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
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.
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.
Albert Music Hall's 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.
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. 12noon-5pm. 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.
Archive of Some Past Events
Farmers' Market every Wednesday 11-5!
Every Wednesday until November 17th: Come get your locally grown Jersey Fresh and explore the delicious products, including fruits, vegetables, pies, raviolis, nuts, and much much more! Join us the 1st Wednesday of each month to celebrate Jersey Fresh Fruit and vegetables! Enter the free raffle to win a basket of Jersey Fresh produce featuring the fruit and vegetable of the month. Corner of Irons & West Water Streets, Toms River. Every Wednesday from 11 - 5 pm through Nov. 17th. Visit their website for more information.
Downtown Toms River Farmers Market
Wednesdays til November 15th: 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 until Nov 15th. 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 smores 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- 7:30-11:00pm. 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 fire pits & 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 their website 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, Souvlakia, 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 their website 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 their website 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 & Bayments 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’s 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, Wareton. 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 Farmer's 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 Years 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 Shipbottom! 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 Twshp)
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 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.
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.
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 8:45am-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 & Washingotn Streets. The sidewalks will be lined with visual fine art, musicians, authors, poets & performing artists exxhibiting & 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.
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 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 peoples 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.