Down the Shore: County Fair, Haskell Invitational Top Weekend Events

What to do at the beach this weekend

Heading ? Check out this weekend's best bets:


The continues this weekend at the East Freehold Showgrounds in Freehold Township. Rides, music, food and 4-H exhibits are just among the attractions at the showgrounds, with $7 admission (kids younger than 12 free). Click here for a full list of events.

The field is set for the annual Haskell Invitational at in Oceanport. Paynter, the runner-up at the Belmont Stakes, is a 3-2 favorite for the $1 million purse. The Haskell is slated as the 13th race on a 14-race program with an estimated post of 6:17 p.m. The Haskell Day card will get under way at noon, with gates opening at 10 a.m.  A limited number of reserved seats are still available and can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563 or by visiting Ticketmaster.

Allaire Village at in Wall Township will feature the when cover band RAVE ON! comes to the village at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15; call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org. The historic village will then stage an at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is free although there is a $5 car fee.

Endurance competitors will test their limits as they battle earth, wind, fire and water Saturday at the at the complex in Whiting. Spectators are admitted for $10.

Looking for a dog? Check out from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 694 Challenger Way in Forked River. Prospective owners can meet dogs, enjoy games and food, including a beach-themed puppy photo booth. Call 609-242-7297 for more information.

Catch performances of the classic this weekend at Surflight Theater in Beach Haven. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $36 to $54; call 609-492-9477 or visit www.surflight.org.

comes to Manahawkin at 8 p.m. Saturday with a show by Jersey Shore Championship Wrestling. Eight matches will be featured at the Elks Lodge at 500 Hilliard Boulevard. Tickets are $10. Visit facebook.com/JSCWlike for more information. 

If you're heading back from the beach, why not stop at the ? After all, Patch will offer the chance for a if you sign up for our newsletter. Live music, including shows by Eddie Money and Smokey Robinson, will complement the beauty of the balloons. The event will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Solberg Airport.


Green Planet, 700 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach: Vocalist and guitarist Don Lee will bring his blend of rock, pop and soul to the funky Point Beach coffeehouse from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. The show is free; call 732-899-2201 for more information.

: Modern-day bluesman G. Love, frontman for G. Love and Special Sauce, will perform a with Shore favorite Quincy Mumford at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30; click here to buy.

The Aztec, 901 Boardwalk, Seaside Heights: The Aztec sponsors  with DJ Edit and DJ E.Q. and Copa free from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. Visit aztecoceanresort.com for more information.

Joe Pop's, 2002 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom: Joe Pop's, one of Long Beach Island's most popular nightspots, well welcome The Benjamins Saturday night. Call 609-494-0558 for information or visit www.joepops.com/index.htm.

: Enjoy an evening while looking out at the ocean at Point Beach's expansive Martell's Tiki Bar. Call 732-892-0131 for more information.

 "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 visitmiraclesportspub.com for more information.

Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach: Disco act Lime will headline the "Grown and Sexy Dance Party" at Joey Harrison's Surf Club. Admission is $25; call 732-793-6625 for more information.

: Pianist Andy McDonough will perform as part of the weekly Saturday Night Jazz Sessions, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.themillnj.com.

The  at Pier Village will feature a DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday night, while the  features a DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Saturday. Call 732-923-0100 for more information. 

n July 27, 2012 at 07:18 PM
This is the third time this artical has been written and this is the third time I am posting this. What is the problem Patch? Not enought news to write about, so you have to re-post the same posts? If you plan to go to the Quick Chek Balloon Festival to watch the balloons set up & take off, then be advised that they fly only twice a day, weather permitting. They fly early in the morning around 6:30 am or so and they fly in the late afternoon after 6:30 pm. There might be some balloons set up during the day that are anchored to the ground that go up & down. There are booths for food & mementos set up and a live bands do play during the day. Just know if it is hot out in Basking Ridge, it will be even hotter standing on the field waiting for the balloons to take off. So bring a chair, an umbrella and enjoy.
JenniferB July 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
If I was having an event and it got posted three times, I would be in heaven! Have you contacted the Patch directly for any revisions that should be made? I doubt they have time to read each and every comment on here as well as trying to find and write about news.


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