Mercato Market opens in Mays Landing

The live horse racing may be finished for another year at Atlantic City Race Course, but Mercato Market is just opening today. The owners call their new business on the track's sprawling parking lot "an outdoor market that's also an entertainment destination." And they start off their entertainment calendar this weekend with a couple of celebrity chefs, Eddie Berner, right, a rock star (from A Flock of Seagulls) who's now fronting and filming a reality-TV show, called "Rockin' Road Grill." And then there's the Food Network's "extreme chef," Terry French - plus acres of vendors, and food trucks, a beer garden and more attractions.

If You Go: Mercato Market's hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends at Atlantic City Race Course, 4501 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing. Free. For more details, call 609-377-8484. or see


OH WHAT A NIGHT OF DOO WOP AND ROCK N' ROLL VOL. II, 8 p.m., Trump Taj Mahal, Xanadu Theater, $45, $55. 609-449-5150.

JASON ALDEAN, 7:30 p.m., Boardwalk Hall, $39.75, $59.75. 609-348-7000.

MERLE HAGGARD, 9 p.m., Harrah's, $45, $70. 800-2-HARRAH.

THE MACHINE, 9 p.m., Golden Nugget, $22, $32. 800-777-8477.

WAYNE BRADY, 9 p.m., Borgata, Music Box, $39.50. 609-677-1000.

TRACY MORGAN, 8 p.m., Tropicana, Showroom, $49.50, $59.50. 609-340-4020.

JOE HOLIDAY ALL AGES MAGIC SHOW, 6:30 p.m., Tropicana, The Comedy Stop, $20, $10 children. 609-340-4020.


LUCAS BOHN, STEVE SHAFFER, GREG VACCARELLO, 9 and 11:15 p.m., Comedy Stop Cafe & Cabaret, Tropicana, The Quarter, $27, $25.


ATLANTIC CITY SPORTS EXHIBITS, "Hometown Teams" and "Atlantic City Experience: Devotion and Determination," 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., presented by the Smithsonian Institution and Atlantic City Free Public Library, Noyes Art Garage Stockton College, Wave parking garage, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. 609-345-2269, ext. 3064.

CAPE MAY'S SPRING FESTIVAL, various hours and locations, celebrate the arrival of springtime, includes chocolate championship tour and tasting, private homes tours, ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, food and wine events, living history programs, Cape May. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or

CHINESE/SILENT AUCTION, noon to 4 p.m., hosted by Estell Manor Historical Society; 11:30 a.m. Bake Off; 4 p.m. tickets drawn; crafters, yard salers, home party consultants; $5 seller spots, or item donation to the auction, bring table; Estell Manor Fire House, 124 Cape May Ave., Estell Manor. 609-412-1399 or 609-476-2884.

CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD PARISH MURDER MYSTERY DINNER, 6:30 p.m., part of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish Festival, "Dinner at 8, Dead by 9," Sacred Heart Church, 1010 East Landis Avenue, Vineland. 609-805-0061.

COUNTY WIDE YARD SALE, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Cumberland County Fairgrounds, Carmel Road, Millville, free admission and parking, $10 spot rental, rain date Sunday. 856-825-3820 or

CYSTIC FIBROSIS GREAT STRIDES WALK, 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. walk, leaving from the Sixth Street Practice Field, Ocean City. 610-325-6011 or

FRIENDS OF THE LIGHTHOUSE PIG ROAST, 3 to 7 p.m., traditional pig roast, hosted by the Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse, raises funds for the Lighthouse, beer, prizes, raffles, live music, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge, 569 Seashore Road, Erma, $25. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or

KENTUCKY DERBI CHILI COOK OFF, 2 p.m., calling all masters of chili, homemade chilis only, hosted by The Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge No.2563, 1815 Somers Point and Mays Landing Road, Egg Harbor Township. 609-600-7374.

MARINE MAMMAL STRANDING CENTER "RUN FOR THE ANIMALS 5K," 7 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. to noon run; 9 a.m. Dog Walk on beach, supports Beacon Animal Rescue, $10; music, entertainment, silent auction, kids activities, begins and ends at Laguna Grill and Rum Bar, 1400 Ocean Ave., Brigantine, $28 5K runners/walkers. 609-266-0538.

MERCATO MARKET GRAND OPENING, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., outdoor shopping, live entertainment, food, drinks, vendors; featuring guitarist and reality TV actor Eddie Berner, TV filming, autographs, live music; Atlantic City Race Course, 4501 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, free admission.

OBSERVATORY NIGHT AT OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL, 8:30 to 10 p.m. "The Solar System," telecope views of the crescent moon, Jupiter, Mars and Saturn, Ocean City High School, 501 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City.

OCEAN CITY'S GOT TALENT, 7:30 p.m., talented performers from throughout the region, vocals, dance, instrumental, drama, comedy, Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, $10. 609-525-9300 or

ONE STOP SHOPPING MOTHERS DAY EVENT, noon to 5 pm., hosted by Eco4u Boutique and The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College; Story Slam shares tribute poems "To Mother," jazz music, florists, bakeries, candy shops, beauty shop/spa, wineries, local restaurants; The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton College, 2200 Fairmount Ave., Atlantic City. 609-431-0086.

RED KNIGHTS POKER RUN, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. motorcycle ride; hosted by Red Knights MotorCycle Club NJ Chapter 16 and Chapter 23, benefits the Burn Foundation, Deborah Heart & Lung Center, "Gift From Captain Buscio" Cardiovascular Screening Program, Firefighters and their families; ride begins at Atlantic County Harley Davidson, 219 East White Horse Pike, Galloway, ends at Vineland Moose Lodge No. 434, 187 W. Wheat Road, Vineland; food, DJ, $20 Rider, $10 passenger.

SAME LOVE WEDDING, 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour, 7:45 p.m. group wedding ceremony, dinner, dessert, music, Mays Landing Golf and Country Club, 1855 Cates Road, Mays Landing, $85. 609-641-4411, ext. 12, or

SHIP BOTTOM BOAT RAMP "SPLASH INTO SUMMER," 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by Southern Ocean County Chamber and Ship Bottom Merchants, outdoor marketplace, local boat show, maritime activities, landlubber tips, Ship Bottom Boat Ramp, 10th Street and Shore Avenue, Ship Bottom, free admission. 609-494-7211 or

SPRING BLOCK PARTY, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., more than 350 crafters, food vendors, music, Fifth to 14th streets, Asbury Ave., Ocean City. 609-525-9300.

SPRING FESTIVAL CRAFTS AND ANTIQUES SHOW, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., outdoor marketplace, vendors, The Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, free admission. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or

SOUTH JERSEY FASHION WEEKEND, 6 p.m.; mix, mingle and shop for a great cause; The Flying W Airport, 60 Fostertown Road, Medford, $35.

STRICTLY BOATERS BOAT SHOW, sportfish, runabouts, skiffs, cruisers, boat inventory and products, dealers, manufacturers, activities, South Jersey Marina, 1231 Rt. 109, Cape May. 609-898-9500 or

THE BARN: ART STUDIO AND GALLERY OPEN HOUSE, 1 to 3 p.m. family-friendly session, kids activities, tours; 5 to 8 p.m. adults session, wine and cheese, live musical entertainment, "community canvas" activity; 2025 Route 9, Seaville, free admission. 609-408-0797 or

VINELAND CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION, 4 to 9 p.m., multicultural celebration, Mexican food, music, folk dancing, multicultural cuisine, arts and crafts, educational exhibits, horse parade, giveaways, kids activities, Fire and Police department demonstrations, live entertainment, 600 block, Landis Avenue, Vineland, rain date May 10. 856-794-8653 or

WINE FESTIVAL, noon to 5 p.m., sponsored by the Hammonton Rotary Club, features South Jersey wineries, live music by the Fool Injectors, vendors, food, Mt. Carmel Society Carnival Grounds, 298 Tilton St., Hammonton, $20 one-day pass, $30 two-day pass, $5 age 20 and younger.

WINGS AND WINE FOR THE ZOO, Natali Vineyards Fundraiser for Cape May County Zoo, 2 to 7 p.m.; 2 to 4 p.m. meet the zoo animal ambassadors and their curators; 3 p.m. Bird of Prey show; food, music, fun, learn about wine and wine making, 221 N. Delsea Drive (N. Route 47), Cape May Court House. 609-465-0075 or


BAY-ATLANTIC SYMPHONY CONCERT, 8 p.m., Music of Wit and Humor by Rossini, Saint-Saens, and Beethoven; Frank Guaracini, Jr. Fine and Performing Arts Center, Cumberland County College, College Drive, Vineland, $25 season ticket, $30 single ticket. 856-692-8499 or

BEATLEMANIA NOW BENEFIT CONCERT, 8 p.m., performance by Beatlemania Now, tribute told through song, wardrobe and anecdote, sponsored by the Linwood Vol Fire Co No. 1, Mainland Regional High School, Linwood, $17.

JASON ALDEAN, Night Train Tour, 7:30 p.m., special guests Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr, Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, $59.75, $39.75. 800-736-1420 or

RALPH ROBERTS BAND, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dixieland, big band swing, part of Ocean City Spring Block Party, Seventh Street and Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, free. 609-625-9528.

STOCKTON CHORAL MUSIC, 7:30 p.m., Stockton Oratorio Society, tribute to the life of composer William L. Dawson, Alton Auditorium, Stockton College, Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway Township, $10 general admission, $8 students and seniors with ID. 609-652-9000 or

TOURNAMENT OF BANDS INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, bands from all over the east coast compete to win the title, Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood. 800-992-9732 or


BROADWAY REVIEW, 7 p.m., "Shaken Not Stirred Players," hosted by The Catholic Daughters Court of Our Lady of Mercy No. 1655, drinks, hors d'oevres, raffle, Saint Joseph Church, 44th Street and Central Avenue, Sea Isle City, $25. 609-861-0865 or 609-478-2939.

"GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS," 8 p.m., very mature content, The Eagle Theater, 208 Vine St., Hammonton, $30 general admission, $40 front rows. 609-704-5012 or

"REVENGE IS SWEET" MURDER MYSTERY, 7 p.m. dinner, interactive show, Inn of Cape May, 7 Ocean St., Cape May, $50 adults, $15 kids, reservations required. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278.


CAPE MAY POINT STATE PARK EVENTS, 9 a.m. Beginners Bird Walk, Visitor Center; 11 a.m. Kids Critters Live Animal Show, museum classroom, $1, free ages 3 and younger; 2 p.m. Nature Walk, Visitor Center; Cape May Point State Park, East Cape May. 609-884-2159.

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON'S 'CAPE MAYGRATION,' various hours, bird walks, boat trips, workshops, fun celebrations, various locations, hosted by New Jersey Audubon and the Cape May Bird Observatory, Cape May.


BALLY'S ATLANTIC CITY, Park Place and Boardwalk, Blue Martini - Savage Men, 9 p.m., 609-340-2000; The Lobby Bar - Dueling Pianos with Booby Lynch & Danny V., 9 p.m., 609-340-2000; The Mountain Bar - DJ Alden Scott, 9 p.m., Beat City, 10 p.m., Vixens, 10 p.m., 609-340-2000.

BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA, 1 Borgata Way, Gypsy Bar - Tequila & Tacos, 4 p.m.; The Loop, 7 p.m.; The Wild Ones, 11 p.m., 609-317-1000; MIXX - Henrix with Carlos Melange, 10 p.m., 609-317-1000; mur.mur - D Nice with Doug Grayson, 10 p.m., 609-317-1000.

CAESARS ATLANTIC CITY, 2100 Pacific Ave., Dusk - DJ Steve1der, 609-345-3875; Toga Bar - DJs Ed Smooth and Patrice McBride, 10 p.m., 609-348-4411.

HARRAH'S RESORT, 777 Harrah's Blvd., Eden Lounge - FM Band, 9:15 p.m., 609-441-5165; The Pool After Dark - Epic Saturday with Wilmer Valderrama, 609-441-5165; Xhibition Bar - DJ Philly Will, 10 p.m., DJ Lou Lou, 12:30 a.m., 800-242-7724.

RESORTS CASINO HOTEL, 1133 Boardwalk, Bar One - Juicy, 9 p.m., 800-772-9000.

REVEL, 500 Boardwalk, Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub - DJs, with Classic Women Burlesque, 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m., Rock 'n Roll Burlesque, 2 a.m., 609-225-9898; HQ Nightclub - Connor Cruise and Just Blaze, 10 p.m., 855-348-0500.

SHOWBOAT CASINO-HOTEL, 801 Boardwalk, House of Blues Party Pit - DJ Mike Lowry, 8 p.m.; My Hero Zero and Dancers, 10 p.m., 609-343-4000.

TROPICANA CASINO AND RESORT, 2831 Boardwalk, Anthem - Dj Luap & DJ A-Drop, 10 p.m., 609-576-5206; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter - Dancers, 10 p.m., 609-340-4000; Casa Taco and Tequila Bar -Weekend-long Cinco de Mayo Celebration with patron and Corona models and giveaways, raffle prizes, live music, tastings, and drink specials, 609-343-9938; Chickie's and Pete's - Mayweather vs. Maidana live on pay-per-view, 9 p.m., 609-344-1080; Cuba Libre, The Quarter - Late Night Latin Floorshow, 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and Midnight, 609-348-6700; Firewaters - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m., 609-344-6699; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter - Karaoke, 8 p.m., 609-344-6565.

TRUMP TAJ MAHAL CASINO RESORT, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue, Ego - Almost Angels and DJ, 9:30 p.m., 609-449-5138; The Lounge at Robert's Steakhouse - Doug Jennings, 8 p.m., 855-500-ROBERTS; Scores - one-hour Scores' Tantalize & Tease class, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., $60 including two drinks, Scores' Seductive Pole Dancing class, 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., $80 including two drinks; Electric Fantasy, the city's new official Saturday Night After-Party, featuring discounted admission, 2 a.m. to 6 p.m., 855-500-SCORES.

Atlantic City

THE BONEYARD, Boneyard's 4th Anniversary Party, 6 p.m., 20 S. Virginia Ave., 609-348-3360.


THE PRINCETON, DJ, 2008 Dune Drive, 609-725-8681.

THE WINDRIFT, Jim Bannach, 6 p.m., 80th Street and the Beach, 609-368-5175.


LEFTY'S TAVERN, Live music, 9 p.m., 547 North Main St., 609-607-0707.


THE BRIDGEWATER PUB, DJs, 9 p.m., 22 S. Laurel St., 856-455-9551.

TOWNE TAVERN, DJ, 694 N. Pearl St., 856-455-3474.

Cape May

BROWN ROOM, Darin MacDonald, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421.

EBBITT ROOM, Live piano with Paul Sottile, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700.

HEMINGWAY'S, DJ, 9 p.m., Cape May Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia Avenues, 609-884-5611.

THE PILOT HOUSE, Live Music, 142 Decatur St. on the Washington Street Mall, 609-884-3449.

THE UGLY MUG, Live music, 10 p.m., 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459.

Egg Harbor Township

A TOUCH OF ITALY, Lew London & Bob Mower, 6 to 10 p.m., 6629 Black Horse Pike, 609-646-1855.

Forked River

CAFFREY'S TAVERN STEAKHOUSE, Rachel Allyn band, 440 Route 9 South, 609-693-6613.

Galloway Township

BULLDOG'S BAR AND GRILL, Country Night/DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m., 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433.

RAM'S HEAD INN, Johnny Arnett plays Piano, 5 to 9 p.m., 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700.

THE SMITHVILLE INN, Piano by Lenny Mitchell, 6:30 p.m., 1 N. New York Road, Smithville, 609-652-7777.

PITNEY PUB, DJ, 200 S. Pitney Road, 609-241-8906.


DIDONATO'S BOWLING CENTER AND COCKTAIL LOUNGE, Karaoke, 9 p.m., 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040.

Long Beach Island

BUCKALEW'S RESTAURANT AND TAVERN, Dennis Linde on Piano, 5 to 8 p.m., Franklin Turnpike, 9 p.m. to midnight, Beach Haven, 101 N. Bay Ave., 609-492-1065.

NARDI'S TAVERN, Face Down, 4 to 8 p.m.; Sneak Attack, 10 p.m., 118th Street & The Boulevard, Haven Beach, 609-492-9538.


JOHNNY'S CAFE, Guest DJ, 9407 Ventnor Ave., 609-822-1789.

BOCCA COAL FIRE BISTRO, Tom Paciti, 9 p.m., 7805 Ventnor Ave., 609-823-3663.

SOFIA RESTAURANT, Live music and piano, 7 p.m., 9314 Amherst Ave., 609-822-9111.

STEVE AND COOKIE'S BY THE BAY, Joe Mancini, 7 p.m., Amherst Avenue, 609-823-1163.

TOMATOE'S, DJ Sparkles, 9300 Amherst Ave., 609-822-7535.

Mays Landing

COUSIN MARIO'S, Don Farrer, 7:30 p.m., 5401 Harding Highway, 609-625-2523.

WATERING HOLE CAFE, Seven Stone, 9 p.m., 6494 Weymouth Road, 609-625-9300.


OLD OAR HOUSE IRISH PUB, Undercover, 9 p.m., 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200.

North Wildwood

FLIP FLOPZ BEACH BAR AND GRILL, DJ entertainment, 9 p.m., 300 Olde New Jersey Ave., 609-522-3350.

WESTY'S IRISH PUB, DJ Mollo, 10 p.m., 101 E. Walnut Ave., 609-522-4991.

CATTLE 'N CLOVER, Flip 'n' Mickeys, 9:30 p.m.; DJ Frank Thorpe, 3817 Pacific Ave., 609-522-3800.

DOG TOOTH BAR AND GRILL, Mike & Vince, 10 p.m., 100 E. Taylor Ave., 609-522-8383.

SHAMROCK CAF�, Pong Tournament with $100 Cash Prize, 3700 Pacific Ave., 609-522-7552.

Sea Isle City

DEAD DOG SALOON, Bullfrog, 8 p.m., 39th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-7600.

LA COSTA LOUNGE, Kentucky Derby Party, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-3756.

Somers Point

THE CRAB TRAP, Live music, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377.

SANDI POINTE COASTAL BISTRO, Live music, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759.

THE GRILLED CHEESE & CRAB CAKE CO., Live acoustic guitar music by featured local musicians with half price appetizers and specials available, 6 to 8 p.m., 55 W. Laurel Drive 609-601-7533.

Upper Township

THE DEAUVILLE INN, Kentucky Derby Party, 201 Willard Road, Strathmere, 609-263-2080.

TUCKAHOE INN, Ben Singleton & the People's Choice, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322.

YESTERDAY'S TAVERN, Space Camp, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757.