August + September
AUG 1–OCT 25 Stock up on fresh, locally sourced produce at the KEYPORT FARMERS MARKET every Thursday through the end of October. The market takes place at Fireman’s Park in Keyport from 1 to 7 p.m. Admission: FREE. See visitkeyport.org for more details.
AUG 13, 20, 27 Enjoy the musical stylings of salsa bands and tributes to girl groups at the TUESDAYS ON BROADWAY concert series in Long Branch. Shows take place at the Broadway Bandshell from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with weekly headliners. Admission: FREE. Check out visitlongbranch.com to see the full performance schedule.
AUG 22 Bring your little ones to Tatum Park, Red Hill Activity Center in Middletown for ENVIRO-QUEST, a day of nature-themed games. Activities begin at 11 a.m. This event is FREE. See monmouthcountyparks. com for more info.
AUG 30 Rock out with jam band UMPHREY’S MCGEE, which, along with Big Something, will headline a summer stage concert at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Doors open at 5 p.m. General admission tickets start at $27.50. Stoneponyonline.com has all the details.
SEPT 6–8 Explore seafood from more than 25 vendors at Asbury Park’s annual OYSTERFEST,a three-day feast at Bradley Park, directly across from the Convention Hall. The event will also include craft vendors, live music and kids’ activities. Daily admission is $3, FREE for children ages 6 and under. Check tourism. visitmonmouth.com for times and a list of food vendors.
SEPT 7 Head to Holmdel’s PNC Bank Arts Center for a country-music night of a lifetime, with performances by LUKE BRYAN, COLE SWINDELL AND JON LANGSTON. The kicks off starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $71. Find your seats and all the details at livenation.com.
SEPT 14 Join the Ocean Grove community in its 20th annual RUN FOR THE ARTS 5K/2-MILE WALK, beginning at the Jersey Shore Arts Center. Raceday sign-in opens at 7 a.m., and the run begins at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 before Aug. 23, and proceeds go toward the restoration of the Jersey Shore Arts Center. Visit jerseyshoreartscenter.org for additional information.
SEPT 14 You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Spirit of the Jersey STATE HISTORY FAIR, held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monmouth Battlefield State Park in Manalapan. The family friendly event includes vendors, presentations and demonstrations spotlighting the Garden State’s rich culture and heritage. Admission is FREE, and there is a $10 suggested donation for parking. Visit nj.gov to find out more.
SEPT 14–15 Fill up on sausage and peppers and celebrate everything Italian at the FEAST OF SAN GENNARO along Main Street in Belmar. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and includes food vendors, games, a cannoli-eating contest and live music. Admission is FREE. More information is available at vacationinbelmar.com.
SEPT 21 Celebrate diverse Latin American cultures at the 15th annual LATINO FESTIVAL OF MONMOUTH COUNTY, running from 12 to 7 p.m. at the Monmouth County Hall of Records in Freehold. The family-friendly event is FREE and will feature food, contests, kids’ activities, music, dancing and more. Get all the details at lfomc.com.
SEPT 28 Work out, raise funds for children’s education and spend time with your gal pals at the LONG BRANCH BEAUTY AND THE BEACH RUN. The 5-mile run will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Ocean Promenade at 1 Ocean Blvd. in Long Branch, and the 2.5-mile walk will commence at 10 a.m. Registration is $55 and will benefit Aslan Youth Ministries. For more information or to sign up now, visit beautyandthebeachrun.org.
SEPT 29 Kick off fall at the BELMAR KITE FESTIVAL. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 3rd Avenue Beach in Belmar. Admission is FREE, and bringing your own kite is encouraged. For info, visit belmarbusinesspartnership.com.