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It's time to boot-scoot boogie with the Belmar Business Partnership (BBP) in Belmar, New Jersey. From July 1, 2019, through August 5, 2019, the BBP is sponsoring six weeks of country line dancing every Monday evening in Pyanoe Plaza, which is located on Main Street at 9th Avenue. Come to dance or to enjoy the music — and check out the local shops and restaurants while you're here. This is a free event for the community. Dates: July 1 July 8 July 15 July 22 July 29 August 5 All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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When you're looking to meet up with friends for appetizers and adult beverages during your vacation in Belmar, New Jersey, you'll find plenty of options for casual fare and cocktails. Here are the Belmar Beachcomber's top picks for happy hour dining. Restaurants listed in alphabetical order. 1. 10th Avenue Burrito Company 801 Belmar Plaza Belmar, New Jersey www.tenthaveburrito.com Known locally for its "all-day happy hour," 10th Avenue Burrito Co. in Belmar offers $3 domestic drafts, $5 house wines, and other drink specials Monday to Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the inside and outside bars. Our favorite appetizers are the pork molé nachos with guacamole and sweet chili chicken wings served with avocado ranch dressing. Try the sweet and spicy corn soup, too! 2. Flames Brazilian Steakhouse 1000 Main Street Belmar, New Jersey www.flamesbraziliansteakhouse.com When the seasonal summer liquor license is in effect at Flames rodizio restaurant in Belmar, you can enjoy happy hour and live music at the full-service bar Monday to Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Happy hour specials include half-price appetizers, Brazilian-inspired cocktails, bottled beer, and wine. Try a refreshing caipirinha cocktail made with Brazilian rum, Sao Paolo Tropical with Grey Goose vodka, or a pitcher of specially mixed sangria. For appetizers, half-price small plates are perfect for sharing. We like the garlic shrimp, Parmesan-fried polenta, and empanadas. 3. Klein's Tiki Bar 708 River Road Belmar, New Jersey www.kleinsfish.com Klein's, which is celebrating its 90th year of business in 2019, is our go-to happy hour spot on Sunday afternoons after the beach. The riverfront tiki bar serves happy hour specials from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with live music seven days a week. The bar menu includes $5 Tito's cocktails, $6 Tito's martinis, half-price wines by the glass and frozen/well drinks, as well as draft and bottled beer specials. Happy hour prices include discounted raw-bar specials, and you also can order from the all-day menu or the new riverfront bar and grille menu. The Belmar Beach sushi roll and boom-boom shrimp are personal favorites. 4. La Dolce Vita Italian Seafood Grill and La Terrazza 400 and 408 Ocean Avenue Belmar, New Jersey http://laterrazzabelmar.com/ In addition to daily $5 appetizers and drink specials, you'll enjoy the people-watching and ocean views during happy hour at La Dolce Vita on Ocean Avenue. Just next door, the bar at La Terrazza ("The Terrace") also serves casual Italian fare, flat breads, pizza, and cocktails. 5. Mr. Shrimp Seafood Restaurant and Market 1608 Highway 71 Belmar, New Jersey www.mrshrimp.com Mr. Shrimp is a BYOB seafood restaurant, so the "happy hour" here is all about special pricing at the raw bar every Monday to Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Raw bar specials include oysters and clams on the half-shell, shrimp cocktail, and more. Other Popular Places For Happy Hour Belmar has other popular options in town for happy hour, including Jack's Tavern on 10th Avenue downtown, the Boathouse Bar & Grill at 1309 Main Street, Anchor Tavern on 8th Avenue and Main Street, the Marina Grille and the 9th Avenue Pier at the Belmar Marina. In nearby Lake Como, New Jersey, Bar Anticipation ("Bar A") is a year-round destination for Friday happy hour with a free buffet and drink specials. Outside of Belmar, we recommend the happy hour at Pagano's UVA Restaurant and Wine Bar, 800 Main Street, Bradley Beach, New Jersey. Happy hour at UVA is all day Sunday, noon to 7:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, and noon to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. The bar menu features pasta, salads, grilled sandwiches, and other selections. Also, Tuesday is half-price pasta night at UVA in the dining room and at the bar. The lobster ravioli at UVA are amazing paired with a Ceasar salad from the $5 happy hour menu. Cheers! All content and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. All rights reserved. Do not copy any content (including images) without our consent. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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Bring your shovels and creative flair to Belmar beach this summer for the 33rd annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (rain date July 18). This family-favorite event draws crowds of competitors and spectators to 18th Avenue beach for a day of digging and sculpting by the sea. The competition, which begins at 8 a.m., is free and open to participants of all ages. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in the following categories, along with a Best on Beach award. Age 7 and under Age 8 to 11 Age 12 to 15 Age 16+ Camps and recreation Families Classic sandcastle ​Judging is based on creativity, resourcefulness, originality, and accessories. Because the sandcastle designs get washed into the ocean by the next day, participants should use natural ingredients and environmentally friendly materials when creating their masterpieces. In 2018, the Best on Beach winners were the Bikini Boys from Seaside Heights, New Jersey, with their "Yabba Dabba Do" Flinstones-themed creation. This was the second consecutive Best on Beach win for the Bikini Boys, who also took home top honors in 2017 with their "Etch-a-Dragon" sandcastle. The New Jersey Sandcastle Contest is presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission and D’Jais. All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. All rights reserved. Do not copy any content (including images) without our consent. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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You can’t drive through downtown Belmar, New Jersey, without noticing the iconic Taylor Hardware store on the corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue. For 125 years, generations of area families have shopped at Taylor Hardware for its vast selection of home and garden goods, seasonal merchandise such as beach chairs and gas grills, and home-improvement services such as lamp and screen repairs. Without a doubt, residents and visitors alike appreciate the friendly, small-town customer service that Taylor Hardware is best known for. Tell us a little bit about your business. Taylor Hardware has been serving the Jersey Shore since 1894. The store has had various locations in Belmar, and we have been located on the corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue since 1962. We sell everything for the homeowner, small contractor, and do-it-yourself crowd. Our business is known for great service, a large selection of products, and a very knowledgeable staff that is always willing to help the customer. What was the inspiration for your business? Our store fills a need for the Shore towns. Trends and technology changes over the years, but people still need a good hardware store. We have a strong and loyal customer base and work hard to keep them happy on a daily basis. What do you enjoy most about being part of the local business community? I feel that we are a strong part of the local business community. Its enjoyable to see how the businesses support each other. I interact with almost everyone in town in at some point. People come in to get a key cut and end up hanging around sharing stories and town news. What makes Belmar great is our people and their loyalty to our town! What is something most people don't know about your business? People are often surprised that I am not Joe Taylor! My dad, Bill Connor, bought the store from John Taylor in 1978. We are entering our 40th year in business. If I was asked to describe my background in a few sentences, I would tell you that…. I was raised in Belmar, graduated St. Rose High School in 1982, and went onto Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont, graduating in 1986. I me my wife, Donna, at St. Rose, and we have been married for 29 years. We have two children: Our son, Jake, is currently involved in the business, and our daughter, Gabriella, works for a marketing firm in Red Bank. When I’m not working, I like to…. When I am not in the store, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I love to play golf and have met a lot of great people on the golf course. Often, I get to play with my mom and my son; we call it the three-generation game! Donna and I love getting out on the boardwalk and enjoying our beautiful beaches; it is a happy place for us. What is the biggest lesson you have learned being in business for yourself? The biggest lesson I have learned over the years is patience. Some years are better than others, but over the course of time, it evens out. Another lesson that we practice every day is trying to treat everyone with respect. Take care of your customers and they will always come back! Taylor Hardware 914 Main Street Belmar, New Jersey 07719 732-681-0511 www.taylorhardwarebelmar.com All content and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. All rights reserved. Do not copy any content (including images) without our consent. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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You don't have to be of Italian descent to enjoy the Belmar Feast of San Gennaro at the Jersey Shore. This year's two-day cultural and culinary celebration takes place September 14 and 15, 2019, in downtown Belmar, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The original San Gennaro Festival started in Little Italy (New York) in 1926 by recently arrived Italian immigrants to honor the patron saint of their hometown, St. Gennaro. Belmar launched its inaugural Feast of San Gennaro in 2012 as a way of giving back to the Jersey Shore community. In addition to plenty of Italian food, you'll find live music, dancing, and vendor shopping along the festival route between 10th and 13th Avenues in Belmar. On Saturday, September 14, the celebration begins at 10 a.m. with a special Mass of San Gennaro at St. Rose Catholic Church in Belmar. The Mass will be presented in Italian. Immediately after Mass, join the procession down Main Street, where the Statue of San Gennaro will be proudly displayed in the center of Main Street for all to see and honor. Belmar Feast of San Gennaro Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Cannoli Eating Contest – Saturday, September 14, 1 p.m. Two divisions: Adults (age 13 and older ) and kids (age 12 and under) $10 entry fee In 2018, proceeds from the entry fee for the Cannoli Eating Contest were donated to MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue for the medical care of their bulldogs in need. Please call 732-280-8889 to register for the 2019 contest, or visit the contest sponsor, Sweet! candy and confection shop, at 702 10th Avenue to sign up. Adults and children are welcome to participate. All contestants receive a commemorative T-shirt. The winner also receives a $25 Sweet! gift certificate, one pound of Jersey Shore saltwater taffy, a two-pound box of fudge, and recognition on a custom-engraved plaque displayed in Sweet! for all to see All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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2019 Update: Songwriters on the Beach for summer 2019 is scheduled for Thursday evenings, July 11 to August 29. The performances will take place on the 6th Avenue beach and boardwalk. Check back for the full lineup of performers - to be announced soon. Click here to read about other events happening in Belmar. We are huge fans of "Songwriters on the Beach," a free summer concert series presented by Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 The Night, and the Belmar Tourism Commission. The live musical performances take place every Thursday night July 12 through August 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. on Belmar beach between 5th and 6th Avenues. In case of rain, shows will be moved inside to the nearby Taylor Pavilion on the boardwalk. "Songwriters on the Beach" is the perfect way to wind down a summer evening during your vacation in Belmar, New Jersey. Eight performances are scheduled for summer 2018: July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, and August 30. Here is the full schedule of opening acts and headliners: July 12: Jason Morton & The Chesapeake Sons and Don DiLego July 19: Dramarama and The Brixton Riot July 26: Glorietta and Lowlight August 2: Danielia Cotton and Sherman Ewing August 9: Ike Reilly and Kurt Deemer Band August 16: The Accidentals and Tara Dente August 23: Animal Years and LeRiche August 30: (TBA) and Mike Montrey Band It is so relaxing to watch the sunset while listening to live music with a backdrop of ocean waves and your toes in the sand. Bring a beach chair or blanket and some snacks if you like — then sit back and enjoy the show! All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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A swell of surfers will compete for top honors in men’s, women’s, longboard, junior, and legends divisions during the Belmar Pro surfing competition on September 13, 14 and 15, 2019. The event is presented by Eastern Lines Surf Shop in Belmar, New Jersey. According to Don Tarrant, owner of Eastern Lines and organizer of the legendary local surfing competition, the Belmar Pro will include a bodyboard event as part of the Association of Bodyboard Professionals (ABP) tour. "It will be the first pro bodyboard event on the East Coast in years," Tarrant says. "In addition, we will have a number of food, clothing and surf industry vendors that are sponsors of the event. We'll also have several surf artists and a number of vendors representing several volunteer groups such as the Surfrider Foundation." Tarrant, who was inducted into the New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame in May 2019, has been involved with the Belmar Pro since its beginning in 2001. He and his partner, Scott Goodwin, "have worked very hard to improve the event through the years, both the infrastructure and attracting some of the best professional surfers in the world. Some of the countries generally represented are Brazil, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, and Australia, as well as the U.S. East and West Coasts and Hawaii." The entry period for the 2019 Belmar Pro opened May 1 and will close when the event is filled or by September 2, whichever comes first. "The Belmar Pro gives us the greatest opportunity to present world-class surfers with quality surf conditions. I have heard over and over again: 'I didn't know the surf was this good in New Jersey.' Hopefully, these competitors will go home with great memories and stories of their time at the Jersey Shore. I also think it's the perfect time for locals to attend an event during local summer." For more information, contact Eastern Lines at 732-681-6405 or visit www.belmarpro.com. More Belmar events Belmar vacation rentals All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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Officials in Belmar, New Jersey, will light up the summer sky with a fireworks spectacular on Friday, July 12, 2019. The show starts at dusk on Ocean Avenue. Bring your beach chairs and get there early for a prime viewing spot. Free admission. In addition to fireworks on Belmar beach, you also can watch fireworks in nearby shore towns this summer. Monmouth County Tourism has announced the following schedule of summer 2019 fireworks in the Belmar area: June 30 Wall Township Fair - Dusk July 3 (rain date July 5) Bradley Beach - 9:00 p.m. July 4 Asbury Park Beachfront - Dusk For more information about the fireworks in Belmar, contact the Belmar Tourism Commission at 732-681-3700, ext. 214. More events in Belmar, NJ All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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During your vacation in Belmar, New Jersey, you'll find a wide variety of activities and events for family members of all ages to enjoy. Here are some of the fun things to do in Belmar when you're looking to spend some quality family time together. 1. 9th Avenue Pier Miniature Golf 905 Highway 35 at the Belmar Marina Belmar, New Jersey 732-749-3800 9thavepier.com/mini-golf/ No Jersey Shore vacation is complete without a game or two of miniature golf. The 9th Ave. Pier restaurant operates the mini golf course at the Belmar Marina. Play every day (weather permitting) from noon to 10 p.m. Prices are $7 per person, or $5 for kids under age 10. After your game, head over to 9th Ave. Pier or to the Marina Grille for a bite to eat in a gorgeous waterfront setting. 2. Family Fishing Trip Belmar Marina 905 Highway 35 Belmar, New Jersey 732-681-2266 When the kids tire of the beach (is that even possible?), family fishing trips are a fun change of pace during your summer vacation in Belmar. The Belmar Marina is home to one of New Jersey's largest fleet of fishing head boats (party boats) and private fishing charters. In addition to half- and full-day fishing outings, some boats also offer sunset cruises. Each boat is independently owned and operated, so contact each vessel directly for pricing and ticket information. Read more here. 3. Free Movies on Belmar Beach​ - 2019 Schedule Grab a beach chair and head to 8th Ave. beach every Saturday at dusk for free movies on the Belmar beach. Here is the lineup for summer 2019: July 13 - Incredibles 2 (rain date July 14) July 20 - Mary Poppins Returns (rain date July 21) July 27 - Baby Boss (rain date July 28) August 3 - Ralph Breaks the Internet (rain date August 8) August 10 - Small Foot (rain date August 11) August 17 - A Dog's Way Home (rain date August 18) August 24 - Moana (rain date August 25) September 7 - Jaws (no rain date) 4. Belmar Parasail 608 River Road (parking area) Belmar, New Jersey 732-681-8359 www.belmarparasail.com You'll never forget your first parasailing adventure 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean! Parasailing is a fun family activity that does not require any previous experience or special equipment. You take off and land gently on the boat. Current prices are $75 for one person, $140 for two, and $210 for three. 5. Kids Surfing and Ocean Safety Camps Summertime Surf School 3rd Ave. beach Belmar, New Jersey 732-599-2700 www.summertimesurf.com In addition to surfing camps for kids ages 6 to 16, Summertime Surf School offers private surfing lessons and standup paddleboard (SUP) lessons for children, adults and families. "Our mission is to provide the ultimate environment for teaching and learning the practices and values of the surf and ocean lifestyle," according to the Summertime Surf brochure. Surfboards and wet suits are provided, and weekly sessions are offered Monday through Friday. 6. Go Play! Retro Arcade 1102 Main Street Belmar, New Jersey 732-681-7529 www.goplaybelmar.com A variety of classic arcade games awaits you at the Go Play! Retro Arcade in Belmar. From skeeball and pinball, to air hockey, Wii and XBOX One, the kids will have a blast in this arcade. Ask about their party packages for kids' birthdays. Go Play! is open Monday through Thursday noon to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday noon to midnight; and Sunday noon to 7 p.m. 7. Ice Cream Outing We all scream for ice cream, and our favorite ice cream shop, Niki Maccanico's, is a five- minute walk from our Belmar vacation rental. All of the ice cream at Niki's is homemade and hand scooped. You'll find Niki's on 13th Avenue and Main Street, across from the Belmar Post Office. Another wildly popular sweet spot in Belmar is Coney Waffle, located at 803 Ocean Avenue across from the beach (next to Playa Bowls). Coney Waffle is known for its cannoli waffles and its unbelievable, belly-busting ice cream concoctions, including custom milk shakes and towering waffle cones topped with your choice of candies and cookies. 8. New Jersey Sandcastle Contest 18th Avenue beach Belmar, New Jersey July 17, 2019 The annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 (rain date July 18). This is a wonderful family-friendly event that draws thousands of competitors and spectators to Belmar's 18th Avenue beach to compete for top honors in several judging categories for kids, adults, and camps/youth groups. 9. Belmar Kite Festival Sunday, May 5, 2019 Sunday, September 29, 2019 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Setup on 3rd Avenue beach beginning at 10 a.m. Belmar, New Jersey The 6th annual Belmar Kite Festivals take place Sunday, May 5, 2019, and Sunday, September 29, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 3rd Avenue beach in Belmar. This free community event is presented by the Belmar Business Partnership. Bring your own kites to fly or come and enjoy the spectacular show put on by members of the South Jersey Kite Fliers. For more information about the festival, call 732-894-9022 or email the Belmar Business Partnership. 10. Belmar Cruise Nights June 19, July 17, and August 22, 2019 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. NEW LOCATION IN 2019: Downtown Belmar Plaza parking lot between 8th and 10th Avenues Belmar, New Jersey Another hugely popular event sponsored by the Belmar Business Partnership (BBP) are the classic and vintage car shows in the downtown business district. Three Belmar Cruise Nights are being planned for 2019: June 19, July 17, and August 22. Stroll the downtown, enjoy the nostalgia of the old cars and doo-wop music, and then enjoy dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. Many of the local shops will also be open during the car show if you want to do a little shopping while you're in town. 11. Free Fireworks on Belmar Beach Friday, July 12, 2019 Belmar officials will light up the summer sky with a fireworks spectacular on Friday, July 12, 2019. The show starts at dusk. Bring your beach chairs and get there early for a prime spot. All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com
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The Belmar Business Partnership is proud to be the new sponsor of the Friday Night Concert Series in downtown Belmar. Please see below for the summer 2019 schedule of live musical entertainment in Pyanoe Plaza. All shows take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Bring your own chairs. Friday, May 24 Tommy B & The Deep Blue Sea Blues Friday, May 31 Chris Turner & Steel Rail Blues Classic Country & American Roots Music Friday, June 7 Zack Alexander Crooner of the Classics Friday, June 14 40 Winx Your Father's Rock-n-Roll Friday, June 21 Denis Coughlan and Belmar Blvd. Acoustic Rock and Blues Friday, June 28 Anthony Tabish and Kelly Carpenter American Songbook Classics Friday, July 5 Danny White Band Rock-N-Roll Friday, July 12 The Bandits Country Rock Friday, July 19 Zack Alexander Crooner of the Classics Friday, July 26 Denis Coughlan and Belmar Blvd. Acoustic Rock and Blues Friday, August 2 Little x Little Rock and Blues Friday, August 9 Danny White Band Rock-N-Roll Friday, August 16 Green Underground Rock-Country-Blues Friday, August 23 The Doubting Toms Party Rock-n-Roll Friday, August 30 Anthony Tabish and Kelly Carpenter American Songbook Classics More events in Belmar, NJ Belmar Business Partnership news Join the event on Facebook All copy and photos © copyright by Christine Cardellino, creator and author of the award-winning Belmar Beachcomber Blog, a travel and tourism guide to the Belmar region of the Jersey Shore. Do not copy any content (including images) without our permission. All rights reserved. www.vacationinbelmar.com

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