Monmouth County Park System Calendar of Events

Open Pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Monday-Friday, August 29-September 2, 2022


848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Open Pool schedule is as follows: 7-9 a.m. Early Bird Workout and 2-7 p.m. Open Swim. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Open Swim at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Area

Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, 2022

10 a.m.-6 p.m.
848-456-4278

Enjoy the pool at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Daily, monthly and season swim passes available.
Thompson Park Canoe Rentals

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022

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 ages 3 and up, 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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Piano Ballads from the Turn of the Century

Saturday, September 3, 2022

1-3 p.m.

Tap your feet, dance a one-step, or sing-along to popular turn-of-the-19th-century ballads as they are played inside the farmhouse at Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4, 2022

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!
Boat Tours of the Manasquan Reservoir

Saturday-Monday, September 3-5, 2022

2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. & 5 p.m.
732-751-9453

These 45-minute tours of the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell, are narrated by Park System Naturalists and include opportunities to view local wildlife. The cost is $6 per adult and $4 per child, age 12 and under. Please call to confirm schedule as tours are both weather and water level dependent. All tours leave from the Visitor Center. Life-jackets required. Tickets can be purchased on day of tour only.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 4, 2022

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 Fisherman’s Cove

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Fisherman’s Cove Conservation Area, Manasquan. 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!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, September 10, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Accordion Melodies of the 1890s at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 10, 2022

1-3 p.m.

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

Saturday, September 10, 2022

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!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 10 & 11, 2022

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, September 10, 2022

10 a.m.-2 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.
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, September 11, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens

Sunday, September 11, 2022

12-4 p.m.
732-671-6050

The Monmouth County Park System and the Deep Cut Bonsai Society present Bonsai Day at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. Experience this intricate and ancient art through demonstrations and displays, with experts on hand to answer your questions. Admission and parking are free.
Nature on the Move

Sunday, September 11, 2022

3 p.m.

Look for our colorful Nature on the Move van at the Clayton Park Activity Center, Upper Freehold, and join one of our Park System Naturalists for a 30-45-minute hands-on interactive program. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 11, 2022

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!
9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook

Sunday, September 11, 2022

9 a.m.

Join us for this remembrance ceremony at Mount Mitchill Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands.
The Casual Birder at Manasquan Reservoir

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

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. 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 Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

3-6 p.m.

Head over to Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch, 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!
Nature Lecture Series: Knobbed Whelks of New Jersey

Thursday, September 15, 2022

7-8 p.m.

Come to the Bayshore Waterfront Park Activity Center, Port Monmouth, for a fun talk by a Park System Naturalist about knobbed whelks, seashells, and other mysterious marine life. FREE!
Fall Plant Swap at Tatum Park

Saturday, September 17, 2022

8:30 a.m.

Bring perennials to Tatum Park, Middletown (Red Hill Road entrance), in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Please label all plants. Houseplants may also be exchanged, but no annuals please. Plant intake from 8:30-10 a.m. Swap starts at 10 a.m. FREE!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday, September 17, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Wind & Sea Festival

Saturday, September 17, 2022

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Celebrate all things water-related during this family-friendly festival at Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth.
Preserving the Harvest at Historic Longstreet Farm

Saturday, September 17, 2022

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Visit Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, and learn about 19th century techniques for food preservation such as salting, pickling, drying and jelling. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 2022

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 Battery Lewis Tours

Sunday, September 18, 2022

1-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 18, 2022

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!
Annual Cornbread Contest at Historic Walnford

Sunday, September 18, 2022

12:30-3 p.m.
609-259-6275

Bring your favorite homemade cornbread in a 9”x13” pan and a typed copy of the recipe to Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold, between 12:30-1 p.m. Peer tasting and voting will take place from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and ribbons will be awarded at 3 p.m. by our panel of judges and the popular vote. All ages are welcome! FREE!
The Casual Birder at Holmdel Park

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

9 a.m.

Join a Park System Naturalist for a laid-back morning bird walk at Holmdel Park, Holmdel. Meet at the Shelter Building. 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!
Historic Battery Lewis Tours

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2022

12-4 p.m.

Tour the restored Historic Battery Lewis in the Rocky Point section of Hartshorne Woods Park, Highlands, and learn about the history of this important former coastal defense site. FREE!
Mill Demonstration at Historic Walnford

Saturday & Sunday, September 24 & 25, 2022

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!
Harvest Home Festival at Historic Longstreet Farm

Sunday, September 25, 2022

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

This old-fashioned fair is reminiscent of the 1890s. Visitors can enjoy games and live entertainment. Admission and parking are free.
Seabrook-Wilson House Tours

Sunday, September 25, 2022

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!
Eek-O-Fabulous Costume Swap Drop Off

Monday-Saturday, September 26-October 1, 2022

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
732-872-2670

Upcycle gently used kids’, adults’, and even pet costumes for a spooktacular new-to-you ensemble. Costumes must be dropped off in advance at: Huber Woods Environmental Center, Middletown • Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell • Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft • Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. The Swap is Sunday, October 2, 12-1:30 p.m., at the Freneau Woods Park Visitor Center, Aberdeen. FREE!
Concert in the Park: A Night of Jazz and Blues

Friday, September 30, 2022

7-8:30 p.m.

Join us as we explore and listen to some of the talents from our own backyard. Bring chairs or blankets, food and soft drinks. The concert will be held outdoors; if the weather is inclement, we will move indoors to the Thompson Park Theater Barn, Lincroft. All ages welcome; under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. FREE!
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