Stay Active in NJ This Fall – NJ Community Events

Beach season may be ending, but there’s no shortage of exciting things to do in the Garden state once Fall rolls around. If you’re looking to get more active in the Autumn, this list is full of special sporting events, charity runs, and community events encompassing everything from motorcycle racing to goat yoga. 

New Jersey Community Events— Ocean and Monmouth Counties

The New Jersey sports events calendar is jam-packed with incredible experiences. Whether you're looking for a smaller gathering of micro wrestlers or a miles-long race just for cycling enthusiasts, the calendar likely has something just for you. 

If you want to get involved in the New Jersey sports scene, check out these must-catch events for the second half of 2019.

September 7 – Monmouth Football Kickoff Festival

A festival with food, live music, games, giveaways, and more to help commemorate the start of the football season.

Monmouth Park

Oceanport Avenue

Oceanport, New Jersey 07757

Time: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tickets: Free

September 15 – 13th Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament

Community volleyball event to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties.

Main Street Beach Manasquan

205 Beachfront (East Main Street & First Ave.)

Manasquan, New Jersey 08736

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Tickets: Fundraising goals of at least $75 per person ($50 for students) for each team of 6-8 people

September 15 – Jersey Shore Walk to End Hydrocephalus

Sponsored locally by Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine, The WALK to End Hydrocephalus is the Hydrocephalus Association’s largest annual fundraising event, raising nearly $2 million last year thanks to more than 17,000 participants in 40+ locations across the U.S.

Bradley Beach Boardwalk Gazebo

Ocean & 5th Avenue

Bradley Beach, New Jersey 07720

Time: 9:40 AM to 11:30 AM

Tickets: Participants raising $75 or more will receive the 2019 WALK to End Hydrocephalus T-Shirt. Those who raise $250 or more will qualify for additional gifts from the Hydrocephalus Association.

September 21 – The Endless Summer Walk

A fun annual walk along the NJ coast stretching from the Aberdeen/Matawan train station to Asbury Park.

Aberdeen-Matawan Train Station

Main St. & Atlantic Ave

Matawan, New Jersey 07747

Time: 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM

Tickets: Free

September 21 – Festival of the Sea 5K

A short, friendly run open to athletes, families, kids in strollers, and even pets. The course goes along Point Pleasant Beach and the adjoining boardwalk.

Point Pleasant Beach

202 Arnold Avenue

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey 08742

Time: 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Tickets: $45

September 21 – Barrier Island Classic Surf Competition

Long and short board division surf contests for surfers 18 years of age and older.

Island Beach State Park – Surfing Beach

Rt. 35 S.

Seaside Park, New Jersey 08752

Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Tickets: $25

September 23 – Novo Nordisk Annual Fall Golf Classic

An annual golf event to benefit Camp Nejeda, a camp for kids with type 1 diabetes, according to the reviews the Cream Ridge Golf Club has 18 holes and is well known among the players.

Cream Ridge Golf Club 
181 Route 539 
Cream Ridge, New Jersey 08514

Time: 7:30 AM to 2:00 PM

Tickets: Sponsorship starts at $1,000

September 28 – Beauty and the Beach Run

A run/walk for women to benefit Aslan Youth Ministries, a nonprofit serving children and families throughout Monmouth County.

1 Ocean Blvd.

Long Branch, New Jersey 07740

Time: 9:30 AM (5-mile race); 10:00 AM (walkers)

Tickets: $55 

September 29 – Motorcycle Run for Special Olympics New Jersey

10th annual motorcycle ride to support the New Jersey Special Olympics.

VFW Post #2179

1 Veterans Lane

Port Monmouth, NJ 07758

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

Ticket: $15 per passenger or non-rider; $20 per rider

October 4 – 3rd Annual Stomp Out Child Abuse 5K & Family Fun Run

A 5K and fun run to raise awareness for child abuse and help support The Friends of the Monmouth County Child Advocacy Center.

Thompson Park

805 Newman Springs Rd.

Lincroft, NJ 07738

Time: 9:00 AM (5K); 10:00 AM (Fun Run)

Tickets: $18 Fun Run; $28 5K

October 5 – Timberbrook Triathlon

A triathlon consisting of running, canoeing/kayaking, and mountain biking, held at the Manasquan Reservoir.

Manasquan Reservoir

311 Windeler Rd.

Howell, New Jersey 07731

Time: 9:00 AM

Tickets: $30 solo entry; $45 team entry

October 5 – Matawan Day

Sponsored by Northeast Spine and Sports Medicine, this year’s annual Matawan Day and Fall Festival is full of Food Vendors (including a Beer & Wine Garden), local artisans, and live music and entertainment for all attendees.

Main Street,

Matawan, New Jersey 07747

Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

October 12 – Pound the Pavement for Purple - Pancreatic Cancer Run/Walk

The 6th annual pancreatic cancer run/walk event to benefit the Lustgarden Foundation.

The Headliner

1401 NJ-35

Neptune, NJ 07753

Time: 10:00 AM 5K; 10:15 AM 2-Mile Walk

Tickets: $30

October 12 – Sport Shot Singles Spectacular Bowling Tournament

A bowling tournament hosted by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church of Whiting Bowling Ministry.

Playdrome Lanes

821 Confier Street

Toms River, New Jersey 08753

Time: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

October 13 – 47th Annual LBI Commemorative 18-Mile Run

A fall race sponsored by the St. Francis Community Center in commemoration of two events: 9/11 and the 11 Israeli athletes killed at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

St. Francis Parish and Community Center

4700 Long Beach Blvd.

Brant Beach (Long Beach Township), New Jersey 08008

Time: 10:30 AM

Tickets: $35 for USATF-NJ members; $45 for non-members registered by 8/31/19, $55 thereafter

October 13 – Fall Festival @ Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill

Live racing and professional football with the ability to pitch a picnic outside.

Monmouth Park Sports Book by William Hill

175 Oceanport Avenue

Oceanport, New Jersey 07757

Time: Gates open at 8:00 AM; First race at 12:50 PM

Tickets: Free

October 19-20 – Tough Mudder Tri-State 2019

The legendary mud run and team building experience comes to Englishtown.

Raceway Park

230 Pension Road

Englishtown, New Jersey 07726

Tickets: From $20 (Mini Mudder) up to $200 (Tough Mudder Full Participant)

November 6 – Lincroft: Mini Golf for Charities

The 14th annual Curchin Open Miniature Golf Tournament to benefit Hope Sheds Light and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.

Curchin Group

200 Schulz Drive, #400

Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Tickets: Donation based; Sponsorship opportunities available

November 17 – The Fit2Fab Run

A fun and exciting blend of shopping, a two-mile run, and yoga.

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets

1 Premium Outlet Blvd.

Tinton Falls, New Jersey 07753

Time: 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Tickets: $30

November 29 – Born to Run 5-Mile Race

The 34th annual 5-mile run hosted by the Freehold Area Running Club with proceeds benefiting the Freehold Open Door Food Pantry.

Court Street & Lafayette Street

Freehold, NJ 07728

Time: 11:00 AM

Tickets: From free (kids 6 & under) to $40 (late registration)

November 30 – Thanks4Giving 5k Runraiser

Your choice of a 1-mile run/walk or 5K run through historic Beach Haven, with proceeds benefiting Hunger Foundation of Southern Ocean.

Veteran's Memorial Park
Engleside Ave
Beach Haven, NJ US 08008

Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Ticket: $30 Thanks4Giving 1 Mile; $32 5K

December 7 – Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run Monmouth County

A holiday-themed 5K race to raise funds for The Arthritis Foundation.

Bar Anticipation

703 16th Ave., Suite 5

Lake Como, New Jersey, 07719

Time: 9:00 AM

Tickets: Donation-based entry

December 21 – 2019 Winter IS Coming 1M, 5K, 10K, 13.1, 26.2

A “virtual race” that allows participants to complete their run from any location, including outdoor tracks, hiking trails, home treadmills, or gyms.

Time: Saturday Dec. 21 at 7:00 PM to Tuesday Dec. 31 at 7:00 PM.

Tickets: $9-$30

Whether it’s helping your community, tasting local cuisine, or just looking to get out of the house, there’s plenty to do to keep yourself active and entertained in New Jersey this Fall.