The warmer weather has finally arrived to stay, and with it comes a weekend full of music, festivals and fundraisers offering lots of family fun.
From parades and paddle surfing to exotic cars and live theater, there are a variety of events - and films - to take in over the next few days. Below is a roundup of events taking place in South Jersey this weekend.
Donny Fund Day in EHT
features, rowing, 5k
It's time once again to hit the sand and water to raise money for local families battling serious illnesses. The 19th annual Donny Fund Day - a day of rowing, swimming and paddle surfing across Lakes Bay plus a 5k along the shore - takes place 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 9, at Lakes Bay, 1000 Bay Drive, in Egg Harbor Township.
A $25 entry fee ($15 for students) includes a free T-shirt and Bert's Breakfast brunch. Brunch for nonparticipants is $7 per person.
The Donny Fund, a division of the John and Nancy Sykes Foundation, started in 1993 to honor the memory of Donald Sykes and aid area families affected by catastrophic illness. All proceeds from the Donny Fund Day, St. Pat's Run and Rainbow Channel Swim help provide transportation, clothing, home care, medication, chemotherapy and special days out for those in need in the local community. The fund also supports the South Jersey Field of Dreams, a baseball field for physically and mentally handicapped children and adults.
Contact John Glassey at 609-641-8666 or go to TheDonnyFund.org.
'Cruise Down Memory Lane' in Vineland
Vintage and exotic cars will again line Landis Avenue as the 22nd annual "Cruise Down Memory Lane" returns to downtown Vineland 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 8. The rain date will be 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9.
The South Jersey Cruisers Association and the South Jersey Mustang Club organized the annual car show, sponsored by Main Street Vineland. The event typically attracts more than 2,000 American cars - more than one mile of cars - and is open to street rods, muscle cars, stock or custom classics, rat rods and cruisers.
The gates will open 5 p.m. at West and East avenues and all participating vehicles must enter through the gate. At 6:30 p.m., the gates will close and cars will remain parked for display. Participants can cruise the avenue starting at 8:30 p.m. or remain parked. Any American-made vehicle from 1973 or newer, entering with a legitimate car club, must enter the gates with their club.
Live music will be featured and DJs will be playing the entire route of the cruise. Radio station WVLT 92.1-FM will broadcast live throughout the event and food vendors will also be on hand.
Call 856-697-6306, 856-692-8930 or the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653. For information on all Main Street Vineland events, go to
Mummers Brigade Weekend in North Wildwood
The Mummers are back to strut their best feathers, fur and strings in North Wildwood, when the 19th anniversary of Mummers Brigade Weekend kicks off on Friday, June 7, and continues Saturday, June 8.
The fun begins 7 p.m. Friday with the annual Mummers Pub Crawl. Mummers members and friends will celebrate the brigade's return to the Wildwoods by visiting some of North Wildwood's most well-known establishments.
The fun continues 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Saturday with a block party on Olde New Jersey Avenue.
The Mummers Parade will step off on Second and Olde New Jersey avenues in North Wildwood at 4:45 p.m. and will feature 10 brigades from this year's New Year's Day Parade in Philadelphia.
The brigades will perform without the pressure of competition and spectators will be able to get up-close views of the costumes and intricate dance steps. All events are free.
Call 609-374-0562 or go to NorthWildwood.com.
Annual Greek Festival in EHT
Greek cuisine, Greek music, Greek folk dance and Hellenic imports - have fun Greek-style as Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church once again hosts its annual four-day Greek Festival in Egg Harbor Township.
Join the neighbors and friends of the Holy Trinity Church, located at the intersection of Mill Road and Ridge Avenue, for all the fun on Thursday through Sunday, June 6 to 9.
The festivities run from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Attractions include outdoor dining, Greek folk dance performances, Greek music, games, amusement rides and fireworks.
Call 609-653-8092, ext. 16, or go to The GreekFestival.info for more information.
Lighthouse International Film Festival in LBI
From inspiring short films to an emotional documentary on Superstorm Sandy, some of the best undiscovered films will be featured at the fifth annual Lighthouse International Film Festival, taking place on Long Beach Island from Thursday, June 6, through Sunday, June 9.
The festival offers a rare opportunity to see buzzed-about films before they are bought by major studios, and in some cases, a chance to engage in question-and-answer sessions with the actors, directors and producers.
There will also be two "Breakfast with the Filmmakers" events and several evening parties.
Films will be screened at several venues, including the Surf City Volunteer Fire Station (713 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City), Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences (120 Long Beach Blvd., Loveladies), the Long Beach Island Historical Museum (129 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven) and Island Baptist Church (215 3rd St., Beach Haven). Dates and times vary.
Tickets for individual screenings range from $10 to $15. All-access passes are $125 and can be purchased or picked up with receipt at the Long Beach Island Chamber of Commerce, Things a Drift or the Long Beach Island Foundation for Arts and Sciences.
Complimentary all-access passes are available for college students and college faculty with proper ID, with a significantly reduced rate - $35 instead of $125 - for their college guests.
LighthouseFilmFestival.org for a full schedule.
ACBA hosts 'Rockin'
the Kitchen 2013'
The Atlantic County Bar Association (ACBA) will once again host their popular "Rockin' the Kitchen" fundraiser for Sister Jean's Kitchen and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey at the House of Blues in Atlantic City 7 p.m. Friday, June 7. The Works, a band of local lawyers and friends, will again perform at the event, and members of the Bar Association will be joining the band on stage.
Last year's "Rockin' the Kitchen" event raised about $50,000 for Sister Jean's Kitchen and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The evening will include an artist corner and silent auction in addition to live entertainment.
Tickets are $40. Call ACBA Executive Director Tamara Lamb at 609-345-3444 or email
at Eagle Theatre
The Eagle Theatre will continue its main stage season with the Broadway sensation "Urinetown: The Musical," running from Friday, June 7, through June 29.
"Urinetown," despite its low-brow title, is a smart and hilarious musical, parodying politics, social irresponsibility and revolution - even poking fun at blockbuster musicals such as "Les Miserables" and "The Cradle Will Rock." "Urinetown" opened on Broadway in late 2001 where it garnered critical acclaim and three Tony Awards during its nearly 1,000-show run.
The Eagle Theatre is located at 208 Vine Street in Hammonton. "Urinetown" will run 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29; and 3 p.m. June 16 and 23. Tickets are $25 for general admission and $30 for front row. Call the box office at 609-704-5012 or go to TheEagleTheatre.com.