Seafood Festival on Sat. in Point Beach

Free shuttle buses available


Seafood, wine, live music and pony rides and games for the kids are among the offerings at the Festival of the Sea in Point Beach on Saturday.

The event, known locally as "the seafood festival" and sponsored by the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with Sunday scheduled as the rain date.

The Festival of the Sea is a street fair located in the heart of downtown Point Pleasant Beach, where Arnold and Bay avenues will be closed for the festivities.

Visitors can sample dishes by 25 of the area’s finest restaurants (from clam chowder to lobster to steak).

There is no admission price to enter the festival. However, visitors pay for food, beverages and pony rides for the children.

There will also be:

  • arts and crafts, pony rides and games for the kids;
  • antiques and tables manned by nonprofit organizations providing information on health, business, local community happenings and more.
  • a “wine garden” with samples from 10 of New Jersey’s premier wineries.  Purchase a wristband for $15 to enter and sample your choice of over 100 of New Jersey’s finest wines.
  • more than 200 crafters and artists
  • plenty of tables available so visitors can sit, eat and enjoy the live bands, including oldies, rock, folk and other types of music.

For those who want the least amount of crowds and the best parking spots, the earlier you go, the happier you will be.

For those attending sometime past morning, you might want to consider one of the three, free shuttle buses running from noon to 8 p.m. on the following routes:

One shuttle runs from Jenkinson’s boardwalk, to the NJ Transit train station, to Broadway to Ocean Avenue to Arnold Avenue and back to the NJ Transit train station.

Another bus runs from Point Pleasant Borough High School parking lot on Panther Path, just off Beaver Dam Road (where a sign will be posted), to Lincoln Avenue and the other runs from the parking lot (formally the Southern House lot) at the corner of Route 35 north and Washington Avenue.

After 35 years of growth, about 60,000 people have been attending the festival in recent years.

The festival is one of the recipients of the American Business Association’s “The Top 100 events in North America."

It's probably not a good idea to bring your dog since they are not permitted in the food areas (and that's a large percentage of the festival).

Regarding parking, any spots with meters or correlated with parking pay stations will charge the same amount as any other day. Any spaces that are not metered or part of a pay station system will be free as usual.

Riding the shuttle buses is free.

For more information, call the Point Pleasant Beach Chamber of Commerce at 732-899-2424.

The attached photos are all from the festival in September 2011.

bayboat September 11, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Cant wait for my big container of Paella from Europa South!
KingNeptune September 11, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The whole event is too crowded and over rated.
pd September 11, 2012 at 03:51 PM
A greasy, expensive, dirty, overcrowded mess. It used to be a fun time, but I fond myself more and more aggravated each year. The icing on the cake was last year when a woman's huge Labrador took a 10lb dump in the middle of the crowd and she just walked away from it. No thanks. I'll cook up some mussels and scallops at home and have my own fest.
Denise Di Stephan (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Well, if anyone sees a dog in the food area, you might want to tell a Chamber official or a police officer in the vicinity, since dogs are not allowed in that area. Hopefully, that way, problems like the one described by "pd" can be averted before they happen.
Donna D September 12, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I'm so excited for my Shrimp and Garlic and Spanish Sausage from Europa South! YUMMY!!!
Donna D September 12, 2012 at 01:59 PM
So good! Love their seafood paella.
A Resident September 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Maybe if the Chamber officials identified themselves, like with a shirt or hat or something...they could be found in the crowds...
KingNeptune September 12, 2012 at 09:37 PM
You can go to Europa any day of the year and enjoy the same thing without all the nonsense.
Michelle September 13, 2012 at 12:59 PM
The vendors do a wonderful job pulling this together with the town. The police officers work very hard with traffic organization and keeping such a large crowd at bay. The event is always a good time with good food music crafts and activities. Like anything a fun day is what you make of it. I can't wait to share the day with everyone and their smiling faces!!!!
DBW September 13, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I agree with you, I was the first to comment on this post when it was on the Brick patch but I guess they pulled the story from there. It's way too crowded, and there so many people that bring dogs. Between the baby strollers and the dogs you can't move. The grease that is left behind is unreal. The business owners have to deal with the public handling merchandise with greasy hands, children running a muck in the stores, and asking to use private restrooms. I know plenty of business owners down on Arnold Ave that say it's not even worth being open on this day. Also as a business owner if you would like to rent a space for the day you pay just as much as a stranger, unless you a chamber member. So I'm with you pd, I will be home as well.
kb September 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
People should keep their nasty negative comments to themselves. If you do not enjoy this, sit home & dont go. Plenty of people come from all over to have good food and a good time. A lot of good people put in a lot of hard work to make this happen.
Bowie Thelonius September 15, 2012 at 06:16 PM
What a mess! The Point Beach cops were out ticketing cars in my neighborhood, but oops, they can't ticket cars parked in Point Borough. So if anyone got a ticket from a Point Beach Cop, and they were parked on a Point Borough street, don't pay it.
Bowie Thelonius September 15, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I'd love to sit home and not go. In fact that's what I'm doing. Unfortunately I can't even get out of my driveway due to the huge volume of traffic.


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