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Local Events at the South Jersey Shore

Irish Fall Festival
September 19th 2019 - North Wildwood
The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast! Held along Olde New Jersey Ave in the entertainment district from 8am-7pm daily. Visit link for list of events.

Morey's Piers Oktoberfest
September 20th 2019 - Wildwood
Beer, roller coasters, pretzels, bratwurst and more! Mariner's Pier will be open 5-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. Live music as well!

Boardwalk Classic Car Show
September 20th 2019 - Wildwood
Step back in time to see hundreds of gorgeous classics. Fri-Sat: 10am-3pm, awards Sunday at 9am at Wildwoods Convention Center.

Irish Festival Weekend
September 20th 2019 - Sea Isle
At LaCosta lounge, kick things off at 3pm on Friday with Irish bands. On Saturday along JFK Blvd enjoy the Irish Vendor Market. Same for Sunday with live music and entertainment both days, 10am-on.

Fall Food Truck & Music Festival
September 21st 2019 - Wildwood
Fox Park invites you to "Fall" into fun with great food and live music. Kids zone, knockerball and quality vendors, too. Free. 11am-4pm

Fall Migration Festival
September 21st 2019 - Stone Harbor
Thousands of birds make their way over the Cape May peninsula every fall. Come out and see and learn about this amazing movement at the Wetlands Institute, including boat and kayak tours. 9:30am-4:30pm.

Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration
September 21st 2019 - Wildwood Crest
This is a massive bayfront street festival at Sunset Lake from 9am-5pm followed by live music at 7:30pm. Fireworks at 9pm at Centennial Park. Tons of family friendly entertainment!

"Monster Mash" Monster Truck Block Party
September 27th 2019 - Wildwood Crest
At the Crest Pier, from 6-9pm, meet famous monster truck drivers and have your photos taken with the trucks! Facepainter, DJ, bounce house and monster truck rides!

Morey's Piers Oktoberfest
September 27th 2019 - Wildwood
Beer, roller coasters, pretzels, bratwurst and more! Mariner's Pier will be open 5-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. Live music as well! Schellenger Ave & Boardwalk.

Olde Time Italian Festival
September 27th 2019 - Wildwood
Celebrate Italian culture at Fox Park with food, Procession of the Saints, games, vendors, live music, even a spaghetti eating contest! Free admission. Fri: 5-11pm, Sat: 12-11pm.

"Monsters on the Beach" Monster Truck Races
September 28th 2019 - Wildwood
Enjoy massive thrills as monster trucks race and fly around between Lincoln and Spencer Aves on the beach. Saturday races at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday features title races and tough truck races starting at 1pm. Food, vendors and rides on the beach. Call 609-522-3644.

September 28th 2019 - Sea Isle
Marina Park at 42nd and the Bay, this event will delight with fresh seafood, vendors market, live music, kids activities, pie baking contest, raw clam eating contest and more! 11-4pm.

North American Sea Glass Festival
September 28th 2019 - Wildwood
Sea glass artisans and authors from around the country, amazing sea glass collections, Shard of the Year contest and more! Wildwoods Convention Center. Sat: 10am-5pm, Sun: 10am-4pm.

"Monsters on the Beach" Monster Truck Races
September 29th 2019 - Wildwood
Enjoy massive thrills as monster trucks race and fly around between Lincoln and Spencer Aves on the beach. Saturday races at 1pm and 7pm. Sunday features title races and tough truck races starting at 1pm. Food vendors and rides on the beach. Call 609-522-3644.

"The Race of Gentlemen" Vintage Car & Motorcycle Beach Drag Races
October 3rd 2019 - Wildwood
Enjoy this weekend-long event that will definitely get your motor running! Thursday features a car show, 10-6pm along Atlantic Ave; Saturday and Sunday head to Schellenger Ave and the Beach features races from 10am-6pm, with a bonfire/beach party to follow. Awards show Sunday.

Morey's Piers Oktoberfest
October 4th 2019 - Wildwood
Beer, roller coasters, pretzels, bratwurst and more! Mariner's Pier will be open 5-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. Live music as well! Schellenger Ave & Boardwalk.

Cape May Autumn Crafts & Collectibles Show
October 5th 2019 - Cape May
The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival will showcase handmademixed arts and crafts vendors as more than 40 vendors come to Cape May to sell hand-made novelties including seasonal decorations, gift items and more. 10-4pm. 1048 Washington Street

Ghost Walks at Historic Cold Spring Village
October 5th 2019 - Cold Spring
Take this more than 45 minute tour for some family friendly spooks at the amazing Cold Spring Village. Tour begins at the Cold Spring Brewery (on site) at 8pm.

Sea Isle Italian Festival
October 5th 2019 - Sea Isle City
Come celebrate Sea Isle’s Italian heritage at this annual festival sponsored by Mayor Leonard Desiderio and his family.  Whether you’re Italian or not, come be Italian for the day. Later in the day, the Italian Festival’s annual Cannoli Eating Contest will delight spectators under the music tent. 11-6pm at Kix McNultey's.

Morey's Piers Oktoberfest
October 11th 2019 - Wildwood
Beer, roller coasters, pretzels, bratwurst and more! Mariner's Pier will be open 5-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Saturday, 12-5pm Sunday. Live music as well! Schellenger Ave & Boardwalk.

Chocolate Lovers Feast at The Washington Inn
October 12th 2019 - Cape May
Chocolate lovers unite! You’ll savor a sumptuous buffet of chocolate desserts at The Washington Inn, 801 Washington St. 1-3pm, costs $40. For more info call (609) 884-5697.

Crest Best Run Fest
October 12th 2019 - Wildwood Crest
This two-day, second annual event features a 10 mile, 5 mile, 3.1 mile and kid's races.

Avalon Seafood Festival
October 12th 2019 - Avalon
Enjoy the best seafood Avalon has to offer at this free community event. 30th St parking lot by the beach, 10-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show
October 13th 2019 - Cape May
Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Free admission and free parking. 10-4pm, 1048 Washington Street.

Fabulous 50s & Beyond Weekend
October 18th 2019 - Wildwood
Friday night features a ’50s Dance Party with The Cameos at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 plus tax per person. A FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park in Wildwood on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour, and live entertainment. Saturday night’s concert in the Wildwoods Convention Center begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Tickets can be purchased at the the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office, or through  

Sea Isle Halloween Parade & Dance Party
October 18th 2019 - Sea Isle City
The parade will feature live music, strolling entertainers, floats, local organizations and many well-costumed participants will appear.  The deadline to register for the Halloween Parade is Wednesday, October 16. The Halloween Family Dance Party and Awards Ceremony will take place at the Excursion Park Band Shell immediately after the parade. The free Dance Party will be led by D.J. Jeff, who will keep “spirits” high and delight families with seasonal music and popular dance favorites. 7pm. 45th-40th Streets along Landis Ave.

Bonfire on the Beach
October 19th 2019 - North Wildwood
Enjoy a bonfire on the beach from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 17th Avenue in North Wildwood with live entertainment. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase (no glass containers – plastic only.) Admission is $10; children under 12 are $2. Bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy a fun night on the beach!

28th Annual Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village
October 19th 2019 - Cold Spring
Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village's shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don't miss the Children's Halloween Parade, (609) 886-7880 for parade registration information. Guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the 'Share the Harvest' Food Drive.

Grand Lighthouse Cruise
October 19th 2019 - Cape May
Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Each 5-hour cruise includes narration on the history of each lighthouse and more. Includes continental breakfast buffet and Captain’s Lunch buffet.

Cape May Halloween Parade
October 20th 2019 - Cape May
Cape May's annual Halloween Parade is scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2019. Prior to the parade, trick or treating on the Washington Street Mall will be held from Noon to 2 p.m. The Parade route begins at Perry Street and Carpenter Lane, proceeds down Carpenter Lane to Ocean Street, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate where prizes will be awarded. For more info call (609) 884-9565.

Downtown Wildwood Halloween Movie & Treats
October 25th 2019 - Wildwood
Enjoy a Halloween movie (Hotel Transylvania) under the stars at Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood! Children 12 and under will receive a free bags of treats beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bring your blanket and chairs and be ready for the movie to start at 6 p.m. Hot and cold drinks, popcorn and other snacks will be available for purchase. Come to Downtown Wildwood early for dinner or stop for ice cream afterwards! FREE admission and everyone gets a FREE treat bag!

"Ghoul Spring Village" at Historic Cold Spring Village
October 25th 2019 - Cold Spring
This program is designed for 13 And older. Please join us as we pierce the veil between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Hear the true stories behind some of New Jerseys infamous legends as you are guided through the darkness by lantern light. What entities will you encounter? And what will you bring back home with you? Free parking, live music by Nae Breeks, vendors, & tasty treats! Please enter the Village via Seashore Road. If you type in 735 Seashore Road into your GPS, that should do the Trick.

Wildwood RV Show
October 25th 2019 - Wildwood
An RV show will be held inside the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring the best-selling recreational vehicles from New Jersey’s biggest RV dealers including Dylan’s RV Center, Driftwood RV Center, Whitehorse RV Center, Cross Roads Trailers, and Scott Motor Coach RV Center. Many vehicles will be clearance priced and trades are also welcome. Admission is $12 per day. FRI & SAT: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. SUN: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

North Wildwood Trunk-or-Treat Halloween Block Party
October 26th 2019 - North Wildwood
The 11th Annual family fun event! Vehicle check-in is 5 p.m. Event time is 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. along Olde NJ Avenue between 2nd & Walnut Avenues in North Wildwood. Families are encouraged to bring their vehicles decorated for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from the trunks of their cars. There will be no judging of the children’s costumes, but prizes will be awarded to the vehicles with the best decorations. Registration is free and forms are available at 900 Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Parking for visitors will be available in the municipal lot at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues.

Craft & Collectibles By The Sea
October 26th 2019 - Cape May
Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region desplay and sell their wares. Cape May Convention Hall, 10-4pm. Proceeds from tickets are used for ongoing restoration and preservation of MAC's 3 historic sites - Cape May Lighthouse, World War II Lookout Tower, and the Emlen Physick Estate House Museum. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Vendors please visit MAC's Crafts & Collectibles Page to download an application or email Janice Corkery at

Stone Harbor Kids Harvest Festival
October 26th 2019 - Stone Harbor
Come out to this free community event at the 96th Street shopping district to enjoy a wide array of great family fun events! 10-4pm.

Avalon Trunk or Treat
October 26th 2019 - Avalon
Bring the kids to this free event at the 30th Street parking lot by the beach in Avalon, 5-7pm. Music, games, food and of course dozens of trunks decorated with candy giveaways. Don't forget your costume!

Sea Isle Trunk or Treat
October 31st 2019 - Sea Isle City
Come trick or treat with decorated vehicles all in one convenient spot. 5-7pm at 42nd Place and the Bay. Call the Sea Isle Rec. Department to register your vehicle.

Fall Craft & Collectibles Show
November 2nd 2019 -
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave, hosts dozens of crafts and collectibles dealers, just in time to kick off the holiday shopping season! 10-4pm.

American Crime Fest, New Event
November 9th 2019 - Wildwood
American Crime Fest is where the world’s leaders in true crime media, podcasts, and documentaries are meeting together in one event! American Crime Fest will include star studded presentations and compelling panels from the world of true crime. Go behind the scenes with your favorite podcasters. Listen to subject matter experts discuss their theories and the evidence – and sometimes the lack of evidence, about notable cases. Please visit for a detailed schedule of events or to purchase tickets.

Cape May Stage Presents Murder For Two: Holiday Edition
November 9th 2019 - Cape May
It's Christmas Eve... and while there shouldn't be a creature stirring (not even a mouse), a mystery writer has been murdered. With a bevy of suspects, an intrepid police officer aims to identify the killer. This musical features just two actors-one playing the investigator, one playing the variety of suspects- and the only weapon at their disposal is a piano. Can the officer make his suspects spill their guts and sing? Murder For Two: The Holiday Edition puts the laughter in manslaughter.

North Wildwood Veteran's Day Services
November 11th 2019 - North Wildwood
Sponsored by VFW Post 5491. Ceremony to honor Veterans will begin at 10 a.m. at Veterans Monument, Spruce and New York Avenues, in North Wildwood. 609.522.5832

Spirit Brands American Rec & School Cheerleading Championship
November 17th 2019 - Wildwood
Wildwoods Convention Center. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cheerleading event will be open to all rec and school programs that are members of the American Recreation and School Cheer Association. Performances will be choreographed to music and sound effects, and winning teams will be awarded prizes. An admission fee will be charged at the door the day of the event.

Sea Isle Girls Weekend
November 22nd 2019 - Sea Isle City
The Sea Isle City Chamber of Commerce and Revitalization will host their annual Fall Girls Weekend, with special offers at retailers, salon and fitness services, restaurants, lodging and other businesses throughout town.  Girls Weekend will also feature wine tastings, live entertainment, dancing and more.  Participating businesses will be easy to identify thanks to colorful “Girls Weekend” flags hanging in front of stores and restaurants. Ride the Jitney!  Jitney service will be available on Saturday from 3pm-12am.  The fare is $2 before 11pm, and $4 after 11pm.

Pajama Party
November 23rd 2019 - Sea Isle City
Complimentary breakfast will be served, a Groovy Girlz pop up shop will be set up and chair massages will be available, along with plenty of Kix Bloody Marys, mimosas and Moscow mules. Those who attend can also expect music, dancing and a free gift.

Sea Isle Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting
November 29th 2019 - Sea Isle City
The Parade Route will run from JFK Blvd. & Park Road to Excursion Park. 6pm. Following the parade will be the tree lighting and Santa's arrival at 6:30pm at Excursion Park.

Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show
November 29th 2019 - Cape May
Head to Cape May Convention Hall to find some of the most unique holiday themed crafts in the area! 10-4pm. 714 Beach Ave.

Stone Harbor Island Holiday
November 29th 2019 - Stone Harbor
Head to the 96th St. shopping district in Stone Harbor to enjoy this two day Christmas bonanza! Pet parade, merchant hospitality night on Friday night, Small Business Saturday, scavenger hunt, family activities, all topped off by the Christmas Parade Saturday at 6:30pm.

Diller Home For Blind Children 5k/1.5 mile Turkey Trot
November 29th 2019 - Avalon
Don't miss this great event, with proceeds going to help support the Diller Blind Home, which provides an all-expense weeklong trip to the Shore for blind and visually impaired kids aged 7-15. Click the link for race details and to register.

Avalon's Festive Friday
November 29th 2019 - Avalon
Head to Avalon's downtown shopping district along Dune Drive for this day of holiday fun! Skating rink, tree lighting, games, live music, food, activities, and of course the arrival of Santa Claus to top it off at 5pm! 11-5pm.

Avalon's Snowfest Saturday
November 30th 2019 - Avalon
Avalon's downtown transforms into a winter wonderland for all ages, with rides, bounce house, face painting, food, live music, your favorite kid's tv characters, free photos with Santa and more! Don't miss it! 11-4pm. Dune Drive shopping district.

Holiday Dash 1 Mile Run/Walk
November 30th 2019 - Sea Isle City
The Holiday Dash is a 1-Mile Run/Walk that benefits Mayor Desiderio’s Holiday Toy and Food Drive. Walkers and runners are asked to bring donations of unwrapped toys and non-perishable food and everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite holiday attire (a prize will go to the most festively dressed participant). Run starts at Kix McNutley's to 59th St. & Landis Ave. and back to be greeted by Santa at the finish line. Rain or Shine.

Christmas on the Plaza
December 6th 2019 - Wildwood
Held at Byrne Plaza, Oak and Pacific Avenues, in Downtown Wildwood on Friday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.  Event will feature a holiday craft bazaar, ice skating, fire pits, food vendors, children’s entertainment, music and more!  Friday night at the plaza is in conjunction with the Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade; when the parade ends, Santa will light the Christmas Tree and awards will be presented to winners of the parade!

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Christmas Parade
December 6th 2019 - Wildwood
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., watch a festive line-up of floats, fire trucks and other creatively decorated vehicles parade down the streets of the Wildwoods accompanied by Santa himself! Revised parade route to be announced. Following the parade, a tree lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Byrne Plaza located at Oak and Pacific Avenues in Wildwood. {If weather is uncertain, listen to 98.7 The Coast – rain date for the parade is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5 p.m.} For more details call 609.729.5501

Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Christmas Tree Lighting
December 6th 2019 - North Wildwood
Festive ceremony will take place at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central Avenues, in North Wildwood. Christmas tree lighting event includes music, refreshments, free tour of lighthouse and Santa Claus! 4:30 p.m. Free admission. 

Sea Isle Holiday Stroll
December 7th 2019 - Sea Isle City
Participating businesses will offer sales and specials, while families enjoy entertainment and crafts throughout town. Families will also enjoy several chances for meet and greets with popular characters and the man himself, Santa as they stroll through participating businesse

West Cape May Christmas Parade
December 7th 2019 - West Cape May
The Annual West Cape May Christmas Parade is back! Kicks off from the West Cape May Firehouse and marches South on Broadway, winds East on Perry, and onto Carpenter Lane. Rain date is December 8th. 5pm.

Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village
December 7th 2019 - Cold Spring
The Village paths come alive with the sounds and smells of wintertime at this free family event. Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy hands-on crafts, live music, hot beverages and holiday treats served by historical interpreters in period clothing. Visitors can meet Father Christmas in the Country Store and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout the festively decorated Village grounds for a small donation. The Country Store will be open and stocked with unique holiday gift ideas including traditionally-processed wool, artisan crafts for the home, books, jewelry, toys and old fashioned candy. 11-3pm

Cape May Wine School
December 7th 2019 - Cape May
Learn all about delicious wines in this series. Discern and appreciate a selection of fine wines and increase your knowledge of pairings. Limited to 80 students. 801 Washington St. All day event, reserve your tickets now by calling 609-884-5697.

Pinch the GrYnch' Boardwalk 5k Run
December 14th 2019 - Wildwoods
This holiday boardwalk 5K run and 1 mile walk is fun for all ages! Event starts at 10 a.m. – rain or shine – with registration at 9 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in festive holiday outfits. The race route will run south on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Cresse Avenue, make a turn around and head north to 21st Street. Another turn will lead runners back to the Convention Center where refreshments will be served and prizes awarded. Runners and walkers along with their cheering sections can then enjoy the Holiday Bazaar held inside the Convention Center. Registration is $30 per person or $15 if you donate a new, unwrapped toy for local children in need. For more information call 609.849.8887 or visit to register.

Family Holiday Celebration
December 14th 2019 - Wildwood
Enjoy a family-friendly event at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. featuring FREE admission to holiday-themed crafters and movies, photos with Santa, choir performances, children’s craft making table, face painting, a magician, dance performances and much more! For more information call 609.729.9000 or visit for a detailed schedule of events.

East Lynne Theater Company Presents The Great Tree and Other Tales
December 14th 2019 - Cape May
Gayle Stahlhuth adapted stories by this Pulitzer Prize-winner, and performs them as Calliope Marsh, Gale's wonderfully fictional storyteller who lived in Friendship Village, Wisconsin. In "Human," while at the post office, she discovers that a seven-year-old boy doesn't have the money to visit his mother. In"The Great Tree," she's determined to see the tree in the center of town lit with electric lights for Christmas Eve. For tickets and info call 609-884-5898

Spirit Brands Cheerleading Festival
December 14th 2019 - Wildwood
Wildwoods Convention Center from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Spirit Brands holiday cheerleading competition featuring performances choreographed to music and sound effects, and winning teams will be awarded prizes. An admission fee will be charged at the door the day of the event.

A Prelude to Christmas
December 15th 2019 - Wildwood
A Christmas Concert and Holy Nativity at 6 p.m. featuring The Notre Dame de la Mer Parish’s Adult, Contemporary, and Children’s Choirs accompanied by Brass, Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion, Piano and Organ, under the direction of Jonathan Delgado. A free will offering will be taken. Event is located at Saint Ann Church, 2901 Atlantic Avenue, in Wildwood.

Boardwalk Basketball Classic
December 26th 2019 - Wildwood
The largest holiday co-ed basketball tournament in the country! Event is held in the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring an impressive lineup of high school boys and girls basketball teams from the South Jersey and Delaware Valley areas totaling approximately 1,000 competitors. Call 609.846.2720 for more information or visit for team schedules, times, ticket prices, and past results.

Sea Isle New Year's Eve Celebration & Fireworks
December 31st 2019 - Sea Isle City
Every year, hundreds of children and their families attend this festive celebration that allows kids to ring-in the New Year and still get to bed at a reasonable hour. 5:30-7:30pm at Rec Center at 4501 Park Road. Reservations are required (limited space availability) and children must be accompanied by an adult.  Sandwiches and desserts will be provided and families are asked to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages. Register by calling 609-263-0050. The evening will “end with a bang” at the JFK Boulevard Beach at 8pm with a Fireworks display.

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