With miles of sandy beaches, restaurants, and shops, you won’t need to fill your vacation up with anything more. But if your visit to Long Beach Island overlaps with the LBI events on this list, go and see what all the fuss is about!
2018 LBI Events by the Season
The summer months host a long list of top LBI events that bring locals and vacationers together to celebrate and enjoy the best time on the Island.
Food, craft beer, spices, and music are a few of LBI’s favorite offerings. The annual Hop Sauce Festival brings all those things together. Generally held on the first Saturday of June in Beach Haven, Hop Sauce Festival celebrates all things local; local brews, local hot sauces, local grub, local tunes, and local cultures. With a general admission ticket of $20, you enjoy more than seven hours of live music, sample over 100 hot sauces, and help benefit the Jetty Rock Foundation. The Jetty Rock Foundation works to enhance the future of business, arts, environment, and culture across LBI. With the extra purchase of a beer tasting ticket, you have the great pleasure of sampling over 50 craft beers from the region.
The Jersey Shore takes great pride in their art scene and as it should since it has been getting international recognition. The Lighthouse International Film Festival started in 2009 to showcase and celebrate exciting and challenging films for a wide range of film enthusiasts. The three-day festival is put on to honor Long Beach Island’s historic Barnegat Lighthouse. It is held the second weekend in June, not to compete with the Hop Sauce Festival. Tickets to see individual films or day passes can be purchased online leading up to the event. Awards are given out in several categories selected by a Grand Jury, a Special Jury, and the audience. The 2018 winners can be viewed online.
Seasons change, but the fun doesn’t immediately shut down when the beach crowds are gone.
Chowderfest Weekend started in 1989 as a community farewell to summer. Friends and family gather the weekend before Columbus Day weekend to welcome fall with a classic chowder cook off. Local restaurants compete and serve up their own take on chowder. The day before the cook off is the free entry Merchant Mart where dozens of local vendors offer the best deals of the season. The festival also features speciality food tents, hard ciders, beer, and live music. Rain or shine, Chowderfest Weekend goes on at the Taylor Avenue ball field in Beach Haven. Don’t miss this year’s Chowder Fest Weekend September 29th – 30th. Tickets for the Chowder Cook Off Classic are $30 for adults and $10 for kids and can be be purchased online. Spray Beach Hotel offers lowered rate
Top LBI events continue into the winter months, too. Read this post to learn how the island stays warm and happening through the winter with a list of winter activities.
Book a Weekend Stay with Special LBI Events Hotel Packages
Anytime is a good time to stay at Spray Beach Hotel, but it’s even harder to pass up the hotel discounts and deals we offer during the popular LBI events. One of our inside jokes around here is that when they go high, we go low. For example, all the hotels raise their nightly rates during Chowder Fest Weekend while at Spray Beach Hotel, we lower them. It’s might seem a little bit backwards but this is how our family-owned hotel has been doing things for decades and we’re not going to change it now!
The hotel features many ongoing deals like the Sand Dollar Package, which is when you stay 3 or more nights on a Sunday through Tuesday and get a 10% restaurant coupon. This deal continues after Labor Day, too, and can be used when you stay any two nights back to back. Sand Dollars are an award program that can save you money on dining and drinks during your hotel stay all year round. You’ll be rewarded further if you stay three or four consecutive nights with a $10 – 15 reduction per night. Plan on having multiple stays with us? You’ll be happy to know that we have a frequent guest program, too.
Eat Well When You Come for Top LBI Events
Long Beach Island has a long history of great restaurants and one of them is right here at Spray Beach Hotel. Spray Beach’s own Sand Dollar Restaurant has been recently rebranded with an even better menu than before. Eat the best beach food right on the beach. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bar snacks in town, we’ve got all your hunger needs covered. Don’t miss out on our incredible seafood specials. Sip delicious cocktails outside at our Beach Hut Bar. Stick around the Beach Bar for regular evening live entertainment at our Oceanfront Pavilion. Check our website for nightly and weekly dinner specials along with the entertainment line up.
More Long Beach Island restaurant tips can be found here.
Top LBI Events – Another Reason to Book Your Visit!
With LBI events scheduled all year round, you’re likely to catch one anytime you stay at our oceanfront hotel, Spray Beach Hotel. Talk to us before, during, or after your hotel booking, and we can help you to plan out your vacation and make the most of your stay on Long Bach Island!