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

Oktoberfest: 10/1/16: Cape May. Celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition in Cape May with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Garden. Browse the artisans tables, selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. FREE! 609-884-5508. www.capemaychamber.com

Harborfest: 10/1/16: Sea Isle City. 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. 609-263-3611. www.seaislechamber.com

John R. Elliott HERO Walk:
10/2/18. A 5k walk to promote the mission of John R. Elliott HERO campaign for Designated Drivers, to raise funds for our important educational and awareness programs and a time to remember those who have been affected by a drunk driver. Registration 9:00am, Ceremony 10:30am at Carey Stadium, off 6th & boardwalk. Walk begins at 11:00am. For more information call 609-626-3880.

Victorian Weekend: 10/7 - 10th 2016. This is the best time of year to visit Victorian Cape May and celebrate the unique heritage of America’s first seashore resort. Enjoy a weekend of exciting and entertaining activities from history to murder mysteries, plus historic house tours, food and wine events and much, much more. www.capemaymac.org

Colonial House Museum: October 7 - 10/16, open during Victorian Weekend or by appointment. 653½ Washington Street, Cape May. The Greater Cape May Historical Society is the Steward of the Memucan Hughes Colonial House, a museum open to the public free of charge. The house, c.1730 has a restored tavern room, common room and Gallery Exhibit Room on first floor. FREE! www.capemayhistory.org

Sea Isle City Columbus Day Parade: 10/8/16. 2pm. J.A. LaRosa Way to 63rd & Landis Ave. The parade will feature Sea Isle's "Italian Royal Family," floats, beauty queens, mascots and many other participants. FREE! 609-263-6341. www.kixmcnutleys.com

Sea Isle CIty Italian Festival: 10/8/16. Kix McNutley's 63rd & Landis Ave. 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. 609-263-6341. www.kixmcnutleys.com

Woodbine Columbus Day Weekend Car Show: 10/8/16. Show Cars, Muscle cars, Race Cars, Military vehicles, & Anything Unique, Pre - 1988 Welcome. Food Vendors, craft vendors, tools & auto related vendors, collectables. Trophies awarded in over 10 different Categories. Dash Plaques to the first 250 entries. No alcoholic beverages. (Rain Date Sunday October 9, 2016) Route 550 & Washington Ave in Woodbine Car show will be held along the 3 mile Bike path. www.wccnj.org

Ocean City Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular: 10/8/16. 5th – 14th Streets on Asbury Ave, Ocean City. 9am–5pm. Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, family night entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks beginning at 9:30pm. FREE! 800-BEACH-NJ. www.ocnj.us

Ocean City Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Tables Sales: 10/8 - 10/10/16. 6th – 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave. Merchants will be having great sales throughout the boardwalk and downtown OC area! www.ocnj.us

Cape May Wine Festival: 10/8 - 10/9/16. The Cape May Wine Festival moves to a new location, bringing hundreds of local wines to our most unique, original location yet- the Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum at the historic Hanger #1 in the Cape May Airport! Lower your landing gear with us during Cape May’s Victorian Weekend with Cape May airport airplanes on display surrounding the festival grounds! We will welcome gourmet food trucks and regional musical acts to this incredible setting that is sure to be the most interesting festival grounds yet! www.usnasw.org

Avalon Chamber Seafood Festival: 10/8 - 10/9/16. 30th street & Beach, Avalon, NJ. Taste delectable treats from the sea at the Chamber's Annual Seafood Festival. Featuring fresh seafood vendors, chowder contest, live music, vendors and more. FREE! 609-967-3936. www.visitavalonnj.com

Seafood & Music Festival: The Wildwoods. A FREE street fair from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Atlantic Avenue between Wildwood and Schellenger Avenues in Wildwood. The festival will feature 2 stages of live music, crafters, food vendors, games, a pie eating contest and much more! A “Kids Korner” with activities including pumpkin painting, face painting and bounce houses will take place from noon - 5 p.m. 609-729-4000 or www.Wildwoods.com

Cold Spring Spirits: A Channeling Dinner with Craig McManus: October 8. A fall buffet dinner at 7pm including a selection of beer and wine. After dinner, Craig will walk around the room and channel for the group. He cannot channel for every person and does not promise to get to every table, but will try to read as many energies coming through as he can in the two hours. Tickets are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance. Please call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 for more info and to purchase tickets. www.hcsv.org

North Wildwood Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament: 10/15 - 10/16/2016. 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. 856-981-3787. www.njbba.org

Ocean City Indian Summer Weekend: 10/8 - 10/10/16. Music Pier, Ocean City, NJ. Seafood vendors and boardwalk table sales! www.ocnj.us

West Cape May Lima Bean Festival: 10/8/16. West Cape May Lima Bean Festival: Wilbraham Park (Broadway and Perry Street). West Cape May celebrates her farming heritage with the Annual Lima Bean Festival in Wilbraham Park! The lowly legume takes center stage beginning at 9:00AM and delights locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts and products available. The fun continues till 5:00PM, but plan to stop by early so you don’t miss a trick (or the great entertainment!) The event moves to 10/13/13 in case of rain. Call 609-884-1005 ext. 115 for information. www.Westcapemay.us

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Tables Sales: 10/8 - 10/10/16. 6th through 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Ave. Merchants will be having great sales throughout the boardwalk and downtown Ocean City! www.ocnj.us

Victorian Weekend Crafts & Antiques Show: 10/9/16, 10am – 4pm. Crafters and antiques dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Free parking. For more info call 609-884-5404. www.capemaymac.org

Lessons of History Distinguished Lecture Series: “Our Nation’s Security: How Intelligence History Affects the Future.”: 10/9/16, 4pm. Just as World War II established the United States as a Global Power, U.S. Intelligence programs and operations during the Cold War gave the U.S. a hegemonic advantage. www.capemaymac.org

Cape May Halloween Happenings: 10/14/16 - 10/31/16 Boo! And we're not kidding! Cape May is one of the most haunted places in America and if you get a thrill from things that go bump in the night, this is the place for you. From the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to a bevy of B&B inns, hotels and guest houses, all with resident spirits, you'll find plenty to get your heart pumping. So you'd expect Halloween to be really spooky here, right? That's when we show other our "other side," so be sure to visit and see us at our scariest! “Happenings” include Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tours, Halloween Tour of the Judson Bennett House, Harvest Festival Crafts & Antiques Show, Madame Parmentier’s Psychic Tea, Midnight at the Physick Estate, Murder Mystery Dinners & Luncheons, Phantoms of the Physick Estate, Tales of Terror Trolley Ride, Trick or Treat at the Physick Estate, Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate, and A Walk with the Ghost Writer. www.capemaymac.org

Wildwoods Fabulous '50s and Beyond Weekend: 10/16 - 10/17/15. Wildwoods Convention Center. Friday night features a Dance Party at the Wildwoods Convention Center with David Christopher's Nifty '50s Band from 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. A FREE street fair will take place at Fox Park in Wildwood on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. featuring classic cars, food and craft vendors, a Doo Wop Bus Tour, live entertainment and more! Saturday night concert in the Wildwoods Convention Center featuring Bowzer's Rock 'n Roll Party with Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon, the Legendary Teenageers, The Vogues, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, Bowzer & The Stingrays. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.50 per person. Tickets and updates available through the Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce at 609-729-4000 or www.gwcoc.com. Tickets will also be available through www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Cape May Harvest Festival Crafts & Antiques Show: 10/9/16. 10am - 4pm. Crafters and antiques dealers from throughout the region display and sell their wares on the lawn of the Emlen Physick Estate. Free parking. 

Ghost Hunter Weekend: 10/14 10/15/16. Elaine's is a well documented Haunted House built in the 1880's. Come spend a weekend searching for spirits with help from the pros! Enjoy a two night stay at Elaine's Victorian Inn (you will love our delicious complimentary breakfast!). On Friday evening there will be a Welcome Reception with champagne and dessert. You will enjoy a private reading from our psychic Laurie Hull who has been investigating haunted locations for decades. Your weekend also includes dinner and a show at Elaine's Famous Dinner Theater and a Walking Ghost Tour around Cape May. On Saturday evening, you will explore Elaine's in search of spirits, using professional ghost detecting tools! www.elainesdinnertheater.com

The AppleFest: 10am-4pm at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead, 26 Tyler Road, Greenfield. Crafters will be demonstrating old-time traditions with a modern twist. The blacksmith will make decorative items; as will the decoy carvers. At the smoke house, meat is prepared for today’s tastes. An alpaca farmer will show how the fleece goes from animal to wool and a spinner will demonstrate how the wool becomes yarn. Rag-rug making and bee keeping also will be shown. Live music, apple and autumn inspired food to eat or take home, and the old farm house to tour. Many apple products will be available for purchase, including caramel apples, fresh New Jersey apples, an apple bake shoppe, apple cider, fall produce, cider, grilled hot dogs, sauerkraut, baked beans, chips, and… fresh apple cobbler! There will be children’s games, face painting, horseshoe pitching for children & adults, and live music featuring the ‘Piney Hollow Drifters.’ Also, a special appearance by Johnny Appleseed! Don’t miss the apple pie baking contest, sponsored by the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. Divisions are Junior, ages 15 and under, and Senior, ages 16 and up. Judging begins at 2:00 p.m. Have pies to the judging stand 1 hour prior and please use a non-returnable pie pan. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded. For more information, call 609-390-5656, visit www.uppertwphistory.org

Lighthouse Challenge of New Jersey: 10/15 - 10/16/16. 8am - 6pm. Rain or shine. All lighthouses in New Jersey. Take the challenge and visit all 11 New Jersey lighthouses, the museum that displays the Fresnel Lens from the Barnegat Light, and two Cape May County Lifesaving Stations. Many of the lighthouses are only open on these dates each year. This is a great family event. The event is free, but some lighthouses charge to climb. Kids 11 & under climb free when accompanied by an adult. FREE! 609-884-5404. www.lighthousechallengenj.org

Annual Cape May Halloween Parade: 10/23/16, Washington Street Mall. 3pm. Cape May’s annual Halloween Parade is scheduled for October 23, 2016.  Parade registration is free and begins at 1:30 p.m. on the corner of Perry Street and the Washington Street Mall.  Divisions are as follows: 3 and under, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-17, 18 and older, Groups and Floats.  Prizes will be awarded to all divisions at the conclusion of the parade at the Emlen Physick Estate. Prior to the parade, trick or treating on the Washington Street Mall will be held from Noon to 2 p.m. 609-884-9565.

Sea Isle City Halloween Parade & Dance Party: 10/21/16. 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

Middle Township Old Tyme Harvest Festival: 10/22/16. 10am – 5pm. Mechanic Street. Rain Date 10/25, 10am-5pm. 609-465-8743.

Boo at the Zoo: 10/22/16. Cape May County Park & Zoo. 10am - 2pm. Guests are invited to wear Halloween costumes while participating in activities including crafts, games, information stations, animal enrichment programs, and a children’s scavenger hunt. FREE! 609-465-5271. www.cmczoo.com

Stone Harbor Harvest Festival: 10/22/16, 11am - 5pm. One of the premier family-friendly Fall & Halloween events of the year. Downtown businesses open their heavily-decorated Halloween doors to dish out treats to costumed trick-or-treaters. Little ghouls and boys can enter the Costume Contest and show off their Halloween spirit! Hayrides along the beach start at 96th Street and 2nd Avenue and are a spooktacular great time! www.stoneharborbeach.com

Cape May County Park & Zoo, AAZK Night Walk – Adults only: 10/21/16. 6:30 - 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. and will go on sale two weeks before the event at www.Eventbrite.com. For more information check out the AAZK face book page www.facebook.com/CMCZAAZK

Cape May Fall Festival: 10/21 - 23/16. Exclusive walks, trolley trips, a Trip to the Rips on Sunday afternoon and an overnight pelagic trip departing Sunday night and returning Monday afternoon. In addition, this three-day festival will showcase our migration monitoring work: the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, Monarch Monitoring Project and Morning Flight Songbird Count. 609-427-3006. www.birdcapemay.org

Cape May County Park & Zoo, Snow Leopard Day: 10/23/16. 11am - 2pm. Special Snow Leopard related programs, activities and Zookeeper Talks are planned throughout the day. Get up to the minute details on the AAZK facebook site. www.facebook.com/CMCZAAZK

Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run: 10/22/16. The Wildwoods Boardwalk Pumpkin Run is a ghoulishly fun and exciting family event for all ages Halloween Weekend. This festive boardwalk event offers a 5K run along with a 1 mile family walk, starting at 10 am - rain or shine. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes to vie for the prizes in the best dressed categories of Family, Youth, Infant, and Best All Around. 609-849-8887. www.BoardwalkPumpkinRun.com

Ocean City Halloween Parade:
10/27/16. 7:15pm on Asbury Ave., from 6th - 11th streets. 399-6111. www.ocnj.us

Trunk-or-Treat for Halloween:
10/30/16. The Wildwood Crest Recreation Department will host the annual Halloween Eve Trunk-or-Treat family event at 6:30 p.m. The event consists of parents/adults bringing their Halloween-decorated vehicles to the Wildwood Crest Pier parking lot at Heather Road and Ocean Avenue, where they will distribute candy from the trunks of their vehicles to children outfitted for Halloween. The event includes other Halloween related activities, a DJ, refreshments and prizes awarded to the best decorated vehicles. Trunk-or-Treat is a free event, but vehicles must be pre-registered. Registration forms are available at the Crest Pier Recreation Center. (609) 523-0202 or www.VisitWildwoodCrest.com

North Wildwood Trunk or Treat:
10/31/16. A family fun event! 5 p.m. vehicle check-in; 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. block party event along Olde NJ Avenue between 2nd & Walnut Avenues. Families are encouraged to bring their vehicles decorated for Halloween. Children will come in costume and visit each car where families will provide treats from the trunks of their cars. There will be no judging of the children's costumes, but prizes will be awarded to the vehicles with the best decorations. Registration is free and forms are available at 900 Central Avenue in North Wildwood. Parking for visitors will be available in the municipal lot at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues. 609.522.2955 or www.NorthWildwood.com