Winter may be chilling our bones, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a lot to do at the shore. Our area may be best known for its beaches – they are a big part of what brings summer renters to Lavallette, Seaside Park and Ortley Beach every year – but there is still plenty to see and do for those of us who are here year ‘round.
With that in mind, we picked out some worthwhile events and things to do this February, all happening in and around Ocean County.
February 7 – WWE Presents NXT Live
This one won’t be for everyone, but fans of extreme “sports entertainment” will probably like this showcase of rising stars in the world of professional wrestling. Held at the RWJBarnabas Health Arena in Toms River, it’s sure to be a night of cheering, screaming, and intense wrestling action.
February 9 – Ocean County Mall Business Expo
Whether you’re a business owner yourself or just an interested resident, loads of businesses from throughout the region will be at the Ocean County Mall on February 9 for a business expo. Meet local contractors face-to-face, learn about local businesses you may not be familiar with, and just plain get closer to your community!
February 9, 16, 23 – Conservation Trail Hike at Island Beach State Park
Seasonal renters and year ‘round residents alike know what a gem Island Beach State Park is. Getting in is always in high demand during the summer, thanks to the beautiful, natural dunes and the feeling that you’re getting away from it all. It’s just as enjoyable in the winter! These weekly conservation talks include guest speakers, food, and weather permitting, a hike through some beautiful natural lands during a time of year you usually don’t see them. It’s a great experience learning about what makes our area special!
February 10 – 48th Annual Ocean County Bluegrass Show
For nearly 50 years, this event has been a tradition at Albert Music Hall in Waretown. You don’t have to be a bluegrass fan to enjoy this event, either. With food, nice people, and a gorgeous historic music hall hidden a little off Route 9, it’s a great excuse to get out of the house during the cold winter months.
February 16-17 – A Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper
This one is a little bit of a drive, but it’s at the shore in Ocean County, so we’re including it! The famous Surflight Theater in Beach Haven is hosting a tribute to three classics of the early rock and roll era, as performed by some great tribute acts. They just don’t make music like this anymore, so get this one on your calendar!
February 22 – An Intimate Evening With Rickie Lee Jones
The Grunin Center for the Arts on College Drive in Toms River will be hosting two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones for a night of music in a cozy venue. The singer and songwriter has been garnering praise for her blues, soul, jazz, and pop work since the 1970s. It’s worth a look!
As you can see, even during the frigid days of winter there is a lot going on near Seaside Park, Ortley Beach and Lavallette, and that’s not even getting into the fantastic restaurants, nightclubs, and other attractions in our area.
Go enjoy living at the Jersey Shore!