It’s a weekend for classic car enthusiasts, Irish lovers and celebrating by the sea, with three big events taking place in the Wildwoods.
The Boardwalk Classic Car Show and Classic Car Auction kick off the weekend on the Wildwoods Boardwalk and at the Wildwood Convention Center with free admission, and the four-day Wildwoods’ Irish Fall Festival, the largest Irish festival on the East Coast, will showcase Irish music, food and dance, capped by a parade through North Wildwood.
The borough of Wildwood Crest will also host its annual Seafarers Celebration on Friday, Sept. 20 and Saturday, Sept. 21 — a yearly end-of-summer festival set to take place at both Sunset Lake and Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest.
22nd Annual Irish Fall Festival
The 22nd Annual Irish Fall Festival, the East Coast’s largest Irish Festival, returns to North Wildwood Thursday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 22.
The festival, designed to celebrate Irish culture and heritage, begins with a golf tournament Thursday at the Wildwood Golf & Country Club, located at 1170 Golf Club Road in Cape May Court House. The tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. and is $100. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To reserve a spot, call the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) at 800-IRISH-91.
On Thursday night, head to the Irish Music Tent, located at Olde New Jersey and Spruce avenues, for a night of U.S.A. vs. Ireland live amateur boxing. The event includes 10 amateur boxing bouts sanctioned by the Middle Atlantic Boxing Association and will feature Harrowgate Boxing Club of Philadelphia, vs. the Holy Family Boxing Club of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The bouts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Call John Gallagher at 215-465-1778.
Vendors with Irish merchandise will line Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Free live entertainment will also be featured along Olde New Jersey Avenue from noon to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Featured performers include Timmy Kelly, Maura McKinney-Mastro, Ballina, Broken Shillelaghs, Birmingham 6 and Celtic Pride. Award-winning fiddle player Haley Richardson will perform 2:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Festivities on Saturday kick off with a 5K run at 8 a.m. Registration takes place at the AOH tent the day of the event, located between 1st and 2nd avenues on Olde New Jersey Avenue. For early registration visit Owen’s Pub, located at 119 E. 17th St., North Wildwood. A $15 entry fee is required to participate.
Saturday’s entertainment continues at 10 a.m. with the Brian Riley Pipe Exhibition, located at 8th and Central avenues. The exhibition will feature some of the best pipe bands in the East. Free Irish dance lessons will also be available 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Anglesea Volunteer Fire House, Second and Olde New Jersey avenues.
A Catholic Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Saint Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, located at Glenwood and Atlantic avenues. A special parade will follow the mass at 12:30 p.m. at 24th and Surf avenues, continuing to Spruce and Olde New Jersey avenues.
Shuttle bus transportation will be available to ensure festivalgoers are able to easily get around and enjoy all of the activities planned for the weekend. Buses will loop continuously in North Wildwood from 2nd and Olde New Jersey avenues along Surf Avenue to 26th Avenue. Shuttle bus service through Wildwood and Wildwood Crest will also be available.
There will also be Irish entertainment at North End this weekend with Murphy's Law performing 6-10 p.m. Friday; Dave Anderson Duo performing 2-6 p.m. Saturday; Tom Brett performing 6-10 p.m. Saturday; and Murphy's Law performing again 2-6 p.m. Sunday.
Call 800-IRISH-91 or go to CMCAOH.com.
Classic Car Auction and Car Show
The 7th Annual Classic Car Auction and the 20th Annual Boardwalk Classic Car Show return to the Wildwoods Thursday, Sept. 19, through Saturday, Sept. 21, hosted by Wildwood Motor Events.
The free classic car auction begins Thursday at the Wildwoods Convention Center, where luxury and exotic cars, muscle cars and classic cars will be on display for previewing and auctioning.
The classic cars for the auction can be previewed inside the Oceanfront Arena at the Wildwoods Convention Center 3 to 7 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. Friday. Auctioning of these vehicles to the highest bidders will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday by the Adcock Family. Vendors offering memorabilia, car collectibles, parts and accessories will be on hand during the preview and auction, and admission is free to spectators.
The free Classic Car Show runs 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The weekend will take spectators back in time to experience the craftsmanship and beauty of hundreds of restored classic cars displayed on the Wildwood Boardwalk. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 40 cars and one car will be selected as Best in Show.
Call 609-522-4546 or go to WildwoodMotorEvents.com.
Wildwoods’ Annual Seafarer Celebration
Music, food and fireworks — the annual Seafarers Celebration kicks off in Wildwood Crest on Friday, Sept. 20, and Saturday, Sept. 21, at both Sunset Lake and Centennial Park.
The music begins at 7 p.m. at Centennial Park, located at Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, with a free concert featuring the Chatterband. A beachfront fireworks display will follow the show at 9 p.m. The rain date for the fireworks display is 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
The celebration continues Saturday with a street festival along Sunset Lake on New Jersey Avenue between Rambler Road and Miami Avenue. This all-day signature annual event of Wildwood Crest features family entertainment, live music. Children’s activities include a rock-climbing wall, karaoke, stunt bike show, magic show and pie-eating contests. Dozens of food and craft vendors will be available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Free live music will include Twelve:01, a Bruce Springsteen tribute by the B Street Band, classic rock by local band North Bound Train, oldies and Motown with the Star Band and pop and oldies hits with DJ Michael James.
Call 609-523-0202 or go to VisitWildwoodCrest.com for more information.