Cole Bros Circus

The world-famous Cole Bros. Circus returns to the area with performances in Mays Landing, Rio Grande and Seaville.

The circus opened Wednesday, Aug. 7, in Mays Landing at the Atlantic City Race Course and continues with four more performances on Thursday, Aug. 8, and Friday, Aug. 9. Performances are at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. daily. Atlantic City Race Course is located at 4501 Black Horse Pike in Mays Landing. Circus performances then continue at the Robert “Ockie” Wisting Recreation Complex on Route 47 South in Rio Grande on Monday, Aug. 12, and Tuesday, Aug. 13. Shows follow at the Ocean City Exchange Club, 2065 Route 9 in Seaville, on Wednesday, Aug. 14, and Thursday, Aug. 15. Performances at all locations take place at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets start at $16 for adult general admission. Reserved seating is available for an additional $4. VIP seating is available for an additional $7. Children 12 and under get in free. Visit GoToTheCircus.com.

Beer & Crab fest

A festival featuring local and regional craft beers to wash down favorite summer picnic foods will come to the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate with the Cape May Craft Beer and Crab Festival, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

The daylong event will feature steamed crabs, crab cake sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs and hamburgers with live music on an outdoor stage. The craft beer tent will feature the latest brews from Tuckahoe Brewing Company, Victory, North Star and more.

An old-fashioned Victorian circus with jugglers and acrobats from the Give and Take Jugglers will also perform, in addition to a farmers market, crafters and vendors.

Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for food, beverages and some activities. Commemorative T-shirts will be available. The Emlen Physick Estate is located at 1048 Washington Street in Cape May. Go to CapeMayMac.org.

Murder Mystery at The Palm in A.C.

A musical, a comedy and a murder entertains diners at The Palm Restaurant in Atlantic City with “Peggy Sue Got Murdered,” continuing Friday, Aug. 9, Monday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 18. All three shows take place at 6 p.m.

The mystery begins when the class of 1959 — including Peggy Sue, the former homecoming queen — reunites for a fatal reunion. Tempers fly, old wounds are revealed and one of the characters meets with foul play.

The Palm Restaurant is located at 2801 Pacific Ave., inside The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort.

Cost is $75 per person (not including beverage, tax or service charge) and includes a three-course dinner. Reservations are required. Call Barbara Bermel at 609-344-0483 or go to ThePalm.com/Atlantic-City.

Rusted Root at O.C. Music Pier

Rusted Root will come to the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the city’s Monday night concert series 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12.

The Pittsburgh natives, best known for their 1996 hit “Send Me On My Way,” are popular for their fusion of world music with acoustic and rock.

Tickets are $35. The Music Pier is located at Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. The box office is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call 609-525-9300, go to OCNJ.us or Ticketmaster.com.

Peter Noone at Cape May Convention Center

Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone will perform at the Cape May Convention Center on Monday, Aug. 12, as the 12th annual Stockton Goes to the Beach Summer Concert Series continues.

Herman’s Hermits sold over 80 million records and had nearly two dozen Top 20 hits including “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter,” “There’s A Kind Of Hush,” and “I’m Into Something Good.”

Show time is 8 p.m. Cape May Convention Hall is located at 715 Boardwalk in Cape May. Tickets are $35.

Call 855-708-9699 or go to CapeMayCity.com.