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.

2023 DATES    

Seashore Open House

Sunday, January 29 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. 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. You can even create a beach keepsake to take with you. FREE!

Parks & Programs Guide Release

Fridays, February 3, February 24, May 5, July 28 & 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 11 from 10 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 12  per runner; cash or check only.  
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. 27.
See results.  

Spring Craft Show 

Saturday, April 15 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 Activities  

Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Various county parks
Celebrate Earth Day with nature walks, family-friendly activities, and more.  Please check back for details. 

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30 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 Plant Swap

Saturday, May 6
Plant Intake from 8:30-10 a.m.
Plant Selection starts at 10 a.m.
Tatum Park, Red Hill Road, 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. For information, call 732-671-6050.  

Creative Arts Festival 

Saturday, May 13 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.    
Food Vendor Application   

Walnford Day  

Sunday, May 21 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 26-30  
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

Monday, 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 16 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

Saturday, September 23   
Plant Intake from 8:30-10 a.m.      
Plant Selection starts at 10 a.m.      
Tatum Park, Red Hill Road, 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 24 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.   

Timberbrook Triathlon 

Saturday, September 30 (tentative) 
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell    
Something different for athletes who like a challenge. First, complete a 3 mile run. Next, canoe or kayak 2 miles. Then, finish with a 5-mile mountain bike ride. The natural scenery of this 1,200+ acre facility provides an exceptional setting for the event. (fee)   

Thompson Park Day    

Sunday, October 15 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.)   


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