Do The Shore: Sept. 20 to Sept. 26

Irish Fall Festival
Thursday, Sept. 21 to Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8 a.m.
Old New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood
The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast will celebrate Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily. A bus service will be available throughout the event. Other festivities include a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, a 5K run and 1 mile walk, a pipe exhibition, a food court stage and a beer garden, as well as a Catholic Mass. The events will conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce & Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood. For more information, call 1 (800) IRISH91, (609) 729-0075 or visit www.CMCAOH.com for a detailed schedule of events.

Children’s Story Hour
Thursday, Sept. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m.
Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Route 9, Cape May
Children’s Story Hour runs through Nov. 30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) at 10:30 a.m. at the Historic Cold Spring Village Welcome Center. This free interactive program includes music, a story and craft centered around Cape May Country’s history. This is a perfect program for pre-K through kindergarten! This program is made possible in part by a re-grant administered by the Cape May County Culture and Heritage Commission, from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information, visit hcsv.org.

Fisherman’s Wharf Tour
Thursday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 a.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
Explore the third largest commercial fishing port on the East Coast and learn how seafood gets from the sea to your table on this guided tour of Fisherman’s Wharf. $10 adults; $7 children (ages 3-12). Part of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration 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.

Oktoberfest at Morey’s Piers
Friday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 24
Morey’s Mariner’s Pier, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
The ancient German tradition of merriment, roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls, beer, pretzels and bratwurst comes to the Wildwoods with Morey’s Piers Oktoberfest. Join us on Sept. 22-24, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and Oct. 6-8. Mariner’s Pier will be open for Oktoberfest from 5 to 11 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Jumbo’s restaurant will feature a special themed selection of Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, schnitzel and more. On tap, guests will find a wide selection of beers and tasting flights to be enjoyed at an outdoor “biergarten” located behind Jumbo’s with live entertainment from The Oompah-Delics. Raise a glass and tap a toe as bands play throughout the night Friday and Saturday on the main stage from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, call (609) 522-3900 or visit www.moreyspiers.com/oktoberfest.

Boardwalk Classic Car Show and Classic Car Corral
Friday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 24
Fox Park, Wildwoods Boardwalk and Wildwoods Convention Center, Wildwood
Take a step back in time to experience the craftsmanship and beauty of hundreds of restored classic cars! Thursday registration from noon to 10 p.m. and a meet & greet in Fox Park at 6 p.m. Cars will be displayed on the Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday features an award ceremony inside the Wildwoods Convention Center from 9 to 11:30 a.m. where prizes will be awarded to the Top 40 cars as well as Best in Show. FREE admission for spectators! For more information, call (609) 522-3644 or visit www.WildwoodMotorEvents.com.

Cape May Wine Trail
Friday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m.
Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May
Spend the day visiting Cape May County’s wineries via trolley and sampling the unique flavors of each, including lunch at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom and tastings at Willow Creek Winery, Natali Vineyards and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery. $75 includes lunch and wine tastings at each vineyard. Free parking. Part of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration 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.

Community Arts’ Fundraiser
Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May
Rock into the fall with local legends Bluebone, the Jimm Ross Trio, and Maddie Hogan and the Capers at Cape May Convention Hall on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. For $35 a ticket, help CCA raise money for our children’s art programs and WCFA, 101.5 FM, the all-volunteer community radio station. Refreshments provided by The Washington Inn; cash bar. Tickets available through Cape May Convention Hall. Call (609) 884-9565 or visit DiscoverCapeMayNJ.com.

Mutt Strutt
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m.
Cape May Promenade, Beach Avenue at Gurney Street, Cape May
The 11th Annual Mutt Strut celebrates the end of the dog days of summer. Enjoy a morning stroll on the Cape May Beachfront Promenade, join the pet trick or pet costume contest and enter the auction. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 24. The event helps public dog training classes offered by the event sponsor and will contribute to the Wildwood Police K-9 Program. Register on the day of the event, near Convention Hall, for a donation of $1 per leg ($2 per person, $4 per dog). For more information, visit www.cmcdotc.com or call (609) 827-5256.

Downtown Wildwood Fall Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 a.m.
Farmers Market Lot, 3501 Pacific Ave., Wildwood
New for 2017, the Downtown Wildwood Fall Farmers Market will take place every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until Oct. 28. Farm goods, regular and gluten free baked goods, wine, honey, fall flowers and produce, gourmet sauces, guacamole, salsas, nuts, dried fruits, soaps, lotions & scrubs, pulled pork, twice baked potato pots, dog treats, pickles, breakfast sandwiches and more will be sold! 98.7 The Coast will broadcast live from the Fall Farmers Market and provide music from 8 to 10 a.m. There will be strolling children’s entertainers and live music from 9 to 11 a.m. most weeks. Free parking is provided as well as free DOOWW magnets and tote bags, while supplies last! For more information, visit www.DOOWW.com.

Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9 a.m.
Sunset Lake, New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue, Wildwood Crest
Massive bayfront street festival at Sunset Lake from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., followed by live music at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks show at 9 p.m. at Centennial Park. Festival includes live music, craft vendors, food, family entertainment, children’s activities and much more! FREE admission. Handicapped accessible. For more information, call (609) 523-0202 or visit www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com.

Fall Migration Festival 2017
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9:30 a.m.
The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor
The Wetlands Institute will host a Fall Migration Festival. Visitors of all ages will be able to see, explore, learn and enjoy! There will be a guided viewing of migratory birds from the Institute and on the Seven Mile Island, and much more! Enjoy live butterfly presentations and tagging, guided nature walks focusing on birds, butterflies dragonflies and bees, guided back-bay boat and kayak tours, fish, sea turtle, butterfly and bird crafts, migration-themed games and activities, special autumn terrapin release, live animal presentations by community partners, native plant garden tours and more! Cost for non-member: $10 adult, $8 child, $30 Family 4-Pack; Cost for member: $10 adult, $6 child, $25 Family 4-Pack. For more information, visit wetlandsinstitute.org/events/fall-migration-festival.

Grand Lighthouse Cruise
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.
Cape May Whale Watcher, 1218 Wilson Dr., Cape May
Come aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to view and photograph seven historic lighthouses of the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Most of these lighthouses stand on pedestals out of sight of land and are still operational. Includes narration and continental breakfast buffet and Captain’s Lunch buffet. A cash bar is available. Tickets are $85 for adults and $70 for children ages 7-12. Sponsored by the Cape May Whale Watcher and 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.

Underground Railroad Trolley Tour
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 10:45 a.m.
Center for Community Arts, 717 Franklin St., Cape May
Climb aboard Cape May’s newest trolley tour to hear tales of the Underground Railroad in Cape May. Hear how, fleeing their chains in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, African American slaves braved strong currents and stormy seas, guided by the beacon at the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear how legendary anti-slavery fighter, Harriet Tubman, walked these streets, as did businessman and former slave, Stephen Smith, whose railroad cars carried hundreds to freedom. Admission is $15. Presented by the Center for Community Arts in association with 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.

Savor September Wine, Beer and Food Festival
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 12 p.m.
96th Street Shopping District, Stone Harbor
September really is an amazing month to be in Stone Harbor; especially Sept. 23! The 6th Annual Savor September Wine, Beer & Food Festival on Sept. 23 will feature a wine/beer tasting tent with over 10 local wineries and breweries offering up sips of their amazing libations ($10 entry fee), delicious food by many of our area’s best restaurants, creations by talented, local artisans, a grape stomping competition, fun for kids and much more! For more information, visit www.stoneharborbeach.com.

Chocolate Lover’s Feast
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
The Blue Rose Inn, 653 Washington St., Cape May
It’s a bountiful feast for chocolate lovers! Enjoy seven plated courses of chocolate desserts and hear how each was created from the chef who prepared it at The Blue Rose Inn. Admission is $40. Part of the Cape May Food & Wine Celebration presented 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.

John Walter Cape Community Band Concert
Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m.
Ocean City Free Public Library, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City
Enjoy a free indoor evening concert in Ocean City with the John Walter Cape Community Band at the Ocean City Library. Get your toes tapping and your hands clapping as the community concert band for Cape May County plays an exciting mix of marches, pop, rock and patriotic music that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. There will be plenty of seats in the Senior Center for anyone interested in hearing live music on this Tuesday night. For more information, visit johnwalterband.org.

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