Low Cost or Free Jersey Shore Weekend Events

Low Cost or Free Jersey Shore Weekend Events

This weekend is all about moms and the families that love them. If you have no idea how to show your mom just how much you care, we’ve got your back. Just bring her to one of these Jersey Shore weekend events and you’ll be set until next year.

A shore tradition returns this weekend as Monmouth Park opens! Bring your mom on Sunday for free! Or if she’s a daring type, let her ride her the Tilt-a-Whirl till her hearts content at Casino Pier in Seaside Heights where moms ride free all day. Then take her out for some of her favorite boardwalk treats before heading out to Mother’s Day dinner.

Or take your mom on a tour through New Jersey wine country with their annual Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend. Your mom will get the royal treatment with free tastings and maybe even some spring flowers. We’ve even listed more activities for moms who love to garden, shop, or even just see their kids smile.

Whatever you plan to do, whether it’s attending one (or two) of these Jersey Shore weekend events or just being the best kid you can be, be sure to give your mom a hug. She deserves it after raising you!

Jersey Shore Weekend Events

jersey shore weekend eventsMonmouth Park Race Track Opening Day
Location: Monmouth Park Race Track, Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport
Date: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th
Cost: Free Admission for Ladies on Sunday
Description: It’s that time of the year again! The horses are ready to go as Monmouth Park Race Track’s opening day is celebrated with two days of festivities. On Saturday, receive a free Miller Lite Grandstand Pass valid every live racing day May 10-July 4 with paid admission, while supplies last. Bring your mom to the races for a special Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, and be sure to get there early because the first 1,000 ladies will receive a Monmouth Mall gift and a chance to win a $500 Simone’s Jewelry Gift Card and Ocean Place Resort and Spa Getaway. Gates open at 11:30am with the first race sounding off at 12:50pm. It’s a Jersey Shore weekend event that cannot be missed!

jersey shore weekend eventsCasino Pier Mother’s Day Promotion
Casino Pier & Breakwater Beach, Seaside Heights
Sunday, May 10th
Free for moms
Casino Pier will be celebrating the most important women in our lives this weekend – our moms! Take her to the boardwalk this weekend where moms ride free all day long at Casino Pier on Mother’s Day with a paying child. It may be the only way to get our mom to ride the roller coaster, especially if we promise her a funnel cake later.

jersey shore weekend eventsNational Public Gardens Day at Deep Cut Gardens
Location: Deep Cut Gardens, 152 Red Hill Rd., Middletown
Date: Friday, May 8th 2:00 – 8:00pm
Cost: Free
Description: Celebrate the beauty of the botanical gardens as the Monmouth County Parks System hosts a garden filled Jersey Shore weekend event. Gardeners of all ages are invited to come and get answers to all of your plant questions. Get earth-friendly garden tips, learn how to maintain a container garden, and pick up some seeds to plant at home.

jersey shore weekend eventsMusic & Magic & Miracles
Location: Grunin Center for the Arts, Ocean County College, Toms River
Date: Friday, May 8th, 10:15am and 6:00pm
Cost: Free with donation of non-perishable food or personal hygiene item
Description: Bring the kids to the Land of Imagination without leaving Ocean County. Sing and dance along with the Three Story Players as they share their own magical adventure during this can’t miss Jersey Shore weekend event. They’ll even pick up a few magic tricks from Magician George Cee!

History on Wheels Car Display
Location: Southern Regional High School, Manahawkin
Date: Friday, May 8th 9:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: Free
Description: It’s time to check out some old time cars with their tops down. Take a trip down memory lane with cars from the 1920s through the 1970s. And no, your parents can’t take that pink slip away!

jersey shore weekend eventsMother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend
Location: New Jersey Wineries
Date: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th
Description: Nothing says you love your mom more than a box of chocolates, some flowers, and some wine. All weekend long, over 50 New Jersey wineries will be rolling out the red carpert just for mom. From free tastings to spring flowers and tasty food, Jersey Shore wineries are in full bloom for Mother’s Day.



jersey shore weekend eventsAsbury Park Spring Bazaar & Vive L’Acoustica
Location: Grand Arcade in Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park
Date: Saturday, May 9th 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Cost: Free
Description: If you’re a last minute shopper (we are too), visit the Asbury Park Spring Bazaar in Convention Hall where over 45 vendors will be selling handcrafted goods, flowers, art, and more just in time for that perfect Mother’s Day gift. As you shop, enjoy live music from eight local performers during Vive L’Acoustica. Afterwards, grab some lunch at Dino’s on Main Marketplace or a nice cold German beer at the Asbury Park Festhalle & Biergarten. You can even bring your mom.

jersey shore weekend eventsGardener’s Market in Shrewsbury
Location: Shrewsbury Borough Hall, 419 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury
Date: Saturday, May 9th 8:30am – 1:30pm
Cost: Free
Description: The flowers are blossoming which means it’s the perfect time to pick up some additional spring flowers, for you and your mom. The Shrewsbury Garden Club will be selling hanging baskets, spring annuals and perennials, flower arrangements and even herb and vegetable plants. Get there early for their Green Elephant Sale featuring gently used outdoor furniture and garden tools. Or learn a new skill at one of their workshops. Now with dirt under your nails, grab a nice bottle of wine from the Little Silver Bottle Shop and bask in your green thumb. You deserve it!

jersey shore weekend eventsYoung Animal Expo at Thompson Park
Location: Thompson Park, Newman Springs Rd./ Rt. 520, Lincroft
Date: Saturday, May 9th 10:00am – 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Description: Families are invited to Thompson Park to meet some very cute young animals. Kids can hang out with sheep, lambs, goats and their kids. However, the answer will have to be no when they want to bring home a baby goat, but at least they’ll get to bring home some fun spring-themed crafts.


jersey shore weekend eventsGreat American Volleyball Seaside Spring Classic
Location: Blaine Avenue, Seaside Heights
Date: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th
Cost: Free
Description: The volleyball tour continues on the beautiful beaches of Seaside Heights. Watch as men, women, and coed volleyball players compete in the Great American Volleyball Seaside Spring Classic showcases men, women, and coed teams. Try out your best spike during the open games or leave it to the pros.


jersey shore weekend eventsShrek the Musical
Location: Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan
Date: Saturday, May 9th and Sunday, May 10th
Cost: $36 – $20
Description: This weekend, grab the kids and hang out with their favorite ogre as Shrek visits the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan. Sing along to their favorite songs with all of their favorite characters from Fiona to Puss in Boots. And whether you’re going to the matinee or the late showing, make it a day or night out on the town with brunch, lunch or dinner at Blend On Main, right across the street.


jersey shore weekend eventsMother’s Day
Location: Jersey Shore
Date: Sunday, May 10th
Description: It’s Mother’s Day this weekend. If you completely forget, don’t panic. We’ve compiled a list of the best Jersey Shore weekend events from wine tastings, to dinner, and even places to purchase that one-of-a-kind gift that will look like you bought it weeks ago. Your mom never has to know that you waited until the last minute to plan the perfect day for her. You’re welcome.


jersey shore weekend eventsSeaside Heights Celebrates Moms
Location: Seaside Heights Boardwalk
Date: Sunday, May 10th 12:00pm
Cost: Free
Description: Seaside Heights loves moms too, which is why the Borough of Seaside Heights Mayor and Council will be handing out colorful carnation flowers to moms walking the boardwalk on Sunday. (However, this does not mean that you are excused from also buying her flowers).


Jersey shore weekend eventsJenkinson’s Annual Mother’s Day Special
Location: Jenkinson’s Boardwalk
Date: Sunday, May 10th
Description: What mom doesn’t want to spend the day checking out the seals at Jenkinson’s Aquarium, laughing in the Fun House, winning at mini golf and then riding her favorite ride at the amusement park? This Mother’s Day at Jenkinson’s, your mom can do it all, for free. Kids can even get in on the fun with face painters, balloonists, and arts and crafts all afternoon.