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Next to the area’s beaches and maritime atmosphere, unique history, birding and nature attractions, water adventures on the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay or the wild and scenic Maurice River make the vacation experience a unique opportunity for a diverse traveling public. One-of-a-kind attractions and hundreds of special events create a unique opportunity for visitors to find Southern New Jersey a rich vacation experience.

The allure of NJ’s Southern Shore is created through hundreds of special events that range from kiting, beauty pageants, music, volleyball, marbles and more.  Just look for a calendar of events on this website or in any visitor center, and you'll soon find out what it means to celebrate the summer, spring and fall seasons as a Southern New Jersey Vacationer.

NOVEMBER


1: TRAIL OF TWO CITIES – RUN/WALK: Ocean City. Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point. Registration 7am, Run/Walk 8am. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

1: FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: Cape May. More than 40 vendors come to Cape May to sell hand-made novelties including seasonal decorations, gift items and more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

7-9: SHERLOCK HOLMES WEEKEND: Cape May. Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven. Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson, for a weekend of mystery and intrigue.Get into the spirit of things by donning Victorian attire. Stalk the gaslit streets in search of clues and compete for the $250 grand prize and other gifts as you attempt to solve the mystery. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

14-15: QUIET FESTIVAL: Ocean City. A celebration of quiet things.609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

28 - Dec. 7: HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. WheatonArts overstocks, prototypes & seconds, a selection of pieces from WheatonArts ceramic artist, Terry Plasket, & studio glass artists Melanie & David Leppla. 30% to 70% off. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

21: THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

21- Jan. 1: CAPE MAY'S HOLIDAY SEASON: Cape May. Celebrate the holiday season with five and a half weeks of special tours and events.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

21-23: HOLIDAY PREVIEW WEEKEND: Cape May. Santa and his elves have decked out the Physick Estate with thousands of lights and holiday trimmings. Enjoy a wide variety of holiday tours and food and wine events.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 www.capemaymac.org

28: HOLIDAY PARADE: Millville. A parade in the Glasstown Arts District featuring floats, bands, drill teams, & more! 856-825-2600. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

8: FESTIVE FRIDAY: Avalon. Throughout the shopping district in Avalon. Embrace the holiday season with Festive Friday, featuring more than 40 holiday activities for the entire family to enjoy. www.IndulgeinAvalon.com

28-29: HOLIDAY CRAFTS FAIR: Cape May Convention Hall. A must visit for those on your holiday gift lists. Shop for unique hand-made gifts and seasonal decorations. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

28-29: CHRISTMAS IN STONE HARBOR: Stone Harbor. Holiday festivities all weekend. Music. Entertainment. Black Friday specials, Merchant Hospitality. www.stoneharborbeach.com

28-29: HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA: Sea Isle City. Holiday event featuring a parade,concert, ice skating rink and more. 609-263-9090. www.seaislechamber.com

29: SNOWFEST SATURDAY: Avalon. Santa's workshop prizes, frosted festival games, skating rink, train rides and much more. www.IndulgeinAvalon.com

29: HOLIDAY PARADE: Vineland. 856-794-8653

29: WETLAND WONDERLAND: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. As the season changes, hibernation, adaptation and migration are just a few ways the animals on the marsh prepare for winter. Throughout the day, we will have family fun activities including indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, special creature features on winter survival strategies, aquarium feedings and more. 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

30: HOLIDAY PARADE: Bridgeton. 856-453-1675

DECEMBER


6: HISTORIC CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR: Bridgeton. Historic Bridgeton's signature holiday event features an ""East Side/West Side"" theme with two overlapping tours of historic buildings, homes, & churches. Take one or get a twofer special and plan to enjoy the Downtown Historic District along Commerce Street, where shops & restaurants ""bridging"" the two tours will be bustling with special holiday enticements. 856-575-5582 / 856-453-1675. www.bridgetonhousetour.com

6: WEST CAPE MAY CHRISTMAS PARADE: West Cape May. Start your holiday season with the best Christmas Parade in Cape May County!Over three hours of family fun and entertainment. 609-884-1005

6, 13, 27: CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Cape May. This self-guided tour features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

7: CHRISTMAS IN GREENWICH HOUSE TOUR: Greenwich. Tour through the town's historic homes and enjoy the spirit of the season. 856-455-4055

7-9: A DICKENS CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: Cape May. Immerse yourself in the storied world of Dickens with lectures and performances offered daily. Included in the Extravaganza is a Dickensian-style feast along with a wine tasting and a holiday tour of Cape May.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

12-13: WILDWOODS FAMILY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION: Wildwoods Convention Center. Continue a family holiday tradition with an exciting holiday weekend filled with fun for the entire family! Attend the Christmas Parade on Friday, followed by a tree lighting ceremony and parade awards ceremony. 609-729-9000. www.WildwoodHoliday.com

13: CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR IN MAURICETOWN: Mauricetown. Tour through the town's historic homes and enjoy the spirit of the season. 856-785-2569

19: THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

26-30: BOARDWALK BASKETBALL CLASSIC: Wildwoods Convention Center. The largest holiday co-ed basketball tournament with teams from all over the country. 609-522-3355. www.bbclassic.net

31: FIRST NIGHT NEW YEARS CELEBRATION: Ocean City. A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

31: NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION: Sea Isle City. 609-263-0050. www.visitsicnj.com

JANUARY 2016


1: FIRST DAY at the BEACH: Ocean City. Features Ocean City's first dip in the Ocean, a 5K Boardwalk run and a New Year's Day Shopping Extravaganza. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

MERCHANT'S NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE: Stone Harbor. Shop for special deals and discounts on the first day of the year. www.stoneharborbeach.com

THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

FEBRUARY


CUMBERLAND WINTER EAGLE FESTIVAL: Mauricetown. Provides an unparalleled opportunity for both novice and experienced birders to view Bald Eagles and other raptors, including several species of hawks and owls, in their natural habitat. 866-866-MORE. www.co.cumberland.nj.us

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE: Sea Isle City. Starts with a polar bear prince, princess, king and queen contest, and continues with thousands of participants plunging into the ocean, costume contest, post-plunge party, and wraps up with a 5K Run/Walk for Autism. 609-263-3611. www.lacosta-seaisle.com

CRAFTS AND ANTIQUES IN WINTER: Cape May Convention Hall. The region's most sought-after antique dealers and craftspeople come together for this show featuring an array of handmade items, country antiques, glassware, silver, furniture and more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

MARCH


SHOPAHOLICS WEEKEND: Avalon. The largest winter shopping event brings together the very best boutiques on the Seven Mile Beach showcasing the largest variety of merchandise in one location. Shop for merchandise priced with deep discounts in clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor and more. www.IndulgeinAvalon.com

HOLMES AND CARTER MYSTERIES: Cape May. East Lynne Theater Company's popular vintage-radio style production complete with live sound effects and commercials.609-884-5898. www.eastlynnetheater.org

SHERLOCK HOLMES WEEKEND: Cape May. "Sherlock Holmes: The Unforgiven." Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson, for a weekend of mystery and intrigue.Get into the spirit of things by donning Victorian attire. Stalk the gaslit streets in search of clues and compete for the $250 grand prize and other gifts as you attempt to solve the mystery. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

STONE HARBOR SHIVER: Stone Harbor. Stone Harbor's version of the annual polar bear plunge. Registration fee. www.stoneharborbeach.com

THIRD FRIDAY:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere.800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

MR MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT:
Music Pier, Ocean City. First event of its kind in the U.S. For Men 60 years and older, contestants compete in talent, poise and interview categories and an "I Remember When" segment during which they will discuss how it was to grow up in their particular era. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

SPRING BRIDAL SHOW:
Wildwoods Convention Center. Brides have the opportunity to meet face to face with wedding professionals and find everything possible to create a dream wedding! All registered brides are eligible to win an all-inclusive honeymoon. FREE admission, FREE contests and prize drawings, FREE gift for pre-registered brides! Fashion show. Wedding vendors including photographers, videographers, florists, honeymoon destinations and menu samplings from area venues. 609-465-7181. www.CapeMayCountyChamber.com

OCEAN DRIVE MARATHON & HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO:
Wildwoods Convention Center. Coincides with the annual Ocean Drive Marathon. Runners are asked to check in while having the opportunity to shop for the latest in runner's gear and accessories.609-523-0880. www.odmarathon.org/expo

OCEAN DRIVE MARATHON: Cape May County. This USATF-NJ 500 point Grand Prix event begins in Victorian Cape May City, continues onto the Wildwoods island into the island communities of Stone Harbor and Avalon, and finishes on the Promenade on the island town of Sea Isle City. 609-523-0880. www.odmarathon.org

APRIL


CAPE MAY GOSPEL CHOIR FESTIVAL: A Choral Competition Celebrating America's Music. Cape May Convention Hall. A celebration of America's music with gospel choirs from throughout the region competing for top honors.609-884-9565. www.capemayconventionhall.org

PAWS FOR ART: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. Wheaton Arts opens its gates to pet owners and their pets to enjoy various animal-themed activities. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

DOO DAH PARADE: Ocean City: Say goodbye to tax season with this comedy parade on Asbury Ave. complete with over 500 basset hounds. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

TURTLE FEST: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Play games and earn prizes, build arts & crafts, have your face painted, and get up close and personal with live turtles, and more. Stop by the aquarium and watch the animals. 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

CAPE MAY'S SPRING FESTIVAL: Cape May. Celebrate the arrival of springtime in America's first seaside resort with Private Homes Tours, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, Vintage Dance Workshops, food and wine events, living history programs and much, much more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

SENSATIONAL SPRING CONCERT WEEKEND: Wildwoods Convention Center. Enjoy a weekend full of events beginning Friday night with a Dance Party featuring the David Christopher Band at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Tickets needed. A FREE street fair at Fox Park in Wildwood on Saturday will feature classic cars, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, a Doo Wop Bus Tour and ending with a concert at the Oceanfront Arena featuring Jefferson Starship. 609-729-4000. www.Wildwoods.com

SPRING FESTIVAL CRAFTS & ANTIQUES SHOW: Cape May. The Emlen Physick Estate becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

CAPE MAY TIME CAPSULE: TRAVEL THROUGH TIME INTERACTIVE TROLLEY TOUR: Cape May. Experience Cape May's history up close, through the eyes of those who lived it. Meet characters from the past who visited, lived and worked in Cape May, as your trolley travels through town. Costumed historical interpreters bring to life the town's Victorian heritage.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

TOURNAMENT OF BANDS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP:
Wildwoods Convention Center. All-Chapter Championship contest for the Tournament of Bands indoor units from NY, NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA, WV and OH. Admission Fee. 609-849-8553. www.njatob.org

MAY


MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY: Ocean City. Find out if summer is coming early. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

MULTI-CULTURAL EVENT: THE LEVOY THEATER: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Celebrating multi ethnicities through music and dance. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

CHOCOLATE CHAMPIONSHIP TOUR & TASTING: Cape May. Taste, tour, vote! Inns, B&Bs and restaurants are vying for Cape May's Chocolate Champion title and you're the judge. Visit each competitor's property, sample their signature chocolate dessert and vote for your favorites. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

SPRING BLOCK PARTY: Ocean City. Over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more on Asbury Ave. 609-391-0240. www.ocnj.us

SPRING FESTIVAL CRAFTS & ANTIQUES SHOW: Cape May. The Emlen Physick Estate becomes an outdoor marketplace as vendors from throughout the Northeast display their wares. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

CAPE MAY TIME CAPSULE: TRAVEL THROUGH TIME INTERACTIVE TROLLEY TOUR: Cape May. Experience Cape May's history up close, through the eyes of those who lived it. Meet characters from the past who visited, lived and worked in Cape May, as your trolley travels through town. Costumed historical interpreters bring to life the town's Victorian heritage.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 www.capemaymac.org

AVALON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE WINE & SPIRITS FESTIVAL: Avalon. Wines and flavored vodkas, plus delicious appetizers presented by the island's finest restaurants. www.avalonbeach.com

SPRING BOARDWALK CLASSIC CAR SHOW: The Wildwoods. Cars on display on the Wildwoods Boardwalk on Friday and Saturday. 609-522-4546. www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com

THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere.800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

ARMED FORCES DAY CEREMONY AT THE WWII LOOKOUT TOWER: Cape May. The newly restored World War II Lookout Tower is the perfect setting to pay tribute to the dedicated men and women who have helped preserve our freedom.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

PAPERWEIGHT FEST: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. Make-your-own paperweight. Artist demonstrations. Artists Fair. Exhibit and sale and much more.800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

SPRING SHOREBIRD & HORSESHOE CRAB FESTIVAL: Wetlands Institute, Stone HarborCelebrate an amazing spectacle of nature – the shorebird migration and horseshoe crab spawning season. Children and guests of all ages can enjoy guided shorebird walks along our local beaches and salt marshes, guided viewings of shorebird and horseshoe crab interactions along the Delaware Bay, naturalist-led horseshoe crab night walks, opportunities to view and participate in shorebird tagging with the International Shorebird Research Team, live horseshoe crab demonstrations, face painting, and hands-on education and conservation-based activities and games. 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

WILD HALF MARATHON: The Wildwoods. One wild weekend… a seaside half marathon that combines your love of running with the pure joy of an amusement park, the sights and sounds of a classic boardwalk, outstanding accommodations, together with the rhythm of beach life. 609-522-3900, ext. 1195. www.at.runwildwood.com

WILDWOODS INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL: The Wildwoods. Event begins on Friday after the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony with the opening of the Kite Sales Tent followed by the illuminated night kite fly. East Coast Stunt Kite Championships on the beach as well as kite exhibits and workshops. FREE to spectators. 732-822-4884. www.SkyFestivals.com

CRAFTS AND ANTIQUES FOR MEMORIAL DAY: Cape May Convention Hall. Craft and Antiques vendors offer a wide selection of country crafts, folk art, custom-designed jewelry, antiques and a choice selection of Victorian items. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

TURTLE TROT 5K RUN and 2 MILE FUN WALK: Stone Harbor. Great way to combine exercise and family fun. 609-368-6101. www.stoneharborbeach.com

CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cape May. Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach's Lunches at the 25th annual Cape May Music Festival.609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW: Music Pier, Ocean City. See beautiful commercial and amateur displays at the historic Music Pier. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

COLD SPRING COUNTRY FAIR: Cape May. Visit a selection of Village buildings and step back in time to the 1800s! Enjoy family activities, antiques and crafts vendors, and a special sale at the Country Store! FREE ADMISSION. www.hcsv.org

SPRING BIKE RALLY: The Wildwoods. Cape Classics Motorcycle Club presents the Annual Spring Motorcycle Rally with vendors. Sunday will also feature the Ride the Wave Motorcycle Run, starting in Camden, 609-729-8870. www.WildwoodSpringRally.com

FLAVOR OF SEA ISLE RESTAURANT WEEK: Sea Isle City. Sample the culinary offerings of your favorite Sea Isle City restaurant. 609-263-9090. www.seaislechamber.com

JUNE


7 MILE ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEK: Avalon. www.visitavalonnj.com

WONDER'S BIRTHDAY BASH AT GILLIAN'S WONDERLAND PIER: Ocean City. Celebrate Wonder Bear's Birthday and Gillians' 83 years on the Boardwalk in Ocean City. Enjoy a birthday bash fireworks show! All rides will be only one ticket. Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. www.gillians.com

DELAWARE BAY DAY: BiValve, Port Norris, Shellpile. Celebrate the rich maritime history, vibrant culture and natural resources of the Delaware Bay. Seafood, soul food and homemade fare. Artisans and crafters, river tours and guided wetland walks and a visit to NJ's Official Tall Ship, the historic schooner A.J. Meerwald. 856-785-2060. www.bayshorediscovery.org

RUNWAY 5K RUN & FUN WALK: Cape May County Airport. Cape May County's most unique event for 2014! The airport will temporarily close to air traffic to allow runners and walkers this unique opportunity to compete on the runway! 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

HANDS-ON HISTORY: Cape May. Enjoy family activities and crafts including papermaking, tin punch, pottery, face painting, historic games and dress-up, storytelling and more! www.hcsv.org

CHALLENGE TRIATHLON: Atlantic City. The European-based Challenge Family's first race in the U.S. features a 2.4 mile swim in the back bays, a 112 mile bike course through southern New Jersey and a 26.2 mile run finishing on the Boardwalk in front of Boardwalk Hall. www.challenge-family.com

9-11: AMERICAN PRIDE DAYS: Cape May County Airport. In partnership with the Yankee Air Museum. B-17 walk-through tours included with regular admission! Flights on the B-17 "Yankee Lady" are available, please call Dave Wright (734-483-4030 ext. 236) to book a reservation. 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT: Music Pier, Ocean City. Boardwalk Parade (June 12th), preliminary competitions, and the finals at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

MUMMERS BRIGADE WEEKEND: North Wildwood. Pub crawl and friendly competition amongst various clubs at local businesses. Parade features the top Mummers brigades from the Philadelphia New Year's Day Mummers Parade. FREE. 609-374-0562. www.NorthWildwood.com

14: POST CARD SHOW AND OPEN HOUSE: George F. Boyer Museum, Wildwood Dealers will buy, sell and trade postcards and artifacts of the Wildwoods and Cape May County. Free admission. 609-425-5308

SKIMMER FESTIVAL: Sea Isle City. Seaside vendor market, food court, sand sculpting contest, live entertainment, antique auto show & parade, historical trolley tours. 609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

MILITARY TIMELINE: Cape May. Experience field camps, displays and exhibits depicting military life throughout history. www.hcsv.org

NATIONAL MARBLES TOURNAMENT: Wildwood. The official national competition in the sport of marbles for boys and girls ages 8-14 that have qualified by winning local tournaments throughout the U.S304-337-2764. www.NationalMarblesTournament.org

SARA THE TURTLE FESTIVAL: Sea Isle City. Family fun event. 609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

20: THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Glasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

PARANORMAL PURSUITS: Cape May. Experience all things unexplained! Enjoy ghostly tales, presentations by paranormal investigators, a phrenology experience, ghost tours and much more! www.hcsv.org

21-22: FANTASY FAIRE: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. The event is a family-friendly festival blending historic fact with myth and popular fantasy from the medieval and renaissance periods of history. Performances and demonstrations. Food and refreshments. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

MARITIME FESTIVAL AT HEREFORD INLET LIGHTHOUSE: North Wildwood. Weekend event will feature historical displays from assorted maritime/lighthouse museums from around the country, over 100 crafters & vendors, historic exhibits, lighthouse and Garden tours and more. 609-522-4520. www.HerefordLighthouse.org

JULY JUBILEE: Music Pier, Ocean City. A fun filled week of contests leading up to July 4th complete with taffy sculpting, treasure hunts and more.609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

NORTH WILDWOOD ITALIAN-AMERICAN FESTIVAL: North Wildwood. Celebration of Italian-American heritage, food and music. Authentic Italian –American foods, vendors, FREE live entertainment, dancing, kids games, celebrity appearances, meatball relay races, Little Miss Italy contest, olive tree signings and more!609-536-0176. www.KofC2572.org

VICTORIAN FAMILY FAIR: Cape May. A traditional Victorian fair with activities for the whole family. The day features live musical performances, crafts, collectibles, living history characters, children's activities and refreshments. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

WILDWOOD CREST SAND SCULPTING FESTIVAL: Wildwood Crest. Amateur sculptors welcome. Live music. Free Admission. 609-522-0202. www.visitwildwoodcrest.com

QUILT & FIBER ARTS SHOW: Cape May. Displays of beautiful, locally made quilts! Demonstrations of knitting, crocheting, quilting, wool production and much more. www.hcsv.org

CAPE EXPRESS BEACH BLAST SOCCER: Wildwood. Bring your barefooted soccer team down to enjoy a weekend. 5 vs. 5 in the sand with no shoes. Games played on the Beach. www.CapeExpress.com

JULY


CAPE MAY COUNTY LIFEGUARD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Wildwood Crest. Beach patrols from Cape May County compete. Free. 609-522-3825. www.wcbp.org

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE: North Wildwood. Parade. Prizes awarded for the best decorated bikes in red, white and blue theme. FREE.609-522-2955. www.NorthWildwood.com

FOURTH OF JULY PATRIOTIC SHOW: Wildwood Crest. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy FREE live music for the entire family at the Centennial Park.609-523-0202. www.visitwildwoodcrest.com

FOURTH OF JULY BEACH 'N BOARDWALK PATRIOTIC 5K RUN & 1 MILE FAMILY RUN: The Wildwoods. The 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk to raise funds to help maintain the Wildwoods Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. 609-849-8887. www.WildwoodsWall.com/5K

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS & CONCERT: Wildwoods Convention Center. Jimmy Buffett tribute band performs at Fox Park. Fireworks extravaganza at 10 p.m. 609-523-1602/609-729-9000. www.WildwoodsNJ.com

FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL: Avalon. Celebrate July 4th with fun activities for the whole family including an All American beach concert, the Bay Atlantic Symphony concert in Avalon Community Hall and fireworks. www.visitavalonnj.com

4th CELEBRATION: Ocean City. Join in the celebration with entire family. Special activities include a bike parade and a kite flying competition. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

CELEBRATION! INDEPENDENCE DAY FESTIVITIES: Stone Harbor. Features a sand sculpture Concert, candy scramble, foot races, slow bike race and much more! Fireworks and a Concert round off the day. www.stoneharborbeach.com

CELEBRATE THE GARDEN STATE: Cape May. Celebrate New Jersey's 350th birthday! Enjoy New Jersey themed activities, crafts, lectures and more. www.hcsv.org

CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIR: Millville. Demolition derby, farm and garden exhibits, hayrides, home and arts exhibits, pie eating contests, amusement rides and much more. 856-825-3820. www.cumberlandcofair.com

SAND SCULPTING CONTEST: Ocean City. The first one of the season. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

NEW JERSEY STATE BARBEQUE CHAMPIONSHIP AND ANGLESEA BLUES FESTIVAL: North Wildwood. Experience the best in Barbeque & Blues at this exciting three day festival. Live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts on our FREE main stage. 609-523-6565. www.angleseablues.com or www.njbbq.com

CELTIC FESTIVAL: Cape May. Enjoy traditional music, a pipes and drums band, demonstrations, dancing, a pub tent, family activities and more! www.hcsv.org

AL CUNARD BABY PARADE: Stone Harbor: Dress up your beautiful babies and children for this Stone Harbor Tradition. 609-368-6101. www.stoneharborbeach.com

SEA ISLE CITY BABY PARADE: Sea Isle City. Parade celebrating the littlest family meembers.609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

CRABULOUS CRAB DAY: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. A day filled with Crabulous fun! Crab Races and Games, Crabbing at the Dock, Crabbing Tips and Tricks, Crab Cake Cook-off and Cooking Lessons, Crab Teaching Tank, Crabbing Tournament, Crabulous Trivia, and more. 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

MOREY'S PIERS BEACH SPORTS WEEKEND: Wildwood. One of the only beach tournaments in the world featuring Lacrosse (LAX), Hockey and Soccer. This tournament gives lacrosse players of all ages a chance to enjoy the game in a new and exciting way. 609-522-3900. www.MoreysPiers.com

THIRD FRIDAY: Glasstown Arts District, MillvilleGlasstown Arts District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

NJ STATE CRAB FESTIVAL: Wildwood. "Crabby" fun for all ages! Blue Claw crabs! Beer Garden, must try crabby bloody mary! Vendors and exciting things for the kids including a crab race. Live outdoor entertainment all day. 609-522-0033. www.IceHouseWildwood.com

HANDS-ON HISTORY: Cape May. Enjoy family activities and crafts including papermaking, tin punch, pottery, face painting, historic games and dress-up, storytelling and more! www.hcsv.org

SANTA VISITS HIS "OFFICIAL SUMMER HOME": Stone Harbor. Celebrate with Santa and his crew around town all week! Where will he be spotted next? 609-368-6101. www.stoneharborbeach.com

NIGHT IN VENICE: Ocean City. The City's annual boat parade is one of the largest in the world. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

RAILROAD DAYS: Cape May. Enjoy working model trains, garden railways, toy train rides, memorabilia, demonstrations and more! www.hcsv.org

WILDWOODS WADDLE: Wildwood. Pre Baby Parade Event: a fun event for infants and toddlers to show off their speedy crawling or "waddling" technique on the grassy circle in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center. 609-729-4000. www.gwcoc.com

BRIDGETON INVITATIONAL SEMI-PRO BASEBALL TOURNAMENT: Bridgeton. 856-455-3230, ext. 280

WILDWOODS BABY PARADE: Wildwood. A Wildwood tradition since 1909. Registration at Wildwoods Convention Center. Lineup/judging immediately following. Parade proceeds up the Wildwoods Boardwalk from Convention Center to 16th Street, North Wildwood. Rain date. FREE. 609-729-4000. www.gwcoc.com