The Jersey Shore is undeniably one of the biggest attractions in the garden state, especially in the summertime when the local population swells due to the amount of out of state visitors that vacation around the area. With so many people around, it’s no surprise why the best events happening in Monmouth County are held during the summer. People need something to do while they’re here, right?
Even though events aren’t back to the same capacity they were a couple of years ago before the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, they’re slowly coming back. It’s time consuming to sniff out and uncover local events in Monmouth County, but we’re here to make it really simple by sharing the best events happening in Monmouth County — all in one convenient place for you to check out.
In this guide, we’ll be listing all kinds of events ranging from concerts, fairs, local craft fairs, and much more. As events happen and new ones become announced, we’ll make sure to update this guide so you stay informed. Although, you can always stay up-to-date with all the happenings with our standard events guide. Don’t forget also to check out some of our other guides below!
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When: September 18-19, 2021
Where: Asbury Park Convention Hall, 1200 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
Why we picked Sea.Hear.Now Festival:
The Sea.Hear.Now Festival is exactly what makes events at the Jersey Shore such a spectacular thing to be a part of. Combining music, the arts, fun, entertainment, and everything that makes concerts such a draw, the Sea.Hear.Now Festival will headline some big name bands that are bound to be huge draws. Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins are two of the headliners, but there are several more on tap to play at the various stages there.
Asbury Park has always been known as a hub for live music and concerts, hosting notable yearly festivals like the Warped Tour and Skate & Surf Festival, but after the inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival in 2019, it’s become the premier festival to be a part of. In addition to the music, you can expect various vendors, busy boardwalk fun, and foods at the festival.
When: November 6, 2021
Where: Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ
Why we picked Super Jersey Comic Expo:
Comic book expos are actually quite rare, especially in the garden state. Sure, New York City lays claim to the annual New York Comic Con, which is traditionally held in the fall, but Jersey doesn’t have anything remotely close to that scale. That’s why the Super Jersey Comic Expo in Holmdel is one to be excited about!
Yes, it’s the event for anyone who is into comic books, memorabilia, toys, science fiction, and collectibles. Since it’s being held at the sprawling metroburb known as Bell Works, this expo won’t be affected by the weather. While you’re there, too, you can relish on some of the fancy bites at any of the local eateries inside of Bell Works — or catch a refreshing drink from its outdoor deck bar called Bar Bella.
When: September 26, 2021
Where: White Street Parking Lot in Red Bank, NJ
Why we picked the Guinness Oyster Festival:
Red Bank events have been few and far between, so when the Guinness Oyster Festival was officially given a date, interest quickly grew because of how grandiose the annual event has been in the past. Featuring live music on two stages, food, drinks, oysters and other activities, the Guinness Oyster Festival is without question the biggest annual event held in Red Bank. It’s a fun time for the entire family!
What more can you ask in a post summertime event? In the past, there have been rides and a petting zoo for the kids, fair food from various vendors and local restaurants, beer and wine, and various craft vendors on hand for those looking to shop. With two stages playing shows at any given time, you can just enjoy the music while you’re at the event.
When: September 8-18, 2021
Where: Gianni’s Pizzeria, 15 Wikoff Pl, Red Bank, NJ
Why we picked the Mooby’s Pop-Up Experience:
Kevin Smith’s fast food restaurant was a big hit when it opened up last year for a limited run, but it’s going to be coming back to Red Bank. If you love Kevin Smith’s films, then this is one event not to miss. Not only are tickets now available to snag some of the sweet grub that the pop-up will be offering, but there will be shop inside for memorabilia and other items. And you never know, Kevin Smith and the gang may show up for the reopening like they did last year.
When: September 24-26, 2021
Where: Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park, NJ
Why we picked Asburyfest:
Call it the end of the summer bash, but Asburyfest is exactly the kind of festival that’s needed for the Jersey Shore. Featuring food, beer, live music, and vendors, this 3-day event will offer you ample opportunity to experience everything that Asburyfest has to offer — especially given how it was postponed last year due to the pandemic. Knowing that, you know it’s going to be a huge affair when it returns.