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Free Weekly Summer Events

In summer, each town hosts its own free weekly events for residents and visitors. These events are family-friendly and help you spend time together without breaking the bank. Here, we’ve listed the events by day for each town.

Monday

Avalon

Monday Funday
Mondays through August 26, 10:00 am
Avalon Free Public Library or Avalon History Center

This weekly interactive kids’ event includes crafts, activities, and performances for kids.

Surfside Live
Mondays, July 1 – August 26, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Surfside Park, 30th Street and the Beach

Enjoy an interactive live performance every Monday night, featuring favorite characters, face painting, DJ, and more. For character appearance dates, click here.  

Cape May

Family Fun Days at the Lighthouse
Mondays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm (through August 21)
Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park

The 1859 Cape May Lighthouse becomes a beacon of fun. Enjoy kid-friendly activities, performers, entertainment and unique crafts vendors at the base of the lighthouse. Plenty of free parking.

Ocean City

Beach Exercise (July and August)
Mondays, 8:00am – 9:00 am6th Street Beach
Bring a towel & a friend; hosted by the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Sea Isle City

Free Family Movies Under the Stars (July 1-August 26)
Monday nights at dusk
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue

Bring your beach chairs and blankets and enjoy a family-friendly movie by the sea. For movie listing, click here.

Stone Harbor

Stone Harbor Family Night (June 26 – August 27)
Monday nights, 7:00 – 7:45 pm
Stone Harbor Firehouse

Fun entertainment for families including magic shows, puppet theater, animal adventures, story time and more. Magic shows, puppet theatre, storytelling, animal adventures, and more! This event is open to public and free for all.

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza
Monday – Friday through August 30, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood

Enjoy fitness classes each day of the week at Byrne Plaza.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Boot Camp Circuit Training
Tuesday and Thursday – Yoga

Wildwood Crest Sunset Celebrations (July, August)
Monday nights at 7:30 pm in July and August
Sunset Lake, New Jersey Avenue between Atlantic & Miami Avenues in Wildwood Crest

Free entertainment along beautiful Sunset Lake while you watch a stunning sunset.

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Magic Show at the Flow House (July 1 – August 26)
Every Monday night from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone WaterparkBoardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

Come have a family dinner and enjoy a free magic show fun for all ages! Includes parlor or stage magic, comedy, mentalism, card magic, and illusions. Children, teens, and adults may take part in the show as volunteers.

Tuesday

Avalon

Story Time
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am (Year-round)
Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd Street

Join us for stories, songs and crafts for children of all ages.

Teen Tuesdays
Tuesdays, 11:00 am (July 2-Aug. 27)
Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd Street

Events for teens are held every Tuesday ranging from reading and arts to technology and Escape Room activities.

Avalon Beach Movies (June 25 – August 27)
Every Tuesday at dusk
30th Street Beach
Click here for movie listings. In the event of inclement weather, movie will be held on Wednesday night.

Cape May

Cape May Farmers Market
Every Tuesday, 3:00 pm – 7:30 pm
West Cape May Municipal Complex at the Backyard Park

Find fresh produce and so much more at this weekly farmer’s market

Free Family Magic Show
Every Tuesday Evening at 7:00 pm (July 2 – August 27)
Cape May Convention Hall – 7pmCome

Enjoy Some Free Fun for Children and Adults of All Ages!

Ocean City

Beach Walks
Tuesdays, 9:00 am (July and August)
South End Location: 59th Street and Central Avenue (Entrance to Corsons Park)

Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adults $1.00 Children $.50.

Funtastic Tuesdays
Every Tuesday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (July 1 – August 26)
Asbury Avenue

Each Tuesday, visitors will find entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors, pony rides and much more.

Fun Runs (Short and Kid Distances)
Every Tuesday at 6:00pm (July and August)
Carey Field, 6th & Atlantic Avenues

All ages are welcome to participate in short and kid distance runs.

Mummer’s Night
Every Tuesday evening, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (July 7 – August 25)
Boardwalk, 6th – 14th Streets

Mummers strut on the boardwalk every Tuesday night.

Sea Isle City

Sea Isle Farmer’s Market
Every Tuesday, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (June 18-August 27)
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue
Features a variety of fresh produce, local artisan crafts and gourmet foods.

Guided Beachcombing
Tuesdays at 10:00 am – 11:00 am (June 25-August 2)
29th Street Beach and Promenade

Learn all about our beaches and the creatures that dwell in and around them from beachcombing guides, and then explore the beach for your own treasures. $1 cost includes a free beachcombing bucket.

Free Family Dance Party
Tuesday nights, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (July 2-August 27, except August 6)
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue

A DJ spins popular tunes to allow families and friends to dance and have fun.

Stone Harbor

Tuesdays at the Tower Concert Series
Every Tuesday night, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (July 9 – August 27)
95th Street Water Tower Plaza

Features live bands and a Beer and Wine Garden, sponsored by the Stone Harbor Chamber of Commerce. This is a free event and is open to the public

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza
Monday – Friday through August 30, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood

Enjoy fitness classes each day of the week at Byrne Plaza.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Boot Camp Circuit Training
Tuesday and Thursday – Yoga

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Tuesday Night Free Movies in the Plaza
Every Tuesday night at dusk through August 27
Byrne Plaza, Oak and Pacific Avenue, Wildwood

Bring a blanket or beach chair. (Rain date is scheduled for Wednesdays.) For movie listings, click here.

Trivia Night at Flow House
Every Tuesday night from 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm through August 27, 2019
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone WaterparkBoardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

Enjoy a nice meal with friends and/or family and participate in a free trivia challenge with the possibility of winning free passes to the park, discounts for Flow House and more.

Wednesday

Avalon

LEGO Club
Wednesdays, 10:00 am (June 26-Aug. 28)
Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd Street

The Library supplies the Legos, but you provide the imagination. Get creative with a team or work on our own. All ages are welcome.

Dune and Beach Walk
Wednesdays 9:30 am – 10:30 am
48th Street and Dune Drive

Meet at 45th Street and Dune Drive in Avalon for an interpretive walk with a naturalist along the maritime forest and dune trails as you learn about the animals and plants that thrive in this environment. Presented by the Wetlands Institute of Stone Harbor.

Ocean City

Beach Exercise
Wednesdays 8:00am – 9:00 am (July and August)
6th Street Beach

Bring a towel & a friend; hosted by the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center

Farmer’s Market
Wednesdays 8:00 am – 1:00 pm (June 26 – September 4)
Ocean City Tabernacle Grounds

Find fresh produce and much more, including crafters at 6th & Asbury Avenue.

Wacky Wednesdays
Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am (June 26 – August 28)
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Weekly event includes offer “wacky, but not tacky” fun events and contests for the entire family.

Beach Walks
Wednesdays 6:30pm
59th Street and Central Avenue (Entrance to Corsons Park)

Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adults $1.00 Children $.50.

Sea Isle City

Acoustic Open Mic Night for Ages 14-20
Wednesday nights at 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm (July 10-August 21)
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue

This night not only offers entertainers an opportunity to perform for cheering fans, it also allows teens and young adults to gather for a night of fun including XBox video game truck and cornhole tournaments.

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza
Monday – Friday through August 30, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood

Enjoy fitness classes every day of the week at Byrne Plaza.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Boot Camp Circuit Training
Tuesday and Thursday – Yoga

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Kids Karaoke at the Flow House
Every Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm through August
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone WaterparkBoardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

Come enjoy a lovely family dinner and watch your kids become stars (or join in yourself!)

Thursday

Avalon

Story Time (Year-round)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am 
Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd Street

Join us for stories, songs and crafts for children of all ages.

Thursdays on Dune
Thursdays, 5:30 – 7:00 pm activities, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. concert (June 27-Aug. 29, except July 4)
Veterans Plaza, 21st Street and Dune Drive

Featuring children’s activities from 5:30 – 7:00 pm including face painting, balloon art, character appearances, crafts, giveaways and more, followed by a live band from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Cape May

Free Movies on the Beach
Every Thursday night at 8:00 pm (July 11 – August 29)
Stockton Beach next to Convention Hall

Live Music & Children’s Activities begin at 8:00 pm and the featured movie begins at 8:30 pm. For movie listings, click here.

Ocean City

Market Days
Thursdays 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (July 11 – August 30)
Asbury Avenue

Each Thursday, visitors will find entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors, pony rides and much more.

Fun Runs (Long Distances)
Every Thursday evening, 6:00 pm (July and August)
Carey Field, 6th & Atlantic Avenues

All ages are welcome to participate in fun long-distance runs. (No run scheduled on 4th of July).

Family Nights
Every Thursday night 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (July and August)
Boardwalk between 6th-14th Streets

Enjoy free entertainment on the boardwalk.

Sea Isle City

Guided Beachcombing
Thursdays 10:00 am – 11:00 am (June 27-August 29)
94th Street Beach Registration is at Townsends Inlet Waterfront Park Pavilion)

Learn all about our beaches and the creatures that dwell in and around them from beachcombing guides, and then explore the beach for your own treasures. $1 cost includes a free beachcombing bucket.

Free Concerts Under the Stars
Thursdays 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (July 11-August 29)
Excursion Park, JFK Blvd. & Pleasure Avenue

Enjoy cover bands performing your favorite genres of music, from R&B, Motown, Pop, Rock and others. For band performance schedule, click here.

Stone Harbor

Thursdays on the Lawn
Every Thursday evening 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (July 11 – August 15)
Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, 9425 Third Avenue

Bring your beach chair and enjoy a live band on the lawn. Refreshments and cookies provided. For band performance schedule, click here.

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza
Monday – Friday through August 30, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood

Enjoy fitness clasess eveyr weekday in Byrne Plaza
Monday, Wednesday and Friday – Boot Camp Circuit Training
Tuesday and Thursday – Yoga

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Downtown Wildwood Music in the Plaza
Every Thursday evening, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm through August 29
Byrne Plaza on Pacific Avenue (between Oak & Cedar Aves) in Wildwood.
FREE admission and parking. Free music for all – bring a blanket or beach chair.

Balloon Artist at the Flow House
Every Thursday night, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm through August
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone Waterpark Boardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

A balloon artist will entertain your family as you dine on a delicious meal. Your children can get their favorite character/animal made by a talented balloon artist, free of charge.

Friday

Avalon

Kids Friday Fundays
Every Friday morning 10:00 am – 12:00 noon (July 12-Aug. 16)
Avalon Community Hall, 3001 Avalon Avenue

Kids can enjoy two hours of fun events which change each week.

Video Games at the Library
Friday mornings 11 am – 12:00 noon (June 28 – August 23 except August 16)
Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd Street

Play Nintendo Switch on a big screen, plus enjoy other games such as Nintendo DS and tabletop games. All ages welcome.

Surfside Jam
Every Friday night from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm (June 28-Aug. 23)
Surfside Park, 30th Street Beach

Kick off the weekend with the best in family fun with a live DJ Dance Party, games for all age kids, prizes and face painting.

Ocean City

Beach Exercise
Every Friday Morning from 8:00am – 9:00 am (July and August)
6th Street Beach

Bring a towel & a friend; hosted by the Ocean City Aquatic & Fitness Center

Sea Isle City

Free Classic Movies Under the Stars
Every Friday night at Dusk (July 5 – August 30)
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue

Bring your beach chairs and blankets and go back in time with a classic movie by the sea. For movie listing, click here.

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood 5 Fabulous Days of Fitness in the Plaza
Monday – Friday through August 30, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue in Downtown Wildwood

Enjoy fitness classes every weekday in Byrne PlazaMonday, Wednesday and Friday – Boot Camp Circuit TrainingTuesday and Thursday – Yoga

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Friday Night Fireworks on the Beach
Every Friday night at 10:00 pm through August 30
Pine Avenue Beach in Wildwood

The fireworks are visible from almost anywhere on the Wildwoods Boardwalk, and a musical score will be played all along the Boardwalk. Rain/wind date is Sunday night at 10:00 pm.

Face Painting at the Flow House
Every Friday night from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm through August
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone WaterparkBoardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

Enjoy a lovely dinner and free face painting for you and your family.

Saturday

Cape May

Lighthouse Story Time
Saturdays, 12:30pm through September 1
Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park

Bring your young children to the Education Center in Cape May Point State Park (adjacent to the Cape May Lighthouse) to listen to nautical tales and lighthouse adventure stories.

The Keeper’s on Duty
Saturdays, 1:15 pm through August 31
Education Center at Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park

The Keeper of the Cape May Lighthouse presents an informative and entertaining half hour talk on the history and lore of the famous 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. Suited for everyone from children to lighthouse buffs, it’s the perfect introduction to your lighthouse climb.

Dancing to the Fred Hall Orchestra
Every Saturday night, 7:30 for children, 9:00 for adults
Cape May Convention Hall

Children’s dance goes from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and the adult ballroom dancing goes from 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Free Evening Concerts at the Rotary Park Bandstand
Every Saturday night, 7:00 pm
Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette Street

Free concerts to help you enjoy your summer nights.

Sea Isle City

Free Concerts Under the Stars
Every Saturday night 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm (June 29 – August 31)
Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Landis Avenue

Travel through decades of popular music with tribute bands that are sure to get everyone singing and dancing. For band performance schedule, click here.

Stone Harbor

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tours
Saturdays 10:00 am (July 6 through August 24)
Egret Espy Trail entrance at 114th Street and 2nd Avenue

Experienced docents lead guided tours through a maritime forest and barrier dunes and teach visitors about the natural history and wildlife of the Bird Sanctuary. Tours are one hour long.

Wildwood

Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday 8:00 am – 12:30 pm through September (no Market on September 7th)
Byrne Plaza, Oak and Pacific Avenues, Wildwood

This market features farm fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, plants, homemade baked goods, honey, wine, guacamole, herbs, nuts, organic tea, jams, jellies, jewelry, soaps, handmade non-food items and more. Radio station 98.7 The Coast will broadcast from here every week. Free parking is available.

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series
Every Saturday night at 7:30 pm through September 14
Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue in Wildwood Crest

Free live music for the entire family. Bring a blanket or beach chair.

Concerts under the Stars Series
Every Saturday night at 8:00 pm through August 31
Lou Booth Amphitheatre, 2nd & Ocean Avenues, North Wildwood

Concerts and free live entertainment will be offered weekly. Entertainment lineup to be announced. Rain or shine.

Kids Karaoke at the Flow House
Every Saturday night from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm through August
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone Waterpark Boardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

Come enjoy a lovely family dinner and watch your kids become stars (or join in yourself!) Prizes for kids.

Sunday

Cape May

Free Family Nature and Wildlife Show
Every Sunday evening 7:30 pm through September
Cape May Convention Hall

Steve Serwatka will present the New Jersey Nature Program. Come in and see Steve as he explains his efforts to save and rehabilitate wildlife. You can count on him to bring along some of the animals he has rescued for you to meet.  This free program is fun for all ages.

Free Evening Concerts at the Rotary Park Bandstand
Every Sunday night, 7:00 pm
Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette Street

Free concerts to help you enjoy your summer nights.

Stone Harbor

Stone Harbor Farmer’s Market
Sunday mornings 8:00 am – 12:30 pm (May 26 – September 1)
95th Street Water Tower Plaza

Weekly farmer’s market features fresh produce, baked goods, organic coffee and tea, gourmet foods, flowers, oils & vinegars, nuts, honey, flowers, nursery stock and much more.

Stone Harbor Bird Sanctuary Tours
Sundays 10:00 am (June 2 through August 25)
Egret Espy Trail entrance at 114th Street and 2nd Avenue

Experienced docents lead guided tours through a maritime forest and barrier dunes and teach visitors about the natural history and wildlife of the Bird Sanctuary. Tours are one hour long.

Wildwood

Sunrise on Sunday Veteran Flag Service
Every Sunday morning at sunrise
Lou Booth Amphitheater at 2nd and Ocean Avenues in North Wildwood

Arrive 10 minutes before sunrise to participate in a 20-minute tribute and inspirational message at the most beautiful vista on the Jersey Shore. The Flag Raising Ceremony is weather permitting as Veteran Casket Flags are not for all-weather. Cancellations will be posted within a half hour of the scheduled service on the Weekly Schedule page on http://www.SunriseOnSunday.com.

Wildwood Talent Showcase
Daily at 7:00 pm through August 25
Schellenger Beach Stage at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk in Wildwood.

Each night of the summer a Talent Showcase will be held featuring dancers ages 6-18

Fox Park Amphitheater Concert
Every Sunday night at 7:20 pm through August 25
Fox Park located at Burk & Ocean Avenues in Wildwood

Bring a blanket or a beach chair.

Game Night at the Flow House
Every Sunday night from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm through August
Flow House Bar and Grille @ Splash Zone Waterpark Boardwalk & Cedar Avenue Cedar Avenue, Wildwood

Enjoy a nice meal with friends and family while your kids participate in free beach activities and games.

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