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Things to do in Cape May 2024 Events, Festivals & tours.
Plus, Things to Do in Cape May Off-Season Guide

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NOTE:  If you are planning a visit based on a specific event, it is always best to call and confirm.

UPDATED: January 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 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

 

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 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.   

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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 2024 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 12th - 15th 2024.  Reserve your stay at the Mason Cottage, Cape May B&B
     

  • Polar Bear Plunge in Wildwood, NJ - Saturday, January 13th 2024, 3 PM
     

  • 18th 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.  Saturday, January 27th 2024, 5PM - 11 PM -  To purchase tickets, click here.
     

  • Atlantic City Beer & Music Fest - Wednesday, January 31st, 2024, 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 2024, from 4:00 PM-5:00 PM,  Dates & Topics: 
    • January 24th: “Airminded: The Story of Aeromarine, America’s First International Airline” by Jim Stephens HCSV Deputy Director.
    • January 31st:  “From Our Correspondent with the 29th Regiment: The Story of a NJ Civil War Regiment In Their Own Words” by Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director.
    • February 7th:  “The Life of Harriet Tubman” by Dr. Daisy Century of Temple University
    • February 14th:  “Despicable Cads from American History” by Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director
    • February 21st- “The Life of Sarah Spicer” by Darci Tucker of Colonial Williamsburg
    • February 28th - “More Stories of Old Glory: Tales of the American Flag from the Late 19th Century to Today” by Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director.

 

  • 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,  Dates & Topics: 

    • January 11th: We all are looking forward to “Floating the Boat.” This of course is the historic Coast Guard motor lifeboat (MLB) #36358 that a group of dedicated volunteers has been restoring for the past five years. Jerry Tarrant will be on hand to give us an update. Perhaps this will be the year that we get to see 36358 in our harbor.

    • January 18th: Back by popular demand, Jim Webster, Dr. Dark Sky, will share progress made in the past year when it comes to protecting our avian friends from light pollution.

    • January 25th: Migratory song birds are dying by the BILLIONS! And it’s not just from the light pollution that we learned about last week, but they are dying from crashing into buildings, habitat loss, killer agricultural practices, invasive plant & animal species, microplastics, herbicides, pesticides, biocides, power-lines, and so much more, even your own windows! This will be an open discussion led by local experts about the threats and what can be done to preserve our avian populations.

    • February 1st: Our beloved Humpback Whales face many obstacles in the deep blue sea. Ralph Boerner has agreed to make a return visit to the “chats” to bring us up-to-date on what’s up with the Humpbacks.
       

  • 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.  Friday, February 16th 2024, 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 16th - 19th 2024.
     

  • 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.  February 17th, 2024.

  • Crafts & Collectible Winter Show at Convention Hall, February 17th & 18th 2024 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
       

  • Do you want to know "what restaurants are open in Cape May in the winter off season?"   Get the most up-to-date list of Cape May restaurants open in January and February 2024.
     
  • 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 2nd 2024.
     

  • Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Line in the sand:  Segregated beaches in Cape May & Atlantic City” - Prior to the 1960s civil rights era, Black people were limited to recreation on certain beaches based on the color of their skin. Beaches had been racially segregated at resorts like Cape May and Atlantic City for decades through the 1950s, with boundaries that sometimes moved from season to season, but which were clear, even when they weren’t publicly advertised. See Grant Street Beach in Cape May through historic photos from West Cape May families and original artwork by Cape May County artist Chanelle René, and Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City through historic photos from the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, and learn how people of color enjoyed their time at these beaches, despite the harsh racial divide.  Saturdays & Sundays, 12 PM - 3 PM Free Admission.
     

  • 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 2024 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: 

    • March 7th:  “Forgotten Great Men and Women from American History” by Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director

    • March 14th:  "Alice Paul: New Jersey Heroine for Equality” with Lucienne Beard, Executive Director with The Alice Paul Institute.

    • March 21st:  “Submarine Warfare off the Jersey Shore in WWI and WWII” by Joseph Bilby Author and Historian

    • March 28th:  “History of Early Baseball in New Jersey” with John Zinn, Author and Historian

    • April 4th:  “Dangerous at Both Ends: The 19th Century American Whaling Industry” by Jim Stephens, HCSV Deputy Director. This free lecture series is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
       

  • 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, March 3rd 2024, 12 - 4 PM.
     

  • 3rd 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.  March 15th - 17th 2024, 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,
    Fridays in April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th 2024, 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. 
    Sunday, April 7th 2024, 12 - 4 PM.
     

  • 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.  April 19th - 21st 2024. 
     

  • Don't miss the Full Pink Moon Climb at the Lighthouse on Thursday, April 23rd 2024, 8 PM - 10 PM
     

  • Crafts & Collectible Show at the Emlen Physick Estate, Saturday, April 27th 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, April 27th 2024.
     

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 (ends March 24th 2024).
     

  • 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 starting March 25th 2024.
     

  • 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.
     

  • Carroll Gallery Exhibit: “Line in the sand:  Segregated beaches in Cape May & Atlantic City” - Prior to the 1960s civil rights era, Black people were limited to recreation on certain beaches based on the color of their skin. Beaches had been racially segregated at resorts like Cape May and Atlantic City for decades through the 1950s, with boundaries that sometimes moved from season to season, but which were clear, even when they weren’t publicly advertised. See Grant Street Beach in Cape May through historic photos from West Cape May families and original artwork by Cape May County artist Chanelle René, and Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City through historic photos from the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, and learn how people of color enjoyed their time at these beaches, despite the harsh racial divide.  Exhibit runs until March 26th 2024 |  Daily 12 PM - 3 PM Free Admission.
     

  • 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, starting March 8th thru April 2024.
     

  • 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.  Tours daily starting March 1st 2024  |  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 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).
     

  • 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:
 

  • 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
       

  • All Cape May restaurants and bars are now open, Always call to confirm opening dates/times.
     

  • 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, 7 PM - 10 PM.  After 10 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, 6:30 - 9:30 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 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
       

  • 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).
     

  • 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
     

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-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
     

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

  • 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.   This gets a HUGE turnout - The Chalfonte Hotel @ 301 Howard Street.
     

  • 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

Things to do in Cape May in the Fall  | Cape May Events October & November

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

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER DATE SPECIFIC CAPE MAY EVENTS:

  • 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.
     

  • 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. 
     

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

  • 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 2024 Date TBD.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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 (this is the last climb of the year).
     

  • 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.  2024 Dates TBD.
     

  • 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. 
     

  • 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 - 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 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.  Three days of intrigue, suspense, clue searches and live performances.  2024 Dates TBD
     
  • 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.
     

  • Lamplighters Christmas Tour - a self-guided evening tour of selected Cape May Bed and Breakfast's and private homes, specially decorated for the holidays:  2024 Dates TBD
     

  • 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: 2024 Dates TBD
     

  • 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 2024 Dates TBD, 12 - 5:00 PM
     
  • 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
     

  • 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.
     

  • 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 | Ghosts of Christmas Past 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.
     

  • Cape May Stage - 2024 Lineup Coming
     

  • 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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