September events include food, festivals and even a horse parade

FREEHOLD, NJ – Summer may have unofficially ended after Labor Day weekend, but there is still so much to see and do in Monmouth County this month!

“September is a great month in Monmouth County,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “The weather is still warm and there is an incredible variety events all month long; so get out and enjoy all the County has to offer!”

The farm markets, outdoor entertainment, festivals and warm weather continue throughout September when you can enjoy summer fun without the summer crowds.

September 11, 12 and 13 is Asbury Park’s Oysterfest. Quickly becoming one of the most popular events of the September, the festival turns historic Cookman Avenue into one long pedestrian mall. Enjoy food, shopping and live music on Sept. 11 from 5 to 10 p.m., Sept. 12 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sept. 13 from noon to 6 p.m.

Other events this weekend are the Ocean Grove Giant Fall Flea Market on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Ocean Pathway, the Late Summer Flea Market at Historic Allaire Village on Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the Taste of Atlantic Highlands takes place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 13.

The Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore will take place on Sept. 19 and 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street in Belmar will be filled with Italian food and spirits, games, activities, live music and special guests.

If you prefer crafts, Historic Allaire Village will hold its Annual Crafters’ Market on Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In September, find two car shows in the County. The Ocean Grove British Car Show takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 along Main Avenue and the 39th annual Fall Swap Meet and Auto Show at Raceway Park in Englishtown takes place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 26 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 27.

Also on Sept. 19, the Open Space Pace fall festival will bring a unique, exciting day of fun to downtown Freehold and Freehold Raceway. The affair starts with a parade of horses down Main Street in Freehold at 10:30 a.m. and continues to Freehold Raceway. There will be races, demonstrations, food, exhibits, family activities and music beginning with the parade at 10:30 a.m. and ending with an outdoor concert.

The last weekend in September holds just as much fun as the first weekend: Sept. 27 is Red Bank’s famous Oyster Festival at the White Street Parking Lot. This food and music festival runs from noon to 7 p.m. with a rain date of Oct. 4; Sept. 27 is also the Harvest Home Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel.

As always, Monmouth County’s Calendar of Events will provide you with even more September entertainment. For a complete listing of events, go to www.visitmonmouth.com and click on the Tourism tab to find the Calendar of Events. Compiled by the Monmouth County Department of Public Information and Tourism, it is a comprehensive source for things to do and places to go and is updated regularly. You can also call 1-800-523-2587 to have a packet of information mailed to you, or stop by 3 East Main St., Freehold to browse the extensive literature between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

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