Return to Asbury 2013 – August 2-4th – Armenian Kef Weekend at the Beach!

AGLA NY is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2013 Return to Asbury – Armenian KEF Weekend!


After 40 years, Armenians will be making their second appearance in mass in Asbury!
For Armenians on the East Coast in the 1950s and 60s, Asbury Park, New Jersey was THE place to come together on summer weekends. Days were spent on the beach and in the water, and at night everyone would gather at places called the Hye Hotel, the Van Hotel, the Sunset Lounge and the Hye-Da-Way kef room…crowds lining the sidewalks, late night hook-ups, and the sounds of oud and doumbeg filling the air.
With Return to Asbury, we’re bringing back this summer tradition — in perfect symmetry with the historic beach town of Asbury Park, which is currently in the midst of its own exciting rebirth!
Friday, August 2nd
Start the weekend off at the Watermark Lounge on Asbury Park’s boardwalk, 6PM+
Saturday, August 3rd
Join us for a day at the 7th Avenue Beach in Asbury Park from noon onward. Entry is $6 at gate.
Tavloo tournament at 11 AM at Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. RSVP required to secure sufficient space.
KEF PARTY – 8PM to 1AM. KEF Style party featuring live Armenian music and mezze at the historic Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Music by: The Artsakh Band, Michael Gostanian Ensemble, & DJ Robbie
Tickets $50 until July 15, $65 until August 4, $85 after.
Tickets can be purchased at

Because of restrictions with the venues, tickets cannot be sold at the door. Please plan ahead! 

For hotel information, please contact:
Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel
1401 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
(732) 776-6700

Quote “KEF” for $219/night (two-night stay)

Have a story or photo to share from the past? Please submit them at

This event is sponsored by the ASA.
Additionally, we thank the following organizations for their support:

AGBU YP Philadelphia • AGLA NY • ARMNET-NY • ARMNET-DC • AYF • ACYOA Philadelphia • Knights of Vartan • SOAR • Fund for Armenian Relief

Event proceeds to benefit Camp Haiastan, Camp Nubar & St. Vartan Camp.

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