Memorial Day Weekend 2019: Fun events to do in-and-around the Jersey Shore

Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, signaling the unofficial start of summer. For those still trying to figure out plans for the occasion, you’re in luck because we scoured and curated a list of fun things, events, and specials that are happening in-and-around the Jersey Shore!

From Memorial Day parades, to a food truck festival, even some family friendly events, there’s plenty to look forward to! Best of all, they’re all throughout the greater Jersey Shoe area. Whether it’s Red Bank, Asbury Park, Freehold, or even Middletown, the list covers most of them.

Check out what’s in store in our list below! For more information about each individual event, just click on the title. This guide will be featuring events running from May 24th to May 27th.

Without any further ado, let’s begin!

Awesome 80’s Dance Party at Laurita Winery

When: May 24
Where: Laurita Winery

Craving top dance hits of the 80s and the ultimate decade of decadence? From Madonna to Young MC, every song will instantly be recognizable as the 80s hit and guaranteed to get audiences on their feet and dancing. From synth-pop to R&B and arena rock, rap with a dance beats that you cannot resist.

Love blue eyeshadow? Leg Warmers? White washed jeans? Come get totally awesome with us and flaunt your fluorescents, get silly with shoulder pads plus be ready to jaunt around in those jelly shoes! (Wrist bangles by the dozen are not mandatory… but c’mon! It’s an 80’s dance, so they’re definitely recommended!!)

With the weather being colder, we’ll be rockin’ out inside!!

Tickets are $7.50 (tax included) and WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!! WE WILL SELL OUT!!

This is an adult-themed event, and as such is for ages 21+ ONLY!

And why not stay at The Inn at Laurita Winery?

Awesome 80's Dance Party at Laurita Winery

Memorial Day Sales at Sorella Bella

When: May 24 at 11 AM – May 27 at 7 PM
Where: Sorella Bella Boutique, 27 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

Come kick off SUMMER with Sorella Bella Boutique!!

This WEEKEND ONLY (FRIDAY-MONDAY) enjoy an ADDITIONAL 20% OFF ALREADY MARKED DOWN ITEMS!! Tons of great STYLES will be marked down, including DENIM!

Holiday weekend hours:
Friday 5/24- 11-7pm
Saturday 5/25- 11-7pm
Sunday 5/26- 12-5pm
Monday 5/27- 11-7pm

We are excited to see everyone this weekend for the unofficial start of summer!! & as always we will have some yummy treats & wine to celebrate!!

Sorella Bella

Memorial DAY Sales at Sorella Bella

Unicorn Girls Can Release at Bradley Brew Project

When: Saturday at 10 AM – 12 PM
Where: Bradley Brew Project, 714 Main Street, Bradley Beach, New Jersey 07720

The time has come. On Memorial Day Saturday at 10am, we will be hosting our first ever can release. Of course, it has to be Unicorn Girls!

The 16oz cans in 4-packs will be $16 (sales tax included). There will be a two 4-pack limit per person.

This two hour block will only be for can and pre-filled Crowler purchases (we will have a few non-UG beers ready for you) – we will open the brewery to the public at Noon.

Unicorn Girls Can Release at Bradley Brew Project

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival 2019

When: May 25th to May 27th
Where: Monmouth Park Racetrack, 175 Oceanport Ave, Oceanport, New Jersey 07757

Gather your friends and come hungry because it’s time for our annual Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival! The Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival is back – and ready to kick off our festival season!

This year’s Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival will feature over 40 mouth-watering trucks serving everything from fresh-made empanadas, to ocean-fresh lobster rolls, to warm and gooey Belgian Waffle sundaes.

Enjoy live music all three days of the festival. In addition, FREE Family Fun Day activities will take place Saturday and Sunday including clowns, face painters, pony rides and a bounce house.

Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival 2019.jpg

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Fest

When: May 25th to May 27th
Where: Ocean Ave, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival!

May 25, 26, & 27
Hours: 11 am – 8 pm

Free event!

11 bands and emcee/DJ playing requests throughout the weekend. Over 180 craft and specialty vendors. 25 food vendors with something for everyone. Great oceanfront location. Children’s activities including water slide, rides, face painters and sand art.

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Fest

Garden State Comic Fest

When: May 25 – May 26
Where: Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ

We have once again teamed up with Garden State Comic Fest to bring you a fun-filled mini-con from 12 to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26. Comic Fest takes place in the Metropolis section of the park.

Help us kick off our Super Hero Summer with comics, collectibles, artists and some of the best DC Comics cosplay around* all set with the backdrop of DC Comics-themed roller coasters.

John Wesley Shipp who played THE FLASH on the original TV series and currently plays Henry Allen and Jay Garrick on the CW Network’s version will join Comic Fest for meet and greets, autographs and photos** both Saturday and Sunday.
Charlie Schlatter who voices THE FLASH in THE LEGO Movie will join Comic Fest for meet and greets autographs and photos** both Saturday and Sunday.

Garden State Comic Fest at Six Flags Great Adventure

Long Branch 2019 Art in the Park

When: May 26
Where: The City of Long Branch, NJ

The Annual Art in the Park event will be held 10 AM – 5 PM on Sunday, May 26th in West End Park!  Come enjoy the work of over 50 juried artists and artisans.
Event is free to the public. Rain date is May 27th

Long Branch 2019 Art in the Park

19th Annual Seaport Craft Show

When: May 26 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Where: Huddy Park, 301 Shore Drive, Highlands, New Jersey 07732

The Highlands Business Partnership will host the 19th Annual Seaport Craft Show, Sunday, May 26th, rain or shine from 10 am – 4 pm. Admission is free. Come experience a delightful collection of various handmade crafts from more than 60 crafters and artisans. Live entertainment by Chris Morrisy, from 11AM – 3PM. Shop till you drop for unique gifts, art, jewelry and personal items at this Juried Show.

19th Annual Seaport Craft Show

Highwaiilands Luau Party

When: May 26, 11 AM – 11 PM
Where:  The Seafarer Bar, 1 Atlantic Street, Highlands, New Jersey 07732

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND! Start your summer off right! The luau party is back at The Seafarer! Live hula dancers, fire show, real Hawaiian drummers (7PM), food and tiki drink specials, live music from Shifty and the Gears (4PM) and more!!!!!! If you missed our Luau parties last year this is your chance to redeem yourself! The most fun party at the Jersey Shore!!!

Highwaiilands Luau Party

145th Freehold Memorial Day Parade

When: May 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 2 PM
Where: Freehold Borough, New Jersey

145 Annual Memorial Day Parade presented by the Freehold Memorial Day Parade Committee
Monday, May 27th 2019. 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
The largest and longest consecutively running Memorial Day Parade in New Jersey. Organized by the Freehold Memorial Day Parade Committee.

Every Memorial Day morning at 10:00 am, the Freehold Memorial Day Parade steps off from the corner of Brinkerhoff Ave. and Main Street in Freehold. The committee strives, with the help of community donations, to make every parade different, and bigger and better than the year before.

Please visit for more information on sponsorships, to volunteer, or to register to march in the parade.

145th Freehold Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

When: May 27, 2019 at 11 AM – 2 PM
Where: 90 Monmouth St, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

This year’s Memorial Ceremony will include a Parade to honor our nation’s Veterans and fallen heroes. The Parade will feature floats, horses, marching band, bagpipers, community organizations and veterans’ organizations. We invite the community to march with us on Monday, May 27th at 12PM. the Parade will line up on Irving Place and Arthur Place. It will start at noon and proceed towards the Veterans’ Monument on Monmouth Street to conclude with our annual Memorial Day Service at 12:45PM

Red Bank Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Backyard BBQ 101: Cooking Class + BBQ Feast

When: May 26 at 3 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Park Jam, 42 West Front Street, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

This Memorial Day Weekend – Learn and eat the BACKYARD BBQ BASICS while overlooking the Navesink from our patio in Riverside Gardens Park !⠀

SUNDAY MAY26th at 3pm! Join us waterfront for a grillin’ and chillin’ cooking class and bbq feast!⠀

Noone likes soggy, burnt vegetables off the grill. Stop doing that. Learn the right way to pull it off like a champion of the flame.⠀
Why is your chicken always dry? Or burnt? Or flavorless? We got you covered. Brining methods and techniques for proven delicious chicken.⠀
Why do you have it, and why aren’t you using it? How to use, care for, and maximize your grill with cast iron cookware.⠀
Backyard BBQ Chicken is a staple for the cookout. We’re going to show you how to do it the right way for maximum flavor and goodness while comsuming minimal time and effort so you can get back to the party. ⠀
Noone has time for sad, weak burgers. Learn how to burger your life the right way.⠀
$55/per person includes class, food, and non-alcoholic drinks.⠀

Backyard BBQ 101 Cooking Class + BBQ Feast PArk Jam

Red Bank Community YMCA Free & Open on Memorial Day

When: May 27, 2019 at 7 AM – 3 PM
Where: Red Bank Family YMCA, 166 Maple Ave, Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

Jump into Good Health and Try Your Y

Our doors are open and we are excited to share all the Y has to offer to the community with our Free & Open Days! Bring your family and friends to enjoy Y pools, gymnasium & our wellness center on Memorial Day*.

Take a tour and learn more about all the ways the Y keeps children and families healthy together.

👉For more information visit, e-mail or stop by and visit our Welcome Center.

*Group Fitness classes and Child Watch will be closed while our instructors and staffers are spending time with their loved ones. Classes & Child Watch will be open on select holidays.

Free & Open on Memorial Day YMCA


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