Things to do on the Jersey Shore this weekend, October 8-10

It’s only a week into October and the New Jersey coast embraces it fully.

With costume shops popping up around every corner, pumpkin-lanterns proudly standing in front of houses and pumpkin-spices all Free all over, there is no doubt that people welcome fall with open arms.

To kick off the season, there are lots of fun things to do locally this week.

Kim Petras launches the future in Asbury Park and Atlantic City

"The future begins now" Singer Kim Petras covers Sound Waves at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Friday October 8 and the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park on Saturday October 9.

This weekend, the future begins in New Jersey.

Kim Petras, the pop star who just released her single “Future Starts Now” in August, is bringing the party to our region for a pair of must-see performances.

After turning heads at the Met Gala, New York Fashion Week and MTV’s VMAs, Petras made headlines on Sound Waves at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on Friday.

Petras then leads the shore for the KP x AP Pride Party at the Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park. The final show of the Stone Pony Summer Stage 2021 season, the show will also feature New Jersey drag sensation Pissi Myles as well as Alex Chapman and DJ Carl Michaels.

Sound Waves, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 1000 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, $ 59 to $ 89. For more information, visit

Stone Pony Summer Stage, 913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park, $ 35 in advance and $ 45 at the door. For more information, visit

7th Annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival at Ship Bottom

The seventh annual LBI Fly International Kite Festival takes place this weekend, with events throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Ship Bottom. To view a full schedule of events, demos, and their locations, visit

Nearly 50 professional kites arrive from across the country (and sometimes from overseas) to host free presentations for all to see from the beaches of Ship Bottom.

The festival will be held primarily on the beaches of Ship Bottom, between 18th and 25th Street, with a few events at other LBI locations. For more information, visit

Stafford Fall Wine Fest returns

The Stafford Fall Wine Festival will take place October 9-10 at Heritage Park in Manahawkin.  In the photo, the participants of the 2019 event.

More than half a dozen New Jersey wineries will come together this weekend for the ninth annual Stafford Fall Wine Fest, which takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Park in Manahawkin.

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Participating wineries include Chestnut Run Farm, Cream Ridge Winery, DiMatteo Winery, Monroeville Vineyard & Winery, Plagido’s Winery, Wagonhouse Winery, Villari Vineyards, and White Horse Winery.

While you sip, sample dishes from Latin Bites, Keystone Farms Cheese, Dags Dippers, and One Board Blonde Charcuterie, accompanied by live music.

Tickets cost $ 20 in advance (available until Thursday) or $ 25 on the day of the event; a maximum of 1,300 tickets per day will be sold. Participants under the age of 21 and designated drivers will be admitted free of charge. Guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets.

Additional free parking and shuttle services will be provided from the Stafford Municipal Complex at 260 East Bay Avenue in Manahawkin.

Heritage Park is located at 49 West Bay Ave., Manahawkin. For more information, visit

Rock the vets in Pittstown

New Jersey musicians are gathering this weekend to support the veterans with Rock the Vets, a benefit concert that will take place Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Clinton Elks Lodge in Pittstown.

Dave "Snake man" Runyan, left, pictured in 2012, is among artists who will perform Rock the Vets 2021 at the Clinton Elks Lodge on Saturday, October 9.

Along with Craig Sailer Project, Tyrone Stackhouse Project, Jersey Bill and Snakeman, Darren DeMarco Band and Dave Alen Band, Rock the Vets supports Veterans Haven North in Glen Gardner and their mission to help homeless veterans.

Clinton Elks Lodge is located at 211 Sidney Road, Pittstown. For more information, click here.

The Bradley Ramble returns to Riley Park

The Bradley Ramble Music Festival returns to the orchestra at Riley Park this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. This year’s featured artists include Emily Grove, Brian Erikscon, Chris Fox & The Beasts, Pepperwine and house band Tired Starlings.

The festival is inspired by a series of shows dubbed “The Midnight Rambles”, which were hosted by band drummer Levon Helm from 2003. Helm’s house band, who performed in the show, have supported several Renowned artists including Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Elvis Costello and more.

The Bradley Ramble Fall 2020 edition: Tara Dente (center) performing with house band Tired Starlings, Dave Ballard (left) and Mike DeSantis (right).

The Bradley Ramble is produced by Little Silver resident Dave Ballard and Fair Haven resident Mike DeSantis, who first performed the show at Little Silver in 2018. The festival takes place twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, according to Helm’s original format for “The Midnight Rambles,” which pairs local singers / songwriters with the house band.

Entrance is free, but participants must bring a blanket or lawn chair.

Riley Park is located at 615 Main St., Bradley Beach. For more information, click here or contact Dave Ballard at [email protected]

Monmouth County Park System celebrates nature and history

The Monmouth County Park System is hosting several events to celebrate nature and history this weekend.

On Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at the historic Longstreet Farm in Holmdel, visitors can watch the farm staff harvest the corn for free as it would have been done in the 1890s. Those interested can also view the mill. 19th century flour at Historic Walnford in Upper Freehold, in action for free, Saturdays and Sundays 1pm to 4pm.

Monmouth County Park System Nature on the Move van, packed with interactive activities

Additionally, Parks System’s Nature on the Move van, packed with hands-on nature activities, will visit Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold (the parking lot of the shelter building) on ​​Friday at 5:30 p.m. A park naturalist will organize a 45 to 60 minute interactive free program.

The historic Longstreet Farm is located at 44 Longstreet Road, Holmdel. Historic Walnford is located at 62 Walnford Road, Upper Freehold. Turkey Swamp Park at 200 George Road, Freehold. For more information, visit

Alex Biese, Sarah Greisemer and Chris Jordan contributed to this story.

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