July is the first full summer month at the Jersey Shore, and there’s something going on almost every day, whether it’s a concert series, fireworks display, parade or special event. We tried to hand-pick the best events down the shore in July 2015, so you can plan your trip accordingly. Note that we left out any 4th of July celebrations, as they would be enough to fill our Top 10 list.
1. Long Branch Oceanfest (July 4th). Biggest July celebration anywhere in New Jersey, on the Long Branch Boardwalk. 10am-10pm with vendors, bands, exhibits, food, and fireworks.
2. North Wildwood BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival (July 10-12). Experience the best in Barbeque & Blues on 2nd and Olde New Jersey Ave, and surrounding pubs. Live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts on the free main stage.
3. Night in Venice (July 11). Ocean City‘s annual boat parade is one of the largest in the world. Starts at the Longport Bridge and proceeds to Tennessee Ave. along the bay.
4. Asbury Park Promenade of Mermaids (July 11). Mermaids, mermen, pirates, sailors and all sea creatures are welcome to join us as we promenade down the boards. We encourage wearing all things mermaid and nautical although its not required. Its a family-friendly day of FIN! Promenade begins at Noon. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume for both adults and children as well as other categories.
5. Asbury Park Blues & Brews Festival (July 18). Free festival in Bradley Park, 12-8pm. Live music, food vendors, beer garden, crafts, children activities, fun for all ages!
6. Toms River Summer in the Street Festival (July 18). Live entertainment 3-8:30pm on Washington St, street performers, free kids games, inflatable rides, face painting, handcrafters, food vendors and more. Free admission.
7. Atlantic Highlands FilmOneFest (July 18). Popular free 1 minute film festival screens short films under the stars. Enjoy crafters, food vendors & more in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor, from 5pm.
8. Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt (July 19) in Cape May. Youngsters are invited to rendezvous with Captain Will Kidd on the Cape May Promenade, at the Convention Hall at 1 pm. Lucky treasure seekers will follow Captain Kidd to the secret site between Perry and Congress Street beaches in search of the elusive buried treasure.
9. Wildwoods Baby Parade (July 28). A Wildwoods tradition since 1909. Parade steps off at 6pm and proceeds up the famous Wildwoods Boardwalk from Convention Center to 16th Street in North Wildwood.
10. Atlantic City Taste, Food and Wine Festival (July 24-25). The event brings together local and nationally recognized chefs—including experts seen on Food Network—who host entertaining workshops and cook up as much food as onlookers’ palates can handle. Reds, whites, and rosés from award-winning international wineries complement the food at the Claridge Hotel.
If you’re looking to rent a house at the shore, check out ShoreVacations.com, Jersey Shore’s biggest vacation rentals resource. It lists hundreds of rental homes and condos from Sandy Hook all the way down to Cape May (including Belmar, Point Pleasant, Seaside Heights, Ocean City, Long Beach Island, Atlantic City or the Wildwoods). It’s a one-stop website for planning your Jersey Shore vacation, featuring beach information, weather updates and more! And of course, it has a full list of all the Jersey Shore events this year.