Special Events

July 4

Oceanfest 2014 – 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on the half-mile oceanfront promenade between Seven Presidents Park and the Ocean Place Resort & Spa in Long Branch. This annual Fourth of July tradition is a free, family-oriented festival that attracts thousands of local residents and visitors from throughout the region. Activities will include master sand sculpting exhibits on the beach, strolling entertainers, live music of every imaginable type, food vendors, craft vendors, and lots of activities for children. The fun-filled daytime activities offer a great prelude to a spectacular fireworks display.

July 10 through 13

23rd Annual Colts Neck Country Fair – at the Bucks Mill Recreation Area, Bucks Mill Road in Colts Neck. This year’s fair will include the return of the midway, fireworks on opening night, the traditional Great American Apple Pie Contest, rides for youngsters, games, food, vendors, crafts, live music, dance performances, magic shows, clowns, a hole-in-one golf challenge, and dogs from the Bayshore Companion Dog Club performing obedience, agility, dance routines, and nosework, and much more. Admisson is $5 per person; children under age five are free. The fair benefits a host of local civic and service organizations. For information, visit www.coltsneckfair.com.

July 19

Point Pleasant Borough Jazz and Blues Festival – 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Riverside Park, corner of Maxson Avenue and River Road in Point Pleasant Borough. Free admission. Music all day on the main stage. Featuring a beer and wine garden, arts, crafts, food, river views, kids’ activities, dancing, and more. For information, visit http://www.jerseyshorefestival.org/PtPleasant/index.php.

July 23 through 27

40th Annual Monmouth County Fair – at the East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road in Freehold. An enduring traditional family favorite, featuring opening night fireworks, 4-H events, animal shows and exhibits, rides and amusements, free stage entertainment, racing pigs, home and garden competition, antique and classic car cruise night, information about community groups and local businesses, vendors, crafters, food, and much more. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For details, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call (732) 842-4000, ext. 4312.

July 25 through August 9

“A Few Good Men” – at the Duncan Smith Theater, 36 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. The Holmdel Theatre Company will present Aaron Sorkin’s captivating courtroom drama, “A Few Good Men.” Originally inspired by true events, this taut, tense thriller erupts when two Marines are accused of the hazing death of a fellow Marine at Guantanamo Bay. This hard-hitting, suspenseful story puts the Marine code of honor on trial when two military lawyers uncover a high-level conspiracy in the course of defending their clients. Aaron Sorkin (“Moneyball,” “The Social Network,” “The West Wing”) wrote the captivating courtroom drama, which ran for nearly 500 performances on Broadway in 1989. He later adapted his work into an Oscar-nominated film in1992, directed by Rob Reiner and starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. This production of “A Few Good Men” is being directed by Brian Remo and produced by Rebecca Zaccagnino and Laurie Devino. It features Carmen Balentine, Kristin Barber, Timothy Cary, Dave Duncan, Paul Fiumano, David Harris, Bill King, Bobby Marusiefski, Dave Murray, Ross Pohling, Patrick Schladebeck, Michael Sockol, David Sussman, and James Walsh. Ticket prices are $22 for the general public ($17 for seniors and $12 for students). Tickets may be purchased via the website at www.holmdeltheatrecompany.org.

July 31 through August 3

20th Annual Clam Festival – at Huddy Park in Highlands. Featuring fresh succulent seafood, land-lubber menus, live entertainment, contests, specialty vendors, crafters, games, thrill rides, and more. Free admission and parking. For information, visit www.highlandsnj.com.

July 31 through August 31

“Lucky Me” – at the New Jersey Repertory Company Lumia Theatre, 179 Broadway in Long Branch. A whimsical comedy about love, aging, bad luck, and airport security. Sara’s having a bad week, but that’s nothing new; she’s been haunted by bad luck for years. But will her new neighbor Tom, a TSA agent who brought her back from a recent trip to the emergency room, change all that? For information, visit www.njrep.org or call (732) 229-3166.