Belmar, New Jersey–Monmouth County

Shark River - Belmar Bridge from Avon into Belmar

Almost everyone has heard of Belmar, New Jersey.  It one of the Shore towns that gets a lot of media and press.  At one time, the borough of Belmar, was overrun with frat and fraternity houses: an open invitation to college crowds from all  over the state and elsewhere.

In recent years, home-owners have stopped renting to the colleges and the town’s been taken back by the residents as they try to give Belmar a different look.  But Belmar, NJ will always be ruled by the college-aged groups that come frequently for volley ball tournaments on the beach and to flock together in the local bars.

The Seafood Festival is one of the biggest draws in Belmar.  It’s always the second Saturday and Sunday in June from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The New Jersey seafood restaurants set up their grills in a park-like area across from the

Michelle McBride from 90.5 The Night

beach and boardwalk.  The day is all about eating deliciously prepared fish and seafood.

90.5 The Night, Brookdale Public Radio is one of the yearly sponsors of the event, and provides entertainment under the tent on the back lawn.  It’s a great two days of  families peeling/eating shrimp, feasting on crab cakes and boiled lobsters in butter under the sunshine of Belmar, New Jersey, while listening to some great live music.

Adults Only: New Jersey Wineries have a special wine testing.  For $7, you can go in and taste your favorite blends.  Bottles of wine are on sale from under  the tent.

Crafters:  It’s a day for crafters and vendors to sell their wares.  I interviewed Stacy about her crafted belt buckles.   I found them extremely attractive.  She said she works the entire Jersey Shore (130 miles) spring, summer and fall;  wherever there’s a festival she sets up her table.  Her work is beautiful, as you can see from the pictures.

Buckle Your Belt

Next we’ll still be traveling on Ocean Avenue heading south to Spring Lake,  the shore town some people call the Irish Rivera.   One of the last two towns on the Monmouth County beachfront.

Photos: Patricia Florio

Belmar Bridge, Website Photo

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