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    Bradley Beach Lobsterfest

    June 27 and 28

    500 Ocean Avenue, Bradley Beach

    Admission: Free

    Bradley Beach Lobsterfest is back for its seventh year. Enjoy everything from plain lobster to lobster mac and cheese to lobster rolls. The festival also features musical performances, a water slide, face painting, sand art, and a beer and wine garden, all right along the beach.

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    Ocean County Fair

    July 8 to 12

    Robert J. Miller Air Park, Route 530 Berkeley.

    Admission: $7, free for children under 10

    Bwana Jim's wildlife show will be back this year, along with a hypnosis show, vaudevillian comedy, pig racing and a horse show.

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    St. Mary's Nights of Summer Carnival

    July 14 to 19

    Parish Center, McKinley Avenue and Bishop Lane, Manahawkin

    Admission: Free, $25 wristband for unlimited rides

    St. Mary's Parish in Manahawkin is transformed into a carnival playground. All the classic rides will be there, plus bumper cars and the always popular dunk tank. There's the typical carnival fare, or you can get crab cake sandwiches and even raw clams.

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    Summer in the Street

    July 18

    Washington Street, Toms River

    Admission: Free

    New this year, replacing the New Jersey Ice Cream Festival, Summer in the Street will shut down Washington Street, bringing a carnival atmosphere to downtown Toms River.

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    Italian Festival of Ocean Township

    August 5 to 9

    Joe Palaia Park, 200 Whalepond Road, Oakhurst

    Admission: Free

    More than 80,000 people annually attend this five-day festival featuring carnival rides, games, music, fireworks and, of course, plenty of delicious Italian food.

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    Festival of the Sea

    September 19

    Arnold and Bay Avenues, Point Pleasant Beach

    Admission: Free

    The best local local restaurants will be serving up samples, so get your fill of seafood before the summer ends.

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    Long Branch Jazz and Blues Festival

    August 29

    The Great Lawn at Cooper Avenue, Long Branch

    Admission: Free

    Some of the area's best jazz and blues bands take the stage at a stunning location, overlooking the ocean in Long Branch.

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    Atlantic Highlands Fireman's Fair

    June 30 to July 4

    Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor, 2 Simon Lake Avenue, Atlantic Highlands

    Admission: Free

    It's a classic community carnival in a scenic setting, overlooking the New York skyline at the Atlantic Highlands marina. Opening nightly at 6 p.m., the fair features traditional rides, games, giveaways and food, all supporting the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department.

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    Monmouth County Fair

    July 22 to 26

    East Freehold Showgrounds, Kozloski Road, Freehold

    Admission: $8

    One of the largest annual events in the county, featuring rides, 4-H exhibits, a home and garden tent, fireworks and hundreds of crafters and vendors.