Heading close by or further south ? Check out this weekend's best bets:
The continues this weekend at the East Freehold Showgrounds in Freehold Township. Rides, music, food and 4-H exhibits are just among the attractions at the showgrounds, with $7 admission (kids younger than 12 free). Click here for a full list of events.
The field is set for the annual Haskell Invitational at in Oceanport. Paynter, the runner-up at the Belmont Stakes, is a 3-2 favorite for the $1 million purse. The Haskell is slated as the 13th race on a 14-race program with an estimated post of 6:17 p.m. The Haskell Day card will get under way at noon, with gates opening at 10 a.m. A limited number of reserved seats are still available and can be purchased by calling 732-571-5563 or by visiting Ticketmaster.
Allaire Village at in Wall Township will feature the when cover band RAVE ON! comes to the village at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15; call 732-919-3500 or visit www.allairevillage.org. The historic village will then stage an at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The event is free although there is a $5 car fee.
Endurance competitors will test their limits as they battle earth, wind, fire and water Saturday at the at the complex in Whiting. Spectators are admitted for $10.
Looking for a dog? Check out from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at 694 Challenger Way in Forked River. Prospective owners can meet dogs, enjoy games and food, including a beach-themed puppy photo booth. Call 609-242-7297 for more information.
Catch performances of the classic this weekend at Surflight Theater in Beach Haven. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $36 to $54; call 609-492-9477 or visit www.surflight.org.
comes to Manahawkin at 8 p.m. Saturday with a show by Jersey Shore Championship Wrestling. Eight matches will be featured at the Elks Lodge at 500 Hilliard Boulevard. Tickets are $10. Visit facebook.com/JSCWlike for more information.
If you're heading back from the beach, why not stop at the ? After all, Patch will offer the chance for a if you sign up for our newsletter. Live music, including shows by Eddie Money and Smokey Robinson, will complement the beauty of the balloons. The event will be held from 1 to 10 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at Solberg Airport.
Green Planet, 700 Arnold Ave., Point Pleasant Beach: Vocalist and guitarist Don Lee will bring his blend of rock, pop and soul to the funky Point Beach coffeehouse from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. The show is free; call 732-899-2201 for more information.
Joe Pop's, 2002 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom: Joe Pop's, one of Long Beach Island's most popular nightspots, well welcome The Benjamins Saturday night. Call 609-494-0558 for information or visit www.joepops.com/index.htm.
: Enjoy an evening while looking out at the ocean at Point Beach's expansive Martell's Tiki Bar. Call 732-892-0131 for more information.
"Freak Brother Fred" will lead karaoke and music requests at the Toms River pub from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Call 732-244-4262 or visitmiraclesportspub.com for more information.
Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach: Disco act Lime will headline the "Grown and Sexy Dance Party" at Joey Harrison's Surf Club. Admission is $25; call 732-793-6625 for more information.
: Pianist Andy McDonough will perform as part of the weekly Saturday Night Jazz Sessions, beginning at 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.themillnj.com.
: The at Pier Village will feature a DJ from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday night, while the features a DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Saturday. Call 732-923-0100 for more information.