April + May
APRIL 12–14 Motorheads, this one’s for you. Hundreds of classic cars and vendors will fill Raceway Park in Englishtown for the 37th annual ENGLISHTOWN SWAP MEET & AUTO SHOW, beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Admission: $12 for adults, FREE for ages 12 and under. More information is available at etownracewaypark.com.
APRIL 13 Get a grip—literally. Show off your strength during CLIMB TIME at Holmdel Park, from 12 to 4 p.m. Climbers age 8 and older (at least 42 inches tall) can try to ascend a 25-foot portable wall for bragging rights and glory. The cost is $2 for three attempts (cash or check only). Find out more at monmouthcountyparks.com.
APRIL 13 & 14 Head to Asbury Park right meow for the second annual CATSBURY PARK CAT CONVENTION at Convention Hall & Para-mount Park. Enjoy two days of feline-focused activities, live entertainment, presentations, vendors and meet-and-greets with celebrity cats. General admission: $25 for adults, $15 for children under age 11. Special events require separate tickets. For the show schedule and tickets, visit catsburyconvention.com.
APRIL 20 If your golf game isn’t up to par, have a little fun during ROVING GOLFZILLA at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell, from 12 to 3 p.m. Players of all ages can test their accuracy by hitting golf balls through the hands, feet and mouth of Golfzilla. Admission is FREE, and all equipment is provided. Get the full scoop at monmouthcountyparks.com.
APRIL 25–28 Don’t miss a second of the annual ASBURY PARK MUSIC + FILM FESTIVAL. This year’s highlights include a career retrospective and discussion with the Farrelly brothers, a screening of David Crosby: Remember My Name followed by a Q&A with Crosby and director Cameron Crowe, and performances by Jazz Is Phish and Hot Water Music. For a full schedule of events and tickets, visit apmff.org.
APRIL 27 Bring the entire family, including Fido, to the 25th annual MONMOUTH COUNTY SPCA DOG WALK AND PET FAIR, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft. The event will include live music, children’s games and activities, costume and trick contests and more. Admission is FREE, and sponsorships are available. Find out more at monmouthcountyspca.org.
APRIL 28 Attention, foodies: The annual ASBURY PARK RESTAURANT TOUR takes place from 12 to 4 p.m. Participants can stroll around town—or ride in the free shuttle—and stop at any of the 25+ participating restaurants for small bites, samples and cooking demonstrations. Tickets start at $40. For a list of eateries, tickets and more details, visit asburyparkchamber.com
APRIL 30 The Brodie Fund, which helps pets fighting cancer, is hosting its third annual A NIGHT TO KNOCKOUT PET CANCER event at the Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, a vintage photo booth, live music from The Danjos and more at this charity event emceed by comedian Chris Covert. Tickets: $80. Buy yours in advance at thebrodiefund.org.
MAY 4 It’s opening day at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, so put on your best hat for THE SHORE’S BIGGEST DERBY PARTY. The pro-gram will have family activities and games, live music, live horse racing and, of course, plenty of mint juleps. Gates open at 7:30 a.m., and the first race kicks off at 12:50 p.m. General admission is $5, children under age 12 are FREE. Monmouthpark.com has all the details.
MAY 5 Music lovers will dig the sights and sounds of the COUNTY SEAT JAZZ AND BLUES STREET FEST in downtown Freehold. From 12 to 7 p.m., West Main Street will shut down to vehicles and give way to musicians (well-known and rising stars), food trucks, vendors and artisan crafters. Admission: FREE. Find more at downtownfreehold.com.
MAY 7 Do you want to know what love is? Classic rock band FOREIGNER will show you when they take the stage at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, beginning at 8 p.m. The group, which was founded in 1976, has scored 10 multi-platinum albums and more than a dozen top 30 hits, including their No. 1 smash “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Tickets start at $45. Find your seats and more info at thebasie.org.
MAY 18 Celebrate a Monmouth County institution during the Two River Theater’s 25TH ANNIVERSARY GALA at 6:30 p.m. in Red Bank. Enjoy dinner, dancing, entertainment, a live auction and a special recognition of Two River founders Joan and Robert Rechnitz. Individual tickets are $350. Find more details at tworivertheater.org.