THIS WEEKEND: Irish, Cupcakes, & Migrations

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

Irish Fall Festival
When: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, Sept. 20 to 22 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood

Come out and enjoy the largest Irish Festival on the East Coast! Four-day event celebrates Irish heritage with dancing, music, food, vendors and crafts. 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily with bus service offered throughout event days. Other festival activities include a golf tournament, amateur boxing matches, Irish dance lessons, 5k Run & 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, Irish music concert, Catholic Mass and concludes with a parade on Surf Avenue from 26th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood. Bus service is all weekend long throughout the Wildwoods! Price: Free admission!
For more information contact Ancient Order of Hibernians Cape May County, (609) 729-0075.

Sunset Lake Seafarers Celebration
When: Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. & Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 20-21
Where: Centennial Park Ocean Ave Wildwood Crest

Now a two-day event!!! The Wildwood Crest Seafarers Celebration kicks off with live music at Centennial Park at 7 p.m., followed by a spectacular beachfront fireworks show at 9:00 p.m. Bring a blanket or a chair to this great FREE event for the entire family! Entertainment TBA. The celebration continues Saturday with a day-long street festival at Sunset Lake. Note: Rain date for fireworks is Saturday, Sept. 21. For more information, call (609) 523-0202

Fall Migration Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 9:00 am to 4 p.m.
Where: The Wetlands Institute 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Stone Harbor

Sitting in the heart of the migration flyway, thousands of bird species make their way across the Cape May Peninsula every fall. In a single day one can go from spotting a Peregrine Falcon flying low along the salt marsh to watching flocks of White Winged Scoters migrate along the ocean front. The sheer density and diversity of species migrating through the Cape May Peninsula is incredible. This combination therefore makes it one of the top birding destinations in the world and the top birding destination in North America. In an effort to spread the word about this incredible time of year, the Wetlands Institute will be hosting a Fall Migration Festival. This festival will provide a number of guided bird walks along our local beaches and salt marshes, host leading lecturers in the birding field, give live animal demonstrations, and incorporate hands on education and conservation activities for guests of all ages. For information, call (609) 368-0197

“Life is Sweet” Cupcake Challenge for Pediatric Cancer Research
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 from 11:00 am to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Avalon Community Hall 3001 Avalon Avenue Avalon

Taste a variety of yummy cupcakes and vote on your favorite one! There will also be Children’s activities, vendors, and much more! $5.00 to enter! All monies raised will go to Pediatric Cancer Research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. For information, contact Lauren Keating Wear at (808) 987-9508.

Savor September Food and Wine Festival
When: Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Stone Harbor Shopping District 96th St Stone Harbor

The festival will include seafood and festival favorites in addition to wine and beer tastings. Art, children’s activities, Wheaton Glass Glass Art Blowing, and more will be available throughout the day. Festival patrons will be able to enjoy one or all of the 4 musical acts slated to play the festival, including Eddie Morgan and Rek’d for Jazz. For information, call (609) 368-6101

Monarch Migration
When: Sunday, Sept. 15 from 9:00 am to 5 p.m.
Where: West Cape May

The Fall Migration begins the last week of August in the higher latitudes with the peak migration reaching West Cape May from mid September to the 1st week of October. There is a very large concentration of Monarchs Migrating in to the Cape May area each fall due to New Jersey’s geography, since monarchs do not like to fly over open water they end up being funneled toward the southern tip of New Jersey. This natural funneling effect is also another reason the Cape May Peninsula is a great place to watch migrating birds. The Southern tip of New Jersey is the place many migrating hawks, songbirds and even insects like Monarchs and dragonflies gather to refuel and rest before crossing the bay to Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula on their journey south. FREE admission.

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

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