Jersey Shore things to do: Father's Day, Juneteenth events

2022-06-16 09:28:49 By : Ms. Sarah Zhu

What do you get when you combine six hours of live music, more than 50 craft beer vendors and more than 20 hot sauce and spicy food vendors? It’s the return of one of the hottest days at the Jersey Shore, the HopSauce festival.

Presented by Jetty and Spice It Up, HopSauce is back for the first time since 2019, and the fun runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Park, 198 Engleside Ave. in Beach Haven.

Jimkata, Dillon/Lobsterdamus, White Cactus, Dentist and Drew and the Blue will keep the music playing.

Tickets are $20 to enjoy the food and music, $55 if you want to sample the beer and $125 for VIP passes.

The festival supports the Jetty Rock Foundation, Jetty’s nonprofit arm, in its efforts to protect oceans and waterways, and those whose lives are based around them.

For tickets and more information, visit

Here are other things to do this jam-packed weekend: 

On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, enslaved Americans in Galveston, Texas, finally received word that they were free from bondage. Last year, President Joe Biden proclaimed Juneteenth a national holiday.

In Ocean Grove, the “Sentimental Journey Big Band: Juneteenth Concert Honoring Dorian Parreott” plays at 3 p.m. Sunday in the north parking lot of the Jersey Shore Arts Center. The show recognizes Parreott's contributions to the Shore music scene with a program featuring Black composers.

Parreott has won many awards, including a Governor's Award for his contribution to arts education in New Jersey public schools.

The concert is free, but you can pre-register to assure a spot at Attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.

As summer temperatures continue to rise, few beverages sound more refreshing than a fresh, crisp lager – so why not have your pick of about 25 of them?

Icarus Brewing, 1790 Swathmore Ave. in Lakewood, hosts Lagerfest starting at noon on Saturday. It’s an idea years in the making, and it follows the 10 to 15 on tap lagers and half-dozen collaborative canned lagers the brewery released last year.

The brewery has been stashing kegs of each of its lagers in anticipation of the festival, and there will be 25 of them on tap on Saturday. (There will be just two non-lager offerings available, the signature IPA Yacht Juice and a beer slushy.)

The festival will feature collaborations will Kills Boro Brewing Co. of Staten Island, Heavy Reel Brewing Co. in Seaside Heights, Long Island’s Destination Unknown Beer Co., Conclave Brewing in Flemington, Twin Elephant Brewing Co. in Chatham, Hackensack Brewing Company, and Ever Grain Brewing Co. from Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

There will be at least nine canned lagers available to-go, in addition to commemorative glasswear and T-shirts. The day will also include live music from Chris Wintjen at 3 p.m., James Millheiser at 5 p.m. and Michael Pinto at 7 p.m.

A landmark film is returning to the big screen for a good cause in Asbury Park.

Gregg Araki’s 1992 work “The Living End,” heralded as part of the New Queer Cinema movement, plays the ShowRoom Cinema, 707 Cookman Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Presented by the ShowRoom and Asbury Park’s QSpot LGBT Community Center, the 30th anniversary screening celebrates the upcoming re-launch of QSpot’s QFest, the state’s only LGBT film festival. A portion of the proceeds will support QFest.

For tickets, $20, and more information, visit

How’s this for an extravaganza: acrobatics on ice!

Cirque du Soleil’s arena show “Crystal,” billed as the first acrobatic performance on ice, performs at the Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, for five performances from Thursday through Sunday.

Marking Cirque du Soleil’s first Prudential Center dates since 2016, “Crystal” features ice skaters, acrobats and musicians for an all-ages wonder that’s sure to be one of summer’s coolest experiences.

The show opens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with additional performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. Sunday.

For tickets, starting at $49, and more information visit

A charming and quirky chapter of golf history gets the big screen treatment with the new film “The Phantom of the Open.” 

Oscar winner Mark Rylance stars as Maurice Flitcroft, an average Joe let go from his job in a shipyard who decided, at the age of 46, to become a golfer. He then qualifies for the 1976 British Open Golf Championship.

The film was adapted by “Paddington 2” screenwriter Simon Farnaby from his book “The Phantom of the Open: Maurice Flintcroft, the World’s Worst Golfer,” which he wrote with Scott Murray, and directed by Craig Roberts.

The film opens Friday at the East Hanover 12 in East Hanover, the Reading Manville 12 in Manville, the Clairidge Simplex in Montclair, the Loews New Brunswick 18, the AMC Garden State 16 in Paramus, Rockaway Plaza 16 in Rockaway, and Montgomery Cinemas 6 in Rocky Hill.

Next Friday, June 24, the film arrives at Cherry Hill 24, Loews Monmouth Mall 15 in Eatontown, the Basie Center Cinema in Red Bank, Seacourt 10 in Toms River, and Voorhees 16 in Voorhees.

For tickets, a full list of theaters and more information, visit

David Burke is kicking off Father’s Day weekend on Thursday with his “Chandelier Supper Club” at The GOAT in Union Beach, featuring comedian Doug Karpf, who is known for performances across the country (as well as opening for country music star Jason Aldean). 

The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. for cash-bar cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a three-course prix fixe dinner and comedy show at 7 p.m. The night will be hosted by Matt Dolan, and also feature comedian Joe Pantilo.

Diners can choose from first-course items like seasonal ravioli or Caesar salad; entrees like chicken parmesan or pan-roasted salmon (with charred broccoli, artichokes, tomato caper vinaigrette); and desserts like cheesecake pops or creme brulee.

Tickets are $65 per person and available online, by calling 732-264-5222 or emailing 

The GOAT will also be hosting a Father’s Day brunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. David Burke’s other local restaurants will also be celebrating with Red Horse in Rumson featuring a Father’s Day brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 to 9 p.m.; as well as a dinner at Drifthouse in Sea Bright from 4 to 9 p.m.

Two River Theater in Red Bank will host an "Under 30 Night" on Saturday for $30 per person. Price of admission includes a ticket to see a translation of Chekhov's classic play "Three Sisters," plus access to a pre-show party.

The pre-show event includes two drinks per person (wine, beer, soda and water), appetizers from local partners, music and a selfie station. The festivities take place at the Two River's Library at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. 

Use code UNDER30PARTY online or call 732-345-1400 to book up to two tickets for those 30 and under. Only those 21+ can consume alcohol. Bring ID.

Two River Theater is at 21 Bridge Ave. For more information, visit or call 732-345-1400.

The Monmouth County Park System is hosting a Freshwater Fishing Derby on Saturday at the Manasquan Reservoir in Howell, and Sunday at Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold. The events, which are open to beginner and experienced anglers, will also feature free fishing clinics.

Both days kick off with hands-on fishing clinics from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., where Park System staff will cover how to cast and rig, as well as answer questions. The derbies take place from 2 to 5 p.m.

Prizes will be awarded each day for the longest fish in three different categories: bass, bluegill and "other." Anglers can bring their own pole or rent one for $5. Cost per derby is $25 per family of four, or $8 per person. A container of worms is included with each registration. On-site registration is cash or check only. 

Manasquan Reservoir is at 311 Windeler Road; Turkey Swamp Park is at 200 Georgia Road. For more information or to pre-register, visit or call 732-842-4000. For those with hearing impairment, the MCPS TTY/TDD number is 711.

What if you could have a time portal to the years rock 'n' roll shook the world sitting right on your coffee table?

What if you could meet the photographer who worked with acts like Metallica, Tom Petty and more? You can, from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Jim Inzero Gallery in Point Pleasant Beach.

Photographer and Matawan-native Mark Weiss will be hosting a free, two-year anniversary photo exhibition and book signing of his June 2020 release "The Decade That Rocked." The book showcases onstage and backstage moments in never-before-seen images from some of the era's most significant concerts. 

The gallery is at 502 Bay Ave. 

Freehold’s Center Players will present “An Enchanted Afternoon,” a free community event at historic Oakley Farms, at 4 p.m. Saturday. 

The show will feature performances from local artists, including vocalists, musicians and various instrumental groups. Attendees are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. 

For more information on this event or upcoming shows, visit or call 732-462-9093.

Gimme Gimme Disco is a dance party inspired by ABBA that’s hitting Asbury Park’s House of Independents at 10 p.m. Saturday.

“Calling all Dancing Queens! Here we go again! If you can’t get enough ABBA then do we have a dance party for you,” says the Gimme Gimme Disco site.

As a DJ-based dance party, Gimme Gimme Disco plays ABBA songs all night long, with a few other '70s and '80s hits mixed throughout. For the full experience, disco attire is encouraged. 

The House of Independents is at 527 Cookman Ave. Tickets for the 18 and older event are $17. More information is at

Veteran Hollywood publicist and Neptune/Ocean Township-native Dan Hararay has released a memoir on Amazon titled "Flirting with Fame: A Hollywood Publicist Recalls 50 Years of Celebrity Close Encounters."

The book cites hundreds of strange, off-beat stories from 1972 to 2022 with well-known celebrities in film, TV, music and pop-culture, such as Bruce Springsteen, as well as a vice president and two Apollo astronauts.

For more information, visit and The book is available for purchase on Amazon and on the publisher's site.

The Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice introduced Princeton’s first-ever Pride parade in 2019, and after two years of virtual gatherings, the in-person Princeton Pride festivities return on Saturday.

The march starts at 11 a.m. at the Princeton Municipal Building, 400 Witherspoon St., and will be followed by an after-party in the field at the Princeton YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place. “Sesame Street” cast member Alan Muraoka will serve as the grand marshal of this year’s parade.

Visit for more information on the parade and the Rustin Center, located at 12 Stockton St. in Princeton.

On Thursday, June 23, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center will host a gala affair in honor of leader and longtime board member James Aaron.

To celebrate his support in the expansion and advancement of APAC programming, Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector will be performing at 8 p.m. in the Vogel Auditorium, following a cocktail reception at Hollywood Golf Club at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $225 and available here, or by calling 732-531-9106. 

Spector is known for his roles in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," "Les Misérables," "Jersey Boys" and "The Cher Show."

The Hollywood Golf Club is at 510 Roseld Ave., and Axelrod is at 100 Grant Ave., both in Deal.

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