Keep the Energy Going at the Jersey Shore with These Fall Happenings

Though Labor Day has come and gone, coastal celebrations carry on. These six events will make for the perfect send-off to summer.

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Photo courtesy of The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

Fall Wildwood Big Classic Car Show

Sept 24–26: Start your engines and cruise on down to the Wildwoods. On Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood, the Wildwood Big Show will feature many of the classic cars often seen lining the boardwalk. They’ll be on display from 9 am–3:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Wildwoods Convention Center will host the Big Show Ocean Invitational, a hand-picked selection of high-end specialty cars, as well as the Big Show Car Corral, which features a variety of cars for sale by private owners. The Big Show Ocean Invitational and Big Show Car Corral will be open on Friday from noon–9 pm, Saturday from 9 am–9 pm and Sunday from 10 am–1 pm. Free.

‘Boots at the Beach’ Country Music Festival

Sept 17–19: The annual festival returns to the North Wildwood Entertainment District along Olde New Jersey Avenue Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19. This year’s event will feature three full days of country music, vendors, crafts, food and more. Free.

The Downbeach Seafood Festival

Sept 18–19: Ventnor’s Ski Beach will be turned into a seafood lover’s dream as approximately 25 to 30 restaurants and purveyors serve up their favorite seafaring dishes. Also, to honor National Hunger Action Month, the festival will support the Community Food Bank of New Jersey through its widely popular Chowder Cook-Off. A $10 donation is all it takes to sample some of the best chowder in the county, and all proceeds benefit the food bank. Additional programming includes fun activities for kids, live music, a crab cake–eating competition and more. 11 am–7 pm. $10; children 12 and under, free.

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Parachute Pyrotechnic Show

Sept 18: A highly trained parachute team will put on a dazzling pyrotechnic display above Ocean City’s beach and boardwalk. They’ll land on the 7th Street Beach, and the performance will be viewable along the entire boardwalk. 8–9 pm. Free.

Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow

Sept 19: Ocean City will host another thrilling event the following day. This airshow will feature some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world, as well as exciting military demonstrations. For best viewing, stay between Sixth and 14th Street. 1 pm. Free.

Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show and Swap Seaside

Sept 25: One half motorcycle show, one half swap meet, Cheap Thrills will be taking over Seaside Heights for a weekend of high-octane fun. Besides bikes and shopping, attendees can also look forward to minibike races, food trucks and a pool party on Saturday night. 10 am–7 pm.

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