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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

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

Rich Reinhart Junior Clamshell Pitching Tournament: 9/1/17. 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 For more information please call 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Airfest: 9/1-4/17. Naval Air Station Wildwood located at 500 Forrestal Rd., Cape May County Airport, Rio Grande. Fri.: 1p.m. - 4 p.m., Sat.: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sun.: 10 a.m. -7 p.m. and Mon.: Noon - 4 p.m. 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. www.collingsfoundation.org

West Cape May Tomato Festival: 9/2/17. 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! Come on out and share in the spirit of community! Rain date September 3rd. www.westcapemaytoday.com

Summer Send-Off Craft Show: 9/2-3/2017. Promenade, Cape May 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information please call 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Hands on History: 9/2-3/2017. Historic Cold Spring Village. Historic Cold Spring Village. 720 US 9, Cape May. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 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! 609-898-2300. www.hcsv.org

Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival: 9/3/17: 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: 9/3/17: Registration at Avalon Community Center at 30th St. in Avalon. Race Begins at 8:30 AM, followed by the 5K Run and 5K Walk at 8:35 AM. 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. Map of race on website. www.timkerrcharities.org

OCNJ Labor Day Race: 9/4-5/17. 23rd St. Beach. Begins at 9 a.m. with 5 mile run and 1 mile run/walk begins immediately afterward. 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us

Roar to the Shore: 9/7-10/17. 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

Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show: 9/7-10/17. Held at the Frank S. Farley State Marina and The Deck at Golden Nugget Casino. Thurs. and Fri. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This show is the region’s largest in-water show and your chance to climb aboard the hottest new models. www.acinwaterboatshow.com

Cape May County Park & Zoo, AAZK Night Walk: 9/8 & 9/23/17. Cape May County Park & Zoo. Join us for a tour of the zoo after hours. Bring a flashlight! Tickets required. For information, contact 609-463-4135. www.cmczoo.com

Ocean City Classic Car and Street Rod Weekend: 9/8-9/17. Fri. – Cars will be displayed on the Tabernacle grounds at 550 Wesley Ave. from 1 pm – 6 pm before proceeding to 13th & Asbury Ave. for our first ever Sock Hop Block Party and Street Rod Display. Food specials from Johnny B Good and Boyars. Cars are displayed there until 8:00pm. Sat. Sept. 9th cars will be displayed at the Tabernacle grounds from 8 am – Noon and then will proceed to the boardwalk to be displayed from 6th – 14th St. on the boardwalk from Noon – 4pm. There will be an awards ceremony on Saturday at 3:00pm in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. 609-399 6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

Sea Isle City Fall Food Truck Festival: 9/8-10/17. Kix McNutley’s located 63rd Street & Landis Avenue. Fri.: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sat.: Noon - 9 pm; Sun.: Noon - 5pm. 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. 609-318-4504. www.seaislecityfood.com

Second Saturday Wine Tasting at Glasstown Arts District in Millville: 9/9/17. 501 N. High St. 6p.m.-8p.m. 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

Good Old Days Festival: 9/9/17. John F. Kennedy Park, Somers Point. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Festival featuring a variety of music, antique cars, children’s activities, community group participation, a beer garden and lots of great food. www.Spgoodolddays.com

Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade on Atlantic City Boardwalk: 9/9/17. Parade will step off at 5 p.m. from New Jersey Ave. on Boardwalk and travel towards Boardwalk Hall. Parade begins at 5 p.m. Miss America contestants take to the Atlantic City Boardwalk, escorted by floats, marching bands and dignitaries in this annual must-see event. www.doatlanticcity.com

Plein Air in Atlantic County Parks: 9/9/17. Atlantic County Parks System. 8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Calling all artists of any skill level or experience to participate in the first Plein Air event. Participants will be able to sketch and paint outdoors at any one of the county parks that include Gaskill and Lake Lenape Parks in Mays Landing, the park at Estell Manor, Weymouth Furnace, Oscar E. McClinton Waterfront Park in Atlantic City, Leeds Point Nature Area in Galloway, the 7.5 mile county bikeway and more. All participants must register the day of the event at the Estell Manor Park Nature Center, 109 Route 50, Estell Manor. All work must be submitted by 6:30 PM that evening at the Nature Center. There is a $20 fee to participate. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date has been scheduled for Saturday, September 16. Friends of the Parks, Inc., a non-profit citizens group established in 1985 to help promote the parks, and Atlantic Cape Community College, will hold an exhibit of submitted works September 21 through October 28 at the college’s art gallery on its Mays Landing campus. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three selections at an opening Plein Air Exhibit reception on Thursday, September 21, 6-8 PM, in the Atlantic Cape Art Gallery. For more information, please visit or Atlantic County Friends of the Parks on Facebook or www.aclink.org/parks

Revolutionary War Encampment: 9/9-10/17 Historic Cold Spring Village. 720 US 9, Cape May. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Authentically-clad and equipped reenactors bring the American Revolution to life! This event will feature encampments, weaponry and demonstrations from living history groups, including Continentals, Loyalists and Hessians. Visitors can experience an artillery demonstration both days. Skirmishes throughout the day! 609-898-2300. www.hcsv.org

Atlantic City Seafood Festival: 9/9-10/2017. Located outside in the location of Showboat Casino at 801 Boardwalk. This annual event celebrates all things seafood, with food vendors serving all types of seafood cooked on the spot, cooking demonstrations, music and more for the whole family to enjoy. 609-385-0716. www.acseafoodfest.com

Morey’s Piers ‘Gone to the Dogs’: 9/10/2017. Wildwood. Located at the rear of Morey’s Mariner’s Pier at Schellenger Ave. and the Boardwalk. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (check in starts at 4:45 p.m.). Your pooch can paddle in the pools of Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers “Gone to the Dogs!” 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, www.MoreysPiers.com

Miss America Pageant at Historic Boardwalk Hall: 9/10/17. Located at Boardwalk Hall at 2301 Boardwalk. Pageant takes place from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The annual crowning of Miss America tops off a week of preliminary competitions and special events, and is broadcast live nationally on ABC. www.missamerica.org

NJ Firemen’s Convention & Parade: 9/14-16/17. 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: 9/15/17 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

Eagle Theatre in Hammonton presents “Shape of Things”: 9/15/17 to 10/15/17. 208 Vine St., Hammonton. How far would you go for love? For art? What would you be willing to change? What price might you pay? Such are the painful questions explored by celebrated playwright Neil LaBute in THE SHAPE OF THINGS. A drama that peels back the skin of modern-day relationships to their very core. 609-704-5012. www.eagletheatre.org/the-shape-of-things/

‘Boots at the Beach’ Country Music Festival: 9/15-16/17. 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: 9/15-17/17. 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: 9/15-24/17. 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: 9/16/17. 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: 9/16/17. 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: 9/16/17. 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: 9/16-17/17. 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: 9/17/17. 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

Cape May County Park & Zoo, NEW International Red Panda Day: 9/17/17. Special Red Panda related programs, activities and zookeeper talks are planned. For information, contact 609-465-5271 or visit www.cmczoo.com

Atlantic City’s IRONMAN 70.3: 9/17/17. Varied venues. Begins at Sunrise. The Atlantic City event serves as a qualifier for the Ironman Competition, one of the world’s most challenging endurance races. www.ironman.com

Wildwood Boardwalk Classic Car Show: 9/21-24/17. 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

Third Thursday in the Downtown Hammonton Art District: 9/21/17. “Savor the Season: Harvest the Bounty. Experience the sights, sounds tastes and aromas of autumn in your favorite downtown. Savor the season through food, wine, art, shopping and more. 609-567-9014. www.downtownhammonton.com

Irish Fall Festival: 9/21-24/17. 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

Sea Isle City Irish festival Weekend: 9/22 – 24/17. 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: 9/23/17. 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.visitwildwoodcrest.com

Stone Harbor Savor September Food, Wine and Beer Festival: 9/23/17. 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: 9/23/17. 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

1940s Big Band Dance & Concert at the Naval Air Station Wildwood: 9/23/17. 500 Forrestal Rd., Cape May Airport, Rio Grande. 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Swing out with your sweetheart and take a journey back with a night of music, dancing, food and fun at Hangar #1! 609-886-8787. www.usnasw.org

South Jersey Wine & Food Festival: 9/23-24/17: Mays Landing. Lake Lenape Park East at 753 Park Rd. Noon to 5 p.m. Meet some of South Jersey’s best wine makers and culinary personalities and sample their delicious creations! With the picturesque lake and the historic light house as the backdrop, this Fall festival allows attendees to dine on a vast array of local culinary and sample approximately 20 Garden State wines, grown right in our own backyard! In addition to the wine and food, attendees will be able to immerse themselves in live music, culinary demonstrations, as well as shop local craft and novelty vendors. The new site layout will create pop-up entertainment areas with diverse musical selections, creating a site plan more conducive to conversation and relaxation in the winery and vendor areas. In addition to the music, the Festival will has added an adult game zone featuring Corn Hole, Yardzee, Giant Wine Pong, Connect 4, Life-sized Jenga, Lawn Chess & Checkers, Dominoes, Foosball and Ping Pong. Attendees can also purchase bottles of wine onsite. www.sjwinefestival.com

OCNJ Half Marathon & 5K: 9/24/17. 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

Wildwood Olde Time Festival: 9/28-29/17. 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.SonsOfItalyWildwood.org

Mid-Atlantic Police and Fire Survivors Weekend: 9/29/17-10/1/17. 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: 9/29/17 – 10/1/17. 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: 9/30/17. 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

Oktoberfest: 9/30/17: Cape May. Located on Carpenter Lane between Decatur and Jackson. Continues on Jackson St. to Beach Ave. 10 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

Italian Festival at the Towne of Historic Smithville: 9/30/17. 1 N New York Rd., Smithville. Enjoy live music and entertainment, fine New Jersey Wine tasting, great food and deserts, artisan vendors. Fun for the children with face painting, Sand Man, Air Rides. See Italian Classic Cars. Bocce Ball will be played at the Village Green, next to the Gazebo. The Towne of Historic Smithville and the Village Greene. 60+ unique shoppes, boutiques, restaurants, taverns, amusements, festivals and event. Home of the legendary and historic Smithville Inn, satisfying hungry travelers since 1787. 609-748-8999. www.historicsmithvillenj.com
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