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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.


January

FIRST DAY at the BEACH: Ocean City. Features Ocean City’s first dip in the Ocean, a 5K Boardwalk run, a New Year’s Day Shopping Extravaganza, and much more! 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. 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. 856-453-2184. www.co.cumberland.nj.us

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE WEEKEND: Sea Isle City. A polar bear prince, princess, king and queen contest, and continues with thousands of participants plunging into the ocean, costume contest and post-plunge party. 609-263-3756. www.lacosta-seaisle.com. The event wraps up with a 5K Run/1.5-Mile Walk for Autism. 609-602-5734. www.polarbearrunwalkforautism.com

CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES IN WINTER: Cape May Convention Hall. The region’s most sought-after collectors 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. 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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com


March

ATLANTIC CITY RESTAURANT WEEK: Atlantic City and surrounding area. More than 60 fine dining establishments participate with special menus selections at a discounted price for lunch and dinner. www.acrestaurantweek.com

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 with deep discounts in clothing, shoes, accessories, home décor and more. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

SHERLOCK HOLMES WEEKEND: Cape May. New mystery for 2016! Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson for a weekend of mystery and intrigue in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Melpomene’s Mask.” 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. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

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

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & CELEBRATION: Sea Isle City. The annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is always a favorite, thanks to many shamrock-clad enthusiasts – and plenty “Wearin’ of the Green.” The Celtic procession will include live pipe-and-drum music, Irish residents and Sea Isle’s “Irish Royal Family.” Don’t miss any of the fun because today everyone is Irish in Sea Isle City! 609-263-6341. www.kixmcnutleys.com

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Atlantic City. Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the Boardwalk. www.doatlanticcity.com

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

MR MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT: Music Pier, Ocean City. First event of its kind in the U.S. For Men 55 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. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

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! Registered brides are eligible to win an all-inclusive honeymoon. FREE admission, FREE contests, FREE gift for pre-registered brides! Fashion show. Wedding vendors including photographers, videographers, florists, honeymoon destinations and menu samplings. 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

OCEAN DRIVE MARATHON/5K RUN/1.5-MILE FUN RUN: Cape May to Sea Isle City. USATF certified Atlantic Coastal flat and fast, paved road and boardwalk course that begins in Victorian Cape May City continues for a 26.2 mile course via the Ocean Drive, through the Wildwoods and on into the island communities of Stone Harbor and Avalon, and finishes on the Promenade in Sea Isle City. The event also includes a 5K Run and 1.5-Mile Fun Run at JFK Blvd. & the Promenade in Sea Isle City. 609-523-0880. www.odmarathon.org

TURTLE FEST: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Hunt for terrapin eggs, play games and earn prizes. Build arts & crafts 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


April

PAWS FOR ART: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. Wheaton Arts opens its gates to pet owners and their pets. Guests are invited to participate in the “Wheaton Barks Dog Show” with prizes for adults and children, an agility course, pet supplies and goodies, a children’s art exhibition, and hands-on family activities. Free Admission. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

SOMERS POINT BAYFEST: The largest, single day festival in South Jersey. Over 14 blocks to stroll, over 120 crafters, 38 food vendors, 15 children activities, 4 live musical bands, and bicycle and kayak giveaways. A must do event. www.somerspointbayfest.org

ATLANTIC CITY HALF MARATHON, 11K, 7K AND KIDS FIT FINAL MILE: Boardwalk, Atlantic City. Runners will spend a few miles running on the boardwalk before heading through beach towns with ocean views, and ending again on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. www.acraceseries.com

POLAR & PUP PLUNGE BENEFITING THE CAPE MAY COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER: Beachcomber Camping Resort. April 16, 11am. Jump In! It's the 17th Annual Polar Bear & 4th Annual Puppy Plunge! All proceeds benefit Cape May County Animal Shelter. All plungers, with sponsors ($), will receive a FREE t-shirt & hot chocolate. Pups get a cool treat! $25 BC Gift Card to the plunger who raises the most money! Prize for the pup who raises the most money! Prize for the CRAZIEST COSTUMED Plunger & Pup! 462 Seashore Road Cape May, NJ 08204 609-886-6035 or Register at www.beachcombercamp.com

DOO DAH PARADE: Ocean City: Say goodbye to tax season with this comedy parade on Asbury Ave. complete with over 500 basset hounds. PiAsco follows parade – a massive pie in the face extravaganza. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

MULTI CULTURAL EVENT: Levoy Theatre, Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Celebrating multi ethnicities through music and dance. Collaborative program of Millville Schools, Riverfront Renaissance Center and Glasstown Arts District. FREE to the public. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

RIVERFRONT RENAISSANCE CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. An evening of glamorous entertainment, great cuisine and bar. 22 N. High St., Millville, NJ. Inquire at 856-327-4500 for details. www.rrcarts.com

CAPE MAY’S SPRING FESTIVAL: Celebrate Springtime with Private Homes Tour, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, food and wine events, living history programs and more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

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

ACUA Earth Day: Environmental Park, Egg Harbor Township. 26th Earth Day Festival. Free, fun and educational activities for everyone. Over 100 vendors, crafters and exhibitors. www.acua.com/earthday


May

TANYA TUCKER CONCERT: Cape May. 28th. Cape May Convention Hall: 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

MEMORIAL 5K FUN RUN! Beachcomber Camping Resort. May 29. It's time for Beachcomber's 4th Annual Claire Brodesser 5K Fun Run & 1M Walk! T-Shirt, water & post-race snacks for all registered runners. Don't forget to register ($-early bird discount available) & pick up your sponsor sheet (call for more details). Medals & Prizes awarded! All proceeds donated benefit Cape Regional Medical Center. 462 Seashore Road Cape May, NJ 08204 609-886-6035 ext 19 or www.beachcombercamp.com

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY: Cape May. 30th, All Wars Monument, Columbia Avenue, 9am; Cape May Convention Hall, 11am, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY’S SPRING FESTIVAL:
Celebrate Springtime with Private Homes Tour, Ghost Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, food and wine events, living history programs and more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

SPRING BLOCK PARTY: Ocean City. Over 350 crafters, food vendors, music & more. Asbury Ave. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

SPRING TIDE FESTIVAL: Stone Harbor. Celebrating the water surrounding our island! Artisans, sea-faring family activities, beer & wine garden & live music. www.stoneharborbeach.com

JAZZ CONCERT: Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, Glasstown Arts District. Percussionist Jody Janetta leads this quintet with vocals by Lori Bennett in the style of great female songsters. The concert is Free but reservations are required and limited to 80 people. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

PAPERWEIGHT FEST: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. A select group of Paperweight dealers, artists and galleries in the Event Center. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY: Ocean City. Will OC’s hermit crab mascot see his shadow? Find out if summer is coming early. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

AVALON WINE & SPIRITS FESTIVAL: Avalon. Over 200 wines and flavored vodkas. Appetizers presented by the island’s finest restaurants. Silent Auction – items from the island’s top businesses. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.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. 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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

ARMED FORCES DAY CEREMONY AT THE WWII LOOKOUT TOWER: Cape May. The fully 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

NJ AUDUBON WORLD SERIES OF BIRDING: Throughout all of New Jersey. Teams of birders seek to tally as many species of birds by sight or sound in a 24-hour period within New Jersey. Their objective is to raise money for their favorite environmental cause, and to focus attention upon the habitat needs of migratory birds. Registration required. www.njaudubon.org

SPRING SHOREBIRD & HORSESHOE CRAB FESTIVAL: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Celebrate an amazing spectacle of nature – the shorebird migration and the horseshoe crab spawning season. Guided shorebird walks along our local beaches and salt marshes, guided viewings of shorebird and horseshoe crab interactions all 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 and 8K: 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. 609-522-3900, ext. 1195. www.runwildwoods.com

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

UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE: Ocean City. Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to the strains of Pomp and Circumstance to welcome the season. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

SPRING FESTIVAL CRAFTS AND COLLECTIBLES 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

ATLANTIC COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL CEREMONY: Atlantic County Veterans Memorial Ceremony. Program honors the sacrifice and service of our military heroes at the Atlantic County Veterans Cemetery. www.aclink.org

TURTLE TROT 5K RUN & 2 MILE FUN WALK: Stone Harbor. Exercise and family fun. www.stoneharborbeach.com

NJ AUDUBON CAPE MAYGRATION BIRDING FESTIVAL: Cape May. Celebrate spring and enjoy a week in North America’s most famous bird watching destination – Cape May, NJ. With a week full of field trips, kayak and boat trips, workshops, and programs focusing on the amazing migration of shorebirds and horseshoe crabs along the Delaware Bayshore. For the beginner to the seasoned naturalist, come for a day or plan to stay; several options available. Registration required. www.njaudubon.org

CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Cape May. Enjoy world-class orchestral & chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach’s Lunches at the 27th annual Cape May Music Festival. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FALLEN HEROES & MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: Stone Harbor. The fire company holds memorial service to honor firefighters who have fallen during the year. www.stoneharborfire.com


June

COMMUNION AT THE COVE: Cape May. Sunday Mornings 8am, June 5 - September 11 at Sunset Pavillion (Beach and 2nd Avenues). (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

NATURE & WILDLIFE SHOW WITH STEVE SERWATKA:
Cape May. Sunday Nights 7:30pm June 26 - August 28 at Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

MAGIC SHOW WITH RICH LESSIG:
Cape May. Tuesday Nights 7pm, June 28 - August 30 at Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY MUSIC EDUCATORS YOUTH CHORAL FESTIVAL: Cape May. 7th, 9:30am-12:30pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

BOARDWALK CRAFT SHOW BOARDWALK: Cape May. 11-12th, 10am-5pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: RITA COOLIDGE: Cape May. 27th, Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

KRAZY COLOR RUN! Beachcomber Camping Resort. June 19. BC's 3rd Annual Krazy Color 5K Fun Run! Join us as we bring the most colorful fun to Beachcomber! You & your friends will be blasted with color as you run, walk, skip & dance your way through Beachcomber to benefit Cape Regional Medical Center & Wildwood Catholic High School! 462 Seashore Road Cape May, NJ 08204 609-886-6035 or www.beachcombercamp.com

CAPE MAY MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Cape May. Enjoy world-class orchestral and chamber music, a world traditions series and Bach’s Lunches at the 27th annual Cape May Music Festival. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH, GILLIAN’S WONDERLAND PIER: Ocean City. Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday and Gillians’ 85 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

OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW: Music Pier, Ocean City. See beautiful commercial and amateur displays at the historic Music Pier. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

7 MILE ISLAND RESTAURANT WEEK: Stone Harbor and Avalon More than 30 eateries participating with discounted breakfast, lunch & dinner specials! 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

VILLAGE SAMPLER WEEKEND: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Visit a selection of Village buildings and step back in time to the 1800s! Enjoy family activities, hands-on crafts, and a special sale at the Country Store! Free. www.hcsv.org

30TH ANNUAL RED, WHITE AND BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL: Hammonton. Lve music, kiddie rides, a huge classic car show, arts and crafts, stilt walkers, jugglers, and blueberry: pie, muffins, fresh berries & a pie eating contest. 609-561-9080. www.hammontonnj.us

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 & BIKE: Naval Air Station Wildwood. Cape May County Airport. The airport will temporarily close to air traffic to allow runners and walkers this unique opportunity to compete on the runway! www.tnteventmanagement.com

HANDS-ON HISTORY: Historic Cold Spring Village, 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

MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT: Music Pier, Ocean City. Boardwalk Parade (June 15th), preliminary competitions, and the finals at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC: Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club. One of the best fields in women’s professional golf compete on a challenging course with the Atlantic City skyline as their backdrop. www.shopritelpgaclassic.com

MUMMERS STRING BAND AND BRIGADE WEEKEND: North Wildwood. Pub crawl and friendly competition amongst various clubs at local businesses. Parade features the top Mummers string bands and brigades from the Philadelphia New Year’s Day Mummers Parade. FREE. 609-522-2955 www.NorthWildwood.com

SKIMMER FESTIVAL WEEKEND: Sea Isle City. Seaside market, food court, live music, children’s entertainment, antique auto show & parade, free guided historical trolley tours. 609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

WILDWOOD BEER FEST: Wildwood. Fox Park, E. Burk & Ocean Ave., Wildwood First session Sat: noon to 4 pm, second session, 6 pm - 10 pm, Sun: noon to 4 pm. Tickets at Eventbrite. 609-729-8870. www.WildwoodBeerFest.com

MILITARY TIMELINE: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Experience field camps, displays & exhibits depicting military life. www.hcsv.org

NATIONAL MARBLES TOURNAMENT: Wildwood. Official national competition marbles for boys & girls ages 8-14 that have qualified by winning local tournaments throughout the U.S. 304-337-2764. www.NationalMarblesTournament.org

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

FANTASY FAIRE: WheatonArts 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. Strolling costumed characters, portraying historical and mythical figures, interact with visitors on the grounds throughout the day. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

MARITIME FESTIVAL, 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

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Sea Isle City. Features roughly a dozen food trucks from across the Northeast featuring different styles of cuisines from award winning food trucks. There will also be crafters, family entertainment, live music, great drinks and more... It’s All about Food! 609-318-4504. www.seaislecityfood.com

PLEIN AIR ART EXHIBITION: Renaissance Center for the Arts, Glasstown Arts District, Millville. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

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

QUILT & FIBER ARTS SHOW: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Displays of beautiful, locally made quilts! Demonstrations of knitting, crocheting, quilting, wool production and much more. www.hcsv.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. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com


July

MAGIC SHOW WITH RICH LESSIG: Cape May. Tuesday Nights 7pm, June 28 - August 30 at Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

EVENING CONCERTS AT THE ROTARY BANDSTAND: Cape May. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday Nights 7pm July 2- September 3. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

MOVIES ON THE BEACH: Cape May. Thursday Nights 8:30pm, July 7 - August 25 Beach next to Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

DANCING TO THE FRED HALL ORCHESTRA: Cape May. Friday Nights, July 8 - Sept. 2 at Cape May Convention Hall. Children's Dancing 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Adult Ballroom Dancing 9pm - 10:30pm. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

COMMUNION AT THE COVE: Cape May. Sunday Mornings 8am, June 5 - September 11 at Sunset Pavillion (Beach and 2nd Avenues). (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

NATURE & WILDLIFE SHOW WITH STEVE SERWATKA: Cape May. Sunday Nights 7:30pm June 26 - August 28 at Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Cape May. 2nd. Convention Hall, 7:30-11:30am, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

INDEPENDENCE PARADE: Cape May. 2nd. Beach Avenue, 1pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

63rd ARMY BAND CONCERT: Cape May. 2nd. Cape May Convention Hall, 7pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

USCG SUNSET PARADE: Cape May. 3rd. 8pm. www.discovercapemaynj.com

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA: Cape May. 4th. Congress Beach, 9pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES: FROG AND TOAD: Cape May. 7th. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 10:30am, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

PROMENADE ART SHOW: Cape May. 9-10th. Promenade, 10am-5pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE: Cape May. 11th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, (609) 884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

7th ANNUAL CAPE MAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT: Cape May. 16th. Steger Beach, 9am-7pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES: ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Cape May. 14th. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 10:30am, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CHECK YOUR COVER SKIN SCREENING: Cape May. 16th. Cape May Convention Hall, 9:30am-12:30pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPTAIN KIDD TREASURE HUNT: Cape May. 17th. Cape May Convention Hall, 1pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: CHUBBY CHECKER: Cape May. 18th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, (609) 884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES: ROALD DAHL'S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: Cape May. 21st. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 10:30am,609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

THE SUMMER CLUB: Cape May. 23rd. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 8pm, 609-884-9563/9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE HIT MEN: Cape May. 25th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

MICHAEL GRASSO ILLUSIONIST: Cape May. 27th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 714 Beach Ave.609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES: THE PRINCESS AND THE PIRATE: Cape May. 28th. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 10:30am, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

JERSEY CAPE ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW: Cape May. 30th. Rotary Park, 10am-2pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

THURSDAYS ON DUNE:
Avalon. Children’s activities throughout downtown Avalon from followed by a band performance at Veterans Plaza. www.visitavalonnj.com

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 5K RUN & 1 MILE FAMILY RUN: The Wildwoods. The 5K Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk is 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

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Ocean City. Join in the celebration with entire family. Special activities include a bike parade and a kite flying competition. A spectacular boardwalk fireworks display tops off the evening. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION: Atlantic City. Celebrate Independence Day with spectacular fireworks lighting up the sky over Atlantic City. www.doatlanticcity.com

STONE HARBOR 4th OF JULY: Harbor Hustle 5K & 2mile fun walk, Phillies, Home Run Derby and live entertainment. www.7milesports.com. www.SHNJ.org

INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Celebrate Independence Day the traditional way with patriotic programs, celebrations & music. www.hcsv.org

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

ANGLESEA NIGHT MARKET: North Wildwood. Fun foods and shopping at the food truck festival on Olde New Jersey Ave. www.angleseanightmarket.com

CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIR: Millville. Demolition derby, farm and garden exhibits, hayrides, home and arts exhibits, pie eating contests, amusement rides and much more. 856-453-2184. www.cumberlandcofair.com

SAND SCULPTING CONTEST: Ocean City. The first of the season. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

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

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

JERSEY CAPE FOODWAYS WEEKEND: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Historical cooking demonstrations, local food and beverage vendors, and more! www.hcsv.org

NJ BARBEQUE CHAMPIONSHIP AND ANGLESEA BLUES FESTIVAL: North Wildwood. The best in Barbeque & Blues at this exciting three day festival. Cooking demonstrations, incredible food & top regional & national blues acts on our FREE stage. 609-523-6565. www.angleseablues.com or www.njbbq.com

AL CUNARD BABY PARADE: Stone Harbor: Dress up your beautiful babies and children for this Stone Harbor Tradition. www.SHNJ.org or www.stoneharborbeach.com

CRABULOUS CRAB DAY: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Crab Races & 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 Track. This tournament gives lacrosse players of all ages a chance to enjoy the game in a new and exciting way. 609-522-3900, ext. 1195. www.MoreysPiers.com

CELTIC FESTIVAL: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Traditional music, a pipes and drums band, demonstrations, dancing, a pub tent, family activities and much more! www.hcsv.org

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.njcrabfestivalicehouse.com

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

NIGHT IN VENICE: Ocean City. The City’s annual boat parade is one of the largest in the world. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

RAILROAD DAYS: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Model trains, garden railways, train rides, memorabilia & demonstrations. www.hcsv.org

CHICKEN BONE BEACH JAZZ SERIES: Atlantic City Boardwalk. A series of live jazz concerts on the Boardwalk, featuring top recording artists as well as up-and-coming jazz musicians. www.chickenbonebeach.org

DUTCH HOFFMAN MEMORIAL LIFEGUARD RACES: Wildwood. Annual beach patrol competition between 15 South Jersey Beach Patrols on the beach at Lincoln Avenue. 609.522.8258 or www.WildwoodNJ.org

ULTIMATE BEACH FRISBEE TOURNAMENT: Wildwood. On the beach at Schellenger Avenue. www.WildwoodUltimate.com

HANDS-ON HISTORY: Historic Cold Spring Village, 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

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Stone Harbor. Boat Parade leaves from Yacht Club of Stone Harbor. All are invited to participate with decorated boats and decorated bayfront properties. www.YCSH.org


August

MAGIC SHOW WITH RICH LESSIG: Cape May. Tuesday Nights 7pm, June 28 - August 30 at Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

EVENING CONCERTS AT THE ROTARY BANDSTAND: Cape May. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday Nights 7pm July 2- September 3. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

MOVIES ON THE BEACH: Cape May. Thursday Nights 8:30pm, July 7 - August 25, Beach next to Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

DANCING TO THE FRED HALL ORCHESTRA: Cape May. Friday Nights July 8 - Sept. 2 at Cape May Convention Hall. Children's Dancing 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Adult Ballroom Dancing 9pm - 10:30pm. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

COMMUNION AT THE COVE: Cape May. Sunday Mornings 8am, June 5 - September 11 at Sunset Pavillion (Beach and 2nd Avenues). (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

NATURE & WILDLIFE SHOW WITH STEVE SERWATKA: Cape May. Sunday Nights, 7:30pm June 26 - August 28 at Cape May Convention Hall. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE SPINNERS: Cape May. 1st. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Cape May. 2nd. Cape May Elementary School, 6-9pm, 609-884-9514, www.discovercapemaynj.com

QUEEN MAYSEA 84th CORONATION: Cape May. 3rd. Cape May. Cape May Convention Hall, 7pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

USCG SUNSET PARADE: Cape May. 4th. 7:41pm

CHILDREN'S THEATER SERIES: PINKALICIOUS THE MUSICAL: Cape May. 4th. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 10:30am, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY BABY PARADE: Cape May. 5th. Congress Street and Beach Avenue, 11am, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

THE SUMMER CLUB: Cape May. 6th. Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Avenue, 8pm, 609-884-9563/9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS: Cape May. 8th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

MICHAEL GRASSO ILLUSIONIST: Cape May. 10th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 714 Beach Ave. time 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

41st ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL: Cape May. 12th. The Women's Community Club, Our Lady Star of the Sea Church Hall, 8:30am-2pm, 609-886-6016. www.discovercapemaynj.com

PROMENADE CRAFT SHOW: Cape May. 13-14th. Promenade, 10am-5pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE FIFTH DIMENSION: Cape May. 15th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

WEDDING OF THE SEA: Cape May. 15th. 11am Mass Feast of the Assumption at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church; 12:15pm Procession to beach at Ocean Street for blessing ceremony; 609-884-5312, www.ladystarofthesea.org

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: THE FIFTH DIMENSION: Cape May. 15th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CAPE MAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: HUGH PANARO WITH THE CAPE MAY POPS: Cape May. 22nd. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

PHILADELPHIA BOYS CHOIR & CHORALE: Cape May. 27th. Cape May Convention Hall, 8pm, 609-884-9563, www.discovercapemaynj.com

THE ANGELUS CHORUS: Cape May. 31st. Cape May Convention Hall, 7pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

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

BOARDWALK ART SHOW: Ocean City. Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

WILDWOODS ANNUAL 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 Aug. 4th. FREE. 609-729-4000. www.gwcoc.com

ANGLESEA NIGHT MARKET: North Wildwood. Fun foods and shopping at the food truck festival on Olde New Jersey Ave. www.angleseanightmarket.com

THURSDAYS ON DUNE: Avalon. Children’s activities throughout downtown Avalon from followed by a band performance at Veterans Plaza. www.visitavalonnj.com

DOWN ON THE FARM WEEKEND: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Experience farm life! Visit barnyard animals and enjoy horse-drawn farming demonstrations, antique and modern farming equipment exhibits, carriage rides and a hay maze. www.hcsv.org

STONE HARBOR ART & CRAFT FESTIVAL: Don’t miss this premier, nationally ranked event! Over 200 artisans from more than 12 states displaying their work. www.shacfest.com

DOWNTOWN CAR SHOW: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Sponsored by the Greater Millville Chamber of Commerce. 856-825-2600.

CURE AT THE SHORE: Wildwood. Lifeguards from beach patrols wear pink shirts to support the fight against breast cancer. 609-522-8258. www.cureattheshore.com

MISS CRUSTACEAN HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT: Ocean City. The original beauty contest for crustaceans. The winner receives the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

CRAFT BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL: Cape May. This all-day festival features local craft beers and food such as steamed crabs, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, corn on the cob, potato salad and more. Enjoy live music all day on the outdoor stage. Jugglers, acrobats, crafts and food vendors, a farmers’ market and more. Admission to the grounds is free. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

WEIRD WEEK: Ocean City. Wacky But Not Tacky these events are fun for the entire family. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

OCEAN CITY BABY PARADE: Ocean City. One of the oldest baby parades in the country. The 107th Annual event takes place on the Boardwalk. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

CLASSIC CAR SHOW: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Antique and classic cars and trucks line the Village’s shaded paths. Enjoy family activities and a classic car parade! www.hcsv.org

UNITED WAY OF CAPE MAY COUNTY RUBBER DUCKY REGATTA: Wildwood. Come see over 10,000 rubber ducks race toward the finish line in the Endless River! 609-568-1179. www.unitedforimpact.org

ANTIQUE FIRE APPARATUS & MUSTER: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. Over 80 antique fire trucks. Featured trucks include models dating back to the Revolutionary War era. Other antique fire fighting apparatus and memorabilia will also be on display. Firefighter competitions and demonstrations. Free admission is offered to the show only. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

ATLANTIC CITY AIRSHOW, THUNDER OVER THE BOARDWALK: Atlantic City. Comprising the largest air show on the east coast, the free Atlantic City Airshow includes parachute teams, fly-bys and formations performed by military and civilian pilots over the Atlantic City beach and Boardwalk. www.atlanticcityairshow.com

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

SANDY PAWS 5K RUN & 1 MILE POOCH WALK: Stone Harbor. 5K Run and 1 mile pooch walk on the beach. Registration Fee. www.StoneHarborFire.com

MONSTER TRUCK BEACH NATIONALS: Wildwood. The thrill and exhilaration of monster truck racing will take place on the beach in Wildwood. Monster trucks will square off on a custom beach race course for their chance to win the title of “King of the Beach.” 609-522-4546. www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com

SEAFARER’S WEEKEND: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. Come aboard for exciting pirate performances. Special exhibits and demonstrations including antique boats, blacksmithing and also decoy carving. Plus sing-alongs! www.hcsv.org

TRI THE WILDWOODS TRIATHLON, 5K & KID’S RACE: North Wildwood. Triathlon: 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 3.1 mile beach run, & a 5k running event. 609-849-8908. www.DelmoSports.com


September

EVENING CONCERTS AT THE ROTARY BANDSTAND: Cape May. Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday Nights 7pm July 2- September 3. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

DANCING TO THE FRED HALL ORCHESTRA: Cape May. Friday Nights July 8 - Sept. 2 at Cape May Convention Hall. Children's Dancing 7:30pm - 8:30pm, Adult Ballroom Dancing 9pm - 10:30pm. (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

COMMUNION AT THE COVE: Cape May. Sunday Mornings 8am, June 5 - September 11 at Sunset Pavillion (Beach and 2nd Avenues). (Free Event) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

RICH REINHART JUNIOR CLAMSHELL PITCHING TOURNAMENT: Cape May. 2nd. 11am-3pm. www.discovercapemaynj.com

SUMMER SEND OFF CRAFT SHOW: Cape May. 3-4th. Promenade, 10am-5pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

USCG SUNSET PARADE: Cape May. 4th. 6:51pm. www.discovercapemaynj.com

9/11 PATRIOT DAY CEREMONY: Cape May. 11th. 2nd & Beach Avenue, 6:30pm, 609-884-8888, www.discovercapemaynj.com

DOG OBEDIENCE TRAINING CLUB'S MUTT STRUT: Cape May. 17th. Promenade, 8am-Noon (raindate Sept 18) 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

KIWANIS PET PARADE: Cape May. 24th. iwanis Park, Madison Avenue 10am. www.discovercapemaynj.com

5TH ANNUAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: 25th. Cape May. Cape May Harbor, 9am-5pm, 609-884-5508, www.discovercapemaynj.com

KIWANIS ROAST BEEF DINNER: 24th. Cape May. 1041 Beach Ave 4:30pm-7pm. www.discovercapemaynj.com

WILDWOODS BLOCK PARTY & MUSIC FESTIVAL:
Family festival including crafts, games, rides, great food & continuous FREE live entertainment. 609-522-2444. www.WildwoodNJ.org

HANDS-ON HISTORY: Historic Cold Spring Village, 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

AIRFEST: Naval Air Station Wildwood. Cape May County Airport. 20th Celebration. WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang and other “Flyin” aircraft. Vendors, exhibitors, music, food, and much more. For flight reservations call 800-568-8924 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org Contact museum at 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

CAPE MAY FOOD & WINE CELEBRATION: Cape May. Indulge in the “restaurant capital of New Jersey.” Events for those who love good food and wine; events may be attended separately. Enjoy winery tours, tastings, demonstrations, Chefs’ Dine-Arounds, dinners and much more! 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

VEG STOCK: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Sidewalk Festival celebrating health, nutrition and lifestyle. Live Music at a variety of locations, indoor lectures, fine crafts, artisans, art and much more! Wine tasting in the evening. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

ROAR TO THE SHORE MOTORCYCLE RALLY: Wildwood. One of the largest motorcycle rallies in the Northeast. Daily vendors, live entertainment, activities and much more. 609-729-8870. www.RoartotheShoreOnline.com

NJ STATE FIREMEN’S CONVENTION & PARADE: The Wildwoods. Annual Convention of delegates and life members. Parade on Saturday. www.njsfa.com

DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: Cape May. Experience the thrill, the adrenaline, the teamwork, and the sheer fun of being connected on a level comparable to nothing else. It’s power, speed, synchronization and endurance! It happens to be the fastest growing international team water sport. 609-884-5508 www.capemaydragonboat.com

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Sea Isle City. The festival will feature roughly a dozen food trucks from across the Northeast featuring different styles of cuisines from award winning food trucks. There will also be crafters, family entertainment, live music, great drinks and more. It’s All about Food! 609-318-4504. www.seaislecityfood.com

REVOLUTIONARY WAR ENCAMPMENT: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. The American Revolution comes to life with reenactors and encampments from both Loyalist and Patriot militia. Field camps, artillery demonstrations and more. www.hcsv.org

OCEAN CITY AIRPORT FESTIVAL and BOARDWALK AEROBATIC AIRSHOW: Ocean City. Ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. Thrill to some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions. Military demonstrations. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

MISS AMERICA COMPETITION: Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. The annual crowning of Miss America. www.missamerica.org

CIVIL WAR WEEKEND: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May. The Blue and the Gray take the field at one of the Village’s longest-running and most popular events! Union and Confederate troops camp throughout the Village, providing demonstrations of field hospitals, weaponry and more. www.hcsv.org

FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL WEEKEND: Sea Isle City. Seaside market, food court, live music, children’s entertainment, antique auto show & parade, free guided historical trolley tours. 609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

WILDWOOD NJ BOARDWALK CLASSIC CAR AUCTION: Wildwoods Convention Center. Car auction of ‘muscle’ and classic cars will take place in the Wildwoods Convention Center. Memorabilia, collectibles, parts and accessories. 609-522-4546. www.WildwoodClassicCarAuction.com

BOARDWALK CLASSIC CAR SHOW: The Wildwoods. Experience the craftsmanship and beauty of hundreds of restored classic cars! This show will feature classic cars displayed on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. Prizes will also be awarded to the Top 40 cars as well as also to the Best in Show. FREE admission for spectators, and more! 609-522-4546. www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com

IRISH FALL FESTIVAL: North Wildwood. The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, music, food, vendors and crafts. Other festival activities include a golf tournament, amateur boxing matches, Irish dance lessons, Ceili, 5k Run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Irish music concert. 609-729-0075, 800-IRISH-91. www.CMCAOH.com

IRISH FESTIVAL WEEKEND: Sea Isle City. This yearly Celtic celebration will feature live Irish music and dancing, an Irish Vendor Market, great food and countless festival-goers “Wearin’ the Green.” 609-263-3756. www.lacosta-seaisle.com

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

SUNSET LAKE SEAFARERS CELEBRATION: Wildwood Crest. Friday night at Centennial Park features live music and fireworks. Saturday features the festival along Sunset Lake. Dozens of craft & food vendors, family entertainment, live music, children’s activities & much more! FREE. 609-523-0202. www.visitwildwoodcrest.com

END-OF-SUMMER SHOP HOP: Avalon. Grab your friends, grab a cocktail and hit the stores of Avalon for great end-of-season steals and deals! 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

SAVOR SEPTEMBER: Stone Harbor. Food, Wine & Beer Festival with the area’s best food, wine, microbrews, art, music. Oyster and clam shucking, carnival games, a grape stomping competition and a café with fire pits and live entertainment. www.stoneharborbeach.com

FALL MIGRATION FESTIVAL: Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor. Sitting in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, thousands of birds make their way across the Cape May Peninsula every fall. The Wetlands Institute will have guided viewing of migratory birds from the Institute and on Seven Mile Island, and much more! 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

HARVEST BREW FEST: Cape May. Taste craft beers and celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Southern New Jersey during this all day event at the Physick Estate featuring local food, local produce, local beer, local wine, and local talent, plus crafts & collectibles and kids activities. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

VILLAGE SAMPLER WEEKEND: Historic Cold Spring Village, Cape May.Visit a selection of Village buildings and step back in time to the 1800s! Enjoy family activities, hands-on crafts, and a special sale at the Country Store! Free Admission! www.hcsv.org

1940s BIG BAND DANCE & CONCERT: Naval Air Station Wildwood. Cape May County Airport. Swing out with your sweetheart and take a journey back with a night of music, dancing, food and fun at Hangar #1! Enjoy Walt Wagner & the Serenaders’ 14 piece Big Band, a wooden dance floor, raffle and lite fare. 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

ARTISTS DAY IN MAURICETOWN: FREE day of music and activities in Mauricetown. Watch artists at work. 856-453-2177

AN OLDE TIME ITALIAN FESTIVAL: Wildwood. An Old World family festival weekend including crafts, games, rides, great Italian food and continuous FREE live entertainment. 609-374-0016. www.SonsOfItalyWildwood.org


October


BC FREAK SHOW HAUNTED HAYRIDE: Beachcomber Camping Resort. October 15. Create your own interactive scene for BC's Haunted Hayrides 10/15 &/or 10/22 for a chance to win $500* (1st Place), $300* (2nd Place), or $150* (3rd Place) *Beachcomber Gift Card! Volunteer To Run BC's own interactive scene (pre-designed) & receive $75 site discount (1 discount per site) (ages 18 & up) or sweet prizes(17 & under). PLUS gift card contests for best performers (prizes for each age group) on 10/15 &/or 10/22. All Performers receive tasty treats before & during the hayrides & a pizza party in the Pavilion! Non-Profit Organizations: create an interactive scene for the hayrides 10/15 &/or 10/22 for a chance to win a cash donation of $500 (1st Place), $300 (2nd Place) or $150 (3rd Place) to your Non-Profit Organization! Plus bonus $75 donation just for setting up & running your scene! 462 Seashore Road Cape May, NJ 08204 609-886-6035 ext 19 or www.beachcombercamp.com

NJ AUDUBON CAPE MAY AUTUMN FESTIVAL/THE BIRD SHOW: 21-23rd. Cape May. Cape May Convention Hall, 10am-5pm, 609-884-2736, www.birdcapemay.org

CAPE MAY BEACHFRONT GLOW RUN: 22nd. Cape May. 5pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

BC CHILLS & THRILLS HAUNTED HAYRIDE & PUNKIN' CHUNKIN': Beachcomber Camping Resort. October 22. Create your own interactive scene for BC's Haunted Hayrides 10/15 &/or 10/22 for a chance to win $500* (1st Place), $300* (2nd Place), or $150* (3rd Place) *Beachcomber Gift Card! Volunteer To Run BC's own interactive scene (pre-designed) & receive $75 site discount (1 discount per site) (ages 18 & up) or sweet prizes(17 & under). PLUS gift card contests for best performers (prizes for each age group) on 10/15 &/or 10/22. All Performers receive tasty treats before & during the hayrides & a pizza party in the Pavilion! Non-Profit Organizations: create an interactive scene for the hayrides 10/15 &/or 10/22 for a chance to win a cash donation of $500 (1st Place), $300 (2nd Place) or $150 (3rd Place) to your Non-Profit Organization! Plus bonus $75 donation just for setting up & running your scene! 462 Seashore Road Cape May, NJ 08204 609-886-6035 ext 19 or www.beachcombercamp.com

TRICK OR TREAT ON THE MALL: 23rd. Cape May.Washington St. Mall, 12-2:00pm, www.washingtonstreetmall.com

HALLOWEEN PARADE: Cape May. 23rd. Registration 1:30pm at Perry and Washington Streets, 3pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

OKTOBERFEST:
Cape May. Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition in Cape May with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens. Browse the artisans tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. 609-884-5508. www.capemaychamber.com

AUTUMN FESTIVAL CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW: Cape May. Celebrate fall with your family at the Emlen Physick Estate. Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn. Festival includes hands-on activities and games for children. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

HARBORFEST: Sea Isle City. This bay-side festival celebrates Sea Isle’s fishing & nautical history. Festival-goers will enjoy delicious seafood, live music, clam eating contest, crafts and specialty vendors. 609-263-9090. www.seaislechamber.com

FESTIVAL OF FINE CRAFT: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville This award winning show features traditional and contemporary work from over 130 juried artists from across the country. Jewelry, studio glass, clay, metal, wearables fibre, leather, photography, watercolor, mixed medium, wood and more. Outdoor crafts demon-strations. Entertainment. Hands-on family activities. Beer and Wine Garden. Glass Pumpkin Patch. Specialty foods. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

ATLANTIC CITY MARATHON: Atlantic City Boardwalk. The nation’s third oldest marathon, an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. www.acraceseries.com

VICTORIAN WEEKEND: Cape May. The 44th annual Victorian Weekend celebrates Cape May’s Victorian heritage, featuring Private Homes Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, living history programs, renowned lecturers, workshops, performances and more. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

CAPE MAY WINE FESTIVAL: Naval Air Station Wildwood. Cape May County Airport. The Garden State Wine Growers Association will host New Jersey wineries, gourmet food trucks, vendors and musical acts for a two day, rain or shine festival. www.newjerseywines.com 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

SEAFOOD & MUSIC FESTIVAL: Wildwood. A FREE street fair featuring live music, crafters, food vendors, pie eating contest & much more! Two stages of FREE musical entertainment. A “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounces. 609-729-4000. www.Wildwoods.com

FALL BLOCK PARTY AND FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR: Ocean City. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks. Call 800-BEACH-NJ, or visit online at www.oceancityvacation.com

AVALON SEAFOOD FESTIVAL: Avalon. Taste delectable treats from the sea at the Chamber’s Annual Seafood Festival. Featuring fresh seafood vendors, chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

ITALIAN FESTIVAL & COLUMBUS DAY PARADE: Sea Isle City. The Italian Festival will offer a variety of great food, an Italian Market with craft and specialty vendors, Cannoli Eating Contest, Cento Food display and live musical entertainment. The parade will feature Sea Isle’s “Italian Royal Family,” floats, beauty queens, mascots and many other participants. 609-263-6341. www.kixmcnutleys.com

INDIAN SUMMER WEEKEND: Music Pier, Ocean City. Seafood vendors at the Music Pier and boardwalk table sales. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

VICTORIAN WEEKEND CRAFTS & COLLECTIBLES SHOW: Cape May. Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

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, all in a great festive atmosphere. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

GREATER WILDWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FABULOUS 50’s & BEYOND WEEKEND: Wildwood. Enjoy a weekend full of events beginning Friday night with a Dance Party at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Tickets needed. A FREE street fair will take place on Saturday at Fox Park. Classic cars, food and craft vendors, live entertainment, a Doo Wop Bus Tour and ending with a concert at the Oceanfront Arena. 609-729-4000. www.Wildwoods.com

HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS IN VICTORIAN CAPE MAY: Three weekends of specially-themed tours and events including Walks With the Ghostwriter, 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. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

NJ AUDUBON CAPE MAY AUTUMN BIRDING FESTIVAL: 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. www.njaudubon.org

HARVEST FESTIVAL CRAFTS AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW: Cape May Convention Hall. Crafters & antiques dealers display and sell their wares. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278 www.capemaymac.org

LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE WEEKEND: Lighthouses, museums and life saving stations host a “Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey” weekend on Saturday, Oct. 15 and Sunday, Oct. 16. The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. 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 for each participating lighthouse can be found on the lighthouse and museum websites, and: www.lighthousechallengenj.org, www.njlhs.org

HARVEST FESTIVAL: Stone Harbor. Fall activities and family fun. Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating in our shops and more. www.stoneharborbeach.com

HALLO-WHEATON: Wheaton Arts, Millville. Families Trick or Treat throughout WheatonArts. Children meet and take pictures with traditional costumed characters, such as Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, the Grymm Witches, the too-tall scarecrow and many others. Throughout the grounds actors perform an eclectic mix of short skits capturing the Halloween season. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org


November
SOLE MAN RUN, RUN FOR CHARACTER: 5th. Cape May. 8am, www.Solemanrun.com

VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: 11th. Cape May. Columbia Avenue All Wars Monument, 11am, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: 21st. Cape May. Cape May Convention Hall, 10am-3pm, 609-884-9530, www.capemaycity.com

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES – RUN/WALK: Ocean City. Bridge from Ocean City to Somers Point. Registration 7am, Run/Walk 8am. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

SHERLOCK HOLMES WEEKEND: Cape May. New mystery for 2016! Join Sherlock Holmes and his partner, Dr. Watson for a weekend of mystery and intrigue in “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of Melpomene’s Mask.” 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. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

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

QUIET FESTIVAL: Ocean City. Celebration of quiet. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

EARLIER THAN THE BIRD DOWNTOWN SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: Ocean City. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas, early bird shopping specials. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

CAPE MAY’S HOLIDAY SEASON: Cape May. Six weeks of special holidays tours and events including Holiday Preview Weekend, 43rd Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours, 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 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

HOLIDAY PARADE: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. A parade in the Glasstown Arts District featuring floats, bands, drill teams, & more! 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. National Business Promotion for speciality shopping on “main street.” Shop Small in the Glasstown Arts District. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

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. 19 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. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

CHRISTMAS IN THE DOWNTOWN: Ocean City. Join the merchants & Chamber in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

FESTIVAL OF TREES: The Whitebrier, Avalon. More than 30 trees and wreaths, decorated by island businesses, available for auction. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

TURKEY TROT: Avalon. 5K Run and 1.5-Mile Family Fun Walk. Proceeds benefit the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. www.dillerblindhome.org

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. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

SNOWFEST SATURDAY: Avalon. Santa’s workshop prizes, frosted festival games, skating rink, train rides & much more. 609-967-3936. www.avalonboro.net

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

STONE HARBOR ISLAND HOLIDAY: Scavenger hunt, merchants’ hospitality night, family activities and Christmas Parade. www.SHNJ.org. www.stoneharborbeach.comWETLAND 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. Family fun activities including indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, aquarium feedings, extended teaching and touch tank demonstrations, winter activities, crafts, games and more! 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

HOLIDAY PARADE: Bridgeton. 856-453-1675

HOLIDAY PARAGE: Millville. 856-825-2600

HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE: Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center, Millville. WheatonArts glass, Plasket Pottery and Leppla Studio Glass items offered for sale in the Event Center. 30% to 70% off. Free admission to sale. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org


December

CITY OF CAPE MAY TREE LIGHTING: 2nd. Cape May. Rotary Park, 7pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CRAFTS AT CHRISTMAS: 3rd. Cape May. Cape May Convention Hall, 10am-5pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

CITY OF CAPE MAY HOLIDAY RECEPTION & CUMBERLAND COUNTY COLLEGE JAZZ BAND AND WIND SYMPHONY CONCERT: 10th. Cape May. Cape May Convention Hall, 7pm, (609) 884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

NICK FEDEROFF COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION: Cape May. 11th. 12pm-3pm, (609) 884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

THE ANGELUS CHORUS: Cape May. 14th. Cape May Convention Hall, 7pm, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

ROLLER SKATING BEGINS IN CAPE MAY CONVENTION HALL: Cape May. 16th. 714 Beach Ave, 609-884-9565, www.discovercapemaynj.com

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. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

HISTORIC CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR: Historic Bridgeton’s signature holiday event tours of historic buildings, homes, & churches. Enjoy the Downtown Historic District, where shops & restaurants will be bustling with special holiday enticements. 856-575-5582, 856-453-1675.

STONE HARBOR CAROLING & TREE LIGHTING: Caroling by trolley throughout town. Treelighting at Borough Hall followed by donuts with Frosty. www.SHNJ.org

HEREFORD INLET LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: North Wildwood. Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Avenues, 609-522-4520 or www.herefordlighthouse.org

CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOUR: Cape May. This self-guided walking tour (Dec. 3, 10, 17) is the main attraction of Cape May’s festive holiday season and 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. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

SANTA FUN/RUN WALK: Glasstown Arts District, Millville. Starts at a popular pub and then run or walk one mile on the RiverWalk. Costumes may be simple or elaborate and fees fund the popular Soul of the Season evening event. Registration: 3 p.m., Run/Walk at 4 p.m., Refreshments and Prizes at 4:30 till 6 p.m. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS @ THE COHANZICK ZOO: 856-453-1675.

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

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. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

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

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. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

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

FIRST NIGHT NEW YEARS: Ocean City. A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. Call 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com