Wednesday, June 19, 2024

The Wildwoods ~ The Events Capital of the East Coast


THE WILDWOODS - With more than 160 special events and festivals throughout the year, most of them free, some might consider the Wildwoods the ‘Events Capital of the East Coast.’ No other location in the region offers the number and variety of special events and festivals the Wildwoods offer annually. 

Events take place at various locations throughout the island’s three distinct municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, and North Wildwood. Visitors can find an event happening nearly every day or night of the week throughout the summer at locations including the Wildwoods Convention Center, Byrne Plaza and Fox Park in Wildwood, Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood’s Olde New Jersey Avenue, on the beaches, and on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. 

The Wildwoods’ annual calendar of events not only draws visitors to the family resort but also provides additional activities and entertainment outlets to those already visiting for vacation or business. From sporting events to fishing tournaments, food, and music festivals, and even a national marbles championship, the Wildwoods have developed a unique offering of special events not equaled in any other resort destinations. 

Major signature events including the Barefoot Country Music Festival, National Marbles Tournament, Wildwoods Baby Parade, New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, and spectacular Fourth of July celebrations, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the country every summer. 

Also taking place almost every week throughout the summer on the five-mile island are block parties, craft shows, family outdoor movie nights under the stars, farmer’s markets, and many food and ethnic festivals. 

A wide variety of FREE concerts and live entertainment can also be found almost every single night of the week throughout the summer, including spectacular, FREE Friday Night Fireworks, and FREE live outdoor concerts featuring national recording artists, rock, pop, and oldies groups, dance, big band music, and more! 

Best of all, the fun doesn’t end once the summer ends. The Wildwoods’ ‘Second Season’ starts up right after Labor Day Weekend, offering visitors a host of events every weekend through November. Fall events in the Wildwoods include The Race of Gentlemen Vintage Car and Motorcycle Beach Drag Races; Boardwalk Classic Car Shows; Olde Time Italian Festival; Irish Fall Festival; Seafood and Music Festival; and the amazing Fabulous ‘50s Weekend. 

The Wildwoods Calendar of Events is available online at or by calling 1-800-WW-BY-SEA (800-992-9732). 

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