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Things to do in Cape May 2024 Events, Festivals & tours.
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Disclaimer:  This page provides the most up-to-date, comprehensive guide to 2024 events, festivals and things to do in Cape May, including a month-by-month breakdown. While the information is updated regularly, it is recommended to do your own research and confirm dates before planning a visit based on a specific event. 

UPDATED: July 2024

Cape May is one of the only New Jersey shore towns that is a year round town.  While June, July & August are undoubtedly the peak tourist months in Cape May, rest assured, there is always something going on in this town, anytime of the year

 

The month of October is jam packed with Halloween Happenings in Cape May - Historic Haunts Tour, Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate, Murder Mystery Dinners, Private Homes Tours and Ghost Trolley Tours, just to name a few.  In addition, the restaurants/bars and shops area still open daily - this is a great time of the year to catch some amazing end-of-season sales.

 

Christmas time in Cape May is something that you have to experience at least once in your lifetime.  Cape May B&B's, hotels, store fronts, as well as private homes are decorated head-to-toe with holiday lights and decor, all competing for the coveted 1st Place Winner of the Light Up Cape May Competition that takes place each December.

While town does quiet down in January and February, there are still a lot of things to do in Cape May in the winter months.  February is actually quite busy with Valentine's day and President's Weekend and most of the restaurants and shops are open during this time.   These are the perfect months to plan a romantic Cape May Getaway - Don't miss our Top 10 List of Most Romantic Things to do in Cape May

 

April. May & October are great months to visit Cape May if you are a music aficionado.  The Cape May Music Festival kicks  off in May and runs thru June.  Exit Zero's International Jazz Fest happens twice a year in the Spring and Fall.  In addition to these great music events, visitors can always find live music somewhere in Cape May, anytime of the year - In the off season, don't miss Open-Mic Night on Sundays at the Mad Batter, as well as great live bands at most of the wineries, the Boiler Room @ Congress Hall, Nauti Distillery, Cape May Brewery and the Ugly Mug.  In season, there is usually some type of live music happening at many of the local spots, check out the Rusty 'Nail', Howard Street Ramble on Thursday nights, or the Schooner at the Lobster House, just to name a few. 

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January | February

Winter "Off-Season' Things to do in Cape May

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July | August

Peak Season Events & Activities in Cape May

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March | April

Early Spring Things to do in Cape May

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September | October

A More Relaxed Vibe | Haunted Cape May & Halloween Events

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May | June

Spring and Early Summer Things to do in Town

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Nov | December

Holiday Events | Christmas Time in Cape May

January February Events

Things to do Off-Season January and February | Winter in Cape May

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    January & February 2025 Cape May Off-Season Things to Do...                  

DATE SPECIFIC JANUARY & FEBRUARY CAPE MAY EVENTS:

  • 3rd Monday in January - Martin Luther King's Birthday Observed - Why not celebrate with a long weekend getaway in Cape May.  Weekend, January 17th - 20th 2025.  Reserve your stay at the Mason Cottage, Cape May B&B
     

  • Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood, NJ - 2025 Date TBD, 3 PM
     

  • 19th Annual Exit Zero Burns Supper - Exit Zero Ferry Park is bringing a little bit of Scottish fun to the Jersey Shore this winter. The annual Burns Supper, held by Exit Zero every year since 2005, will offer guests a Celtic-inspired experience like no other with a dinner and whisky tastings, live music, poetry readings, and more!  Enjoy pop-up bars, a main stage with awesome live entertainment, bagpipers, haggis, tartan and so much more. It's a night you won't want to miss.  2025 Date TBD, 5PM - 11 PM -  To purchase tickets, click here.
     

  • Atlantic City Beer & Music Fest - 2025 Date TBD, 6 PM – 8 PM   Location: Cape May Brewery, 1250 Hornet Rd. Rio Grande, NJ 08242
     

  • Fireside Chats at Cold Spring Brewery -  Cozy up to the fireplace, in the most beautifully restored barn in South Jersey.  Don't miss Cold Spring Brewery for this free lecture series! Topics kick off with “George Meade and the Lighthouses of New Jersey” by Dr. Anthony Waskie of Temple University.  Wednesday's in January/February 2025 Dates TBD, from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM,  Dates & Topics: 
     
  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Take a break from your busy day to learn something new. Local experts in their fields will lead a presentation and discussion each Thursday at noon at the Nature Center of Cape May.  Light refreshments will be provided.  COST: $5 member; $7 non-member.   For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  NJ Audubon Society  |  Location, Nature Center of Cape May, 1600 Delaware Avenue, Cape May.  Thursday's from 12 Noon - 1:00 PM,  2025 Dates TBD Dates & Topics: 
     
  • Channeling Dinner with Craig McManus - A delicious 3 course Prix-fix dinner will be followed by a 2+ hour channeling session where Mr. McManus will move around the room and bring through messages from friends and family in spirit. These events sell out fast, so grab your tickets ASAP!  Tickets are $100 per person.  2025 Date TBD, 6 PM.
     

  • Romance your Sweetheart for Valentine's Day - Tie in Presidents Weekend for a long romantic weekend getaway in Cape May at the Mason Cottage, Cape May Bed and Breakfast Inn, February 14th - 16th 2025.  This is going to be a sell out Weekend, reserve your room early!
     

  • Cape May Wine Trail - Cape May Wine Trails feature lunch and trolley transport to two Cape May County wineries for tours and tastings.  Cape May County, New Jersey vineyards are producing delicious wines and Cape May Wine Trails are a chance to enjoy them with round-trip transportation via trolley included.  Board a Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) trolley at the historic Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., in Cape May, N.J. and travel to Pier House in Cape May for a delicious lunch. Then it’s back on board the trolley for an afternoon of touring and sampling wine selections by vintners at Jessie Creek Winery and Natali Vineyards. Guests will receive a tour, tasting and souvenir glass at Jessie Creek Winery and a tasting with cheese and crackers at Natali Vineyards.  2025 Date TBD

  • Crafts & Collectible Winter Show at Convention Hall, February 2025 Dates TBD from 10 AM - 4 PM.
     

ONGOING EVENTS IN CAPE MAY JANUARY & FEBRUARY:

  • Hop on Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Green & Red Trolley for one of their amazing historic trolley tours (Saturdays & Sundays in January/February).  For a complete list of all the trolley tours being offered in winter months, visit MAC's Trolley Schedule.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May Vineyards/Breweries, Open Year Round (updated Jan 2024):

    • Cape May Winery - Open Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, 12 PM - 5 PM (closed Tues/Wed)

    • Willow Creek Winery - Open daily: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 12 PM - 5 PM  |  Fri/Sat 11:30 AM - 9 PM  |  Sun, 11:30 - 6 PM

    • Natali Vineyard & Winery - Wed/Thurs 12 PM - 5 PM  |  Fri/Sat/Sun 11 AM - 5 PM (closed Mon/Tues)

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery - Open daily:  11 AM - 5 PM  |  Fri/Sat open until 6 PM

    • Cape May Brewing Company - Open daily, 12 PM - 7 PM  |  Thurs/Fri/Sat open til 8 PM

    • Cold Spring Brewery is located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see - Thurs/Fri/Sat 12 PM - 8 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 6 PM

    • Behr Brewing - Open daily:  Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 1 PM - 8 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 9 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 7 PM

    • Gusto Brewing Company - Wed/Thurs 2 PM - 8 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 8 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 6 PM

    • Coho Brewing Co. - Open daily: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 2 PM - 7 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 8 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 6 PM

    • Slack Tide Brewery - Open daily: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 2 PM - 8 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 9 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 8 P
       

  • Sunday Socials at Finns Bar & Grill - Come see live music, and even better company at their Sunday Socials.  Sundays in January/February from 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.  Afterwards, don't miss Finn's Happy Hour starting at 3 PM.
     
  • Yoga & Fitness Classes are always fun!: 

    • Yoga at Convention Hall with Karen - All levels yoga flow, stretch, breathe and relax.  BYO mat & water.  Every Tuesday & Thursday, 9 AM - 10 AM at Convention Hall (714 Beach Ave), $5/per class, cash only.

    • Body Sculpt with Sharon - Low impact, fat burning fitness class.  Every Monday & Friday, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Cape May United Metodist Church (635 Washington Street), $5/per class, cash only.

    • Cardio Pump with Tracy - Every Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Cape May United Metodist Church (635 Washington Street), $5/per class, cash only.
       

  • Visit the Emlen Physick Estate - Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for an in-depth look at Victorian architecture and the period, reflecting one Victorian family’s lifestyle, and detailing the way the Physick family and their household lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural wonder built by famed American architect Frank Furness and is one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. Guided tour themes change annually.  |  Saturdays & Sundays, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
     

  • Tour The Harriet Tubman Museum, located on a block that anti-slavery activists called home in Cape May. Lafayette Street and Franklin Street became a center of abolitionist activity centered around three important buildings developed in 1846.  Friday & Saturday, 11 AM & 12 PM  |  Sunday, 2 & 3 PM.  Guided tours at the top of each hour. 
    Closed in January | Tours re-start February Date TBD.
     

  • The Symposium & Open-Mic at Nauti Spirits Distillery, Weekly Historic Cocktail Paired with Tunes and Talent, Every Thursday night, 6 - 9 PM.
     

  • Live Music at Nauti Spirits Distillery - Check out our local Cape May talent every Friday/Saturday (6 PM) & Sunday (3 PM).
     

  • Cape May Lighthouse Tour - Climb 199 steps to the top - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, 12 Noon - 3 PM
     

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Daily, Year Round (10 AM - 3:30 PM).  Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

  • Roller Skating at Convention Hall, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in January/February.
     

  • Go shopping, while a few of the shops are open 7 days a week, many of the shops in Cape May are open on the weekends.

  • Check out some great local talent during Open-Mic Night, Sunday nights at the Mad Batter.
     

  • Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the legendary Cape May Day Spa - Open Daily, Year Round.
     

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    March & April 2025 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...         

MARCH | APRIL DATE SPECIFIC CAPE MAY EVENTS:

  • Fireside Chats at Cold Spring Brewery -  Cozy up to the fireplace, in the most beautifully restored barn in South Jersey.  Don't miss Cold Spring Brewery for this free lecture series! Topics kick off with “George Meade and the Lighthouses of New Jersey” by Dr. Anthony Waskie of Temple University.  Wednesdays from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM,  Dates & Topics (2025 Topics TBD): 
     

  • Art Reception at Jessie Creek Winery - The Gallery at Jessie Creek is a rotating display of work from our local community. Each month we debut the latest exhibition with the artist(s) present, a featured wine sample, light fare, and live music. Their curator, Michael Terenik, works to find the best and brightest creators in South Jersey. 2025 Date TBD, 12 - 4 PM.
     

  • 4th Annual St Patrick's Day Event at Willow Creek Winery - Celebration featuring live music and dance performances, an open-air artisan market and food and drink specials – including Guinness and Irish Whiskey.  2025 Date TBD, 11:30 AM - 9 PM (open-air market open until 5 PM). 
     

  • Spirits, Oddities & Obsessions Combo Tour - This tour combines a 30-minute Spirits & Oddities Trolley Tour with a 30-minute Strange Victorian Obsessions House tour. Begins & ends at the Washington Street Mall Trolley Stop,
    2025 Dates TBD, 7 PM - 8 PM.
     

  • Art Reception at Jessie Creek Winery - The Gallery at Jessie Creek is a rotating display of work from our local community. Each month we debut the latest exhibition with the artist(s) present, a featured wine sample, light fare, and live music. Their curator, Michael Terenik, works to find the best and brightest creators in South Jersey.  2025 Date TBD
     

  • Exit Zero Spring Jazz Festival - A 3-day musical feast featuring hundreds of musicians. Presented by the Worldwide Logistics Group, Exit Zero Jazz presents international touring artists performing on the stage in Cape May Convention Hall. Headlining the Spring Exit Zero Jazz is the Branford Marsalis Quartet.  Each night, the musical feast continues with Fest shows in the bars and restaurants of Cape May. You might find yourself one minute second-lining to a New Orleans brass band, and, in the next, snaking through town behind a 22-piece Brazilian drum bloco. The joy of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival is in the discovery of incredible music and musicians you may never have known existed.  Reserve your accommodations early, this is a sell-out weekend.  2025 Dates TBD. 
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse on Saturday, April 12th 2025, 8 PM - 10 PM
     

  • Crafts & Collectible Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, 2025 Date TBD, 10 AM - 4 PM
     
  • Cape May Wine Trail - Cape May Wine Trails feature lunch and trolley transport to two Cape May County wineries for tours and tastings.  Cape May County, New Jersey vineyards are producing delicious wines and Cape May Wine Trails are a chance to enjoy them with round-trip transportation via trolley included.  Board a Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) trolley at the historic Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., in Cape May, N.J. and travel to Pier House in Cape May for a delicious lunch. Then it’s back on board the trolley for an afternoon of touring and sampling wine selections by vintners at Jessie Creek Winery and Natali Vineyards. Guests will receive a tour, tasting and souvenir glass at Jessie Creek Winery and a tasting with cheese and crackers at Natali Vineyards.  2025 Date TBD.
     

ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN MARCH & APRIL:
 

  • Hop on one of the famous Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts 'MAC', Green & Red Trolleys for a Cape May Trolley Tour - from ghost tours to sea-side mansion tours - MAC has daily tours for every interest.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May Vineyards & Breweries:

    • Jessie Creek Winery - Live Music, Sat & Sun 1-4 PM

    • Cape May Winery - Open Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon, 12 PM - 5 PM (closed Tues/Wed).  Live music Saturdays

    • Willow Creek Winery - Open daily: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 12 PM - 5 PM  |  Fri/Sat 11:30 AM - 9 PM  |  Sun, 11:30 - 6 PM.  Live music, Saturdays 2 PM- 5 PM

    • Natali Vineyard & Winery - Wed/Thurs 12 PM - 5 PM  |  Fri/Sat/Sun 11 AM - 5 PM (closed Mon/Tues)

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery - Open daily:  11 AM - 5 PM  |  Fri/Sat open until 6 PM

    • Cape May Brewing Company - Open daily, 12 PM - 7 PM  |  Thurs/Fri/Sat open til 8 PM

    • Cold Spring Brewery is located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see - Thurs/Fri/Sat 12 PM - 8 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 6 PM

    • Behr Brewing - Open daily:  Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 1 PM - 8 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 9 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 7 PM

    • Gusto Brewing Company - Wed/Thurs 2 PM - 8 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 8 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 6 PM

    • Coho Brewing Co. - Open daily: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 2 PM - 7 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 8 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 6 PM

    • Slack Tide Brewery - Open daily: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs 2 PM - 8 PM  |  Fri/Sat 12 PM - 9 PM  |  Sun 12 PM - 8 PM
       

  • Take a Yoga or Fitness Class:

    • Yoga at Convention Hall with Karen - All levels yoga flow, stretch, breathe and relax.  BYO mat & water.  Every Tuesday & Thursday, 9 AM - 10 AM at Convention Hall (714 Beach Ave), $5/per class, cash only.

    • Body Sculpt with Sharon - Low impact, fat burning fitness class.  Every Monday & Friday, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Cape May United Metodist Church (635 Washington Street), $5/per class, cash only.

    • Cardio Pump with Tracy - Every Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Cape May United Metodist Church (635 Washington Street), $5/per class, cash only.
       

  • Roller Skating at Convention Hall, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in March (stops at the end of March 2025, exact Date TBD).
     

  • Cheesesteak & Quizzo Night at Ocean 7 -  A fun night of Quizzo, loved by locals and visitors alike.  Bonus, $8 cheesesteaks, Thursday nights, starts at 6 PM
     

  • Climb the 199 stairs of the Cape May Lighthouse - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until March 24th 2024 | Daily tours 2025 start date TBD
     

  • Tour The Harriet Tubman Museum, located on a block that anti-slavery activists called home in Cape May. Lafayette Street and Franklin Street became a center of abolitionist activity centered around three important buildings developed in 1846.  Friday & Saturday, 11 AM & 12 PM  |  Sunday, 2 PM & 3 PM.  Guided tours at the top of each hour.
     

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Daily, Year Round, Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

  • The Symposium & Open-Mic at Nauti Spirits Distillery, Weekly Historic Cocktail Paired with Tunes and Talent,

  • Every Thursday night, 6 PM- 9 PM.
     

  • Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise on the Cape May Whale Watcher - Captain Jeff and his seasoned crew will take you into the Delaware Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The Delaware Bay Estuary is a sanctuary for many species of Marine Life. The unique confluence of fresh and saltwater make for a nutrient rich area teeming with life and conducive to whale and dolphin activity.  Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays, 1 PM, 2025 start date TBD
     

  • Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the legendary Cape May Day Spa - Open Daily, Year Round.
     

  • From craft beers to fancy cocktails, the Boiler Room (in the basement of Congress  Hall) features live music Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.  Their menu features brick-oven artisan pizza.
     

  • Check out some great local talent during Open-Mic Night, Sunday nights at the Mad Batter.
     

  • Most of the shops in Cape May are now open 7 days a week, all shops are open on the weekends. 
     

  • Tour the Emlen Physick Estate - Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for an in-depth look at Victorian architecture and the period, reflecting one Victorian family’s lifestyle, and detailing the way the Physick family and their household lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural wonder built by famed American architect Frank Furness and is one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country.  2025 start date TBD  |  12:30 PM and 1:45 PM tour times.  |  Please visit MAC for April dates/times.
     

  • Visit the WWII Lookout Tower which played a major role in coastal defense during WWII - No March Tours | Tours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in April 2024.

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May June Events

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    May & June 2024 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...         

MAY | JUNE DATE SPECIFIC CAPE MAY EVENTS:

  • Crafts & Collectible Spring Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, May 4th 2024, 10 AM - 4 PM.
     

  • Derby Day - Come out to the Inn of Cape May to watch the race, hat & best dressed contest, food and drink specials, Saturday, May 4th 2024 4-7 PM
     

  • Art Reception at Jessie Creek Winery - The Gallery at Jessie Creek is a rotating display of work from our local community. Each month we debut the latest exhibition with the artist(s) present, a featured wine sample, light fare, and live music. Their curator, Michael Terenik, works to find the best and brightest creators in South Jersey. 
    Sunday, May 5th 2024, 12 - 4 PM.
     

  • Channeling Dinner with Craig McManus - a delicious 3-course Prix-fix dinner will be followed by a 2+ hour channeling session where Craig will move around the room and bring through messages from friends and family in spirit.  Friday, May 10th, 6 -10 PM SOLD OUT  (see more Channeling dinners in August, September and October). 
     

  • Ghost Walk with Craig McManus - Come celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend by the sea, and catch a few ghosts at the same time!   Walk the haunted streets of America’s oldest seaside resorts with Medium Craig McManus!  This Ghost Walk takes you past some of Craig's favorite haunts in town, where he will tell you about the history and paranormal happenings at each location.  Tour not recommended for young children.  Saturday May 11, at 6 - 8 PM. >>> Buy Tickets
     

  • A Special Mother's Day Crafts & Collectible Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, May 11th 2024, 10 AM - 4 PM.
     
  • Cape May Wine Trail - Cape May Wine Trails feature lunch and trolley transport to two Cape May County wineries for tours and tastings.  Cape May County, New Jersey vineyards are producing delicious wines and Cape May Wine Trails are a chance to enjoy them with round-trip transportation via trolley included.  Board a Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) trolley at the historic Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., in Cape May, N.J. and travel to Pier House in Cape May for a delicious lunch. Then it’s back on board the trolley for an afternoon of touring and sampling wine selections by vintners at Jessie Creek Winery and Natali Vineyards. Guests will receive a tour, tasting and souvenir glass at Jessie Creek Winery and a tasting with cheese and crackers at Natali Vineyards.   Saturday, May 11th, 2024.
     

  • Mother's Day at the Mason Cottage B&B - Sunday, May 12th 2024.  It's almost Mother's Day!  Treat that amazing woman to an unforgettable weekend escape to Cape May and the Mason Cottage, a Bed & Breakfast with authentic charm.    On Sunday, May 12th, a special Mother's Day breakfast will be served and Mason Cottage guests are invited to indulge in our 'make your own' mimosa bar experience (Prosecco with assorted fruit purees).   As a special touch, every mom will be gifted a long-stemmed rose  >> Click for more details
     

  • 47th Annual Cape May Spring Birding Festival - Field, boat, and trolley trips as well as great indoor programs await you. Whether it’s your first time or you just can’t resist coming back, you will leave this festival a better birder with a heightened passion for birding and conservation. Many trips sell out fast, so register today!   May 16th - 19th 2024
     

  • Spring Sidewalk Sales on The Washington Street Mall - Stop by for great savings on clothing, gifts, collectibles, and more! Be sure to pick up some of the hottest deals of the season from our Cape May merchants., Saturday, May 18th 2024.
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse on Thursday, May 23rd 2024 (climbs start at 8 PM).
     

  • Cape May Music Festival, Celebrating 35 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, NJ.  Outstanding orchestral, chamber, jazz, brass band and original contemporary music, plus Bach's Lunches and a jazz brunch. New in 2024! Cape May Cabaret with Erich Cawalla.  Festival runs from May 26th - June 23rd 2024.
     
  • West Cape May Strawberry Festival - Discover an array of treats and treasures at this yearly West Cape May festival, where local artisans showcase their craftsmanship, one-of-a-kind pottery and handcrafted jewelry to vibrant artwork, stylish apparel, and artisanal goods. Browse through antique finds, luxurious soaps, aromatic candles, and an assortment of locally baked goods, preserves, and honey.  And don't forget to indulge in the star of the show – luscious strawberries!   Backyard Park, 732 Broadway, West Cape May  |  Saturday, June 1st 2024, 9 AM - 5 PM
     
  • Art Reception at Jessie Creek Winery - The Gallery at Jessie Creek is a rotating display of work from our local community. Each month we debut the latest exhibition with the artist(s) present, a featured wine sample, light fare, and live music. Their curator, Michael Terenik, works to find the best and brightest creators in South Jersey. Sunday, June 2nd 2024, 12 - 4 PM.
     
  • Cape May Restaurant Week - Enjoy an appetizer, entree, and dessert for a fixed price at Cape May’s best restaurants.
    June 2nd - 9th 2024.
     

  • Crafts & Collectible Summer Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, June 15th 2024, 10 AM - 4 PM
     

  • Gardens of Cape May Tour - Be inspired by beautiful gardens from a selection of lovely Cape May homes.  Saturday, June 15th 2024.
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse on Friday, June 21st 2024, (climbs start at 8 PM).
     

  • Canal Fest - Join in for a day filled with fun activities, delicious food, pop-up oyster bar and live entertainment. Take a stroll along the canal and enjoy the beautiful scenery while indulging in some of the best local cuisine. With plenty of vendors and activities for all ages.  Fest benefits the Nature Center of Cape May - tickets $40/pp, include a drink and oysters.  Sunday, June 23rd - 4 - 10 PM  |  931 Seashore Road, Cape May.
     

  • Harborfest Street Festival - Join the City of Cape May on Delaware Avenue for some family fun! Food, activities for both kids and parents, live music, vendors and more!  |  1551 Delaware Ave, Cape May  |  Saturday, June 29th 2024 10 AM - 5 PM

 


ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN MAY | JUNE:
 

  • 'Becoming Dr. Ruth' at Cape May Stage - "Becoming Dr. Ruth" is a one-woman show that tells story of the famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruthheimer. The play the audience on a journey through Dr. Ruth's life, from her childhood in Nazi Germany to her rise fame in America. With humor and heart, "Becoming Dr. Ruth" explores the challenges and triumphs of a woman who has dedicated her life to helping others Catch this inspiring production at Cape May Stage June 5th thru June 30thth 2024
     

  • Hop on one of the famous Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts 'MAC', Green & Red Trolleys for a Cape May Trolley Tour - Over 8 different trolley tour types offered, from ghost tours to sea-side mansion tours - MAC has a tour for every interest.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May Vineyards & Breweries:

    • Jessie Creek Winery

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vineyard & Winery

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

    • Cape May Brewing Company

    • Cold Spring Brewery - located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see

    • Behr Brewing

    • Gusto Brewing Company

    • Coho Brewing Co.

    • Slack Tide Brewery
       

  • 'We All Scream for Ice Cream:  A History of Summer's Favorite Treat' - Cape May MAC is currently hosting an ice cream exhibit that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The free exhibit features an authentic 1898 ice cream maker and other artifacts, and a reproduction Victorian ice cream wagon.  Learn about the history and culture of ice cream, as well as its role in American society.  Free event at the Carroll Gallery on the ground of the Physick Estate, Open Daily.
     

  • Don't miss the Howard Street Ramble @ the Chalfonte - This has turned into 'the place' to be on Thursday nights in Cape May.  Have a cocktail and relax on the porch listening to great live music.   Rambles start last week in May, and happens every Thursday night through October, 6 PM - 9 PM.  After 9 PM, the music moves indoors to the King Eddie Bar for a more intimate gathering.   

  • Check out Free music at Rotary Park - bring a blanket or beach chair as seating is limited.  For the complete schedule of musical artists and bands, click here.  2024 Dates Coming Soon.
     

  •  From designer boutiques to gourmet food stores, Cape May has a ton of great shopping - with unique and different items you won't find anywhere else.
     

  • Climb the 199 stairs of the Cape May Lighthouse - Daily Tours.
     

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Year Round, Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

  • The Symposium & Open-Mic at Nauti Spirits Distillery, Weekly Historic Cocktail Paired with Tunes and Talent,
    Every Thursday night, 6 - 9 PM.
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company - One of the top 75 theaters offering summer productions in  North America. – "The New York Times" - Check out what's playing - https://www.eastlynnetheater.org
     

  • Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise on the Cape May Whale Watcher, daily tours
     

  •  Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the legendary Cape May Day Spa - open daily, year round
     

  •  Tour the Emlen Physick Estate or do a Combo Emlen Physick Estate/Trolley Tour - daily tours.
     

  • The West Cape May Farmers Market at 732 Broadway (behind West Cape May Borough Hall), features local, fresh produce/herbs, antiques, live craft demonstrations, coffee, freshly prepared food items from seafood to BBQ and live music.  Every Tuesday, starting June 25th thru August 27th 2024, 3pm-7:30pm.  Live music starting at 5:00 PM, Rain or Shine.
     

  •  Visit the WWII Lookout Tower which played a major role in coastal defense during WWII - Daily Tours.
     

  •  Visit Sunset Beach for the Flag Lowering Ceremony, Daily at sunset, Memorial Day through October
     

  • Visit one of Cape May's top rated beaches.  If you are a guest of the Mason Cottage, Cape May Bed and Breakfast Inn, enjoy complimentary, beach chairs, beach towels and bicycles. 
     

  • Interested in visiting the many Cape May wineries, breweries and distilleries but don't want to drive, then a trip with Tasting's & Tours may be the perfect option.
     

  • Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through Town with the Cape May Carriage Company, Day and Evening Tours
     

  •  Check out one of the many boat and nature tours/cruises, like the Sunset Lighthouse Cruise, the Fisherman's Wharf Tour or the Harbor Tour to name a few.

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July August Events

Things to do in Cape May in JULY & August

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    July & August 2024 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...         

JULY | AUGUST DATE SPECIFIC CAPE MAY EVENTS:

  • Garden Concert Series at the Arts & Soul Studio (next to Key West Tacos), You’re going to love this lineup of fabulous local musicians bringing you a collaborative new spin.   Plus, check out some amazing local artists who will display and sell their art during each concert in the garden, Wednesdays in July/August, the line-up:

    • July 3rd -Joe & Mike Resident Artists- Debra Donahue & Victoria Papale

    • July 10th -“The Yokels”- Marnie, Nate & JefferyResident Artist- Ashley Worley & Nathan Rubin

    • July 17th - Amy Hufanna & The Girls Rock the Garden Resident Artist- Sydnei Smith Jordan

    • July 24th - Jimm Ross & Don Shough Resident Artist – Jimm Ross

    • July 31st - “The MadTones”- Maddie Hogan & Toni Teschner Resident Artist- GG Fitz

    • August 7th - John Katity & Rae Sheets Resident Artist- Molly Sanger Carpenter & Terri Amig

    • August 14th - Rain Date – TBA Resident Artist- TBA

    • August 21st - Dan Barry & Peter Riley Resident Artists- Dan Barry & Peter Riley

    • August 28th - Gregg Carpenter Resident Artist- Carla Schaffer
       

  • Lighthouse & Fireworks Climb - WOW, this sounds amazing!!! - Celebrate Independence Day with a rare and exclusive opportunity to view fireworks from atop the Cape May Lighthouse! Climb the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse Watch Gallery and experience a one-of-a-kind view of the evening’s fireworks display. Offered during the Lower Township (July 3, 2024) and Cape May (July 4, 2024) Independence Day fireworks presentations. Limited event. Advance reservations necessary - Purchase Tickets.  July 3rd & 4th @ 8:30 PM
     

  • 'Rita Hayworth - The Heat is On!' at Cape May Stage - a captivating play that will transport you to the golden age of Hollywood. Set in the 1940s, the play follows the life of the legendary Rita Hayworth and her rise to fame. With stunning performances and a gripping storyline, this play is a must-see for anyone who loves theater and classic Hollywood glamour.  July 6th - 12th 2024, starts at 8 PM.
     

  • US Coast Guard Sunset Parade - The US Coast Guard Sunset Parades in Cape May, NJ are a must-see event for anyone visiting the area.  These parades feature the precision marching of the Coast Guard's recruits, as well as a flag-lowering ceremony and a performance by the Coast Guard Band.  Gates open to the public at 6:45 PM and the parade starts at 7:45 PM.  The parade is held on the grounds of the US Coast Guard base, it is a free event open to the public.  Sunday, July 7th 2024
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse, starting at 8 PM on Sunday, July 21st 2024
     

  • The Chesco Pops Orchestra presents Voyages, A Musical Journey at Cape May Convention Hall, Purchase tickets at capemaycity.com or in person at Convention Hall, Saturday, July 27th 2024 at 7 PM
     

  • Family Fun Crafts Show at the Lighthouse, Cape May Point:  July 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 25th & 31st and August 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th 2024 (9 AM - 2 PM).
     

  • US Coast Guard Sunset Parade - The US Coast Guard Sunset Parades in Cape May, NJ are a must-see event for anyone visiting the area.  These parades feature the precision marching of the Coast Guard's recruits, as well as a flag-lowering ceremony and a performance by the Coast Guard Band.  Gates open to the public at 6:45 PM and the parade starts at 7:45 PM.  The parade is held on the grounds of the US Coast Guard base, it is a free event open to the public.  Sunday, August 4th 2024
     

  • Channeling Dinner with Craig McManus - a delicious 3-course Prix-fix dinner will be followed by a 2+ hour channeling session where Craig will move around the room and bring through messages from friends and family in spirit. Friday, August 9th, 6 -10 PM at the Inn of Cape May.  Sell out event, must buy tickets in advance. 
     

  • 17th Annual Seafarers Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village - Make sure to stop on into Historic Cold Spring Village and celebrate the maritime history and culture of the famous Jersey Cape.  This event will feature pirates, music, and family fun. Pillage the Village Treasure Hunt!  Come young and old, salty, and bold to hear of the thrilling tale of the Tragic Death of Captain Kidd!  Prepare to laugh, gasp, and gape in amazement as Bully Billy tells tales of the Sea! Performances by Shades of Our Past!  |  Saturday & Sunday, August 17th & 18th 2024, 11 AM - 4 PM.
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse, starting at 8 PM on Monday, August 19th 2024.
     

  • The Hooters at Cape May Convention Center -  Famous 80's band with hits like 'And We Danced', '500 Miles' and 'All You Zombie", August 24th & 25th 2024.
     

  • US Coast Guard Sunset Parade - The US Coast Guard Sunset Parades in Cape May, NJ are a must-see event for anyone visiting the area.  These parades feature the precision marching of the Coast Guard's recruits, as well as a flag-lowering ceremony and a performance by the Coast Guard Band.  Gates open to the public at 6:45 PM and the parade starts at 7:45 PM.  The parade is held on the grounds of the US Coast Guard base, it is a free event open to the public.  Saturday, August 31st 2024
     

ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN JULY | AUGUST:
 

  • 'Ms. Holmes & Ms. Watson, Apt. 2B' at Cape May Stage - a witty and charming play that explores the lives of two retired schoolteachers who share a cozy apartment in New York City. The play is a modern twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson characters, and it's full of humor, mystery, and heart.  July 17th thru August 25th 2024, starts at 8 PM.
     

  • Visit one of Cape May's top rated beaches.  If you are a guest of the Mason Cottage, Cape May Bed and Breakfast Inn, enjoy complimentary, beach chairs, beach towels and bicycles (in-season). 
     

  • Don't miss, Movies on the Beach.  This is a free event and no beach tags are required, Every Thursday in July & August, 8:30 - 11:00 PM, the 2024  >>> Click for 2024 Movie Lineup
     

  • Tunesday Tuesday on the Mall - Enjoy great local musicians every Tuesday in July & August on the 300 & 500 blocks of Washington Street from 4-6 PM and on the 400 block of Washington Street from 6-8 PM. 
     

  • 'We All Scream for Ice Cream:  A History of Summer's Favorite Treat' - Cape May MAC is currently hosting an ice cream exhibit that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The free exhibit features an authentic 1898 ice cream maker and other artifacts, and a reproduction Victorian ice cream wagon.  Learn about the history and culture of ice cream, as well as its role in American society.  Free event at the Carroll Gallery on the ground of the Physick Estate, Open Daily
     

  • Magic Show with Rich Lessig (Free Admission) - The Cape May Convention Hall hosts a free Magic Show.  Every Tuesday, July 2nd - August 27th 2024 starting at 7 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM).
     

  • The West Cape May Farmers Market at 732 Broadway (behind West Cape May Borough Hall), features local, fresh produce/herbs, antiques, live craft demonstrations, coffee, freshly prepared food items from seafood to BBQ and live music. Every Tuesday thru August 27th 2024, 3 PM - 7:30pm.  Live music starting at 5:00 PM, Rain or Shine.
     

  • The Chalfonte’s legendary “Howard Street Ramble” takes place on their porch every Thursday night during the summer. Stop by to hear a variety of local musicians, sit in one of their iconic rocking chairs, and sip one (or two!) of their signature cocktails.   Every Thursday night through October, 6 PM - 9 PM.  After 9 PM, the music moves indoors to the King Eddie Bar for a more intimate gathering.  
     

  • Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise on the Cape May Whale Watcher.
     

  • Check out 'Offbeat Things to do in Cape May', it is definitively worth a read
     

  • Hop on one of the famous Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts 'MAC', Green & Red Trolleys for a Cape May Trolley Tour - Over 8 different trolley tour types offered, from ghost tours to sea-side mansion tours - MAC has a tour for every interest.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May Vineyards & Breweries:

    • Jessie Creek Winery

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vineyard & Winery

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

    • Cape May Brewing Company

    • Cold Spring Brewery - located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see

    • Behr Brewing

    • Gusto Brewing Company

    • Coho Brewing Co.

    • Slack Tide Brewery

 

  • Check out Free music at Rotary Park - bring a blanket or beach chair as seating is limited.  For the complete schedule of musical artists and bands, >>> Click here for schedule
     

  • Interested in visiting the many Cape May wineries, breweries and distilleries but don't want to drive, then a trip with Tasting's & Tours may be the perfect option.
     

  • From designer boutiques to gourmet food stores, Cape May has a ton of great shopping - with unique and different items you won't find anywhere else.
     

  • Climb the 199 stairs of the Cape May Lighthouse - Daily Tours. 
     

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Year Round, Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

  • The Symposium & Open-Mic at Nauti Spirits Distillery, Weekly Historic Cocktail Paired with Tunes and Talent,Every Thursday nights, 6 - 9 PM.
     

  • Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through the Victorian Town with the Cape May Carriage Company, Day and Evening Tours
     

  •  Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the legendary Cape May Day Spa - Open Daily, Year Round.
     

  •  Tour the Emlen Physick Estate or do a Combo Emlen Pysick Estate/Trolley Tour - Daily Tours.

 

  • Visit the WWII Lookout Tower which played a major role in coastal defense during WWII - Tours Daily.
     

  • Check out one of the many boat and nature tours/cruises, like the Sunset Lighthouse Cruise, the Fisherman's Wharf Tour or the Harbor Tour to name a few.
     

  • Visit Sunset Beach for the Flag Lowering Ceremony, Daily at sunset, Memorial Day through October.
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company - One of the top 75 theaters offering summer productions in  North America. – "The New York Times" - Check out what's playing - https://www.eastlynnetheater.org
     

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September October

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  September & October 2024 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...  

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER DATE SPECIFIC CAPE MAY EVENTS:

  • Cape May Wine Trail - Cape May Wine Trails feature lunch and trolley transport to two Cape May County wineries for tours and tastings.  Cape May County, New Jersey vineyards are producing delicious wines and Cape May Wine Trails are a chance to enjoy them with round-trip transportation via trolley included.  Board a Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) trolley at the historic Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., in Cape May, N.J. and travel to Pier House in Cape May for a delicious lunch. Then it’s back on board the trolley for an afternoon of touring and sampling wine selections by vintners at Jessie Creek Winery and Natali Vineyards. Guests will receive a tour, tasting and souvenir glass at Jessie Creek Winery and a tasting with cheese and crackers at Natali Vineyards. 

  • Saturdays, September 6th, 20th and October 10th 2024.
     

  • Channeling Dinner with Craig McManus - a delicious 3-course Prix-fix dinner will be followed by a 2+ hour channeling session where Craig will move around the room and bring through messages from friends and family in spirit. Friday, September 13th, 6 -10 PM at the Inn of Cape May.  Sell out event, must buy tickets in advance. 
     

  • Cape May Harbor Brew Fest - Taste craft beers at this Physick Estate festival that celebrates all things local, with live music onstage.  Saturday, September 14th 2024.
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse, starting at 8 PM on Tuesday, September 17th 2024.
     

  • 4th Annual Bikes & Beers Event - Put on by Cape May Brewing Co.  This event features three routes departing from Cape May Brewing Company and traveling up through idyllic Cape May County. All rides will feature morning fuel stations, marked routes, rest stops with refreshments, ride marshals, and SAG support. The end of each route will take you back to the brewery for live music, games, giveaways… and of course, BEER! - Saturday, September 21st 2024.
     

  • Cape May Stage presents Broadway performers NIC + DESI - Watch NIC+DESI sing, dance, and share their love story in this duo celebration of classic and contemporary Broadway! Following star turns on Broadway and in numerous nationally touring musicals, theatrical power couple Nicolas Dromard and Desireé Davar created this new duo act to be able to share their love of song and dance with venues worldwide.  Monday, September 23rd 2024 at 7 PM.
     

  • Cape May Oktoberfest,  Held on the Historic Jackson Street, you'll see the transformation from a seaside resort to a German promenade complete with food, beer, and music - September 28th 2024
     

  • Channeling Dinner with Craig McManus - a delicious 3-course Prix-fix dinner will be followed by a 2+ hour channeling session where Craig will move around the room and bring through messages from friends and family in spirit. Friday, October 11th, 6 -10 PM at the Inn of Cape May.  Sell out event, must buy tickets in advance. 
     

  • Cape May 52nd Annual Victorian Weekend, Celebrate Cape May's Victorian architecture and history with a holiday weekend of Victorian themed tours and events, October 12th - 14th 2024.
     

  • Lima Bean Festival, West Cape May celebrates her farming heritage with the Annual Lima Bean Festival in the Borough’s Backyard Park (732 Broadway, behind the Fire House)! The lowly legume takes center stage beginning at 9:00 AM and delights locals and visitors alike with her vast array of recipes, crafts and products available.
    Saturday, October 12th 2024.
     

  • Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show at the Physick Estate, Sunday, October 13th 2024 (10 AM - 4 PM).
     

  • Full Moon Climb at the Cape May Lighthouse, Thursday, October 17th 2024.
     

  • Annual Halloween Parade - The Parade route begins at Perry Street and Carpenter Lane, proceeds down Carpenter Lane to Ocean Street, travels down Washington Street and ends at the Emlen Physick Estate located at 1048 Washington Street.  Sunday, October 20th 2024.
     

  • Exit Zero Fall Jazz Festival - A 3-day musical feast featuring hundreds of musicians. Presented by the Worldwide Logistics Group, Exit Zero Jazz presents international touring artists performing on the stage in Cape May Convention Hall.  Each night, the musical feast continues with Fest shows in the bars and restaurants of Cape May.  The joy of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival is in the discovery of incredible music and musicians you may never have known existed.   Reserve your accommodations early, this is a sell-out weekend in Cape May.  October 25th, 26th & 27th 2024.
     

  • Halloween Crafts & Collectible Show at the Emlyn Physick Estate - Saturday, October 26th 2024 (10 AM - 3 PM)


ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER:
 

  • September and October are one of the best months to visit the Cape May beaches.  It's less crowded, an all around more relaxing experience!  If you are a guest of the Mason Cottage, Cape May Bed and Breakfast Inn, enjoy complimentary, beach chairs, beach towels and bicycles. 
     

  • 'We All Scream for Ice Cream:  A History of Summer's Favorite Treat' - Cape May MAC is currently hosting an ice cream exhibit that is sure to delight visitors of all ages. The free exhibit features an authentic 1898 ice cream maker and other artifacts, and a reproduction Victorian ice cream wagon.  Learn about the history and culture of ice cream, as well as its role in American society.  Free event at the Carroll Gallery on the ground of the Physick Estate, Open Daily.
     

  • Hop on one of the famous Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts 'MAC', Green & Red Trolleys for a Cape May Trolley Tour - Over 8 different trolley tour types offered, from ghost tours to sea-side mansion tours - MAC has a tour for every interest.
     

  • 'Stones in His Pockets' at Cape May Stage - a hilarious and heartwarming play that tells the story of two Irish men who are hired as extras for a Hollywood film being shot in their small town. As they navigate the ups and downs of show business, they also grapple with their own personal struggles and the challenges of life in rural Ireland.  Runs September 11th thru October 20th 2024.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May Vineyards & Breweries:

    • Jessie Creek Winery - Live Music Every Saturday & Sunday

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vineyard & Winery

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

    • Cape May Brewing Company

    • Cold Spring Brewery - located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see

    • Behr Brewing

    • Gusto Brewing Company

    • Coho Brewing Co.

    • Slack Tide Brewery
       

  • Check out Free music at Rotary Park - bring a blanket or beach chair as seating is limited.  For the complete schedule of musical artists and bands, click here.
     

  • Climb the 199 stairs of the Cape May Lighthouse - Daily Tours. 
     

  • The Chalfonte’s legendary “Howard Street Ramble” takes place on their porch every Thursday night.  Stop by to hear a variety of local musicians, sit in one of their iconic rocking chairs, and sip one (or two!) of their signature cocktails.   This gets a HUGE turnout - The Chalfonte Hotel @ 301 Howard Street.
     

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Year Round, Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

  • Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through Town with the Cape May Carriage Company, Day and Evening Tours
     

  • Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise on the Cape May Whale Watcher 
     

  • Visit the Cape May Designer House, a self guided tour, runs thru October 1st 
     

  • Halloween Happenings in Cape May, Historic Haunts Tour, Scarecrow Alley at the Physick Estate, Murder Mystery Dinners, Private Homes Tours - just a few of the events happening during Victorian Week in Cape May, October 1st - 31st 2024.

  • Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the legendary Cape May Day Spa - Open Daily, Year Round
     

  • Tour the Emlen Physick Estate - Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for an in-depth look at Victorian architecture and the period, reflecting one Victorian family’s lifestyle, and detailing the way the Physick family and their household lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural wonder built by famed American architect Frank Furness and is one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country.
     

  • Beach Plum's Farm-to-Table Dinner Series, BYOB, September & October.  These dinners are a celebration of Beach Plum Farm’s seasonal harvest, featuring their farm raised meats, organic produce, and garden herbs. Dine under the stars, or in their festive hoop house, depending on the weather.  Visit Beach Plum's website for more information.
     

  • Visit Sunset Beach for the Flag Lowering Ceremony, Daily at sunset, Memorial Day through October.
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company - One of the top 75 theaters offering summer productions in  North America. – "The New York Times" - Check out what's playing - https://www.eastlynnetheater.org
     

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November December

Things to do in Cape May During the Christmas Holiday Season

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November & December 2024 Cape May Things to Do...                                       

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • Crafts & Collectibles Show, Cape May Convention Hall - Saturday, November 2nd 2024, 10:00 - 4:00 PM.
     
  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend - Holmes returns to Cape May with an all new mystery.  A weekend full of intrigue, suspense, clue searches and live performances.  November 16th & 17th and November 23rd & 24th 2024.  Tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance through MAC.
     
  • Full Moon Climb at the Cape May Lighthouse, Friday, November 15th 2024 (this is the last climb of the year).
     

  • Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend - What better place to get into the true spirit of Christmas than Victorian Cape May! This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a variety of fun tours and events.  |  November 22nd - 24th 2024.
     
  • The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Physick Estate - Saturday, November 23rd 2024.
     
  • Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show, Cape May Convention Hall - Friday & Saturday, November 29th & 30th 2024, 10:00 - 4:00 PM.
     

  • Holidays Inn Tours - Sponsored by MAC, a self guided tour through a selection of Cape Mays inns and private homes decked out in their holiday splendor: December 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th & 19th 2024 (1 - 3:30 PM). 
     

  • Lamplighters Christmas Tour - Sponsored by MAC, a self-guided evening tour of selected Cape May Bed and Breakfast's and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays:  Fridays: December 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th & Monday, December 30th 2024 (5:30 - 7:30 PM). 
     

  • 50th Annual Christmas Candlelight House Tours in Cape May - Reserve your Cape May Accommodations early, these are sell-out Weekends!  Stay in one of the Best Christmas decorated inns in all of Cape MaySaturdays, December 7th, 14th & 21st 2024 (5:30 - 8:30 PM).  The Mason Cottage will be on the December 7th & 14th tour dates.  Take advantage of the Mason Cottage's BOGO Special - starting Sunday, December 15th through December 23rd, stay one night, then 2nd night is free, as our gift to you!
     

  • Christmas Tree Lighting at Rotary Park - The Cape May City Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be taking place in Rotary Park. Join in for a night of old – fashioned family fun including caroling, tree lighting and a special visit from Santa Claus!  2024 Date TBD
     

  • West Cape May Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 7th 2024 - This is a sell out weekend in Cape May, Book your Cape May Accommodations early! 
     

  • Annual Crafts at Christmas Show at the Convention Center, December 7th & 8th 2024 (9 AM - 3 PM)
     

  • Abigail Rockwell in “A Norman Rockwell – Bedford Falls Christmas”.  Abigail Rockwell is an American jazz singer/songwriter.  For the first time, Rockwell will share the magic and intimate recollections of her grandfather Norman Rockwell’s home at Christmas with original music and holiday classics. Her upcoming album, “A Rockwell Christmas”, will be released Christmas 2024. Cape May Stage on Sunday, December 15th at 7 PM.  Buy tickets early, they will sell out fast.
     

  • Wassail Day at Historic Cold Spring Village - The Village paths come alive with the sights and sounds of the holiday season at this event! Select buildings will be open where guests can enjoy live music, hot beverages, and holiday treats.   2024 Dates TBD.
     
  • Artists Holiday Marketplace at the Nature Center of Cape May -  This year’s Artists Holiday Marketplace will feature over 15 artists with their original handcrafted wares as well as three local authors.  This is their version of the famous Christmas Markets of Germany.  They invite you to Shop Small and Shop Local this holiday season, as well as supporting some of the Nature Center’s favorite local artists.  2024 Dates TBD.
     

  • Cape May Hospitality Nights – The tradition returns! Enjoy the sounds of the season, our beautiful holiday décor, and a visit from Olde Saint Nick as participating merchants offer discounts and specials along with free lite bites and drinks in the cozy heart of Cape May!  2024 Dates TBD.
     

  • Holiday Market at Willow Creek Winery - Sip & Shop while getting your holiday shopping done at Willow Creek Winery's annual open air outdoor holiday market packed with local artisans and vendors.  2024 Dates TBD
     

  • Physick Christmas House Tour - Take this guided living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas. Your guide portrays a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s and shares stories and traditions. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery to see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, a popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens village collection. 2024 Dates TBD  Visit MAC for more information.
     

  • Evening Yuletide House Tour at the Physick Estate - Take this guided tour of the first floor rooms of the 1879 Physick House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. See and hear how the Physick family might have entertained friends and family and celebrated in traditional Victorian fashion during the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House and visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery and see this popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept 56 Dickens village collection.  2024 Dates TBD
     

ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER | DECEMBER:
 

  • Hop on one of the famous Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts 'MAC', Green & Red Trolleys for a Cape May Trolley Tour specifically geared towards the holiday season | Spirited Christmas Trolley Tour | Holiday Lights Trolley Tour | Santa's Trolley Rides | All That Glitters Tour |  Daily tours, for more information, visit MAC.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May vineyards & Breweries:

    • Cape May Winery

    • Jessie Creek Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vineyard & Winery

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

    • Cape May Brewing Company

    • Cold Spring Brewery - located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see

    • Behr Brewing

    • Gusto Brewing Company

    • Coho Brewing Co.

    • Slack Tide Brewery
       

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Daily, Year Round, Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

  • 'The Gift of the Magi: A modern adaptation of the O. Henry story' at Cape May Stage - This heartwarming story, set in Victorian times, tells the story of a young couple who have different ideas on what to spend on Christmas gifts for each other. Join us for a night of laughter, tears, and holiday cheer.  Runs November 20th thru December 29th 2024.
     

  • Check out some great local talent during Open-Mic Night, Sunday nights at the Mad Batter.
     

  • Stay in one of the Best Decorated Cape May Bed & Breakfast Inn's for Christmas.  The Mason Cottage has won many awards over the years for their amazing holiday decorations. 
     

  • Take a Horse Drawn Carriage Ride through Town with the Cape May Carriage Company, Day and Evening Tours, Call for Availability.
     

  • Get  the perfect gift for you loved one - Fantastic shopping, all shops are open (Fri- Sun).  Many are open all week during the holidays.
     

  • Pamper yourself with a massage or facial at the legendary Cape May Day Spa - Open Daily, year-round.
     

  • Tour the Emlen Physick Estate, decked out for the holiday season.

 

  • An 'Old Fashioned Christmas Exhibit' at the Carroll Gallery in the Physick Estate Carriage House. Experience a breathtaking exhibit of holiday traditions complete with a giant Christmas tree, a Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos from Christmas past, and more | Daily, November 17th - January 1st 2024.
     

  • Beach Plum's Fall Holiday Dinner Series , BYOB, Reserve Early, they book up fast. 
     

  • Visit the Cape May Brewing Company, take a tour and taste their award winning brews, Open Daily.

 

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Plan your Trip to Cape May
During the Holidays

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