Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Splendid Spring Stroll at Freneau Woods Park

Thursday, May 2, 2024

10-11:30 a.m

Say “farewell” to the frosty weather as you join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through Freneau Woods Park, Aberdeen. Meet in the Visitor Center parking lot. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 2, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Hands-On History at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

12-4:30 p.m.

Explore some of our favorite “hands-on” items at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. Explore these historic pieces through operation and physical contact. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 5, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 6, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Manasquan Reservoir

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. Meet at the Visitor Center. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. Participants should expect to be walking a few miles (2-4) on sometimes uneven or muddy terrain. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, May 8-12, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 9, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Creative Arts Festival

Saturday, May 11, 2024

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Come to Thompson Park, Lincroft, for this art festival. See the works of artists and fine crafters from all mediums including pottery, jewelry and painting. Admission and parking are free.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 11 & 12, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 11, 2024

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Plant a Sunflower at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 12, 2024

12-2:30 p.m.

Head to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and help the staff plant this year’s sunflower field. Then return in the fall and harvest one to bring home. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 12, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Traditional Chair Caning Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, May 12, 2024

1-3 p.m.

See the process of weaving natural plant fibers into the seat of a traditional chair during this demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 13, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
The Casual Birder at Thompson Park

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for this laid-back morning bird walk in Thompson Park, Lincroft. Meet in the Marlu Lake parking area. We’ll meander through the park for about an hour and a half to see what birds we can find. No need to be an expert at identifying birds to enjoy. A limited number of binoculars will be available to borrow if needed. FREE!
Climb Time at Shark River Park

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

3-6 p.m.

Head over to Shark River Park, Wall, and try the Park System's 25’ portable climbing wall. You must be 42” or taller to climb. Open to ages 8 and up; under 18 with adult. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, May 15-19, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Splendid Spring Stroll at the Manasquan Reservoir

Thursday, May 16, 2024

10-11:30 a.m

Say “farewell” to the frosty weather as you join a Park System Naturalist on a peaceful trail walk through the Manasquan Reservoir. Meet in the Environmental Center parking lot. Sturdy footwear is recommended as trails used may have inclines or tree roots to step over. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 16, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Native Plant Exchange at Deep Cut Gardens

Saturday, May 18, 2024


Bring established native plants in four-inch, one quart, or 1-2-gallon containers to exchange with like sizes. Label all plants. Only plants native to the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States will be accepted. Please label all plants. Plant intake from 8-10 a.m. Held at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. FREE!
19th Century Woodworking Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 18, 2024

12-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and see how a woodworker studies his materials, plies his tools, and crafts beautiful and functional items. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s

Saturday, May 18, 2024

1-3 p.m.

Hear melodies of the 1890s played on the accordion during your visit to Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 18 & 19, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Open Shoot Archery

Saturday, May 18, 2024

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join us for this open shoot at the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. This is NOT a beginner instructional program. If you are new to archery, register for one of our instructional classes prior to attending. All equipment is provided. Open to ages 10 and up; under 18 with adult. The cost is $10 per person; cash or check only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 19, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Walnford Day

Sunday, May 19, 2024

11 a.m.-5 p.m.
609-259-6275

Spend a day celebrating 200 years of Waln history at picturesque Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 20, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, May 22-26, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Nature Lecture: Horseshoe Crabs Trying to Survive in a Modern World

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, and discover why the population of horseshoe crabs is declining and what people are doing to protect the crab through research, and what you can do to help during this talk. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 23, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2024

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
732-842-4000

Canoes will be available for rent on Marlu Lake in Thompson Park, Lincroft. All equipment provided; limited number of canoes available. Open to all ages; under 18 with adult. All rentals must be returned by 3 p.m. Fee is $15 per boat for 1-3 people for two hours. Cash or check only.
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, May 25 & 26, 2024

12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.
609-259-6275

See the 19th century gristmill in action at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Each demonstration lasts approximately 15 minutes. FREE!
Embroidery Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 25, 2024

1-3 p.m.

View the lost art of applying decorative designs with a needle and thread. Be inspired by the various stitches and embellishments to create a beautiful piece of clothing or decoration for the home. FREE!
Cookstove Demonstration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, May 25, 2024

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

See what's cooking on the woodstove at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and discover how recipes, cooking techniques and kitchens have changed since the 1890s. FREE!
Story Time by the Creek at Historic Walnford

Sunday, May 26, 2024

11-11:45 a.m.
609-259-6275

Join us for story time beside the picturesque Crosswicks Creek at Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold. Children are welcome to bring a snack and a mat, blanket or towel to sit on. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Sunday, May 26, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Monday, May 27, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
Decoration Day Celebration at Historic Longstreet Farm

Monday, May 27, 2024

12-3 p.m.

Enjoy the good company of family and friends at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, as we honor this early American holiday. FREE!
Historic Portland Place Tours

Wednesday-Sunday, May 29-June 2, 2024

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Tour this beautifully restored 18th century house with exhibits that help tell the story of the region's history and the Hartshorne family legacy in Monmouth County. Tours are limited to 10 persons and may be suspended during severe weather conditions. Register on site at the Portland Place Visitor Center, Hartshorne Woods Park, Locust, day of tour. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Open

Thursday, May 30, 2024

1-4 p.m.

Visit this house at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth, which dates back to the early 1700s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and see displays on the ecology of the bay and local history. FREE!
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