Things to Do near Toms River, NJ
Our listing of quality events and activities in our community - things to do!
One of the greatest ways to stay healthy is to stay involved, be active, and participate in community. We hear so often how people are bored, or don't know what to do with themselves, or have trouble stepping out into the community, so we created this local events calendar for Toms River as a way to help.
Events and activities are listed in three sections of this page:
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Toms River Current Events and Activities
VetChat New Jersey
Third Thursdays of the Month: New Jersey Vietnam Veteran volunteers participate in one-on-one interviews. Presented by the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation. 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.
Downtown Toms River Farmers Market
Wednesdays, May 18 - Sep 27: Downtown Toms River Business Improvement District hosts the weekly Farmers’ Market. 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.
Family Movie Night Kit: Cruella
June 1, 2021: Enjoy a family movie night! Pick up a themed family movie night kit at the Long Beach Island Branch. This take-home kit will be available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. OCPL Long Beach Island Branch, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show
June 19, 2021: Shop talented artisans in a beautiful beach community. With 300 tables and many food trucks the possibilities and treasures are endless! Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. 9am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Fireworks & Food Truck Extravaganza
July 10, 2021: Dance to live music from "Shorty Long and the Jersey Horns"! Enjoy food trucks, giveaways and fireworks! Free admission. Jackson Township Recreation Department, 200 Kierych Dr, Jackson. 3-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Family Comedy Night
August 16, 2021: Taylor Mason is a ventriloquist, musician, comedy magician and standup comedian! Fun for the whole family! $15. Surflight Theatre, 201 Engleside Ave, Beach Haven Township. 6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Middletown Sports Complex Festival
August 21, 2021: There'll be food trucks, live music, Jersey Shore style games, bounce in the house and 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. 214 Harmony Rd., Middletown. 11am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Paws In the Park
September 12, 2021: Bring your four-legged friend out for a fun-filled day of splashing & playing! Register on our website! Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights. 10am-12pm. Visit their website for more information.
Seasonal and "Any Time" Happenings Around Toms River
Cattus Island County Park
Open Year Round: 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 includes a picnic area, playground, restrooms and scenic overlooks, and is accessible. 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River. Free. Dawn to Dusk, with the Cooper Environmental Center open 8:00 – 4:30 7 days a week. 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: You'll be able to participate in 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 & entertain the whole family! Rutgers Geology Museum, 85 Somerset St., New Brunswick. Rutgers Lots 26 & 30 & College Ave Deck is free. 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 Rink
Year round: Winding River is an official rink partner of the NJ Devils! Come and have a great time with all your friends! Open year round for fun on the ice. There is an indoor and an outdoor rink. Check the schedule for times. $5 and up. 1211 Whitesville Rd, Toms River. Visit their website for more information.
Archive of Some Past Events
So You Found an Orphaned or Injured Wild Animal, What Do You Do Next?
May 17, 2021: Ocean County 4 H program associate and former zoo mammal keeper, Amelia Valente, advises what to do for wild bunnies, deer, seals, birds or turtles in or near your garden. Virtual program. Stafford Branch OCPL, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin. 10am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Sunday Super Plunge
February 7, 2021: Take the plunge in to the Atlantic Ocean in February! Afterwards, there will be festivities back at the St Francis Community Center at 4700 Long Beach Blvd immediately following the plunge. Hot drinks and treats will be served 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.
Jakes Branch County Park: Live Animal Talks
Sundays January 3 - March 28, 2021: 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.
Cactus Island Nature Walks
Weekends January 2 - March 28, 2021: Join a park naturalist and follow in the footsteps of legendary local environmentalists: A. Morton, Betty Cooper, Dorothy Hale and Pete McClain. Maximum 8 people. Cooper Environmental Center, Cattus Island County Park, 1170 Cattus Island Blvd, Toms River. 2-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Fire & Ice Food Trucks and Fireworks
January 1, 2021: Visit the Seaport on the first day of the new year! The Tuckerton Seaport will be open with complimentary admission from Noon to 6pm. They'll have a range of activities and festivities including family-friendly activities. 120 West Main St, Tuckerton Borough. Visit their website for more information.
Holiday Show With Singing Santa
December 12, 2020: A live concert of bluegrass and country music by regional musicians from the tri-state area. Our Singing Santa will appear during the 8 pm musical set and lead a holiday sing-a-long. Children will be invited to join him on stage and to visit and talk with him afterward. Bring your camera and 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 Children under 11 free. Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. Visit their website for more information.
OCAG Holiday Concert
December 6, 2020: The Ocean County Artist' Guild hosts sounds of the season performed by local musicians! Doors open at 1pm. Concert begins at 1:30pm. Free. Ocean County Artists' Guild, 22 Chestnut Ave, Island Heights Borough. 1:30-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Santas Viking Christmas Village
November 28, 2020: See over 40 artists and crafters at this holiday market! Enjoy live music, s'mores over a fire pit, and lawn games. Take your own pics with Santa (arrives by fire truck at 1pm)! Rain or shine. Fresh Seafood lunch available. Viking Village Shows, 19th & Bayview Ave, Barnegat Light Township. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Legend of the Jersey Devil Show
November 7, 2020: Listen to live bluegrass & country music by regional musicians from the tri-state area! The Jersey Devil will make an appearance during the 8 pm musical set; a friendly devil who will entertain you with dancing & fun loving antics! Purchase tickets at the door on the night of the show. $5/adults $1/children under 11. Doors open at 6 pm - music 7:30-11pm. Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. Visit their website for more information.
Hocus Pocus Outdoor Movie
October 24, 2020: Bring in the Halloween season with this classic family movie. Bring your blanket & chairs. Free. Elizabeth Edwards School Football Field, 382 N Main St, Barnegat Township. 6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Jewish Federation of Ocean County 7th Annual Film Festival
October 18-28, 2020: This virtual festival features movies ranging from comedy to drama, a documentary, sports movies based on real events, and a collection of shorts. $12/movie. Purchase tickets online. Lakewood. Visit their website for more information.
Pine Barrens Jamboree
October 10, 2020: Stretch out and relax in your beach chair and listen to local musicians from Albert Music Hall perform! Take a scenic paddle around Wells Mills Lake, go on a nature walk, sit in on a demonstration or slide show, or browse over 40 exhibitors both commercial and non-profit. There will be opportunities to purchase locally created arts & crafts. Free. Wells Mills County Park, 905 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. 10am-4:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
43rd Annual Festival of the Sea
September 19, 2020: Local restaurants and vendors provide the large crowds with delicacies such as crab cakes, shrimp skewers,soups and bisques, lobster, and other seafood items. Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant. 10am-7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Viking Village Art & Craft Show
September 6, 2020: Come out and see all the vendors! From photography to clothing & jewelry, there'll be something for everyone. 19th & Bayview Ave, Barnegat Light Township. 10am. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Giant Yard Sale
August 29, 2020: The Brick Township Historical Society will hold its Annual Giant Yard Sale featuring a great variety of merchandise including household goods, lamps, toys, costume jewelry, accessories and much more. There will be a NJ licensed gold/silver dealer to buy your unwanted jewelry. The society will sell homemade baked goods and beverages. 521 Herbertsville Rd, Brick. 8am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Offshore Powerboat Racing
August 14-16, 2020: The weekend will be full of festivities! Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach Borough. Visit their website for more information.
Music Under the Stars With The Kootz
July 31, 2020: Bring your picnic baskets, refreshments, and lawn chairs! The collective passion for classic rock, pop, soul and blues and just ‘plain old making great music’ has been a driving force even a ‘mantra’ in assembling ‘The Kootz’ band. Free. John F. Peto Studio Museum, 102 Cedar Ave, Island Heights Borough. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Shark Magic Show
July 14, 2020: This 45 minute shark-themed magic show that is both educational and entertaining. You will help Magician Steve Woyce make the magic happen as you learn amazing shark facts in this high-energy comedy magic show. Free with park admission ($20and up). Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights Borough. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
June 26-27, 2020: Bridgefest is the free annual two day fun-filled, family friendly weekend festival in Ocean Grove! it's packed with encouraging teachings, vendor tents, a youth rally, food trucks, kids' activities, boardwalk games and more. This year's concert features Grammy nominated singer & songwriter, Jeremy Camp! Concert tickets can be purchased online with prices start at $30. Great Auditorium, 21 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove. 10am-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Canoeing on Sandy Hook Bay
June 17 - August 28, 2020: Take a two-mile morning paddle to explore Sandy Hook bay from an ideal vantage point-the water itself. Rangers guide you on a two and a half hour tour of the bayside waters and Skeleton Hill Island. Visit the website to make your reservation. Gateway National Recreation Area, 26 Hudson Rd, Highlands. 9am. Visit their website for more information.
Ocean Grove Giant Flea Market
May 30, 2020: The annual Giant Fall Flea Market is back with new stuff, old stuff, antique stuff, collectible stuff - stuff for everyone! Plus there is a variety of food vendors to choose from. The Great Lawn, Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. 9am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Ocean Fun Days
May 16-17, 2020: This is a NJ Sea Grant Consortium’s annual public outreach event. It's a family friendly opportunity to learn about NJ’s coastal environment & how to act wisely to care for it. Island Beach State Park, Rt. 35 S, Seaside Park. 11am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Tutu Run 2.2 for Big Brothers Big Sisters
April 25, 2020: Come for a fun run or walk along the Asbury Park Boardwalk in a great looking Tutu provided to all pre registered participants. Event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. After party at the Asbury Biergarten. $30. Asbury Park Boardwalk, 527 Lake Ave, Asbury Park. 10am. Visit their website for more information.
All Shook Up
April 3-19, 2020: Loosely based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this musical fantasy will have you jumping' out of your blue suede shoes! Tickets are $15/person, $5 Brookdale students (with ID). Sunday senior matinee 62+ can purchase a $10 ticket. Parking Lot 2 on campus. Brookdale Performing Arts Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd, Lincroft. Visit their website for more information.
Games For Adults
March 27, 2020: Bring a friend and have fun playing the popular tile game Mahjong and other games. All skill levels welcome. Pt Pleasant Boro Branch, OCL, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., Point Pleasant. 1-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
SHREK, The Musical
March 19-21, 2020: The Toms River High School North Nautical Theater Company presents: Shrek, The Musical! Family fun 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.
Danú (Schools n Stage)
March 12, 2020: From historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles today. These virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English) take you on a musical journey. Free. Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College, College Dr, Toms River Township. 10:45am & 12 noon. Visit their website for more information.
Learn To Folk Dance
February 19, 2020: This fun class will introduce you to the richness and variety of international music and dance from countries such as Norway, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, India and more. These traditional dances are easy to learn, and no dance experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Registration required. Ocean County Library, Manchester Branch, 21 Colonial Dr., Manchester. 2-3:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
OCL Puppet Show Players Present: Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends
February 3, 2020: This puppet show is based on Mike Reiss' Turtle and Tortoise are Not Friends. Ages 2 and up. Registration required. Ocean County Library, Point Pleasant Borough Branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd, Point Pleasant. 10:30am. Visit their website for more information.
Art Exhibition: The Photography of Barbara Whelan
February 1-22, 2020: All are welcome to stop by the Manchester Branch Library meeting room and view the photography of local artist, Barbara Whelan. Her photography will be on display throughout the month of February. Ocean County Library, Manchester Branch, 21 Colonial Dr., Manchester. 9am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
The Magic of Cape Breton
January 14, 2020: Maria Pilipski, assisted by Ray Topoleski, will present a program on the section of Brick Township called Cape Breton and what makes it a special place. Free. Herbertsville Firehouse, 601 Herbertsville Rd, Brick. 7:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Pickin' On the Porch Music Program
January 5, 2020: Come to pick and sing, or to just listen. We'll swap songs, tell stories, and share a pot of beans and homemade bread. Acoustic instruments only please! Bluegrass, Country and Old Time Music. Hosted by Linda & Bill Salmons. Free. The Tuckerton Seaport & Bayments Museum, 120 W. Main St, Tuckerton Borough. Noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Movie Matinee: The Grinch
December 22, 2019: The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic and voice by Benedict Cumberbatch. Seats are on a first come basis. Free. Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Rd, Mahwah. 2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Christkindlmarkt Old Time Holiday Craft Market
December 8-10, 2019: Celebrate the traditions of the season under a huge heated tent & throughout the Seaport buildings. Get in the holiday spirit with a horse drawn wagon ride! $5. The Tuckerton Seaport, 120 W. Main St, 120 W. Main St, Tuckerton Borough. 12/8 4-8pm, 12/9 10am-5pm, 12/10 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Christmas Craft Show
November 23-24, 2019: There'll be new crafts & old favorites including jewelry, hand painted clothing, silk flower arrangements, and many forms of art. There will be a Chance Auction on Saturday. Breakfast & lunch will be available to purchase. $2 admission. St. Francis Parish and Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach (Long Beach Township). Sat, 11:30am-4pm, Sun, 11:30am-2pm. Visit their website for more information.
Comedy Night & Dinner for Lanoka Harbor Fire Company
November 9, 2019: Support your local firefighters & enjoy a great night of comedy featuring local entertainment! Buffet dinner starts at 6:30pm, showtime is at 8pm. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Lanoka Harbor Firehouse, 2 Warren Ave, Lanoka Harbor. Visit https://gingerninjacomedy.com/events/lanoka-harbor-firehouse-comedy-night/ for more information.
Barnegat Lighthouse Night Climb
October 26, 2019: See the lighthouse & the views from the top during the nighttime & check out the beautiful views of the moon & Long Beach Island! There'll be a campfire & a storyteller! The event is free but donations are gladly accepted. Barnegat Lighthouse State Park, 208 Broadway, Barnegat Light. 7-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
October 12, 2019: Local food, oyster shucking, beer, wine, cider, music, local oyster farmers, family friendly games & environmental education are just some of the offerings at this celebration! No entry fee; beer & oyster tickets will be on sale. 6805 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach (Long Beach Township). 12 noon-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
September 28, 2019: Jackson Township celebrates 175 Years of community! 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.
36th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show
September 14, 2019: Judged show with 50+ boats expected. All types welcome—in-water or on-trailer. Marine vendors, artists, and flea market. Antique/classic American and British cars. Radio control boats. Food available. Free admission/parking. 1800 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant Borough. 8am-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Viking Village Art & Craft Show
September 1, 2019: Over 80 artists and crafters set up at Viking Village home to Barnegat Lights commercial fishing fleet. Free admission. 19th & Bayview Ave, Barnegat Light Township. 10am. Visit their website for more information.
Blue Claw Crab Race and Craft Show
August 17, 2019: A blue claw crab race for the kids and lots of arts and crafts for the rest of the family. You can either bring your own crab or rent one from the sponsors, PBA 175. Prizes awarded for several categories. The Craft Show features handmade items, something for everyone. Food is available. Harvey Cedars Sunset Park, West Salem Ave, Harvey Cedars. 10am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
Beach Ball a Palooza
August 2, 2019: A fun, Free night on the Silver Bay. Live band, Jimmy & the Parrots, food trucks, info, pontoon boat ride, info, crafts. bring a blanket, chairs. Ocean County Parks Administration Office-Bayfront, 1198 Bandon Road, Toms River Township. Visit their website for more information.
Kites, Crafts & Cones Festival
July 27, 2019: 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.
4th of July Parade
July 4, 2019: Celebrate the nation's birth at the largest Fourth of July parade in New Jersey. The parade starts at 9am with an expected 10,000 people to line the parade route. 615 E Moss Mill Rd, Smithville. 9-10am. Visit their website for more information.
36th Annual Blueberry Festival
June 22, 2019: The blueberry harvest season begins in the birthplace of the blueberry (where Elizabeth Coleman White & 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.
The 11th Annual Lighthouse International Film Festival
June 6-8, 2019: There will be over 100 international cutting edge films including shorts, sports, dramas, comedies, and even virtual reality. $12/movie. Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, 120 Long Beach Blvd, Loveladies (Long Beach Township). Visit their website for more information.
Township of Ocean Founder's Day
May 25, 2019: Day's 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! Frederic A Priff Elementary School, 139 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown (Ocean Township). 9am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
May 4, 2019: Come join us for an olde fashion drive in movie! Barnegat Township is sponsoring a family movie night out! Movie will begin at 8:30pm. 425 E Bay Ave, Barnegat Township. Free. Visit their website for more information.
Family Health & Safety Fair
April 25, 2019: St. Francis Community Center Senior Services is offering free continental breakfast and many free health screenings! Sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, Long Beach Island Health Department and Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center. 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach (Long Beach Township). 10am-1pm. Visit their website for more information.
Breakfast With the Easter Bunny
April 7, 2019: Enjoy breakfast & fun with the Easter Bunny! Pre-Registration is required & will open up in March. There will be two different time slots to choose from. Your ticket includes a breakfast buffet, $5 Arcade SURF card, photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and Special Character Appearance! $12. Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, 800 Ocean Terrace, Seaside Heights Borough. 9:30am & 11am. Visit their website for more information.
Jersey Shore Spring Comic Book Show
March 24, 2019: Comic book festival featuring artists, writers & costume groups. Guests will include Joe del Beato from Marvel Comics and the Star Wars 501st Legion! Raffles, door prizes & 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.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday
March 2, 2019: Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss book and share it during story time with the Cat in the Hat at 2:00pm, 2:30pm, and 3:00pm. There will be crafts and activities too! Free with Aquarium admission. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave, Point Pleasant Beach. 1-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
International Polar Bear Day 2019
February 23, 2019: With our partner, Polar Bears International, learn more about polar bears and what we can do in our everyday lives to help these disappearing 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.
Ocean County Bluegrass Show
February 10, 2019: The program features a live stage concert of bluegrass music in the new Albert Music Hall building. 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.
Jersey Shore Winter Comic Book Show
January 27, 2019: This collectibles show features vendors, artists, writers, and costume groups. Guests include artist Joe del Beato from Marvel Comics, George Vega, Joe Barbaso, Mike Koneful, Steven Lisefski, and Star Wars 501st Legion. 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.
Hoooo Could It Be?
January 4, 2019: 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. We will use our ears to help discover owls that are in the park searching for a mate. 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.
First Night Ocean County - in Seaside Heights
December 31, 2018: Enjoy New Year's Eve! Bring the family to celebrate with local businesses along the Boardwalk. Fun & games for the entire everyone! Fireworks at 5 pm. Boardwalk, Seaside Heights. 12 noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Albert Music Hall Holiday Show with Singing Santa
December 15, 2018: Regional musicians from the tri-state area will give a live concert of bluegrass & country music! 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 and talk with him afterward. Tickets must be purchased at the door on the night of the show. Doors open at 6 pm - Music 7:30-11pm. Adults $5, under 11 free. Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. 7:30-11pm. Visit their website for more information.
Community Chorale Christmas Concert
December 8, 2018: Celebrate the holidays with the music of the Georgian Court Community Chorale. This diverse group of men & women of all ages will perform a wide variety of classical, traditional & popular seasonal favorites! The singers are accompanied by piano, flute & stringed instruments. $15 for adults; $10 for seniors; FREE for students, children & GCU community members with ID. Georgian Court University, 900 Lakewood Ave, Lakewood Township. 7pm. Visit their website for more information.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
December 7, 2018: Festivities include the lighting of the tree, light refreshments and a very special appearance by Santa! 5:00pm in the courtyard in front of Borough Hall, Seaside Heights. 5-6pm. Visit their website for more information.
Santa Visits Viking Village
November 24, 2018: Santa arrives by Fire Truck Viking Village! Bring your own camera for pictures with Santa. All shops will be open including Seafood Takeout & Gourmet Coffee Bar. There will be a s'mores fire pit, lawn games, live music & much merriment! 19th & Bayview Ave, Barnegat Light Township. 1pm. Visit their website for more information.
Pineland Cultural Society Day & Home Place Festival
November 17, 2018: Come celebrate the Society's organization by viewing a historical video & then enjoying the music of regional country & bluegrass musicians performing on the Albert Music Hall stage. Enjoy good food & good fun. Tickets purchased at the door. $5. Albert Music Hall, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown (Ocean Township). Doors open at 6pm. Video- 7pm. Music- 7:30-11:00 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Fall Finale Food Truck Festival at Laurita Winery
November 10-11, 2018: Don't miss this send off to winter - Food Trucks galore, family activities & Saturday evening fireworks! Enjoy the firepits & live bands all weekend. $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.
Harvest Arts Festival
October 20, 2018: Enjoy some family fun at the festival! There'll be games, inflatables, pumpkin decorating, food & more. Watch 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: For one night only! The Bug Museum is hosting a Peanuts-themed event for everyone in the family to enjoy. View the movie & explore the spooky museum as you walk a treat trail. Activities, crafts & special guests along the way will make this family-friendly event a unique & fun experience for ALL AGES. Advanced tickets are recommended. $10/person. Insectropolis, 1761 Route 9, Toms River. 6-8pm. Visit http://www.insectropolis.com/eventcalendar.htm for more information.
Fall Forestry Festival
October 6, 2018: Fun nature filled events to help you learn more about the forest you live in! 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: Enjoy Greek food & pastries, Loukoumades, Souvlaki, Gyros & more! Watch GOYANS & youth groups perform traditional & award winning Greek dances. There will be live music, rides & games. Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 2200 Church Rd, Toms River. Visit http://stbarbaranj.org/special-events/greek-festival for more information.
Family Game Club
September 5, 2018: Visit the library for an evening of board game fun! The library's new collection of tabletop games is waiting for families & friends! Please register. Ocean County Library, Lakewood Branch, 301 Lexington Ave, Lakewood. 5:30pm. Visit their website for more information.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
August 30, 2018: Fill a bag with great used books for $4! Help the Friends of the Berkeley Library continue to provide great programs & support. 30 Station Rd, Bayville. 9am-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
Festival of the Sea
Aug 8-12, 2018: There will be delicious carnival food favorites, pizza, seafood, ice cream & much more. Pay one price & ride all the rides you want - all night long. St. Francis Parish and Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach (Long Beach Township). 6-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Summer Irish Festival
Aug 4&5, 2018: We even celebrate the Irish in the summer as well! 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 https://lauritawinery.com/events/laurita-irish-festival-2018/ for more information.
Jersey Shore Piping & Drumming Classic
July 14, 2018: Witness the bagpipe & drum competition sanctioned by the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association! Open to public. 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.
4th of July Fireworks, Food Trucks & Family Fun Day
July 4, 2018: Come celebrate the fourth of July in Tuckerton! There'll be a 10am parade down Main St & food vendors & family fun at the Seaport. Complimentary Seaport admission all day. Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum, 120 W Main St, Tuckerton Borough. 10am-9pm. Visit their website for more information.
23rd Ladies of Country & Bluegrass Music
June 30, 2018: This annual event showcases Albert Music Hall ladies of country & bluegrass music. It will be a live stage concert! All bands will feature female leads. $5. Albert Music Hall Building, 131 Wells Mills Rd, Waretown. 7:30-11pm. Visit their website for more information.
June 15, 2018: Try out all kinds of recreational opportunities available in Ocean County like: Golf, Soccer, Softball, Canoeing, Kayaking, Tennis, Pickleball, Fishing, Birding, Hiking, Camping & more. Each station will feature experts in the field who can work with kids & adults. Bring the family! 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: OCHS is having its first annual flea market! 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 inclement weather we will move into the parking garage. Ocean County Historical Society, 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River. 8am-3pm. Visit their website for more information.
29th Annual NJ Chili & Salsa Cook-off
May 19, 2018: Welcome to the biggest and best Chili festival in New Jersey! 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.
Spring Equinox Walk @ Sandy Hook
March 20, 2018: It's called the equinox because it’s one of two days in the year when daylight and 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 on a great day for an early evening walk on the Hook! Meet at 5pm at Building 18. Call to reserve. Visit their website for more information.
Winter Farmer's Market in Downtown Toms River
Wednesdays, Mar 7-May 2: The Downtown Toms River Farmers Market is indoors for the winter! The 1st Wednesday of the month, Jan-May. The Downtown Shops, 53 Main St., Toms River. Free 4 hour parking in the Irons St. Lot (behind the Wells Fargo Building). Follow the Historic Walkway straight through to Main St. noon-5pm. Visit their website for more information.
Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery
February 24th & 25th: Celebrate Mardi Gras at Laurita Winery! Amazing bands and authentic New Orleans food! Don't miss this great celebration! 35 Archertown Rd., New Egypt. 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. Visit for more information.
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 website for more information.
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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 email@example.com. 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.
Opioids Awareness for Seniors at the Ocean County Library
October 16, 2017: Representatives from the Ocean County Health Department and the DART Coalition of Ocean County will be here to provide information on prescription drug abuse in our area. They will also teach about the importance of medication management and proper medication disposal. Information about resources and services available at the Ocean County Health Department will also be included. 101 Washington St, Toms River. 10-11am. 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. Visit for more information.
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
7/15/2017: 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. Visit for more information.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Belmar, New Jersey 07719 Visit for more information.
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 in Point Pleasant Beach
February 25, 2017: With Polar Bears International, learn more about polar bears and what we can do in our everyday lives to help these disappearing animals. This event is included with aquarium admission. Jenkinson's Aquarium, 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach. 10am-4pm. Visit their website for more information.
Plunge to Freeze Out Lupus
February 18, 2017: Alliance for Lupus Research is hosting its 1st PLUNGE TO FREEZE OUT LUPUS at the Asbury Park Convention Ctr. This will be a fun and festive event with music, snacks and warm drinks. Great for families and 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 Street, Asbury. Check in begins at 11:00 am and the plunge will be at 1:00 pm. Visit their website for more information.
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
February 13, 2017: They have risen like a phoenix out of the ashes of war & enflamed the passions of fans across the globe with their uplifting songs of hope, faith and joy! The band exemplifies the redeeming power of music & the ability of the human spirit to persevere & 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.
Boardwalk Family Date Night!
February 10th-11th: Family 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.
La Bove Grande Bridal Show
February 8, 2017: Win a free honeymoon! Elegant Bridal Productions shows will have door prizes, gifts, & discounts for everyone in attendance. 800 Route 70, Lakehurst. 7-10pm. Visit their website for more information.
Drum And Sound Circle at the Toms River Library
January 22, 2017: Bring your djembe, floor toms, frame drums, conga, bongos, gongs, didgeridoos and your chanting voice! This is a free event. 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.