There’s really no debate as to which boardwalk in New Jersey is the best – it’s the Wildwood boardwalk, of course (it’s on our list of the best beach boardwalks again this year!). Morey’s Piers and Beachfront Water Parks offer rides, slides and fun for all ages. This summer, the area is hosting a plethora of events and activities that families won’t want to miss. Here’s what you can expect this June, July and August in Wildwood, New Jersey.
Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival
On Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, 2015, families are invited to the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse Maritime Festival. Admission is free and activities include tours of the historic lighthouse, music, food stands and activities for kids. Event begins at 10 a.m. on both days.
Curley Fry Festival
Sunday, June 21, from noon to 2 p.m., families are invited to the Curley Fry Festival at Surfside Pier. Admission is free, and activities include face painting, stilt walkers, boardwalk food and more.
Morey’s Piers Father’s Day Celebration
On Sunday, June 21, bring dad to Surfside and Mariner’s Piers for family fun. Fathers get free admission to all of the amusement rides all day long. Event runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wildwoods Restaurant Week
Sunday, June 21, through Friday, June 26, Wildwoods Restaurant Week offers families four-course meals at select restaurants for just $30 per person.
North Wildwood Italian-American Festival
Friday, June 26, to Sunday, June 28, celebrate Italian-American heritage with food, music, craft vendors, dancing and children’s games at the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival. Admission is free. The event starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Fourth of July Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show
Friday, July 3, to Sunday, July 5, families can enjoy finding unique pieces for their home at the Fourth of July Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show. The event begins at 9 a.m. each day and is free for all to attend.
Patriotic Pooch Parade
On Saturday, July 4, watch dogs show off their U.S.A. spirit in honor of Independence Day in the parade. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed dogs. Parade and participation is free. Check-in starts at 8:15 a.m. and the parade begins at 9 a.m.
N.J. State BBQ Championship & Anglesea Blues Festival
Friday, July 10, to Sunday, July 12, dig into some of the state’s best BBQ while listening to smooth sounds of blues at the N.J. State BBQ Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival. Admission is free. The even begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival
On Saturday, July 11, families can see amazing sand sculpting while listening to live music right on the beach. Event begins at 9 a.m. and prizes will be awarded to the best sculptures.
N.J. State Crab Festival
Enjoy crabs, crabs and more crabs at the N.J. State Crab Festival on Saturday, July 18. The event begins at 11 a.m. and families will enjoy kids’ activities such as the crab race. Admission is free.
Christmas in July With Santa Claus
Celebrate Christmas in July with Santa Claus on Saturday, July 25. Music, candy canes and more will be available on the beach starting at 1 p.m. Admission is free.
The Wildwoods Baby Waddle
Visit the Wildwoods Convention Center on Tuesday, July 28, for the Wildwoods Baby Waddle. Starting at 10:30 a.m. little ones ages 2 and under will enjoy activities just for them. Register your baby for the waddle contest and win prizes! Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free.
Around the Island Row
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, watch as families row around the island in boats of every size. Event begins at 7 a.m. and admission is free.
United Way County Rubber Ducky Regatta
Watch as thousands of rubber ducks race in the water at the Raging Waters Waterpark on Morey’s Piers for a good cause on Sunday, Aug. 15. Admission is free and the event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Wildwoods Restaurant Week
The second Wildwoods Restaurant Week runs from Sunday Aug. 23, to Friday, Aug. 28, with four-course meals available for just $30 per person at participating eateries.
Monster Truck Beach Nationals
From Friday, Aug. 28, to Sunday, Aug. 30, families can watch as huge monster trucks take to the beach in the Monster Truck Beach Nationals competition. Races begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, with more races on Saturday and Sunday (times are to be determined). Food and souvenirs will be for sale. Ticket prices will be announced in the summer.
All Summer Long
Downtown Wildwood’s Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Sept. 5, 2015. Admission is free.
Doo Wop Back to the 1950’s Neon Night Tours
Every Tuesday and Thursday through Sept. 3, Doo Wop Back to the 1950’s Neon Night Tours will be offered from the Doo Wop Experience Museum, with guides dressed in old-fashioned clothing, educating guests on the architecture and lifestyle of the decade. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.
Wildwood Crest Summer Music Series
On select Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays through Sept. 5, families can enjoy free music at the Centennial Park Entertainment Pavilion in Wildwood Crest.
Fireworks on the Beach
Fridays through Sept. 4, families can enjoy a spectacular fireworks show on the beach in Wildwood. And don’t worry, the view is great no matter where you watch!
Plan your summer stay in Wildwood now — check out the area’s family-friendly hotels!
— Hilarey Wojtowicz