Races & Special Events


Join us for these annual Monmouth County Park System Special Events & Races. Applications for races can be downloaded using Adobe Reader. If you have trouble opening an application, please call 732-842-4000.

2014 DATES

Seashore Open House

Sunday, January 26 from 1-4 p.m. 
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
It may be winter but, you can still enjoy some time at the beach. The Activity Center is a great place to bring back memories of the summer or to learn more about the seashore. Stop in during our Open House for seashore fun and light refreshments. You can even create a beach keepsake to take with you! Free admission. For more information, call 732-872-2670.

Activity Directory Release

Friday, February 7, February 28, May 2 and August 1 
Meet new friends, learn a new craft or outdoor skill, explore nature or a museum through the many programs, activities, and events listed in the Monmouth County Park System Activity Directory. Pick up a free copy at your local county park or library. Or, have the most recent edition mailed directly to your home. Call 732-842-4000, ext 4313 to receive a copy or email us. (free)

E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 2 at 9 a.m.  
13.1 mile course loops through the residential sections of Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck.  
Race starts at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. 
For information, call 732-542-1642, ext. 23.
2014 Results

EARTH DAY CELEBRATIONS

          Saturday, April 26 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Earth Day at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell  
Come celebrate Earth Day, and our blue planet, by joining us for this event. Kids games, crafts, eco boat tours, and exhibitors are just some of the days events.

          Sunday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth 

Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown   

Holmdel Park Shelter Building, Holmdel   

Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown 

Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft  

Spring Plant Swap 

Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.    
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown   
Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Spring Plant Swap. It's fun, free, easy. Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Houseplants are also welcomed. For information, call 732-671-6050.

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 26 & 27 from 12-3 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel    
Step back into the 1890s and experience Victorian era farm life.  This annual demonstration allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer. FREE!

Family Funtathlon   

Saturday, May 3   
Thompson Park, Lincroft      
This exciting event offers families the opportunity to compete in a variety of outdoor adventure challenges including canoeing, archery, athletics, problem solving and more! Teams comprised of two to six members (any combination of adults/children) & race against the clock and each other as they traverse Thompson Park solving problems and completing challenges.

Outdoor Adventure Expo

Sunday, May 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold   
Discover the many wonderful outdoor recreational opportunities that abound in Monmouth County. Activities during this expo for the “outdoors” person (or those interested in becoming one) include rock climbing, snake shows, and hands-on demonstrations. Admission and parking are free.

Walnford Day

Sunday, May 18 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold    
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the past while learning about the evolution of this small village, plantation, and country estate through hands-on activities. Historic Walnford features a late 19th century gristmill, the 18th century Waln family home, a carriage house, and an assortment of farm buildings.  For more information, please call 609-259-6275.  Admission and parking are free.  

Glo-in-the-Park Fun Run

Saturday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.  
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck     
Our first evening race will be an experience you won’t want to miss. Racers are invited to wear their own glow-in-the-dark accessories as they race around our paved trail. The approximately 3K course will be glowing and ready for seasoned runners or first time racers. 

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market

Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck    
Come and browse our vendors to find that one-of-a-kind or "green" item you didn't even know you needed.
Vendor Application  

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 23-27
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday from 5-11 p.m.
Saturday from 5-11 p.m.
Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    
East Freehold Park Showgrounds, Freehold   
Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair, including 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions, an antique & classic auto show, and other special attractions.

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market

Saturday, August 23  from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck    
Come and browse our vendors to find that one-of-a-kind or "green" item you didn't even know you needed.
Vendor Application 

9/11 Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

Thursday, September 11     
Mt. Mitchill Scenic Overlook, Atlantic Highlands   
Join us for a remembrance ceremony at the site of Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial. 

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.    
Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown   
Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Fall Plant Swap. It's fun, free, easy. Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Houseplants are also welcomed. For information, call 732-671-6050.

Harvest Home Festival

Sunday, September 28 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel      
An old-fashioned fair reminiscent of the 1890s.  Visitors can enjoy wagon rides, games and live entertainment.  There is also ongoing crafts demonstrations and a Home & Garden competition. Admission and parking are free. | Food Vendor Packet

Timberbrook Triathlon

Saturday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m.    
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell    
Something different for athletes who like a challenge. First, complete a 3 mile run. Next, canoe or kayak 2 miles. Then, you finish as you take your mountain bike for a 5-mile ride. The natural scenery of this 1,200 acre facility provides an exceptional setting for the event. (fee)   
2013 Results 

Thompson Park Day

Sunday, October 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Thompson Park, Lincroft        
Celebrate fall by attending this festival which features pumpkin painting, a Scarecrow Contest, wagon rides, food vendors, crafts, entertainment & Strut Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest. (Admission & parking are free, some activities have a fee) | Food Vendor Packet

Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race

Saturday, November 1 at 8 & 9:30 a.m.
Tatum Park, Middletown     
Try this exciting race for beginners (7.5 miles) or more experienced riders (11.25 miles), challenge the open fields and woodlands of Tatum Park. (fee)
 2013 Results

Cross-Country Events 

Holmdel Park, Holmdel, is the site of numerous cross-country events each year.  Upcoming events including:

Shore Coaches Invitational  
Saturday, October 4 
Food Vendor Packet 

NJSIAA State Cross-Country Meet 
Saturday, November 15 
Food Vendor Packet