Grab a bib! There will be plenty of crab cracking, oyster shucking and soup slurping at these seafood celebrations.
Sept 8-10: Indulge in finger licking good grub at this three-day event that combines fresh fish, live music and craft vendors at Bradley Park.
Fri, 5-10 PM; Sat, 11 AM-10 PM; Sun, 11 AM-6 PM; $3.
Sept 9-10: Cooking demos, tastings from local chefs, wine seminars, a crab-cake-eating competition and a chowder cook off serve up under-the-sea fun at this pet-friendly festival on the Boardwalk.
$10 admission, $4-$11 entrees.
Sept 16: Since 1975, this end of summer gathering has been a tradition in Pt. Pleasant Beach. Restaurants and vendors prepare crab cakes, shrimp skewers, paella and bisques. Look forward to hundreds of craft vendors and live music.
Downtown on both Arnold and Bay Avenues.
Sept 16: Crab along the Delaware Bay during the crabbing tournament, participate in the Crab-venger hunt and chow down at the crab dinner. Other activities include crab races, a Chinese auction, historic tours, nature walks and live music.
6 am–6 pm; tournament, $12-$20; hunt, free (registration required); dinner; $10-$20.
Sept 24: Inspired by the Galway Oyster Festival in Ireland, this celebration offers cold brews, lobster rolls, mini Reubens, live music, vendors and children’s activities.
White Street Parking Lot, Red Bank
Noon-7 pm; $5
Sept 30-Oct 1: Bargain hunt at the Merchant Mart on Saturday. Restaurants compete for best New England, Manhattan and seafood chowders on Sunday during the Cook Off Classic.
Taylor Avenue Field, Long Beach Island
Sat, 10 am-5 pm; free; Sun, 11 am-4 pm; $10-$100
Oct 7-8: Taste delectable treats from the sea at this annual event featuring a chowder contest, vendors and live music.
30th Street and the beach
Sat & Sun, 10 am-5 pm
Oct 14: Show off your kilt in Middlesex County. Enjoy Irish step dance and bagpipe performances, Celtic and seafood fare, and craft vendors.
Raritan Bay Waterfront Park
10 am-5 pm; Free