Memorial Day at the Jersey Shore is the unofficial start to the summer season. The area explodes into activity and there are events here for everyone. The Jersey Shore is so much more than miles and miles of beautiful white sand beaches. Family attractions, fabulous restaurants, concerts, festivals, sporting events, arts and culture all await your visit. Part of the reason I like writing on this blog is that it’s so fun to talk about all of the events that go on around here. It makes me feel very lucky to live in such an awesome place. Without further ado here’s how you can spend your Memorial Day at our part of the Jersey Shore.
Jersey Shore Premium Outlets will be having their annual Memorial Day Sale Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th. Enjoy extra discounts on top of already low outlet prices. Click on the link to go to their event page to see store specific sales and deals. If you don’t feel like spending your holiday shopping come back and visit us during the week to take advantage of our Jersey Shore Shopping Package.
Atlantic Highlands Farmers Market Friday, May 27th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm in Veteran’s Park across from Borough Hall 100 First Ave, Atlantic Highlands. Market offers fresh produce, plants, Polish foods, fresh breads, pickled items, gourmet nuts and dried fruits, baked goods, gluten-free baked goods, chowder, fresh mozzarella and fresh-cut Jersey flowers.
Chicago takes the stage at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank at 8:00pm. Number 13 on Billboard’s Top 100 Artists of All Time, Chicago’s lifetime record sales top 100 million. Join original members Robert Lamm (keyboards, vocals), Lee Loughnane (trumpet), James Pankow (trombone) and Walt Parazaider (woodwinds) with Jason Scheff (bass, vocals), Tris Imboden (drums), Keith Howland (guitar), Lou Pardini (keyboards, vocals) and Drew Hester (percussion) for an unforgettable night benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.
Spring Lake 5 Mile Race and Race Day Sidewalk Sale is Saturday, May 28th. The Spring Lake 5 has been rated one of the country’s top 100 races by Runners World Magazine. Since it was first held in 1977, the Spring Lake Five Mile Run has grown from a small local fun run into New Jersey’s largest road race and a nationally recognized event. On Friday May 27th at 6:00 pm there will be Kids Races. The start line is at Ocean and Atlantic Avenues. From 10:00am to 8:00pm Packet Pickup will be available at the Spring Lake train station. Then Saturday May 28th Packet Pickup starts at 6:00am and at 8:00am the roads on race course will be closed to traffic. Get there before 8:00am if you want to park close to the start. Race starts at Ocean and Sussex Avenues 8:30am sharp. Following the race will be a Post Race Party!
“Brats Burgers and Beers” Day at Monmouth Park in Oceanport on Saturday, May 28th. Munchmobile Hot Dog Showdown & BeerFest on Saturday and Sunday May 28, 2011 Sponsored by the Star-Ledger. Kick off the summer with our two-day celebration of summer – Brats, Burgers & Beer. No advance tickets required. Enjoy some of the best burgers and dogs on the Jersey Shore. Last year the Windmill dominated the competition, who will win this year? You can’t go wrong with a grilling competition and horse racing.
Find the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Parade at 10:00am starting on Bradley Blvd and Ocean Avenue Saturday, May 28th. The Arts and Crafts on the Boardwalk will feature vendors, food and entertainment on Ocean Avenue. Rain or shine event Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th from 9:00am to 7:00pm daily.
The 11th Annual Seaport Craft Show will take place in Huddy Park in Highlands on Sunday, May 29th. Unique handmade treasures including jewelry, handbags, art, photography, gems, woodcraft, garden, brass, glass, soaps, candles, and so much more. Shop at Huddy Park from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The Highlands are located right near Sandy Hook so the craft show is an easy stop on your way to and from the beach. The Highlands Bridge construction is complete and the bridge has been renamed in honor of Joseph Azzolina, and is now the “Captain Joseph Azzolina Memorial Bridge.” For all the work that went into building it, I think it turned out great.
The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30, 2011, at 11:00 AM at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. The ceremony is held rain or shine. The guest speaker for this year’s ceremony will be Colonel Bertrand A. Ges of Jackson, NJ. The ceremony will also include the presentation of two scholarships to New Jersey high school seniors and the induction of two Vietnam Veterans into the Foundation’s “In Memory” program.
Atlantic Highlands Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 30 and starts at the Municipal Harbor at 11:00am and will travel down First Avenue. Atlantic Highlands really is a cute little town and First Avenue is nice place to stroll around. Stick around for dinner and visit one of our Atlantic Highlands restaurant recommendations.
I’ll be posting a weekly update on the local events throughout the summer season so you’ll always be aware of what’s up. If you know of anything going on and want me to give the event a shout on here by all means let me know, and I’ll be happy to post it. Leave it in the comments or if you have pictures or flyer or the like you can email me