With the arrival of summer, the City of Asbury Park is springing back to life. The City by the Sea offers a wide range of activities for beach-goers and amusement seekers of all ages, both on and off the beach. The boardwalks are bustling with activity, grills sizzle with anticipation and the sound of music fills the air. Asbury Park Boardwalk has a fantastic lineup of shows awaits music enthusiasts this summer. This summer looks to surpass previous seasons in every way.
MONDAY NIGHT MUSIC SERIES
Get ready for the return of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s Monday Night Music Series at the First Avenue Greenspace. Starting June 26, guests can enjoy free concerts featuring talented local musicians. Plus, attendees can make a difference by donating to provide music camps for underserved youth through Lakehouse Music and Hope Academy. Past donations have helped improve the Hip Hop Institute Recording Studio, launch the Latino Experience Summer Camp, and offer scholarships for the Asbury Park Music Foundation – Songwriters Camp.
The series will feature ten concerts from June 26 to Aug. 29, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. The incredible lineup includes:
June 26: Ray Goodman & Brown
July 3: The Gentlemen of Soul
July 10: Soul Project Nola
July 17: Louis Prima, Jr.
July 24: The Funktion Band
July 31: Drewsie
August 7: Al Covington
August 14: Alexander Simone
August 21: deSoL
August 29: Sensational Soul Cruisers
Sponsors include The Gia Maione Prima Foundation Inc., New Jersey Natural Gas, Donna and Ron Troppoli, Rent Jersey Shore and the Jules L. Plangere Family Foundation.
THURSDAY NIGHT JAMS SERIES
Prepare to be captivated by a dynamic lineup of national and local acts spanning various genres. This year, Nectar’s and the Wonder Bar are teaming up to present the 2023 Asbury Jam series. The series aims to draw in an enthusiastic crowd with the goal of providing exceptional music at an affordable price. Tickets for the event are available for purchase at $10 through apboardwalk.com. This year’s lineup includes:
June 22: Weird Phishes with Litz
June 29: Midnight North
July 6: Illiterate Light with The Thing
July 13: Mow Lowda & The Humble with Under The Rug
July 20: Joe Samba with Crooked Coast
July 27: Kendall Street Company with Dizgo
Aug. 3: Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads with One Time Weekend
Aug. 10: Hayley Jane with Residual Groove
Aug. 17: Arise Roots with Kind Hearted Strangers
Aug 24: Yam Yam with Muscle Tough
Aug 31: Of Good Nature with Nik Greely
STONE PONY SUMMER STAGE
The vibrant music scene of Asbury Park comes alive once again as The Stone Pony presents its Summer Stage concert series. This highly anticipated event showcases a diverse lineup of nationally acclaimed bands across various genres. The venue transforms into a massive outdoor stage, creating an unforgettable experience just a stone’s throw away from the beach. While concert-goers aged 21 and above can enjoy alcoholic beverages within the outdoor setting, attendees of all ages can savor delicious food from Rocco’s Pizza and Bubbakoo’s Burritos. With shows already selling out, make sure to secure your tickets early to catch your favorite bands in action. Tickets are available for purchase online or in person at The Stone Pony box office. Get ready to groove to the tunes of the following exciting musicians this summer:
June 24: Streetlight Manifesto with Mephiskapheles
June 25: Stick Figure: Wisdom Tour with Pepper, The Elovators and Sensamotion
July 3-4: An Evening with Goose
July 6: Yellowcard: Celebrating 20 Years of Ocean Avenue
July 7: Trey Anastasio
July 8: Yacht Rock Revue
July 9: The Head and The Heart and the Revivalists
July 15: YUNGBLUD: The World Tour with The Regrettes and Games We Play
July 22: Bouncing Souls – Stoked For the Summer 2023!: Bayside, 7 Seconds, Screaming Females, Mercy Union
July 27: The Ghost Inside with We Came as Romans and Better Lovers
July 28: Louis Tomlinson
July 29: Orville Peck: Bronco Tour
July 30: Dark Star Orchestra
Aug. 1: The Backseat Lovers
Aug. 2: Alter Bridge: Pawns and Kings Tour
Aug. 8: Incubus with Badflower and Paris Jackson
Aug. 18: The War on Drugs with Shakey Graves, Lucius and Steve Gun
Aug. 20: Pixies and Modest Mouse
Aug. 25: Gimme Gimme Disco
Sep. 1: Almost Queen: A Tribute to Queen
Sep. 2: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
Sep. 3: Yacht Rock Revue: Reverse Sunset Tour
Sep. 10: Squeeze and the Psychedelic Furs
Sep. 30: Dance Gavin Dance: Jackpot Juicer Tour with SiM, Rain City Drive and Within Destruction
MORE SUMMER FUN
Although music takes the spotlight during the evenings, the Asbury Park boardwalk offers an array of family-friendly entertainment. If you’re seeking summer activities, make sure to explore the exciting events listed below.
Embrace the refreshing New Jersey summer evenings and unwind with loved ones or a special someone by attending a beach bonfire, available from summer through September. You can relish the warmth of a beachside bonfire Friday nights at 7 p.m. in June, Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. in July and August and every Friday at 7 p.m. in September. The bonfires will be held at various beach locations, each week, along the boardwalk. Stay up-to-date on the latest locations and any possible cancellations by following @theasburyparkboardwalk on social media.
Asbury Eighteen Mini-Golf
Tee off for an exciting adventure at Asbury’s mini-golf course, where enthusiasts of all ages can embrace the challenges of the 18-hole layout. Whether you’re a seasoned mini-golfer or a novice, this course offers a delightful experience for everyone. After a thrilling game, winners can indulge in delectable treats from the numerous fantastic ice cream parlors along the boardwalk. Admission prices for the mini-golf course are $10 for children aged 15 and under, $12 for adults, and $11 for seniors aged 65 and above. Operating hours are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Asbury Splash Park
Let the fun begin at this family-friendly destination, where the sandy shores are left behind and water adventures take center stage. The Asbury Splash Park offers a secure and engaging playground surrounded by a protective fence. Kids can frolic amidst whimsical fountains while enjoying the comfort of a padded floor that ensures safe play. Admission to the park is $15 for children aged 15 and under and $7 for adults. This year, the Asbury Splash park will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m through Labor Day.
The Silverball Museum offers a rotating collection of 600 games, providing visitors with a diverse selection of beloved pinball and video game experiences. The museum welcomes all guests and is available to host parties. Admission options include a one-hour pass for $17.50, half-day passes priced at $20 and all-day passes for $25. Additionally, there is a $5 non-player pass available for those who wish to observe. With the entry pass, all games are set to free play, eliminating the need for coins. Operating hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, and 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays. Active military members and veterans with valid IDs can enjoy a 20 percent discount.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
Asbury Park shines as one of those iconic Jersey Shore with a plethora of planned concerts, events, and activities. There are endless surprises waiting to be discovered, ensuring that there’s always something new and exciting to explore. When you find yourself in Asbury Park, make sure to indulge in a cup of coffee and leisurely explore the delightful shops. Whether you’re visiting, new to the area, or have been here your whole life, Asbury Park is a town to be savored this summer — so dive in.