THIS WEEKEND: Fabulous ’50s, Fall Fests, & More!

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

2014 Cape May Film Festival
Friday-Sunday, October 17th through 19th
Where: The West Cape May Borough Hall – 723 Broadway, West Cape May

Friday night’s Opening Reception with the Beatles cover band, “Love Me Dudes” will precede feature film “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” hosted by Beatle Historian Denny Somach. Seldom seen Beatle films will be presented at “Breakfast with the Beatles” on Saturday morning. The program continues with The Best New Jersey Short Films, Films from the Black Maria Film Festival and Films from the Cape May Film Society Summer Camp.

That evening, a surprise Beatle movie will be shown with insight by Denny Somach. Sunday morning program includes light refreshments and films by local filmmakers. Sunday night Spooky Comic Silent Shorts with live organ music will be presented by East Lynne Theatre Company at the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ. Tickets are available on our website. Please visit or call 609-326-FEST for more information.

Town Bank Fire Co. Oktoberfest
Friday-Sunday, October 17th through 19th
Where: Cape May County Airport Complex – 507 Terminal Dr, Rio Grande

The third annual Town Bank Fire Company Oktoberfest at the Cape May Airport will be Oct. 17 to 19 with the Cape May Brewery providing the official Oktoberfest beer for the festival. The Town Bank Oktoberfest will once again feature live music all weekend long. Friday night will feature Animal House. Loud n’ Clear will take the stage Saturday night. And the DAB band will play Sunday at noon. Food will be available from Smoke-n-Bones barbecue. For more information on the event, see

Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend
Friday-Saturday, October 17th & 18th
Where: Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood

The Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce presents the 11th Annual Fabulous ‘50s and Beyond Weekend Oct. 17 and Oct. 18 in the Wildwoods – a two-day celebration paying tribute to the Wildwoods’ role in the birth of Rock ‘n Roll music.
For additional information about the Fabulous ‘50s & Beyond Weekend and a complete list of weekend activities, visit or call 609-729-4000.

Halloween Parade & Dance Party
Friday, October 17th from 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: 45th to 40th St & Landis Ave, Sea Isle City

On Friday, October 17, Sea Isle City’s Division of Recreation will host the resort’s annual Halloween Parade along Landis Avenue, 45th to 40th Street, where a wide variety of eye-catching participants will walk, cruise along on floats and entertain spectators lining the parade route.

The parade will feature performers from local dance companies, representatives from Sea Isle City’s civic organizations and businesses, elected officials, and members of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department, including McGruff the Crime Dog and Eddie the Eagle. There will also be fire engines, ambulances and other rescue vehicles in the procession.

Immediately following Sea Isle’s Halloween Parade, spectators and parade participants are invited to attend the City’s annual Halloween Family Dance Party at the Excursion Park Band Shell, located at JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue, where families can dance the night away to well-known Halloween classics.

To learn more about Sea Isle City’s 2014 Halloween Parade phone (609) 263-0050 or go to .

Harvest Festival Crafts & Antiques Show
Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Emlen Physick Estate – 1048 Washington St, Cape May

Crafters and antiques dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Free parking available. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Historic Cold Spring Village – 720 Rte 9, Cold Spring

It’s the spookiest time of the year at the Village! Celebrate all things Halloween and autumn at the 23rd Annual Pumpkin Festival. Admission is free! Guests are encouraged to donate non-perishable goods to the ‘Share the Harvest’ Food Drive.

Families can enjoy pumpkin painting and games throughout the day. A variety of crafters will sell their wares along the Village’s shell-paved lanes. Vendors will be selling hot dogs, funnel cake, and other snacks. Visit a haunted house at the Village Barn and hop on a fall hayride through the farm. Don’t miss the Children’s Halloween Parade at noon. Please call the Lower Township Recreation Department at (609) 886-7880 for parade registration information.

Boo at the Zoo
Saturday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Cape May County Park & Zoo – 707 North Route 9, Cape May Court House

The Cape May County Park and Zoo’s annual “Boo at the Zoo” event will take place Oct.18 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cape May County Park, in Cape May Court House.

Sponsored by the Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders, this event is free and open to the public. Visitors of all ages are invited to wear a costume to this fun family event, which includes activities for the kids, games, candy, entertainment, animals, inflatable obstacle course, a magic show and more.

A Freeze Frame Costume Dance Contest will start at 11 a.m., registration begins at 10 a.m. An awards presentation will follow the Halloween costume contest. A live animal show will start at 1 p.m. continuing on the hour and half hour.

Hayrides on the Boardwalk
Saturday-Sunday, October 18th & 19th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Music Pier – Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City

The Shirt Shack hosts hayrides on the boardwalk free of charge. Get on and off at Music Pier.

The Great Pumpkin Carve
Saturday, October 18th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Cape May Brewing Co. – 1288 Hornet Rd, Rio Grande

The Great Carve is presented by Cape May Brewing Company and the Town Bank Volunteer Fire Co. The Carve will take place during the Town Bank Oktoberfest. For more information and to register, visit

Trick-or-Treat on the Mall
Sunday, October 19th from noon to 2 p.m.
Where: Washington Street Mall, Cape May

Merchants of the Washington Street Mall open their doors to trick-or-treaters.

31st Annual Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 19th from noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Washington Street Mall, Cape May

Mark your calendar for Cape May’s 31st Halloween Parade Oct. 19, 2014. The annual parade features music, entertainment, and of course, dozens of costumes from chilling to thrilling. Awards will be given in many different categories, groupings, and age ranges. Be sure to bring a sweets bag for trick or treating on the Washington Street Mall, starting at noon.

Participants can download a registration form online at or pick one up at Cape May Convention Hall. Onsite parade registration starts at 1:30 p.m. on Perry and Washington Street, with judging beginning at 2 PM. The parade steps off at 3 p.m. from Perry Street and concludes at the Emlen Physick Estate

Grand Marshals for the parade are Cape May City Mayor Dr. Edward Mahaney, Jr. and the members of the City of Cape May Council. Other special guests include 2014 Queen Maysea Addyson Jensen and Dr. Emlen Physick.
The Cape May Halloween Parade is a spook-tacular good time. Be there or be scared!

For more information, please visit or call the City of Cape May Department of Tourism, Recreation and Civic Affairs at (609) 884-9565.

For more information about these, and other community events, see the Herald’s online calendar.

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