2019 Sandy Hook Foundation Beach Concerts Cancelled


A joint statement from the Sandy Hook Foundation and Gateway National Recreation Area, National Park Service

The Sandy Hook 2019 Summer Concert Series has been cancelled. This is due to the needed protection of Piping Plovers, a threatened and federally-protected shorebird. The plovers have been building nests and laying eggs along most of Sandy Hook’s beaches
Noise scares the birds so much they can’t focus on what they flew here to do: live on Sandy Hook for a couple of months, then move on. This year, they have built more than 20 nests on the location that the Sandy Hook Foundation can use for its concerts.
All along the Atlantic shore from the Carolinas to New Jersey beaches, there are fewer than 3,000 nesting pairs of these special birds. We want them to thrive and lose the moniker of being threatened.

The National Park Service and the Sandy Hook Foundation want to help these shorebirds survive.

That means this year, free beach concerts that have been a hallmark of summer on the North Jersey shore, will not be offered. We hope you understand, and will continue to support efforts of the Sandy Hook Foundation and Gateway National Recreation Area’s efforts to preserving and protecting the national treasure that is Sandy Hook.

Click here for the official press release



It wouldn’t be the summer without The Sandy Hook Foundation’s Beach Concert Series.

These concerts are free to the public, and each summer thousands of people young and old come out to enjoy live entertainment on the beach at sunset.

Brian Kirk & the Jirks

Concert-goers bring beach chairs and pack a picnic dinner so that they can listen, dance, and sing to the music of the Jersey Shore.

Sandy Hook Foundation Board members and friends

Thank You to our sponsors
Bahr’s Landing & Marina, 1st Constitution Bank and Cooper Electric Supply Co., Ocean

Join us every Wednesday evening at 6pm at Beach Area E from June – August.   Beach wheelchairs are also available on a first come, first serve basis. Weather cancellations are made at 2pm day of the show.  


Check our web site or call 732-291-7733 for information. 

Please join our mailing list for all updates on Concerts and Sandy Hook Programs.





End of Summer Party

 End of Summer Party 2018

The 2017 End of Summer Party (ESP) was a resounding success!
Many thanks to Jennifer and Tom Mullins and their committee.

View from upper deck, 2017

Sandy Hook Foundation President, Betsy Barrett (center) with guests Sandy and Bill Henning

American Littoral Society Development Director Laurie Bratone, Barbara Reale, and Kathleen Gasienica, President




Sandy Hook Lighthouse

The United States’ oldest lighthouse, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964

The Lighthouse has undergone extensive renovations and is now open daily for tours 1:00 PM to 3:30PM March and april; Daily 1:00PM to 4:00 PM May.

The Visitor Center, the original LightHouse Keeper’s Quarters, is open daily from 9-5PM.  The gift shop is located in the Light House Keeper’s Quarters.

The Sandy Hook Light is the oldest standing lighthouse and the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States. It is the only surviving tower of the 11 lighthouses built in the thirteen colonies during the colonial period from 1716 to 1771.