Check out our 2017 Edition of Explore Ocean County!



Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
at Ocean County College


March 15 
Performance of
StoryFaces

*Postponed until  
Fall 2017 due to weather conditions* 
March 15

MidWeek Jazz Series:
Dennis Lichtman 

March 16
American Showstoppers:
Fred Barton Orchestra


March 18
Hotel California:
A Salute to the Eagles

March 24
Rhythm in the Night, Irish Dance Spectacular


March 25
"Animal Tales! - World Premiere"
presented by Garden State Philharmonic
 


Jay & Linda Grunin Center for the Arts
Ocean County College, Toms River
732-255-0400 www.GruninCenter.org
 
Strand Center for the Arts

 
March 15
Celtic Crossings with
Andy Cooney &
Phil Coulter

March 25
Caught Up In The Swing & PAPA and SINATRA:
Their Way presented by The Atlantic City Ballet
 










Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood  
732-367-7789, http://www.strand.org

Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club

March 15, 16
Comedian Joe Fernandes

March 17, 18
Comedian Jeff Norris

March 22, 23
Comedian Jay Black


March 24
Comedian Ryan Maher

March 25
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
 
 

 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Pt Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900,
www.UncleVinniesComedyClub.com

 
Lakewood BlueClaws 
at FirstEnergy Park  

March 18
 
Lakewood BlueClaws FanFest '17















FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood 
732-901-7000, www.blueclaws.com  

Laurita Winery
 

March 18, 19
St Patty's Celebration


March 24
Country Line Dancing
 
 
March 25 
Awesome 80's Party







Laurita Winery, New Egypt
609-758-8000, www.lauritawinery.com

Lighthouse International Film Festival
at LBI Museum

March 18 
Lighthouse International Film Society
Film Screening: Spaghetti Man


















Long Beach Island Museum, Beach Haven

Georgian Court University

March 18
Sixth Annual Wellness Expo 























Georgian Court University, Lakewood 
732-987-2263, www.georgian.edu 

Robert J. Novins Planetarium

March 18 
Wonders of the Celtic Sky -  
Live Star Talk (7pm),  
Laser Electropop (8:30pm), &  
Star Party (7pm - 9pm)

March 25
Laser Pink Floyd:
Dark Side of the Moon (7pm)
& Laser Pink Floyd:
The Wall (8:30pm)





Robert J. Novins Planetarium
Ocean County College, Toms River
732-255-0342, www.ocean.edu
 
New Egypt Speedway

*Cancelled due to weather conditions* 
March 18

March Meltdown - Big vs. Small Block Modifieds

 













New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt
 
609-758-1900 www.newegyptspeedway.net  

Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce

March 25 
Beers on the Boards

 




















Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach 
Ocean County Artists Guild 

March 22
Art Demonstration: George Chosich


March 24
Music By Clan Suibhne












Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights
732-270-3111, www.ocartistsguild.org

Albert Music Hall

March 25 
Irish Music Show
















Albert Music Hall, Waretown 
609-971-1593, http://www.alberthall.org  

Pine Belt Arena 
at Toms River High School North

March 25, 26 
WGI Sport of the Arts













Pine Belt Arena @ Toms River High School North 

Ocean County Historical Society

March 25 
Getting to Know 
The Daughters of the American Revolution &
The Ocean County  















Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
Historical Society 
732-341-1880, www.oceancountyhistory.org 

Tuckerton Historical Society

March 25 
Ocean County & the Great War

 














Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, Little Egg Harbor 

 
ENJOY OCEAN COUNTY'S 
 SCENIC PARKS 
 DURING THE WINTER SEASON!   
 
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park
Barnegat Light, 609-494-2016
Enjoy a panoramic view of Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and
Long Beach Island at the top of Barnegat Lighthouse, "Old Barney",
catch Saltwater fish, such as winter flounder and black sea bass, view winter waterfowl like the red-breasted mergansers, and hike the 1/5-mile long
Maritime Forest Trail and see black cherry and American holly trees.

Lighthouse Hours: open on weekends 9 am to 3:30 pm. (weather permitting).
 


Cloverdale Farms County Park 
Barnegat 609-607-1861 
Take a tour through the 80-acre Cranberry Farm & it's historical buildings
that operated over 100 years, hike the 1.4-mile self-guided nature trail
with undisturbed woodlands which provides great opportunities for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
 


Cattus Island County Park

Toms River 732-270-2960 
Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Cattus Island County Park,
which spans 530 acres and 7 miles of trails. See live animals,
turtle feedings, & take a leisurely walk along the main trail to the beach,
or walk a trail and enjoy many lovely vistas of Barnegat Bay.
 


Double Trouble State Park 
Bayville & Lacey 609-726-1191
Take in over 8000 acres of a significant natural, cultural, and recreational environment of the high quality Pine Barrens watershed and an extremely well preserved historic village associated with New Jersey cranberry agriculture and Atlantic White Cedar logging and milling industries.


Island Beach State Park
Seaside Park 732-793-0506 
Shaped by storm and tides, Island Beach State Park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the restless Atlantic Ocean and the historic Barnegat Bay.Over 3,000 acres and 10 miles of coastal dunes remain almost untouched since Henry Hudson first described New Jersey's coast from the ship, the Half Moon, in 1609. Enjoy a self-guided experience through the
Discovery Trails System with Wayside exhibits located along each trail. The bayside of the island is a nutrient-rich feeding ground for birds, fish and other wildlife and an excellent resource for surf fishing.
Horseback riding is permitted from October 1 through April 30.



Jakes Branch County Park 
Beachwood 732-281-2750 
Get lost in "The Gateway to the Pines" and enjoy the beauty, history and
natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens through informational exhibits,
live animals and environmental programs. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Pine Barrens forest can be taken in from the observation deck perched 5-stories atop the nature center. Have a picnic, play sports, visit the playground, or
hike and bike our 8+ miles of nature trails.
 

Ocean County Park 
Lakewood 732-506-9090 
This magnificent facility in Lakewood has a rich and fascinating history.
Formerly John D. Rockefeller's Vacation Estate.
White pine, Norway spruces, hemlock and other unique specimen trees, were imported by Rockefeller from
all over the country. Tennis courts, open play fields, and a driving range, all free of charge. During the winter, the park is transformed into a lovely and silent winter wonderland after a snowfall; it's a great site for cross-country skiing.



Wells Mills County Park 
Waretown 609-971-3085 
Beautiful Wells Mills Lake has trails, including a "VIP" (Visually Impaired Persons) Trail, meandering around it, perfect for a leisurely stroll through the 900 acres of Pine Barrens located within Wells Mills County Park, distinction of the largest park in the Ocean County park system. Enjoy the scenic overlook of the 34 acre Wells Mills Lake from the three-story nature center the "Elizabeth Meirs Morgan Observation Deck", recently dedicated in honor of a very active naturalist and conservationist in Ocean County. Environmental programs and classes are held regularly at Wells Mills, with experienced naturalists available to answer any questions you may have about the ecology of this area. 
 

EVENTS BY DATE    
 
3/15, 3/16 - Comedian Joe Fernandes 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/15 - Celtic Crossings with Andy Cooney and Phil Coulter 
Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood
732-367-7789, www.strand.org

3/15 - Performance of StoryFaces 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org 
 
*Postponed until Fall 2017 due to weather conditions*
3/15 - MidWeek Jazz Series: Dennis Lichtman
 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org

3/16 - American Showstoppers: Fred Barton Orchestra 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org

3/17, 3/18 - Comedian Jeff Norris 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/18, 3/19 - St Patty's Celebration
Laurita Winery, Plumsted
609-758-8000, http://www.LauritaWinery.com

3/18 - Lakewood BlueClaws FanFest '17 
FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood
732-901-7000, www.blueclaws.com

3/18 - Casino Pier Spring Festival 
Casino Pier, Seaside Heights
732-793-6488 www.casinopiernj.com  

3/18 - Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles
 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org

3/18 - Sixth Annual Wellness Expo
Georgian Court University, Lakewood
732-987-2263, www.georgian.edu  

3/18 - Wonders of the Celtic Sky - Live Star Talk (7pm),

Laser Electropop (8:30pm), & Star Party (7pm - 9pm) 
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0342, www.ocean.edu

3/18 - Lighthouse International Film Society Film Screening:
Spaghetti Man 
Long Beach Island Museum, Beach Haven
http://www.spaghettimanfilm.com

*Cancelled due to weather conditions*  
3/18 - March Meltdown - Big vs. Small Block Modifieds
New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt 
609-758-1900 www.newegyptspeedway.net 

3/22, 3/23 - Comedian Jay Black 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/22 - Art Demonstration: George Chosich 
Ocean County Artists' Guild, Island Heights
732-270-3111, http://www.ocartistsguild.org

3/24 - Rhythm in the Night, Irish Dance Spectacular
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College, Toms River
732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org

3/24 - Comedian Ryan Maher 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/24 - Country Line Dancing 
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
609-758-8000, www.lauritawinery.com

3/24 - Music By Clan Suibhne 
Ocean County Artists' Guild, Island Heights
732-270-3111, http://www.ocartistsguild.org

3/25, 3/26 - WGI Sport of the Arts 
Pine Belt Arena @ Toms River High School North, Toms River
732-818-8536, http://www.wgi.org/event-details/03252017-PercWinds-East-Power-Regional.html  

3/25 - Comedian Gilbert Gottfried 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com  

3/25 - Beers on the Boards 
Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-2424 www.pointpleasantbeachchamber.com  

3/25 - Caught Up In The Swing & PAPA and SINATRA:
Their Way presented by The Atlantic City Ballet 
Strand Center For the Arts, Lakewood
732-367-7789, http://www.strand.org

3/25 - "Animal Tales! - World Premiere" presented by
Garden State Philharmonic 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River
732-255-0460, http://www.GardenStatePhilharmonic.org  

3/25 - Irish Music Show 
Albert Music Hall, Waretown
609-971-1593, http://www.alberthall.org

3/25 - Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (7pm) &
Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall (8:30pm) 
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, Toms River 732-255-0342, www.ocean.edu

3/25 - Awesome 80's Party 
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
609-758-8000, www.lauritawinery.com

3/25 - Getting to Know The Daughters of the American Revolution &
The Ocean County Historical Society
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
732-341-1880, www.oceancountyhistory.org  

3/25 - Tuckerton Historical Society - Ocean County & the Great War
Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, Little Egg Harbor
609-294-1547, http://www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org
 

Comedy & Stage Performances


 
3/15, 3/16 - Comedian Joe Fernandes 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/15 - Celtic Crossings with Andy Cooney and Phil Coulter 
Strand Center for the Arts, Lakewood
732-367-7789, www.strand.org

3/15 - Performance of StoryFaces 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org 
 
*Postponed until Fall 2017 due to weather conditions*
3/15 - MidWeek Jazz Series: Dennis Lichtman 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org

3/16 - American Showstoppers: Fred Barton Orchestra 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org  

3/17, 3/18 - Comedian Jeff Norris

Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/18 - Hotel California: A Salute to the Eagles 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River 732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org
 
     
3/22, 3/23 - Comedian Jay Black 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/24 - Rhythm in the Night, Irish Dance Spectacular 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College, Toms River
732-255-0400, www.grunincenter.org

3/24 - Comedian Ryan Maher
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com  

3/24 - Music By Clan Suibhne
 
Ocean County Artists' Guild, Island Heights
732-270-3111, http://www.ocartistsguild.org  

3/25 - Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club, Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com

3/25 - Caught Up In The Swing & PAPA and SINATRA:
Their Way presented by The Atlantic City Ballet 
Strand Center For the Arts, Lakewood
732-367-7789, http://www.strand.org

3/25 - "Animal Tales! - World Premiere" presented by
Garden State Philharmonic 
Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College
Toms River
732-255-0460, http://www.GardenStatePhilharmonic.org

3/25 - Irish Music Show 
Albert Music Hall, Waretown
609-971-1593, http://www.alberthall.org  

3/25 - Awesome 80's Party
 
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
609-758-8000, www.lauritawinery.com  

3/25 - Getting to Know The Daughters of the American Revolution &
The Ocean County Historical Society
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
732-341-1880, www.oceancountyhistory.org  

3/25 - Tuckerton Historical Society - Ocean County & the Great War
Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, Little Egg Harbor
609-294-1547, http://www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org 
 
WEEKLY ON MULTIPLE DAYS
 
Wed. - Sat. - Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club 
Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900, www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com  
 
WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS
 
Live Country, Bluegrass, & Folk Music Concert
Albert Music Hall, Waretown
609-971-1593, www.alberthall.org

The Looney Bin Comedy Club 2
(some Sat.)
 
Capone's Restaurant, Toms River 908-414-7097
https://nightout.com/nightclubs/looneybinsiny/eventstickets#.Vh5xUm4b1xU   
   
WEEKLY ON FRIDAYS
   
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club @ the Tuscan Bistro Bar 
Toms River
732-797-2570, www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com
  
 
 
  Art Classes Exhibits

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3/18 - Lighthouse International Film Society Film Screening:
Spaghetti Man 
Long Beach Island Museum, Beach Haven
http://www.spaghettimanfilm.com


3/22 - Art Demonstration: George Chosich
Ocean County Artists' Guild, Island Heights
732-270-3111, http://www.ocartistsguild.org

3/25, 3/26 - WGI Sport of the Arts 
Pine Belt Arena @ Toms River High School North, Toms River
732-818-8536, http://www.wgi.org/event-details/03252017-PercWinds-East-Power-Regional.html
 
 
DAILY ART CLASSES
   
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies 
609-494-1241, www.lbifoundation.org 
 
Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights 
732-270-3111, www.ocartistsguild.org

Pine Shores Art Association, Manahawkin
609-597-355 3, www.pineshoresartassociation.org

Pop-Up Projects @ Just Bead It
Beach Haven 609-492-2323
Surf City 609-494-8177

EXHIBITS 

Daily
Noyes Arts Garage Exhibition (until April 3)
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts & Sciences, Loveladies
609-494-1241, www.lbifoundation.org 

Mon. - Fri.
Now through March 28
Passengers Exhibit by Nuria Alonso - Garcia & Leo Morrissey  
M. Christina Geis Art Gallery @ Georgian Court University, Lakewood 732-987-2700 www.georgian.edu

Mon. - Sat.
O
cean County Teen Arts Festival
Grunin Center Art Gallery @ County College, Toms River
732-255-0500, www.grunincenter.org

Tues. - Thurs. & 1st Sat. - Historical Exhibit
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River

Tues. - Sun.

Gallery Committee Show, Betty Lou Cox "The Places I've Been,
the Memories I've Created", &
Members' Show "Artist's Choice" Exhibits
Ocean County Artists' Guild, Island Heights
732-270-3111, www.ocartistsguild.org

Wed. - Sun. 
Auto Racing in New Jersey Exhibit 
Vintage Automobile Museum, Point Pleasant
Fri., Sat. & Sun.
Shipwrecks of the Jersey Shore, The History of Lifesaving,
&  The Morro Castle Incident Exhibits
New Jersey Museum of Boating,
Point Pleasant
732-606-7605 www.njmb.org

 
       Museums & Historic Exhibits
 
Civil War Courthouse  
 
3/25 - Getting to Know The Daughters of the American Revolution & The Ocean County Historical Society 
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
732-341-1880, www.oceancountyhistory.org

3/25 - Tuckerton Historical Society - Ocean County & the Great War
Giffordtown Schoolhouse Museum, Little Egg Harbor
609-294-1547, http://www.tuckertonhistoricalsociety.org 

Daily - Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
 
Tuckerton
609-296-8868, www.tuckertonseaport.org

Fri., Sat. & Sun. - NJ Maritime Museum 
Beach Haven
609-492-0202, www.njmaritimemuseum.org

Fri., Sat. & Sun. - New Jersey Museum of Boating 
Point Pleasant
732-606-7605, www.njmb.org  

Sat. & Sun. - Barnegat Light Museum
 
Barnegat Light
609-494-8578, www.bl-hs.org  

Sat. & Sun. - Long Beach Island Historical Museum
 
Beach Haven
609-492-3988, www.lbimuseum.com  
 
Sat. - The Cottage Museum 
Island Heights
732-929-1486, www.islandhts.org/IHC&HA.htm  

Sat. & Sun. - Havens Homestead Museum
 
Brick

Sun. & Wed. - Lakehurst Historical Society Museum
 
Lakehurst
732-657-8864, www.nlhs.com  

Sun. & Wed. - New Egypt Historical Society Museum
New Egypt
609-758-8111, www.newegypthistoricalsociety.com

Tues. - Fri. - The Heart of the Village: The Local General Store
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
732-341-1880,
www.oceancountyhistory.org  

Tues., Wed. & 1st Sat. - Ocean County Historical Society

Museum Research Center
Open
Toms River
732-341-1880, www.oceancountyhistory.org

Tues., Thurs. & 1st Sat. - Victorian Museum Tours
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
732-341-1880, www.oceancountyhistory.org

Tues., Thurs. & Sat. - Toms River Seaport Society &
Maritime Museum
 
Toms River
732-349-9209, www.tomsriverseaport.org

Wed. & 2nd Sat. - Joint Base Lakehurst Tour 
Call Ahead Reservations Required
Lakehurst
732-818-7520, www.nlhs.com

Wed. - Sun. - Auto Racing in New Jersey Exhibit
Vintage Automobile Museum, Point Pleasant
732-899-0012,
www.vintageautomuseum.org  
 

ONGOING ATTRACTIONS

DAILY

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

Barnegat Light
609-494-2016 www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/barnlig.html
 
Double Trouble State Park
Bayville & Lacey
609-726-1191
Island Beach State Park
Seaside Park
732-793-0506 www.friendsofibsp.org
 
Jenkinson's Aquarium
Point Pleasant Beach
732-892-0600 www.jenkinsons.com   

Ocean County Parks
 
Popcorn Park Zoo
Forked River
609-693-1900 http://www.ahscares.org
 
The Edith Duff Gardens
Barnegat Light
609-494-8578 http://lbi.net/nonprof/edgwinn.htm
  
Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
Tuckerton
609-296-8868 www.tuckertonseaport.org
 
WEEKLY ON MULTIPLE DAYS

Fri. - Sun.
Seasonal Planetarium Shows 
Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County College, Toms River
732-255-0400 www.ocean.edu  

Sat. & Sun.
Cattus Island Nature Walks
(1st & 3rd Weekend) 
Cattus Island County Park, Toms River
732-270-2960 http://www.oceancountyparks.org

Sat. & Sun.
Free Vineyard Tours 
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
Tues., Thurs. & 1st Sat.
Victorian Museum Tours 
Ocean County Historical Society, Toms River
732-341-1880 www.oceancountyhistory.org


Wed. & 2nd Sat.

Joint Base Lakehurst Tour

Call Ahead Reservations Required
Lakehurst 732-818-7520 www.nlhs.com

Wed. - Sat.
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club
Point Pleasant Beach
732-899-3900 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com 

Wed. - Sun.
Auto Racing in New Jersey Exhibit 
Point Pleasant 732-899-0012  
WEEKLY ON SATURDAYS
 
Drop by Science on the Fly
Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood
732-281-2750 www.oceancountyparks.org

Live Country, Bluegrass, & Folk Music Concert
Albert Music Hall, Waretown
609-971-1593 www.alberthall.org

The Looney Bin Comedy Club 2
(occasional Saturdays)
Capone's Restaurant, Toms River 908-414-7097
https://nightout.com/nightclubs/looneybintomsriver/events/tickets#.V9Ar3TX-qHs
 
WEEKLY ON SUNDAYS
   
Live Animal Talks & Discovery Nature Walks

Jakes Branch County Park, Beachwood
732-281-2750
www.oceancountyparks.org
 
WEEKLY ON WEDNESDAYS
 
Girls' Night Out
Laurita Winery, New Egypt
609-752-0200 www.lauritawinery.com

WEEKLY ON FRIDAYS
 
Uncle Vinnie's Comedy Club @ the Tuscan Bistro Bar
Toms River
732-797-2570 www.unclevinniescomedyclub.com
 

 

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