Greetings  from Asbury Park!


Mayor Moor joins the US Climate Mayors pledge to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and combat climate change. [AP Sun]

Still rockin’: the sound of the Shore, and the giants of the 70s and 80s who keep it thriving today. [NJ Monthly]

Spirits flow at the newly-opened Asbury Park Distilling. [AP Press]

List puts Asbury Park’s Beach Bar as one of the 25 best beach bars in the entire country! [NJ.com]

Playa Bowls grows up fast in Asbury Park. [AP Press]

Feeling the summer stress? Asbury Park businesses dominate this guide on how to paper yourself in New Jersey. [AP Press]

Pop-up concerts at the Danny Clinch gallery and Outpost spark some buzz. [AP Press]

Overmind celebrates re-release of their 2010 album at the Yacht Club on Friday. [NJstage.com]

Iconic 70’s disco lives again with Asbury Hotel preview performance of 54: the Musical in August. [NJStage.com]

Mermaids, pirates, and sea creatures to assemble in Asbury on August 26! [Atlantic Highlands Herald]


BYO chair, snacks, blankets, friends, and more to the weekly Beach Bonfire starting at around 8 pm. On Wednesday, July 19 the bonfire is on the Third Avenue Beach.

Asbury Park CAN hosts another Record Expungement Session on Saturday, July 15, open to all Monmouth County residents. Laws have changed, so come by to see if you are now eligible (even if you weren’t before) and learn about the expungement process. Lawyers will be on hand offering pro bono guidance. The session is at 11 am at St Stephen’s Church at the corner of Springwood and Prospect Avenues.

“Build a Better World” with the Asbury Park Library Summer Reading Program, open to kids, teens, and adults! The program starts July 3 and runs through July 28, and includes incentives for reading, games and crafts, special summer events, and prize giveaways! The program is free, more info here.

The Asbury Park Sunset Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday through October (weather permitting) at Fireman’s Park, at Sunset Avenue and Main Street. The market includes farm fresh goods, pickles, flowers, baked goods, and more. Hours are from 8 am to 1 pm, more info here.

Asbury Fresh is back! The collection of farmers, artists, craftsfolk, and more returns to Kennedy Park on Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm. More info here.


Does your mom think you’re super funny? Do you always have the wittiest t-shirt on? Do your Facebook posts always get the “haha” emoji reaction? So You Want to be a Comedian? The comedy open mic night returns to the Anchor’s Bend on Tuesday, July 11 at 8 pm, a chance for veteran and newbie comics alike to strut and fret their five minutes on the stage. More info here.

Anita Buffem’s Haus of Mimosa Drag Brunch Spectacular returns to the Asbury Hotel on Sunday, July 16 at 11 am. Enjoy comedy, live music, and a delicious brunch along with a cash bar. Tickets are $24 in advance and $35 day-of, more info here.


The Siren Arts summer residency and Summer of Radical Love exhibition continues with curator John Chaich, sharing highlights from his exhibition and art book Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community. Chaich will discuss the connections between identity, language, and materiality in his curatorial projects. The talk is from 6 pm to 8 pm on Saturday, July 15. More info here.

Walk through Asbury Park’s legendary and haunted history with tours from the pros at Paranormal Books and Curiosities. Explore the Ghosts of the Boardwalk on Thursday July 13, Friday July 14, Sunday July 16, and Friday July 21. Learn about the Ghosts and Legends of Asbury’s Downtown. on Thursday July 13, Saturday July 15, and Thursday July 20. Tours start at 7 pm and are $12, more info here.

The Market AP hosts Philly-based Forge and Finish for a Double Finger Ring Workshop on Saturday, July 15. In one of the hour-long sessions from noon to 4 pm, learn how to make a custom fit double finger ring using a bronze or sterling silver sheet. Tickets are $50 for bronze and $70 for sterling silver, more info here.

The Ocean Family Success Center presents How to Save While Living Paycheck to Paycheck, the next in their free financial literacy series on Wednesday, July 19 at 4:30 pm. More info here.

The Asbury Park Public Library presents a Bike Workshop on Friday, July 21 from 2:30 pm to 4 pm, joined by Second Life Bikes. Learn how to fix a flat, care for your bike, and safely ride it through town! More info here.

Art629 hosts Open Studio Painting Sessions on Fridays from noon to 3 pm and Mondays from 5 pm to 8 pm, open to all skill levels and with instruction provided as needed. Bring your own works in progress, start a new project, and get inspired! All supplies are included, and sessions are $20 an hour. More info here.

Uncorked hosts Paint and Sips and open studio sessions almost every night of the week, where you can flex those creative muscles and enjoy some good beverages with friends and family! This week the sessions include painting your pet, seaside tranquility, love in bloom, and sea creatures on palette wood. More info here.

Words! bookstore hosts a Children’s Story Time on Thursdays, from 11:30 am to 12 pm. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, games, songs, and fun, content mostly geared towards kids under 5. More info here.


Siren Arts presents a Beach Blanket Stitch n’ B-tch with Queer Threads on Saturday, July 15 from noon to 2 pm on the Fifth Avenue Beach. Join independent queer curators and craft enthusiasts John Chaich and Jeanne Vaccaro to craft, chat, and celebrate queer creativity on the beach. The event is BYOC: bring your own crafts! More info here.

Heaven Gallery: “Works for the Soul,” a group exhibit featuring 12 artists bearing their souls through work which expresses their deepest passion and reveals the spirit which animates their soul. The opening reception is Saturday, July 15 at 7 pm, and the exhibit runs through August 19. More info here.

Palette Gallery: “For the Birds,” a 9-person exhibit of paintings, prints, and mixed media works celebrating our fine feathered friends. More info here.

Hotel Tides: “AsburyXXX: Thirty Years, Thirty People,” a photography exhibit covering three eventful decades in Asbury Park, photographed by Robert Varcone. More info here.

Exhibit No.9: “It’s a Shore Thing,” the Fourth Anniversary Founder’s Show featuring photo-based artwork inspired by Asbury Park, but Tom White and Lois White. The exhibit runs through July 30. More info here.

Parlor Gallery: “Anything You Can Do….” a group exhibit of art created by women, curated by women. Featured artists include Indie184, Rose Freymuth-Frazier, Dahlia Elsayed, Bri Cirel, Dara Vandor, Ellen Stagg, Teresa Duck, Tonya Lee, Rebecca Rose, VHS Girl, Erica Levine, Michela Martello, and Sara Sandin. The exhibit runs through July 31, more info here.

Siren Arts: “Summer of Radical Love” kicking off a summer-long residency and exhibition with featured artists developing and creating works in a range of visual mediums, exploring cultural, racial, sexual, and gender equality. In addition to guest and featured artists, the residency features J Morrison, Caroline Wells Chandler, and Ramekon O’Arwisters. More info here.



THE BEGUILED (isolated by the Civil War, a Southern girls’ boarding school takes in an injured Union soldier, sparking sexual tension and shattering taboos)

LOST IN PARIS (a woman searches for her 88-year-old aunt, who has gone missing in Paris, in this screwball comedy)

PAST LIFE (in 1977, an aspiring composer reluctantly joins her sister’s quest to uncover the truth about their family’s dark past)

The ShowRoom hosts an exclusive early screening of Blind on Thursday, July 13. The film stars Alec Baldwin as a blinded novelist, who rediscovers a passion for life through a romance with a woman married to a jailed white-collar criminal. The screening is at 7:30 pm and is followed by a taped Q&A with Baldwin, co-star Demi Moore, and Director Michael Mailer. More info here.

The Baronet Theater at the Asbury Hotel kicks off their summer series of outdoor screenings in earnest, with movies every night of the week (weather permitting)! The lineup features the ultimate beach thriller Jaws on Friday July 14, the Secret Life of Pets on Saturday July 15, revolution and redemption in the operatic musical Les Miserables on Sunday July 16, bromantic high school comedy Superbad on Monday July 17, third installment of the Harry Potter series in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Tuesday July 18, the cutthroat side of children’s TV in Death to Smoochy on Wednesday July 19, seeking a new home for humans in Interstellar on Thursday July 12, and the 1968 zombie movie classic Night of the Living Dead on Friday July 21. Screenings starts at 8:30 pm, and tickets are $7. More info here.

Trinity Church and the Racial Justice Project hosts a screening of 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay examining race, justice, and mass incarceration in America. The screening is followed by a discussion facilitated by Jennifer Lewinski, founding member of the Asbury Park chapter of Black Lives Matter. The screening is Tuesday, July 18 at 6:30 pm, and the discussion starts at 8:30 pm. More info here.

The ShowRoom presents a screening of Jonathan Demme’s groundbreaking concert film and documentary Stop Making Sense, starring and featuring the Talking Heads on Wednesday, July 19 at 7:30 pm. More info here.

The ShowRoom kicks off the Rolling! Asbury Park APin3 short film challenge and youth summer program with a screening of the Search for Animal Chin, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the classic skateboarding film, about the skateboard group the Bones Brigade’s search for the wise old man Won Ton “Animal” Chin. The screening is Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 pm. More info here.



Pascal and Sabine hosts a Punch Bowl Social on Saturday, July 15, from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Grab a table and some friends and try out one of the five punch bowl specials, and enjoy tunes by DJ Mike Merrel in the lounge. More info here.

Who needs to choose between enjoying an outdoor beverage and enjoying time with your four-legged friend? Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar is where dog-park-meets-bar, with fun and socializing for you and your pup. All dogs are welcome on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 pm to 7 pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 pm. Small dogs get the place to themselves on Mondays from 4 pm to 7 pm. Rules and more info here. 



The Wonder Bar: Retreat Sundays featuring Pepperwine. (2pm)

The Asbury Hotel: the Sandy Mack Sunday Jam, with friends. (4pm, free)

The Asbury Hotel: the Acada Jazz Ensemble in the rooftop Salvation bar (6pm, free)

Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten: Dublin-born troubador Steve Reilly and the Rain Band with barroom favorites and originals. (6pm, free)

The Saint: Asbury Cafe presents the eclectic multi-project master Dan Bern. (6:30pm, $15)

Hotel Tides: jazz artist Carol Deminski, bringing the best of jazz, blues, classic oldies, and New Orleans-flavored tunes. (7pm)

The Stone Pony: a tribute to Sublime with Badfish, performing the 40 Oz to Freedom album in its entirety. Joined by P Funk North and Psychotic Submarines. (7pm, $20/$25)

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club: Rockit Academy from Red Bank’s Count Basie Theater. (7pm, $20)


Springwood Park: the Music Mondays series continues with blues by Billy Hector and his band, along with Matt O’Ree and Eryn Shewell. (6pm, free)

Langosta Lounge: Stringbean and the Boardwalk Social Club. (6pm, free)

The Wonder Bar: Happy Monday, with the Love Songs and Hiccup. (7pm, free)

The Saint: beach reggae from Boston with the Elovaters (7pm, $10/$13)

The Aquabats at the Stone Pony


The Stone Pony: punk, new wave, and ska, with a healthy dose of absurdity from the Aquabats, joined by Reggie and the Full Effect and CJ Ramone. (6pm, $23/$25)

The Saint: funk, blues, metal, and rock with Crobot, joined by Royal Thunder. (7:30pm, $15)



The Saint: Memphis blues, soul, and rock and roll with Amy Black. Joined by David Vargo. (6:30pm, $13/$15)

The Anchor’s Bend: reggae night with Predator Dub Assassins (7pm, free)

The Wonder Bar: five-piece Boston metal band Astronoid (7pm, $10/$12)

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club: Dueling Pianos with special guests BethAnne Clayton and Bruce Foster. (7:30pm)

Langosta Lounge: the Pinnacle (8pm, free)

Stop Light Observations at the Wonder Bar



The Anchor’s Bend: high-performance rock with RAQ, joined by Brendan and Chris from ENJOY! (6pm, free)

The Saint: it’s a faceoff of word-slinging and beat-pounding, in Rap Vs. Punk. The lineup includes Chris Rockwell, TV Tramps, DOM, No Comply, New Star, Doug Zambon, Wade Wilson, and White Owl. (7pm, $7/$10)

The Stone Pony: hip-hop with Felly (7pm, $20/$24)

The Wonder Bar: Southern retro electro rock with Stop Light Observations (7pm, $10/$12)

Tim McLoone’s Supper Club: an evening with Felix Truex for Cabaret for Life. (7pm, $35)

Asbury Park Yacht Club: American Trappist featuring Joe Michelini and Thee Idea Men. (8pm, free)

The Asbury Hotel: the Soundbooth open mic, hosted by Jason Portizo. (8pm, free)


The Saint: season 8 winner of the Voice, folk/blues singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks. Joined by Haley Johnson and Gabriel Wolfchild and the Northern Lights. (3pm, $15/$18)

Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten: swinging upright bass and folky blues with Patch ‘N Roberts. (4pm, free)

The Stone Pony: a record release show with Deal Casino, joined by the Cold Seas and Born Cages. (7pm, $12)

The Wonder Bar: The Steppin Stones, joined by Glimmer Glass Band and Jackson Pines. (7pm, $12/$15)

The Saint: Boston rockers Caricature, joined by Ropetree, Out of Bounds, Know Your Enemy, and Ryder. (8pm, $10)

Robinson Ale House: KenHe (8pm)

The Asbury Hotel: Levy and the Oaks, with the Mercury Brothers. (9pm, free)

Asbury Park Yacht Club: Sean Marshall (10pm, free)

Langosta Lounge: We Used to Cut the Grass, joined by Delta Phonic (10pm, free)

Bond Street Complex: Von Mons, the Off White, and Shark Muffin (10pm, free)




Georgie’s: “the Gay ‘Cheers’ of Asbury Park,” with pool, beer pong, Go-Go boys, karaoke extravaganzas on Wednesdays and Saturdays, Lady Marisa’s Glitter and Glam show every Thursday, twice weekly free food buffet, Ladies Nights the first Friday of every month, Sunday Funday football drink specials and buffet, and special events every night of the week.

Paradise: The club’s two dance floors and lounge include new wave/Brit pop/dark wave Night School on Wednesday, Victorious Fridays hosted by Miss Paradise Victoria Courtez, Country Line Dancing Saturdays, Shep Pettibone’s Sunday Tea Dances, Drag Wars hosted by Cee’Mour Cox on Monday, B-tchy Bingo on Tuesdays, Wepa Wednesdays Latin Nights, and more events every night of the week.

The Asbury Hotel: Enjoy DJs spinning tunes every weekend, Tea Dances, Sunday Night Trivia hosted by Gentleman Jim Norton, Monday Drag Queen Karaoke hosted by Pissi Myles, Revolutions at the Asbury on Tuesday Nights with secret drink menus and favorite local DJs, and more.

Porta: DJ Za spins every Friday from 10 pm to 2 am

House of Independents: Flashback Fridays with DJ Funsize returns on Friday, July 21 at 10 pm, with hits from the 90s and 2000s. Doors open at 10 pm and the dance party is free.


The Monmouth County Parks System includes over 30 parks, 6 golf courses, boating, camping, races, gardens, playgrounds, skateparks, recreation, creative arts, and much more! The Monmouth County Parks System is enriched by over 1,000 volunteers every year, and is always looking for more! Volunteer duties include special event staffing, horse care, race assistance, gardening and pruning, programs and camps, trail maintenance, docents and receptionists, and environmental cleanup.


Parking Committee: Thursday, July 13, 5:30 pm

Wesley Lake Commission: Tuesday, July 18, 5:30 pm

Environmental Shade Tree Commission: Tuesday, July 18, 7 pm

APTV Cable Advisory Board: Wednesday, July 19, 6 pm

Deal Lake Commission: Thursday, July 20, 7 pm


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