Must-Attend Fall Events in Red Bank
It isn’t necessarily a secret that Red Bank is one of New Jersey’s top destinations. Whether it is a day trip, a weekend getaway, or an extended stay to discover some of the best of what Monmouth County has to offer, this riverside retreat offers a little something for everybody.
More specifically, families looking to spend some relaxing time together strolling Red Bank’s Downtown District, couples in search of a romantic escape, or parents taking a shopping excursion with the kiddies, all can look to this charming town seated on the banks of the Navesink River for a little rest, relaxation, entertainment and good old fashioned fun.
This fall, whether you are a music-lover, a fashion and beauty enthusiast or a food aficionado, Red Bank is offering exciting activities and events for visitors, residents and day-trippers alike. And for individuals who relish food, fashion and culture in general, there are ample spots in Red Bank where you can enjoy meaningful time with family and friends.
As the cooler temps roll in and the leaves begin to change color, here are our top four picks for Red Bank events you should not miss – starting today!
The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market
With the fall temps comes the best of the Garden State’s bounty featured every Sunday in the Galleria Red Bank parking lot from now until November 18. Visitors are invited to enjoy the locally harvested produce and product from some of New Jersey’s top purveyors every week.
Additionally, shoppers can peruse artfully designed crafts and even visit top food-truck attractions like the Cinnamon Snail and Johnny’s Pork Roll. For those who wish to venture outside of the weekly farmer’s market, guests can peruse Red Bank’s Arts and Antique District in the streets immediately surrounding the Galleria. For more information, please visit the Galleria Red Bank website.
Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival
One of Red Bank’s premier fall events, Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, is set to make its return from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 30. The popular festival, sponsored by Guinness and The Asbury Park Press, will kick-off in Red Bank’s White Street parking lot and promises to offer a diverse selection of savory bites, beverages, music, and fun for all ages.
Already highly attended for its music line-up and eclectic food and drink, including fan favorites like fresh oysters and the Emerald Isle’s most treasured stout, the 2018 Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival will also include family-friendly activities. Curated for children of all ages, the afternoon event will showcase a petting zoo and a bevy of children’s rides and games.
Two stages on the festival grounds will include an impressive variety of local and regional bands including Tim McLoone & the Shirleys, Brian Kirk & The Jirks, The Weeklings, Alan Chez & Brothers of Funk Big Band Remember Jones, Marc Ribler Band, Pat Roddy Band, JoBonanno & the Godsons, Guilty Pleasure and Atlantic Watch Pipes & Drums. The event’s full music schedule begins at noon and can be viewed on the Red Bank RiverCenter website.
Red Bank Restaurant Week
Already known as one of New Jersey’s top dining destinations, with numerous venues recognized by New Jersey Monthly magazine, the fall season in Red Bank includes Restaurant Week. A bevy of local eateries will be offering tantalizing menus, sweet treats and savory cocktails for local gourmands to sip and sample.
It’s a perfect fall event coming off Red Bank’s popular summer Food and Wine Walk, and an excellent way to sample the best of the town’s culinary scene. Various establishments throughout Red Bank’s downtown will feature $25 and $35 menus that include a selection of appetizers, main courses, and dessert.
Red Bank Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, October 8 and runs through Thursday, October 18, excluding Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13.
For a full roster of restaurants and culinary events happening throughout the week, be sure to visit the dining page of the RiverCenter website.
Holiday Express Concert and Town-Wide Tree Lighting
Come November 23, just a couple of weeks before winter officially begins and 2018 draws to a close, holiday fans will be treated to a music-filled evening in Red Bank. This hallmark of the holiday season in Monmouth County includes a ceremonial tree lighting and the annual Holiday Express Concert led by local restauranteur and philanthropist Tim McLoone.
Now in its 26th year, the town-wide musical event takes place in the heart of Red Bank’s downtown district. Crowds gather to see the town’s beautiful holiday lights lit for the first time and imbibe free hot chocolate, compliments of the Red Bank Fire Department.
It is truly an evening to remember for attendees of all ages and the perfect way to kick-off the long holiday weekend. Plus, visitors can get a jump start on their Red Bank Small Business Saturday shopping list! For details on this year’s Holiday Express Concert and Town Tree Lighting, please visit the events page of the Red Bank RiverCenter website.
Ongoing Fall Fun
While it is clear to see there are some major events happening throughout the fall months in Red Bank, there are always a fabulous array of businesses who offer ongoing activities and events.
From entertaining and inspiring afternoons at locations like A Time to Kiln and Pinot’s Palette to YESTERcades, a true gamers paradise, families with young children and teens can peruse Red Bank’s walkable downtown while enjoying some good old fashion family fun.
For those looking for a different kind of date night, The Cheese Cave offers $5 Fridays weekly, and popular nightlife destinations like The Downtown and Teak fill their weekend rosters with live music and entertainment. Foodies looking for more low-key finds can enjoy an evening out at Red Bank BYO’s Via45 and Front Street Trattoria.
And, last but certainly not least, Red Bank treasures like the Two River Theater create the ideal opportunity for evenings out on the town. In fact, the Two River Theater has an amazing 2018/2019 season in store for theater lovers of all ages. Please visit their website for a full overview of upcoming plays and events.