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Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Wildwood October Events: Events calendar here. www.wildwoodsnj.com
Victorian Weekend in Cape May: 10/4-9/18. Varied venues and times. The 45th annual Victorian Weekend celebrates Cape May’s Victorian heritage, featuring Historic House Tours, Murder Mystery Dinners, living history programs, renowned lecturers, workshops, performances and more. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May County Park & Zoo, AAZK Night Walk: 10/5/18. Cape May County Park & Zoo. 707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. Join us for a tour of the zoo after hours. Bring a flashlight! Tickets required. Adults only. For information, contact 609-463-4135 or visit www.cmczoo.com

Wildwood Seafood & Music Festival: 10/6/18. Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Aves., Wildwood. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. A FREE street fair featuring live music, crafters, food vendors, pie eating contest & much more! Two stages of FREE musical entertainment. A “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounces. 609-729-4000. www.Wildwoods.com

Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular: 10/6/18. 5th -14th Streets Asbury Ave. 9 a.m. - 5p.m. Evening Fireworks over the Ocean. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks. Call 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

Sea Isle City Italian Festival & Columbus Day Parade: 10/6/18. 63rd St. and Landis Ave. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Italian Festival will offer a variety of great food, an Italian Market with craft and specialty vendors, Cannoli Eating Contest, Cento Food display and live musical entertainment. The parade will feature Sea Isle’s “Italian Royal Family,” floats, beauty queens, mascots and many other participants. 609-263-6341. www.kixmcnutleys.com

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival: 10/6/18. West Cape May Lima Bean Festival: Wilbraham Park (Broadway and Perry Street). West Cape May Beginning at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This event celebrates the farming and the lowly legume delighting locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts and products available. Plan to stop by early so you don’t miss a trick (or the great entertainment!) The event moves to 10/8/17 in case of rain. Call 609-884-1005 ext. 115 for information. www.Westcapemay.us

Avalon Seafood Festival: 10/6-7/18. 30th St. and the Beach. Begins at 10 a.m. Taste delectable treats from the sea at the Chamber’s Annual Seafood Festival. Featuring fresh seafood vendors, chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

Festival of Fine Craft at Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center in Millville: 10/6-7/18. 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This award winning show features traditional and contemporary work from over 130 juried artists from across the country. Jewelry, studio glass, clay, metal, wearables fibre, leather, photography, watercolor, mixed medium, wood and more. Outdoor crafts demonstrations. Entertainment. Hands-on family activities. Beer and Wine Garden. Glass Pumpkin Patch. Specialty foods. 800-998-4552, 856-825-6800. www.wheatonarts.org

Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend: 10/6-8/18. Seafood vendors at the Music Pier at 825 boardwalk. Beginning at 10 a.m. 800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show in Cape May: 10/7/18. 1048 Washington St. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Crafters and collectibles dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Fabulous 50s & Beyond Weekend: 10/12-13/18. Friday night features a Nifty ‘50s Dance Party at the Wildwoods Convention Center at 4501 Boardwalk from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 plus tax per person. A FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park (Across the Street from the Convention Center) in Wildwood on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour, and live entertainment. Saturday night features a star-studded concert in the Wildwoods Convention Center at 7 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) featuring Frankie Avalon, The Duprees, Danny & The Juniors, and The Ladies of Shake, Rattle ‘n Roll. Tickets are $54.00 per person for stadium seating (including tax & facility fee) and $71.50 per person (including tax & facility fee) for floor seating, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000, or at the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce (3306 Pacific Avenue). For more information, call 609.729.4000. www.Wildwoods.com

Halloween Happenings in Victorian Cape May: 10/12-31/18. Varied venues and times. Three weekends of specially-themed tours and events including Walks With the Ghostwriter, Scarecrow Alley, Midnight at the Physick Estate, Historic Haunts Combination Tours, Phantoms of the Physick Estate and much more to help you get into the “spirit” of the season. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Second Saturday Wine Tasting at Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 10/13/18. 501 N. High St. Every 2nd Saturday of the month, the Village on High holds a wine tasting and food pairings. Cost is $15 per person. Live music and shopping. Call for reservations: 609-254-3021. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Cape May Harvest Festival Crafts and Collectibles Show: 10/13/18. Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave. Crafters & antiques dealers display and sell their wares. 609-884-5404. 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

North Wildwood Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament: 10/13/18. Registration at the Anglesea Fire house, 201 New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood. Begins at 5 a.m. ASAC sanctioned tournament will run from 7 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Individual tournament (not ASAC sanctioned) starts at 5 a.m. Entry fee $50 per 6 man team and $10 per individual. 856-228-2642. www.njbba.org

Third Friday at the Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 10/19/18 High Street in the District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. Levoy Theatre – www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Sea Isle City Halloween Parade & Dance Party: 10/19/18. Landis Ave 45th to 40th. Landis Avenue - From 45th to 40th Street. 7pm. The parade features a wide variety of eye-catching costumes, floats, musical entertainment and mascots. Dance Party Immediately following parade at Excursion Park. 609-263-0050. www.seaislecitynj.us

NJ Audubon Cape May Fall Festival: 10/19-21/18. Varied venues and times. Join birding’s best at world famous Cape May NJ for three days of field trips, boat trips, workshops, live hawk banding and hawk demonstrations, and programs focusing on fall’s famous raptor migration. Our keynote speakers will be Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson, who will be introducing an extraordinary new photographic celebration of raptors. Geared for the beginner to the seasoned naturalist. Includes a live raptor show at Cape May Convention Hall at 714 Beach Ave., which will be brimming with artisans, crafters, tour and optic companies. Convention Hall is free. Registration required for all other activities. www.njaudubon.org

Octoberfest: 10/20/18. 11am - 3pm . Featuring hay rides on the beach, pumpkin painting, pie baking contest, farmers market, live German music , crafter's and games for the children. www.seaislechamber.com

Pumpkin Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village: 10/20/18. Historic Cold Spring Village. 720 US 9, Cape May. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 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. 609-898-2300. www.hcsv.org

Cape May County Park & Zoo, AAZK Night Walk – Adults only: 10/20/18. 707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. 6:30p.m. - 8:30pm. A relaxing evening planned for ages 18 and older will offer a quiet tour of the zoo after hours. See what the animals do after everyone leaves for the day, while leaning all about them and how the zookeepers care for them. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the tour! Tickets for this event are required. Tickets are $16. www.cmczoo.com

Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey Weekend: 10/20-21/18. Varied venues. Lighthouses, museums and life-saving stations host a “Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey.” The public is invited (and challenged) to visit all participating lighthouses over the weekend and help raise funds for continued lighthouse preservation. Begin the Challenge at any of the participating lighthouses, and purchase a tri-fold souvenir pamphlet ($1) to be stamped at each lighthouse as proof of visit. Hours for each participating lighthouse can be found on the lighthouse and museum websites, and: www.lighthousechallengenj.org, www.njlhs.org

Cape May Halloween Parade: 10/21/18. Perry and Washington Streets. Registration 1:30pm. Begins at 3pm. 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Ocean City Halloween Parade: 10/25/18. Asbury Ave., from 6th - 11th streets. Begins at 7:15pm. 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us

The Flowers of Legend: A Night of Chinese Huangmei Opera, Qipao Dance & Fashion Show: 10/27/18. Held in the WheatonArts Event Center, this dynamic performance features the XiaoFang Huangmei Arts Academy and is designed to present a combination of Chinese singing styles, dances, and instrumental music. The program includes Huangmei Opera episodes and singing dialogues, a traditional costume show, an interactive Qipao dance performance, and traditional instrumental music, including a solo on Erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) of the famous “Tears of the River.” Attendees are invited to participate in the dance and costume show. Visit wheatonarts.org for early discount tickets! 856-825-6800. Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center 1501 Glasstown Road, Millville, NJ 08332. www.wheatonarts.org

Boo at the Zoo: 10/27/18. Cape May County Park & Zoo. 707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House. 10am - 2pm. 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. FREE! 609-465-5271. www.cmczoo.com

Stone Harbor Harvest Festival: 10/27/18. 96th St. Shopping District. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fall activities and family fun. Hayrides, pumpkin decorating, trick or treating in our shops and more. www.stoneharborbeach.com

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