The summer is just flying by. Seems like Memorial Day was just last week and we’re already past the 4th of July. I just looked at the calendar and there are only seven weekends left before Labor Day weekend. The time to plan your trip to the Jersey Shore is now. This week there is a wealth of events and you’ll be really happy if you like music, as there are a lot of concerts. Also a triathlon, lobster fest and sand castle contest are on the calendar.
Tuesday evening, July 13th Jack Johnson is live at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ. He is on his “To The Sea” tour, well Jack you picked the right venue and we’re looking forward to seeing you at the Jersey Shore. The show starts at 7:00pm and tickets are still available as of this writing.
**CANCELED* For today *RESCHEDULED* for Wednesday, July 28, 2010. For more details visit www.njsandcastle.com On Wednesday, July 14th is the 24 Annual New Jersey Sand Castle Contest in Belmar at the 18th Avenue Beach. The competition is free and open to participants of all ages. Three prize places are awarded in six individual categories:7 and under, 8 to 11, 12 to 15, and 16 and up. There is also a “Best on the Beach” award. Spend a fun day at the beach – free giveaways, drinks, snacks, music and more!
Head back to the PNC Bank Arts Center on Thursday, July 15 at 7:00pm for the Southern Voice Tour featuring Tim McGraw with Lady Antebellum and Love & Theft. On Friday, July 16 Meatloaf with Lisa Bouchelle comes to town and the show starts at 7:30pm.
The Count Basie Theatre will be featuring RENT July 16 – 25. Show times are 8:00pm Fridays and Saturdays and 3:00 pm on Sundays. See the Rock Musical that changed Broadway forever when Phoenix Productions, Central Jersey’s award-winning community theatre company, presents the Broadway blockbuster.
Take A Chance on Me! Back by popular demand, Arrival from Sweden revives the amazing music and energy of the original ABBA, with classics like Waterloo, Fernando, Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money and many more! Saturday, July 17, 2010 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM in the Auditorium at Ocean Grove.
The Metroman Triathlon at Asbury Park will take place on Sunday, July 18th. The Swim will be in the Atlantic Ocean and on the beach in Asbury Park. The finish of the race will be on the Boardwalk in Asbury Park. The Asbury Park Boardwalk is located in Central New Jersey about 60 minutes south of New York City, and is conveniently accessible by the North Jersey Coast Line out of Newark and New York. The Youth Distance Race start is at 6:30am, Intermediate Distance at 6:45am and Sprint Distance 7:30am. Visit the Metroman Triathlon at Asbury Park’s Website for all of the details and information.
The Vans Warped Tour is a touring music and extreme sports festival. The tour is held in venues such as parking lots or fields upon which the stages and other structures are erected. This year the Van Warped Tour hits the Jersey Shore at Monmouth Park on Sunday, July 18, 2010. The BMX/skateboarding shoe manufacturer Vans, among others, has sponsored the tour every year since 1995. The tour started out as a showcase for punk rock music, but its more recent line-ups have featured a diversity of genres. There will still be live racing at Monmouth Park the same day and they will still have Family Fun Day.
The Bradley Beach Lobster Fest returns Sunday, July 18, 2010 from 12-8pm at the 5th Avenue Beach Front Pavilion. Entrance to the event is free. Fun children’s entertainment, great seating areas and live music all day. This is a rain or shine events. They will be running a trolley service from the Bradley Beach train station. Easy enough to miss the traffic then, our hotel is located within a mile of the Middletown Train Station. Hop aboard and the adult fare is $6.00 each way. I don’t know about you but, I’d gladly pay that as opposed to sitting in Parkway traffic. There will be beer and wine available with proper ID’s. Seating available but bringing a beach blanket is recommended. For more information on Lobster Fest visit the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce here.
If you’re heading to town for any of these great events, we’d love to have you stay with us at the Comfort Inn Middletown. If you’ve attended one of these events before, like the Sand Castle Contest, Metroman Triathalon or Lobster Fest and have any good advice or stories, please leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you. If you want to come back and post your comments after the event, we’d love that too! Happy summer to you.