Category Archives: Long Beach Island

9th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam

Fun waves.  Cold clams.  Good vibes.

The 9th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam, an all-female surf contest and beach festival is set to take over the 70th Street in Brant Beach, New Jersey on Sunday, July 30.

This marks the 7th year that Jetty will be donating to David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation, which takes all profits from the event and donates to female cancer patients in need. The Coquina Jam has raised in excess of $45,000 and we’re looking forward to exceeding our donation in years past! This day is all about females, family, and fun in the sun!

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Plein Air Painting with Joseph Sweeney

 TWO DAY WORKSHOP: August 1 & 3
This workshop explores LBI and the surrounding area, with plenty of time to check out the beach and local restaurants. Instruction includes tips for painting efficiently outdoors by choosing a prime location, capturing the weather, and setting up a seascape pallet. Instruction includes demonstrations and lectures on painting surfaces, materials, mediums, compositional drawing and color studies.
Most media are welcomed including oil, acrylic, and pastel. A supply list will be available.
LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences
Fee: $65/two day workshop or $385/summer session (all 12 classes)


Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival. It brings out the child in all of us. Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.

The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 9, and continues through Sunday, August 13. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Continue reading GET READY FOR ST. FRANCIS’ FESTIVAL OF THE SEA CARNIVAL


We are excited for the 5th Annual Island Gala to benefit: David’s Dream & Believe Cancer Foundation (DDBCF) at the Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club on Friday August 4, 2017.

The beautiful Sea Shell Resort & Beach Club is once again the venue for this year’s Gala. The Hughes Family and staff go above and beyond each year. Please understand that the first weekend in August is the PEAK of the summer tourism season on Long Beach Island but that does not stop the Hughes Family from hosting this event year after year. We appreciate their unwavering support but most of all we are grateful for their friendship. Continue reading 5TH ANNUAL ISLAND GALA

Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway

Neil Berg, producer of over 1,000 Broadway Concerts worldwide, presents his shining star: 100 Years of Broadway recreating the greatest moments from the finest shows of the century featuring the actual stars of shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from the hit shows in which they starred. But this is more than show tunes.
The narration weaves in stories about artists, musicals, and the history of the Broadway Musical while presenting brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics and thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. Neil captures the songs in the context of the show that spawned them, with all of their power, meaning and expressiveness intact.
Non-Members: $60
Members: $50, call the LBIF office (609.494.1241) 
for a special discount code with current membership 
July 16 @ 7pm

Black Maria Film Festival

Saturday, July 1st
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Fee: $10 – pay at door
This international juried competition advocates, exhibits, and rewards cutting edge works from independent film and video makers. Enjoy a program of bold, contemporary, award-winning works curated by the Festival Director, John Columbus. Films being shown include: The Last Projectionist – Documentary, A – Narrative, Rabbit Blood – Animation, Roxy – Narrative, Ja Passou(Everything’s Ok) – Narrative, The Boy by the Sea – Narrative, Joan – Documentary, Boomerang – Animation, The Boxer – Documentary, and  How Do You Raise A Black Child?
– Narrative.
The films being projected honor the vision of Thomas Edison, NJ inventor and creator of the motion picture. The Black Maria festival gets its name from his studio with a focus on short films that address issues and struggles within contemporary society.
Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences

9th Annual Coquina Jam!

The 9th Annual Jetty Coquina Jam will be held at 70th Street in the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township, NJ on Sunday, July 30th @ 10am. Please be aware that the contest could be postponed to Sunday, August 6th if the weather/waves do not cooperate. We will definitely try our best to run the Coquina Jam on Sunday, July 30th. Surfers are expected to arrive at 9am and the first heat will be in the water at 10am sharp! The contest runs from 10am into the afternoon. Continue reading 9th Annual Coquina Jam!


The American Red Cross will be at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall
located at 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach Township, NJ on Thursday, July 20 for the annual Blood Drive. Hours are 1pm – 6pm.
The need for blood is constant. Your contribution is very important to maintain a healthy and plentiful blood supply. When you donate through the Red Cross you help save lives by giving of yourself in just about an hour. You may never meet the person who receives your blood, but you will feel good knowing you helped change a life.
Appointments are preferred and can be made at the Red Cross website: (keyword LBI St Francis) or by calling St. Francis Community Center at 609-494-8861 ext. 118. Walk-ins are also welcome.

LBIF Discovery Fridays: Birds, Bees, & Butterflies

Fridays, June 21 – August 25 
Birds, Bees & Butterflies: Learn about the things that fly, the things they live on, and the things that support all life on LBI and the LBIF property. Includes a nature walk. This program is free and open to the public – so bring a group to learn about the ecosystems of Long Beach Island! Rain or shine.