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.

2024 DATES    

Seashore Open House 

NEW DATE - Wednesday, April 3 from 1-4 p.m.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
Engaging hands-on activities will entertain and educate you and your family about the shore and the sea. Speak with a Park System Naturalist about your own shell collection or the aquatic animals on display.  FREE!

Parks & Programs Guide Release

Fridays, February 2, February 23, May 10, July 26 & TBA
Meet new friends, learn a new craft or outdoor skill, explore nature or a new place through the many programs, activities, and events listed in the Monmouth County Park System's Parks & Programs Guide. 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. 4312 to receive a copy or sign up online. (free)  

Summer Job Fair   
Saturday, March 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls
Discover exciting summer job opportunities available within your county parks. Learn more about our summer jobs.

E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 10 at 8:30 a.m.
Race starts at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.    
13.1 mile course loops through the residential sections of Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck. For information, call 732-542-1642, ext. 25.
See 2024 Results

Spring Craft Show 

Saturday, April 13 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls     
Find the perfect home decoration or gift during this craft show.  Admission and parking are free.

Earth Day Open House  

Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell.  
Celebrate Earth Day with nature walks, family-friendly activities, and more.  Please check back for details. 

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 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!     

Creative Arts Festival 

Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.   
Thompson Park, Lincroft   
This juried arts festival features fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting. Learn more.    

Walnford Day  

Sunday, May 19 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.    

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-28  
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold   
Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair including 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions, and other special attractions.

9/11 Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

Wednesday, 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 14  from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth
From boating to kite flying and so much in between, discover all the fun that the wind and the sea have to offer. Admission and parking are free.

Harvest Home Festival

Sunday, September 29 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. Admission and parking are free.   

Food Vendor Application  

Thompson Park Day    

Sunday, October 20 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 and more.  Admission & parking are free, some activities have a fee.   

Please check back for updates.     

Cross Country Meets (Shore Coaches Invitational & NJSIAA) Food Vendor Application 2024