As summer quickly approaches, and restrictions continue to be lifted, the Wildwoods have once again added new offerings for visitors to enjoy for the 2021 season!
Barefoot Country Music Fest (BCMF)
Organizers of the Northeast’s largest outdoor country music fest on the beach, in coordination with City of Wildwood government officials, will host the Barefoot Country Music Fest (BCMF) on the Wildwood Beach Friday, August 20 through Sunday, August 22. Headliners include Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown Band, Lee Brice and much more! A kick off concert is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, August 19, 2021. BCMF is brought to you by Southern Entertainment, the producers of the award-winning Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the largest outdoor country music fest on the East Coast. BCMF is expected to be the Northeast’s largest outdoor country music festival, occupying 27 acres of the Wildwoods beaches.
Further updates about the 2021 Barefoot Country Music Fest will be made on social media and at www.BCMFest.com.
Matilda the Musical
Join the Be You Arts Academy’s Elite & Broadway bound students as they perform Matilda the Musical – a rebellious, gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination – at Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood. Performances take place on Saturday, May 1 at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.; and on Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. (Rain dates are Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9). Matilda is a story of a girl who dreams of a better life and the children she inspires will have audiences rooting for the revolting children who are out to teach the grown-ups a lesson. Tickets are $10 and are available for pre-purchase via beyouartsnj.com or by calling 856-266-4154.
Pour Into Summer Wine Festival
Get ready to “Sip, Savor and Celebrate” at the inaugural Pour Into Summer Wine Festival at Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood, on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 from noon – 5 p.m. daily. Come ‘wine down’ with six of New Jersey’s best wineries as they kick off the summer season in style. Why not grab a cozy lounge chair, safely gather with friends and family, and have your souvenir wine glass ready because the sippin’ starts now! Attendees can relax while enjoying the sampling and purchasing of over 100 refreshing NJ wines. The fun doesn’t top there… spend the day listening to great live music, shop artisan crafter’s works and indulge in delicious eats and treats from some of NJ’s favorite food trucks. For more information, call 609-758-5400 or visit NewJerseyWineEvents.com.
PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic
The PigDog Beach Volleyball Classic will take place Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20. Featured courts will be located at Morey’s PigDog Beach Bar, with additional courts on the Schellenger Avenue and Lincoln Avenue beaches. Teams of 2 will compete in various divisions based on age/skill level, while teams of 6 participate in a recreational division. Top level players compete for prize money and all lower divisions play for merchandise prizes. In addition, Sunday’s junior division winners will earn bids to AVP America Junior Nationals. Play begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m. each day. For more information call 732-778-9684 or visit www.GreatAmericanVolleyball.com.
Community Band By The Sea Performance
The inaugural Community Band By The Sea Performance will take place at Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood on Saturday, July 31 at 4 p.m. The concert is free to attend and will feature instrumentalists of all ages who will come together to support community band appreciation and engage in high quality music making opportunities by the Sea. Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, August 1. For more information call 610-588-1884 or visit www.ArtMusicEmporium.com.
The new Beach Golf Cart Company, located at 2604 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood will offer rentals, sales, service and parts. For more information, visit www.BeachGolfCartsco.business.site.
Orange Moose Golf Carts & Pedego Electric Bike Rentals, located at 3200 Park Boulevard, Wildwood is the new way to explore your beach town during vacation in an eco-friendly way. Park your car, hang up your keys, and let an Orange Moose Golf Cart be your mode of transportation.
Sun Rey’s Beach Rentals, located at 2000 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood will offer rental golf carts, beach wagons, coolers and accessories. For more information, visit www.SunreysBeachRentals.com.
Montego Bay Resort, located at 1800 Boardwalk in North Wildwood, is undergoing a 25,000-square-foot complete renovation. For more information call 609-523-1000 or visit www.MontegoBayResortNJ.com.
The Shore House Hotel and Swim Club opens at the former Sandpiper, located at 1600 Ocean Avenue, North Wildwood. The new property will be a contactless 21-unit, apartment-style hotel featuring its first hip, outdoor private swim club for the 2021 summer season. For more information, call 609-888-6813 or visit www.StayShoreHouse.com.
NEW Food/Beverage Establishments:
Curran’s Irish Bar opens its first location outside of Pennsylvania at 110 Olde New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood. Curran’s Irish Bar will take over the former home of The Establishment at 100, and will operate during the 2021 summer season. Expect to see some familiar live entertainment on the patio, too including Wildwoods staple performers and bands.
Nan & Pop’s Kitchen will open its doors at 401 E. Wildwood Avenue, Wildwood with a special opening ceremony on Thursday, May 13 at 2 p.m. The foundations of the business outline that family, faith, and the community are the most important pillars of the business. The restaurant will be closed on Sundays, will feature a community fridge and cupboard, and will be geared towards family experiences. For more information, visit www.NanandPopsKitchen.com.
Papi’s Taco Shack is scheduled to open in the former Stewart’s Root Beer restaurant at 2901 Boardwalk, Wildwood for the 2021 summer season. The 50’s stylings of the former Stewart’s will be traded in for a surf shack theme, with a rustic, distressed look, vibrant accents and motifs echoing a “SoCal beach” vibe. Papi’s will make full use of the building’s layout, with plenty of open-air seating on both floors. The second level dining area received a new roof in 2018, and will undoubtedly remain a favorite spot to catch Friday Night Firework shows during the summer.
San Andres Grill, a new Latin Fusion restaurant, makes its home at 4801 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood at the site of the former Pacific Grill. San Andres Grill will feature a combination of different forms of cookery, blending Latin American and “traditional” American cuisines.
Additional new food/beverage establishments include:
5 Girls Sandwich Shop: 2010 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood. For more information, visit www.five-girls.com.
Barry’s Buns: 6107 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest. For more information, visit www.BarrysBuns.com.
Capt’n Jack’s Island Grill: 3800 Boardwalk in the Boardwalk Mall, Wildwood, plans to add a 2nd floor wrap-around deck for sweeping views of the beach and boardwalk. For more information call 609-554-3183 or visit www.CaptnJacksIslandGrill.com.
Five Mile Grind: 3411 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/fivemilegrind.
George’s Place: 6200 Park Blvd in Wildwood Crest will offer bayfront views overlooking the Starlight Fleet Marina. For more information call 609-884-6088 or visit www.KaraRestaurantGroup.com.
Hatillo’s Puerto Rican Restaurant: 4200 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood. For more information, visit www.Hatillos.com.
Krispy Krunchy Chicken: 3115 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood. For more information, visit www.KrispyKrunchy.com.
Quincy’s Original Lobster Roll: 2701 Boardwalk, Wildwood. For more information, visit www.QuincysOriginal.com.
Santorini Greek & Italian Restaurant is calling the former Backfin Blues building at 517 W. Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood home at the foot of the Wildwood bridge.
Sinclair Food Mart: 325 W. Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood.
The Boneless Bird (take-out window at The Wild Burrito): 4040 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood. For more information, call 609-523-2473 or visit www.facebook.com/BirdwithoutaBone
The Inlet: 101 E. Walnut Ave, North Wildwood, is undergoing major renovations.
The Neighborhood Grille at Keenan’s Irish Pub: 113 N. New Jersey Ave, North Wildwood. For more information call 609-729-3344 or visit www.facebook.com/KeenansIrishNW.
The Surfing Pig: 231 W. 10th Ave, North Wildwood, is adding a 2nd dining level overlooking the bay. For more information call 609-522-0900 or visit www.TheSurfingPig.com.
Trio: 700 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood. For more information, visit www.TrioNW.com.
NEW Beach Information
North Wildwood will allow dogs on the beach at any time that lifeguards are not on duty (lifeguard hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.).
Wildwood Crest will be extending wooden walkways at all beach entrances by 120 feet each.
For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.