5 Ways to Do The Shore This Weekend: Sept. 16-18

Photo from Harvest Brew Fest 2015

1. New Jersey State Firemen’s Convention and Parade
Thursday, September 15 to Saturday, September 17
The Wildwoods
Do your kids like fire trucks? This is the event for them! Firetrucks from around the state will be displayed in the Wildwoods Convention Center parking lots and merchandise vendors can be found across the street at Fox Park. The American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive on Friday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. inside the Convention Center and a Firemen’s Parade will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. along New Jersey Ave., from Cresse Ave. in Wildwood Crest, proceeding north to 20th Ave. in North Wildwood. For more information, call (856) 433-0386 or visit www.njsfa.com.

2. Wildwoods Boardwalk Fireworks – Last Night!
Friday, September 16 at 9 p.m.
Pine Ave. Beach, Wildwood
The Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday Night Fireworks will make one more appearance on September 16 to celebrate Fireman’s Weekend! The Wildwoods Boardwalk invites everyone to come up to the Boardwalk early to enjoy the rides, shops and dining establishments before the Fireworks Spectacular. The Fireworks will be launched at 9 p.m. from the Pine Ave. beach and will be visible from everywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk! For more information, visit www.dooww.com.

3. 10th Annual Mutt Strut
Saturday, September 17 at 8 a.m.
Cape May Promenade, Beach Ave. & Gurney St., Cape May
The 10th Annual Mutt Strut celebrates the end of the dog days of summer. Enjoy a morning stroll on Cape May’s Beachfront Promenade, join the pet costume or pet trick contest, enter the auction and watch a dog obedience demonstration. To participate, a $1 per leg donation is required ($2/person, $4/dog); children under 10 are free with an adult. Rain date is Sunday, September 18. The event helps support public dog training classes offered by the event sponsor, Cape May County Dog Training Club, and the non-profit Wings of Rescue. For more information, call (609) 602-4015, email cmcdotc@comcast.net or visit www.cmcdotc.com.

4. Fall Migration Festival
Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18 at 9:30 a.m.
The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor
At The Wetlands Institute, fall is an especially good time to experience the changing of seasons and the spectacle of migration of raptors, warblers, waterfowl and more. In an effort to spread the word about this incredible time of year, The Wetlands Institute will be hosting a Fall Migration Festival. Visitors of all ages will be able to see, explore, learn and enjoy! We’ll have guided viewing of migratory birds from the Institute and on Seven Mile Island, and much more! Admission is $15 per person. For more information, visit www.wetlandsinstitute.org/events/fall-migration-festival.

5. Harvest Brew Fest
Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
What better way to spend a beautiful early fall day than celebrating local food, local wine, local beer, local spirits and local talent. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., shop from seasonal vendors, indulge in local food vendors, wash down delicious foods with craft beer from local and regional breweries in the beer garden, and enjoy live music on an outdoor stage. Kids will enjoy the Give & Take Jugglers, a bubble pond, face painting and pumpkin painting as part of the fun. Admission to the grounds is free and free parking is available at the Cape May Elementary School. A free trolley shuttle will operate from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street to the estate throughout the day. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or visit www.capemaymac.org.

To see all the ways you can Do The Shore this weekend, visit our events calendar at www.dotheshore.com/events.