Unforgettable summer events on the Jersey Shore
For some, there aren’t times as balmy as summer on the Jersey Shore. After a long year of enjoying our favorite things to do, visitors and locals are more than ready to make new memories all along the beloved shore. So, slip on some flip flops and get the buckets and spades out of storage – we’ve got you covered with events that will have you green with sentimentality throughout the season.
New Jersey Sandcastle Contest, Belmar
Bring your sand skills to Belmar for the annual New Jersey Sandcastle Competition. This family favorite will draw crowds of competitors and spectators to the beach at Shore Town’s 18th Avenue for a day of seaside digging and carving on July 14 (rain date July 21). Presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission and the local waterhole, D’Jais, the competition is free and open to all ages.
The day begins with registration at 8:30 am, and starting at noon, judges will assess each entry for originality, creativity, ingenuity and use of props. The first, second and third prizes will be awarded to the age groups 7 and under, 8 to 11, 12 to 15 and 16 and over; as well as the categories “Camps & Recreation”, “Family”, “Classic Sandcastle” and the ever coveted “Best on Beach” award. Participants must use natural ingredients and environmentally friendly materials when creating their masterpieces.
For more information, contact Belmar Tourisme at 732-681-3700, ext. 214 or click here.
Stone Harbor Farmer’s Market
This popular seasonal farmer’s market in the charming coastal town of Stone Harbor takes place every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. until September 12 and features local produce, plants and flowers, said Jenny Olson, director of tourism. of the district. In this non-artisanal market, you will find fresh local and specialty products, baked goods, special sauces, spices, food and drinks, dog and cat treats, fresh eggs and cheese and ice cream made. locally. This year’s events will also feature local craft beer.
The market is located at Water Tower Plaza at 95th Street and 2nd Avenue. For more information call 601-368-5102 or check out the Marketplace social media page.
Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Contest & Races, Ocean City
“The Original Beauty Pageant for Shellfish,” Ocean City’s Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant will take place on August 18. Families, children, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their shellfish in this annual competition. The winner will receive the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and will be able to ride a flowery track. Registration is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. at 6th Street Beach. The contest starts at 6 p.m.
After the contest, stick around to watch or dare to take on some of the fastest crabs in the universe during the Coast Town’s famous Hermit Crab Race, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Again, registration is free and starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.
Captain Kidd Treasure Hunt / Cape May Babies Parade
Embark on Historic Cape May this summer. Cape May’s annual Captain Kidd scavenger hunt will take place on Sunday July 25. Young people are invited to meet the famous Captain Kidd on the promenade in front of the Cape May Convention Hall at 1 p.m. Treasure seekers can join the captain on a quest for Buried Treasure. The free event is open to children aged 3 to 10; children will be grouped by age. For more information, contact Cape May Convention Hall at 609-884-9565.
Oh baby! The Cape May Baby Parade is scheduled to return on August 6. Stroll, jog or crawl to the cutest parade in the country’s oldest resort. Registration and judging will begin at Congress Street and Beach Avenue starting at 10 a.m. The parade will begin at 11:00 am when the Grand Marshal leads the procession to Howard Street. The awards ceremony will take place at the Cape May Convention Hall immediately after the parade concludes.
Trophies will be awarded in the categories “Pretty baby”, “Children walking in disguise”, “Children walking in disguise” and “Decorated on wheels”. There will also be prizes for the best float (motorized or towed) and the best overall entry. Registration is free for participants under 12 years old. Learn more by clicking here.
Monmouth University Music and Art Festival
Each summer, Monmouth University hosts this premier musical and artistic event for the enjoyment of the community. Now in its second year on the virtual stage, the Monmouth University Music & Arts Festival will remain available until July 31. This year’s lineup will feature members of the Garden State Philharmonic performing music from different eras – from Civil War marches through Ragtime, Dixieland and Jazz – and featuring music by composers George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, CW Handy, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
The festival will also feature selections and solos from the Monmouth University Chamber Choir, a performance by the Blue Hawk House Band and a special reading by former poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey. Register online here to receive the streaming link.
Opera House by the Sea, Bradley Beach
Would you like to admire an opera house and an ocean view at the same time? On select summer nights along the Bradley Beach promenade, attendees can enjoy an enchanted evening of opera arias and Broadway favorites presented by a company of professional opera singers. Described by coordinator Mary Floriano as a ‘take away’ opera troupe, Opera by the Sea’s programs include famous arias, duets and ensembles, delightfully performed by the ocean and, more recently, with soprano Debbie Cotterall, tenor Ward Saxton, basso Sheldrake Lukas and special guest and spoken word artist Xandt Wyntreez.
The next events in the series will take place July 19 and August 16 at 7 p.m. at the 5th Avenue booth. Free entry. The event will be if time permits. Visit this page to learn more.
Kite Night, Ortley Beach
Bring your beach chair or blanket to watch beautiful full-scale kites sail in the summer breeze along the Ocean County coastline. The next kite night on the program is Thursday, July 22 at 5:30 p.m. on 3rd Avenue in Ortley Beach. These popular events are organized by the Friends of Ortley Beach nonprofit and funded by a donation from Dakan Homes. To sweeten the evening, Mr. Softee’s ice cream truck will be on hand to serve up refreshing treats. Learn more by clicking here.