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Barnegat Pirate’s Day Sept 12th
You can registers to be a vendor at this year's event. Get the registration form here! Click Here.

Yo, ho, ho and free family fun! Pirates Day is a swashbucklin’ good time in Barnegat on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the downtown bustles with pirate-themed activities led by professional re-enactor troupes, live music, a huge vendor and craft fair, and festival food. All that is joined with an expanded Kids’ Zone of outdoor games. An evening concert tops the day.

Pirates Day is co-sponsored by the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Barnegat Township Recreation Department.

Activities center in the area of East Bay Avenue and the adjacent Gazebo Park. A street-side fair of some 170 crafters and vendors is a popular highlight every year.

Wearing pirate costumes is encouraged, and rewarded with prizes in several age categories. All the better when encountering the swarthy teams of professional pirate re-enactors, including Valhalla’s Pirates, Ye Pirate Brotherhood and the Sea Dogs. Register for the contest at the Pirates Cove section of the festivities, at the Bayside Chapel booth there.

This year, a local family of car dealerships got involved in Pirates Day with a donation that made possible the expanded Kids’ Zone, along with an exciting display of new cars and trucks, and a live radio broadcast. The Kids’ Zone is sure to be an attraction for the younger pirates with its trackless train rides for children, inflatable bouncy houses, obstacle course, gaming trailers and more.

The car and truck display by the mateys of Manahawkin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and Manahawkin Kia will tempt all pirates to abandon their older ship. It will showcase Dodge Ram trucks, the all-new Jeep Renegade and the Grand Cherokee, Dodge Challenger and more. Follow the path of Kia Souls to the display in the field across from the fire department.

Say “arrh” and chomp down on festival food from community groups including the Masonic Lodge, first aid squad, Rotary Club and Boy Scouts. St. Mary and St. Paul Coptic Church will be selling mouthwatering Mediterranean specialties again this year. Serpico’s and Sweet Jenny’s will have special menus that day.

Bands are lined up for the daylong list of live entertainment. In the main band shell on East Bay Avenue and Birdsall Street, Jersey Sure Cats will perform at 10 a.m.; September’s Brew takes the stage at noon; After the Reign brings country sounds at 2 p.m.  An evening concert begins at 7, when Tommy Edwards as “Sir Rod” rocks the public dock on East Bay Avenue.

Pet adoptions, a stilt walker and a child ID table offered by police are among more attractions for the whole family.

Parking is made easy by free shuttle buses that run continuous loops all day from remote lots at the Barnegat Municipal Complex and the adjacent shopping plaza, as well as the rear of  St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, all on West Bay Avenue.

Pirates Day has also been celebrated through the years as “Proud to Be an American” Day, and that patriotic theme is reflected in opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. Along with Color Guard observances and a parade, a medley of patriotic songs by local favorite Jim Kelley will encourage the crowd to sing along.

Area businesses (non-food vendors) that want to display at the vendor and craft market are encouraged to sign up online as soon as possible to secure a space, said Jerry Thompson, chamber president and Pirates Day co-chairperson with township Recreation Director Jean Broadbent. More information is online at barnegatchamber.com.

“Space is really selling out fast, so we want local businesses to register early. That is one of the most important things about this, for local businesses to be there,” added Thompson, of the Van Dyk Group.

There is no rain date for Pirates Day, with the exception that the 7 p.m. concert would still be held, at the rain venue of the Brackman Middle School on Barnegat Boulevard North. 



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July 16th MeetingThe Barnegat Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that the July 16th meeting will be an after hours networking event.  Meet your neighbors in business at this casual after hours event!There is a $10 charge to defray cost of food.

You can pay at the door or RSVP to:


 Jessica Sutton


All local businesses are invited to come and network!  Click here for the event flyer, feel free to print it and display it in your business.


May 7th Recap

At the May 7th meeting of the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce, attendees were taught how to enter the social arena with a presentation by Erin “Piper.” Erin is a social media marketer and branding specialist of NJsocialmediaads.com. She discussed Facebook marketing and what types of businesses need it as well as why this social media outlet is essential to use along side of Google and Radio advertising.

Pictured: Jerry Thompson Barnegat Chamber President, and Erin “Piper” of NJSocialmediaads.com

April 2nd Recap

Protecting your self from scams was the topic of discussion for this month’s meeting of the Barnegat Chamber of Commerce.  Officer Chris Steins of the Barnegat Police Department explained that there are a wide variety of scams to watch out for.  Every year the scams get more and more creative and may seem innocent in nature, but can result in significant financial loss.




New Membership Application


Barnegat Sports Booster Inc

180 Bengal Blvd
PO Box 811 Barnegat NJ 08005
Non-Profit - supports student athletes in BHS & ROBMS
Contact Person - Kimberly Lally


Farmer’s Market June 18 – October 22Barnegat Chamber Summer After Hours July 16th

Barnegat Pirate’s Day Sept 12th
You can registers to be a vendor at this year's event. Get the registration form here! Click Here.


3rd Annual Classic Car & Truck Show November 14th



2015 Membership due invoices will be sent out shortly.  Please contact Angela Ominski with any questions regarding invoices and/or membership dues. 
      Barnegat Chamber WELCOME signs available - ATTENTION all Barnegat businesses multiple slots available for rent.  Please reach out to Jerry Thompson for if you are interested in renting a slot to highlight your business at The Van Dyk Group 609 698 6900 or jerryt@vandykgroup.com

If you are on FACEBOOK go to our Barnegat Chamber of Commerce page and “like it”!

The Barnegat Chamber of Commerce would like to extend an offer to each Barnegat chamber member to highlight sales & events or a brief biography of your business to be listed on the Barnegat Chamber Facebook Page. 

First come, first serve – We will be highlighting one business per day so get your information in today.

Please send all requests to Jim Episale, owner Unshredded Nostalgia at jime@unshreddednostalgia.com or to Sarah McCombs, TD Bank Store Manger Barnegat at sarah.mccombs@td.com


Any chamber member that wishes to publish job openings in the newsletter please email: jerryt@vandykgroup.com. Many people in the area are still looking for employment and the Chamber can help by listing job openings.

It’s never too late to make a difference!

Sign up for the the School Counts program. Please contact Jerry Thompson at 609-698-6900 or jerryt@vandykgroup.com.

Special thank you to the Barnegat Nursing Center for their special hospitality in allowing us to meet at their facility throughout the year and taking up ALL their parking spaces !!

Chamber Newsletter


Farmer’s Market June 18 October 22

Barnegat Pirate’s Day Sept 12th

3rd Annual Classic Car & Truck Show November 14th

New Membership Application