Family & Community Calendar for Toms River and Ocean 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:
- Current and Upcoming Events & Activities
- Seasonal & AnyTime Activities
- Community & Family Events at The Counseling Center
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We will list your event here if it is local for the Toms River and Ocean County areas, encourages safe, wholesome activity for individuals or families, and helps our community members live spirited, full lives free of the influence of substances like alcohol or drugs. Email your notice information to events@ tomsrivercounselingcenter.com for consideration. Please include a name and telephone number with all submissions. We reserves the right to select which entries get published to this curated listing.
Current and Recent Events & Activities Near Toms River and the Jersey Shore
Third Thursday Vet Chat
Third Thursdays of the Month: NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation has a monthly webinar series featuring a one-on-one interview with New Jersey Vietnam Veteran volunteers. Third Thursday VetChats will be held via Zoom and are free and open to the public. 7:30-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Farmers Market Downtown Toms River
Wednesdays, May 18 - Sep 27: Visit the weekly Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays. There will be 4 Local NJ farms, Organic farm, NJ Winery, gourmet Italian Specialties, baked goods, honey, pickles, olives, and much more! Food truck and smoothie truck on premises every week. 700 Main St. (behind New Life Church), Toms River. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Cruisin' Downtown Toms River
June 9, 2021: Classic cars line the street, live entertainment and DJ rock the crowd! Downtown restaurants and businesses will be open. Washington St, Toms River. 6-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
June 25-26, 2021: Bridgefest is The Bridge Radio’s annual festival featuring two days of Bible teaching, kids activities, family fun, food vendors, sponsors and an evening concert. The two-day festival is FREE. Tickets are for the concert only ($30). Historic Great Auditorium Ocean Grove, 21 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove. 10am. Visit their website for more information.
2021 Summer In the Street
July 17, 2021: Join The Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District for a fun summer street festival! Enjoy food trucks, merchandise vendors, and live entertainment. Fun for the whole family! Washington St, Toms River. 12-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Food Truck & Music Festival
August 21, 2021: Enjoy amazing food and live music! You can toss hatchets, play Jersey Shore style games, bounce in the house and take advantage of all the activities at the Sports Complex including open skating! $8 for adults and $5 for children 4-16 at the door, $6 for adults and $4 for children in advance. Middletown Sports Complex, 214 Harmony Rd., Middletown. 11am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
September 25, 2021: A variety of Art vendors will be at The Guild selling their work. Visit inside to see the latest gallery exhibit. Ocean County Artists' Guild, 22 Chestnut Ave, Island Heights. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Seasonal "Any Time" Activities Near Toms River and the Jersey Shore
Cattus Island County Park
Open Year Round: Enjoy relaxed country outings including picnic area, playground, boardwalk through wetlands, nature conservation area, environmental education site, crabbing, fishing, bird watching, nature trails, cross-country skiing. Cattus Island County Park has restrooms & scenic overlooks & is accessible. 1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River. Free. Dawn to Dusk, with the Cooper Environmental Center open 8am-4:30pm, 7 days a week. Visit their website for more information.
Downtown Toms River Farmers Market
Wednesdays June-October: NJ farmers will share their bounty with you! Featuring fruits & veggies, baked goods, Italian specialties and much more. Located at the Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn along Hadley Ave. 11-5pm every Wednesday. Visit their website for more information.
Downtown Toms River Farmers Market
Wednesdays June-October: NJ farmers will share their bounty with you! Featuring fruits & veggies, baked goods, Italian specialties and much more. Located at the Ocean County Parking Garage Lawn along Hadley Ave. 11-5pm every Wednesday. Visit their website for more information.
Friday Afternoon Movie: Long Beach Public Library
Friday Afternoons: Visit the Long Beach Public Library and take in an afternoon movie! 1:30-3:30pm. Check their website for what's playing. Visit their website for more information.
Late Nights @ Rutgers Geology Museum
First Wednesday Night of the Month: Late Night consists of activity stations & events related to the night's specific theme. Topics can range from geology, anthropology & paleontology. Late Nights at the Museum are designed to educate, as well as entertain & can benefit everyone in the family! Parking in Rutgers Lots 26 & 30 & the College Ave Deck is allowed without permits. Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. 4-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Plaza One Flea Market in Toms River
Open Year Round: Take a time out and spend a day cruising 40 vendors with a wide range of new, used, and craft items in an enclosed mall. Plaza One Mini Mall, 730 Jamaica Boulevard, Toms River. Every Wednesday and Friday – Year Round – 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Winding River Skating Center
Year round: Open year round for fun on the ice with all your friends! There is an indoor and an outdoor rink so be sure to check the schedule for times. Winding River is an official rink partner of the NJ Devils! $5 and up. 1211 Whitesville Rd, Toms River. Visit their website for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
Antique, Crafts & Collectibles Fair
May 15 & 16, 2021: There will be over 50 displays of antiques, crafts, & collectibles, plus local history books, baked goods, local historical societies' exhibits, local artist exhibits, children's entertainment, history re-enactors, music, food & drinks. $2 for 18 and over. Ocean County Historical Society, Hooper Ave, Toms River. 9am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
May 3, 2021: Koinobori kites are traditionally flown to celebrate "Children's Day" on May 5th. You can pick up a take & make kit at the Manchester branch starting May 3rd, available while supplies last, or use supplies you have at home. 21 S Colonial Dr, Manchester. Visit their website for more information.
Super Plunge Sunday
February 7, 2021: Do you have what it takes to brace the icy cold Atlantic Ocean in February? There will be post-plunge festivities back at the Community Center immediately following the plunge. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and goodies will be served to help warm-up everyone, and prizes will be awarded: youngest plunger, oldest plunge, best costume, most funds raised overall and more! Pre-registration is required. Save the date and meet us on the 48th Street Beach in Brant Beach. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Live Animal Talks
Sundays January 3 - March 28, 2021: Meet the animals of Jakes Branch County Park! Visitors will get an up-close look at the park’s inhabitants and learn about each species. Talks will last approximately 20 minutes. Free. Registration is open to first 8 people to sign up! Nature Center, Jakes Branch County Park, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood. 12:30-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Nature Walks on Cactus Island
Weekends January 2 - March 28, 2021: Park naturalists will lead you through scenic Cactus Island Park. No registration required, but only open to first 8 people who sign up. Cooper Environmental Center, Cattus Island County Park, 1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Food Trucks & Fireworks at Tuckerton Seaport
January 1, 2021: The Seaport will be open with complimentary admission from Noon to 6pm. They'll have a range of activities and festivities including family-friendly activities. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main St, Tuckerton Borough. Visit their website for more information.
December Song Circle of Music
December 20, 2020: The Guild sings folk songs, pop songs, and hymns, and sometimes have an improvised music jam! The only rule is that it's all acoustic, with no amplifiers or microphones. Everyone is welcome to take a turn in the circle, or just to listen. $3 donation. Ocean County Artists' Guild, 22 Chestnut Ave, Island Heights Borough. 7-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Christkindlmarkt Old Tyme Craft Market
December 4, 5 & 6, 2020: This European style holiday market is outdoors under a huge heated tent. There will be 50 craft and gift vendors, a fabulous food court, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations, great entertainment, a Santa meet and greet and holiday fun! Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main St, Tuckerton Borough. 12/4, 4-8pm; 12/5, 10am-5pm; 12/6, 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Christmas Craft Show
November 21 & 22, 2020: Enjoy many new crafts as well as old favorites. Highlights include jewelry, hand painted clothing, silk flower arrangements & many forms of art. There will be a Chance Auction on Saturday. Breakfast and lunch will be available to purchase all weekend. Adults $2. St. Francis Parish & Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach (Long Beach Township). 9:30-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Awesome Autumn Fun
November 7, 2020: Celebrate the season at Jakes Branch County Park! Take a hayride through the nature trails or participate in fall-themed games! Get your face painted, pet animals at the traveling petting zoo, enjoy hot apple Cider and more. Free. 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood Township. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
7th Annual Film Festival JFOC
October 18-28, 2020: The Jewish Federation of Ocean County presents a virtual film festival! Movies range from comedy to drama, a documentary, sports movies based on real life events, and a collection of shorts. $12/movie or $54 for 5 special. Tickets purchased online. Lakewood, Ocean County. Visit their website for more information.
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
October 17 & 18, 2020: Lighthouse enthusiasts can visit every lighthouse in New Jersey over this exciting two-day event. Night climbs are offered at Absecon, Cape May and Tuckerton Seaport. $3. Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main St, Tuckerton Borough. 8am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Chowderfest Weekend - Merchant Mart
October 3, 2020: See the Chowder Capital of NJ with a free Merchant Marketplace! Dozens of chamber members will be offering end-of-season bargains, local specialties & gourmet food. Live music featuring a popular line up of local bands. Children's entertainment will include hands on crafts and appearance by Crunchy the T-Rex. Taylor Ave & 9th St, behind Bay Village, Beach Haven Township. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
September 26-27, 2020: This two-day event highlights the culture of the Barnegat Bay region. There will be demonstrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, vendors, food & music. There will also be the Dock Dog competition. Free offsite parking & shuttle bus! Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main St, Tuckerton Township. 7am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Antique Auto Day
September 13, 2020: Spend a day in the Village & see some spectacular vehicles from days gone by. Or you can show off one of your own! Historic Smithville offers lots of shoppes, eateries, carousel ride, train ride & paddle boats. 615 E. Moss Mill Rd, Galloway. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Denise Whalen Crab Race At Breakwater Beach
August 29, 2020: Plastic crabs will be released from Patriot’s Plunge into the Revolutionary River at Breakwater Beach in a race to benefit Sloan Kettering Cancer Research in memory of Denise Whalen. You can purchase your “crab” for only $5 in the waterpark any day we are open starting August 1st! Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 62 Grant Ave, Seaside Heights Borough. 5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Dog Days End of Summer Hometown Carnival
August 15-16, 2020: Celebrate with a Hometown Carnival! There will be a trackless train, bounce house, and old fashioned carnival games. In addition, there'll be food trucks, craft beer & live music to help you beat the summer heat! Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 West Main St, Tuckerton Borough. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Beach Ball Palooza
July 31, 2020: A fun, free night on the Silver Bay! There will be a live band, Jimmy & the Parrots, food trucks, pontoon boat rides, and crafts. Bring a blanket & chairs. Shuttle provided from Cattus Island Park. 1198 Bandon Rd, Toms River Township. Visit their website for more information.
Viking Village Art & Craft Show
July 12, 2020: Visit over 80 artists and crafters set up at Viking Village home to Barnegat Lights commercial fishing fleet. Viking Village Shows, 19th & Bayview Ave, Barnegat Light Township. 10am. Visit their website for more information.
Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival
June 27-28, 2020: Enjoy delicious Jersey fresh clams, crabs, and scallops from our finest local seafood purveyors. There will be a craft brew court, crafters, vendors, family activities, demonstrations, decoy carving, the Juggling Hoffmans, and live bands. $10. Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 W. Main St, Tuckerton. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Sunday Night Jazz, Blues, & More
June 7 - August 30, 2020: The Freehold Borough Arts Council, proudly present the 2020 FBAC Jazz, Blues, & More Summer Series. Bring your lawn chair & enjoy some great music from some of the most talented local musicians around on the promenade in the center of Downtown Freehold. 7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Lions' Strawberry Fair
May 27-31, 2020: Enjoy amusement rides, games, attractions, entertainment & delicious Strawberry Shortcake! Bracelet Nights: Thursday & Sunday (weather & conditions permitting, $30 no refunds). All Lions' Club proceeds will be donated to charity. For more information visit the website. Monmouth Park Race Track, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport. 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Jersey Shore Festival
May 15-16, 2020: The Jersey Shore Festival is an annual free admission music event! A variety of musical genres perform throughout the town of Seaside Heights. Events have include Monster Truck Rides on the beach, Freestyle Motocross, BMX & Skateboard stunt shows, a vendor village, kite shows and much more. 6pm-Midnight. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Student Exhibition
April 26 - May 1, 2020: Featuring the select works by Monmouth University students in Photography, Graphic Design, Animation and Studio Art. Free and open to the public. Monmouth University, Rechnitz Hall, 400 Cedar Ave., West Long Branch. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Egg Hunt
April 11, 2020: Children 6 months to 12 years are invited to participate in this Easter egg hunt! Children will be divided into age groups for the hunt. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and is available for photos. Registration begins at 10:30am; the Easter Egg Hunt begins at 11am. Free! Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum, 120 W Main St, Tuckerton. 11am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Angeltones Concert
March 28, 2020: Celebrate Women's History Month with our local all-female oldies group, ‘The Angeltones.’ They will be performing classic hits recorded by legendary female 60's girl groups. Registration required; opens Feb. 28. Jackson Branch, OCL, 2 Jackson Dr., Jackson. 2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
North Nautical Theater Co: SHREK, The Musical
March 19-21, 2020: Fun for the whole family! The Toms River High School Theater Company presents: Shrek, The Musical. It's based on the Dreamworks animation motion picture & the book by William Steig. Special ASL interpreted & sensory show will be held Saturday, March 21 at 2pm. $8-10. Toms River North Auditorium, 1245 Old Freehold Rd, Toms River. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Garden State Philharmonic
March 15, 2020: Chamber: Spring Sonata is a new series offering intimate concerts with members of the Garden State Philharmonic. Each performance will highlight members in solo, duet, or small ensemble settings. $15-40. Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County, 1 College Dr, Bldg 18, Toms River. 3pm. Visit their website for more information.
February 22, 2020: Sam Davis is a first-person interpreter who brings George Washington to life in this enlightening and entertaining performance. Sponsored by the Great John Mathis Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Long Beach Island Library. 217 S. Central Ave, Surf City. 3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Lightwire Theater: Dino-Light
February 9, 2020: In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. $12-17. Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College, College Dr, Toms River Township. 1pm & 4pm. Visit their website for more information.
International Polar Bear Day
January 29, 2020: Jenkinson's Aquarium, along with our partner, Polar Bears International, present a program for you to learn more about polar bears. $8-14. Jenkinsons Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach Borough. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Red Firecrackers – The Legend of the First Chinese New Year
January 15-16, 2020: The Nai Ni Chen Dance Company presents a spectacular production of props, costumes, music, acrobatics, and dance by top-notch performers, telling the story of the origin of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Free. Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College, College Dr, Toms River Township. 10am & 11:30am. Visit their website for more information.
Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical
December 22, 2019: This premiere production is hailed as a great holiday treat for your family to enjoy! $17 Adult / $12 Child. Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, 1 College Dr, Toms River Township. 1pm & 4pm. Visit their website for more information.
40th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
December 7, 2019: Merry Christmas and enjoy the holiday season with the annual parade! Begins at 1pm along Long Beach Boulevard 5th Street to 25th Street. Judging stage is at 1621 Long Beach Blvd. Visit their website for more information.
The TEN Tenors
November 26, 2019: Celebrated for their colourful repertoire, breathtaking arrangements and powerful live performances, The TEN Tenors respectfully tip their hats not only to the great classical composers, but to contemporary music’s most popular artists. $35. Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, 1 Ocean Dr, Toms River. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
November 10, 2019: In their upcoming world tour the Polish cellist Anna Mikulska and French Spanish pianist Philippe Argenty will present a program inspired by their individual roots and musical sensibilities. Free. Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Rd, Mahwah. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Trunk Or Treat at Ocean County Park
October 26, 2019: Decorate your car's trunk, minivan, hatchback or pickup truck bed & bring along treats for little ghouls and goblins. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated "trunk" and costumes! 659 Ocean Ave, Lakewood Township. 7-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival
October 11-13, 2019: We welcome back our domestic & international kite professionals to participate in this weekend festival! This festival will have many different events across the island. Day Events: Free, Night Events: $2. Ship Bottom Borough. Visit their website for more information.
September 28, 2019: Celebrating 175 Years of Jackson Township! Over 100 vendors, crafts, Fair Flea Market, Touch A Truck Car Show, entertainment, rides & children's space. John F Johnson Jr Memorial Park, 192 Kierych Memorial Dr, Jackson Township. 11am-5:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
September 14, 2019: Spend a Day Building and flying kites in a bay breeze! Free! Brick Recreation, 40 Mantoloking Rd, Brick Township. 1pm. Visit their website for more information.
Locals End of the Season Luau
August 28, 2019: As a thank you to our Ocean County Resident guests, please join us at our Locals End of the Season Luau in the Waterpark! Must present Ocean County ID to be admitted to the event. Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt! $25. Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 62 Grant Ave, Seaside Heights Borough. 5-8pm. Visit their website for more information.
Shark Magic Show
August 9, 2019: "The Magic of Sharks" is a 45 minute shark-themed magic show that is both educational and entertaining. Free with admission to water park; $28+. Breakwater Beach, 62 Grant Ave, Seaside Heights Borough. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Kites, Crafts & Cones Festival
July 27, 2019: 3rd annual Kites, Crafts & Cones Festival Featuring large-scale kites; free face painting and balloon art; ice cream for sale; and juried craft show with local artisans. 3rd Avenue Boardwalk, Ortley Beach. 12-8:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
2019 Ocean County Fair
July 10-14, 2019: 2019 Ocean County Fair will be 5 days filled with entertainment, 4 H displays and animals. Rides, games and food. $8 per person with children under 10 free. Route 530 and Mule Rd, Berkeley Township. Wed, Thurs 5-11pm; Fr-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Patriotic Magic Show at Breakwater Beach
July 1, 2019: Kick off 1st of July with a Patriotic Magic Show at Breakwater Beach! Admission to the magic show is free with a paid admission to the park. $19+. Bring the kids and enjoy a fun and funny magic show starting at 2pm! Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 62 Grant Ave, Seaside Heights Borough. Visit their website for more information.
36th Annual Blueberry Festival
June 22, 2019: Kickoff the blueberry harvest season in the birthplace of the blueberry (where Elizabeth Coleman White and Dr. Frederick Coville developed the first crop of blueberries here in 1916)! Blueberry tastings, sales, picking, pies, muffins, cakes, jams, preserves, fried, blueberry drinks, wine, cider, syrup and more. Kids pie eating contest, art and craft show, craft activities, live music, food vendors, rain or shine. Dogs on leashes welcome. $5/carload. 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, Browns Mills. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
BlueClaws Fireworks 2019
June 7, 2019: After every BlueClaws Friday home game they will have fireworks. Plus, the BlueClaws will have post-game fireworks after games on Thursdays and Saturdays from June through August, and July 3rd. FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood. 9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Founder's Day Celebration
May 25, 2019: Township of Ocean Founder's Day events include contests, free children's rides, over 130 craft, food, flea market & non-profit vendors, cupcake decorating contest, live remote from WBNJ 91.9 FM, live local bands and Fireworks over Barnegat Bay! This is a free event! Frederic A Priff Elementary School, 139 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown (Ocean Township). 9am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Ocean County Historical Society's Second Annual Spring Flea Market
May 4, 2019: Browse & enjoy the Ocean County Historical Society's Second Annual Spring Flea Market! The parking garage is across the street from OCHS. Besides vendors, our Victorian style home & museum will be open for tours. There will also be baked goods, used books for only $1 each & local history books for purchase. 50-50 tickets will be on sale, too! Hadley & Madison Ave, Toms River TOwnship. 8am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
The 29th Annual Cattus Island Nature Festival
April 27, 2019: This is an annual celebration of Natural Science Education at Cattus Island County Park. The entire day will be full of exciting activities such as nature walks, seining, kayak trips, live animal talks, lectures and children’s programs! A variety of exhibitors including a food vendor will be on hand & there will be live music throughout the day. Free! 1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River Township. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Science Saturday: Coastal Resiliency
April 6, 2019: Learn about the different types of living shoreline projects that increase ecological benefits while combating erosion. Amy Williams, NJ Sea Grant Consortium Coastal Agent, will explain efforts being conducted by NJ Sea Grant Consortium through grants & citizen action, in an informal setting. $5/person, free for LBIF members (individual & above). The LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies (Long Beach Township). 11am-12:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Spring Comic Book Show
March 24, 2019: The Jersey Shore Comic book festival features artists, writers and costume groups. Guests will include Joe del Beato from Marvel Comics and the Star Wars 501st Legion! Raffles, door prizes and costume contest. Watch for updates on our Facebook page. $3 admission. Toms River Elks Lodge, 600 Washington St, corner of Clifton Ave, Toms River. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Manahawkin Comic Book Show
March 17, 2019: The Comic Book show will have dealers from all over New Jersey bringing some exciting collectibles: Golden age, Silver age, Bronze age, Modern comics, toys, Funko Pops & various other collectibles. Guests: Word Balloon Studio, Ramon Gil, USS Challenger Group! First 100 people through the door get a comic pack! Admission $3, kids 12 & under are free. Mainland Holiday Inn, 151 Rt. 72 E Manahawkin. 10am-4pm. Visit their website at http://centraljerseycomicbookshows.com/index.html for more information.
Jenkinson's Celebrates Dr. Seuss' Birthday
March 2, 2019: Share your favorite Dr. Seuss book during story time with the Cat in the Hat! 2:00pm, 2:30pm, and 3:00pm. There will be crafts and activities too! Free with Aquarium admission. Adults/$14, children/$8, seniors 65+/$9, 2 and under are free. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
2019 International Polar Bear Day
February 23, 2019: Jenkinson's Aquarium and Polar Bears International join together for this program. Learn more about polar bears and what we can do in our everyday lives to help these animals. Crafts, educational displays and more! Included with general admission. $8/child, $14/adult. Jenkinsons Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach. 12 noon-4 pm. Visit their website for more information.
48th Ocean County Bluegrass Show
February 10, 2019: Visit the new Albert Music Hall building! The program features a live stage concert of bluegrass music. Be prepared to be entertained Pinelands style while listening to leading regional bluegrass bands from the tri-state area! $10 per person. 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown (Ocean Township). 12 noon-5 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Winter Comic Book Show
January 27, 2019: Meet your favorite artists! Guests include artist Joe del Beato from Marvel Comics, George Vega, Joe Barbaso, Mike Koneful, Steven Lisefski, and Star Wars 501st Legion. This collectibles show features vendors, artists, writers, and costume groups. There will be raffles, door prizes, and a chinese auction! $3 per person. Elks Lodge, 600 Washington St, Toms River. 10 am-4 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Hoo Hoo Could It Be?
January 4, 2019: You will use your ears to help discover owls that are in the park searching for a mate. If you have ever been on a night hike, you know that it is a unique experience! Landmarks are less visible, and the sounds of the darkness are more vivid. FREE - Pre Registration is required, please call. Cattus Island County Park, 1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River Twp. 6-8 pm. Visit their website for more information.
New Years Day Hike
January 1, 2019: Join the Friends for the Annual New Year's Day Hike! Welcome the new year with a visit to Island Beach State Park. Meet at Swimming Area 1 for a walk on the beach. Seaside Park Borough. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Seaside Heights' First Night Ocean County
December 31, 2018: New Year's Eve in Seaside Heights! Bring the family to celebrate with local businesses along the Boardwalk. Fun & games for everyone. Fireworks at 5 pm. Boardwalk, Seaside Heights. 12 noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Holiday Show with Singing Santa
December 15, 2018: A live concert of bluegrass & country music by regional musicians from the tri-state area. Singing Santa will appear during the 8 pm musical set & lead a holiday sing-a-long. Children will be invited to join him on stage & to visit & talk with him afterward. Bring your camera & enjoy this fun holiday night! Tickets must be purchased at the door on the night of the show. Doors open at 6 pm - Music 7:30 to 11 pm. Adults $5,under 11 free. Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. 7:30-11pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
December 7, 2018: Downtown Toms River celebrates their annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony! Listen to live holiday entertainment & the reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Mrs. Claus. Santa arrives on fire truck at 7:00pm to light the town tree. Afterwards, take photos with Santa! Hot chocolate & cookies will be for sale by Fire Co. #1. There'll be food & dessert trucks, plus local eateries will be open, also. Library & Town Hall Courtyard, 33 Washington St, Toms River. 5-7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Christkindlmarkt: Old Time Holiday Craft Market
November 30-December 2, 2018: Family fun three day event celebrating the traditions of the season! A Holiday Market & Craft Fair under a huge heated tent & throughout the Seaport buildings. Come jump start your holiday shopping. Get in the holiday spirit with a horse drawn wagon ride. $5/person. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 W. Main St, Tuckerton. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Fall Finale Food Truck Festival at Laurita Winery
November 10-11, 2018: Finale to Laurita's food truck season! Don't miss this send off to winter - Food Trucks galore, family activities & Saturday evening fireworks! Get warm around the fire pits all weekend. And enjoy live bands each day. $8 per person/ under 21 FREE. Discounted tickets online. 35 Archertown Rd, New Egypt. Sat, 11am-9pm & Sun, 11am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Trunk Or Treat at Ocean County Park
October 27, 2018: Individuals, businesses and nonprofit groups decorate car trunks, vans or pickup beds & hand out treats to children. If you are interested in setting up a trunk, call 732-506-5122. If you are interested in collecting treats, just come out in costume. All are welcome. Free! Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated trunk & for the best costumes. Ocean County Park/Lake Shenandoah Park, 659 Ocean Ave, Lakewood Township. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Harvest Arts Festival
October 20, 2018: There will be family fun at the festival including games, inflatables, pumpkin decorating & food. Enjoy live entertainment - rock out to the area's best local bands & street performers. Also, view juried artists & crafters. Downtown Toms River, Washington St, Toms River. 11:30am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Great Pumpkin at Insectropolis
October 12, 2018: The Bug Museum is hosting for one night only! a Peanuts-themed event. You can watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" & explore the spooky museum as you walk a treat trail. Participate in activities, crafts & meet special guests along the way. This will be a family-friendly event with unique & fun experiences for ALL AGES. Advanced tickets are recommended. $10/person. Insectropolis, 1761 Route 9, Toms River. 6-8pm. Visit their website at http://www.insectropolis.com/eventcalendar.htm for more information.
Fall Forestry Festival
October 6, 2018: Learn more about the forest you live in! Participate in fun nature filled events to help you understand how it all works together. Forest Resource Education Center, 495 Don Connor Blvd, Jackson. 10am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Saint Barbara Greek Festival
September 28-30, 2018: Taste authentic Greek food & pastries, Loukoumades, Souvlaki, Gyros & more! Watch GOYANS & youth groups perform traditional & award winning Greek dances - enjoy live music, rides & games. Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 2200 Church Rd, Toms River. Visit their website at http://stbarbaranj.org/special-events/greek-festival for more information.
September 10, 2018: Join the Shoprite nutritionist as the library celebrates Apple Month with great recipes and tastings. Please sign up. Ocean County Library, Plumstead Branch, 119 Evergreen Rd, New Egypt. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Friends of the Berkeley Library Book Sale
August 30, 2018: Help the Friends of the Berkeley Library continue to provide great programs & support. Fill a bag with great used books for $4! 30 Station Rd, Bayville. 9am-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
St. Francis' Parish Festival of the Sea
Aug 8-12, 2018: Enjoy delicious carnival food favorites: pizza, seafood, ice cream & much more. Pay one price & ride all the rides all night long. St. Francis Parish & Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach (Long Beach Township). 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Irish Festival at Laurita Winery
Aug 4&5, 2018: Celebrate the Irish in the summer! Dress from head to toe in green & get over to this festival. Live Irish bands, Irish food & Irish dancing! $6/pp. Laurita Winery, 35 Archertown Rd, New Egypt (Plumsted Township). Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-8pm. Visit their website at https://lauritawinery.com/events/laurita-irish-festival-2018/ for more information.
Eastern US Pipe Band Assoc at the Jersey Shore Piping & Drumming Classic
July 14, 2018: Come see the bagpipe & drum competition sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association! FREE admission. Vendors & food available. Opens at 8:00 am with soloist competing. Noon starts Bagpipe Band Competition. 4:30 is the massed bands playing & awards. Bring lawn chairs. Christ Episcopal Church, 415 Washington St, Toms River Township. 8am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Food Trucks, 4th of July Fireworks & Family Fun Day
July 4, 2018: Celebrate the 4th of July in Tuckerton! 10am: Parade down Main Street. 4:30-9pm: Food vendors & family fun at Tuckerton Seaport with live music by September's Brew & Jugglers. Complimentary Seaport admission all day! The Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 W. Main St, Tuckerton Borough. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
23rd Ladies of Country & Bluegrass Music
June 30, 2018: Come enjoy the Albert Music Hall ladies of country & bluegrass music! It will be a live stage concert with all bands featuring female leads. $5. Albert Music Hall Building, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. 7:30-11pm. Visit their website for more information.
June 15, 2018: This festival offers a chance to try out all kinds of recreational opportunities available in Ocean County, like : Golf, Soccer, Softball, Canoeing, Kayaking, Tennis, Pickleball, Fishing, Birding, Hiking, Camping & many more. Each station will feature experts in the field who can work with kids and adults. Bring the whole family! Free. Lake Shenandoah Park, 659 Ocean Ave, Lakewood Township. 5:30-7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Ocean County Historical Society Flea Market
June 2, 2018: The Historical Society will have for sale over 1,000 books, local history publications, paintings, vintage tools, baked goods, 50/50 tickets & much more! A display of historic cars will also be presented by the National Chrysler Products Club NJ Shore Region. In case of rain, it will move into the parking garage. Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River. 8am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual NJ Chili & Salsa Cook-off
May 19, 2018: Enjoy live entertainment by the area's hottest bands, children's rides & games. Sample chili & salsa - vote for 'People's Choice'! Purchase tasting kits @ $6 each in advance or $7 at the event. Washington St, Toms River. 11am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Sandy Hook Park's Spring Equinox Walk
March 20, 2018: The equinox is one of two days in the year when daylight & darkness agree to equally share the 24 hours in a day. Truth or myth? You can balance a raw egg on its end! Not sure? Join us for an early evening walk on the Hook! Meet at 5pm at Building 18. Call to reserve. Visit their website for more information.
Downtown Toms River Winter Farmers Market
Wednesdays, Mar 7-May 2: The Downtown Toms River Farmers Market is moving indoors for the winter! Join us the 1st Wednesday of the month from Jan-May. The Downtown Shops, 53 Main St., Toms River. Free 4 hour parking in the Irons St. Lot – located behind the Wells Fargo Building. Take the Historic Walkway straight through to Main St. noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery
February 24th & 25th: Laurita Winery is celebrating Mardi Gras! Amazing bands & authentic New Orleans food. Don't miss this great celebration! 35 Archertown Rd., New Egypt. Visit their website for more information.
Valentine's Day Fun! @ Stafford Branch Library
February 14, 2018: Play games, enjoy treats, and make your own Valentine’s cards! Sign up recommended. All ages. Ocean County Library Stafford Branch, 129 N Main St, Manahawkin. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
10th Annual Soup-R-Bowl of Chilli Challenge
January 27, 2018: Come and spend a cold afternoon with warm soup and chilli and vote for your favorite at the 10th Annual Super~R~Bowl of Chilli Challenge! Our area organizations and clubs compete for the People's Choice Soup and Chilli trophies each year. Event is held at the Lakehurst Community Center on 207 Center Street, across from the Museum housed in Old St John's Church, the oldest Catholic church in Ocean County. Seating is limited so come early! We have a small gift auction and 50/50 as well. Cost is $5. From 3-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
New Years Day Hike
January 1, 2018: Join the Friends of Island Beach State Park for the Annual New Year's Day Hike! Welcome the new year with a visit to Island Beach State Park. Meet at the IBSP Interpretive Center and hike the trails to both the bay and they beach. 2pm. 2207 SW Central Ave., Seaside Park. Visit their website for more information.
First Night Ocean County - in Seaside Heights
December 31, 2017: Visit the Seaside Heights Boardwalk for a New Year’s Eve family celebration with local businesses along the Boardwalk. Fun and games for the entire family! Noon to 5pm. Fireworks at 5:00 pm. Seaside Heights Boardwalk. Visit their website for more information.
Holiday Tree Lighting
December 11, 2017: Celebrate the holidays at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Hosted by the Friends of the Waretown Library and featuring songs by the Waretown School choir. 6pm. Located at 112 Main St., Waretown. Visit their website for more information.
38th Annual Ship Bottom Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017: Don't miss the Annual Christmas Parade in Ship Bottom! This year's theme "Deck the Hulls". The Parade is scheduled to begin at 1pm along Long Beach Boulevard 5th St to 25th St. Visit their website for more information.
Jersey Shore Christmas Comic Book Show
November 26, 2017: The Toms River Elks are hosting a comic book festival featuring vendors, artists, writers, publishers, costume groups. The Marines will be collecting toys to benefit Toys for Tots. Raffles, door prizes, costume contest for all ages. 10-4pm. $5, kids under 12 free. 600 Washington St., Toms River.
Food Trucks & Fire Pits in New Egypt (Plumsted Twp)
November 11, 2017: Food trucks, fire pits, and fireworks on Saturday! Children under 12 are free, adults $8. 11am-9pm. Laurita Winery located at 85 Archertown Rd., New Egypt. Visit their website for more information.
7th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony
November 11, 2017: The Memorial Garden in Jackson will hold ceremonies to honor and pay tribute to all military veterans from all over the country who served in any of the branches of the United States armed forces. Located at the intersection of W Commodore Blvd & Jackson Mills Rd. 11am. Visit their website for more information.
Behind the Scenes Tour
November 5, 2017: Ever wonder what goes on behind those closed doors at the Jenkinson's Aquarium? Join our staff members as they take you on a guided tour of the building from top to bottom! Pre-registration and sneakers are required. 9:30-11am. Adults $15, kids $10. Located at 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. Call to reserve your spot(s) today. For ages 5 and up only. Nov 5 & Dec 2. Visit their website for more information.
Legend of the Jersey Devil Show
November 4, 2017: Visit Albert Hall in Waretown (Ocean Township) for a live concert of bluegrass and country music by regional musicians from the tri-state area. The Jersey Devil will make an appearance during the 8 pm musical set. Tickets must be purchased at the door on the night of the show. Doors open at 6 pm - Music 7:30 to 11 pm. Albert Hall is located at 131 Wells Mills Road (Rt. 532), Waretown. Visit their website for more information.
Art Exhibit: Ocean County Artists Guild Group Show
October 30, 2017: The Ocean County Library hosts “Expressions”, an artistic exhibit by The Ocean County Artist Guild. The Guild works to promote the arts in Ocean County drawing in artists and patrons from around the region. “Expressions” is free and open to the public. All day. Toms River Branch 101 Washington St., Toms River. Visit their websiteor Call 732-349-6200 for more information.
Toms River High School North Nautical Star Theatre Company: Stronger than the Storm, Superstorm Sandy 5 Years Later
October 28, 2017: A genuine, heartfelt play about families from our community who lost everything in Superstorm Sandy. This student-written show based on true accounts centers on the theme of hope and how, no matter what, we are stronger than the storm. Tickets are $5 at the door (no advance ticket sales). Where? Toms River High School North Auditorium, 1245 Old Freehold Road, Toms River. For more info contact Carolyn Little firstname.lastname@example.org. 2pm & 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
No-So-Scary Halloween Laser Show
October 21, 2017: Not-So-Scary Halloween Laser show is a kid friendly laser show featuring the Kidz Bop versions of your favorite Halloween songs! Oct 21 & 28, 11:30am. Adults $10, kids $7. Ocean County College Bldg #13, College Dr., Toms River. Visit their website for more information.
3rd Annual Food Trucks on the Waterfront
October 14, 2017: Visit Mathis Memorial Park in South Toms River for a day of entertainment & food. The 3rd Annual Food Trucks on the Waterfront event will feature live music, dunk tanks & food trucks! There will also be non-food vendors & crafts for kids. Parking is available off site at the South Toms River Elementary School. Shuttle service will be offered. Located at Route 166, Toms River, NJ. 11am-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
9th Annual Que by the Sea BBQ Festival & Competition
September 22, 2017: Friday thru Sunday, featuring a BBQ lover's weekend packed with mouth-watering specialties along with all day musical entertainment, artists & crafters & the 9th Annual Seaside Heights BBQ Competition on Grant Avenue, Seaside Heights. Friday 5-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
SUP The River 2017
September 16, 2017: Sup The River is making a big splash to protect our Bay and support our community! Stand-up-paddling is fun for the whole family! Register for the 2-mile recreational SUP race for ages 13+ or the Sprint (family friendly) race beginning 9am. Food is available. Toms River Country Club 419 Washington St 8:45 am-1pm Visit their website for more information.
2017 Toms River Downtown Art Stroll
August 3, 2017: Toms River Downtown Art Stroll takes place along the sidewalks of Main & Washington Streets. The sidewalks will be lined with visual fine art, musicians, authors, poets & performing artists exhibiting & selling their creations. Visit their website for more information.
Wooden Boat Festival
July 15, 2017: The Toms River Seaport Society hosts this nautical event in Huddy Park, Downtown Toms River, from 9am to 5pm. Join us to check out antique boats on Toms River, along with nautical vendors & displays. Free Admission. Huddy Park, E. Water & Main St, Toms River.
Summer in the Street
July 15, 2017: Outdoor Festival with live entertainment, crafters & food. Fun games, rides & activities for the entire family! 12-6pm Visit their website for more information.
2017 Toms River Downtown Art Stroll
July 6, 2017: Toms River Downtown Art Stroll takes place 1st Thursday of the month along the sidewalks of Main & Washington Streets. The sidewalks will be lined with visual fine art, musicians, authors, poets & performing artists exhibiting & selling their creations. Visit their website for more information.
Sunday Family Fun Nights
July 2, 2017: Every Sunday from 6:30pm to Dusk on the North Beach, Seaside Heights, participants can take part in tug-of-war, long jump, hula hoop, hurdles, Frisbee golf & various other activities. The centerpiece of these activities is a large inflatable obstacle course. July 2-Aug 27, 2017 6:30-7:30pm. Visit their website at http://www.exit92.com for more information.
Jersey Shore 5K & Teen Hope Walk
June 3, 2017: Jersey Shore 5K & Teen Hope Walk, Saturday June 3 8am-12pm. Meeting at Bar Anticipation Restaurant in Belmar. 703 16th Ave. For more information contact Megan Hayes at 732-865-1720 or by email email@example.com. Belmar, New Jersey 07719
28th Annual chili & Salsa Cook-off
May 20, 2017: Biggest & best chili festival in NJ! Live entertainment, children's rides & games. Sample chili & vote people's choice. 11-5 outdoors Visit their website for more information.
Jersey Shore Festival
May 19th-21st: The Jersey Shore Festival is a FREE ADMISSION, rain-or-shine music and arts festival that kicks off the summer festival season and proves that summer really does start sooner at the Jersey Shore. With performances by over 300 artists from around the world, the Jersey Shore Festival is the premier emerging artist festival in New Jersey! Free Admission. Seaside Heights Beach & Boardwalk, Seaside Heights. Visit their website for more information.
International Polar Bear Day at Point Pleasant Beach
February 25, 2017: Learn more about polar bears & what we can do in our everyday lives to help these disappearing animals. Presented with Polar Bears International, this event is included with aquarium admission. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Take the Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus
February 18, 2017: Alliance for Lupus Research hosts its 1st PLUNGE TO FREEZE OUT LUPUS at the Asbury Park Convention Center. This will be a fun & festive event with music, snacks and warm drinks! Great for families & friends! 100% of all donations go to finding a cure for lupus. Fundraising minimum of $100 to plunge. You are NOT required to plunge to participate. Asbury Park Convention Center, 200 Mount Vernon St., Asbury. Check in begins at 11am; the plunge will be at 1pm. Visit their website for more information.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars performing in Toms River
February 13, 2017: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war and inflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy. The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. Tickets are $20-25/person. The Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, 1 College Dr., Toms River. 7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Family Date Night on the Boardwalk
February 10th-11th: Bring the family out for some holiday fun! Admission for a Family of Four gets you into Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a $10 Playcard for the Pavilion Arcade, a Large Plain Pizza & Pitcher of Soda plus Treats from The Sweet Shop. Cost is $49.95 for Family of Four. Jenkinson's Boardwalk, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. 6-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Elegant Bridal Show at La Bove Grande
February 8, 2017: After the wedding, what could be more welcome than the chance to have a free honeymoon? Elegant Bridal Productions shows are full of door prizes, gifts, and discounts for everyone in attendance. Couples can even win a honeymoon! Pre-Registration is suggested. La Bove Grande, 800 Route 70, Lakehurst. 7-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Drum & Sound Circle at the Ocean County Library
January 22, 2017: Bring your DRUMS!! -djembe, floor toms, frame drums, conga, bongos, gongs, didgeridoos & your chanting voice! Ocean County Library - Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River. 2-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Winter Beach Blast
January 14, 2017: Cool games, crafts and dancing are part of the fun, including the world's largest Twister game. Sponsored by Ocean County Parks & Recreation. Music provided by WOMB. Most events are free. There is a nominal fee for Simon Mall Kidgits Club activities. Center Court, Ocean County Mall, 1201 Hooper Ave, Toms River. 1-2:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Weekends at Jakes Branch
January 8th-March 26th: Live Animal Talks - Come in and meet the animals of Jakes Branch County Park. Visitors will get an up close look at the park's inhabitants and learn about each species. This is a free event. Jakes Branch County Park Nature Center, 1100 Double Trouble Rd, Beachwood. Sundays starting at 1pm. Find more activities at the Park by viewing their winter activity brochure. Visit their website for more information.