It is part of Jersey Shore tradition to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean, pull crab traps from the Barnegat Bay and challenge our skills at the game stands on famous Jersey boardwalks.
“Nostalgia surrounds us here“, states Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, “Our culture is rich with generations of heartfelt memories and deeply-rooted family heritage.”
The experience of a Jersey Shore vacation, however, has expanded and evolved. Travelers are not limited to a spot on the beach but are now enticed to explore and engage in an ever-growing array of festivals and events. From live concerts, food trucks and libations to action sports, nature explorations, and downtown celebrations…festivals are just plain fabulous!
“Ocean County is at the heart of the Jersey Shore and our tourism attractions, local towns and area destinations are bustling with a variety of events.” Says Freeholder Vicari, the liaison to tourism in Ocean County, NJ. “Every year there are new additions to much-loved annual events, and brand new festivals pop up as well. There are a lot of choices, not only in the Summer but ALL YEAR LONG!”
Some of the largest events include the Food Trucks and Fire Pits series at Laurita Winery (various dates), the Truckerton Food Truck and Brew Fest at Tuckerton Seaport ( August 12th & 13th ), Chowder Fest in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island ( Sept 30th & Oct 1st ), the Beach Plum Festival at Island Beach State Park ( Sept 10th ) and the Festival of the Sea & Street Fair on Arnold Avenue in Point Pleasant Beach (Sept 16th).
Ocean County’s Department of Tourism and Business Development provides weekly highlights of upcoming events. In addition to a full, searchable events calendar on their website, the “Event Highlights” report is posted on the site and on Facebook and lists the best events of the coming weeks.
As Freeholder Vicari explains, “You can never be bored at the Shore, especially not in Ocean County!”