Peruse the works of talented local artists, enjoy live cooking demos by the nation’s BBQ masters, or boogie your way to shore! This week is full of ways to do the shore, and we’re sharing some of the County’s event highlights here:
50th Annual Promenade Art Show
Friday-Sunday, July 11th to 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Cape May Promenade
Local artists and vendors display their work, crafts, and products available for purchase along the promenade.
Summer Wine Tasting Tour
Friday, July 11th from 11:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 1048 Washington St., Cape May
Hop aboard a MAC trolley and take a break from sun and sand with this new event. Enjoy a tasty lunch, and sample some of the fine wines being produced here in Cape May County. Your first stop will be Willow Creek Winery where you’ll enjoy a tour and tasting, as well as lunch, and then it’s off to Hawk Haven Winery & Vineyard for a tour and sampling of their fine wines.
$65 per person including transportation. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
NJ State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival
Friday-Sunday, July 11th to 13th
Where: 2nd & Olde New Jersey Aves and surrounding pubs, North Wildwood
Experience the BEST in barbeque & blues at this exciting three day festival. Enjoy live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts on the FREE main stage. Festival hours are Friday from 4 – 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. For additional information, call 609-523-6565 or visit www.njbbq.com or www.angleseablues.com.
Boogie Board Races
Saturday, July 12th from 9 a.m. to noon
Where: 15th St. Beach, Wildwood
Join the fun at this wave riding competition for boys and girls ages 5 – 18. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the contest kicks off at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to winners. All participants must bring their own boards. For more information, call 609-522-2955 or visit http://www.northwildwood.com.
Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival
Saturday, July 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Heather Rd. Beach, Wildwood Crest
Grab your buckets and shovels and get ready to create works of art. Making sand castles at the beach has been a fun summertime family activity since the first shell washed ashore, and now this great American pastime is coming back to the Wildwoods in a big way.
New activities will be featured at this year’s festival including horseshoes, corn hole and other games, as well as live music throughout the day, starting with local band Twelve:01 performing progressive and classic rock; followed by The Mango Men with their energized and ‘sand castle-inspiring’ summer themed party music.
Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation. Prizes and awards will be presented to the top three winners in each division. There will also be a People’s Choice award for Best on the Beach, where the winner is voted by spectator ballot. To ensure a level playing field, the contest will have seven separate divisions ranging from solo youth and youth groups to solo adult and adult teams. Registration for the contest is free and will begin at 9 a.m. July 12. Rain date for the event is scheduled for July 13.
Wildwood Cornhole Tournament
Saturday-Sunday, July 12th & 13th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The beach at Wildwood & Oak Aves., Wildwood
The bags will fly on the Wildwoods beach during this double elimination tournament. Teams of two will compete in the popular tailgating bean bag toss game. Two tournaments will be held on Saturday for a chance to win a custom cornhole set at each tournament. Saturday’s event is $20 per team per tournament. All ages are eligible to register. Sunday hosts the main event for over $1,000 in cash prizes. This tournament will start at 10:30 a.m. and costs $45 per team of two if pre-registered or $50 per team day of (must be 18 or older.) For more information, call 609-729-8870 or http://www.WildwoodCornhole.com.
Full Moon Family Nature Walk
Saturday, July 12th from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Two Mile Beach Visitor Contact Station – 12001 Pacific Ave., Wildwood Crest
July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this month’s Moon was the Full Hay Moon.
Join the Friends of Cape May National Wildlife Refuge volunteer guides and interpreters on Saturday evening at the Two Mile Beach Visitor Contact Station as they lead another in a series of free Full Moon Family Nature Walks!
This program is free and open to the public, and is suitable for adults and families with children. After the program, the public is invited to relax and visit the newly-opened Nature Store at Two Mile. For more information or directions, please call 609-513-9349. Heavy rain cancels the event.
WWE Live Summer Slam Heatwave Tour
Sunday, July 13th from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
For one night only – Sunday, July 13 at 8 p.m. – World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) presents a special Live Summer Slam Heatwave Tour event in the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Don’t miss the chance to witness your favorite WWE superstars in action featuring John Cena, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, Daniel Bryan, The USO’s, Big E, Bad News Barrett, The WWE Divas and many more!
Doors open at 7 p.m. Please note that the WWE line-up is subject to change. Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Wildwoods Convention Center Box Office, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. For additional information about World Wrestling Entertainment, visit www.WWE.com.
West Cape May Farmers Market
Tuesday, July 15th from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: West Cape May Borough Hall – 732 Broadway, West Cape May
The Market is held in the Backyard Park, located behind West Cape May Borough Hall. The Market features fresh produce and herbs, crafts, live entertainment and much more.
Santa Visits in July
Tuesday, July 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Excursion Park, Sea Isle City
Santa himself will make a stop in Sea Isle City for a special Christmas in July celebration! Stop by Excursion Park to join in the Christmas spirit. For more information, call 609-263-909 or visit http://www.seaislechamber.com.
Family Fun Day at the Cape May Lighthouse
Wednesday, July 16th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point
The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique craft vendors at the base of the lighthouse. There will be free admission to activities on the grounds! For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit www.capemaymac.org.
2014 Baby Parade
Wednesday, July 16th from 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: 32nd St & the promenade, Sea Isle City
Judging at will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the parade will step off at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14. Parade limited to children 10 years of age and under. The parade will proceed from 34th to 44th Street.
For more information about these, and other community events, see the Herald’s online calendar.
Be sure to visit DoTheShore.com for more information about dining, shopping, activities, entertainment happenings and nightlife.