The Shore Blog

All about the South Jersey Shore from Ocean City to Cape May

July 2021

Week of July 4 -10, 2021

Ocean City Freckle Contest
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk, Ocean City

Registration is free and begins at 5:30 pm in front of the Music Pier. Contest starts at 6:00pm.

For Pete’s Sake Cornhole Tournament
Friday, July 9th, 2021 3:30 pm Check-in, 4:00 pm start
Excursion Park, Sea Isle City

Maryanne Pastry Shoppe is hosting this fundraising tournament in memory of their late family member, Peter R. Bossow, Jr., a SIC lifeguard, in support of the many families that FPS has helped over the years. This tournament will help raise funds for the FPS Travel and Staycation Respite from Cancer program and is a Round Robin format that guarantees every team will play four games.  The bracket is then ranked after the round robin by record and points, and a single elimination playoff bracket is made with the top eight teams. All registrants will receive a coupon for a free donut and coffee at the bakery to thank them for their participation in the event. Rain date: July 23, 2021.

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival
Friday, July 9, 2021 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Beach at Heather Road, Wildwood Crest

Grab your buckets and shovels and head to the beach to create works of art in the sand. This amateur and semi-pro sand sculpting contest is hosted by professional world-renowned sand sculptor Matt Long and “Can You Dig It!” Sand Tools. Free to all participants and spectators. Sculptures will be judged on creativity, execution, composition and overall presentation, and prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each division. Rain or shine.

New Jersey Jeep Beach Invasion
Friday, July 9, 2021 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, July 10, 2021 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, July 11, 2021 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wildwoods Beach at Rio Grande Avenue

The largest all Jeep show in the Northeast on the beach in Wildwood! Jeeps, vendors, beach obstacle course and tons of fun for the entire family! Pre-registration for Jeeps is necessary, please visit  

New Jersey State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival
Friday July 9, 2021 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday July 10, 2021 10:00 am – 11:00 pm and Sunday July 11, 2021 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.
nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues, and surrounding pubs in North Wildwood
Experience the BEST in Barbeque & Blues at this exciting 3-day festival. Event features live cooking demonstrations, incredible food and top regional and national blues acts.

Downtown Wildwood Jazzy Friday
Friday, July 9, 2021 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, in Downtown Wildwood

Featuring a free live jazz band, Cape Shore Jazz Orchestra, with wine & beer to purchase. Be sure to bring a blanket or beach chair and enjoy live music, drinks & dancing under the stars. Conveniently located in the center of the Island.

Stone Harbor BeachFit Expo
Saturday, July 10, 2021 6:00 am – 2:00 pm
th Street Field, Stone Harbor

This new BeachFit Expo features fitness classes, lectures and vendors at the 80th Street field.

Week of July 11 – 17, 2021

Sunset Lake Food Truck Festival
Sunday, July 11, 2021 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest from Nashville Avenue to Miami Road

Gather to enjoy award-winning food trucks and a movie showing at the lake (7:00 pm)  Get there early to enjoy delicious selections from gourmet food trucks from the tri-state area before you take your beach chairs or blankets down by the lake.

Wildwood Boardwalk Craft Show
Saturday July 17, 2021 through Sunday July 18, 2021 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue, Wildwood

Craft show is held various weekends throughout the summer, rain or shine, and features all handmade products.

Brunch & Bingo at the Beach
Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:30 am – 11:00 am
Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean Street, Cape May

Laugh along with your friends as you play bingo, enjoy a fashion show by Lace Silhouettes/Cotton Company and compete for prizes. Admission includes a delicious brunch at the Inn of Cape May.

Grand Lighthouse Cruise “Delaware Bay Adventure”
Saturday, July 17, 2021 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Miss Chris Marina, 1218 Wilson Drive

Visit 7 offshore lighthouses aboard the Cape May Whale Watcher to learn the unique history of each. Cruise includes breakfast and lunch buffets. The cruise departs from the Miss Chris Marina. Parking on site, please arrive at least 15 minutes before departure. Approx. 5 hours in duration.

Week of July 18 – 24, 2021

Beachside Science at Surfside Park
Wednesday, July 21, 2021 6:00 pm
Surfside Park, 30th Street Beach, Avalon

Avalon’s Environmental Commission and The Wetlands Institute sponsor this family-friendly series, “Secrets of the Beach: Creatures Who Share our Barrier Island”. In the event of inclement weather, this event will occur on Thursday. This event repeats on the third Wednesday of every month between May – September.

Downtown Wildwood “Sip, Shop & Stroll” Art Show, Wine & Music
Friday, July 23, 2021 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Downtown Wildwood

Come to downtown Wildwood on the 4th Friday of the month this summer for craft, art & wine vendors, live acoustic music and a relaxing evening outdoors in Byrne Plaza from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Conveniently located in the center of the island with plenty of free parking for cars and bikes! For more information visit or call 609.523.1602

Full Moon Lighthouse Climb
Friday, July 23, 2021 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park

Let the light of the full moon guide you up the 199 stairs to the starry top of the Cape May Lighthouse, located in Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township. You can purchase tickets from the Keeper at the Lighthouse the night of the event.

Sandy Sprint Sea Isle City
Saturday, July 24, 2021 Registration begins at 7:00 am, Race Starts at 8:30 am
Excursion Park, Sea Isle

The Sandy Sprint Sea Isle City will take place on Saturday, July 24, 2021. The Sandy Sprint is hosted by the Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation in an effort to spread the word about our mission and raise funds to advance research.

‘Tri the Wildwoods’ Triathlon, 5K & Kids Race
Saturday, July 24, 2021 8:00 am (Triathalon); 9:00 am (Kid’s race)
15th Avenue and the Beach

A Jersey Shore Triathlon at its finest! This must-do triathalon is known for its challenging course and possibly the best after party in the state of New Jersey. Go do for more information.

Hands-On History at Historic Cold Spring Village
Saturday July 24, 2021 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
720 Route 9 South, Cape May

Two days of family-friendly, interactive and educational fun are planned for Historic Cold Spring Village’s “Hands-on History”. Children will be given a “Pastport” at the start of their Village trip, which can be stamped at the buildings they visit after completing a take-home craft or activity, like writing with a quill pen, carding wool or churning butter. “Pastports” can be redeemed at the Country Store for a free treat.

Christmas in July with Santa Claus
Saturday July 24, 2021 1:00 pm
Beach, North Wildwood

Santa Claus rides along the beach in North Wildwood and will have candy canes and Christmas music for all of his friends. Members of the North Wildwood Beach Patrol will join in the fun.

Night in Venice
Saturday July 24, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue

Annual boat parade features highly decorated boats and houses along the parade route. This year’s theme is “Honoring our Heroes”. Fireworks display to follow the parade.

Stone Harbor Festival of Lights Food Truck Festival
Saturday, July 24, 2021 6:30 pm m- 9:30 pm
rd Street MarinaStone Harbor

Come and enjoy delicious foods served from acclaimed food truck vendors.

Stone Harbor Festival of Lights Boat Parade
Saturday, July 24, 2021 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Along the bayfront, Stone Harbor

The Boat parade begins at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, then heads south around Paradise Basin and Sanctuary Basin. Boats will enter Carnival Bay, then Pleasure Bay. The boats continue north into Stone Harbor basin, followed by Shelter Haven, Snug Harbor, South and North Basins. Boats will return south and end back at YCSH where judging occurs on deck followed by the after-party.

Full Moon Flow Yoga and Sound Healing
July 24, 2021, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Beach at Burk Avenue, Wildwood

Honor the energy and fullness of the moon as the sun is setting during August’s full moonrise over the ocean. $10. Bring 2 beach towels and/or a towel and a blanket.

Full Moon Beach Yoga
Thursday, July 24, 2021 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm
5th Street Beach, Sea Isle

Enjoy a beautiful, peaceful yoga experience as the full moon rises. Advance registration required – reserve your spot at

Week of July 25 – 31, 2021

Christmas with Santa
July 25, 2021 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Cape May Lighthouse, 215 Lighthouse Avenue

Join Santa at the Cape May Lighthouse, Cape May Point State Park,  along with food, music, vendors and family-friendly activities. Family friendly activities and kids can climb the Lighthouse for free.

Sunset Lake Food Truck Festival
Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sunset Lake in Wildwood Crest from Nashville Avenue to Miami Road

Gather to enjoy award-winning food trucks and a movie showing at the lake (7:00 pm)  Get there early to enjoy delicious selections from gourmet food trucks from the tri-state area before you take your beach chairs or blankets down by the lake.

The Wildwoods Loves Waddler’s Contest
Tuesday, July 27, 2021 10:30 am
Wildwoods Convention Center lawn

A fun event for infants and toddlers (up to 2 years old) to show off their speedy crawling or “waddling” technique on the day before the official Wildwoods Baby Parade! Free registration will begin at the circle in front of the convention center at 9:30 am and waddle begins at 10:30 am. Prizes will be awarded. Waddlers are encouraged to also participate in the official Wildwoods Baby Parade (a tradition since 1909) the next day at 6:00 pm.

Wildwoods Baby Parade
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 (registration begins at 4:30 pm; parade begins at 6:00 pm)
Wildwoods Convention Center

A Wildwoods tradition since 1909! Registration at Wildwoods Convention Center from 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 pm. Judging occurs while participants are lined up. Parade route TBD. Winners are announced following the parade. Rain or shine.

Wildwood Crest 5K Beach Run
Saturday, July 31, 2021 8:30 am
Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road

A great event for the entire family! Join us for this flat and fast hard-sand run on the beautiful beaches of Wildwood Crest, starting and finishing at the Wildwood Crest Beach Pier at Heather Road. Also includes an untimed one-mile walk/fun run. After-party with awards and door prizes at the Crest Pier Recreation Center immediately following the race. Fee required. For more information call 609.523.0202 or visit

Down on the Farm Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village
Saturday July 31, 2021 and Sunday, August 1, 2021 11:00 – 4:00 pm daily
720 Route 9 South, Cape May

Experience life on an Early American farm through hands-on activities and exhibits at Historic Cold Spring Village’s ‘Down on the Farm’ Weekend, Historic Cold Spring Village, an open-air living history museum, presents the trades, crafts, architecture, and lifestyles of an Early American, rural South Jersey farming community. The Village is also home to a working 8-acre heritage farm complex. Special exhibits throughout the Village will include collections of antique and modern farming equipment and tools. Visitors can tour the historic Corson-Gandy Barn, c. 1880, which is home to Levi the Village horse. Guests can visit the Village sheep, pigs, chickens, and calves.

Community Band by The Sea Performance
Saturday, July 31, 2021 4:00 pm
Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue

Join us for the Inaugural Community Band by The Sea Performance, featuring instrumentalists of all ages who will come together to support community band appreciation and engage in high quality music making opportunities by the Sea. Free. Rain date August 1, 2021.