Races & Special Events

Join us for these annual Monmouth County Park System Special Events & Races. Applications for races can be downloaded using Adobe Reader. If you have trouble opening an application, please call 732-842-4000.

2019 DATES    

Seashore Open House

Sunday, January 20 from 1-4 p.m.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, Long Branch
It may be winter but you can still enjoy some time at the beach. The Activity Center is a great place to bring back memories of the summer or to learn more about the seashore. Stop in during our Open House for seashore fun and light refreshments. Engaging hands-on activities will entertain and educate you and your family about the shore and the sea. Speak with a Park System Naturalist about your own shell collection or the aquatic animals on display. You can even create a beach keepsake to take with you. FREE!

Parks & Programs Guide Release

Fridays, February 1, February 22, May 3, July 19 & TBA
Meet new friends, learn a new craft or outdoor skill, explore nature or a museum through the many programs, activities, and events listed in the Monmouth County Park System's Parks & Programs Guide. Pick up a free copy at your local county park or library. Or, have the most recent edition mailed directly to your home. Call 732-842-4000, ext 4313 to receive a copy or email us. (free)  

E. Murray Todd Half-Marathon

Sunday, March 10 at 8:30 a.m.
13.1 mile course loops through the residential sections of Lincroft, Holmdel and Colts Neck.
Race starts at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft.
For information, call 732-542-1642, ext. 27.
See results. 

Spring Craft Show 

Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls.   
Find the perfect home decoration or gift during this craft show.  Admission and parking are free.

Earth Day Activities  

         Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sheep Shearing/Wool Days

Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28 from 12-3 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel    
Step back into the 1890s and experience Victorian era farm life.  This annual demonstration allows visitors to appreciate the work of an old-fashioned sheep shearer. FREE!     

Spring Plant Swap

Saturday, May 4
Plant Intake from 8:30-10 a.m.
Plant Selection from 10-11:30 a.m.
Tatum Park, Red Hill Road, Middletown
Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Spring Plant Swap. It's fun, free, easy. Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Herb and vegetable seedlings may also be exchanged. For information, call 732-671-6050.  

Creative Arts & Music Festival 

Saturday, May 4  from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft   
This juried arts festival features fine artists from all mediums including pottery, jewelry, photography and painting. Learn more

Walnford Day  

Sunday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold    
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the past while learning about the evolution of this small village, plantation, and country estate through hands-on activities. Historic Walnford features a late 19th century gristmill, the 18th century Waln family home, a carriage house, and an assortment of farm buildings.  For more information, please call 609-259-6275.  Admission and parking are free.    

Eco-Elephant Family Flea Market   

Saturdays, June 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.   
Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck
Browse vendors at this outdoor market at for the one-of-a-kind item you did not even think you needed. Admission and parking are free.

Monmouth County Fair

Wednesday-Sunday, July 24-28   
Wednesday-Friday from 5-11 p.m.      
Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.    
Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.    
East Freehold Showgrounds, Freehold   
Enjoy the old-fashioned fun of this country fair including 4-H exhibits, amusement rides, entertainment, fireworks, home and garden competitions, and other special attractions.

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Celebration   

Saturday, August 24 from 6-9 p.m.   
Thompson Park, Lincroft   
Bring the whole family to celebrate the anniversary of infamous Woodstock Festival. Enjoy live musical performances at the Theater Barn; make a tie-dye T-shirt, a peace pendant necklace, or a flower crown (while supplies last); and play lawn games. Some activities may have a fee.  Admission and parking are free.

9/11 Memorial Remembrance Ceremony

Wednesday, September 11
Mt. Mitchill Scenic Overlook, Atlantic Highlands   
Join us for a remembrance ceremony at the site of Monmouth County’s 9/11 Memorial. 

Wind & Sea Festival 

Saturday, September 14 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth 
From boating to kiting and so much in between, discover all the fun that the wind and the sea provide.  Admission and parking are free.

Fall Plant Swap

Saturday, September 21   
Plant Intake from 8:30-10 a.m.      
Plant Selection from 10-11:30 a.m.      
Tatum Park, Red Hill Road, Middletown 
Calling all Gardeners! It's time for the Fall Plant Swap. It's fun, free, easy. Bring plants in one-quart, one-gallon or two-gallon containers and take home the same size and number of plants. Houseplants are also welcomed. For information, call 732-671-6050.

Harvest Home Festival

Sunday, September 29 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.    
Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel      
An old-fashioned fair reminiscent of the 1890s.  Visitors can enjoy wagon rides, games and live entertainment.  There is also ongoing crafts demonstrations and a Home & Garden competition. Admission and parking are free.   

Timberbrook Triathlon 

Saturday, October 5 at 8:30 a.m.    
Manasquan Reservoir, Howell    
Something different for athletes who like a challenge. First, complete a 3 mile run. Next, canoe or kayak 2 miles. Then, finish with a 5-mile mountain bike ride. The natural scenery of this 1,200 acre facility provides an exceptional setting for the event. (fee)  See race results.  

Thompson Park Day    

Sunday, October 20 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Thompson Park, Lincroft        
Celebrate fall by attending this festival which features pumpkin painting, a Scarecrow Contest, wagon rides, food vendors, crafts, entertainment & Strut Your Mutt Dog Costume Contest. (Admission & parking are free, some activities have a fee.)

Fall Craft Show 

Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.  
Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls  
Get a jump on your holiday shopping during this craft show.