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FirstEnergy Park

5/14 - 5/16
Lakewood BlueClaws
(Philadelphia Phillies)
vs. Hagerstown Suns
(Washington Nationals)
Baseball Game 

5/25 - 28
Lakewood BlueClaws 
(Philadelphia Phillies) vs. Kannapolis Intimidators
(Chicago White Sox)
Baseball Game 

The BlueClaws opened a brand-new Mini Golf Course, Home Run Pavilion (boardwalk game area), and Biergarten in 2018 and in 2019 will open brand new, revamped picnic areas.
Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Kohrs' Frozen Custard 
100th Anniversary
Country Concert Celebration

5pm - 9pm
Greg Kohr, owner of Kohr's Frozen Custard,  The Original, has announced a  celebration in honor of his 100 year  Anniversary. To celebrate this  occasion and as a thank you to all  of his loyal customers, Greg Kohr  will have a Country Music Celebration  with Country Music Stars Matt Kennon  and Bryan White & Kaptain Jack of  will host the event.  Kohr's Frozen Custard, The Original, will give out  free custard for all to enjoy from 5pm-7pm.

5/17 - 5/18
Jersey Shore Music Festival

The Jersey Shore Festival is a
FREE ADMISSION, rain-or-shine  music and arts festival that kicks  off the summer festival season. With  performances by over 150 artists  from around the world, and will  also includes activities that are fun  for the whole family including BMX  and Skate Shows, Motocross Shows,  Free Monster Truck Rides, Food Trucks,  the JSF Vendor Village, and much more!

Seaside Heights Kickoff to Summer Party
featuring Taylor Dayne

Taylor Dayne is set to Kickoff the Summer  Celebration in Seaside Heights!  Beginning on the Boardwalk  in front of Spicy Cantina, WJRZ fm  100.1, Jersey's Greatest Hits radio  station will kick off the Memorial Day  Weekend with a LIVE Broadcast  followed by a free show by Taylor  Dayne beginning at 6pm.  Seaside Heights offers many free  events all year long. Tribute bands,  Broadway Meets the Beach, Movies  on the Beach and new this year, Drive-in Movies.

Robert J. Novins Planetarium
@ Ocean County College

Resonances Boreales

5/17: 7pm
5/18: 5pm
Roman Zavada returns to the  Planetarium for his live piano  performances under the planetarium sky performing his piano compositions  inspired by the aurora borealis of the  Northwest Territories. Space is limited.  Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.


This odyssey through the beauty  and forces of space is accompanied  by a mesmerizing soundtrack composed  of selected symphonic works by Philip  Glass, echoing the immensity of the  Universe in a spectacular transformation  from the infinitely large to the infinitely small.

Laser Pink Floyd:
Dark Side & The Wall

Dark Side of the Moon: 7pm
The Wall: 8:15pm
Why just see Pink Floyd's  Dark Side Of The Moon  when you can see The
Wall just after? Buy the  Pink Floyd Package  to see  both shows at a discounted rate!  Laser Pink Floyd is a gripping and  spellbinding musical journey - beautiful,  haunting, powerful and thought provoking  with spectacular and mesmerizing laser art.  visitors will become lost and spellbound as  their senses join this timeless journey.

Downtown Toms River

30th Annual
Toms River
Chili & 
Salsa Cook-off

11am - 5pm
Save the date for one of the  largest chili cook-offs in NJ,  along Washington Street in  Downtown Toms River! Local chefs  and restaurants will vie for the  best chili and salsa around. Purchase  a tasting kit to sample the chili & salsa  on the street and vote for your favorite.  There will be plenty of food trucks and  the street will be lined with merchandise  and handcraft vendors, kid's rides, a beer   & wine garden, and live entertainment  by Tequila Rose and The Matt Noffsinger  Band. Free admission to the event & parking is free for the day in downtown.

Downtown Toms River
Farmers' Market Begins

Every Wednesday
(May 22 thru Nov. 20)
11am - 5pm
The Downtown Toms River Farmers'  Market returns to the lawn of The  Ocean County Parking Garage on  Hadley Avenue. 4 local farms  offering fruits & vegetables, as  well as vendors selling baked goods,  gourmet foods, honey, pickles & olives,  guacamole, homemade dog treats, and  wine. A food truck and smoothie truck  will also be in attendance.

Island Beach State Park

16th Annual Ocean Fun Day! 

11am - 3pm
Enjoy hands-on marine
and environmental programs
and exhibits. There will be giveaways  and plenty of excitement, plus fun  ways to learn about our coastal
environment and energy conservation
for the whole family to enjoy. Learn how to use a seine net to catch
native fish, crabs, and other marine creatures.  Grab a fishing rod and join the youth fishing clinic. Test your boating safety knowledge or become a beachcomber and search for natural treasures on a guided tour. Hear firsthand from New Jersey scientists and researchers all about the inner-workings of the ocean and the coastline and how to protect them for generations to come.

27th Annual Governor's
Surf Fishing Tournament

6:30am - 1pm
The individual who catches
the overall largest fish wins
the "Governor's Award," and
has his/her name engraved on
the Governor's Cup, which is
permanently displayed at the park. Fishing equipment is awarded to winners who catch the largest fish in each species category. Winners from the early entry drawing and the tournament must be present during the afternoon awards ceremony to claim their prizes or they will be forfeited.

Grunin Center for the Arts @ Ocean County College

Garden State Philharmonic performs  Beethoven's
Eroica Symphony 

A symphony fit for a true hero,  Beethoven's Symphony No. 3,  Eroica, revolutionized the very  nature of music. This majestic  work celebrates the true heroes  of humanity and is considered  one of the "greatest symphonies  of all time". The Garden State  Philharmonic is thrilled to welcome  world renowned pianist, Ko-Eun  Yi to the stage for Beethoven's Piano  Concerto, No.5 "Emperor".

The Bronx Wanderers

5pm & 8pm
Buckle your seat belts because
The Bronx Wanderers deliver a  "Back to the Future" type of rocket  fuel in this high-octane 50s, 60s  and 70s Rock N' Roll experience!

Ocean County College
Jazz Band in Concert

6pm -9pm
This talented, creative,  versatile, and entertaining  14-piece band, directed by  Ocean County College music  professor, Dave Marowitz,  makes it's third appearance  on the main stage at the Grunin  Center, powered by a 8-piece horn section, a 5-piece rhythm section, and vocalist. They will perform swing, soul jazz, hard bop, vocalese, jazz funk, smooth jazz, fusion, and music influenced by free jazz. You'll hear original arrangements, exiting jazz soloists and an original touch to everything they do.

Six Flags Great Adventure,
Off Road Safari, &
Hurricane Harbor

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Season Opening 

Soak up the sun at one of  America's best water parks  - Six Flags Hurricane Harbor!  This tropical island paradise  offers a million-gallon wave pool,  one of the world's longest lazy rivers,  over 23 water slides and a massive  water playground for wet and wild fun!  Six Flags Hurricane Harbor has fun for all ages and is sure to please!

Matt Maher in Concert 

Grab your family and friends
and join Matt for an evening
of music including popular
singles like, "Deliverer," "What
a Friend," and "Your Love Defends Me."

5/25, 5/26
Garden State Comic Fest 

Noon- 7pm
Six Flags Great Adventure has
teamed up with Garden State Comic Fest  to bring you a fun-filled mini-con Comic  Fest takes place in the Metropolis section of the park. 
Kick off Super Hero Summer with comics,  collectibles, artists and some of the best  DC Comics cosplay around all set with  the backdrop of DC Comics-themed roller coasters.

Borough of Beach Haven

Beach Haven
Spring Seafood Festival

2pm - 9pm
Loads of seafood, live music,
kids area & retail vendors.

Laurita Winery

5/18, 5/19
"It's a Wing & Jeep Thing" 
Food Truck Festival

Festival will feature the Jeep Show and Shine Contest, door prizes, vendors, a Free Souvenir Laurita Wine Glass, 40 fire pits, Fireworks -Saturday night, access to some of the best Gourmet Food Trucks, Wine Bars, Tasting Tents &  some of the most scenic views in New Jersey.

Cornhole Tournaments

Check-in & warmups: 
11:30pm -  12pm
Tourney starts: 12:30pm

Laurita Winery offers the  perfect setting for you and  your partner to show off your  corn hole skills! AMATEURS ONLY please!  Double elimination format so you get to play a minimum of 2 games.  Good luck spinning and air mailing those bags.  1st Prize: $250 cash and $250 Platinum membership to Laurita!  2nd Prize: $200 cash and a $100 Gold Membership to Laurita!  3rd Prize: $100 cash and a $100 Gold Membership to Laurita!

New Egypt Speedway

Jeep Night: Mod, NEWS,
Crt & 4C & Rookies

3pm - 10pm 
The Vahlco Racing Wheels Modifieds  will be in action along with the Larry's  Hot Rods & Harley's Northeast Wingless  Sprint Cars, Crate Modifieds, 4-Cylinders  & the Lyons Construction/Metal Fab  Rookie Sportsman + a Jeep Show & Parade  During Intermission!

Dirty Jersey 8: Short Track
Super Series Modifieds & Crt
& URC 360 Sprint Cars

7pm - 10:30pm
For the first time since 2016,
the Bob Hilbert Sportswear
Short Track Super Series Fueled
By Sunoco Racing returns to  New Egypt Speedway. The 40-lap  STSS Modified main event pays  $6,000-plus to win! Also on the  card: Capitol Renegade United Racing  Club Sprint Cars and STSS Crate 602 Sportsman.

Fan Appreciation Night: NES vs.  The World SS Challenge, NEWS,  Spts, 4C & Rookies + GSVSCC 

Jenkinson's Boardwalk & Aquarium

SAFE: Saving Animals
From Extinction
@ Jenkinson's Aquarium

Noon - 4pm
Come explore ways that we can  all help ensure that wildlife and  wild places are here for future  generations. There will be keeper  chats, activities, crafts and more!

Z100 Live 
Elvis Duran
Jump Start to Summer at  Jenkinson's Presented by  Pepsi featuring  Walk the Moon, Mabel, Lizzo & Fletcher!

It's been a long winter and Jenkinson's is ready to Jump Start Summer with Z100 & Pepsi! Join Z100 & Jenkinson's for a live broadcast with Elvis Duran and performances by Walk the Moon, Mabel, Lizzo & Fletcher!  Visit  to jump the line!

Jenkinson's Amusement Park  Wristband  Night Begins
(Fridays -  May thru August)

5pm - 11pm
Ride all the rides at
Jenkinson's Amusement
Park for one low price at  Wristband Night Fridays!

Jersey Coast Shark Anglers

5/18 to 6/30
Jersey Coast Shark Anglers
 - Striper Marathon 
(May thru June)

Fish your way - private boat, 
head boat, kayak, or beach. 
$7200 in prizes. 

Ocean County Parks & Recreation

Kids to Park Day 

Join this national movement designed to encourage kids and families to explore our Ocean County Parks and discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner. 

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum

Tuckerton Creek
One Hour Boat Tour

Tours board at 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm at the Lighthouse Dock.

Join Tuckerton Seaport aboard  the new Pohatcong 2 for a scenic,  one hour tour of Tuckerton Creek.  Captain Charlie Roth and environmental  educator Josh Gant will lead an  exploration of our local area and  points of interest along the creek.  Learn about coastal culture.

5/25, 5/26
Arts & Craft  Beer Festival

11am - 5pm
The MakeShift Union is proud
to partner with The Tuckerton
Seaport to bring a festive spirit
and a lot of handmade to The
Tuckerton Seaport this Memorial
Day Weekend. Imagine a waterfront  outdoor market featuring over 50 handmade vendors, craft beer, live bands, and most importantly, a shopping experience you are unlikely to forget. We invite you to check back often as more details are released about this magical meeting of all things handmade and beautiful. 

The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe

The Music Man Singing
Ice Cream Shoppe
Opening Night Gala

6pm - 11pm
On this night our Broadway Cabarets and run continuously throughout the night about every 45-50 minutes. Patrons of The Music Man Singing Ice Cream Shoppe are treated to an "Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shoppe" with a twist! A vaudeville style cabaret of upbeat American tunes performed during every seating; sung by performers who maneuver around the entire shop, singing directly to individual guests and incorporating them into the show. It's a family entertainment experience that appeals to all ages.
When you order an ice cream sundae, the show is FREE!

Clifton Avenue Grade School

Ocean County
Commemorates  World War I

Ocean County Commemorates
World War I in Lakewood NJ
at Clifton Avenue Grade School, 625 Clifton Ave.  Period music and historical readings  will be presented to commemorate the  end of World War I in Ocean County.  There will be commemorating the  100th anniversary of the parade  honoring the return of Ocean County soldiers  as well as Hospital # 9, the former 500 room Lakewood Hotel.  Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in cooperation with the Lakewood Board of Education.

Surflight Theatre

Songs in the Attic:
The Music of Billy Joel

5:30pm & 8pm
"Songs In The Attic" is a musical tribute conceived and presented with a tremendous amount of  detail and affection for the  material by Long Island  veteran singer/piano player  David Clark. David entertains  the audience and continues to gain notoriety with stunningly accurate piano playing and lead vocals combined with dynamic and high energy band performance.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

Barnegat Lighthouse
Night Climb

7pm - 9pm
Climb the 217 steps to the
top of the Barnegat Lighthouse
at night to take in the views of
the night sky above and the moonlit landscape below.  Experience the breathtaking views and sunset from Old Barney at night.

Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach

5/25 - 5/27
Breakwater Beach Season  Opening Weekend

10am - 6pm
Sometimes, Splashing around  Under the Sun is the Best Kind of Fun.  Breakwater Beach is the perfect  New Jersey waterpark resort,  encouraging fun and creating  memories for the whole family. Have fun under the sun at Breakwater Beach today!

Borough of Barnegat

2019 Barnegat Dock
Summer Concerts Begin
w/ Sounds of the Street

Enjoy a variety of music at Barnegat's 2019 Summer Concerts at the Barnegat Dock. Call or check website for their schedule!  

Township of Ocean (Waretown)

Township of Ocean Founder's Day

9am - 3pm
Great Free Family Event featuring children's inflatable rides, trackless train, over 130 craft and food vendors, demos by the Ocean Twp. Police & Fire Dept. 

Viking Village

Arts & Crafts Show

10am - 4:30pm
Come out and see all  our Vendors. Fine Arts,  Photography, Ceramics,
Wood Crafts, Clothing,  Handmade Jewelry and  Accessories. With over
70 vendors we have a  little bit of everything.  Admission is FREE. And there is plenty of Parking. Rain or Shine!

Memorial Day Events!!
May 23
Parade of Wreaths Ceremony Remembering
our Fallen Service Members and Police Officers
The Circle, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Observation of Memorial Day with the annual Parade of Wreaths Ceremony. Attendees must have DOD passes or contact
the Public Affairs Department for more information!

May 25
Memorial Day Ceremony
Veteran's Walk, 83 Bridge Ave., Bay Head
In honor of our Veterans.
May 25
Memorial Bike Parade
Parking Lot, Corner of Lincoln and Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
Bike Parade starts on the corner of Lincoln and Arnold Ave., down Arnold Ave. ending at Band Shell, in honor of our Veterans.
May 25
Borough of Surf City Memorial Day Service
Veteran's Memorial Park, Surf City
Please join Councilman Russell in honoring our Nation's fallen heroes.
May 26
Memorial Day Ceremony
Fred Watts Gazebo Park, Rt. 9 & Bay Ave., Barnegat
Memorial Day Ceremony presented by the 
Barnegat VFW Post #10092 &  the American Legion Post #232
May 26
Community Arts Program and the Barnegat Light VFW Post 3729 Memorial Day Procession and Ceremony

Veteran's Memorial Park, Barnegat Light
Begins at Taylor Avenue and ends on Engleside Avenue at
Veteran's Memorial Park and the Ceremony is immediately after at the park.
May 26
Memorial Day Service
Stafford Twp. Municipal Bldg., 260 E. Bay Ave., Manahawkin
In honor of our Veterans.
May 26
Memorial Day Bike Parade & Ceremony
Community Park, Bridge Ave., Point Pleasant
11am: Bike Parade
Noon: Ceremony
Memorial Day Bike Parade followed by a Ceremony
in honor of our Veterans, bring your flags.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade
Starting from Bay Ave. to Rt. 9 North to American Legion Post #232, Barnegat
Memorial Day Parade in honor of our Veterans.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Veterans Park, Beach Haven
Solemn procession: 10am
Service: 10:45
Honoring those who gave their lives in the service of our country. In cooperation with the Community Arts Program &
VFW Barnegat Light Post 3729 and The Borough of Beach Haven.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade
Beachwood Firehouse, 745 Beachwood Blvd., Beachwood
11am: Parade
Parade from Beachwood Blvd. to Monument Park to the Beachwood Centennial Fountain in honor of our Veterans. Ceremony & Rededication of the Beachwood Centennial Fountain to follow parade.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade
Chambers Bridge Rd. t0 Municipal Complex, Brick
In honor of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. Hosted by the Township of Brick,
American Legion Post 348 and VFW Post 8867.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
United Methodist Church, 203 Lacey Rd., Forked River
10am Parade
Parade will kick off at 10am at the United Methodist Church and proceed west on Lacey Road to the Municipal Building and a wreath laying ceremony at Bicentennial Park at 818 Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ.  Afterwards the Lanoka Harbor Fire House hosts a Memorial Day ceremony and 
picnic at 2 Warren Avenue, Lanoka Harbor.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Beginning at Holman Elementary School, proceeding down Manhattan St., and ending in Johnson Park, Jackson
Annual Memorial Day Parade hosted by the PBA Local 168 and VFW Post 4703. The memorial ceremony will be held in Johnson Park. There will be several vendors and bounce houses for children.  
May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony
Lake Horicon, Union Ave. & Lake St., Lakehurst
In honor of our Veterans, sponsored by
Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 124, Inc.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Town Square, Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, NJ
Parade: 10:30am, Ceremony: 11:30am
The parade will begin with the raising of the Flag at Town Square, proceeding down Clifton Avenue to All Wars Memorial at Lake Carasaljo, on North Lake Drive.After the parade, there will be a beautiful Memorial Day ceremony conducted by Mayor Raymond Coles & Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller at the
All Wars Memorial.
May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony
Lavallette Firehouse, 125 Washington Ave., Lavallette
In honor of our Veterans, Walk from the Firehouse to Memorial Park on
Bay Blvd, ceremony and refreshments to follow.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade
10am Parade
11am Ceremony @ Pulaski Monument
Parade starting at St. Theresa's Church, Radio Road & Runs to Pulaski Monument in honor of our Veterans.
If It Rains The Parade Will Be Cancelled. 
The Ceremony Will Be Held At The American Legion On Radio Road. 
Sponsored by American Legion Post #493, AMVETS #493, & VFW #316.
May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony
Veterans Memorial Park, Ocean Gate Dr., Ocean Gate
In honor of our Veterans, if it rains: in the Adrian Hall on Cape May Ave.
May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony
Veterans Memorial @ Vista Park, Midland Ave., Pine Beach
The Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pine Beach, along with the Pine Beach Vol. Fire co. and Ocean Gate Veterans Assoc. sponsor a Memorial Day ceremony at the monuments in front of the Firehouse.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Corner of Bright Rd. and No. Main to American Legion Post #455, Plumsted
Parade starts at the corner of Bright Rd. and No. Main to
American Legion Post #455 for a memorial service in honor of our Veterans.
May 27
Memorial Day Service
American Legion Post #351, 1400 Bay Blvd., Seaside Heights
In honor of our Veterans.

May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony
Borough Lawn, 1 Municipal Plaza, Seaside Park
In honor of our Veterans.
May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony
Borough Hall Lawn, 1621 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom
A Memorial Day Service honoring our Veterans by the VFW.
May 27
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
Downtown Toms River, Main St. to Washington St. to Town Hall,
A Memorial Day Service honoring our Veterans
sponsored by American Legion Post 129.
May 27
Memorial Day Ceremony & Parade
World Word II Memorial Park, Lake Rd., Whiting
Remembering all our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation. Manchester is inviting children to adorn their bicycles with
patriotic decoration and take part in the parade.

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  Division of Travel and Tourism

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Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders:

Director, Virginia E. Haines
Deputy Director, John P. Kelly
Gerry P. Little
Gary Quinn
Joseph H. Vicari, Liaison to Tourism