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Things to do in Cape May - 2023 Events, Festivals & tours.
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UPDATED: February 2023

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 Presidents 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

 

May thru June & November 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 Distillary, Cape May Brewery or 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', Taco Cabalitos or the Schooner at the Lobster House, just to name a few.

Cape May things to do in winter
January | February

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

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Peak Season Events & Activities in Cape May

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Early Spring Things to do in Cape May

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A More Relaxed Vibe | Haunted Cape May & Halloween Events

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Spring and Early Summer Things to do in Town

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Holiday Events | Christmas Time in Cape May

January February Events

Things to do Off-Season | Winter in Cape May

    January & February 2023 Cape May Things to Do...                                       

DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • 3rd Monday in January - Martin Luther King's Birthday Observed - Why not celebrate with a long weekend getaway in Cape May.  Weekend, January 13th - 16th 2023.
     

  • Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Throw Like A Girl: Women In Baseball” - Women have played baseball as long as men have. They were in amateur and professional teams and leagues, joined high school and college teams, and competed in Negro League matches.  The exhibit opens on Friday, Jan. 13 and continues through Sunday, March 26 in the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate.   Saturdays & Sundays in January & February 2023.
     

  • Sunday Socials at Finns Bar & Grill - Come see live music, and even better company at their Sunday Socials.  February 5th, 12th & 26th, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
     

  • Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery - Cozy up to the fireplace in the most beautifully restored barn in South Jersey.  Topic:  Farmers & Community, Thursday, February 9th 2023, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
     

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May:  Lisa Calvo of the Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm will discuss: “New Jersey’s Great Oyster Rebound.”, Thursday, February 9th 2023 (12 - 1 PM).
     

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Katie Morgan of NOAA will update us on “The Current State of the Abandoned Boat Issue in New Jersey.”Katie may be joined by Mr. Steve Rodas of the Star Leger of New Jersey. Steve had been covering the abandoned boat issue for many years, Thursday, February 16th 2023 (12 - 1 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 17th - 20th 2023.
     

  • Beach Plum Farm's Farm-to-Table Valentines Day Dinner Series, BYOB, February 10th, 11th & 14th 2023, gates open at 6 PM - Reserve early, these book up fast!
     

  • Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery - Cozy up to the fireplace in the most beautifully restored barn in South Jersey.  Topic:  History of Dennisville, NJ, Thursday, February 16th 2023, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.
     

  • Celebrate Mardi Gras in Cape May with the Terrance Simien Zydeco Express at t he Exit Zero Ferry Station, $50 includes New Orleans Style Buffet and show, $25 show only, Friday, February 17th 2023, Seatings at 6 & 8:30 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, February 18th 2023.

  • Crafts & Collectible Winter Show at Convention Hall, February 18th & 19th 2023.
     

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Melissa Laurino of the Cape May Whale Watch Research Center will share her knowledge of whales and other cetaceans in our local waters. This is an especially apt topic given the recent strandings on local beaches., Thursday, February 23rd 2023 (12 - 1 PM).
     

  • Comedy Show at Willow Creek - Get rid of the winter blues and come support the Desatnick Foundation at Willow Creek Winery in West Cape May NJ. Show Only $40, Dinner & Show $90.  Saturday, February 25th 2023, 6 - 10 PM.
     

ONGOING EVENTS IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY:

  • Hop on Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts, Green & Red Trolley for a Winter Historic District Trolley Tour (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays). 
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May vineyards, Open Year Round:

    •  Cape May Winery (open daily)

    • Willow Creek Winery (winter hours: closed Mondays & Wednesdays)

    • Natali Vineyard (open daily)

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery (open daily)
       

  • Check out one of these amazing Year Round Cape May Restaurants/Bars:

    • Open Year Round - Updated January 2023: 

      • Exit Zero Filling Station

      • Delaney's Irish Bar & Restaurant

      • Ocean 7 @ Inn of Cape May

      • Lucky Bones

      • Lobster House

      • The Ugly Mug

      • Finns Bar & Grill, and

      • C-View

 

*Please be sure to check out our additional list of restaurants that are open in Cape May this winter

  • Fire Pit Fridays at Willow Creek Winery - Enjoy locally grown, produced, and bottled wines while listening to live music from local musicians around the winery's fire pit.  The winery also offers a lovely selection of tapas and small plates.  Friday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (live music from 6-9 PM).
     

  • Tour the Emlen Physick Estate or do a Combo Emlen Physick Estate/Trolley Tour - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays.
     

  • 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, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM  |  Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 PM.  Guided tours at the top of each hour.
     

  • The Symposium & Open-Mic at Nauti Spirits Distillery, Weekly Historic Cocktail Paired with Tunes and Talent,
    Every Thursday night, 6:30 - 9:30 PM. GTK:  Nauti features live music every Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights all year long.
     

  • Sunset Yoga at the Ferry Terminal (every Tuesday at 5 PM) and All Levels Yoga Flow is (every Sunday at 9:30 AM) with Karen Manette Bosna of Yoga Cape May.  All yoga classes are held inside the Gallery on the second floor of the terminal. No reservations are required and each class is $10 — cash or check only.  For more information, contact Karen at 609-827-8886 or visit yogacapemay.com
     

  • Cape May Lighthouse Tour - Climb 199 steps to the top - Saturdays & Sundays.
     

  • Visit the Cold Spring Brewery located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see - Open Thursdays thru Sundays, 12:00 - 8:00 PM (Sundays they close at 6 PM).
     

  • Visit the Cape May Zoo, one of the coolest small town zoo's you will ever see - Open Daily, Year Round (10:00 - 3:30 PM).  Free to visitors, donations graciously accepted.
     

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

  • Visit the Cape May Brewing Company (CMBC), take a tour and taste their award winning craft brews, Open Daily 12 PM - 7 PM.  Visit CMBC on Tuesday nights for Trivia, 5:30 - 7:30 PM.
     

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

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March April Events

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    March & April 2023 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...         

MARCH | APRIL DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Emily Reed, the Program Director at the Nature Center of Cape May, will present “Mindful Yoga in Nature”.  Bring your mats and dress comfortably., Thursday, March 2nd 2023 (12 - 1 PM).
     

  • Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Throw Like A Girl: Women In Baseball” - Women have played baseball as long as men have. They were in amateur and professional teams and leagues, joined high school and college teams, and competed in Negro League matches.  The exhibit is open Saturdays & Sundasy through, March 26 2023 in the Carriage House at the Emlen Physick Estate.  
     

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Captain Warren Judge, Commanding Officer of the Training Center of Cape May will talk about training and leadership in the United State Coast Guard, Thursday, March 9th 2023 (12 - 1 PM).
     

  • Sunday Socials at Finns Bar & Grill - Come see live music, and even better company at their Sunday Socials.  March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th 2023, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM.
     

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Jake Cumo of Revolution Rail will present: “Peddling through Nature.”, Thursday, March 16th 2023 (12 - 1 PM).
     

  • St Patrick's Day Weekend Event at Willow Creek Winery - Have a traditional Saint Patrick's Day weekend with us! Featuring Gloucester City Irish Society Pipes & Drums and Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dance, Chef O'Bryan's famous Irish dinners, Guinness, and an open air vendor market, March 17th - 19th 2023, starts at 6 PM.
     

  • Harborside Chats at the Nature Center of Cape May: Ralph Boemer will present, “Dynamics of the Barrier Islands”, Thursday, March 23rd 2023 (12 - 1 PM).
     

  • Don't miss the Full Pink Moon Climb at the Lighthouse on Thursday, April 6th 2023, 8:00 - 10:00 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, Fridays & Saturdays in April 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th 2023, 7 - 8 PM.
     

  • Ghost Walks at Historic Cold Spring Village - Join Spiritualist Medium Bob Bitting on a 45-minute lantern-lit ghost walk around Historic Cold Spring Village. He will regale the mysterious spectral happenings reported by Village staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. *Rain or moonshine! Ghost Walk tours start at Cold Spring Brewery.  Please bring bug spray. Tickets must be purchased in advance, Saturdays, April 15th, 22nd & 29th 2023, 7 - 8 PM.
     

  • Stairway to the Stars Lighthouse Climb - Without the light of the moon, you see the stars shine! Climb the 199 steps to the top of the Cape May Lighthouse on evenings of the New Moon and the start of a new 29.5-day lunar cycle, when the moon is so dark it blends in with the night sky and is invisible to the naked eye. Stars and constellations are more visible on clear nights during the New Moon!, Thursday, April 20th 2023, 8:00 - 10:00 PM
     

  • Channeling Dinner with Ghost Medium Craig McManus - Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner at the Inn of Cape May followed by a two-hour channeling session with Medium Craig McManus. McManus will read the energies in the room and channel messages from the spirits of departed family and friends. While he does not read everyone present and cannot control where messages come through, he will bring through as many messages from spirits as possible during the two-hour channeling, Friday, April 14th 2023.
  • Crafts & Collectible Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, April 22nd 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     

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

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vinyards

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery 
       

  • Climb the 199 stairs of the Cape May Lighthouse - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until March 26th 2023 | Daily tours starting March 27th 2023
     

  • 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.
     

  • Fire Pit Friday @ Willow Creek Winery - Enjoy locally grown, produced, and bottled wines while listening to live music from local musicians around the winery's fire pit.  The winery also offers a lovely selection of tapas and small plates.  Friday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (live music from 6-9 PM).
     

  • The Symposium & Open-Mic at Nauti Spirits Distillery, Weekly Historic Cocktail Paired with Tunes and Talent,
    Every Thursday night, 6:30 - 9:30 PM.
     

  • Sunset Yoga at the Ferry Terminal (every Tuesday at 5 PM) and All Levels Yoga Flow is (every Sunday at 9:30 AM) with Karen Manette Bosna of Yoga Cape May.  All yoga classes are held inside the Gallery on the second floor of the terminal. No reservations are required and each class is $10 — cash or check only.  For more information, contact Karen at 609-827-8886 or visit yogacapemay.com
     

  • Visit the Cold Spring Brewery located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see - Open Thursdays thru Sundays, 12:00 - 8:00 PM (Sundays they close at 6 PM)
     

  • Cape May Whale & Dolphin Cruise on the Cape May Whale Watcher - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, starting March 18th thru April 30th 2023.
     

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

  • Roller Skating at Convention Hall, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays in March (ends March 26th 2023).
     

  • 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.
     

  • Visit the Cape May Brewing Company, take a tour and taste their award winning brews, Open Daily 12 PM - 8 PM
     

  • Pretty much all of the Cape May restaurants and bars are now open 7 days a week starting in April.
     

  • 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 - Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until March 26th 2023 | Daily tours starting March 27th 2023.
     

  • Visit the WWII Lookout Tower which played a major role in coastal defense during WWII - No March Tours | Tours on Saturdays and Sundays during April 2023.
     

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May June Events

Things to do in Cape May in May & June

    May & June 2023 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...         

MAY | JUNE DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • Exit Zero's Spring Jazz Festival, International touring artists perform around Cape May (Cape May Convention Hall, Rotary Park, Carney's, etc.) May 5th - 7th 2023.  For more info, please visit Exit Zero Jazz Fest page
     

  • Ghost Walks at Historic Cold Spring Village - Join Spiritualist Medium Bob Bitting on a 45-minute lantern-lit ghost walk around Historic Cold Spring Village. He will regale the mysterious spectral happenings reported by Village staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. *Rain or moonshine! Ghost Walk tours start at Cold Spring Brewery.  Please bring bug spray. Tickets must be purchased in advance, Saturdays in May 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th |  Friday & Saturdays in June 2nd/3rd, 9th/10th, 16th/17th, 23/24th and 30th 2023, 7 - 8 PM.
     

  • Crafts & Collectible Spring Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, May 13th 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
     

  • 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., May 18th - 21st 2023.
     

  • Murder Mystery Dinner: The Plot Thickens - Enjoy a three-course dinner and watch as the mystery and drama unfold around you during “The Plot Thickens,” an original mystery by Jacky Fazio. Tensions rise when a celebration for an esteemed murder mystery author turns into a crime scene right out of one of her own books. Once the guest of honor is pronounced dead, how will her dedicated staff and adoring fans cope?  Wednesday nights @ The Chalfonte Hotel, May 17th, 24th & 31st and Wednesday, June 7th 2023 from 7 - 9 PM.
     

  • Cape May Music Festival, Celebrating 34 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, NJ.  Runs from May 25th - June 22nd 2023.
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse on Friday, May 5th 2023 (starting at 8:00 PM) and Tuesday, June 3rd/4th 2023 (this June full moon can be seen on both nights, call to find out which night is the climb), starting at 8:00 PM.
     

  • Cape May Restaurant Week, June 4th - 11th 2023.
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company - 2023 Schedule TBD
     

  • Crafts & Collectible Summer Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, June 17th 2023, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
     

  • Cape May Garden Tour, step past the frontage and explore the private plants and blooms of some of the Cape May area’s natural areas and most dedicated gardeners.  Saturdays:  June 17th 2023 (1:00 - 4:00 PM).
     

 

ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN MAY | JUNE:
 

  • 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

    •  Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vinyards

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery 

    • Turdo Winery
       

  • All Cape May restaurants and bars are Open Daily, Always call to confirm opening dates
     

  •  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, 6:30 - 9:30 PM.
     

  • 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.
     

  • Fire Pit Fridays at Willow Creek Winery - Enjoy locally grown, produced, and bottled wines while listening to live music from local musicians around the winery's fire pit.  The winery also offers a lovely selection of tapas and small plates.  Friday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (live music from 6-9 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, starting June 27th thru August 29th 2023, 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 - Tours on Saturdays and Sundays during May, daily in June.
     

  •  Visit the Cape May Brewing Company, take a tour and taste their award winning brews, Open Daily 12 PM - 8 PM
     

  •  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

    July & August 2023 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...         

JULY | AUGUST DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse, starting at 8 PM on Monday, July 3th and Tuesday, August 1st 2023.
     

  • Ghost Walks at Historic Cold Spring Village - Join Spiritualist Medium Bob Bitting on a 45-minute lantern-lit ghost walk around Historic Cold Spring Village. He will regale the mysterious spectral happenings reported by Village staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. *Rain or moonshine! Ghost Walk tours start at Cold Spring Brewery.  Please bring bug spray. Tickets must be purchased in advance, Friday & Saturdays in July 1st, 7th/8th, 14th/15th, 21st/22nd & 28th/29th  |  August 4th/5th, 11th/12th, 18th/19th & 25th/26th 2023, 7 - 8 PM.
     

  • Family Fun Crafts Show at the Lighthouse, Cape May Point, July 5th, 12th, 19th, 25th & 26th 2023 (9 AM - 2 PM) and August 2nd, 7th, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th 2023 (9 AM - 2 PM).
     

  • Cape May Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival, 2023 Date TBD
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company - 2023 Schedule TBD
     

  • National IPA Day at Cape May Brewery, a universal movement that was created to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers, and brewers worldwide 2023 Date TBD
     

  • National Tattoo Arts Convention at Wildwood Convention Hall, August 11th - 13th 2023.
     

  • Seafarers Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village, 2023 Dates TBD.
     

ONGOING CAPE MAY EVENTS IN JULY | AUGUST:
 

  • 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 addition to the list below, I have also compiled a list of '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

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vinyards

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery

    • Turdo Vineyards & Winery
       

  • 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.
     

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

  • Fire Pit Saturdays at Willow Creek Winery - Enjoy locally grown, produced, and bottled wines while listening to live music from local musicians around the winery's fire pit.  The winery also offers a lovely selection of tapas and small plates.  Friday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (live music from 6-9 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 29th 2023, 3 PM - 7:30pm.  Live music starting at 5:00 PM, Rain or Shine.
     

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

  • 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.

 

  •  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 the Cape May Brewing Company, take a tour and taste their award winning brews, Open Daily 12:00 - 8:00 PM.
     

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

  • Tour the Nauti Spirits Distillery or Cape May Distillery.
     

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

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September October

Things to do in Cape May in the Fall Season

  September & October 2023 Cape May Things to Do | Attractions & Activities...  

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • Ghost Walks at Historic Cold Spring Village - Join Spiritualist Medium Bob Bitting on a 45-minute lantern-lit ghost walk around Historic Cold Spring Village. He will regale the mysterious spectral happenings reported by Village staff and revealed by paranormal investigation teams. *Rain or moonshine! Ghost Walk tours start at Cold Spring Brewery.  Please bring bug spray. Tickets must be purchased in advance, Friday & Saturdays in September 1st/2nd, 8th/9th, 15th/16th, 22nd/23rd & 29th/30th 2023 | Saturdays in October7th, 14th, 21st & 28th (7 - 8 PM).
     

  • Cape May Harbor Brew Fest at the Physick Estate, Saturday, September 16th 2023 (10 AM - 6 PM).
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company - 2023 Schedule TBD.
     

  • Don't miss the Full Moon Climb at the Lighthouse, starting at 8 PM on Friday, September 29th 2023.
     

  • 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 - Saturday, September 30th 2023 (9 AM - 6 PM).
     

  • Murder Mystery Dinner: The Plot Thickens - Enjoy a three-course dinner and watch as the mystery and drama unfold around you during “The Plot Thickens,” an original mystery by Jacky Fazio. Tensions rise when a celebration for an esteemed murder mystery author turns into a crime scene right out of one of her own books. Once the guest of honor is pronounced dead, how will her dedicated staff and adoring fans cope?  The Chalfonte Hotel, Monday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 27th, Monday, October 2nd and Wednesday, October 4th 2023 from 7 - 9 PM
     

  • 3rd 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 23rd, 2023.
     

  • Cape May 51st Annual Victorian Weekend, Celebrate Cape May's Victorian architecture and history with a holiday weekend of Victorian themed tours and events, 2023 Date TBD.
     

  • Exit Zero's Fall Jazz Festival, 2023 Date TBD
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  • Channeling Dinner with Ghost Medium Craig McManus - Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner at the Inn of Cape May followed by a two-hour channeling session with Medium Craig McManus. McManus will read the energies in the room and channel messages from the spirits of departed family and friends. While he does not read everyone present and cannot control where messages come through, he will bring through as many messages from spirits as possible during the two-hour channeling, Friday, October 13th 2023.
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company, for one night only, 2023 Date TBD.
     

  • 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 - October 7th, 2023.
     

  • Full Moon Climb at the Cape May Lighthouse, Saturday, October 28th 2023 (this is the last climb of the year).
     

  • Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show at the Physick Estate, Sunday, October 8th 2023 (10 AM - 4 PM).
     

  • Sherlock Holmes Weekend, Holmes returns to Cape May with an all new mystery. Three days of intrigue, suspense, clue searches, and live performances. - 2023 Dates TBD.
     

  • 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 - October 2023 Dates TBD.
     

  • Crafts & Collectibles by the Sea, Cape May Convention Hall, Saturday, October 14th 2023.
     

  • Halloween Crafts & Collectible Show at the Emlyn Physick Estate - Saturday, October 28th 2023 (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!  f you are a guest of the Mason Cottage, Cape May Bed and Breakfast Inn, enjoy complimentary, beach chairs, beach towels and bicycles. 
 

  • 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

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vinyards

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
       

  • 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.
     

  • 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 
     

  • Fire Pit Saturdays at Willow Creek Winery - Enjoy locally grown, produced, and bottled wines while listening to live music from local musicians around the winery's fire pit.  The winery also offers a lovely selection of tapas and small plates.  Saturday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (live music from 6-9 PM).
     

  • 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, 2023 Dates TBD.

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

  • Tour the Emlen Physick Estate.
     

  • Beach Plum's Fall Farm-to-Table Dinner Series & Campfire Dinners, BYOB, September & October.  
     

  • Visit the Cape May Brewing Company, take a tour and taste their award winning brews, Open Daily - Did someone say "Cape May Bog'?, A must try seasonal beer!
     

  • Visit the Cold Spring Brewery located in one of the coolest restored barns you'll ever see. Open Thursday thru Sunday
     

  • Tour the Nauti Spirits Distillery or Cape May Distillery.
     

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

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November December

Things to do in Cape May During the Holidays

November & December 2023 Cape May Things to Do...                                       

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER DATE SPECIFIC EVENTS:

  • Crafts & Collectibles Show, Cape May Convention Hall - Saturday, November 4th 2023, 10:00 - 4:00 PM.
     
  • Cape May Holiday Preview Weekend - The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Physick Estate will take place on Saturday, November 18th 2023
     

  • Holiday Crafts & Collectibles Show, Cape May Convention Hall - Saturday & Sunday, November 24th & 25th 2023, 10:00 - 4:00 PM.
     

  • East Lynne Theater Company, 2023 Dates TBD.
     

  • Cape May Customer Appreciation Days (formally called Hospitality Nights) – 2023 Dates TBD.
     

  • Lamplighters Christmas Tour - a self-guided evening tour of selected Cape May Bed and Breakfast's and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays:  Sat, Nov 25th | Fri, Dec 1st | Fri, Dec 8th | Fri, Dec 15th | Tues, Dec 26th | Thurs, Dec 28th (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM) 2023.
     

  • 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:  Mon, Dec 4th | Tues, Dec 5th | Wed, Dec 6th | Thurs, Dec 7th | Mon, Dec 11th, Tues, Dec 12th | Wed, Dec 13th | Thurs, Dec 14th  (1:00 PM – 3:30 PM) 2023.
     

  • Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rotary Park - The festive family program will include caroling, remarks from dignitaries, and a special visit from Santa Claus! Come early and/or stay late and finish crossing off that Christmas list.  2023 Dates TBD.
     

  • West Cape May Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 2nd 2023.
     

  • 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 2nd, 9th & 16th (5:30 - 8:30 PM).  The Mason Cottage will be on the December 2nd & 9th tour dates.
     

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 | Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Tour | Holiday Lights Trolley Tour | Santa's Trolley Rides | Daily tours, for more information, visit MAC.
     

  • Visit one of the many Cape May vineyards

    • Cape May Winery

    • Willow Creek Winery

    • Natali Vinyards

    • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery
       

  • 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.
     

  • 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.
     

  • Fire Pit Saturdays at Willow Creek Winery - Enjoy locally grown, produced, and bottled wines while listening to live music from local musicians around the winery's fire pit.  The winery also offers a lovely selection of tapas and small plates.  Friday nights from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (live music from 6-9 PM).
     

  • 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, 2023 Dates TBD.
     

  • 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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