Sea Isle City’s Skimmer Festival Takes Place Father’s Day Weekend

Skimmer Auto Show

Skimmer Festival Weekend – Sea Isle City’s largest summer festival – takes place on Saturday & Sunday, June 15 & 16. The festival derives its name from the straw hats that Victorian gentlemen often wore during the summer months. 

The fun begins on Saturday, June 15, with a Seaside Vendors Market along Sea Isle’s oceanfront Promenade from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring hundreds of vendors selling crafts, collectibles, fashion apparel, specialty items and more.

Also on Saturday, the popular Skimmer Food Court will be open in front of Excursion Park, JFK and Pleasure Avenue, where a tempting selection of local delicacies and traditional festival-fare will be on sale.  Plus, a variety of family-friendly activities will be offered inside Excursion Park on Saturday, including free amusement rides, an “Art Bar,” face painting, a photo booth and a “Waxy Hands” station. There will also be a “Sand Art” station, where children can create souvenirs for a small fee, and “Radio Neon” will perform live music at the Excursion Park Band Shell from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Skimmer Festival will continue on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, with an Antique Auto Show along the Promenade (north of JFK Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., which will include scores of vintage cars and trucks. Also on Sunday, the Snake Brothers Band will perform on the Promenade at JFK Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and Free Guided Historical Trolley Tours will be offered every half-hour in front of Excursion Park from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The Trolley Tours will be led by members of the Sea Isle City Historical Society, who will point-out landmarks and explain how Sea Isle City has grown over the years.

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, trophies will be presented to the winners of the Antique Auto Show. Afterward, each of the vehicles entered in the auto show will parade through town, bringing this year’s Skimmer Festival Weekend to a spectacular close.

For more details about Skimmer Festival Weekend and other events taking place in Sea Isle City, please phone (609) 263-8687 or go to