Events this Week: October 18 – 25, 2023

This week is busy with Halloween parades and festivals. If you were bummed about weather-related event cancellations last weekend, now is the time to check out what Cape May County has to offer as ghosts and ghouls begin to take flight.

Teatime at the History Center 

Thursday, October 19 at 11 a.m. 

Avalon History Center, 215 39th St. 

Enjoy tea with us as we share memories of old Avalon and make new ones. 

Cape May Fall Festival 

Friday, October 20 to Sunday, October 22 

Nature Place at Cape May Convention Hall 

The second-annual festival has trolley rides, boat trips, indoor programs, and nature shows from Nature Nick. Nature Nick has live birds and other animals on display throughout the festival weekend, and three special shows each day. 

Cape Shore Jazz Orchestra 

Friday, October 20 at 7 p.m. 

Senior Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City 

Join us for these fall concerts presented by the Ocean City Free Public Library.  All concerts are free and open to the public without registration or tickets required.  

Sea Isle Halloween Parade 

Friday, October 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. 

 45th St. & Landis Ave. to JFK Blvd Sea Isle City 

Come out for the annual parade and join other locals for a DJd dance party at Excursion Park after the parade.  

Ghoul Spring Village 

Friday, October 20 and Saturday, October 21 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. 

Historic Cold Spring Village, 735 Seashore Rd, Lower Township 

The village is offering a family-friendly haunted walk-thru for young and old alike. There will also be hayrides. The entrance to experience Ghoul Spring Village is from Seashore Road only. 

Drinks & Drag Queen Halloween Show 

Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. 

Wildwoods Convention Center 

Join us for a hilarious, entertaining and wicked good time at the “Halloqween” drag show and party! Come dressed for the costume contest. This is a FUNdraiser for the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. This is an adult event.  

Savor September in October this event has been canceled due to weather

Saturday, October 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

212 96th Street, Stone Harbor 

The previously delayed food, beer, and wine festival finds a new date on Saturday, October 21. Come out and celebrate the beautiful fall weather and try local cuisine and alcohol. There will be live music, local artists, and beer / wine from regional and local vendors.  

Bonfire on the North Wildwood Beach 

Saturday, October 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. 

1st and Surf Ave, North Wildwood 

The Anglesea Irish Society & Greater Wildwood Jaycees want you to bring a chair and a blanket, and enjoy the 13th Annual Bonfire on the Beach Saturday, October 21 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Admission is $10, kids under 12 are $2. Musical entertainment will be provided. Refreshments and food will be available for purchase. Rain date is November 4. 

Unity Day  

Saturday, October 21 at 12 p.m. 

Fox Park Ampitheater, 4500 Beach Ave, Wildwood 

Right To Unite’s 7th Annual Unity Day is an afternoon filled with fun where local churches, first responders, and community resources unite to provide free information and services to the community members. There will be FREE food, music, face painting, inflatables, games, and so much more! 

Avalon Dune Planting 

Saturday, October 21 at 8:30 a.m. 

Avalon Community Hall, 3001 Avalon Ave. 

Help restore the dune grass by planting with your fellow community members.  

Ocean City Fishing Club 54th Annual Surf Fishing Tournament 

Saturday, October 21  

Ocean City Intermediate School 1801 Bay Avenue 

Free lunch after the second session at the Ocean City Intermediate School.  Awards for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams. Awards for Individuals. Awards for youth.  Calcutta for most points and largest scoring fish.  First Fishing Session 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Second Fishing Session 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact: Ed Parkinson 215-680-6652 

OC Dog Day and Howl-O-Ween Parade 

Saturday, October 21 at 3 p.m.  

Ocean City Boardwalk, parade begins at 6th Street  

Contestants are encouraged to dress themselves and their pooch in zany, fun Halloween costumes in the spirit of the season. Dogs can roam the boardwalk before the parade takes place. Registration begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Sports & Civic Center. The parade begins at 3:00 p.m. and the procession is from 6th to 14th Street on the Boardwalk. 

Middle Township Disc Golf Tournament 

Saturday, October 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Teams of three will compete at the Ockie Wisting Disc Golf Course in Rio Grande – register at  

Sea Isle Harvest Classic 

Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Excursion Park 

Sea Isle City is celebrating the cool weather with a free festival that includes hayrides on the beach, pumpkin decorating, local vendors, a pie baking contest, a scarecrow contest, live music, and more. Rain date Sunday, October 22. 

“Canned Beats” Musical Food Drive 

Sunday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (rain date October 29) 

ShopRite Rio Grande, outside the main entrance 

This charity, with a live DJ and many prizes, raises money and food items for the Cape May Community Food Closet. The raffle drawing will be held shortly after the event wraps up at 3pm, with all proceeds and donations going directly to the Cape May Community Food Closet. 

Boo Fest – Makers Market 

Wildwoods Convention Center 

Sunday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Come visit over 30 of the best vendors of the Jersey Shore at the Wildwoods Convention Center. It’s a spooky event, with face painting, kids activities, and plenty of vendors. 

Cape May Halloween Parade 

Sunday, October 22 from 3 to 4 p.m. 

The parade route begins at Perry Street and Carpenters Lane, proceeds down Carpenters Lane to Ocean Street, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate. Parade registration is free and begins at 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Perry Street and the Washington Street Mall. 

Ocean City Halloween Festival 

Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Ocean City Free Public Library 

All ages welcome – costumes encouraged! Come out for a dry ice station, games, candy, crafts, and more.  

Kids / Teen Event: Pumpkin Painting 

Tuesday, October 24 from 3 to 4 p.m. 

Court House Library 

Make your very own spooky, crazy, or just plain funny painted-pumpkin! Just in time for Halloween! Supplies will be provided. 

“Mushrooms Don’t Have to Be Spooky” 

Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Court House Library Presentation Room 

Mushrooms Don’t Have to Be Spooky – But sometimes they are! Join us for a fun and frightful look at fungi. 

Middle Township Halloween Parade 

Wednesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. 

Middle Township’s Halloween parade runs from the Elementary School to the Municipal Hall and lasts about half an hour. Local dance groups will give performances during the parade; come out for a spooky time!