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Arts & Culture

After a leisurely day at the beach or a busy day on the go, take time to enjoy the arts at NJ’s Southern Shore. NJ’s Southern Shore offers a myriad of diversions from stage to museum at first-class venues with outstanding cultural resources, recreation and entertainment.

In July and August, resorts in Cape May and Cumberland counties sponsor an abundance of summer concerts, most of them free, outside and with the ocean and sunset as a backdrop. Sit on the sand, spread out a blanket or relax in your beach chair and hum along. Outdoor art shows along the boardwalk, promenades and tree-lined paths at historic sites showcase talent that often gets inspiration from local sunsets, beach scenes and maritime vistas.

So, get your ticket and take your seat – the curtain is going up on diverse, eclectic and exciting artistic offerings and cultural pursuits in Cape May and Cumberland counties, with seasoned professional performers, musicians and artists, who are sure to prompt long applause and a standing ovation!



Cape May County Division of Cultural and Heritage 
Promotes public interest and participation in both local and County history, as well as in the arts and in the cultural traditions of the community... Read more...

Cape May Stage
Cape May Stage is a professional Equity theatre company, featuring traditional, contemporary and new works in an intimate setting. Since 1987, actors, directors, and playwrights from around the country have set the standard for excellence by providing world-class theatre in a unique and historic venue... Read more...

Cumberland County Culture & Heritage
promotes the arts and history of local and county cultural traditions…
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East Lynne Theater Company
Cape May's Home of American Stage Classics was founded in 1980 to produce provocative classics and history-based contemporary entertainment that deal with the uniquely American experience. The Equity professional actors, directors, musicians, and designers work together throughout the year to create quality productions not seen anywhere else.... Read more...

Elaine's
A boutique hotel, gourmet restaurant, Victorian pub and amazing dinner theater located in the heart of downtown Cape May... Read more...

Glasstown Arts District
Experience a southern New Jersey town steeped in the history of American glass making while strolling through its downtown Arts District. 20th and 19th century buildings and homes filled with rich architectural history. Private galleries dot the streetscape along with speciality shops filled with unique gifts, antiques, books, hand-crafted fashions, and candy. Excellent selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs for breakfast, lunch and dinner... Read more...

Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts 
No trip to Cape May is complete without a stop at the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC). Formed in 1970 to save the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate from the wrecking ball, MAC now operates the 18-room restored mansion as Cape May's only Victorian house museum. MAC also restored and operates the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse where visitors can climb the 199 steps to the top for a breathtaking... Read more...

South Jersey Cultural Alliance
The South Jersey Cultural Alliance is “the voice of the arts, history, and culture in southern New Jersey.” The SJCA is a member service organization composed of more than 125 artists, producers, exhibitors, and presenters in southern New Jersey, including museums, orchestras, chorales, dance companies, theaters, arts educators, artists and heritage organizations... Read more...

WheatonArts & Cultural Center 
Watch world class glass art created in the Glass Studio. Tour the Museum of American Glass with its notable collection. Walk through the Craft Studios and see skilled artists at work. Explore South Jersey’s rich cultural traditions in the Down Jersey Folklife Center. Browse through the finest selection of handcrafted gift items in our wonderful museum stores. A variety of special events, exhibitions and educational programs are... Read more...