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Jun 24, 2019

Fairs, Festivals and Summer Fun in Monmouth County

Compiled by Deirdre Flanagan Ward

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Summer months are the ideal time to take in the tastes, sounds and excitement Monmouth County has to offer. From activities along the Jersey Shore to county fairs and outdoor music jams, there’s something for everyone! So mark your calendar to come out and play – celebrate summer the Monmouth County way.

Ocean Grove Giant Craft Show

Saturday, June 15, 9 am to 4 pm (rain or shine)

Ocean Pathway at Ocean Avenue (by the beach)

Ocean Grove

The Giant Craft Show features nearly 300 craft vendors offering high quality, unique, handcrafted items including apparel, jewelry, home dΓ©cor and much more.

Wine & Chocolate Festival Day

Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23, 8 am to 5 pm

Monmouth Park

175 Oceanport Ave., Oceanport

Wine & Chocolate Festival Day provides fun for the whole family all weekend long and provides the attendees with the opportunity to enjoy wine sampling outside in the festival area and then indulge in decadent chocolate and desserts.

Saint Mary’s Green Fair

Monday, June 24 to Saturday, June 29

19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown

From rides, to games, to live animals, the Saint Mary’s Fair is one of Middletown’s biggest bashes of the year!

Long Branch OceanFest

Thursday, July 4, 10 am to 10 pm (rain or shine)

Fireworks begin at 9 pm

The Oceanfront Promenade

228 Broadway, Long Branch

OceanFest at Long Branch will turn New Jersey’s favorite promenade into an explosive Fourth of July. From morning till night, Long Branch will host live entertainment, music, delicious festival foods, craft vendors and summer activities including a master sand-sculpting exhibition not to be missed. The event culminates with the longest and largest fireworks display. A great way to celebrate the Fourth of July by the beach!

Asbury Park Bazaars and Pop Up Markets

Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21, noon to 6 pm

The Grand Arcade of Convention Hall

1300 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park

The Asbury Park Bazaar is a seasonal market where art, handmade, local goods and live music converge in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall in Asbury Park, a unique shopping, dining and music destination on the Jersey Shore. The event features local and regional vendors selling handmade jewelry, vintage, home goods, natural products, foodstuffs and more.

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday, July 24 through Sunday, July 28

East Freehold Showgrounds

1500 Kozloski Rd., Freehold

Come out for a day of fun and enjoy this traditional county fair. The popular event will include a home and garden competition, live music, rides and much more. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 5 to 11 pm; Saturday from 3 to 11 pm; and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Highlands Clam Festival

Thursday, Aug. 1 through Sunday, Aug. 4 (rain or shine)

Huddy Park

301 Shore Dr., Highlands

The annual Clam Festival will feature succulent seafood, HFD BBQ tent, novelty food, beer, wine and sangria garden, live entertainment, specialty vendors, thrill rides, games and more. Hours are Thursday, 6 pm to 10 pm; Friday, 6 pm to 11 pm;

Saturday, noon to 11 pm; and Sunday, noon to 8 pm.

Red Bank Aweless Charity Music Festival

Saturday, Aug. 10, 1 pm to 8 pm

Riverside Gardens Park

84 West Front St., Red Bank

The annual Charity Music Festival hosted in Red Bank supports local charities and artists. Come out for a day of good music and a way to give back!