Seasonal Must-Dos in Ocean County

By Victoria Ford | Oct 09, 2019

Ocean County — The fall fun is just beginning in Ocean County.

“Fall is always one of the busiest times of year for large events in Ocean County,” said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Division of Tourism and Business Development. The Ocean County Parks and Recreation Department hosts a number of fall events as well.

“Our parks department continuously hosts fantastic events throughout the year for our residents and visitors,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines, who serves as liaison to the department.

The 25th annual Pine Barrens Jamboree is Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine. This free event will include music of the Pines, cultural demonstrations and lectures, traditional crafts and crafters, kids’ crafts and games, nature and history programs, food and more. The event takes place at Wells Mills County Park in Waretown.

The following weekend is the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey, Oct. 19 and 20, rain or shine. The annual challenge includes three Ocean County locations, the Barnegat Lighthouse, the Barnegat Light Museum and re-created Tucker’s Island Lighthouse at the Tuckerton Seaport. Information for the challenge can be found at

If the family is hankering for fresh produce, corn mazes, pumpkin patches and hayrides, visit some of the numerous nearby farms. Sassafras Hill Farm and Brookville Farm are just off Route 72 in Barnegat; Argos Farm Market is located in Forked River; U-Pick Blueberry Farm is in Lanoka Harbor; and New Egypt has Hallock’s U-Pick Farm, Krowicki’s Farm Market and Greenhouse, Emery’s Farm and Dewolf’s U-Pick Farm.

Jakes Branch County Park in Beachwood is hosting “Awesome Autumn Fun” on Nov. 2 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The free event is first come, first served, and will include hayrides, candy in the hay, apple cider, a food truck, little tots hay maze, petting zoo, games and more. For more information, call 732-281-2750.

To find other events hosted by the Ocean County Parks Department, visit or check out the Facebook page @OceanCountyParks. For other events happening around Ocean County, visit the Ocean County Tourism website, or follow the Facebook page @tourismOceanCounty.  —V.F.

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