Festivals, Music, Events, Fun.
After the heat and sun of summer, southern New Jersey relaxes with some cooler weather, less crowded beaches and roads (and hopefully less rain) and a local flavor during the fall. Here’s a look at some events and activities to help you enjoy the shore’s second season. (For upcoming casino concerts click here)
Friday, Oct. 7 to Oct. 10
39th Annual Victorian Weekend
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities and various locations, Cape May. Weekend of unique tours and events. capemaymac.org.
Saturday, Oct. 8
Smithville Irish Festival
Historic Smithville and Village Greene. The Festival will feature an Irish Market offering a variety of wares plus live music in two locations and a friendly Dance Feis. Music groups include James & The Quiet Man, The Barley Boys, Bogside Rogues and Amadaun. Free. 11am-6pm. smithvillenj.com.
Sea Isle City Columbus Day Parade and Italian Festival
The 21st Annual Columbus Day Parade, begins at 2pm near the Sea Isle City Italian American Club (adjacent to the causeway bridge on JFK Boulevard), will run east along JFK Boulevard before turning south on Landis Avenue and ending at 63rd Street, where this year’s Italian Festival will already be underway. The festival runs 10am-dusk. 263-6341.
Friday, Oct. 14
Bay-Atlantic Symphony – Richard Alston
Dante Hall Theater of the Arts, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City. Renowned pianist Richard Alston will present a free concert of music by composers of African descent, as part of the Atlantic City Music Festival, presented by the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. 7pm. bayatlanticsymphony.org.
Friday, Oct. 14 to Oct. 16
Atlantic City Cinefest
The festival will screen a selection of features, shorts and documentaries, as well as honor cinematic success stories, such as Scott Rosenfelt, who will receive the Lifesaver Award Saturday night at the Screening Room at Resorts Casino Hotel, home to the bulk of the festival films. downbeachfilmfestival.org.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Smithville Italian Festival
Historic Smithville and Village Greene. 10am-5pm. Visit smithvillenj.com.
Saturday, Oct. 15 to Oct. 16.
Resorts Casino Oktoberfest Featuring The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra
Resorts, Atlantic City. Open to the public, Oktoberfest features free admission and a variety of vendors, authentic German beer and food in addition to a full schedule of entertainment, including German Bavarian dancers with exciting performances straight from the Bavarian Mountains in traditional native costumes. Resortsac.com.
Saturday, Oct. 15
20th Annual Pumpkin Festival - Historic Cold Spring Village
HCSV, 720 Rt. 9, Cape May. This popular annual event offers family fun, pumpkin painting, a Halloween parade at noon, games, food and craft vendors, a haunted barn, hayride through the Village farm and much more. Free. 10am-4:30pm. Hcsv.org.
Saturday, Oct. 15 to Oct. 16
New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge
Eleven historic lighthouses, two life-saving stations and two museums are all taking place in this annual event that “challenges” you to visit as many of the states historic beacons as you can over one weekend. Lighthousechallenge.org.
Sunday, Oct. 16
Atlantic City Marathon
Boardwalk at Bally’s, Atlantic City. The marathon returns for its 53rd year and features the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 K and 5 K , non-competitive Health Walk and Kid’s Fun Run. 8am. Free to spectators. Acmarathon.org
Monday, Oct. 17
Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Atlantic City. Democrat Jim Whelan and Republican Vince Polistina, both vying for State Senate seats this election, will face off in a hospitality-themed debate. Local hospitality leaders will pose the debate questions, which will cover significant issues in the hospitality/tourism industry. $40. 5:30pm reception. Debate 6:30pm. achotellodging,com
Festivals, fun and more in South Jersey this fall.
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