Get out there, grab your flannel, and let us guide you through the autumn event circuit that has come to define the off-season in Cape May County. Be on the lookout later in the season for our Halloween event guide.
West Cape May Tomato Festival
Saturday, September 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Backyard Park, 732 Broadway, West Cape May
Celebrate all things tomato at this themed festival! Proceeds from the event benefit the WCM Shade Tree Commission in their endeavor to protect and improve the tree canopy of West Cape May. Come on out and share in the spirit of community.
Burke Motor Group Car Show
Saturday, September 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Burke Motor Group, 227 Bayberry Dr, Court House
Come on out for live music, food trucks, vendors, and of course – lots of beautiful classic cars.
Friday to Monday, September 1-4
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum
This year’s AirFest features a P-40 Warhawk, F4F Wildcat, TBM Avenger, and a C53 Skytrooper. Festgoers will also enjoy live music, free face painting and caricatures, food trucks, beer and wine gardens, vendors, exhibitors, and more!
Wildwoods Annual Block Party and Music Festival
Sunday, September 3 from 1 to 10 p.m.
Fox Park on Ocean Ave
Enjoy live music, games, crafts, activities for kids, food and merchandise vendors, and much more! For additional information about the festival, please call 609-522-2444 or visit www.WildwoodNJ.org.
New Year’s in North Wildwood
Friday and Saturday, September 8 and 9
Olde New Jersey Ave in North Wildwood
The weekend kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 8 with a Dance Context “STRUT” on Olde New Jersey Avenue. Watch as the captains square off and show their skills as the Mummers Association plays your favorite music. Make sure you bring your dancing shoes. The Mummers Parade steps off at 3 p.m. on Saturday at 2nd & Olde New Jersey Avenues in North Wildwood.
Volkswagen Car Show
Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10
4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
Join the community for the second annual Roots Classic – A laid back, family friendly weekend dedicated to the grassroots of our VW community. Indoor judged Pre-2k VW show at the Wildwoods Convention Center, including community-driven pre-2k relevant vendors.
Sunday, September 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ocean City Boardwalk
Over 350 cars exhibited. One of the largest shows of its kind in the East. Models from every year Corvettes were manufactured comprise this colorful show. Displayed on the boardwalk from 6th Street – 14th Street.
Firemen’s Convention & Parade
Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16
Wildwoods Convention Center parking lots
Firetrucks and fire apparatus from around the state will be displayed in the Wildwoods Convention Center parking lots. The Five Mile Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Association will also present an expo of fire equipment and vendors of fire-related products – often described as the largest exposition of its kind east of the Mississippi – at Fox Park across from the Wildwoods Convention Center. The Expo takes place on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Firefighter’s Craft Show in Wildwood Crest
Friday and Saturday, September 15 and 16
Gazebo by Rambler Road and Ocean Ave
This craft show celebrates the firefighters who visit Wildwood every year as part of the annual convention. Check out dozens of craft vendors lined along Sunrise Park. Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fall Family Festival
Saturday, September 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
JFK Blvd. & Promenade, Sea Isle City
The festival will begin with a Seaside Vendor Craft Market along the oceanfront Promenade. Also, the popular Fall Family Festival Food Court will be open in front of Excursion Park, located at JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue, where a tempting selection of local delicacies and traditional festival-fare will be on sale. Meanwhile, inside Excursion Park, festival-goers will enjoy live music and a variety of free family activities.
Harvest Brew Fest
Saturday, September 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street
Enjoy craft beers and more during this all-day festival that features local food vendors, local artisans, local breweries and local musical talent. The festival is free to attend, and proceeds support the ongoing restoration of Cape May MAC historic sites, the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse and the 1942 World War II Lookout Tower.
Hispanic Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 16 from 3 to 8 p.m.
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Ave, Wildwood
Enjoy music from DJ Chino and live band, Eco del Sur. There will be vendors selling Hispanic merchandise, delicious traditional foods, and so much more. Plus, admission is free!
Irish Fall Festival
Thursday through Sunday, September 21-24
Olde New Jersey Avenue and surrounding pubs, North Wildwood.
The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Other festivities include a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, food court, and Catholic Mass. The event concludes with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues on Sunday. For more information 609.729.0075 or CMCAOH.com
Fall Classic Car Show
Wildwoods Convention Center
The Fall Classic Car Show is back on the boardwalk this year as well as inside the Wildwoods Convention Center! FREE for spectators. For more information or to register your classic car call 609.778.7887 or wildwoodcarshows.net
Seafarer’s Weekend in Wildwood Crest
Saturday, September 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunset Park in Wildwood Crest
Enjoy a massive street festival featuring scores of craft and food vendors, children’s entertainment, live music by Legacy Band, Coast 2 Coast, Star Band, Big Blue, and more! At 7:00 p.m. the event moves to Centennial Park at Fern Road & Ocean Avenue for live music, culminating with spectacular beachfront fireworks show at 8:30 p.m.
Savor September Beer, Wine and Food Festival
Saturday, September 23 from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m.
96th Street, Stone Harbor
Savor the gorgeous fall weather and the last remnants of summer with Stone Harbor’s annual Savor September Festival! Take a stroll down 96th Street and enjoy a wide variety of offerings from local wineries and breweries, live music, art, food vendors, and much more!
Ocean City Jeep Invasion
Saturday, September 23 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Ocean City Boardwalk
Jeeps will be displayed on the boardwalk between 5th Street –14th Street on the boardwalk – come on our for the biggest Jeep event in Cape May County.
Wildwood Monster Truck Races
Friday, September 29 to Sunday, October 1
Beach at Lincoln Avenue
The races return, with an expanded format, after a 3-year absence. The weekend will consist of three shows – two on Saturday (1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.) and one on Sunday (1 p.m.). On Friday night, a Meet & Greet opportunity with the drivers will be held. Each show will feature Monster Truck race and freestyle events, Tough Truck racing and a new addition – Diesel Truck pulling exhibitions.
Cape May Oktoberfest
Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Carpenter Lane, Cape May
Celebrate the Bavarian tradition at Cape May’s famous Oktoberfest on Carpenters Lane and continuing just off the mall down Jackson and Decatur Streets. The area will be turned into a German promenade with authentic music, food, beer gardens, and artisan tables! Be sure to take a break from the festivities and enjoy the Mall’s unique shopping, dining, and more.
Wildwood Olde Time Italian Festival
Friday and Saturday, September 29-30
Fox Park in Wildwood
Celebrate Italian culture and heritage at Fox Park on Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues in Wildwood on Friday from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. and on Saturday from noon until 11 p.m. Come experience an ‘Olde World’ family festival including a Procession of the Saints, delicious Italian food favorites, merchandise vendors, games, and continuous FREE live entertainment.
Sunday, Oktober 1 from 12 to 6 p.m.
Kindle Ford, 525 Stone Harbor Blvd, Court House
Food and alcohol vendors from all over Cape May County will be present for this annual fall event.
Avalon Arts & Seafood Festival
Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Surfside Park, 2901 Avalon Avenue
Featuring vendors with original artwork and photography, craft and artisan items, food, and island businesses! Along with live music, children’s activities, local beer and wine, and the “Sound Advice Lounge” for those fun Saturday football games.
West Cape May Lima Bean Festival
Saturday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
732 Broadway, behind the Fire House
West Cape May celebrates her farming heritage with the Annual Lima Bean Festival in the Borough’s Backyard Park! The festival will delight locals and visitors alike with a vast array of recipes, crafts and products available. Any questions for this event should be directed to the Event Organizers, Theresa Enteado and/or Erin Seer at (609) 884-1005 ext 100 or 101 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Wildwoods Food and Music Festival
Sunday, October 8
The festival will include live music, delicious food, craft vendors and much more. The festival is FREE to attend. For more information call 609.729.4000 or visit Wildwoods.com
Wildwoods 50s, 60s, 70s Weekend
Friday and Saturday, October 13 – 14
Wildwoods Convention Center and Fox Park
This musical celebration of the past returns to the Wildwoods Convention Center! Friday will bring a dance party, and Saturday brings a free street fair at Fox Park and classic car show. There will be food vendors, live music, a beer garden, and three headlining acts: The Miracles, The 5th Dimenion, and The Temptations Review.
Woodbine Car Show and Swap Meet
Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date October 15)
Woodbine Borough Office
The Greater Woodbine Chamber of Commerce Car Show & Swap meet is an annual event which takes place on the 2nd Saturday of October. Most of the years it will fall on Columbus Day weekend.
Cold Spring Village Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cold Spring Village, 733 Seashore Road
Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 29th Annual Pumpkin Festival. 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. Don’t miss the Children’s Halloween Parade at 11 a.m.
Cape May Fall Festival
Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, October 22
Nature Place at Cape May Convention Hall
The festival has trolley rides, boat trips, indoor programs, and nature shows from Nature Nick. Nature Nick has live birds and other animals on display throughout the festival weekend, and three special shows each day.
2023 Cape May Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 22 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Different locations in/around the City of Cape May.
The parade route begins at Perry Street and Carpenters Lane, proceeds down Carpenters Lane to Ocean Street, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate located at 1048 Washington Street.
Olde Tyme Harvest Festival
Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House
Middle Township celebrates fall with one of its biggest festivals of the year. This fall fest will have rides, vendors, food trucks, live music, and more.