As America’s oldest seaside resort town, Cape May is filled with activities for the whole family. This quaint Victorian town also happens to be home to some of New Jersey’s best festivals. These are great events to keep in mind when you’re planning your next New Jersey getaway to Cape May.
Cape May Festivals
Annual Spring Celebration (April 30-May 23)
Cape May is the place to be from the end of April through the back half of May. The annual spring celebration brings together the very best in arts, crafts, antique shows, winery, historic home, and boat tours, and special events and seminars on the Victorian era.
Experience ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, vintage dance workshops, food and wine events and much more. See the full list of events at capemaymac.org.
Wildwoods International Kite Festival (May 28-30)
The Wildwoods International Kite Festival is a magical time for kids and adults alike. The festival begins with a gathering at the local kite club and an illuminated night kite fly, which is truly one-of-a kind. The rest of the weekend includes large inflatable kite flying, sport kite demos, and family games. The best part? The entire festival is free to spectators.
Cape May Music Festival (May 30-June18)
Cape May’s annual music festival has provided entertainment for over 30 years. Each year this festival brings a selection that can include everything from world-class classical and jazz music to chamber musicians to the Jersey Shore. Almost all of the concerts are held outside at the Emlen Physick Estate Outdoor Stage, and you’ll need tickets to attend.
New Jersey State Barbecue Championship (July 9-11)
If you’re a barbecue fan, you won’t want to miss the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship, held just north of Cape May in North Wildwood. This popular, regional festival offers some of the best barbecue on the planet from pitmasters near and far. In fact, it’s one of the most popular competitions on the barbecue circuit and one of the oldest on the East Coast. Get your tastebuds ready.
New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning (July 23-25)
The New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Since 1983, this festival offers music, entertainment, and most important: more hot air balloons than you can count! This year’s musical highlights include Barenaked Ladies on Saturday, July 24 and headliner STYX on Sunday, July 25.
Cape May’s Annual Victorian Weekend (October 7-11)
Cape May’s annual Victorian Weekend celebrates the coastal town’s heritage as America’s oldest seaside resort. Explore Cape May’s Victorian architecture through house tours, walking tours, living-history programs and more. There is also plenty of entertainment, food, and drinks during this festive weekend.
Where to Stay in Cape May, New Jersey
Sun Outdoors Cape May
Sun Outdoors Cape May, formerly Cape May KOA, is an all-age RV resort located just minutes from the Jersey Shore and most of the events on this list. Choose from tent sites, RV spots, or rental cabins in this scenic resort and get a little R&R in. It’s the ideal spot for New Jersey camping. Book your stay at Sun Outdoors Cape May online or by calling (877) 666-7035.
Big Timber Lake
Big Timber Lake is located north of Cape May proper, but it’s still in the heart of the Jersey Shore and located close to most of the activities on this list. In fact, it’s the closest to the Festival of Ballooning if you’re looking to cut down on your drive time. Book online or call (800) 206-3232.
Seashore is a 90-acre RV resort located just across from Sun Outdoors Cape May. The spacious resort includes a swimming lake with a private beach. You’ll be minutes away from everything Cape May has to offer while you’re tucked away in this popular resort. Book online or call (877) 817-5697 to reserve your spot.
You can enjoy even more time at your favorite resort when you take advantage of our Park & Play Program. We can’t welcome you to the Jersey Shore – book your stay with us today!