Looking for something to do on the Cape May peninsula this week? There’s always something to do, and things are springing at the shore as Spring draws closer. St. Patrick’s Day is this week, and some events will take place this weekend to celebrate. Find something to do in Cape May County this week! Highlights include a St. Patrick’s Day market in West Cape May, the polar plunge in Stone Harbor, and the Pot of Gold Cleanup at Corson’s Inlet, which your friendly editor will be attending.
Wednesday, Mar. 15 at 6 p.m.
End of the Road Theater, 3845 Bayshore Rd #1, North Cape May
Shore Slams will feature local participants who will regale audiences with legends,
lies and lore based on their own personal experiences. Stories, poems, original music, etc. will be loosely based on the given theme. Each participant will have 15 minutes to share a story, 5 minutes to share an original poem or 5 minutes to perform an original piece of music. “Judges” are randomly picked from the audience.
Harborside Chat: Jake Cumo of Revolution Rail
Thursday, Mar. 16 from 12 to 1 p.m.
Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Ave, Cape May
Come learn about “peddling through nature” from the person who converted old train tracks into a fun, healthy leisure activity that is popular with both locals and tourists
Ocean City Library Book Sale
Friday and Saturday, Mar. 17 and 18
Ocean City Public Library’s atrium
Come get some inexpensive books! Please bring a tote bag to carry your purchases. Friday’s sale is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday’s is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Sponsored by the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library
Pot of Gold Cleanup at Corson’s Inlet
Saturday, Mar. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
59th Street and Central Ave, Ocean City
Join the NJ State Park Police for a Beach Cleanup at Corson’s Inlet State Park! Look for the “Pot of Gold” Park Police has hidden somewhere along the beach while picking up litter! Litter bags will be provided, but please bring your own gloves and grabbers. Parking is available at 59th Street and Central Ave.
Stone Harbor Shiver
Saturday, Mar. 18
95th Street Beach
Get ready to take a chilling plunge into the Atlantic Ocean for the annual Stone Harbor Shiver! Gather your friends and family for a pre-registration party at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor on Friday evening, followed by Kegs ‘n Eggs at Freds to kick off the celebration on Saturday morning. Join the parade to 95th Street beach and enjoy the costume contest, and then jump into the icy ocean…for fun!
Irish Dance Performance
Saturday, Mar. 18 at 1 p.m.
Avalon Free Public Library
Members of the Emerald Isle Academy of Dance return to perform Irish dances to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In 2016, they were recognized as the best children’s dance group in the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade – their performance will showcase a variation of dances, including reels and jigs, ranging from the beginner to advanced levels.
Surf Dogs and Sandy Paws Dog Hike
Sunday, Mar. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Join Megan and her furry friends on her first official beach hike at Corson’s Inlet State Park!
Hikers will meet at the boat ramp parking lot on Ocean Drive, right before the first bridge to Strathmere. The hike is approximately 2.5 miles. Make sure your dog is leashed, and bring waste bags.
Girl Scouts ‘Passport Around the World’
Sunday, Mar. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wildwoods Convention Center
Girl Scouts will present displays for countries around the world at the Wildwoods Convention Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Travel from table to table and experience activities from different countries such as crafts, games, songs, traditions, foods, beverages, tours, or displays. Tickets are $12 for scouts and $7 for adults.
Wildwoods Spring Wedding Expo
Sunday, Mar. 19 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Wildwoods Convention Center
Come out to South Jersey’s largest FREE wedding expo featuring everything you need to plan your perfect wedding! Wedding venues, wedding planners, photographers, videographers, caterers, bakeries, florists, salons and spas, wedding announcements, transportation companies, DJs, musical entertainment, bridal fashions and more will feature at the Wildwoods Convention Center from noon until 4:00 p.m. Brides or Grooms can participate in fun contests to win free door prizes!
Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend Market
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Mar. 17-19
Willow Creek Winery, 168 Stevens St, West Cape May
Willow Creek is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style with Gloucester City Irish Society Pipes & Drums and Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, Chef O’Bryan’s famous Irish dinners, Guinness, and an open air vendor market. The market is free for anyone to come check out.
Birding the South Cape May Meadows
Monday, Mar. 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
South Cape May Meadows, 692 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May
Join local naturalists for this 2-hour walk around The Nature Conservancy’s South Cape May Meadows property! The spring birding can be very rewarding at this freshwater wetland for lingering waterfowl and migrant shorebirds. $8 for members, $12 for non-members. Please pre-register in advance.
Belleplain “Day of Forests” Hike
Tuesday, Mar. 21 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
1 Henkinsifkin Rd, Woodbine
Join Gina at Belleplain State Forest for a 1-mile hike on the park’s nature trail loops 1 and 2 to celebrate International Day of Forests.