Keeping Up: Fall 2021


When it comes to your social calendar, change is … not always good. But sometimes it’s inevitable. For updates pertaining to weather and other cancellations, visit after 3 p.m. on the day of the event.

It’s all in the details.

Farmers Market
The Farmers Market brings Jersey Fresh vendors to the center of town every Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Hall of Records, 1 East Main St. Buy sun-ripened, freshly picked fruits and vegetables directly from the farmers who grow them. Held through October.

Blood Drive
New Jersey Blood Services will hold a blood drive open to the public from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Freehold Raceway Mall, Freehold Township.

To donate blood or for information on how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566.

For more information, visit

National Rx Take Back Day
The Freehold Borough Police Department will mark the DEA’s National Rx Take Back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 23 with the acceptance of unwanted, unused and expired medications at headquarters, 36 Jackson St., Freehold.

A Howl-o-Ween Family Fest
A Howl-o-Ween Family Fest dog-friendly festival will be celebrated at Marty’s Place, 118 Route 526, Upper Freehold Township, from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 (rain date, Oct. 24).

There will be canine costume contests, a leisurely walk, hay rides, a pet photo booth, K-9 police dog demonstrations, live music, food trucks, games, and activities for children, adults and canines.

Adults, children and dogs are welcome to dress in costume and participate in a variety of contests.

Admission is $5 for adults; children under 6 are free. All proceeds will benefit senior dogs cared for by Marty’s Place.

For more information, visit or call 609-259-1278.

Monster Mash Family Night
The Monster Mash Family Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 23 in front of the Hall of Records. Admission is free.

The Freehold Township Parks and Recreation Commission will hold Trunk-or-Treat from 3:30-6 p.m. Oct. 27 at Michael J. Tighe Park, 65 Georgia Road, Freehold Township.

The Spooktacular event will include safe candy trick-or-treating from the trunks of vehicles.

Participants will meet at the volleyball pavilion where they will receive a loot bag and tickets for each decorated vehicle.

Open to Freehold Township residents ages 2-14.

Halloween Parade
A Halloween parade and costume contest will be held on Oct. 31 in the Freehold Raceway parking lot on Manalapan Avenue.

Judging ends at noon. The parade starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

Menorah Lighting
Join Freehold Borough for a menorah lighting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29.

Lunch with Santa
Enjoy Saturday Lunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 4 or 11, at Panini Grill, 31 E. Main St. Reservations required by calling 732-845-5440.

Brunch with Santa
Enjoy Sunday Brunch with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, at the American Hotel, 18 E. Main St.

Enjoy brunch specialties and grab a photo with Santa.

Call the American Hotel for more details. Reservations are required by calling 732-431-3220.

Christmas Tree Lighting
Join Freehold Borough for a Christmas tree lighting from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in front of the Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St. Rain date is Dec. 8.

The Rock and Roll Choir will perform. Court Jester will provide hot cider. The Freehold Fire Department may stop by with a special guest.

Jolley Trolley
Downtown Freehold welcomes back the Jolly Trolley.
Time slots are 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10.
Saturday, Dec. 11 times are 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. or 8 p.m.
The snow date is Sunday, Dec. 12, at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Visit the shop page to purchase tickets.
No refunds unless the event is cancelled.

Jolly Trolley 21+
The Jolly Trolley will be available for adults 21 and older.
Timeslots are 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.
Snow date is Sunday, Dec. 12.
Visit the shop page to purchase tickets.
No refunds unless the event is cancelled.

Breakfast with Santa
Enjoy Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at Sweet Lew’s Café, 6 E. Main St.

Listen to carolers sing through the downtown from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16.

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