Do The Shore: September 16 to September 22

Cape May Harbor’s Blessing of the Waters
Friday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Cape May Fisherman’s Memorial, Harbor Cove & Missouri Avenue, Cape May
The Blessing of the Waters ceremony commemorates those Cape May fishermen who lost their lives in pursuit of their chosen vocation, and whose names are thus engraved on the tablets located at the Memorial. The ceremony also offers up prayers for a safe and successful fishing season. In addition to a brief ecumenical reading, the ceremony will include a wreath laying and playing of “taps” by a Coast Guard bugler. There is no cost to attend, although donations to support the upkeep of the Memorial are always welcome. Questions regarding the ceremony should be directed to the Nature Center of Cape May, (609) 898-8848.

Back Bay Boat Cruise on the Osprey
Saturday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Lower Cape Branch Library, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas
Gain access to some of Southern New Jersey’s wildest places aboard the M.V. Osprey. Sam Wilson, a teacher and naturalist at the New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May, will give a short multimedia presentation at the Lower Township Library before the voyage. We will then board the M.V. Osprey in Cape May and take a two hour tour of the back bays. Ages six and up are welcome to join the cruise. Binoculars are recommended. Lecture and check in will start at 12:30 p.m. at Lower Cape Library and end at 1:00 p.m. The boat cruise will depart from the Miss Chris Marina in Cape May City at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $15 non-refundable fee due upon registration. Registration opens on 8/17. Visit for more information and to register!

4th Annual Cape May Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, September 19 at 8 a.m.
Where: Cape May Harbor
The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 4th the annual Cape May Dragon Boat Festival. No experience is required and the competition is open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. Dragon boat teams consist of 20 paddlers and a drummer. If you are trying to form a team, but only have about 10 people we can help you by matching you up with another group of 10 people to fill the other half of your boat. Individual paddlers are also welcome. The races are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Delaware Avenue along the Cape May Harbor. For further information on the event email Cathy at or call (609) 884-5508 x103.

Walk to Defeat ALS
Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m.
Where: Ocean City Boardwalk
Join us for this 2 mile walk on the boardwalk to raise funds to support patient services and research into finding a cure for ALS. Registration begins 9 a.m. at the 6th St. practice field. Walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information call (609) 399-6111 or visit

Zombie Mud Run
Saturday, September 19 at 9 a.m.
Where: Morey’s Piers, 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
The Zombie Mud Run is a Post-Apocalyptic 5K obstacle mud run at Morey’s Piers teeming with Zombies infected with the living dead virus. The race course is complete with Army Boot Camp like obstacles that test your strength and endurance. You will come in contact with natural and man-made obstacles including huge sand mounds, slides, ‘quicksand pits’, and running through the ocean & under the boardwalk. To add an extra degree of challenge and fun, we have added Zombies! You may sign up as a Human or a Zombie. Adding another element of adventure, this year’s course will include a ride on Morey’s Great White wooden roller coaster and a special new race for kids 12 and under! Gates open at 7 a.m. Wave times are every 1/2 hour starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. Please arrive at least two hours prior to your start time. For more information call (609) 522-3900 or visit

Fall Family Festival
Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 at 9 a.m.
The festival includes a seaside craft market with 400 vendors, food court, live music, children’s entertainment and a sand sculpting demonstration and contest.

Fall Migration Festival
Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m.
Where: The Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Boulevard, Stone Harbor
At The Wetlands Institute, fall is an especially good time to experience the changing of seasons and the spectacle of migration of raptors, warblers, waterfowl, and more. In an effort to spread the word about this incredible time of year, The Wetlands Institute will be hosting a Fall Migration Festival. Visitors of all ages will be able to see, explore, learn, and enjoy! We’ll have guided viewing of migratory birds from the Institute and on Seven Mile Island, and much more! Visit to purchase tickets.

Atlantic City Jazz Band
Sunday, September 20 at 2 p.m.
Where: VFW Post 386, 419 Congress Street, Cape May
Come enjoy great traditional Dixieland jazz music and have a fun time. Tickets are $15 advance purchase, $20 at door and $15 CMTJS member price. Free Parking, cash bar and an optional dinner at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds donated to the Food Bank of Southern Jersey to help support local needs. Call (609) 884-7961 for more information and to purchase tickets!