Annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival in Atlantic City

A weekend of music, cultural celebrations and a parade are all part of the second annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival in Atlantic City, taking place Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2.

The annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Parade begins 6 p.m. Friday on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at New Jersey Avenue, featuring marchers from African, Caribbean, Chinese, Dominica, Filipino, Greek, Indian, Korean and Pakistani cultures.

An Old School Concert takes place 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Gardner's Basin, located at 800 N. New Hampshire Avenue, featuring Regina Belle, Midnight Star and Chuck Brown's Soul Searchers. Admission is free. A "party under the stars" follows from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Surf Stadium. Admission is $10.

On Sunday, the non-denominational Gospel Fest with John P. Kee kicks off at noon at Surf Stadium. The daylong festival will feature gospel acts, dancers and presentations from around the world, as well as a children's play area and vendors. Admission is free.

Call 609-347-5400 or go to

Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant at Harrah's Resort

Twelve women from different parts of the Garden State will compete for the coveted title of Ms. New Jersey Senior America 2013 at the annual state pageant at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City.

The Ms. New Jersey Senior America Pageant takes place 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, in Harrah's Concert Venue.

Contestants are judged in four categories: interview, philosophy of life, evening gown and talent. Upon winning the state title, the queen becomes the delegate from New Jersey who will compete in the national pageant, also held at Harrah's in October.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. Call 732-557-9799 or 609-412-1340. Go to for more information.

West Cape May Strawberry Fest

Strawberry smoothies, strawberry ice cream, chocolate covered strawberries - even strawberry tacos.

The annual West Cape May Strawberry Festival takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Wilbraham Park, at the corners of West Perry, Broadway and Sunset streets.

In addition to strawberry-themed foods and desserts, attendees can purchase strawberry T-shirts, hats, jewelry, art work and stained glass. Antiques, crab cakes, birdhouses and more will also be available.

Robin Hippell and Amy Hufana will provide live entertainment from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by The Too Trio from noon to 3 p.m., the crowning of the Strawberry king and queen at 3 p.m. and Mark Jacopec and his drumming troupe from 3:15 to 4 p.m.

Call Diane Flanegan at 609-884-9325.

- Regina Schaffer