With the summer passing by in what seems to be the blink of an eye, towns end out the season with celebrations and festivities to savor every last bit of summer at the Shore. From town-wide events to festivals and races, end your summer with fireworks, food, fun and so much more.
While the end of summer may induce back-to-school blues and summertime flashbacks, most towns keep the summer fun going strong a bit longer with fun festivities such as Manasquan’s Labor Day Celebration. There will be a special Labor Day Concert on Sept. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the Main Beach with the Retro Kings. For more information, visit squantourism.com.
Spring Lake will also be hosting its own Labor Day event. The Labor Day End of Summer Celebration and Art Walk will take place Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy the day strolling through the Third Avenue Business District while taking in works of art created by local artists.
For more information, check out visitspringlake.com.
Take part in an annual festival that perfectly pairs beer with barbecue at Monmouth Park’s BBQ and Craft Beer Festival.The three-day event will run from Sept. 1 through 3 in Oceanport.
Monmouth Park’s finger-lickin’ good festival includes a craft beer garden with over 40 beers to choose from to be paired with the juiciest pulled pork, brisket and ribs the Jersey Shore has to offer. Of course a day at the track would not be complete without live thoroughbred racing. For more information, visit monmouthpark.com.
The Lakewood BlueClaws know how to end the season with a bang, finishing the summer with plenty of fun at FirstEnergy Park, 2 Stadium Way, Lakewood.
BlueClaws Augtoberfest Night will be held Friday, Aug. 31, and is presented by Founder’s Brewing with beer and food specials. Make sure to stick around for a fireworks spectacular after the game.
The BlueClaws will host their final fireworks show of 2018 after the Sept. 2 game, presented by Coca Cola. For more information, head to blueclaws.com.
The Orchestra of St. Peter by the Sea, led by Father Alphonse Stephenson, a summer staple at the Jersey Shore, will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. Stephenson will conduct Ocean Grove’s traditional end-of-summer concert in the Great Auditorium with a medley of patriotic anthems, Broadway show tunes and operatic selections. For more information, visit oceangrove.org.
The 32nd Annual Olde Time Antiques, Crafts and Collectibles Faire will take place Saturday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is sponsored by the Ocean County Historical Society. There will be over 50 vendors, live music, food trucks, historical re-enactors, classic cars, antique engines and more at the Ocean County Parking Garage on Madison and Hadley avenues in Toms River. For more information, visit oceancountyhistory.org.
The Eatontown Labor Day 5K will be held Monday, Sept. 3, at the Eatontown Sheraton [Ballroom Entrance], Industrial Way East & Route 35. The 24th annual race has three components: the Fitness Walk starts at 8:45 a.m., the One-Mile Run at 9 a.m. and the 5K run will start at 9:15 a.m. For more information, visit eatontownnj.com.
The Saturday in the Park Women’s 5K is Jersey Shore Running Club’s 25th Anniversary Women’s 5K Run and Walk to benefit organizations with programs dedicated to providing shelter, counseling, advocacy and education for women and their families in Monmouth and Ocean counties. The run will be held in Holmdel Park on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 a.m.
For more information, visit saturdayinthepark5k.org.
The Pier House 5K will be held in Long Branch on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, at 8:30 a.m. The 15th annual run presented by Shore AC and Jersey Shore Running Club benefits local organizations including Holiday Express and others. For more information, visit runsignup.com.