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.

2022 DATES    

Seashore Open House

Sunday, January 30 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 4, February 25, May 6, July 29 & 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 12 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 13 - See Results  
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.
 

Spring Craft Show 

Saturday, April 9 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 23 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 23 & 24 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 7
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 7 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 15 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 27-31  
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

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

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 17  
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.

Wind & Sea Festival

Saturday, September 17 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.
Wind & Sea Food Vendor Application 2022  
Wind & See Exhibitor Application 2022

Harvest Home Festival

Sunday, September 25 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.   
Harvest Home Festival Food Vendor Application 2022 

Timberbrook Triathlon 

Saturday, October 1 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, 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)   
Register online.   

Thompson Park Day    

Sunday, October 16 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.)   
Thompson Pak Day Food Vendor Application 2022   
Thompson Park Day Children's Activity Vendor Application 2022  
    

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