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Events:

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.



OCTOBER

5: OKTOBERFEST:
Cape May. Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition on Historic Jackson Street as it is transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens and browse the artisans tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles.609-884-5508. www.capemaychamber.com

5: MONARCH MADNESS:
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Learn how butterfly tagging is done. Take a guided tour of the Gardens and learn what plants attract butterflies. Watch a live moth and teaching tank demonstrations, aquarium feedings, butterfly crafts, games & more! 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

5: OKTOBERFEST:
Avalon, Whitebrier. German beer, German food, and German music! Join Avalon in celebrating Oktoberfest! www.visitavalonnj.com

5-6: FESTIVAL OF FINE CRAFT:
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. Traditional and contemporary work from over 125 juried artists from across the country present jewelry, studio glass, clay, metal, wearable art, fibre, leather, photography, watercolor, mixed medium, wood and more. Outdoor crafts demonstrations. Entertainment, hands-on family activities and specialty foods. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

11-14: CAPE MAY’S VICTORIAN WEEKEND:
The 41st annual Victorian Weekend celebrates Cape May's Victorian heritage, featuring the Chocolate Championship Tour & Tasting, Historic House Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, living history programs, lectures, workshops, performances and more. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org.

12: MOREY’S ZOMBIE MUD RUN:
A Post-Apocalyptic 5K Obstacle Mud Run teeming with Zombies infected with the living dead virus. The race course is complete With Army boot camp-like obstacles to test your strength and endurance. Participants may sign up to participate as either a zombie or a human. The humans run the race with a flag football belt with three flags representing vital organs: brains, heart, & entrails. The zombies are stationed along the race course trying to eat vital organs (capture humans’ flags). If a human finishes the race with one or more flags he/she survives; if the zombies capture all of a person’s flags that person is infected with the living dead virus and dies (or at least doesn’t win the race). Despite the fun zombie angle, this is a real mud run and participants should be in peak physical condition. 609-522-3900 or www.moreyspiers.com/zombierun

12: FALL BLOCK PARTY and FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR:
Ocean City. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more at the Tabernacle grounds. 800-BEACH-NJ. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

12: KIX MxNUTLEY’S COLUMBUS DAY PARADE & ITALIAN FESTIVAL CELEBRATION:
Sea Isle City. Parade honoring the Italian traditions, craft and food vendors, live entertainment. 609-263-4461, ext. 1230. www.kixmcnutleys.com

12-13: GOVERNOR’S CUP HYDROFEST:
Wildwood Crest. An exciting international powerboat racing event, coupled with a six block festival of craft, merchandise and food vendors as well as displays. This event is also hosting the North American Championships simultaneously. Held on the bay front bordering the Sunset Lake bay area at Rambler Road and New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest. FREE. 609-889-9181, 609-886-8156 www.WildwoodsHydrofest.org

12-13: SEAFOOD FESTIVAL:
Avalon. Delicious seafood, live music, local vendors, games, activities and much more! www.visitavalonnj.com

12-14: INDIAN SUMMER CELEBRATION:
Ocean City. Seafood vendors at the Music Pier and Boardwalk table sales. 800-BEACH-NJ. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

15: HARBORFEST:
Sea Isle City. A celebration of the bay featuring craft and food vendors, family activities, fishing displays, live entertainment and delicious seafood. 609-263-9090. www.seaislechamber.com

15-31: HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN VICTORIAN CAPE MAY:
More than two weeks of specially-themed tours and events including Ghostwriter Trolley Rides, Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Teas, Scarecrow Alley, Midnight at the Physick Estate, Historic Haunts Combination Tours, Phantoms of the Physick Estate and much more to help you get into the “spirit” of the season. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

18: THIRD FRIDAY:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. High Street in the 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

18-19: GREATER WILDWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FABULOUS ‘50S & BEYOND WEEKEND:
Wildwoods Convention Center. Friday night Dance Party with a live band at the Wildwoods Convention Center. FREE street fair at Fox Park, Wildwood on Saturday. Classic cars, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, Doo Wop Bus Tour and so much more! Saturday night concert at the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Tickets start at $49.50 per person. Tickets and updates are available through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609-729-4000 or www.gwcoc.com or through Ticketmaster @ 800-745-3000 or www.Ticketmaster.com

19-20: LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE OF NEW JERSEY WEEKEND:
New Jersey Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations host a “Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey” weekend. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. The lighthouses participating in the Challenge encourage the public to take advantage of this special weekend to financially support and preserve the maritime history of our state. Begin the Challenge at any of the participating lighthouses, and purchase a tri-fold souvenir pamphlet ($1) to be stamped at each lighthouse as proof of visit. Hours of operation for each participating lighthouse can be found on the lighthouse and museum websites, and at www.lighthousechallengenj.org, www.njlhs.org and www.visitnj.org

24-27: NJ AUDUBON CAPE MAY AUTUMN BIRDING FESTIVAL/THE BIRD SHOW:
Cape May. Join birding’s best at world famous Migration Mainline – Cape May NJ for three days of field trips, boat trips, workshops, live hawk banding and hawk demonstrations, and programs focusing on fall's famous raptor migration. Geared for the beginner to the seasoned naturalist. Includes Convention Hall brimming with artisans, crafters, tour and optic companies. Registration required. 609-861-0700 or email: birdcapemay@njaudubon.org, www.birdcapemay.org

WILDWOODS BOARDWALK PUMPKIN RUN: 10/25/2013:
The Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run is a ghoulishly fun and exciting family event for all ages Halloween Weekend. This festive boardwalk event offers a 5K run along with a 1 mile family walk, starting at 10 am - rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes to vie for the prizes in the best dressed categories of Family, Youth, Infant, and Best All Around. All proceeds benefit the Elementary Schools of the Wildwoods. $25 for adults; $10 for those 18 and under. All participants will receive a Pumpkin Run T-shirt. 609-849-8887. www.BoardwalkPumpkinRun.com

26: BARBECUE & BREWS FEST:
Stone Harbor. The best in Barbeque and Microbrews Stone Harbor style. www.stone-harbor.nj.us

27: HALLO-WHEATON:
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville.Trick-or-Treat and Interactive Performances for Families. Find out why this event has quickly become a local family tradition. 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org



NOVEMBER

1-3: SHERLOCK HOLMES WEEKEND:
Cape May. New mystery for 2013! 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 a variety of other valuable gifts as you attempt to solve the mystery. Full weekend amd overnight packages are available including the welcome reception, performances, tour, luncheon and gift. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org.

2: TRAIL OF TWO CITIES – RUN/WALK:
Ocean City and Somers Point. Run/Walk over the 9th St. Bridge from Somers Point to Ocean City. 800-BEACH-NJ. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

8-10: QUIET FESTIVAL:
Ocean City. A celebration of quiet things. 800-BEACH-NJ. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

12-30 HOLIDAY DAZZLE:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Beginning November 12 to December 20 shop in the Glasstown Arts District’s participating shops and enter Free drawings for prizes and a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree! 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

15: THIRD FRIDAY:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. High Street in the 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

22- JAN. 1: CAPE MAY’S HOLIDAY SEASON (NOV. 22-JAN.1, 2014):
Five and a half weeks of special holidays tours and events including Holiday Preview Weekend (Nov. 22-24), 40th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours (Dec. 7, 14, 28), plus Lamplighter Christmas Tours, Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, Emlen Physick Estate Christmas Tours, Holiday Inns Tours, Evening Holiday Lights Trolley Rides, Evening Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides, Santa’s Trolley Rides, and more. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org.

22-24: HOLIDAY PREVIEW WEEKEND:
Cape May. Get a head start on the Holiday season! 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 to get you into the Christmas spirit. Visit the Estate on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. as Santa arrives to flip the switch for the festive Tree-Lighting Ceremony. That evening the Estate will be open for free, self-guided tours. For kids, there are Santa’s Trolley Rides and a chance to visit with old St. Nick himself. Grown-ups will enjoy holiday ghost tales during Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 www.capemaymac.org.

23: “EARLIER THAN THE BIRD” DOWNTOWN SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA:
Ocean City. Get an earlier than the bird jump start on your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas, free coffee and giveaways, early bird shopping specials! Free horse & carriage rides, facepainting and photos with Santa. Free turkey giveaways to the best PJ’s! 800-BEACH-NJ. 609-525-9300. www.ocnj.us

29 HOLIDAY PARADE:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Floats, bands, drill teams, & more! 856-825-2600. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

29-30: CHRISTMAS IN STONE HARBOR – AN ISLAND HOLIDAY:
Holiday Shopping, a pet parade, strolling musicians, merchant hospitality night, parade & more to celebrate the holidays. 609-368-6101.

29-Dec. 8: HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE: POTTERY AND GLASS (Nov. 29 to Dec. 8):
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. WheatonArts overstocks, prototypes and seconds, a selection of pieces from WheatonArts ceramic artist, Terry Plasket, and studio glass artists Melanie and David Leppla. 30% to 70% off. 800-998-4552, 856-
825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

29: FESTIVE FRIDAY:
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 Turkey Trot: 30th St. Avalon. Burn those Thanksgiving calories and support the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. www.dillerblindhome.org

29-30: WETLANDS’ WONDERLAND:
Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Experience the wonders of the wetlands as the seasons change. Learn about hibernation in the salt marsh! Have your face painted and go on a scavenger hunt. Special creature features. Extended teaching tank demonstrations, hibernation & winter crafts, games & more. 609-368-1211. www.wetlandinstitute.com

DECEMBER

1-20: HOLIDAY DAZZLE:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Shop in the Glasstown Arts District’s through December 20 at participating shops & enter Free drawings for prizes & a chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree! 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

7: HISTORIC CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR:
Bridgeton. Historic Bridgeton's signature holiday event. For info: Bridgeton Main Street: 856-575-5582 or Bridgeton Rec: 856-453-1675, or on the web at www.bridgetonhousetour.com

7, 14, 28: CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR:
Cape May. This self-guided tours are the main attraction of Cape May's festive holiday season features homes, inns, hotels and churches decorated for the holidays, plus caroling, strolling musicians and good old-fashioned cheer. Hospitality centers offer warm beverages and traditional treats. Continuous shuttle service on heated trolleys. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

13-14: 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 Christmas Parade on Friday night, followed by a tree lighting ceremony & parade awards ceremony at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Bring the family inside the Wildwoods Convention Center on Saturday for free admission to Holiday-themed crafters, movies & entertainment. 609-729-9000. www.wildwoodholiday.com

14: SOUL OF THE SEASON:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Celebration of the holidays with horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment including Nutcracker Ballet vignettes, choirs, carolers, holiday revue, Santa’s Village & much more! Free Trolley transportation all evening. 800-887-4957. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

20: THIRD FRIDAY:
Glasstown Arts District, Millville. High Street in the 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, 26-30: BOARDWALK BASKETBALL CLASSIC:
Wildwoods Convention Center. The nation’s largest holiday basketball tournament with teams from all over the country. Admission fee. 609-522-3355. www.bbclassic.net

28-31: NYE WEEKEND & FIRST NIGHT:
Stone Harbor. A weekend’s worth of activities leading up to First Night and the kick-off to a year of celebrations for Stone Harbor’s 100th birthday. www.stone-harbor.nj.us

31: FIRST NIGHT NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION:
Ocean City. Dozens of performers at venues throughout the city, all alcohol-free, provide plenty of excitement and fun for the whole family topped off with fireworks. 609-525-9300. www.firstnightocnj.com