Whoever said that Labor Day was the last day of summer must not have looked at Monmouth County’s September Calendar of Events. “September is a great month in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “The weather is still warm and there is an incredible variety events all month long, so get out and enjoy all the county has to offer!”
The farm markets, outdoor entertainment, festivals, and warm weather continue throughout September, when you can enjoy summer fun without the summer crowds.
September 5, 6, and 7 is Asbury Park’s Oysterfest. Quickly becoming one of the most popular events of September, the festival turns historic Cookman Avenue into one long pedestrian mall. Enjoy food, shopping, and live music on September 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., September 6 from 12:30 to 7:30 p.m., and September 9 from noon to 6 p.m.
Other events that weekend are the Ocean Grove Giant Fall Flea Market on September 6 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Ocean Pathway, the Red Bank Street Fair on September 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Belmar Pro Surfing Competition, which runs from September 11 through 14.
If you prefer crafts, Historic Allaire Village will hold its Annual Crafters’ Market on September 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On September 27, you will also find crafters at the Long Branch Block Party and Pooch Parade at West End Park and at Middletown Day at Croydon Hall.
The Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore will take place on September 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., when Main Street in Belmar will be filled with Italian food and spirits, games, activities, live music, and special guests.
Also in September, find two car shows in the county. The Ocean Grove British Car Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 20 along Main Avenue and the third annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show at the PNC Bank Arts Center takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 27.
On September 20 also, the Open Space Pace fall festival will bring a unique, exciting day of fun to downtown Freehold and Freehold Raceway. The affair starts with a parade of horses down Main Street in Freehold at 10 a.m. and continues to Freehold Raceway. There will be races, demonstrations, food, exhibits, family activities, and music, beginning with the parade at 10 a.m. and ending with fireworks at dusk. The event will be capped an outdoor concert and a fireworks display.
September 28 is Red Bank’s famous Oyster Festival at the White Street Parking Lot. This food and music festival runs from noon to 7 p.m., with a rain date of October 5.
The last weekend in September holds just as much fun as the first weekend: September 27 from noon to 4 p.m. is Micro-Brew on the Pier at Belmar Marina; the 1830s Fall Harvest Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Allaire Village; and September 28 is the Harvest Home Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel.
As always, Monmouth County’s Calendar of Events will provide you with even more September entertainment. For a complete listing of events, go to www.visitmonmouth.com and click on the Tourism tab to find the Calendar of Events. Compiled by the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism, it is a comprehensive source for things to do and places to go and is updated regularly. You can also call 1-800-523-2587 to have a packet of information mailed to you, or stop by 1 East Main St., Freehold to browse the extensive literature between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
The next time you are on Facebook, be sure to “like” the Monmouth County Tourism Page. If you use Twitter, follow them on there, too.