Do the Shore: Free Events, July 8 – 15

Photo: The North Wildwood lifeguard races will take place July 15. Credit


Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival  

Friday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

Heather Road in Wildwood Crest 

This amateur and semi-pro sand sculpting contest is hosted by professional world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long, a former cast member of the Travel Channel’s SandMasters, and “Can You Dig It!” Sand Tools. 2022 marks the 10th year for this fun festival. FREE to all participants and spectators. Fun activities featured at this year’s festival include a magic variety show at 10:30 a.m., live music at 11:00 a.m. by the Mike Shackleton Band, and beach games. Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation, and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each division. Rain or shine! 

Maryanne Pastry’s Cornhole for Cancer 

Friday, July 8 from 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  (Register by July 6 at noon) 

Excursion Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave., Sea Isle City, NJ 08243 

This round robin style cornhole tournament for a cause is being held in memory of Peter R. Bossow, who was an SIC lifeguard. The tournament is free to spectators but registration is required! This event is being held by Maryanne Pastry Shoppe in support of the families that For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation has helped over the years.  

BBQ and Blues Festival  

July 8 – 10 / Fri. 4 – 11 p.m. / Sat. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. / Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. / 

2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood 

Experience the best in Barbeque and Blues at this exciting three-day festival held at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues and surrounding pubs in North Wildwood. Event features live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts on our FREE main stage. 

Whale of a day

Whale of a Day Street Festival 

Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Clubhouse and Town Bank roads, North Cape May  

The property owners association of Cape May Beach announces once again the popular summer festival, ‘Whale of a Day,’ held rain or shine. This very special multi-block family day features over 120 vendor-dealers, including many types of food and refreshments, antiques, arts and crafts, live music from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the covered deck, a history display and bake sale (get there early!) inside the clubhouse, the famous 60+ assorted basket raffles, and more. For more information, visit  

Sidewalk Chalk Competition 

Saturday, July 9 at 9 a.m.- 11 a.m. 

Bill Henfey Park, 8th & Central Avenues, in North Wildwood. 

Show off your art skills at the North Wildwood sidewalk chalk competition! Chalk drawing begins at 9 a.m., judging takes place at 10:45 a.m., and awards are announced at 11 a.m.! 

Avalon Flip-Flop Walk 

Saturday, July 9 at 8 a.m.  

3001 Avalon Avenue, Avalon  

The Parkinson Council along with the Storbeck family announces that after a 2-year hiatus, the Flip Flop Walk is back! Enjoy a 2-mile walk, followed by sweet treats and beach-themed raffle options. 

Wildwood Crest Sunset Celebrations 

Every Monday July 11- August 22, 7:30 p.m. in July, 7:00 p.m. in August  

Sunset Lake, Wildwood Crest  

Wildwood Crest Sunset Celebrations feature live music, children’s entertainment, free family photos, and of course picturesque sunsets! These sunset celebrations are a great way to wrap up a day at the Jersey shore! 

CM Movies on the Beach

Free Wildwood Beach Movie: Tinkerbell 

Tuesday, July 12 at sunset, 7:45 – 8:00 p.m. 

Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood

Come see a free movie at the plaza! Bring beach chairs or blankets to sit on! 

Finding Nemo on the Cape May Beach 

Thursday, July 14 at 8-10:30 p.m. 

Gurney Street Beach, Cape May next to Convention Hall 

Get in the shore spirit with Finding Nemo on Gurney Street Beach! Bring a blanket or beach chair to have somewhere comfy to sit! The showing will begin at dusk. 

Sea Isle Fashion Show 

Tuesday, July 12 from 7 to 9 p.m.  

Excursion Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Ave., Sea Isle City 

Calling all Fashionistas! Excursion Park will transform into a runway on July 12, 7 – 9 p.m. to showcase the styles from Sea Isle City businesses. The show will highlight some of the season’s best looks that are available in-store. 

Ocean City Wacky Wednesday 

Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Ocean City Music pier, Boardwalk  

Create your own French fry masterpiece at the Music Pier! Sculpt your own fries into unique shapes in this French fry competition! All ages welcome! 200 participants maximum. 

Beschen-Callahan Memorial Lifeguard Races 

Friday, July 15 at 6 p.m.  

15th Avenue in North Wildwood 

Free to attend! For more information, call 609.522.7500 or visit 

6-12 Wildwood Jeep Invasion

New Jersey Jeep Beach Invasion 

July 15 – 17  

Wildwood beaches 

The Summer Wildwood event Jeep Invasion is the largest gathering of Jeeps in the Northeast with 2500 Jeeps in attendance, and over 100 of the industry’s top vendors. The entire event takes place on the beach. All Jeeps, and vendors are parked on the beach for this three-day event.  

There is even a beach obstacle course run by Rausch Creek Off Road Park. The event is family-friendly! All Jeeps must be pre-registered to park on the beach, there is no day of registration. Spectator admission is FREE.