10 low-cost or FREE things to do this weekend at the Jersey Shore

10 low-cost or FREE things to do this weekend at the Jersey Shore


When the tourists go away, the Jersey Shore and its communities continue to provide its residents with fun, affordable and new things to do. In the coming months, we will be highlighting these happenings for our fans and shedding some light on what is going on in our own backyards.

Please let us know about any future events or fun & educational things to do in the area and we will include them when we can.

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Event: Moonlight Hike
Location: Island Beach State Park (meet at the Nature Center)
Address: Central Ave, Seaside Park, NJ 08752
Date: Friday, November 7th
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $5 Per Person

Description: Join the natural educators on a fantastic night time hike to discover what is awake while most are asleep. Visitors are taken down a long trail to see all kinds of different plant and animal life. The hike will end on the beach with roasted marshmallows and a bonfire. A registered adult must accompany minors.

Please click here to register – Moonlight Hike For more info, please call the Park Office at 732-793-0506


Event: Family Movie Night featuring Captain America The Winter Soldier
Location: Brick Township Civic Plaza
Address: 270 Chambers Bridge Road
Date: Friday, November 7th
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Cost: Free

Description: The Brick Township Recreation Department is proud to host a Family Movie Night featuring Captain America The Winter Soldier at the Civic Plaza. Each child will receive a free small water bottle and popcorn will also be available. Kids can bring pillows and blankets for floor seating. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please call 732-262-1076 for more information or register online at parksandrecreation.bricktownship.net


Event: Jersey Shore Ghost Tours
Location: Red Bank (Starts at The Dublin House)
Address: 30 Monmouth Street
Date: Friday, November 7th
Time: 8:30pm
Cost: $12 adults / $10 kids 10 and under

Description: This is the last walking lantern tour of Red Bank this year.  Tickets will be available starting at 8:00 pm and tours will start at 8:30 pm, so there is time to enjoy a cold drink after you pick up your tickets.  Tours will run approximately one hour rain or shine. Tickets are available to purchase at The Dublin House but to make a reservation please call 732-500-6262.

For more information click here – Jersey Shore Ghost Tours


Event: Rock The BBQ & Laurita Winery
Location: Laurita Winery
Address: GPS = 85 Archertown Road, New Egypt NJ 08533
Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 8th and 9th
Time: Saturday is 10:00am – 10:00pm & Sunday is 10:00am – 8:00pm
Cost: $8 – Kids under 12 are Free

Description: Rock The BBQ at Laurita Winery includes food offerings from twenty top BBQ pit masters and five premiere dessert chefs. The festival includes live music and a boatload of activities for adults and children. Enjoy a cigar in the cigar lounge and throw some horseshoes with friends. There will be artisan and craft vendor tables where you can browse for that perfect gift. Kids can enjoy face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony rides, numerous bounce houses and much much more.

Please click here for more information on the local festival – Rock The BBQ


Event: Bird Feeding Station, Nature Walk and Live Animal Talks
Location: Cattus Island Park
Address: 1170 Cattus Island Boulevard, Toms River NJ
Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 8th & 9th
Time: varies, please see below
Cost: Free

Description: Bird Feeding Station – November 8th from 10:30am – 11:30am. Unlock the mystery of identifying local birds with a park naturalist. Find out best practices on how to set up your own bird feeding station to max out your visits from our winged friends. Bring your camera and binoculars.

Nature Walk – November 8th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm.  A fun and educational interactive tour of the wilds of Cattus Island County Park.

Live Animal Talks – November 9th from 11:00am – 1:30pm. Get an up close and personal look at the park inhabitants, learn about the species and meet the animals of Jakes Branch County Park.

Please visit www.oceancountyparks.org for more information


Event: Red Bank Farmers Market
Location: The Galleria Parking Lot
Address: Corner of Bridge Avenue and West Front Street
Date: Sunday, November 9th
Time: 9:00am
Cost: Free

Description: The Galleria Red Bank Farmer’s Market offers fresh, locally-grown produce from some of New Jersey’s finest farmers and also showcases unique crafts and vendors. The market is open every Sunday from 9am-2pm, and is located in the heart of Red Bank’s antique district in the parking lot of The Galleria.

For more information please click here – Red Bank Farmers Market


Event: The MAX Challenge – Free Sample Class
Location: The MAX Challenge of Toms River
Address: 1580 Lakewood Road (Route 9), Toms River
Date: Sunday, November 9th
Time: 9:30am
Cost: Free

Description: The MAX Challenge is a 10-week body and mind renewal system. This system is designed to make fast and lasting changes to your appearance and overall well-being. Their team of experts helps their clients by combining nutrition counseling, fitness classes and motivation. Come see what we are all about at our Sample Class this Sunday, 11/9/14, at 9:30am.

Click here for more information – Sample Class


Event: Jenkinsons Aquarium behind the Scenes Tour
Location: Jenkinsons Aquarium
Address: 300 Ocean Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach NJ
Date: Sunday, November 9th Time: 9:30am – 11:00am
Cost: $14 adults / $10 children
Preregistration is required – Please call: 732-899-1659

Description: Ages 5 and up only. Discover what goes on behind the scenes at Jenkinsons Aquarium and tour the building from top to bottom. Learn how the aquariums talented staff take care of these amazing animals as you explore the aquarium from a whole different view. Sneakers are required.

For more information please click here – Jenkinsons Aquarium Tour


Event: Freehold Food Fest
Location: iPlay America Parking Lot
Address: 110 Schanck Rd, Freehold Township, NJ 07728
Date: Sunday, November 9th
Time: 12:00pm
Cost: Free
Reserve your seat by calling 732-341-1880

Description: Freehold Food Fest is being organized by Lauren Piccolini, a hgh school senior and 2014 entrant in the CentraState Medical Center Foundation’s Celebration Ball Queen fundraising effort. This event will be held in iPlay America’s parking lot and features some of New Jersey’s top, award-winning food trucks, a beer garden, music, special guest appearances and much more!

For more information please visit – Food Fest at iPlay


Event: Union Army Balloon Corps, 1861-1863
Location: Ocean County Historical Society
Address: 26 Hadley Avenue, Toms River NJ
Date: Sunday, November 9th
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Reserve your seat by calling 732-341-1880

Description: Former Air Force historian Russell Dutcher will share photos and research on how Professor Thaddeus Lowe and the Union Army Balloon Corps played an important role in the American Civil War . The Balloon Corps was organized as a civilian operation, which employed a group of prominent American aeronauts and seven specially built, gas-filled balloons to perform aerial reconnaissance on the Confederate States Army.The Balloon Corps was the precursor of the US Air Force and spawned the first aircraft carrier.

For more information please click here – Union Army Balloon Corps