Down the Shore: Beach Run, Boat Poker, Carnival
What to do at the beach this weekend
Fireworks are through, barbecues are shuttered, but there's still plenty to do down the shore this weekend. Whether you're heading to the beach, looking for family-friendly fun, or some fun nightlife, check out this weekend's best bets:
There's fun for the whole family with the annual Howell Day from 2 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Oak Glen Park in Howell. The day will feature rides, food, music, vendors, a watermelon eating contest and more. Cooling stations will be available as a respite from the anticipated heat.
Ocean City will host the third annual Sam Robb Memorial Beach Run at 6 p.m. Friday on the beach, with a 5K race at 40th Street as well as a 1-mile fun run and kids' fun run. The run is in honor of Ocean City visitor Sam Robb, an athlete from Georgia who died at age 20 in 2007. For a full schedule of events, click here.
More than 100 local crafters will display their wares from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Village at Allaire State Park in Wall Township. Artisans will feature everything from museum-quality pieces to country crafts and more. Food and beverages will be available, and there is a $5 parking fee.
Fair Haven will celebrate its centennial regatta with a poker run along the Navesink River from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Use your own boat/canoe/kayak or borrow a wooden canoe to cruise to five locations, picking up playing cards along the way. The three best hands win centennial medallions. Click here for more information on registration.
Monmouth Park continues its Family Day from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday with music, clowns, face painters, bounce houses and more. Admission is $3, and children younger than 12 are free. For more information, click here.
The 10th annual Liberty Hose 94 car show returns to Red Bank Saturday and Sunday, with hundreds of classic cars lining White Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free for visitors. Participants are required to pay a registration fee; $12 prior to the show, $15 on the day of the show and $10 for motorcycles. For more information email email@example.com.
Pier Village, 1 Chelsea Ave., Long Branch: The Sawa Steakhouse at Pier Village will feature a DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday night, while the Wine Loft features a DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Saturday. Call 732-923-0100 for more information.
The Mill at Spring Lake Heights, 101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights: Marty Elkins will bring her swinging and smooth Latin Jazz to this Shore-area restaurant and bar as part of the weekly Saturday Night Jazz Sessions, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.themillnj.com.
Belmar Friday Night Concert Series, Pyanoe Plaza, 9th and Main Streets, Belmar: A 'Golden Oldies' concert featuring the best of the 1940s, '50s, '60s and '70s will be free at 7 p.m. Friday as part of Belmar's continuing Friday Night Concert Series. Call 732-681-3700 for more information.
Rockn' Joe Coffeehouse, 1805 Route 35, Point Pleasant Beach: Area guitarist and songwriter Don Lee will perform a free, two-hour set of his eclectic mix of rock, pop and soul at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Call 732-899-1002 for more information.
The Aztec, 901 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights: A favorite of MTV's "Jersey Shore," The Aztec sponsors Jersey Shore Fridays featuring a mix of Latin top 40, hip-hop, reggaeton and reggae music by DJ Edit and DJ EQ. Cover charges vary. Visit aztecoceanresort.com for more information.
Joe Pop's, 2002 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom: Joe Pop's, one of Long Beach Island's most popular nightspots, well welcome The Nerds Friday night and the Benjamins Saturday night. Call 609-494-0558 for information or visit www.joepops.com/index.htm.