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.

2015 DATES

WinterFest 

Saturday, January 10 from 1:30-5:30 p.m.  
Thompson Park, Lincroft 
Banish the winter blues during this festival that celebrates the season with a snowman building contest, snowball fight and more! Family fun activities include a scavenger hunt, make and take crafts, and a parade.  Some activities require a fee.  Admission and parking are free.

Seashore Open House

Sunday, January 25 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

Fridays, February 6, February 27, May 1 and July 17 
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 1 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.
2015 Course Map | 2015 Runner's Info |  Online Registration | Application   

Earth Day Events

           Sunday, April 26 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 

Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell 

Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft  

Spring Plant Swap 

Thursday & Saturday, April 23 & 25 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.

Spring Craft Show 

Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Tatum Park Red Hill Activity Center, Middletown  
Find the perfect home decoration or gift during this craft show. 

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26 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!

Spring Arts Festival 

Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3  from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.   
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft   
This juried arts festival features fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting. Learn more.

Walnford Day

Sunday, May 17 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.  

The Amazing Funtathlon   

Saturday, June 6 
Thompson Park, Lincroft      
This exciting event offers families the opportunity to compete in a variety of outdoor adventure challenges! Teams comprised of two to six members (any combination of adults/children) race against the clock and each other as they traverse the park solving problems and completing challenges.

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market

Saturday, June 20 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.   

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 22-26
Times to be announced.    
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.

Sweet Corn Festival   

Saturday, August 15 from 1-4 p.m.   
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold   
Celebrate this delicious food with fun activities for the whole family.  Admission and parking are free.

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market

Saturday, August 22  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. 

9/11 Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

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

Wind & Sea Festival 

Saturday, September 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth 
From boating to kiting and so much in between, discover all the fun that the wind and the sea provide.  Admission and parking are free.

Fall Plant Swap

Thursday & Saturday, September 24 & 26 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 27 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.

Timberbrook Triathlon

Saturday, October 10 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)   
2014 Results

Thompson Park Day

Sunday, October 18 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.)

Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race

Saturday, November 7 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)

Fall Craft Show 

Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls  
Get a jump on your holiday shopping during this craft show. 

Cross-Country Events 

Holmdel Park, Holmdel, is the site of numerous cross-country events each year. Please check back for details.