Down the Shore: Summerfest, Wine Tasting, Living History Exhibition
What to do at the Jersey Shore this weekend.
The threat of rain may dampen beach fun down the shore this weekend, but if you have to come in off the sand, there's plenty of things to do and places to go.
Check out some of this weekend's best bets:
Celebrate New Jersey wineries at the second annual Jersey Shore Wine Festival at the home of the Lakewood Blueclaws baseball team, FirstEnergy Park, Lakewood. The festival will feature tastings from 10 state wineries, live music, crafters, vendors, food and more. The festival is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the gate for adults 21 and older. Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting the Blueclaws' website or calling 732-901-7000.
The 22nd annual Point Pleasant Borough Summerfest will feature rides, games, food, music and much more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Community Park, Bridge Avenue and Beaver Dam Road. The festival also will serve as a collection point for non-perishable food on behalf of Move for Hunger, a nonprofit group.
History comes alive at Allaire Village in Wall Township, where a Civil War Encampment will be staged from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The event (which will include artillery demonstrations, battalion drills, musket cleaning, dress parades and more) is free, but there's a $5 parking fee. Call 732-919-3500 for more information.
The Ocean City Flower Show celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a three-day display on the Ocean City Music Pier. Show hours are: 2 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Shore-area artists will display their work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sea Girt Library at the Plaza in Sea Girt. More than 20 artists will be represented in the exhibition, sponsored by the Manasquan River Group of Artists.
Professional golf comes to Galloway this weekend with the ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. The three-round tournament, which begins Friday and concludes Sunday, includes 21 of the top-25 battling for their part of the $1.5 million purse. For ticket options, click here.
Pier Village in Long Branch goes to the dogs Saturday when the Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals hosts Paws For A Cause Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will feature free, pet-friendly activities for families and their dogs. Guests can make donations to support the mission of the nonprofit Purr'n Pooch Foundation for Animals. For more information about the event, visit purrnpoochfoundation.org.
The Mill at Spring Lake Heights, 101 Old Mill Road, Spring Lake Heights: Jazz vocalist Laura Hull returns to this Shore-area restaurant and brings along her Jazz Gems as part of the weekly Saturday Night Jazz Sessions, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.themillnj.com.
Jenkinson's, Parkway and Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach: Point Beach's ever-popular nightspot features well-known cover band The Benjamins at 10 p.m. Sunday night. Cover charges vary; call 732-899-0569 for more information or visit www.jenksclub.com.
The Miracle Pub, 201 Route 37 West, Toms River: "Freak Brother Fred" will lead karaoke and music requests at the Toms River pub from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Call 732-244-4262 or visit miraclesportspub.com for more information.
The Aztec, 901 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights: A favorite of MTV's "Jersey Shore," The Aztec sponsors Jersey Shore Fridays featuring a mix of Latin top 40, hip-hop, reggaeton and reggae music by DJ Edit and DJ EQ. Cover charges vary. Visit aztecoceanresort.com for more information.
Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach: Who's Bad, a Michael Jackson tribute band, will perform selections from the King of Pop's entire career at 9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Surf Club box office at 732-830-8000.
The Surf City Hotel, 800 N. Long Beach Island Boulevard, Surf City: Caribbean musical act No Discipline will perform at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Long Beach Island nightspot. Call 609-494-7281 for more information.
Martell's Tiki Bar, 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach: Enjoy an evening while looking out at the ocean at Point Beach's expansive Martell's Tiki Bar. Hi Def plays Friday, the Mike Dalton Band Saturday, with both shows starting at 9 p.m. Call 732-892-0131 for more information.