Hey all! So over the past few weeks, we’ve gotten the chance to explore New Jersey together. From museums to underground concerts, I think it’s safe to say it is perfectly possible to ball on a college budget around here. However, as the summer and warm weather approaches, a whole new spectrum of affordable activities come into play.
New Jersey is home to roughly 130 miles of coastline (holy crap!!) giving us a huge variety of beaches. A day at the beach is probably the most obvious way to have fun without spending money, but there are other free things to do “down the shore” too!
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending Stone Harbor’s annual Spring Tide festival. It took place on Saturday May 7th from 1pm to 6pm. This is the area’s way of celebrating all the gifts that the spring season brought, in order to welcome the summer season. It was so much fun!!! I mean, I knew it would be a good time (beach, food & music all for free, how could it not be fun?), BUT I have to admit I was surprised at the variety of people this specific event catered to. Whether you were 2 years old or 62 years old, there was something there for you.
The festival included a beer garden, fresh seafood, live music, boat exhibits, and even a sand pit and theater show for the little ones. Many people at Spring Tide Fest were locals who expressed a lot of pride in their beach town.
James Silcott of Jonathon’s Harbor Catering says he & his co-worker/friend, Paris, cater the Spring Tide Festival every year. “We like festivals and we love the people here [at Stone Harbor]” says Silcott.
Cherrie Swift, longtime volunteer of the Stone Harbor Museum says she attends the festival each year with her husband. “This is what kicks off the summer season” says Swift. “It’s always a lot of fun.”
At the event, I even found out that Stone Harbor uses their own hashtag #stoneharborlife. This kindof thing makes you feel a little insecure about the coolness of your own town LOL. Based on the #stoneharborlife hashtag on instagram, I see there are three things that residents of this town really love: The beach, coffee, and food. Hey, I can’t blame them.
I think my favorite part of the event was the live music. Even the band, The Mighty Parrot consisted of locals from the quaint shore town. They played classics from The Beatles, Prince, Tom Petty, and more. Once they took the stage, you could feel the whole atmosphere change as nothing but good vibes flowed through the streets. After a few songs, they already had a crowd of people dancing.
The Stone Harbor Spring Tidal Festival is just one of the many beach fests that will be going down this summer. Just next week you can check out the Spring Block Party in Ocean City. Click here to explore a whole list of fun things to do this summer.
Below is a photo gallery of my day the annual Spring Tide Festival 🙂