Fifth Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival is Aug. 6

This summer hit was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY and features hard shell crabs, shrimp, craft beers and music at the Emlen Physick Estate

CAPE MAY – You won’t want to miss delicious family fun with steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, local and regional craft beers, wine and all-day entertainment during one of Cape May’s most popular summertime events! On the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, the Craft Beer & Crab Festival on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and PNC Bank, with major funding by Gold Coast Production Management, Nobil Food Services and Longport Media.

Come to the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. and stretch out on your lawn chair or relax under the tent during this all-day festival that celebrates the best of summer in Cape May and was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY.

Have fun cracking open freshly steamed crabs or peel a handful of steamed shrimp and savor these seaside favorites. Choose from other summertime favorites including crab cake sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches. Stop by the hot dog stand where you can purchase hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn, soda and freshly squeezed lemonade.

Food truck vendors will offer an eclectic variety of tasty items for purchase. Wash down these delicious summertime foods with craft beer from local and regional breweries in the beer garden on the estate lawn. Purchase and enjoy a variety of local and regional craft beers from the Harrison Beverage 10-tap beer truck and the Cape May Brewery truck, along with vodka beverages from Tito’s Vodka, and other selections. Wine also will be available for purchase.

Relax under the huge tent and listen to live music on the outdoor stage. Bring a lawn chair or spread out your beach blanket for a great afternoon and evening of non-stop musical performers.

Bring the entire family to enjoy kid-friendly activities including lawn games and acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus, who will delight and entertain throughout the day. Costumed historical characters will roam the grounds as well.

Stop by and see inside the Good Housekeeping trailer; representatives with product giveaways will be on hand. Purchase customized festival T-shirts produced on-site from Flying Fish Studio. Explore the variety of crafts and collectibles vendors on the estate grounds selling hand-made and vintage items.

Admission to the grounds is free and free parking is available off site at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette St. A free trolley shuttle will operate from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street to the estate throughout the day. There will be a charge for crabs, food, beverages and some activities. Commemorative pint glasses will be available for purchase. Proceeds of the event benefit MAC’s numerous educational outreach programs.

The Craft Beer & Crab Festival is presented by MAC and sponsored by PNC Bank, with funding provided at the “King Crab” level by Gold Coast Production Management, Nobil Food Services and Longport Media and at the “Horseshoe Crab” level by Good Housekeeping magazine, Exit Zero Magazine and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. MAC membership is open to all. For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals and special events, call (609) 884-5404 or (800) 275-4278, or visit MAC’s website at For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at (609) 884-5508 or visit For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at