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Dear Summer, Please Don't Go...

With Labor Day only 12 days away, we hear the end of summer whispers and we’re NOT HAPPY! We can’t even bring ourselves to say those three dreaded words: back-to-school.

Nothing beats a run on the boardwalk on a crisp fall morning but our love of summer runs deep and therefore we must pack in every last bit of summer we can! It’s not surprising that our kids feel the same way. We sat around the dinner table last night as our daughter lamented, “summer is almost overrrr, we need to do more stuff!” Yes, more stuff. As a family. The family that does stuff together is a happy family. 

So aside from the normal trips to the beach and family dinners, we were looking for some things to do and ended up with a nice big list of various events in Atlantic and Cape May Counties. Now of course we can’t do everything, or can we? Either way, we thought we would share some upcoming events in case other families are looking for ‘stuff’ to do.

8/24 thru 8/29 – Wildwoods Restaurant Week
4 course dinner for $30.00 and over 20 restaurants to choose from. This alone could keep you busy all week!

8/26  King & Queen of Plop (Ocean City) 
Welcome the Fall season with the most dramatic plop on the sand, competition starts at 11 a.m. on the 9th Street Beach opposite the Music Pier.

8/27 – Family Fun Night (Cape May Lewes Ferry Terminal Grounds)
Family Fun Nights offer a fun filled activities and performances including magicians, face painting, balloon artists a DJ and of course, Pirate Pete.

8/29  Rich Reinhart Jr. Clamshell Pitching Tournament (Cape May)
The longest-running contest of its kind in the region, on Windsor Beach (across from Congress Hall) in Cape May. Shells are provided (or kids can bring their own lucky clamshell) and there are trophies for all winners and runners-up.

8/29  Free dance party 8-11 p.m. at Kennedy Plaza on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
The dance will feature live music by the Eddie Bruce Orchestra. 

8/ 29  Somers Point Summer Concert Series
7-9:30 p.m. at the William Morrow Beach on Bay Avenue, Somers Point. Free. Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience will perform. Bring a chair, blanket and some friends for a great night along the bay. 

8/29 – Labor Day Fireworks – Wildwood on the beach at Pine Avenue 10 p.m.
Super Special Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Extravaganza to end the summer season. Visible from almost anywhere in the Wildwoods!

8/30 - Tomato Festival - West Cape May - The festival begins at 9 AM and ends at 5 PM in Wilbraham Park and features Jersey fresh grown tomatoes, vendors, South Jersey Artists, handmade jewelry, and stained glass. 

8/30  World Championship Skeeball Tournament (Wildwood) finals follow.
Ed's Funcade - 3700 Boardwalk at Lincoln Avenue. Free to enter. $1,000 first place and Ed's "Boardwalk Cup." Qualify from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. finals follow.

Photo Credit: Star-Ledger

8/30  4th Annual Bubba Gump Shrimp Fest - The Deck at Golden Nugget (Atlantic City)
Embrace your inner Forrest and partake in an entire Bubba Gump Shrimp Festival including an inspired menu, drinks and live entertainment outside on The Deck overlooking the scenic Marina.

8/30  Atlantic County Library System - Tales of the Weird and Strange in New Jersey 
Come and celebrate New Jersey's 350th anniversary while enjoying a special lecture about the places, faces, and events that make New Jersey both weird and wonderful. 
Two locations: 11a.m. at the Atlantic County Library System of Ventnor — located at 6500 Atlantic Avenue and at the Brigantine Beach Community Center, 265 42nd Street, at 3 pm.

8/31 – Longport Art Show
9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Longport Historical Museum, 2301 Atlantic Ave., Longport. 

8/31 – Wildwood Block Party & Music Festival
End the summer season at Fox Park (Ocean Avenue between Burk and Montgomery Avenues) in Wildwood from noon-midnight. A family festival including crafts, games, rides, great food and continuous FREE live entertainment. 

8/31  American Car and Truck Show – Wildwood On the Boardwalk
Annual all GM Car & Truck Show will take place along Pacific Avenue in Wildwood on Saturday and in the circle in front of the Wildwoods Convention Center and on the Wildwoods Boardwalk south of the convention center on Sunday.

9/1  OCNJ Labor Day Race - 5 Mile beach run and 1 Mile fun run/walk. A great end of the summer season event in Ocean City. Why not burn off those hotdogs you’ll be eating later? 

9/1 – Beach BBQ permitted on the Margate/Longport Beaches
This isn’t an event per se but it’s our favorite! Barbequing on the beach is normally frowned upon with the exception of summer holidays. 

There you have it! Lots of stuff to send off summer with a bang! If you are looking for more fun things to do, be sure to bookmark our handy-dandy calendar of events:  We’ll have upcoming events listed throughout the year. And please let us know if you have a future event you’d like to have featured.
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