Summertime in Long Beach Township Is Full of Fun, Free, Family-Friendly Events

Jul 04, 2018
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill Facedown performs on the sand every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Summer is officially here, and Long Beach Township has shifted into high gear, offering a variety of events and activities from the ocean beach to the bay near its municipal complex at 68th Street in Brant Beach. Bayview Park serves as host for everything from standup paddleboarding and kayaking to yoga and seining, with concerts galore, and more – all free for residents and visitors alike.

“We want to be your summer camp,” said Bayview Park Director Joni Bakum. “We try to provide as many activities as we can to appeal to all generations. And we want to educate kids about preserving the bay, while having fun, and send them home with a special souvenir or memory from LBI.”

The park features a guarded bay beach, a large playground, gazebo, picnic area and bathrooms, and across the street, outside the municipal complex – its parking lot expanded as of a couple years ago – the municipality offers courts for basketball, pickleball and bocce, as well as a dog park. (The township also built tennis courts near Acme in Beach Haven Park not long ago.) The courts are first come, first served; there are no signups.

Sixty-eighth Street’s beachfront is also in on the action, as popular band Facedown performs on the sand every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m., sponsored by Kubel’s Too. And there’s no better spot to take in the tunes than the brand-new wooden pavilion atop the dunes there, outfitted with benches, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs.

Meanwhile, every Monday night back in Bayview Park, from 7 to 9 p.m., the township hosts a free concert. These shows are dedicated to young local bands, and are sponsored by Acme and TD Bank, along with the LBI Arts Council. Coming up on July 9, catch singer-songwriter Sahara Moon and friends.

On July 16, see The Double Negative, sponsored by Jetty, for Coquina Jam selection night. Competitors will be paired off for the annual female surf contest, to be held July 29 on the 68th Street beach, with a variety on vendors on the beach.

The Monday lineup thereafter is: the Ty Mares Band on July 23, Chris Burkhart and The Danksters on July 30, Greg Warren and Chevy Lopez on Aug. 6, The Gypsy Moon Band on Aug. 13, Chad Miller and Work in Progress on Aug. 20, and Jimmy Merchant and the Quattro on Aug. 27.

Musicians also perform at Bayview Park on Tuesdays, from 7 to 9 p.m. Next up is the Billy Walton Band, presented by The Adams Group of ReMax of Barnegat Bay, on July 10.

Additional shows are: The Kootz on July 17; Jimmy & The Parrots, presented by A Little Bite of Italy/Francis’ Restaurant, Chick’s LBI Shop, Island Audio Video, Marine Max and Ship Bottom Brewery, on July 24; Third Watch, presented by Coffee Bouteaque, Lakewood Blue Claws and Lesha Studios on July 31; Jason Booth and Ted Hammock and Steel Margarita, and facepainting by Sprinkles the Clown, presented by the LBI Chamber for National Night Out on Aug. 7; the Best of the Eagles, presented by Hackensack Meridian Health/Southern Ocean Medical Center, on Aug. 14; and Jimmy & The Parrots, presented by Artifacts, the Brant Beach Homeowners Association, Kiwanis Club of LBI, Reynolds Landscaping, The Coffee Nest and The SandPaper, on Aug. 21.

Then, on Aug. 28, the LBT PBA 373’s Bands & BBQ event will run from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring the Jimmy Brogan Trio, presented by The Adams Group of ReMax of Barnegat Bay, and Garage Kept, presented by LBIFLP/Lodge 5.

Free weekly events on the bayside – perfect for families – run until Aug. 31. On Mondays, from 3 to 4 p.m., get an introduction to standup paddleboarding from South End Surf ‘N Paddle. Just Bead It is at Bayview Park on Tuesdays, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., for “Art in the Park.” From 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, ReClam the Bay and the LBI Foundation of the Arts and Sciences offer up fun with baby clams, and their shells. Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, are Bay Days, with Alliance for a Living Ocean’s seining and “critter roundup,” as well as a kayak demo and information on stewardship of the bay with LBT Sustainability Coordinator Angela Andersen. On Thursday evenings, 6 to 7 p.m., Hot or Not Yoga leads sunset yoga in the park.

And, every day of the week, vendors LBI Surfing, Acme Surf & Sport, Island Surf & Sail and South End Surf ’N Paddle are at Bayview Park to rent standup paddleboards, kayaks and surfboards. Lessons are also available. (Vendors charge for rentals and lessons.)

Sunny Rae’s Kitchen is on site in the park to sell food and drinks.

The township will also host a number of race events this summer and fall, including South End’s SUP Fun Race on July 14, DQ Events/Acme Surf & Sport’s SUP or Splash Then Dash events on Aug. 16, and the annual LBI/Bayview Park Tri/Duathlon and Paratriathlon on Sept. 16.

Also, save the date  Oct. 6 for the LBT Oyster “Shellabration” Festival, a new tradition to be held the weekend of the Kite Festival. The LBI Chamber is also sponsoring kitemaking and other family activities that same Saturday, at Bayview Park.

And, of course, “don’t miss our signature sunsets,” said Bakum. They’re free as well!

For more information on summer activities and events in Long Beach Township, visit longbeachtownship.com or contact Bakum at 609-361-1000, extension 6629.  —J.K.-H.

 

 

 

 

 

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