23rd Annual Oceanfest July 4th Celebration – 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the Promenade in Long Branch. The free, family-friendly festival runs rain or shine along the half-mile stretch of oceanfront Promenade between Seven Presidents Park and the Ocean Place Resort & Spa. The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean, with music simulcast by 95.9 the WRAT starting at 9:00 pm. This year, Oceanfest will host the New Jersey Hall of Fame traveling exhibit, a dramatic multimedia exhibition created around the theme Make a Difference. Through images, artifacts, film, and interactive elements, visitors can explore the ways that New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees have changed the state and the world: as innovators, as leaders, and as voices for the voiceless—often against overwhelming odds. Visitors will also enjoy live bands, strolling entertainers, master sand sculpting demonstrations, and music and demonstrations by local groups. The festival always offers a large variety of delicious foods, plus dozens of crafters and vendors selling everything from original handcrafted jewelry, clothing, and decorative garden ornaments to gourmet dog treats and straw hats. Call the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce at (732) 222-0400 or Allen Consulting at (732) 946-2711.
Historic Allenhurst Porch and Garden Tour – 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Allenhurst. Stroll through beautifully maintained gardens and view turn-of-the-century porches. Tickets can be purchased at the Borough Hall on Norwood Avenue or send a check along with a self -addressed stamped envelope to AGC Box 282, Allenhurst, NJ 07711. Advance tickets are $25; same day purchase at the Gazebo on Main Street and Spier Avenue is $30. Transportation and refreshments provide. Call (732) 531-2757.
July 12 through 21
“The Music Man” – at the Count Basie Theatre, 99 Monmouth Street, Red. Part of the Broadway in the ‘Burbs series presented by Phoenix Productions. Con man Harold Hill travels to the small town of River City, Iowa to earn his fortune. His con is to convince the town that they need a boys’ band and then run away once the boys have paid for instruments and uniforms. His scheme is moving along perfectly until Harold falls in love with the town piano teacher, Marian. Even though she knows that he’s a con man, she still loves him for the hope he has brought to the town. A huge hit on Broadway in 1957, winning five Tony Awards and becoming one of the great classics of musical theatre history, the score includes a variety of familiar songs. A show for the whole family. Call (732) 747-0014 or visit www.phoenixredbank.com.
Annual Summer Crafters’ Market at Allaire Village – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at The Historic Village at Allaire, Allaire State Park, 4263 Atlantic Avenue, Farmingdale. Admission to the market is free; parking is $5 per car. Exhibits by over 125 local craftspeople and artisans include demonstrations and feature everything from museum-quality pieces to “country crafts,” handicrafts, and homemade “bric-a-brac.” Food and beverage service is available. (The rain date is July 14). Call (732) 919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org.
NJ Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial 19th Annual Golf Outing — 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, 20 Shore Oaks Drive, Farmingdale. Registration includes a full breakfast, refreshments on the course, lunch, post-golf reception and dinner, locker room and facilities, greens fees, carts, and all gratuities. The beautiful pool and professional tennis courts are available during the day at no cost. Prizes will be awarded. All proceeds benefit the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial and Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center. Prices: Individual Golfers — $425, Foursome — $ 1,700. Call the New Jersey Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Foundation at (732) 335-0033 or fax (732) 335-1107.
Point Pleasant Jazz and Blues Festival – 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Riverfront Park, corner of Maxsone Avenue and River Road, Point Pleasant Borough. Featuring crowd-pleasing jazz and blues musicians, food, crafters, and activities for the entire family. The festival is free to the public, dog friendly, and all ages are welcome to attend. Contact Doris Lazur at (732) 933-1984 or visit www.jsjbf.org.
July 26 through 28
59th Annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale: Shop, Rock, and Stroll – 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday throughout Red Bank’s business and antiques districts. Look for terrific clearance items and bargains at your favorite Red Bank stores, then give your feet a break and have lunch or dinner at one of the many restaurants and eateries in town. Visitors will also enjoy free Streetlife performances on Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Family entertainers will include musicians, magicians, face painters, and more. A fun day for the whole family to enjoy. Visit www.acoollittletown.com.
Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Party “A Sweet Summer Night” — 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Deal Golf & Country Club, 1 Golf Lane, Deal. Join the Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals for their fourth annual fundraising event. Attendees will enjoy a sweet night of fine wine, open bar, lavish displays of hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, and decadent pastries, while raising funds to help less fortunate animals in desperate need of sanctuary, protection, rescue, and love. Tickets are $125 per person. Visit http://www.purrnpoochfoundation.org/ for more information or to purchase tickets.