10 Memorial Day Weekend Events at the Shore

Fun awaits at these food, craft and music festivals!

Courtesy of Sky Festivals

Wildwoods International Kite Festival

May 24-27 Colorful kites soar over the Rio Grande Avenue beach. Special events include an illuminated kite fly, sport-kite demonstrations, and an indoor kite competition in the Wildwoods Convention Center.

Kickoff to Summer

May 24 Rock out in Seaside Heights with Taylor Dayne, known for her 1987 debut single “Tell it To My Heart,” when she performs at 6 pm. Before the concert, WJRZ fm 100.1 broadcasts from the boardwalk in front of Spicy Cantina beginning at 2 pm.

Beach Ball Drop 

May 24 All weekend long, the Atlantic City boardwalk will buzz with contests, games, giveaways and music. Don’t miss the main event: the 6th annual Beach Ball Drop. On Friday at 5 pm in front of Resorts Casino, more than 5,000 colorful beach balls pour out of giant nets over the boardwalk.

Bonfire on the Beach 

May 24 Join this summer-long tradition in Asbury Park. Bonfires on the Beach are held weekly on Fridays at 7 pm in May and June, Wednesdays at 8 pm in July and August, and Fridays at 7 pm in September. Each week the bonfire will change locations. The May 24 location is The Anchor’s Bend.

Memorial Beach Challenge 

May 25 Head to Ocean City for a day of competition and camaraderie. The Beach Challenge is an obstacle course on the sand featuring Navy SEAL-approved obstacles for participants of all ages. All proceeds benefit the 31 Heroes Project—an organization that creates programs for service members, veterans and their families. The event concludes with a memorial service.
Ocean City Music Pier. 

Bradley Beach Memorial Day Fest

May 25-27 Tunes from six bands and deejays fill the air, 180 craft vendors set up shop, 25 food vendors sell fare and kids have fun with sand art and water slides.
11 am-8 pm; Saturday’s parade begins at 10 am.
Ocean Avenue. 

Bacon Lovers Festival

May 25-27  Spend the weekend chowing down at various food trucks, perusing the bacon-related goods at vendor tables and sipping wine and craft beer. Kids and adults alike will have a blast playing cornhole, Kan Jam, lawn Jenga and Connect Four. On Sunday, the festival sizzles with fun during a bacon-eating contest and best bacon dish contest.
Sat, 2-10 pm; Sun, noon-10 pm; Mon, noon-6 pm.
Byrne Plaza, Wildwood.

Cape May Music Festival

May 26-June 14 The 30th annual celebration features an a cappella group, symphony orchestras, chamber singers, a brass band, a tribute to Cape May pianist George Mesterhazy and a champagne jazz brunch.
Times, prices and locations vary.

Stone Harbor Turtle Trot 2019 

May 26 Come out of your shell and join the 20th annual event. The name of the race is inspired by the Diamondback Terrapins that cross Stone Harbor roads in search of a nesting area. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Terrapin Conservation Project at The Wetlands Institute.
8-10 am; $17.50-$30.
95th Street Beach.

Viking Village Arts & Craft Show

May 26 With more than 70 vendors selling fine arts, photography, ceramics, clothing and accessories, you’re sure to find wares you love.
10 am-4:30 pm; free admission. Rain or shine.
Barnegat Light.


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