June is here which means festivals, music, food, and yes, more festivals. Whether you’re into big time artists with Top 10 songs (and really who isn’t into that) or getting down and dirty in the bay learning about our oceans and wildlife, there’s plenty of Jersey Shore weekend events to keep you going all the way to Sunday evening.
Our top pick this weekend is Mumford & Sons coming to our very own Seaside Heights Boardwalk where they’ll be headlining a two day festival featuring other top artists including Alabama Shakes and Dawes.
The weather isn’t summer weather yet, but that isn’t stopping us. Even though you may not be in your bathing suit, these Jersey Shore weekend events will get you ready to put one on!
Jersey Shore Weekend Events
Gentlemen of the Road Music Festival featuring Mumford & Sons
Location: Seaside Heights Borough
Date: Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th
Description: If you’re planning on doing one thing this weekend, make sure that it’s attending the Gentlemen of the Road stop in Seaside Heights featuring the internationally acclaimed British folk-rock band, Mumford & Sons. Check out this two-day Jersey Shore weekend event featuring a world-class music festival right in your own backyard! Mumford & Sons will headline the Saturday show with their favorite artists playing all weekend long. It’s an event that must not be missed!
Lighthouse International Film Festival
Location: 104 Fairview Ave, Beach Haven
Date: Thursday, June 4th – Sunday, June 7th
Cost: $ 125 All- Access Pass- All films, parties and Breakfast with the Filmmakers $12 individual movie ticket
Description: This weekend check out the surf, sun, and some films at the Lighthouse International Film Festival in Long Beach Island. Sit back and enjoy award-winning films, special events, filmmaker panel discussions and parties. Don’t miss a beat with the all-access pass or just choose your favorite with individual movie tickets. Whatever you do, you’ll be enjoying dramas, comedies, documentaries, and shorts from around the world in one of our favorite places in the world, LBI.
See, Touch and Learn About Baby Clams and The Bay
Location: Mantoloking Yacht Club, Morrison’s Marina in Beach Haven, Barnegat Light Nursery Municipal Boat Ramp, Old Coast Guard Station in Beach Haven, Holiday Harbor Marina in Waretown
Date: Friday, June 5th and Saturday, June 6th
Description: Celebrate a summer favorite, New Jersey clams and oysters during the See, Touch and Learn About Baby Clams and The Bay event. This weekend, visit a number of locations along Barnegat Bay from Mantoloking to Beach Haven and Waretown to see and touch baby clams and oysters at their nurseries while learning more about their ideal environment and how the Barnegat is an integral part.
Summer Art Opener
Location: 1819 N. Long Beach Blvd, Surf City
Date: Friday, June 5th – 1:00 – 9:00pm
Description: Combine art and summer in this 2015 Summer Art Opener event featuring a weekend full of artwork from eight local artists and one national juried exhibition. They’ll be festive live music on Friday and then live music and a clam back on Saturday. Art, food, music. Sounds like a good weekend to us!
South Jersey Canoe & Kayak Classic
Location: Ocean County Park, Rt. 88, Lakewood Twp.
Date: Saturday, June 6th and Sunday, June 7th
Description: Summer is all about being in or on the water as much as possible which is why the South Jersey Canoe & Kayak Classic is the perfect event to stop by this weekend. Check out paddling demos all weekend, seminars, and exhibits. By the time you’re done, you’ll be an expert and ready to hit the water without tipping over!
World Oceans Day
Location: Jenkinson’s Aquarium, 300 Ocean Avenue, Pt. Pleasant Beach
Date: Saturday, June 6th
Cost: Included with general admission
Description: Living at the Jersey Shore means that we naturally care about keeping our oceans clean so we can continue to enjoy the beach and all the Atlantic has to offer! Bring your kids to World Oceans Day at Jenkinson’s Aquarium this Saturday to learn more about how to keep their favorite “pool” clean. They’ll be dive demonstrations, activities and crafts all day long making it the perfect day for ocean lovers of any age.
Annual Strawberry Festival
Location: Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Ave., Shrewsbury
Date: Saturday, June 6th 9:30am – 2:30pm
Description: Did you know that it’s strawberry season in New Jersey? Maybe the weather doesn’t feel like it is, but it’s the start of summer which means fresh strawberries. The Shrewsbury Presbyterian Church is hosting their Annual Strawberry Festival this Saturday. Not only will there be delicious strawberry desserts, but you can also browse handmade crafts, a home décor shoppe, and used books.
Point Pleasant Summerfest In The Park
Location: 2233 Bridge Avenue – In Park, Corner Of Beaver Dam and Bridge, Pt. Pleasant Borough
Date: Saturday, June 6th 11:00am – 7:00pm
Description: Summerfest in The Park. There’s nothing that doesn’t sound good about this event! Rides, activities, drinks, live music, and lots and lots of food, this event is sure to get you excited for the summer season. Bring the whole family for a day that’s sure to be filled to the brim with all things summer.
Privateers & Pirates Festival
Location: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 W. Main Street, Tuckerton
Date: Saturday, June 6th 11:00am – 5:00pm
Cost: General Admission. Pirate Ship Rides: $10 per person
Description: Do your kids love pirates? What about privateers? If that’s a resounding yes, bring them to the Privateers and Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport. This Saturday, your kids can be pirates for a day, taking part in a treasure scavenger hunt, playing in games, dressing up in costumes, and making crafts. Aye aye Captain!
Pour Into Summer Wine Festival
Location: Taylor Avenue Ballfield, Beach Haven
Date: Saturday, June 6th 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Cost: Advance ticket $12 under 21 and non sampler free admission
Description: Are you a fan of wine? What about New Jersey wine? Well this Jersey Shore weekend event is perfect for you. Join the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce in Beach Haven on Saturday for their Pour Into Summer Wine Festival featuring over 200 varietals from some of the finest Jersey wineries including DiMatteo Vineyard, Tomasello Winery, and Renault Winery. Pair your wine samples with gourmet specialties from local restaurants while swinging to live music. It’s sure to be a refreshing afternoon!
Ocean Gate EMS Food Truck & Vendor Extravaganza
Location: Ocean Gate EMS, 107 E. Cape May Ave, Ocean Gate
Date: Saturday, June 6th 12:00pm – 7:00pm
Description: Support the Ocean Gate EMS department this weekend by eating some food and rocking out to all your favorite songs during their Food Truck & Vendor Extravaganza. Hang out in the beer and wine garden, eat your heart out with grub from dozens of food trucks, and get up to speed on your health at the Meridian Health Mobile Free Screening Unit (preferably before you’ve had a few beers and ribs).
Gay Pride Parade
Location: Asbury Park
Date: Saturday, June 6th
Description: The Gay Pride Parade comes to Asbury Park this Saturday to celebrate the diverse culture of the city by the sea. Check out a number of festival events throughout the town and be sure to wear the rainbow!
Idiosyncrazies Art Reception
Location: 638 Arnold Ave, Pt. Pleasant Beach
Date: Saturday, June 6th 4:00 – 6:00pm
Description: Visit one of our favorite local stores this Saturday for a wine and cheese art reception at Idiosyncrazies in Pt. Pleasant Beach. Featured artist Douglas Powers will be showcasing his work featuring beautiful pieces including some depicting our favorite beach scenes. Swaying palm tree anyone?
Location: Algonquin Arts Theatre, 173 Main Street, Manasquan
Date: Saturday, June 6th 5:00pm
Description: As Jersey Shore residents if we’re not surfers, we know a surfer, and if we don’t, we’ve definitely seen them out there riding the waves. This weekend, the Saltwater Festival 2015 will celebrate more than 100 years of surfing at the Jersey Shore at the Algonquin Arts Theater. The newly formed NJ Surfing Hall of Fame will be honoring 16 surfers into the East Coast Hall of Fame as Charter Members. The event kicks off with a Pig Roast Luau and cash bar at 5pm then live surf music and a pop-up museum full with Jersey-based surf artists. We’re definitely going to hang ten!
Red Bank StreetLife
Location: Locations around Red Bank
Date: Saturday, June 6th 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Description: This Saturday the music starts up again as free local music showcases return to the sidewalks of Red Bank for the 15th season. Stroll along the scenic streets of Red Bank while listening to talented local artists. Grab a drink at Teak and then enjoy a musical interlude as you walk to Catch for dinner. This Jersey Shore weekend event is summer at its best.
Asbury Park Shoppes at the Arcade and AP Night Bazaar
Location: Convention Hall and Shoppes at the Arcade, Asbury Park
Date: Saturday, June 6th
Description: What better way to spend a Saturday then walking around downtown Asbury Park checking out the Arts and Crafts Stroll at the Shoppes at the Arcade? Join them this Saturday as the shoppes come alive with artisans and crafters exhibiting their one-day only pop-up shoppes. Then at 6pm, take a stroll along the boardwalk (after you’ve grabbed a much needed cocktail at Lola’s European Café on Cookman Avenue) to Convention Hall for the Asbury Park Night Bazaar featuring even more artisans and live music.
18th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival
Location: Wanamaker Complex, East End & Van Sant Aves., Island Heights Borough
Date: Sunday, June 7th 10:00am – 4:00pm
Description: Pack up the kids and bring them to the 18th Annual Barnegat Bay Festival this weekend for canoe eco-tours, pontoon boat rides on the Toms River, kayak tours, and even paddleboard lessons. Spend the day learning more about how to protect and preserve the bay while checking out some of your favorite animals from sea life to reptiles and even winged wonders. There’s even an opportunity to walk through a soil tunnel. We don’t know what that is, but this is definitely a Jersey Shore weekend event that can’t be missed!
Deep Cut Gardens Open House
Location: Deep Cut Gardens, 152 Red Hill Rd., Middletown
Date: Sunday, June 7th 10:00am – 3:00pm
Description: We’re big fans of Deep Cut Gardens especially when we have a burning question about why our tomatoes aren’t growing to their full potential! This Sunday, learn everything you need to know from Rutgers Master Gardeners who will be offering earth friendly gardening tips as well as horticultural experts who will be shelling out information on orchids, bonsai, and other plants. Bring the kids and let them experiment with their green thumb as they pot a plant and head out on a scavenger hunt!
45th Annual Irish Festival
Location: Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport
Date: Sunday, June 7th 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Description: What better reason to “go to the races” than to celebrate the Irish who will be partying all Sunday with live entertainment, dozens of food vendors, craft vendors, raffles and more. You’ll even get to check out a pipe and drum band competition. Just be careful not to scare the horses!
Jazz in the Park
Location: West End Park, Brighton Avenue, Long Branch
Date: Sunday, June 7th 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Description: Music comes back to West End Park this Sunday evening. Grab a lawn chair, a blanket, some snacks and your favorite drink as some of the best jazz and blues bands make their way to the Jersey Shore. It’s the perfect way to end your weekend all summer long.