As we just passed the middle of September, the “local summer” at the Jersey Shore still continues. Plenty to do around here, with many festivals, car shows and sport events.
Before the weekend events start, Wednesday, September 18 it’s the Jersey Shore Fashion Show Fall 2013 at the Watermark in Asbury Park. Enjoy latest fashions, support Jersey Shore boutiques, watch the most talented local models, and network with business owners.
The major event of the weekend, running Thursday through Sunday, is the Irish Fall Festival in North Wildwood, the largest Irish Festival on the East Coast. 4-day celebration of Irish heritage with dancing, music, food, vendors and crafts. 8am-11pm daily along Olde NJ Ave. There’s also a golf tournament, amateur boxing matches, Irish dance lessons, 5k run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Catholic Mass and it all concludes with a parade on Surf Ave on Sunday.
Friday to Sunday it’s the Que by the Sea BBQ Festival in Seaside Heights, the Fifth Annual BBQ State Championship on Grant Ave. Fri 5-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm and Sun 10am-6pm. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, it features contestants from throughout the tri-state area. The festival will include large BBQ vendors, artists and crafters, as well as retail vendors and all day musical entertainment.
Friday and Saturday it’s a Seafarers Celebration in Wildwood Crest. Friday night at Centennial Park features live music at 7pm and fireworks at 9pm. Saturday features the festival along Sunset Lake on New Jersey Ave. Dozens of craft and food vendors, family entertainment, live music, children’s activities and more. Free event!
Saturday it’s the 36th Annual Festival of the Sea on Arnold Ave and in downtown Point Pleasant Beach, 10am-7pm. Visitors sample dishes by area’s finest restaurants. There’s arts and crafts, pony rides, hundreds of vendors, kiddie games, live entertainment and more.
Saturday, Stone Harbor hosts the Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival. 2nd annual festival, on 96th St.
Sunday, September 22, there’s the Red Bank Guiness Oyster Festival in the White St parking lot. Tons of oysters and Guiness, live music, and music from 25 of Red Bank’s restaurants.
Saturday, September 21, there are two interesting sports events:
- Jersey Shore Tour de Cure starts from Asbury Park. It’s American Diabetes Association’s signature cycling event – a ride, not a race, through scenic Monmouth County. Raising money to prevent and cure Diabetes, and to improve the lives of those living with it.
- Belmar hosts MudManX Beach Bash N’ Dash, NJ’s First Beach Obstacle Race, 9am.
There are also a few car shows in every part of the Jersey Shore:
- Saturday it’s the Tuckerton Seaport Antique Car & Truck Show with over 100 antique and classic cars and trucks on display, In conjunction with the Vintage Auto Museum of NJ. 10am-2pm.
- Also Saturday you can see the Ocean Grove British Car Show with 100+ British cars on display. 10am-4pm “Brits on the Beach”.
- Sunday, Ocean City hosts a Corvette Show with over 350 cars exhibited. One of the largest shows of its kind in the East. Models from every year Corvettes were manufactured comprise this colorful show. Displayed on the boardwalk from 6th-10th St., 11:30am-4pm.
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