Low Cost or Free Things to Do This Weekend at the Jersey Shore
As the temperatures continue to rise (and hopefully not go back down), the list of things to do this weekend at the Jersey Shore heats up too.
Our favorite pick this weekend is a throwback to one of our favorite bands, Sublime. Check out Jenks Club’s Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Badfish on Saturday night. There’s also plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with yard sales, food fests, spring festivals, and even dog events.
If you’re looking for things to do this weekend at the Jersey Shore, we’ve got you covered. And don’t worry, everything we’ve listed is under $25 per person. Enjoy a fun and very affordable spring weekend!
Things to Do This Weekend at the Jersey Shore
Jenks Club Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Location: Jenks Club
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 7:30pm
Cost: $18 Presale or $22 at the door
Description: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on dos de Mayo at Jenks Club. The fiesta will kick off with music from StoneBaby and Stone Bullets. Then flashback to high school with Badfish: A Tribute to sublime. Performing their hits, their nuggets and deep cuts.
40th Annual Ocean County Fishing Contest
Location: Ocean County Freshwater Lakes and Rivers
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 7:30am – 2:00pm
Cost: $2 entry fee for children under 16, $4 ages 16 and up
Description: Cast your line in and enter the 40th Annual Ocean County Fishing Contest this Saturday. Do your best to reel in the biggest catch as your fish in any of Ocean County’s freshwater lakes and rivers. Register and weigh in at Lake Shenandoah County Park and wait to see if you’ve got the catch of the day.
14th Annual LBI Surf Bass Tournament “Simply Bassing”
Location: Long Beach Island Beaches
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 6:00am – June 27th 6:00pm
Cost: $20 Registration
Description: Set a goal this spring to take home the grand prize of $1,000 and by bringing in the biggest catch of the year. This Saturday kicks off a spring contest to see which fisherman can bring home the golden bass. Register at participating tackle shops including Captains Quarters, Fisherman’s Headquarters, Jingle’s Bait & Tackle, and Surf City Bait & Tackle. Now go fish!
Fair Haven and Red Bank Yard Sale
Location: Fair Haven and Red Bank
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 9:00am – 5:00pm in Fair Haven and 9:00am – 3:00pm in Red Bank
Description: What better way to welcome spring than by finding that one-of-a-kind piece of furniture to add to your favorite room? Take a drive through Red Bank and Little Silver as over a hundred houses participate in spring-cleaning for a cause.
The 5th Annual Toms River Food Fest
Location: Washington Street, Toms River
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 11:00am to 8:00pm
Description: Step outside in downtown Toms River to enjoy the 5th Annual Toms River Food Fest. Enjoy your favorite street fair dishes from BBQ to seafood and of course, funnel cakes. Children are invited to ride the slides, jump in the bounce house and climb the rock wall till their heart’s content – for free – while you take some time out in the beer and wine garden and listen to the bands.
1st Annual “Touch -A- Truck” and Vendor Showcase
Location: Manahawkin Lake, Manahawkin.
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 11:00am to 3:00pm
Description: Bring the kids to check out a number of vehicles on display in Manahawkin this weekend. Check out what the local vendors have to offer as your kids enjoy everything from face painting to bounce houses and music.
3rd Annual Pugapalooza Fundraiser
Location: Wonderbar, 1213 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 1:00 – 5:00pm
Cost: $5 donation
Description: You know it’s going to be a fun time when you’re bringing the dogs to the party. Join in the furry fun at the 3rd Annual Pugapalooza Fundraiser hosted at The Wonderbar in Asbury Park. Hang out with vendors, maybe win some raffles, and get to know some new furry friends as you help support Curly Tail Pug Rescue. Asbury Park is going to the dogs!
Seaside Heights Job Fair
Location: Boardwalk and Webster Avenue, Seaside Heights
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 12:00 – 3:00pm
Description: Looking for a job this summer? Think of this weekend as hitting the jackpot. Visit Seaside Heights on Saturday to meet with prospective employees that will be hiring on the spot. It’s the quickest and best way to get a job this summer season, working at one of the Jersey Shore’s top boardwalks.
“Truck”erton Food Truck Preview
Location: Tuckerton Seaport
Date: Saturday, May 2nd & Sunday, May 3rd 11:00am – 7:00pm
Description: If you just can’t wait for August, Tuckerton Seaport is offering a preview of the “Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Fest this weekend. Get a taste of what’s to come as food trucks line up this weekend that will satisfy every taste bud. Choose from fresh sandwiches and salads to fried alligator legs, yes you read that correctly. Live music will keep all you food lovers eating for the weekend!
Spring Festival at Laurita Winery
Location: Laurita Winery
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 11:00am to 10:00pm and Sunday, May 3rd 11:00am – 8:00pm
Cost: $8 per adult, ages 12 and under free
Description: Celebrate the spring with Laurita Winery at their annual Spring Festival. Enjoy live entertainment, delectable food, along with award winning estate wines. Sip on your wine as you peruse handcrafted items from local crafters and artisans. And don’t worry, Laurita Winery isn’t leaving anyone empty handed, everyone 21 and over will go home with a souvenir wine glass and water bottle. There’s even a fireworks display at 8:30pm on Saturday. Spring has sprung at Laurita Winery!
Spring Arts Festival at Thompson Park
Location: Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road, Lincroft
Date: Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd 11:00am – 6:00pm
Description: Spend the weekend with the Monmouth County Parks System as they host a free two-day, juried show featuring local artists’ works in pottery, photography, jewelry, painting and other media. As you take in the artists’ work, enjoy live music by The Danjos, This Old House Band, Peter Myers, and The Ravine Crossing Chorale. And if it’s a nice day, be sure to take a walk around Thompson Park. It’s beautiful this time of year!
Mayweather vs. Pacquiao
Location: Various Locations
Date: Saturday, May 2nd 8:00pm
Description: We won’t pretend we know that much about boxing, but we do know that one of the most talked about fights will be televised this weekend. If you’re looking to watch the fight out, we’ve got a list of places where the drinks are cold and the nachos are spicy!
March of Dimes 2015 March for Babies
Location: Asbury Park Boardwalk
Date: Sunday, May 3rd 10:00am
Description: Spend your Sunday making a difference by walking with March of Dimes March for Babies. Walk with others who share your passion for improving the health of the little ones as you stroll from Asbury Park Convention Center through Ocean Grove. Join a team, walk with friends and family, and maybe even bring a baby.
Ground Breaking Ceremony for the New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument
Location: Vietnam Era Museum
Date: Sunday, May 3rd 2:00pm
Description: Support the troops and their families with a visit to the Vietnam Era Museum this Sunday for a groundbreaking ceremony. The New Jersey Gold Star Family Monument will be erected to honor the sacrifices made by families who have lost a loved one in defense of our country. Stay for the ceremony and enjoy the tranquil setting, a perfect place for reflection.