Cape May Lighthouse Family Fun Day
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m.
Cape May Lighthouse, 215 Lighthouse Ave., Cape May Point
The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, located in Cape May Point State Park, becomes a beacon for family fun this summer during Family Fun Days. Kids will enjoy hands-on activities like pirate hat-making, along with performers and kid-friendly entertainment, and adults will enjoy browsing among the crafts vendors, all at the base of the lighthouse. Family Fun Days are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 22. Admission is free to activities on the grounds and there is a separate admission to climb the lighthouse: $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). For more information, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit www.capemaymac.org.
Free Family Concert Series at the Ferry: Desert Highway
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 p.m.
Cape May Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd., North Cape May
Concerts run weekly every Wednesday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to bring a beach chairs, blankets, picnic snacks, family and friends and enjoy an evening of live music and the best sunsets. Parking is free and food and beverages are available to purchase. Please remember, carry-in alcoholic beverages are not permitted. On Aug. 1, drive the Desert Highway with the music of the Eagles! For more information, visit www.cmlf.com.
Wildwoods Baby Parade
Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 6 p.m.
Registration for the 109th Wildwoods Baby Parade will take place from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in the Wildwoods Convention Center. Lineup begins immediately following at Hand Avenue and the parade kicks off at 6 p.m. in front of the Wildwoods Sign. Judging will take place during line-up and will end at 5:45 p.m. The parade will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and will proceed north on the Wildwoods Boardwalk to Montgomery Avenue, where the parade will proceed down the ramp and cross over from Ocean Avenue into Fox Park for free fun activities, games, mascot photo opps and bounce houses. Prizes and awards will be announced at 7:45 p.m. Rain date is Aug. 2. Participation in the Wildwoods Baby Parade is FREE and open to all children under 12 years of age. For more information, call (609) 729-4000.
Anglesea Night Market
Thursday, Aug. 2 at 4 p.m.
North Wildwood Entertainment District, 2nd & Olde New Jersey avenues, North Wildwood
The Anglesea Night Market returns this year with nearly 20 food trucks! There will also be acoustic music, crafters and games. The event is dog-friendly. Visitors are invited to go into the surrounding restaurants to see all that they have to offer, including great beverage menus. The establishments in the area will have their own live music as well. Events hours will be from 4 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.angleseanightmarket.com.
Thursdays On Dune
Thursday, Aug. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Veterans Plaza, 21st & Dune Drive, Avalon
Thursdays on Dune returns for 2018 with an amazing lineup of family-fun and music from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Kids will enjoy crafts, character appearances, face painting, balloon art, giveaways and more from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by a live band from 7 to 8:30 p.m.! This Thursday’s performance is by Boy In Black with a Johnny Cash tribute. For more information, visit www.visitavalonnj.com.
Kerry Hallam – Along the Coast
Friday, Aug. 3 to Monday, Aug. 6 at 10 a.m.
Ocean Galleries, 9618 3rd Ave., Stone Harbor
Ocean Galleries welcomes renowned British Impressionist Kerry Hallam. The new exhibit, “Along the Coast,” will feature many coastal-themed paintings as well as his signature nautical chart paintings. Hallam will be in the gallery for receptions from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with all artwork on display available for acquisition. For more information, visit www.oceangalleries.com.
7th Annual Craft Beer & Crab Festival
Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10 a.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
You won’t want to miss delicious family fun with steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, local and regional craft beers, wine, spirits and all-day entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.! Bring the entire family to enjoy kid-friendly activities including acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers, who will delight and entertain throughout the day. A dog-friendly refreshment area also will be available to help keep pets hydrated. Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for crabs, food and beverages. Commemorative pint glasses will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.capemaymac.org.
Down on the Farm Weekend
Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt. 9 S., Cape May
Experience life on an Early American farm through hands-on activities and exhibits at Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Down on the Farm’ Weekend from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Historic Cold Spring Village, an open-air living history museum, presents the trades, crafts, architecture and lifestyles of an Early American, rural South Jersey farming community. The Village is also home to a working 8-acre heritage farm complex. For more information, visit www.hcsv.org.
3rd Annual Peach Party & Perfect Peach Pie Contest
Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Ave., Wildwood
The public is invited to stop by the Peach Party Booth to see the Perfect Peach Pie Baking Contest entries, sample Jersey Fresh peaches and pick up some new peachy recipes! The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market vendors will be selling Jersey Fresh peaches and many more “peachy” items! For more information and entry forms for the Perfect Peach Pie Baking Contest, visit www.DOOWW.com.
‘Battle at the Beach’ Grappling Tournament
Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) presents an exciting weekend of mixed martial arts grappling, featuring 400 gi and no-gi divisions with contestants of all ages from the Tri-state area. Competitions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Awards will be presented to the winners in various categories. Admission is $15 per person. Children 7 and under are free. For more information, call (860) 295-0403 or visit www.NagaFighter.com.
9th Annual New Jersey State Crab Festival
Saturday, Aug. 4 at 11 a.m.
Ice House, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. featuring bushels of blue claw crabs, a beer garden and “must try” crabby Bloody Marys, as well as crab races and other exciting activities for the kids in a block party atmosphere.. Live entertainment will take place throughout the day. Admission to the festival is free! For more information, call (609) 522-0033 or visit www.IceHouseRestaurantWildwoodNJ.com.
Seventh Annual Kids Carnival
Saturday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.
Woodbine’s Lincoln Park, County Route 550, Woodbine
This free event for children of all ages will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. with free food, fun, games, gifts for all, and music by DJ Jazmann, along with ponies from Ponies by Priscilla, arts and crafts. Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel – prepare to get wet on the water slides! For more information, call (609-778-8172).
USCG Sunset Parade
Saturday, Aug. 4 at 7:38 p.m.
USCG Training Center Cape May, 1 Munro Ave., Cape May
Sunset Parades are colorful, inspiring military ceremonies featuring the Recruit Precision Drill Team, marching troops and cannon fire. They take place at sunset on TRACEN’s Parade Grounds and are free and open to the public. On Aug. 4 (Coast Guard Day), gates open at 6 p.m., guests must be seated by 7:20 p.m. and the estimated start time is 7:38 p.m. Guests are not permitted to bring bags of any kind to the seating area. Cameras must be removed from their bags prior to arriving at the seating area. For more information, call (609) 898-6362.
Your First Mud Run
Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m.
Your First Mud Run is the ONLY mud run in the country designed so both parents and kids can run together. Our courses are 1.5-2 miles and include 10-16 obstacles that are designed for adults and kids. If you ever thought about doing a mud run, ours is the perfect first-timer event! Anyone 5 years old and up can participate in the fun! All finishers get a medal and T-shirt. For more information and to register, visit www.YourFirstMudRun.com.
National Lighthouse Day
Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 9 a.m.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Courtyard, 1st & Central avenues, North Wildwood
This day will mark the 228th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Lighthouse Service. The festivities will begin at 11 a.m. with a formal patriotic ceremony honoring our lighthouse and Coast Guard heritage. Special guest speakers, authors and artists will help celebrate this historic day. Admission to tour the historic Hereford Inlet Lighthouse will be free from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.!