Not ready to say goodbye to summer just yet? Spend the final days of the season at a concert on the beach or sampling wine under the stars. Head to the Jersey Shore for a last hoorah before those hot and sunny beach days give way to crisp, cool sweater weather.
When: August 20, noon. (Rain date August 21)
Before they hit the ice in September, the New Jersey Devils are headed to the shore. Join some Devils alumni–Bryce Salvador, Bruce Driver and Ken Daneyko–for a party on the beach at Jenkinson’s Beach & Boardwalk. Radio stations WDHA (105.5 FM) and WRAT (95.9 FM) will supply the music for this day filled with activities, contests and games. Tag your beach photos with #NJDBeachBash.
When: August 20, noon-9pm
Location: Wildwoods Convention Center – 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood
With over 50 beauty, fitness and fashion vendors, U.G.L.Y’s first expo in Wildwood will teach attendees about building confidence and loving themselves and others. Attend group classes and fitness demos, collect samples and giveaways and attend a glo-course–an empowerment panel lead by industry professionals. There will also be live music and performances. Part of the proceeds will benefit the U.G.L.Y (u gotta love yourself) foundation.
When: August 20, 10am- 5pm
Location: Sunset Park, Harvey Cedars
Enter your crab in the Blue Claw Crab Race or rent one at the event to compete for a prize. After the race, shop at vendor tables where crafters will display handmade goods. Prepare for the Anything Floats Race at 4pm–contestants will build floatable devices to race a short course in the bay.
When: August 21-26
Location: participating restaurants
Price: $30 per person plus tax and gratuity
Bring your appetite and get a taste at any of Wildwood’s 28 restaurants. Whether you crave Mexican, Italian, seafood or something in between, you can visit an old favorite or try something new. All participating restaurants will offer a complete four-course meal including an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert. Eateries include Uries Waterfront Restaurant, Past Pesto Italian Grill, and Bandanas Mexican Grille. Just look for the participation sign in restaurant windows.
When: August 26, 8pm-10pm; August 27, 7pm-10pm
Location: Golden Nugget Casino, Hotel & Marina, Huron & Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City
Price: $49 for Saturday admission, $85-$125 for Sunday admission
Sip and sample vintages from around the world at this weekend wine celebration. Winefest kicks off on Saturday with a wine and jazz reception at night on the lawn. Mingle with winemakers and ambassadors while tasting wine from over 65 wineries. Still haven’t gotten your fill of vino? The Grand Tasting takes place on Sunday featuring over 100 wines from Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and the US. Cheers!
When: August 26, 3pm-9pm; August 27, 10am-9pm; August 28 10am-5pm
Location: Boardwalk in front of Wildwoods Convention Center
Guests can browse sets of sports cards, autographed memorabilia, posters, toys, coins, comics, jerseys, videos and more on over 125 tables of collectables. On Saturday, autograph guests include former Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Harold Carmichael and former WWE professional wrestler Nikolai Volkoff.
When: August 27, noon
Location: The Anchor’s Bend & Grand Arcade at Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Slip on you favorite Hawaiian shirt and listen to some gnarly tunes at Asbury Park’s Surf Music Festival. Live local musicians include the Black Flamingos of Asbury Park, Blue Wave Theory of Cherry Hill and Bongo Surf of Jersey City. Classic cars will be on display and local vendors will serve food and tiki drinks.
When: August 27, noon to 9:45 pm
Location: The Great Lawn (on the Boardwalk) at Cooper Avenue, Long Branch
Jam out to six soulful and bluesy bands, shop at craft exhibits and gaze at the fireworks show–right on the beachfront. Performances include Jersey girl Jan Findlay and Trudy Lynn, Houston’s “First Lady of the Blues.” Presented by Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, the festival promises to be fun for the whole family complete with kid’s activities. Don’t forget your lawn chair.
When: August 27, 8:30am-11:30am
Location: Glenn By The Bay Park, Galloway
Price: Free to watch, $65-$100 for participants
Get pumped for this wild inflatable obstacle course run. The course includes “Jump Around,” the largest inflatable of its kind with more than 80 feet of bouncing; and “Vertigo,” an inflatable six story tall tower that participants slide down and land on an inflatable pad. Beyond the obstacles, there will be a hub where participants can enjoy inflatable games, food, beverages and merchandise.
When: August 28, 8pm-11pm
Location: Beach Creek Oyster Bar & Grille, 500 W. Hand Avenue, Wildwood
Sway and sing along to the music of Mac McAnally, CMA Musician of the Year for eight consecutive years. Releasing albums since he was 20 years old, McNally is a member of the Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer band. Audience members will listen to songs from McNally’s most recent album AKA Nobody along with some old favorites.