What’s New in the Wildwoods for 2017

THE WILDWOODS – As summer quickly approaches, the Wildwoods once again have added new attractions, activities and eateries for the 2017 season; and have planned an event-filled summer of fun in the sun with all of your favorite rides and attractions ready to enjoy.

NEW Events:

Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held on Saturday, May 6 along Pacific Avenue between Garfield and Spicer Avenues in Wildwood. This authentic family festival will feature crafts, games, great food and continuous FREE live entertainment from noon to 10 p.m. For more information, call (609) 287-3044.

Murder Mystery Weekend will be held on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Enjoy a weekend of “Who Done It” in the Wildwoods! The event includes a ticket to the Welcome Party & Old Fashioned Drive-In Movie for a night under the stars watching a fun 1950s era movie; a breakfast ticket for a complete breakfast at choice of selected restaurants; a dinner ticket for a three-course dinner at choice of selected restaurants; and a ticket to the Murder Mystery Show & Sock Hop, where you’ll stroll back in time to the local school gymnasium to solve the mystery of ‘Who Killed Peggy Sue at the Hop.’ Event goers will be able to dance to some of the great sounds of the ‘50s and ‘60s and will receive a case file for a scavenger hunt. Tickets are available through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce, 3306 Pacific Ave., Wildwood. For more information, call (609) 729-4000 or visit www.Wildwoods.com.

The Slammedenuff NJ Car Show on Sunday, June 11 will feature customized road legal air suspension cars from the mid-1990s to brand new at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Meet new people that share the same interest as you in upgrading your ride in the way that expresses yourself! An admission fee will be charged at the door. For more information, visit www.slammedenuff.com.

Morey’s Piers’ Art & Music Festival takes over Adventure Pier on Father’s Day Weekend. From Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, June 18, meet local artists, listen to live bands and enjoy some delicious food, as art and music collide in an authentic space. Peruse ARTbox, an artistic village erected from 11 shipping containers, and rock out with some of the most talented kid musicians in the country. Visit www.MoreysPiers.com for more information. Dads also ride FREE on Father’s Day.

Rodeo at the Beach will be located on the beach at Garfield Avenue in Wildwood on Sunday, June 18 and again on Sunday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This family-fun rodeo will include games, great food and live music. Kids under 10 are admitted FREE of charge. For more information, call (609) 287-3044.

Downtown Wildwood Fitness in the Plaza will offer fitness classes on from Saturday, June 26 through Saturday, Sept. 1 at the NEW Byrne Plaza, on Pacific Avenue, between Oak and Cedar Avenues, at 8 a.m. Call (609) 523-1602 for more information or check the schedule at www.DOOWW.com. Parking is FREE!

Enjoy live music at the Downtown Wildwood Music in the Plaza featuring new musical talent every Thursday from July 27 through Aug. 31 (no show Aug. 17.) Bring a blanket or beach chair to Byrne Plaza on Pacific Avenue between Oak and Cedar Avenues in Wildwood. Come early to dine downtown or pick up take-out to “picnic in the plaza!” FREE admission and FREE parking. Call (609) 523-1602 or visit www.DOOWW.com for more details.

Shore Stop Dance Convention, taking place Friday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 3, is an opportunity for local dancers to witness the highest level of performance while incorporating technique, team building, discipline and developing artistic growth. The Shore Stop Dance Convention weekend offers dancers and family to enjoy a family fun weekend at the Wildwoods Convention Center and Morey's Piers! For more information, call (609) 846-1077 or visit www.ShoreStopDance.com.

Wildwoods Restaurant Week is adding a third week in 2017! Wine and dine in some of the Wildwoods’ finest restaurants from Sunday, Oct. 8 through Friday, Oct. 13 in addition to the two other Restaurant Weeks June 18 to 23 and Aug. 27 to Sept. 1. All participating restaurants will offer a complete four-course meal, including appetizer, salad, entree and dessert for $30 (plus tax and gratuity.) For more information, call (609) 707-7295, or visit www.ChewWildwood.com for a list of participating restaurants.

Enjoy the Downtown Wildwood Halloween Movie and Treats under the stars beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27 at Byrne Plaza in Wildwood. The Plaza is located on Pacific Avenue between Oak and Cedar Avenues with FREE admission and FREE parking. Call (609) 523-1602 or visit www.DOOWW.com for more information.

NEW Attractions:

Byrne Plaza – Located on Pacific Avenue, between Oak and Cedar Avenues in Wildwood, a new park named ‘Byrne Plaza’ will host numerous events and festivals throughout the year, including Music in the Plaza and Fitness in the Plaza. The park will feature a concert shell for performances and plenty of space for events such as the Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market and the Downtown Wildwood Market Place. For more information, call Wildwood Business District Management at (609) 523-1602 or email to wildwoodbusinessdistrict@gmail.com.

“VIP Behind the Scenes Tour” – This summer, Morey’s Piers takes guests behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of the amusement and water parks. Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend guests can book a “VIP Behind the Scenes Tour” to learn what it goes into maintaining and operating an amusement park with over 100 rides and attractions. See the staff in action, visit the maintenance shops and hear from the employees that make it all happen. For more information and pricing, visit www.MoreysPiers.com.

Expansions/Renovations:

The Great Nor’ Easter on Morey’s Surfside Pier – For 2017 The Great Nor’ Easter on Morey’s Surfside Pier is smoother, bluer and faster. A 95-foot drop, a lick of blue paint and 2,170 feet of new and improved track makes it a summer must ride. For more information, visit www.MoreysPiers.com.

The Shamrock Beef & Ale is newly renovated for 2017, located at 3700 Pacific Ave., Wildwood. For more information, call (609) 522-7552 or visit www.shamrockbeefale.com.

Keenan’s Irish Pub will partner with Philadelphia’s Green Eggs Café to bring an exciting brunch menu to 113 Olde New Jersey Ave. in North Wildwood. Visit www.GreenEggsCafe.com for menu items or call (609) 729-3344 for more information.

Adding a dash of gastronomic flair to classic boardwalk fare, Morey’s debuts new food menus and offerings to their restaurants this season. Visit Joe’s Fish Co., Stubborn Bros. Beach Bar + Grille and Jumbo’s Restaurant and look for the logo indicating which menu items incorporate farm to boardwalk ingredients from locally sourced ingredients. For more information, visit www.MoreysPiers.com.

The Kings Inn, located at 423 East 23rd Ave., North Wildwood, is undergoing a completely new makeover as it converts into a Howard Johnson motel.

NEW Restaurants & Shops:

Bannon’s Ocean Café is located at 333 E. Montgomery Ave., Wildwood and will serve breakfast and lunch daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both counter service and table seating are available. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bannonsoceancafe.

Fractured Prune Donut Shoppe is located at 2006 Boardwalk, North Wildwood, offering an infinite amount of doughnut flavor options to create your own customized doughnut creation. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/prunenw.

Mia Mia Raw Bar & Ristorante is located at 3001 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest and will feature Chef Mia Chiarella who appeared on ABC’s hit show ‘The Taste’ and ‘Kitchen Casino’. Mia Mia Raw Bar & Ristorante will feature authentic Italian flavors combined with a summer seasonal bite. For more information, call (609) 408-6525 or visit www.TasteMiaMia.com.

The Shack at Grassy Sound Marina is located at 4001 Old North Wildwood Blvd., North Wildwood. The Shack will be a BYOB restaurant featuring fresh and locally sourced seafood. There will be live entertainment scheduled throughout the summer weekends as well as 10 slips available for the restaurant, allowing boaters and paddle boarders to dock and dine.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call (800) 992-9732.

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