:00pm - 7:00pm every Thursday (Except Aug. 13th), now through October
Fireman's Park, at the corner of W. Front St. and American Legion Drive, Keyport, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Please Touch!: Sculpture Exhibit at the Monmouth Museum

Have you ever wondered how people with impaired vision experience art? Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum is a Main Gallery juried exhibition featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience.
Through Sunday, Sept. 6th, 2015 - All day
Monmouth Museum Main Gallery, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ
Cost: For more information call 732-747-2266 or visit their Website

Pick Your Own Peaches at Wightman's Farm in Morristown

In 1922, Albert Wightman and his wife, Laetitia, purchased the first of the land that was to become Wightman's Farms. Albert planted fruit trees and vegetables and drove through the nearby town of Morristown selling his harvests. Gradually the customers began to come to the farm. Today customers come to the farm to buy the freshest fruit and vegetables and learn about farm life. This is a great experience for the whole family but especially for children who will learn where their food comes from. 
Daily from 8:00am until 6:00pm
1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ
Cost: Admission is FREE. Activities has costs. For more information call 973-425-9819 or visit their Website

Ocean Grove Halloween Parade

Come join the fut at the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored Halloween Parade at Fireman's Park. There will even be prizes awarded for the best-dressed pets!
October 31, 2015 at noon
Fireman's Park on Main Ave. in Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Rocky Horror Picture Show

For some of us, Halloween just wouldn't be Halloween without being able to dress up as our favorite character in this Horror Classic. Come join us for an interactive presentation of this 1975 movie classic.
October 30, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ
Cost: Call 732-528-9211 for more ticketing information visit their Website

A Marvelous Night: The Music of Van Morrison

New Jersey’s favorite entertainers take the stage to share the music of Van Morrison with their friends. Legendary front man Rob Paparozzi (Original Blues Brothers Band, Blood Sweat ‘n Tears) and Master Song Stylist Pat Guadagno (BobFest, The Candle Brothers) will lead an all-star band on a musical journey through the lifework of one of the most influential and unusual artists of our time. 
October 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Pollak Theatre, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, Long Branch, NJ
Cost: Ticket prices range from $25 to $55/per person. For more information visit their Website

America's Got Talent Live in Red Bank!

America's Got Talent Live is featuring some of the most popular performers from the hit NBC competition series, including some of the show’s most captivating talent!
October 20, 2015 at 8 p.m.
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ
Cost: Ticket prices range from $25 to $75/per person.. For more information visit their Website

Spring Lake "Pumpkin Patch Day"

An Oktoberfest celebration sponsored by the Spring Lake Chamber of Commerce.
October 18, 2015 - Call for time
Spring Lake, NJ
Cost: Call for time and pricing - (732) 449-0577 For more information visit their Website

Forest of Fright at Allaire

Spooky Hayrides, Storytelling, Ghost Hunting, & More!
October 16-17; 23-24, 2015 - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale NJ
Cost: $15 Per Adult, $10 Children Under 12. For more information visit their Website

Bradley Beach Library's Psychic Fair

Help support the Bradley Beach Library by treating yourself to a reading! Popular local psychics are joining, as well as books and jewelry for sale.
October 15, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Carmen Biase Center, 719 Main St., Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: Donation. For more information visit their Website

Always...Patsy Cline in Manasquan

A tribute to the legendary country singer who died tragically in 1963. This musical play if complete with country humor, sadness and reality.
October 8-9: 8 p.m., October 10: 2 & 8 p.m., October 11: 3 p.m.
Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan, NJ
Cost: Tickets prices range from $20 - $36/per person. For more information visit their Website

Keyport Farmer's Market

Come and shop a variety of fresh produce, honey/beeswax products, pickles, relish, olives, potted plants & more.
Thursdays in October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Fireman's Park, West Front Street, Keyport, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Jewish Journeys- A Photography Exhibit

A fascinating exhibit of photographs that explore the Jewish culture and the rich beauty of locales and objects from around the world.
Thru Dec. 31st, 2015
The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, 310 Mounts Corner Drive, Freehold, NJ
Cost: $3 for members, $5 for non-members, Students free. For more information visit their Website

James Deane: A Hidden Treasure

An unusual exhibition featuring discovered artwork by James Deane, who created works of art in watercolor, pen and ink, pencil and clay.
(Reception: Oct. 7, 2015 at 5-30 p.m., Exibition thru Oct. 26th, 2015)
Pollak Gallery, Monmouth University, Pollak Theatre, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Count Basie Theatre

The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. World renowned impresario Danny Chang and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.
Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015 at 3:00pm
Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ
Cost: Ticket prices range from $20 to $35/per person. For more information visit their Website

19th Century Fall Harvest Festival at Allaire Village

Children’s games, Hearth Cooking, Cider Pressing, Townball, Storytelling and More! Bring the whole family for a day of 19th century fun at the historic Allaire Village. Horse and Wagon rides are charged separate from admission. 
Saturday, Sept. 26th, 2015 from noon to 4:00pm
Historic Allaire Village, within Allaire State Park, Rt. 524/4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall, NJ
Cost: Tickets range from $3 to $7/per person. For more information visit their Website

Bradley Beach Fall Festival

Bring the family for food, music & more!
Saturday, September 19th, 2015 from 11 am to 6 pm
Riley Park on Main Street, Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information phone 732-776-2999

Ocean Grove Giant Fall Flea Market

The whole family will enjoy this fun day outdoors. Over 300 vendors selling new, used and antique items as well as a variety of food offerings. Rain or shine event!
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 9 am to 4 pm
Ocean Pathway from the Great Auditorium to Boardwalk, Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Monmouth County Park System 9/11 Memorial

Join your neighbors attending this September 11th Remembrance Ceremony paying tribute to those who gave their lives that fateful day.
Friday, September 11, 2015 - Time TBA. Call for more information.
Mt. Mitchell Scenic Overlook, 460 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Cost: FREE. For time and more information call 732-842-4000 ext. 4312

Asbury Park Oysterfest 2015

The Asbury Park Oyster Festival is one of Asbury’s biggest free festivals, turning historic Cookman Avenue from downtown to the boardwalk into one long pedestrian mall. Enjoy food, shopping and live music at this festival. Start with fresh seafood and other culinary delights, add a dash of music, and a pinch of surprises and you have Asbury Park's Oysterfest, a three-day culinary event you don't want to miss. This year's event will be held just outside the iconic Carousel building where the downtown meets the Asbury Park waterfront.
Friday, September 11th from 5-10 pm, Saturday, September 12th from noon to 10 pm, Sunday, September 13th from noon to 6 pm
At the Carousel on the Water, Ocean Ave & Lake Ave, Asbury Park, NJ
Cost: $3/per person. For more information visit their Website

Manasquan Labor Day Celebration

There will be a Concert sponsored by the Manasquan Tourism Commission at the Main Beach, followed by a fireworks display at dusk.
Saturday, Sept. 5th, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Main Beach, Manasquan, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Blues on the Beach in Long Branch

A Sunday night music series featuring local bands playing jazz and blues.
Sundays, June 7th through Aug. 30th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
West End Park, Brighton & Ocean Avenues, near the Windmill
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Free Summer Seining at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth

Meet on the beach at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth for this hands-on nature program using 30’ seining net to discover what’s living in the shallow waters of Sandy Hook Bay. After identifying the creatures, they will release them back into the water. 
Friday, July 31st from 11:00am until Noon
Bayshore Waterfront Park, 719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Boat Tours at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell, NJ

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife.
Wednesday, July 29th at 3:00pm & 4:00pm
All tours leave from the Visitor Center at 311 Windeler Road, Howell, NJ 07731
Cost: $6 per adult and $4 per child, 12 and under. For more information visit their Website

Open House of the Historic Seabrook-Wilson House in Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth

Seabrook-Wilson House is one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. This large frame building, dating back to the early 1700's, was constructed in several phases over the course of two hundred years. The building has been fully restored and now hosts Park System nature and history programs.
Sunday, July 26th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm p.m. 
719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758 
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold

See the 19th century mill in action!
Saturday & Sunday, July 25th & 26th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm 
Walnford House and Mill, 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold, NJ 08501
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Enviro-Quest at Manasquan Reservoir in Middletown, NJ

Start in the Visitor Center parking lot at Manasquan Reservoir, Middletown, and follow the Enviro-Quest signs to where the Park System Naturalist is waiting. Once there, join in nature-related activities, crafts or games for 30–60 minutes of nature fun.
Wednesday, July 22nd at 2:00pm 
Visitor Center parking lot at Manasquan Reservoir, 1-23 Mill St, Middletown, NY 10940
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Atlantic Highlands FilmOneFest in Highlands

FilmOneFest (the Atlantic Highlands One-Minute International Film Festival) is a celebration of the super short film and a snap-shot of the creative image making happening online and across the world. Founded in 2008, the festival takes place on July 18th at the Atlantic Highlands Marina. Films (under 2 minutes in length) from local and international film and video makers are projected on a giant screen under the stars on the historic shores of Sandy Hook Bay. Enjoy crafters, food vendors & more!
July 18th starting at 5:00pm
Atlantic Highlands Harbor, 2 Simon Lake Drive, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Blacksmith Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel

The sights, sounds, and smells of rural Monmouth County in the 1890s have been re-created on 9 acres at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel Park. Interpreters in period dress show both daily and seasonal agricultural and domestic activities. Come see what the Blacksmith is making in his workshop at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. You will find horse shoes aren't all!
Sunday, July 12th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm 
Longstreet Farm, 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Thompson Park Weekend Canoe Rentals

What better way to spend a weekend day than on the water with the family or your best friend? Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park in Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to ages 3 and up, under 18 with adult. 
Saturday & Sunday, July 11th & 12th from 10:00am to 3:00pm
Thompson Park, 805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only. For more information visit their Website

Freehold Idol!

Talented singers aged 10 and older are given the spotlight to show off their vocal abilities in this very popular fourth annual singing contest. 
Wednesday, July 8th at 7:30pm
In front of the Hall of Records, 1 E. Main Street, Freehold
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Downtown Freehold Independence Day Concert & Fireworks

Concert and Fireworks sponsored by Downtown Freehold 
Saturday, July 4th. Gates open at 5:30pm and fireworks at dusk
Freehold Raceway is located at the traffic intersection of Route 9 and Business Route 33 in Freehold, New Jersey, directly across the street from the Freehold Raceway Mall and adjacent to Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Rockit! at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank

Billed as a Tribute to Rock Royalty this show will be featuring the Best of Queen.
Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2 p.m.
At the historic Count Basie Theatre at 99 Monmouth St., in Red Bank
Cost: $15.00 per person. For more information visit their Website

Annual Bradley Beach Lobster Festival on the Boardwalk

Here's a super way to spend a summer weekend! Great food and six live bands, plus over 100 craft and specialty vendors. Lots of children's activities including a giant waterslide, rides, face painters and sand art.
Saturday, June 27- 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday, June 28- 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
500 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Military Appreciation Day in Belmar

Belmar will salute all active military, National Guard and their immediate families. They will be provided free lunch, parking,entertainment and beach access. 
Saturday, June 27, 2015 all day
At the Taylor Pavilion on Ocean Ave. in Belmar, NJ
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

Annual Freehold Branch Library Used Book Sale

Remember that great book you borrowed from the library and wished you could keep? Well, it might be among the over 30,000 books on display for sale!
June 24-27, 2015 Need to call 732-521-2725 for times
Being held at First United Methodist Church, 91 West Main Street, Freehold
Cost: FREE to get in.

Freshwater Fishing Derby in Monmouth County

The Park System is hosting its third annual fishing derbies for beginners and experienced anglers. Staff will be on hand to show you how to cast and rig your pole. Free hands-on clinics will be available from 12:30-1:30 p.m. each day.
June 20th and June 21st, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, June 20: Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, NJ 07731 Sunday, June 21: Turkey Swamp Park, 200 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Fishing pole rentals are available for $5 each. Cost for entering the derby is $25 per family of four or $8 per person. For more information visit their Website

Sandy Hook 2015 Free Summer Concert Series

Each Wednesday during the summer come enjoy live entertainment at Sandy Hook's beach. This week's performer: Brian Kirk & the Jirks
June 17, 2015, 6 p.m.
Beach Area E, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook 
Cost: FREE. For more information including other dates and performers, visit their Website

The Laurie Berkner Band at iPlay America in Freehold

Dubbed “the queen of children’s music” by People Magazine, her best-selling CDs and DVDs appeal to young and old alike.
Sunday, June 14TH doors open at 11AM for the 12PM show and doors open at 3PM for the 4PM show 
iPlay America at 110 Schanck Rd., Freehold, NJ
Cost: Pricing varies. For more information and/or to reserve your tickets, visit their Website

Shark Fest 2015 at Atlantic Highlands

This is a 2 day themed festival full of activities, rides, vendors, food, live bands and so much more!
Saturday, June 13, 2015 from Noon to 8:00 PM and Sunday, June 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, 2 Simon Lake Dr, Atlantic Highlands
Cost: FREE. For more information visit their Website

45th Annual Irish Festival in Oceanport, NJ

Join for live entertainment, Pipe & Drum Band competition, Food Vendors, Craft Vendors, Raffles and more!
Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport
Cost: Free. For more information visit their Website

Family Fun Days at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport NJ

All activities are free and include Pony Rides, Face Painters, Clowns, Bounce House and Live Music 
Every Sunday and Holiday from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 12 noon - 4 pm. 
Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757 
Cost: Grandstand admission is $3, children 12 and under are always admitted free. Call 732-222-5100 for more information or visit their Website

Come enjoy the RiverFest in Red Bank, NJ

Treat yourself and/or the family to a weekend of fun, food and music at the RiverFest at Marine Park in Red Bank. In addition to food and music there will be river cruises on the Navesink, handmade items and artwork, children's palace with rides, games and activities.
Friday - Sunday, May 29, 2015 through May 31, 2015 All day
Marine Park, 1 Marine Park. Red Bank, NJ 07701 
Cost: Admission is free. For more information call 732-741-0055 or visit their Website

Ocean Grove, NJ Giant Spring Flea Market

Come spend the day wandering this huge flea market with the family! Over 300 vendors selling new, used and antique items. 
Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9:00am to 4:00pm
The flea market is held on Ocean Pathway from in front of the Great Auditorium over to Ocean Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ
Cost: Admission is free Website

OCEAN GROVE SPRING FLING ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL

The annual Spring Fling sponsored by the Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce will welcome Spring with Arts & Crafts as well as music on Main Avenue. .
SATURDAY, May 2, 2015 from 10:00am - 4:00pm
Booths will be on Main Avenue, from Centra l Avenue to New York Avenue, on Pilgrim Pathway and in Auditorium Square Park in Ocean Grove
Cost: Free admission Website

Colts Neck Collectible Show

Great annual Collectible Show in Colts Neck, NJ featuring Coins, Currency, Sport Cards, & Various Collectibles. 40 dealer tables with friendly vendors. Bring your collectibles for free appraisals. Buy - Sell - Trade or just browse.
Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 9:00am - 3:00pm
St. Mary Parish, 1 Phalanx Road, Colts Neck, NJ 07722
Cost: Admission is free. For more information call 732-526-7337 or visit their Website

Easter Egg Hunt & Handmade Easter Bonnet Parade at Allaire Village

Come join the fun of an Easter Egg Hunt in the Village! A handmade Easter Bonnet Parade (with Prizes!) will be held at 3pm. Limited supply, please purchase tickets in advance. Historic Buildings open for the Season!
Saturday, April 4th, 2015 from 12pm-4pm
Allaire Village, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale NJ 07727
Cost: $5.00/per person. Children under 3 FREE. Advance purchase highly recommended. For more information call the Village Office at 732-919-3500 or visit their Website

Bill Jones Photographic Exhibit at the Shrewsbury Monmouth County Library

"Celebrating Keansburg, Artistic Expressions in Our Homes, Animal Encounters": A three-part exhibit featuring the work of Keansburg resident and photo artist Bill Jones. Jones' photographs illustrate the borough's friendly and vibrant residential community. The second part of the exhibit explores the artistic expressions found in the least expected places. The final part of the exhibit showcases Jones encounters with animals. His photographs illustrate Keansburg's wildlife in their natural habitat. Jones strongly believes that "animals" expressions penetrate our very soul," and when looking at these photos, one might agree. 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 through Friday, April 10, 2015 Call Venue Phone 732-683-8980 or Phone 732-683-8980 for hours and more information.
Shrewsbury Monmouth County Library, 1001 Route 35, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Cost: Free. For more details visit their Website

Rove with A Park System Naturalist at Hartshorne Woods Park

Take a stroll through the outdoors with a Roving Park System Naturalist in Hartshorne Woods Park to get some exercise and learn about seasonal points of interest.
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 9 a.m
Meet at 1402 Portland Road, (Rocky Point Entrance) Highlands, NJ 07732
Cost: Free Visit their Website

Get in the swing and start planning your spring and summer fun in Freehold and Monmouth County

The Monmouth County Park System is a superb resource for free or reasonably priced activities for the whole family. Their new 2015 activities directory is now available at their Website. Or you can call them at 732-842-4000 ext. 1 to request a hard copy of the program directory. The programs this year are geared into multiple categories within the broader categories of Adults, Families, Kids & Teens.

Holiday Bazaar

Christ Church Episcopal 380 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury, NJ 07702
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 All day
Enjoy a day full of vendors,handcrafted items, bake shop, christmas plants & much more!

Parent/Child Morning Chores at Longstreet Farm     

44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
732-946-3758
Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 8:00 am
Admission: $15 per pair; $5 per additional person
Come join the staff with morning chores at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. This is an excellent opportunity for children to learn where their food comes from and get to know about farm animals. You and your child (age 4 & up) can milk a cow, collect eggs and feed the animals.

Roving Park System Naturalist - Big Brook Park   
30 Route 520, Marlboro, NJ 07746
732-842-4000
Friday, October 3, 2014  3 p.m.    Meet in the parking lot off Rt. 520.
Admission: Free
Join the Roving Park System Naturalist for a walk in Big Brook Park, Marlboro, and learn about seasonal points of interest.

Fiber, Fabric and Paper Arts Show    
Belmar Arts - The Boatworks Gallery & Studio  
608 River Rd., Belmar, NJ 07719
Phone: 732-749-3360
Exhibit Dates: Wednesday to Saturday: Wednesday, August 20 thru Friday, September 26, 2014 from 1 to 5 pm.
Tickets: Free admission
This exhibition highlights the use of Fiber Arts in artistic expression. Using traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, the exhibit features original handcrafted works in basketry, bead work, clothing design, crochet, dyeing, felting, knitting, needlework, paper art, quilting, surface design, weaving and much more.

Canterbury Art Show
St. George's-by-the-River Church  
7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson, NJ 07760 Venue Phone: 732-842-8108 Phone: 732-383-7465
Friday, Aug. 29 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Saturday, Aug. 30 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  
Ticket Pricing: $10
St. George's-by-the-River church is a spectacular setting for the juried and non-juried work of over 80 artists. All proceeds will directly benefit St. George's-by-the-River and its outreach grants to over 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Beach Yoga 
Beachwood Beach
Junction of Bayside Avenue and Clubhouse Road, Beachwood, NJ Phone: 732-600-0400
Saturday, Aug. 16 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  
Saturday, Aug. 23 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  
Ticket Pricing: $5 per session
No registration required. Class is suitable for all ages. Beginners welcome. Please bring a yoga mat or towel, water, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses and a sweatshirt. Please arrive by 7:45 a.m.

Boat Tour of the Manasquan Reservoir 
Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center
311 Windeler Road, Howell, NJ 07731 Phone: 732-751-9453
Saturday, Aug. 16 2:00 p.m.  
Sunday, Aug. 17 2:00 p.m.  
Ticket Pricing: $6 per adult, $3.75 per child age 12 and under
See turtles, egrets, herons, ospreys and other wildlife in their natural habitat during a boat tour of the Monmouth County Park System?s Manasquan Reservoir. Led by a Park System Naturalist, these 45-minute tours leave from the Visitor Center. All tours are weather and water level dependent. Life-jackets are required and provided.

"Ancients To Astronauts: How We Communicate" exhibition
Monmouth Museum  
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 Venue Phone: 732-747-2266 Phone: 732-747-2266
Saturday, Aug. 16 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ticket Pricing: $7; Free museum members
Explore the theme of communication through four exhibitions featuring hands-on, interactive displays and activities on different subjects. Explore Changing Climate: Changing Weather through multi-sensory, interactive displays. Be transported to Ancient Egypt in a time machine, Blast off in a Friendship 7 capsule in our Space Exhibition and make a craft from recycled materials in our popular Green Arts Studio.

Dream Rocket Art Exhibit
Thomas Edison National Historical Park
211 Main Street, West Orange, NJ 07052 Venue Phone: 973-736-0550 Phone: 973-736-0550
Friday, Aug. 15 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Saturday, Aug. 16 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Ticket Pricing: Free June 7, may require park admission at other times

Expressions of the Natural World        
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Phone: 732-747-2266
Through May 4, 2014 - Call for hours
Artists are sensitive to the natural world around them in ways that historically have amazed and intrigued. Observation and representation of color, light, form and patterns have given birth to entire art movements while organic and ecological artworks have raised our collective consciousness about human beings connection to the earth. This juried exhibition will feature over 80 artworks in a variety of styles and media from all over the United States and Canada.
Ticket Pricing: $7.00 per person, Children under 2 are Free, Monmouth Museum Members is Free, Brookdale Students and Staff get in Free with vaild ID

Dorothy V. Morehouse WonderWing  
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Phone: 732-747-2266
Permanent Exhibit - Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Thursday Call for hours; Friday 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 12 – 5 pm; closed on Monday.
The WonderWing, has exciting additions, and features a permanent exhibition with hands-on, interactive activities on the sea and the creatures that make it their home.  Children will have a magical undersea learning experience with elements that are attractive and age appropriate, and draw young visitors to experiment, imagine, explore and discover!
Ticket Pricing: $7.00 per person, Children under 2 are Free, Monmouth Museum Members is Free, Brookdale Students and Staff get in Free with vaild ID

Come see (and buy) what’s ‘Made in Monmouth’          
Monmouth University’s MAC Center
on Larchwood Avenue, West Long Branch, NJ
Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: 732-431-7310
More than 100 Monmouth County-based manufacturers have signed on for the “Made in Monmouth” exposition.
Items to be available for sale include custom furniture, beautiful jewelry at every price point, flowers and plants, baked goods, chocolate, specialty honey, award-winning sauces, treats for both you and your dog, great books and soy candles. There will also be original art, pottery, bath and body scrubs and lotions, stationery and items for sea lovers, decorative items for home and garden, handbags and accessories will be available to purchase and sample. There is something for everyone at Made in Monmouth.
Ticket Pricing: Free

Rainy or Sunny Day Activities
The Monmouth County Calendar for Kids
This is a great page for you to find activities you can organize yourself, on your own schedule and either in your home or away. Categories of activities include "Let's Be Creative", "Let's Make Believe", Let's Play A Game", "Let's Get Physical", "Outdoor Rain Play" and "Let's Learn Something New". This is a great resource for parents, grandparents or babysitters to find fun activities that will make them the kids' new hero of fun!

Agriculture in Monmouth County 1600-2013
Monmouth County Historical Association (Museum and Library), 70 Court Street, Freehold
Museum Hours Tuesdays -Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A special exhibition celebrating hundreds of years of farming and agriculture in New Jersey.   Open through December 31, 2014.
Ticket pricing: $5 adults; $2.50 seniors ~ Members are free

Art in Science
Pollak Gallery at Monmouth University
400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch, New Jersey 07764
Venue Phone: 732-263-6889 Phone: 732-263-5715
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  
Call for days. Till April 8, 2014
Intended to express and highlight the beauty of science-through images, drawings, and photos of natural forms and visualization of scientific mathematic, and engineering processes based on the research and coursework of MU faculty, alumni, and students. Images will reveal the elegance of science art in scientific results, observations, and failures.
Ticket Pricing: Free

Kids Workshop at Home Depot
Saturday, April 5, 9am – 12pm
WhereALL HOME DEPOTS
Build. Learn. Create. Kids workshops are FREE "How-To Workshops" designed for childern ages 5-12. The hands-on sessions are offered on the first Saturday of each month between 9:00 a.m. and noon at all Home Depot stores.
Ticket pricing: Free

Interactive Train Layout Runs All Day at the Hobby Shop - Aberdeen
Saturday, April 5, 10:30am – 5:30pm
The Hobby Shop, 1077C Hwy. 34, Aberdeen, NJ
Train layout runs throughout the day. Watch a demonstration and learn about the interactive buttons set up for your use. See what moves when you try each of the interactive buttons! Lots to see and enjoy.
Ticket pricing: Free

Student Library Art Exhibit
Hazlet Township Public Library
251 Middle Road, Hazlet, NJ 07730
Venue Phone: 732-264-7164 Phone: 732-566-2787
Daily except Sunday through Monday, March 31  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Paintings, drawings, and photographs created by Monmouth County Arts High and Arts Middle School students will be on display.
Ticket pricing: Free

Beards: The Long And Short Of It
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ 07960
Venue Phone: 973-971-3700 Phone: 973-971-3700
Wednesday, March 26 - Saturday, March 30
From goatees, sideburns, and moustaches, to the growing popularity of annual beard competitions, the exhibit will explore men's facial hair trends in America and the cultural meanings associated with different facial hair trends throughout the decades.
Ticket pricing: Free

December 26-27, 2013  11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Growing History for the Holidays Children's Program
Monmouth County Historical Association, 70 Court Street, Freehold, NJ
Discover the County's rich agricultural history while partaking in a scavenger hunt.

Saturday, December 21, 8:00 pm
Scrooge        
Spring Lake Community Theatre, 300 Madison Ave., Spring Lake, NJ
Box Office: 732-449-4530
One of the best loved Christmas stories comes to life! Adults - $28.00, Seniors/Students - $26.00, Children under 12 - $20.00

Saturday, December 21, 5:00pm -8:00pm
Historic Allaire Village Christmas Lantern Tours
within Allaire State Park
Rt. 524/4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall
Ph: 732-919-3500
90 minute tours leaving every 15 minutes

December 18 - 29   see website for times
A Wind in the Willows Christmas
Two River Theater, 21 Bridge Ave, Red Bank
Phone: 732-345-1400

Tuesday, December 17, 10:00am – 10:30am
STORY HOUR FOR 2-3 YEAR OLDS AT AVON-BY-THE-SEA LIBRARY
Avon-by-the-Sea Library, 5th & Garfield Avenues, Avon-by-the-Sea, NJ

Monday, December 16, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
ALL AGES OPEN BOUNCE AT BOUNCEU IN MARLBORO
BounceU Marlboro, 165 Amboy Road , Morganville, NJ 07751      
Reservations: (732) 972-6862
The sessions include music, games, and, of course, play time on our giant inflatable toys. Pizza is available after most sessions (at an additional cost). • Children are supervised by experienced staff. MAKE SURE TO BRING SOCKS!
Price: Admission is $7.48 per child ($8.00 including tax) Parents and non-walking infants are free. Please note that children must be able to walk to play on the equipment. Parents are asked to stay on the premises and are welcome to join in the fun. All participants under age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. RESERVATIONS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

Sunday, December 15, 11:00am – 4:30pm
SLOT CAR SUNDAY DEMONSTRATION DAY AT THE HOBBY SHOP IN ABERDEEN          
The Hobby Shop, 1077C Hwy. 34, Aberdeen, NJ
Stop by the Radio Control Department and take a turn running our slot car track. Demonstrations and information regarding slot car racing and track sets available throughout the day.

Sunday, December 15, 10:00am
DRIVE SAFER INAUGURAL CENTRAL JERSEY TRAINING PROGRAM
Raceway Park, 230 Pension Road, Englishtown, NJ 07726
Anyone interested in registering for the event, please call 201-485-7792
Offering drivers of all ages an intensive, hands-on course in car control and defensive driving as well as the opportunity to gain critical confidence behind the wheel.

Saturday, December 14, 5:00pm -8:00pm
Historic Allaire Village Christmas Lantern Tours
within Allaire State Park
Rt. 524/4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall
Ph: 732-919-3500
90 minute tours leaving every 15 minutes

Saturday, December 14, 1pm – 5pm
FREE CLASSIC HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES
Bridge Ave. across from the Galleria and Broad St. in front of Murphy Style Grill, Red Bank, NJ
Free ride through the Red Bank Business District and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season. FREE Two Locations: Bridge Ave (across from the Galleria) and Broad St (in front of Murphy Style Grill).

Saturday, December 14, 9:30am – 11:00am
SNAPPY SATURDAYS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN AT MONMOUTH COUNTY LIBRARY HEADQUARTERS
Monmouth County Library Headquarters - 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan
No registration is required. Ages 3-8 years. A parent or caregiver must attend with the child.
Join us for a short storytime session followed by unstructured play and socializing for the children and adults. Please bring games and toys you are willing to share.

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:00 PM
VFW HOLIDAY VENDOR SHOPPING NIGHT
Freehold VFW, 50 Water Works Road, Freehold, NJ  
Free admission for husbands, wives, teens, all our welcome to come shop! This event is a cash n carry shopping night to complete your holiday gift needs. All vendors will have product available for cash/carry sales. There will be a 50/50, light fare coffee & finger foods. Don’t forget to bring a new unwrapped toy for their TOYS FOR TOTS DRIVE!!!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013, 7:30 PM
Holiday Craft & Vendor Shopping event
Held at Our House Restaurant ~ 420 Adelphia Rd Farmingdale, NJ 07727  Free admission.
Ladies Night Out of Shopping! Come get your Holiday shopping done under one roof with 30+ vendors.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 8:00 AM
The Freehold Art Society Holiday Exhibit and Sale
New Jersey Resources Building, 1415 Wycoff Rd, Wall Township
Free, open to the public, and handicap accessible. The exhibit is located in the cafeteria of the building on the second floor.

Sunday, December 1, 2013 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm
at Freehold Raceway Mall.
Kids to Build Giant Rainbow-Loom Menorah at the Freehold Raceway Mall
There is no fee. For more information please call Chabad at 732-972-3687.
The construction of a Rainbow-Loom Menorah is going to be the highlight of the annual Chanukah celebration at Freehold Raceway Mall. Each year Chabad and the Raceway Mall, team up to present an
exciting Chanukah program that is fun, educational and hands on. In addition to the Giant Menorah, this year’s program will also feature Chanukah arts & crafts, were each child will make their own Chanukah Rainbow-Looms, live holiday music and delicious Chanukah treats.

Saturday, November 30, 2013, 9:30 AM
Brunch with Santa!
Notre Dame High School 601 Lawrence Road Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Two sessions (9:30 am or 12:00 noon). Tickets only $5 per person. Contact Michele Krasny at 609-915-7774 or ljms1234@aol.com for more information.
The Children's Home Society of New Jersey's Trenton Auxiliary is hosting their 50th Brunch with Santa on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ.
Brunch with Santa is a holiday tradition for children of all ages!  Enjoy games, crafts, food, a sing-a-long, and an original holiday play.  Shop at the bazaar to find the perfect gifts for those on your Christmas gift list, and don’t forget to purchase tickets to win one of the raffle prizes!  (Winners need not be present at drawing).

Friday, November 29, 2013, 8:00 AM
BLACK FRIDAY DAY CAMP
Shido Martial Arts Center
Shido Martial Arts, 200 Business Park Drive, Freehold ( Next to Pump It Up)
Planning to go shopping on Black Friday? You don’t want to take the kids with you? Leave them with us! Drop them off, their siblings and friends to enjoy a day filled with fun...  

Sunday, November 24th 12 noon - 3pm
Allaire Village - "Our Annual Day of Thanks" in the 1830s style – Reenactment Program in the Allaire Chapel – 1pm.
The Historic Village at Allaire
4263 Atlantic Ave., Farmingdale, NJ 07727
Ticket Pricing: $12.50
Here is a chance for you to share a historic Thanksgiving with your family, letting them see what it was like a century ago. Guaranteed to create conversation at the table when you celebrate this year's Thanksgiving in your own home.

Wednesday, Nov. 20 4:00 pm - 5:00 PM
MMKIDS Art Hour - Monmouth Museum Green Arts Studio
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Ticket Pricing: Free with $7 Museum admission - Bring your young ones a see what happens when they release their inner artist.

Saturday, Nov. 16 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m
Fall Antique Show
Wall High School
1630 18th Ave, Wall Township, NJ 07719
Ticket Pricing: $5, $4.50 with ad
Do you think you have a treasure? Come find out! Old Wall Historical Society presents it's Fall Antique Show. Appraisals 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Link=http://www2.wall.k12.nj.us/hs/)

Saturday, Nov. 16 starting at 9:00 AM
6th Annual Community Health Fair
901 West Main St., Freehold
CentraState Fitness & Wellness Center invites everyone to its 6th Annual Community Health Fair, a free day of fitness, food and fun!
Several screening tests offered including glucose, blood pressure and finger Stick cholesterol. but there are several activities for the little ones like special Fit Kids classes, face painting, and a two-hour magic show. The event also will include healthy cooking demos, chair massages, mini facials, and much more!

November 14, 2013 - March 8, 2014: Art of the Brick - What kid doesn't love Legos? The Morris Museum's Exhibit of Nathan Sawaya's Brick Art will fascinate kids of all ages. A great way to spend a fall afternoon!

November 10 & 11, 2013: Free Veterans Day Weekend Family Fun at iPlay - Starting at 10 AM Sunday, Nov. 10 iPlay America is celebrating the Veterans Day weekend by giving all active duty military, retired veterans and their families free rides. No strings attached. No admission fees, either.

November 9, 2013: Craft Fair at the Freehold Township Senior Center - The Freehold Township Senior Center is hosting a Craft Fair from 10 AM - 4 PM. There will be over 20 vendors offering all sorts of hand made goods, art and jewelry. This is a great place to start your holiday shopping if you haven't already done so. This is a great opportunity for a fun, multi-generational family outing.

October 30, 2013: Hallloween Trick-or-Treat Opportunity for Kids

Freehold Raceway Mall hosts Trick or Treat at various stores throughout the mall, between 10 and 5. Opportunity to take one or more along for some safe, indoor family time, instead of the kids running out into the night without supervision?