October Events | The best of fall fun is coming to the shore!
Here’s what you don’t want to miss.
The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of street fests. Join the fun at the free Wildwood Seafood & Music Festival, taking place at Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues in Wildwood. Features include two stages of live music, tons of food vendors, and a Kids Korner with pumpkin painting, face painting, and bounce houses. Saturday, October 7, 11am-8pm; www.wildwoods.com or 609-729-4000
Fireworks aren’t just for July. Head to the Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular at 861 Asbury Avenue in Ocean City for a full day of food, entertainment, and a stunning fireworks show over the ocean once the sun goes down.
Saturday, October 7, 9am-5pm; www.oceancityvacation.com of 800-BEACH-NJ.
Enjoy a taste of Italy right at home at the Italian Festival & Columbus Day Parade, taking place at 63rd Street and Landis Avenue in Sea Isle City. Fill up on Italian delicacies (and try your stomach at the cannoli eating contest), listen to live music, and cheer on Sea Isle’s Italian Royal Family at the parade.
Saturday, October 7, 10am-6pm; www.visitsicnj.com or 609-263-6341.
Celebrate our local farming culture at the Lima Bean Festival at Wilbraham Park in West Cape May. Delight in recipes, crafts, and products all centered around one of New Jersey’s most celebrated crops: the lima bean.
Saturday, October 7, 9am-5pm (in event of rain, festival will move to Sunday, October 8); www.westcapemay.us or 609-884-1005 x. 115.
We appreciate our seafood year-round. This year’s Avalon Seafood Festival is taking place at 30th Street and the Beach, and will feature top local seafood vendors serving their freshest catches. Enter the chowder eating contest, enjoy live music, and check out some fantastic crafts.
Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 10am-5pm; www.visitavalonnj.com or 609-967-3936.
Pretend summer never ended at the Indian Summer Weekend at the Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace in Ocean City. This annual block party features tons of free entertainment for adults and children, as well as seafood vendors and over 400 crafters.
Saturday, October 7 – Monday, October 9, 10am-4pm; www.oceancityvacation.com or 800-BEACH-NJ
Antique lovers won’t want to miss the Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show at 1048 Washington Street in Cape May. Expert crafters and collectibles dealers from around the northeast come together to show off their best items. Look around or make a purchase—you’ll have fun either way.
Sunday, October 8, 10am-4pm; www.capemaymac.org or 609-884-5404
Swing back into time at the Fabulous 50s & Beyond Weekend taking place at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 4501 Boardwalk in Wildwood. Events range from a Friday night Nifty ‘50s Dance Party (6:30-10:30pm, $16) to a free street fair at Fox Park across from the convention center on Saturday (11am-5pm) to a can’t-miss Saturday night concert featuring stars such as Frankie Avalon and The Duprees (doors open 5:30pm, concert at 7pm. Tickets range from $54-$71.50; purchase at www.ticketmaster.com or call 800-745-3000).
Friday, October 13-Saturday, October 14, times vary; www.wildwoods.com or 609-729-4000
There’s so much to do in the three weekends of Halloween Happenings in Victorian Cape May. Special events include a murder mystery dinner, underground railroad trolley tour, Victorian parlor games, a burlesque extravaganza, and a chocolate tasting tour. And that’s not even half of it! Whether you want scary thrills or just to get into the spirit of the season, there’s something for everyone.
Saturday, October 13 to Tuesday, October 31, times vary; www.capemaymac.org or 800-275-4278
Another great event for antique aficionados is the Cape May Harvest Festival Crafts & Collectibles Show at the Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Avenue. The region’s most dedicated crafters and antique dealers will all be there to display and sell their items.
Saturday, October 14, 10am-4pm; www.capemaymac.org or 800-275-4278
Calling all surf fishing pros! The Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament is coming to 15th Avenue and the Beach in North Wildwood. The individual tournament starts at 5am on Saturday and runs until noon on Sunday, and the ASAC sanctioned tournament runs from 7am-1:30pm on Saturday. Fees are $10 per individual, or $50 per 6-person team. Register at the Anglesea Firehouse at 201 New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood.
Saturday, October 14; www.njbba.org or 856-228-2642
It’s the best of birding at the NJ Audubon Cape May Fall Festival. Enjoy three full days of immersive birding with field and boat trips, workshops, demonstrations, and programs all focused on the area’s famous fall bird migrations. One of the main highlights of the weekend is a live raptor show at Cape May Convention Hall, where you’ll also find plenty of artisans and crafters. Convention hall events are free, but registration is required for other activities.
Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, October 22, event times vary; www.njaudubon.org
Get ready for the Halloween Parade & Dance Party at Landis Avenue (from 45th to 40th Street) in Sea Isle City. Enjoy the original costumes, floats, and entertainment of the Halloween Parade and then head to Excursion Park for a dance party immediately following.
Friday, October 20, starts at 7pm; www.visitsicnj.com or 609-263-0050
It wouldn’t be fall without the Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village, happening at 720 Route 9 in Cape May. The village will be full of fun and food, including pumpkin painting and games, a haunted house, a hayride, and all the hot dogs, funnel cakes, and snacks you can eat.
Saturday, October 21, 11am-5pm; www.capemay.com or 609-893-2300
Raise funds to protect our cherished lighthouses during the Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey Weekend, at varied venues along the shore. Begin the challenge at any participating lighthouse and visit every lighthouse before time is up. Purchase a tri-fold souvenir pamphlet for $1 at each lighthouse for proof of visit.
Saturday, October 21 to Sunday October, 22, 8am-6pm; www.lighthousechallengenj.org and www.njlhs.org
There are two fabulous Halloween parades to choose from late in the month. Head over to the Cape May Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 22 at 3pm, starting at Perry and Washington Streets, and on Thursday,
October 26 at 7:15pm stop by the Ocean City Halloween Parade on Asbury Avenue. www.discovercapemaynj.com and www.ocnj.us
Your kids won’t want to miss Boo at the Zoo, at Cape May County Park & Zoo. Show off costumes and spend the day enjoying games, candy, animals, a magic show, and an inflatable obstacle course. Best yet: it’s free to attend!
Saturday, October 28, 10am-2pm; www.cmczoo.com or 609-465-5271
The Kid’s Harvest Festival, at the 96th Street Shopping District in Stone Harbor, has everything you and your family expect out of a kid-friendly fall event. Relish in a full day of hayrides, pumpkin decorating, and trick or treating, and pet some creepy (and cute!) animals.
Saturday, October 28, 11am-5pm; www.stoneharborbeach.com or 906-368-6101