FREEHOLD, NJ – Unseasonably warm weather has given Monmouth County a jump start on the spring season.
“With so many wonderful things to do in April there are more reasons than ever to visit Monmouth County,” Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “The county’s Calendar of Events has many family activities that are either free or low cost and will suit nearly every taste.”
The county Tourism office provides an up-to-the-minute listing of activities, shows, demonstrations, museums and events. Log onto www.visitmonmouth.com and click on the Tourism link to access the information 24 hours a day, or call 800-523-2587 and request information be mailed to you.
Asbury Park’s famous First Saturday will have town-wide spring sidewalk sales and fantastic dining on April 7. RunAPalooza, sponsored by the Jersey Shore Running Club, will start on the Boardwalk at 9 a.m. on April 21.
The New Jersey Chamber Singers will put on spring concerts in Red Bank and Long Branch on April 14, 15, 21 and 22. The “Rule Americana: Spring Concert” will be at the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University on April 20. Monmouth University will offer a rich schedule of theater, art, poetry and music throughout the month.
You will find outdoor activities at the Earth Day Open House Weekend at several Monmouth County Park System locations on April 21 and 22 from noon to 5 p.m. This will be followed by the Great Spring Perennial Plant swap at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28. The annual Sheep Sheering and Wool Days at Longstreet Farm, Holmdel, will be held from noon to 3 p.m. on April 28 and 29.
Other outdoor activities April 28 will be the Spring Flea Market at Allaire Village from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Spring Arts and Crafts Festival at Squan Plaza in Manasquan from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and then there is the Sea Bright Classic Car Show along Ocean Avenue.
You can also “Paint the Town Pink” in Red Bank where there will be a spring celebration of shopping and dining experiences from April 28 through May 5.
The Easter Bunny will visit the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets on April 7 and 8 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be Easter egg hunt on the beaches of Sea Bright and Ocean Grove on April 7 at 1 p.m. An Easter sunrise service will be held at the Historic Allaire Village Chapel on April 8 at 6 a.m.
April’s stage performances include “Carry It On” starring Maureen McGovern at the Two River Theater in Red Bank from April 3 thorough 22. “Video Games Live” will feature music from the most popular video games at the Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, on April 3 at 4 p.m. Mark Muller’s “Dead on Live” is at the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University on April 13.
“An Evening Beneath the Sea” is an underwater film festival at Monmouth University‘s Wilson Hall from 7 to 10 p.m. on April 11. The event will benefit the New Jersey Shipwreck Museum located at Info Age in Wall.
Sinbad will perform live at the Count Basie Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 13. “Sherlock Holmes” will be performed at the Allaire Chapel at Allaire Village, Wall, at 7:30 p.m. on April 14. The “Hound of the Baskervilles” will be performed at the New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Long Branch, April 19 through May 20
The 15th Annual Brookdale Guitar Show is at Brookdale Community College from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15.
The month’s musical theater offerings will include the “The Music Man” performed at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan at 3 and 8 p.m. on April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29; “The Wizard of Oz” is at the Count Basie Theatre at 3 and 8 p.m. on April 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29; and “1776” is at the Spring Lake Community Theater at 8 p.m. on April 20, 21, 27, and 28.
The county’s Department of Public Information and Tourism is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call 800-523-2587 during business hours or log onto the county Web site anytime at www.visitmonmouth.com.