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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:
Nightly at sunset through September 30th. Sunset Beach, 502 Sunset Boulevard, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. The Evening Flag Ceremony is a 40 year Tradition at Sunset BeachWhen 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. 609-884-7079. www.sunsetbeachnj.com/Flag-Ceremony

Fire Pit Fridays at Willow Creek Winery: 160-168 Stevens Street, West Cape May 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Join us every Friday night year round for delicious wines, sensational sangria and tasty tapas. The Fire Pit will be lit outside and we'll have LIVE local entertainment too! Great way to end that work week and begin your weekend! Reservations are STRONGLY Suggested! Please call for more information and reservations 609-770-8782. www.willowcreekwinerycapemay.com

Cape May Family Birding Cruises: Daily from 9/1-30/16. 10am - 12pm. Trips depart from Miss Chris Marina. $28 adults, $15 children ages 7-12, children 6 & under are free. 609-898-3500. www.birdingbyboat.com

John Walter Cape Community Band Concert: 9/5/16. Cape May's Sunset Beach, 5:45pm. Enjoy a free flag lowering ceremony and outdoor evening concert at Cape May's Sunset Beach with the John Walter concert band. Get your toes tapping and your hands clapping as the community concert band for Cape May County plays an exciting mix of marches, pop, rock, and swing music that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Bring your own chairs or blankets to spread out along beach at the end of Sunset Blvd as the sun sets over the Delaware Bay. www.johnwalterband.org

Tidal Marsh Tour by Kayak: daily 9/1-5/16 at 9:30am and 1pm. Close encounters with nesting Osprey, herons, egrets and beautiful salt marsh flora and fauna via kayak. No experience necessary. Departs from the Nature Center of Cape May. 609-898-8848. www.njaudubon.org

20th Annual Airfest: 9/2/16 - 9/5/16. Naval Air Station Wildwood. Featuring WWII aircraft: B-24 Liberator, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell, P-51Mustang and other “Fly-in” aircraft. Vendors, exhibitors, music, food, and much more. For flight reservations call 800-568-8924 or visit www.collingsfoundation.org

Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament: 9/2/16. Windsor Beach, Cape May 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. As summer draws to a close, mark your calendars for a fun Cape May tradition-the Rich Reinhart Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament. The longest-running contest of its kind in the region, the Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament is set for Friday, September 2nd on Windsor Beach (across from Congress Hall) in Cape May. For more information please call 609-884-9563.

West Cape May Tomato Festival: 9/3/16. Wilbraham Park, Perry Street, West Cape May 9 am – 5 pm. The Tomato Festival in Wilbraham Park celebrates the Jersey Fresh Tomato and the end of the summer season!  Proceeds from this quirky event benefit the WCM Shade Tree Commission in their endeavor to protect and improve the tree canopy of WCM. Come on out and share in the spirit of community! Rain date September 4th. www.westcapemaytoday.com

Hands on History: 9/4/16: 9/3-4/2016 Historic Cold Spring Village. Try your hand at crafts and trades from the 1800s! Blacksmithing, basketweaving, woodworking and more. Step inside the Village’s 26 restored, historic buildings and interact with historical interpreters to learn and create-the way our ancestors did! Children can get their 'Pastport' stamped for each hands-on activity they complete, and redeem it for a free treat in the Country Store!. www.hcsv.org

Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival: 9/4/16: End the summer season at Fox Park (Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues) in Wildwood from 11 a.m.-11pm. A fun family festival including crafts, games, rides, great food, and continuous FREE live entertainment. www.Wildwoodsnj.com

7 Mile Island Run: 9/4/16: Through the cooperation of the Borough of Avalon, Tim Kerr Charities, Inc. and the Avalon Lions Club, this year’s event promises to be one of the preeminent fund-raising events that will obtain significant media exposure and attract a field of elite competitors from throughout the United States. Following the 7-Mile and 5K runs will be an Awards Ceremony for the overall and various age division winners. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. www.timkerrcharities.org

New Ghost Investigations: 9/5. Historic Cold Spring Village. paranormal research events will begin at 7:30pm in the Welcome Center with an introduction to ghost-hunting etiquette and equipment, and an overview of the history of paranormal activity at the Village. Guests will then be escorted in groups to several sites throughout the Village where researchers will allow guests to assist with the research using digital photography and sound recording equipment. Advance registration only, $40 per person. www.hcsv.org

OCNJ Labor Day Race: 9/5/16. 5 mile run and 1 mile run/walk, for more information call 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us/race-events

Roar to the Shore: 9/8-11/16 This one of a kind motorcycle rally, held in Wildwood, NJ, will cover every square inch of town. What makes Roar to the Shore a crowd favorite, besides the fact that it's free? It's centralized location. Wildwood, New Jersey is located 150 miles or less from most major east coast cities; including, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington D.C. - there's no need to trailer your bikes to this rally. Once you're here, just sit back, relax and enjoy the festivities. Take advantage of the scenic back road rides Cape May County has to offer. Check out our high quality vendors, located throughout the five separate lots, catch one of the stunt shows or participate in one of our numerous special events. Come and see for yourself how local government officials, law enforcement, restaurant and bar owners, sponsors and rally attendees all work together to make Roar to the Shore one of the largest FREE motorcycle rallies on the east coast! 609-729-8870. www.roartotheshoreonline.com

North Wildwood Surf Fishing Tournament: 9/9 - 9/11/16. 3rd and JFK Boulevard. Friday & Saturday 7am-5pm; Sunday 7am-11am. www.northwildwood.com

Sea Isle City Fall Food Truck Festival: 9/9/16 – 9/11/16. Kix McNutley's 63rd Street & Landis Avenue. The Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival will feature roughly a dozen food trucks from across the Northeast featuring different styles of cuisines from award winning food trucks.  There will also be crafters, family entertainment, live music, great drinks and more. Friday & Saturday: Noon to 8pm; Sunday: Noon to 5pm. 609-318-4504 or www.seaislecityfood.com

Revolutionary War Encampment: 9/10 - 11/16 Historic Cold Spring Village. Try your hand at trades from the 1800s! Blacksmithing, basket weaving, woodworking & more! www.hcsv.org

Cape May Food & Wine Celebration: 9/10-18/16. Indulge in good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events during the 19th 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 atwww.capemaymac.org

Street Rod Weekend: 9/10/16. Features classic cars on display at the Sports & Civic Center, 6th St. off the Boardwalk and on the Boardwalk, Sat., 12noon – 4pm. For more information call 609-399-6111. Free. www.ocnj.us

Cape May County Park & Zoo, New AAZK Night Walk: 9/10 & 9/23/16. Cape May County Park & Zoo. Join us for a tour of the zoo after hours. Bring a flashlight! Tickets required. For pricing and more info visit www.facebook.com/CMCZAAZK

Morey's Piers 'Gone to the Dogs': 9/11/2016. Wildwood. Your pooch can paddle in the pools of Raging Waters Water Park at Morey's Piers "Gone to the Dogs!" Man's best friend can enjoy an evening swim from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (check in starts at 4:45 p.m.) located at the rear of Morey's Mariner's Pier at Schellenger Ave. and the Boardwalk. A variety of activities are scheduled including a doggy swimsuit competition starting at 6:15 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the Wrecker's Beach Grille. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 609.522.3900 or visit www.MoreysPiers.com

Cape May Stage presents DISGRACED: 9/14 through 10/14/2016 Disgraced by Ayad Akhtar won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013 and jolts an audience into cries of pained shock as this work is a bold exploration of grace, culture, and what it means to be Muslim in post 9-11 America. Associated Press says “Add a liberal flow of alcohol and a couple of major secrets suddenly revealed, and you’ve got yourself one dangerous dinner party”. Quite funny dialogue that covers a lot of ground in 80 minutes. www.capemaystage.org

NJ Firemen’s Convention & Parade: 9/15 - 9/17/16. Convention held at the Wildwood Convention Center. 609-433-0386. www.wildwoodsnj.com

Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival: 9/16/15. End the summer season at Fox Park (Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues) in Wildwood from noon-11p.m. A fun family festival including crafts, games, rides, great food and continuous FREE live entertainment and a special appearance by Chubby Checker. 609-522-2444 or www.wildwoodnj.org

7 Mile Island Run: 9/16/15. Through the cooperation of the Borough of Avalon, Tim Kerr Charities, Inc. and the Avalon Lions Club, this year’s event promises to be one of the preeminent fund-raising events that will obtain significant media exposure and attract a field of elite competitors from throughout the United States. Following the 7-Mile and 5K runs will be an Awards Ceremony for the overall and various age division winners. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children. www.timkerrcharities.org

'Boots at the Beach' Country Music Festival: 9/16/16 - 9/17/16. 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: 9/16/16 - 18/16. Ultimate camping experience for scouts on the beach Entrance fee for participants. 609.522.3900 or www.MoreysPiers.com

Civil War Weekend: 9/17/16-9/18/16. Historic Cold Spring Village. The Blue and the Gray invade Cape May at one of the Village's longest-running and most popular events! Union and Confederate troops camp throughout the Village, providing demonstrations on field hospitals, mounted cavalry, weaponry and more. www.hcsv.org

Harvest Brew Fest: 9/17/16. 10am-6pm on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May. What better way to spend a beautiful early fall day! An all-day festival featuring local musicians and regional brews, plus a farmer's market, food, crafts and collectibles show, and other family activities. You may also purchase tickets at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street, where tour begins, or at the Physick Estate at 1048 Washington St. at the Carriage House or the Hill House Office. For information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May County Park & Zoo, NEW International Red Panda Day: 9/17/16. 10am - 3pm. Specia Red Panda related programs, activities and zookeeper talks are planned. For more info visit www.facebook.com/CMCZAAZK

Sea Isle City Family Festival: 9/17/16. 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.seaislechamber.com

Nuns’ Beach Surf Contest: Avalon: 9/17/16. 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

Baby Boomers Rock ‘N Roll Revival Fundraiser with Jerry Blavet: 9/17/16. Sea Isle City, LaCosta Lounge. 609-263-9090. www.lacosta-seaisle.com

Ocean City Board-Walk To Defeat ALS: 9/17/16. 6th St. practice field, off 6th & boardwalk. Registration begins 9:00am, walk begins at 10:00am at This 2 mile walk on the boardwalk raises funds to support patient services and research into finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease. 215-643-5434. www.alsphiladelphia.org

Fall Migration Festival: 9/17 - 9/18/16 The Wetlands Institute. 9:30-4:30pm. Two-Day Ticket Price: Non-Member:$15 Adult, $10 Child. Member:$13 Adult, $8 Child. One-Day Ticket Price: Non-Member:$10 Adult, $8 Child, $30 Family Pack of 4. Member:$8 Adult, $6 Child, $25 Family Pack of 4. Family pack of 4 valid for 2 adults and 2 children. Sitting in the heart of the migration flyway, thousands of bird species make their way across the Cape May Peninsula every fall. In an effort to spread the word about this incredible time of year, The Wetlands Institute will be hosting a Fall Migration Festival. Live animals presentations, naturalist-led walks on Seven Mile Island, guided viewing from the tower and trail, kayak tours, migration themed crafts, games and activities, Terrapin releases and more! www.wetlandsinstitute.org

Ocean City Corvette Show: 9/18/16. On the boardwalk in Ocean City, over 350 cars exhibited. One of the largest shows of its kind in the East. Models from every year Corvettes were manufactured comprise this colorful show. Displayed on the boardwalk, 11:30am – 4pm. 609-457-0081. www.ocnj.us

Sunset Lake Seafarers Celebration: 9/19/14 – 9/20/14. Sunset Lake along New Jersey Avenue between Rambler and Miami Roads, Wildwood Crest. 9 am-6 pm. Dozens of crafters and food vendors, family entertainment, live music, children's activities and much more overlooking beautiful Sunset Lake. Centennial Park 7 pm-9:30 pm. Live music and family entertainment. Beachfront fireworks show at 9 pm. FREE. 609-523-0202 or www.visitwildwoodcrest.com

Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Auction: 9/22/16 – 9/24/16. Annual car auction of 'muscle' and classic cars will take place in the Wildwoods Convention Center. Vendors will have memorabilia, collectibles, parts and accessories. Thursday: Preview from 5 p.m., Friday auction 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Saturday auction: 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (times subject to change) FREE admission for spectators! 609.616.2271 or www.WildwoodClassicCarAuction.com

Irish Fall Festival: 9/22 – 9/25/16. The largest Irish Festival on the East Coast celebrating Irish heritage with dancing, music, food and craft vendors along Olde New Jersey Avenue and surrounding pubs in North Wildwood. Vendors: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Live Irish Entertainment on multiple stages Fri & Sat: Noon to 9 p.m. Bus service available throughout the event dates. Other festivities include a golf tournament, concert, Irish dance lessons, 5K run and 1 mile walk, pipe exhibition, and Catholic mass. The events conclude with a parade on Surf Avenue from 20th to Spruce and Olde New Jersey Avenues, North Wildwood. 800.IRISH.91 or 609.729.0075, or visit www.CMCAOH.com

Sea Isle City Irish festival Weekend: 9/23 – 9/25/16. 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

Ocean City Airport Festival: 9/24/16. Annual festival at the Municipal Airport, 26th & Bay Ave. 10am – 3pm. Features include a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. Meet the performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show, 1:00pm, 6th – 14th Streets. For more information call 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us

Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival: 9/24/16. 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. The event takes place from Noon to 8 p.m. on 96th Street in the shopping district. www.stoneharborbeach.com

Walk for the Wounded: 9/24/16. 8:30am registration in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and boardwalk. Anyone raising $50 or more will receive a long sleeve t-shirt. A three mile walk on the boardwalk to raise money for wounded soildiers returning from overseas. A ceremony honoring our military will be held just prior to walk kickoff. All money raised benefits Operation First Response. www.walkforthewounded.org

1940s Big Band Dance & Concert: 9/24/16. NASW Aviation Museum, Cape May Airport. 7-10 PM, $40 ($35 for museum members) and includes dinner catered by Shore Side Catering. 1940s style dress encouraged! Dance lessons will be provided by professional dance instructor Tom Cupp. Featuring14 piece Walt Wagner & the Serenaders Swing Orchestra, wooden dance floor, raffles and prizes for best dressed. 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

Cape May Dragon Boat Festival: 9/24/16. 9am-5pm. From the moment you pick up a paddle, you’ll love Dragon Boat Racing! Join us at our 3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival located at the Cape May Harbor. Experience the thrill, the adrenaline, the teamwork, and the sheer fun of being connected on a level comparable to nothing else. The Cape May Dragon Boat Festival is a great way to have fun and to raise money for your favorite charity. Saturday's race is a 200 meter straight course (just for fun), and Sunday is a 500 meter course (sanctioned race for club teams). No equipment is necessary, everything is provided. Just bring your team.The festival will also have demonstrations, entertainment, food, shopping, and a beer garden. Plan to stay for a while, as Cape May is full of excellent accommodations, restaurants, shopping and attractions. Remember to tell your friends and family to come out to cheer you on! 609-884-5508. www.capemaydragonboat.com

Michael Fisher 5K Run/Walk: 9/25/16. LaCosta Lounge, JFK Blvd & Landis Avenue. A walk/run to raise money for research and treatment or Congenital heart defects. 609-861-3848. www.michaelfisherfoundation.org

Fall Migration at Cape May: 9/25 - 9/27/15. New Jersey Audubon invites you to Cape May to enjoy an assortment of field trips, programs and workshops, evening programs, back bay boat excursions, hawk banding demos, and the new Cape May Convention hall filled with exhibitors and a live raptor show, and more at the Cape May Autumn Birding Festival! Something for everyone, from the novice to the seasoned naturalist. Friendly and easy-paced field trips to Cape May's birding hot-spots led by North America's finest naturalists. Festival bird checklist can tally close to 200 species. Cape May Bird Observatory: 609-861-0700 ext. 33. www.birdcapemay.org

Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow: 9/25/16. Ocean City. 1:00pm, 6th – 14th Streets. Thrill to some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world plus military demonstrations. For more information call 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us

OCNJ Half Marathon & 5K: 9/25/16. Half Marathon $50 Pre-registration until August 31. $60 Sept. 1-20, $70 Sept 21-23, 2016 until 4pm. 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

Mid-Atlantic Police and Fire Survivors Weekend: 9/30/14-10/2/16. 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. Events are held at 2nd & Surf Avenues and at Lou Booth Amphitheater in North Wildwood. 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 x1503 or visit www.midatlanticsurvivors.org
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