Calling all Connoisseurs - June brings Art & Leisure Month to LBI

June 3-5 The Lighthouse International Film Festival brings dozens of Independent films, to celebrate a weekend of innovative screenings; June 11-12 which will gather national artists for the Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival are just the beginning
May 20, 2011 - PRLog -- Long Beach Island has long been associated with an innovative art scene that includes galleries as well as non profit art associations, live performances and classes. It seems with the start of summer, there could not be a more appropriate place for an Art and Leisure Month; which is what the Long Beach Island Region Destination Marketing Organization christened June; due to its calendar filled with family festivals, art shows and programs.  As summer begins, the Long Beach Island Region comes alive with memorable films and a vibrant art market; as the Long Beach Island Region Destination Marketing Organization and the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce take the lead with assuring that these two events help draw thousands of visitors to the area to enjoy the Jersey Shore like never before.  These world class festivals bring inspiration in every medium to audiences from across the globe. The first weekend of June makes LBI center stage serving as a gathering place for filmmakers, critics and those who love them to view award wining independent films. As a tribute to Long Beach Island's long history as a premier surfing destination, all weekend there will be screenings of award winning surfing movies. For our youngest film enthusiasts, there will be free children's films. The weekend will also include panel discussions on environmental and other important issues, Q & A with producers and directors, and other opportunities to interact with film industry professionals. The Lighthouse International Film Festival screens hundreds of submissions from filmmakers around the world to bring to Long Beach Island documentaries, feature films, and shorts that not only entertain, but also enthrall and educate the audience. With almost 2,000 attendees last summer, this film festival will once again offer dozens of films as well as director and producer talk backs, after parties and meet and greets; allowing insight to the film making process like no other festival can offer. The success of the film festival has led to the creation of the Lighthouse Film Society that holds screenings, discussions and events all year long in various venues in LBI. The Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center will once again serve as headquarters for he festival offering weekend, daily or movie passes for sale. For information go to or for details, schedules and ticket information.  

The following weekend proves to be a true vision, as Long Beach Island becomes the perfect canvas for the highly acclaimed Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival, which brings the only national art show to the Jersey Shore this summer. Featuring world class artists from throughout the United States, patrons have the opportunity to not only view the art but meet the artist on site. Every medium is represented from the most delicate of jewelry to the boldest sculpture, color sharp photography, fresh watercolors and rich oil paintings. Festival goers will also find truly unique interpretations in glass, metal and stone. This free, pet friendly event has been ranked a top 47th show in the nation. It is located at the gateway of Long Beach Island at Ethel Jacobson Field in Ship Bottom with plenty of free parking. Under the guidance of top art show producer Paragon Art Events, the Jersey Shore Fine Art Festival has grown in scope and reputation catapulting Long Beach Island to be included as one of America’s most prestigious locations for fine art. Along with sister shows held in Cape Cod, Mass and Westhampton, NY, Long Beach Island draws thousands from throughout the East Coast to seek the finer things in life while viewing unique works of art in an exceptional atmosphere.

Also on the calendar for Art & Leisure Month is Tuckerton Seaport’s 19th Annual Baymen’s Seafood and Music Festival held on June 18 from 11 am to 4pm featuring delicious Jersey fresh seafood such as clams, crabs, scallops and shrimp, while learning about life on the bay and enjoying regional music. This event is so popular that it has been voted a “Top 10 NJ Outdoor Festival” for the past two years. For information contact the Tuckerton Seaport at 609 296 8368. Catch a live performance of the Tony Award Winning musical Rent in the beginning of the month or the aplty titled "ART" starring Judd Hirsch running from June through July  at the Surflight Theatre located on Engleside and Beach Avenues starring American Idol Star Justin Guarini. This show runs matinee and evening performances through June 19, for tickets visit Rounding out the month the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is planning an LBI Artist Open Studio Tour, for more information visit and take in the Third Annual Viking Village’s Jazzy Scallop Festival on June 25, this succulent event featured fresh off the boat Barnegat Bay Scallops served up by popular area restaurants for taste testing in historic Viking Village in Barnegat Light. Add in some cool sounds of a Jazz trio, it makes for a memorable close to a full month of artfully executed events.

No matter what your preference, a visit to LBI to enjoy one of these magnificent festivals can only be topped off by stopping into local shops and restaurants, and maybe staying a night or two to relax in this creative environment. All ticket and scheduling information can be obtained by contacting the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce at 609 494 7211, 265 W 9th St, Ship Bottom NJ or going online to

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