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Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Wildwood September Events: Events calendar here. www.wildwoodsnj.com

Sunset Beach Evening Flag Ceremony:
Sunset Beach, 502 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May Point. Nightly at sunset through September 30th. The Evening Flag Ceremony is a 40 year Tradition at Sunset Beach When visiting the Cape May area, be sure to leave at least one night open to join Sunset Beach for their evening flag ceremony held daily in season (May to Memorial Weekend, when the Flag Ceremony starts). All of the flags that fly are veterans’ casket flags that families bring with them from their loved one’s funeral. Watch the sun set over the Delaware Bay while taps plays and Old Glory is lowered for the evening. This emotionally moving tradition helps define what it means to be an American. 800-757-6468. www.sunsetbeachnj.com/Flag-Ceremony

NJ Firemen’s Convention & Parade: 9/13-15/18. Convention held at the Wildwood Convention Center at 4501 Boardwalk. 856-433-0386. www.njsfa.com www.wildwoodsnj.com

Third Friday at the Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 9/14/18 High Street in the District. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. High Street 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

‘Boots at the Beach’ Country Music Festival: 9/14-16/18. Festival will be held at the North Wildwood Entertainment District, along Olde New Jersey Avenue, featuring country music, vendors, crafts and food from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Admission to the festival is FREE! Friday night’s “Bar Hoodang” will feature country bands and DJ’s in all bars in the North Wildwood Entertainment District. On Saturday, Olde New Jersey Avenue comes alive with sights and sounds of a country fair with vendors lining the street selling clothing, wares and all things country! For more details, call 609.770.8839 or visit www.BootsAtTheBeach.com

Morey’s Piers Annual Beach Jam Fall Fest: 9/14-16/18. On the Beach between Schellenger and Spencer Aves. Ultimate camping experience for scouts on the beach Entrance fee for participants. 609-522-3900 ext., 1195. www.MoreysPiers.com

Cape May Food & Wine Celebration: 9/14-23/18. Varied venues and times. Indulge in good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events during the 21st Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). Tickle your taste buds while sampling the best of the best and find out why the New York Times has dubbed Cape May “the restaurant capital of New Jersey.” Visitors can enjoy winery tours and tastings and delicious dining experiences. Most festival events cannot accommodate children. For more information or to order tickets, call the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & humanities (MAC) at 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or order online at www.capemaymac.org

Cape May’s Harvest Brew Fest: 9/15/18. Physick Estate located at 1048 Washington St. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Taste craft beers and celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Southern New Jersey during this all day event at the Physick Estate featuring local food, local produce, local beer, local wine, and local talent, plus crafts & collectibles and kids activities. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Sea Isle City Family Festival: 9/15/18. JFK and Promenade, 9am-4pm. The festival includes a seaside craft market with 400 vendors, food court, live music, amusement rides and children’s activities. 609-263-8687. www.visitsicnj.com

Nuns’ Beach Surf Contest: Avalon: 9/15/18. 111th St. Beach. Begins at 7 a.m. The Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary order hosts the annual contest, with proceeds going to the maintenance of the 150-bedroom beachfront retreat. The competition is an invitational and is open to all levels. Commemorative T-shirts as and other items are available at Pete Smith’s Surf Shop on 96th Street in Stone Harbor and at the convent. For information call 609-368-5290. www.visitavalonnj.com

Civil War Weekend: 9/15-16/18. Historic Cold Spring Village. 720 US 9, Cape May. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Visitors can tour Union and Confederate camps and meet authentically clad and equipped military and civilian reenactors who will discuss the everyday lives of Civil War soldiers and the roles civilians played in. 609-898-2300. www.hcsv.org

Ocean City Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow: 9/16/18. Ocean City. 1:00pm, 6th – 14th Streets. Thrill to some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world plus military demonstrations. 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us

Irish Fall Festival: 9/20-23/18. Olde New Jersey Avenue and surrounding pubs, North Wildwood. 8 am – 8pm. The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors –daily. Bus service available throughout the event dates. Other festivities include a golf tournament, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, food court stage and beer garden, Catholic Mass. The events conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood. 1-800-IRISH91, 609-729-0075. www.CMCAOH.com

Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Show: 9/21-23/18. Varied venues. Thursday registration from noon to 10 p.m. and a meet & greet in Fox Park at 6 p.m. Cars will be displayed on the Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday & Saturday only from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday features an award ceremony inside the Wildwoods Convention Center from 9-11:30 a.m. where prizes will be awarded to the Top 40 cars as well as Best in Show. FREE admission for spectators! 609-522-3644. www.Wildwoodsnj.com

Sea Isle City Irish festival Weekend: 9/21 – 23/18. LaCosta Lounge, JFK Blvd & Landis Avenue. This yearly Celtic celebration will feature live Irish music and dancing, and Irish vendor market, great food and countless festival goers “wearing the green”. 609-263-3611. www.lacosta-seaisle.com

Sunset Lake Seafarers Celebration: 9/22/18. Massive bayfront street festival at Sunset Lake from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., followed by live music at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks show at 9 p.m. at Centennial Park. Festival includes live music, craft vendors, food, family entertainment, children’s activities and much more. FREE admission. Handicapped accessible. 609-523-0202 or www.wildwoodcrest.org

Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival: 9/22/18. Located on 96th Street in the shopping district. Noon to 8 p.m. The 5th annual Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival will showcase the best food, wine, microbrews, art, music and culture the area has to offer. Oyster and clam shucking, carnival games, zoo animals and art activities for kids, a grape stomping competition and a café with fire pits for the evening live entertainment. 609-368-6101. www.stoneharborbeach.com

Fall Migration Festival at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor: 9/22/18. Located at 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd. Sitting in the heart of the Atlantic Flyway, thousands of birds make their way across the Cape May Peninsula every fall. The Wetlands Institute will have guided viewing of migratory birds from the Institute and on Seven Mile Island, and much more! 609-368-1211. www.wetlandsinstitute.org

Wildwood Olde Time Festival: 9/28-29/18. Fox Park at 4500 Ocean Ave. Fri.: begins at 5 p.m. and Sat.: begins at Noon. An Old World family festival weekend including crafts, games, rides, great Italian food and continuous FREE live entertainment. 609-374-0016. www.Wildwoods.com

Mid-Atlantic Police and Fire Survivors Weekend: 9/28-30/18. Events are held at 2nd & Surf Avenues and at Lou Booth Amphitheater in North Wildwood. Varied times. The Mid-Atlantic Police & Fire Survivor weekend is pleased to join with the Cape May County Police and Fire Emerald Society to welcome the survivor groups of the Mid-Atlantic region to North Wildwood in support of the survivors of those police and fire personnel who have lost their lives in the service of others. Festivities include a ceremonial wreath arrival, family night dinner party, pool side cookout, motorcycle thrill show by the Philadelphia Police Dept. Motorcycle Drill Team, public safety expo, candlelight vigil, morning prayer service, and more. 609-522-2030, ext. 1503 www.midatlanticsurvivors.org

Monster Truck Beach Nationals in Wildwood: 9/28 – 30/18. On the Beach between Lincoln and Spencer Aves. Fri.: 7p.m., Sat.: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun.: 1 p.m. Gates open 1 hour before start of race. Friday night features qualifying races beginning at 7 p.m. {not a full show.} Saturday features two races at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday features title races and tough truck races starting at 1 p.m. Food and merchandise vendors as well as monster truck rides on the beach will also be available. The fun and exciting truck lineup will feature Big Foot, Avenger, Brutus, Heavy Hitter, Basher, Saigon Shaker, Jester and Megasaurus! {Monster truck lineup is subject to change.} For ticket info call 609-522-3644. www.Wildwoodsnj.com

Sea Isle City Harborfest: 9/29/18. Marina Park from 11am-4pm. This bay-side festival celebrates Sea Isle’s fishing and nautical history. Festival-goers will enjoy delicious seafood, live music, nautical display, crafts and specialty vendors. 609-263-9090. www.seaislechamber.com

Chowderfest: 9/29/18. 11am - 4pm. Featuring live music, games for the children, food, clam eating contest and our local restaurants will compete in a chowder contest.. www.seaislechamber.com

Oktoberfest: 9/29/18: Cape May. Located on Carpenter Lane between Decatur and Jackson. Continues on Jackson St. to Beach Ave. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition in Cape May. Visit the Beer Gardens and Food Courts. Browse the artisans tables, selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. FREE! 609-884-5508. www.capemaychamber.com

OCNJ Half Marathon & 5K: 9/30/18. Various venues through Ocean City. Rae starts at 8:30 a.m. 5k & 10 mile Non-Competitive Walk/Run – Registration begins February 1, 2017. Half Marathon $50 pre-registration until July 31st, Aug. 1-Sept. 20 $60, Sept. 21-23 $70. NO RACE DAY registration for the half marathon. For more information call 609-399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/race-events or www.ocnj.us

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