We all love a long weekend! The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce has some suggestions of how to spend a fantastic fall weekend in the Long Beach Island Region of the Jersey Shore! We take our Beach Culture to the next level with fun performances, festivals, the time honored 47th Annual LBI Commemorative run and 65th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament. Start the weekend on Friday October 11 with dinner theater at Surf City Hotel. Dinner in the Pub at 6pm with a performance of the comedic Fully Committed starring Jason Booth. Cost is $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by contacting 609 494 7281 or www.surfcityhotel.com. Friday also gives lift to the three day LBI Fly Kite Festival soaring over Ship Bottom Beaches with various demos and kite making opportunities throughout the island. Visit lbifly.com for up to the minute details. Other festivals on Saturday October 12 include the Pine Barrens Jamboree 10am -430pm at Wells Mills Park in Waretown, Shellabration at Bayview Park on LBI and a two day Fall Wine Festival at Manahawkin Lake Park in Stafford Township both Saturday and Sunday noon to 5pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at gate (21 and under or designated drivers are no cost). Saturday night, 7pm take part in Lighthouse International Film Society screening of Saving Sea Turtles at LBI Foundation for the Arts & Sciences in Loveladies. Tickets are $5 and will also feature an expert Turtle Panel. For those looking to add some thrills, Fantasy Island Amusement Park, Beach Haven will be offering Unlimited Ride specials throughout the weekend and a fireworks spectacular on October 12 at 9pm!
Spend a beautiful weekend down at the farm with Argos Fall Fun activities for all ages to enjoy. From U Pick pumpkins to corn mazes there is plenty to start off your harvest or haunted October. Sassafras Hill Farm in Barnegat is open with their Farm stand and Pumpkin picking. For those looking to get prepped for the holidays, Between the Sheets is holding a Holiday Table Linen Truck Show from Thursday October 10 through Saturday October 12 from 10am to 5pm at their 1012 Central Ave Ship Bottom Location. Embrace your inner pumpkin at Reynolds Garden Shop, 201 E Bay Ave Manahawkin, from noon to 4pm on Saturday. Enjoy a day of activities geared around family fun with an “all-you-can-carry” pumpkin sale ($25 adults, $15 children), a pumpkin pie eating contest (2 p.m.), pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, games, prizes, refreshments and a raffle for a beautiful harvest basket! NEW THIS YEAR, get inspired with two harvest decor demonstrations during the Harvest Festival! If music is your thing, head to Lizzie Rose Music Room for The Band Saturday October 12 and Live at the Fillmore Tribute to the original Allman Brothers Band on October 13 in Tuckerton.
Take advantage of the three day weekend to try your cast in the Fall Surf Fishing Classic. With daily prizes for Striped Bass and Blue fish this annual tradition offers plenty of excitement lasting until December 8; register or find out more on www.lbisfc.com . The Southern Ocean Surf & Sip Brew Trail is always open and ready for those over 21 to begin, go to UNTAPPD app and find us as a verified venue or www.southernoceanmade.com for trail details. As always the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce member restaurants, lodging and services help round out your stay by going to www.visitLBIregion.com or calling our fully staffed visitor center at 609 494 7211 .