It’s looking like the weather gods are on our side this weekend.
With temperatures around 40 degrees at the Jersey Shore both days and rain possibly holding off until late Sunday night, it’s a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the multitude of events on our slate.
The Jersey Shore is packed full of events this weekend from grand openings to anniversary celebrations, award-winning actors to singing Deadheads, and even face painting.
This weekend is going to rock!
#1: Grand Opening Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Location: 527 Lake Avenue Asbury Park
Date: Saturday, February 7th 12:00pm – 2:00am
The locals were in all this week and now it’s time for the real celebration. Join the entire Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten crew as they formally toast their grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 12:00pm. After the formalities, join in the fun by participating in a Mass Krug Stemmen Competition, keg tappings, and of course no German party is complete without The Adlers Polka Band starting at 8pm.
#2: Painting on Wine Glasses at Back on the Racks, Long Branch
Location: 659 Broadway, Long Branch (second floor)
Date: Saturday, February 7th 11:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $40 (all supplies included plus lunch and dessert) BYOB
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day a little early with Back on the Racks on February 7th from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Join Laurie Ruggeri, Middletown Arts Center instructor and artist as she helps you paint wine glasses while eating chocolate. Not an artist? No problem! Beginners are encouraged to try their hand at painting. All supplies are included. Call 732-759-8260 to reserve a spot as spaces are limited on a first come first serve basis.
#3: Brian Kirk & the Jirks at The Downtown
Location: The Downtown, 10 West Front Street, Red Bank
Date: Friday, February 6th 10:30pm
Join in the fun with one of New Jersey’s most well-known bands, Brian Kirk & the Jirks “appearing upside The Downtown.” For over two decades, Brian Kirk & the Jirks have been sharing their love of music with their fans, singing rock, funk, pop, jazz, swing – you name it, they play it and play it well! Before rocking through the rest of the night, head over to Gotham for a late night dinner. With options like Lollipop Lamb Chops, Chicken and Waffles and over 50 Bourbons, it’s the gourmet way to begin your evening.
#4: Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation
Location: Woman’s Club of Red Bank, 164 Broad Street, Red Bank
Date: Friday, February 6th 8:30 – 11:00pm
Cost: $15 Donation
Take the entire family out for a night of jazz and blues! Red Bank’s very own “bluesmaster” himself, Gary Wright, will be performing with the JSJBF Youth Ensemble in a fundraising kickoff for the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation youth programs. Take the kids out for a treat at Hansel n’ Griddle. Open till 3am, it’ll be a night the kids will never forget, especially when it’s topped off with a big plate of Texas French Toast in the wee hours of the morning.
#5: A Life in the Theater at The Algonquin Arts Theatre
Location: The Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan
Date: Saturday, February 7th at 8:00pm and Sunday, February 8th at 3:00pm
The beloved Algonquin Arts Theater presents Pulitzer Prize Winner David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. Produced by Walnut Street Theatre, A Life in the Theater is a funny and touching play following two actors competing for the spotlight as the “torch” is passed from one generation to the next. After the show, stroll along Manasquan’s vibrant downtown where you’ll find delicious restaurants including Remington’s and unique shops.
#6: truTV’s IMPRACTICAL JOKERS at The Count Basie Theater
Location: Count Basie Theater, 99 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
Date: Saturday, February 7th and Sunday, February 8th
Cost: $49.50 – 125.00
Feel like laughing? Yea, who doesn’t! This weekend, Count Basie Theater has an all-star comedy line up with two nights with The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe that star in truTV’s hit show, “Impractical Jokers.” Make it a date night by enjoying Teak Restaurant‘s Happy Hour featuring $5 Absolute cocktails, $3 Miller Lites, and food specials until 10:00pm.
#7: 1-Year Anniversary Celebration at Gravity Vault, Middletown
Location: 37 Kanes Lane, Middletown, NJ 07748
Date: Sunday, February 8th 9:00am – 4:00pm
Lazy Sunday? No way! Visit The Gravity Vault in Middletown as they celebrate their 1-Year Anniversary. With a sip of free coffee from Booskerdoo Fresh Roasted Coffee Co., you’ll be ready to make the climb. Enjoy one day only specials including free day passes from 9am – 12pm, free “Walk-In Climbing” from 1-4pm, and a discounted Belay Class from 1-3pm. Prizes will be awarded for completing the most challenging climbs. And if you caught the climbing bug, take advantage of their membership specials!
#8: Monmouth County Vacation Expo
Location: Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Avenue (off Rumson Rd.), Little Silver
Date: Sunday, February 8th 11:00am – 3:00pm
Sick of the cold yet? Yea, we are too, that’s why we’re headed to the 2nd Annual Monmouth County Vacation Expo hosted by Sickles Market in Little Silver. Not sure where you want to visit? They’ll be a range of trusted travel operators all under one roof. From cruise lines to yacht charters, exotic destinations and adventure holidays, it’s the perfect way to beat the winter blues.
#9: Kidabaloo at Brookdale Community College
Location: Brookdale Community College, Robert Collins Arena, Newman Springs Rd./Rt. 520, Lincroft
Date: Sunday, February 8th 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $5 adults, $10 kids
If you have kids, then be sure to bring them over to Brookdale Community College as Kidabaloo takes over. The fun-filled festival features live performance by Dove Cameron and Ryan McCarten (from Disney’s Liv and Maddie) as well as games, moonbounces, costumed characters, vendors, live entertainment, crafts, and more! Your kids will be more than happy to go to bed early (but don’t hold us to that statement).
#10: Wonder Jam at The Wonder Bar
Location: The Wonder Bar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Date: Sunday, February 8th 4:00pm – 8:00pm
The Wonder Jam returns to The WonderBar in its second year with Sandy Mack & Friends as well as a rotating all-star band playing three sets of rock, jam, blues, and of course, plenty of Grateful Dead. Apparently, dancing is optional, but highly encouraged. After dancing the afternoon away no one wants to cook dinner so grab some pizza and pasta from Dominick’s Pizzeria in Wall. It’ll make your Sunday feel like Friday.