THIS WEEKEND: Crab Festival, Surf Fest & More!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun going on at the shore!

Crabulous Crab Day
Friday, July 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Wetlands Institute – 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor

Join The Wetlands Institute for a day filled with Crabulous fun and see just how much you can learn about crabs! On the program: Crab Races and Games, Crabbing at the Dock, Crabbing Tips and Tricks, Crab Cake Cook-off and Cooking Lessons, Crab Teaching Tank, Crabbing Tournament, Crabulous Trivia, and more! And don’t forget to get your official Crab Day T-Shirt!

Princesses and Pirates Luncheon
Friday, July 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 1048 Washington St., Cape May

Young buccaneers and little maidens are invited to the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., for a pirate- and princess-themed luncheon. Lunch includes princess dress-up for the girls and pirate gear for the boys with games for all. Enjoy a story, too! $23 for adults, $15 for children (ages 3-12). (Price includes lunch). Event limited to 20 children so reserve early. July 18 at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

16th Annual 5K Beach Run/1K Walk
Friday, July 18th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Pavilion – JFK Blvd & the beach, Sea Isle City

The Cape May County Bar Foundation is holding its 16th Annual 5K Beach Run/1K Walk on Friday, July 18, 2014 on the Beach in Sea Isle City. In-person registration begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Pavilion at JFK Blvd. and the beach. The race will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be prizes for the top finishers in each category. Fee-$20 for walkers and runners age 14 & under; and $25 for all other runners. You can also register online at: Rain date, July 19th.

Annual Chip Miller Surf Fest
Saturday, July 19th from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 7th St. beach, 7th street, Ocean City

Chip Miller Surf Fest – Decade old grass roots family surf contest to raise money and awareness for the rare and deadly disease Amyloidosis. Registration begins at 7:00am on 7th St. beach. Fee: $30, contest begins at 8:00am. For more information call: 609-231-1562.

5th Annual Cape May Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, July 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Beachfront – Beach Ave, Cape May

The Cape May’s 5th Annual Volleyball tournament held on the Cape May beachfront and is open to the public. The levels of play consist of beginner through pro (men’s and women’s) with a chance to win cash and prizes after tournament results for the day. The public is invited join the City of Cape May for a fun day on the beach while watching one of the beaches most exciting action sport. Last year, local Jimmy Walls won the pro division while several other local players placed second and third place, with over 49 teams participating in the event.

Art and Antique Show Hosted by West Cape May
Saturday, July 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Wilbraham Park – West Cape May

West Cape May will hold two art & antique shows in Wilbraham Park this summer. The first is July 19 (with a raindate of July 20), which benefits the West Cape May PTA. The second is Aug. 16 (with a raindate of Aug. 17), which benefits the West Cape May History Committee. Both shows feature art and antiques only. Cape May Crab Cake Company will also be there.

The artists must be present to sell their works and many will be demonstrating on site. Some of the artists featured this year are photographer Chris Peck, oil painter Rich Flanegan, woodturner Betty Campbell and many more. Enjoy the beautiful Wilbraham Park at the intersections of Broadway and Sunset in West Cape May, meet and greet the artists and antique dealers and maybe come home with a treasure!

Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Hands-on History’ Weekend
Saturday, July 19th through Sunday, July 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Cold Spring Village – 720 Rte 9, Cold Spring

Two days of family-friendly, interactive and educational fun are planned for Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Hands-on History’ Weekend, July 19-20, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Children will be given a ‘Pastport’ at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity, like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or making a pinch pot. Pastports can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat! The Family Activity Area will feature children’s dress-up clothes, historic games, and take-home crafts including corn husk dolls. Other family-friendly activities include nursery rhymes with Mother Goose, a seek and find, and live entertainment from traditional musician Mary Roth. This jam-packed family-fun weekend event is sponsored by PNC.

NJ State Crab Festival
Saturday, July 19th from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Ice House Restaurant – 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood

Ice House Restaurant, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. “Crabby” fun for all ages! Blue claw crabs, beer garden, “must try” crabby bloody mary, vendors and exciting things for the kids including a crab race at 6 p.m. Live outdoor entertainment will be featured throughout the day as well as a special performance. FREE admission! 609.522.0033 or

Summer Wine Tasting Tour
Sunday, July 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 1048 Washington St., Cape May

Summer Wine Tasting Tour: New for 2014! Hop aboard a MAC trolley and take a break from sun and sand with this new event. Enjoy a tasty brunch, and sample some of the fine wines being produced here in Cape May County. July 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. First, you’ll enjoy brunch at the Blue Rose Inn, and then visit Willow Creek Winery and Cape May Winery for vineyard tours and tastings. Tours begin and end at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. $65 per person including transportation. Limited event. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

51st Annual Cape May Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt
Sunday, July 20th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Cape May Promenade at Cape May Convention Hall, Cape May

Ahoy Matey! The adventurous Captain Kidd has set sail for Historic Cape May in hopes of arriving July 20, 2014 for the 51st Annual Cape May Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt to be held on the beaches of the nation’s oldest seashore resort.

Youngsters are invited to rendezvous with Captain Will Kidd on the Cape May Promenade, at Cape May Convention Hall, on July 20 at 1 p.m. Lucky treasure seekers will follow Captain Kidd to the secret site between Perry and Congress Street beaches in search of the elusive buried treasure.

For additional information contact The City of Cape May at (609) 884-9565.

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