Crab festival in Wildwood

What Is It: The second annual New Jersey State Crab Festival has all kinds of crabs on its menu - not just the ones you eat. The festival, hosted at the Ice House Restaurant, includes everything from crab races to crab-flavored cocktails, from the bar.

What To Expect: Sure, you can get the local blue-claw crabs: This festival is built around them, and they'll be cooked to order all day at the outdoor block party. But the drinks list features "crabby Bloody Marys" and a beer garden, the entertainment includes those crab races, face-painting and balloon sculptors for kids, and everybody can enjoy Parrotbeach, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band.

Event Info: The festival runs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Ice House, 4415 Park Blvd., Wildwood. Admission is free, but food, drinks and crafts are for sale. For more details, call 609-522-0033 or see njcrabfestivalicehouse.com

Bay-Atlantic Symphony in Avalon

What Is It: The Avalon Elementary School hosts this summer's first "Symphony by the Sea" concert tonight, featuring the Bay-Atlantic Symphony playing romantic pieces by two legendary conductors.

What To Expect: The program - called "Russian to the Finnish!" - features the music of Russia's Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Finland's Jean Sibelius. The music opens with Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet Overture - Fantasy," the composer's interpretation of Shakespeare's classic tale; and includes Sibelius' "Kariela Suite" and his "Violin Concerto in D minor." The next concert in the series is Aug. 18.

Event Info: Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are free and available at the Avalon Free Public Library, 235 32nd St., which is attached to the elementary school. All seating is first-come, first served. For more details, call the library at 609-967-7155 or visit avalonfreelibrary.org. For more information on the orchestra, call 856-451-1169 or see

Robin Thicke at Harrah's

What Is It: Robin Thicke was just a teenager when he started writing songs for pop stars, including Christina Aguilera and Marc Anthony. But it wasn't long before he was the star, putting out a series of well-received records of his own.

What To Expect: Thicke, the son of TV star Alan Thicke, has a string of hit records to his credit. Look for him to play some of his big-selling songs, including "Lost Without U," "The Sweetest Love" and "Sex Therapy," plus some of the tunes from his earlier releases.

Event Info: Showtime is 9 p.m. today in the Concert Venue at Harrah's Atlantic City, 777 Harrah's Blvd. Tickets are $39 to $69. For more details, see harrahsresort.com

Casinos

Kozak the Magician, Tropicana, Comedy Stop, mature PG-14 material, 6:15 p.m. show,

5:15 p.m. dinner seating;

$20 show only ($10 ages 11 and younger); $30 dinner and show. 609-348-0920.

"Believe - Divas In a Man's World," Resorts Casino Hotel, Screening Room, 10 p.m. $25. 800-322-SHOW.

Legends in Concert, Bally's, Palace Theater, 7:30 and

10 p.m. $32.50. 609-340-2709.

"Identity: An Exhibition of You," Franklin Institute traveling exhibit, Trump Plaza's East Tower, noon to 7 p.m.,

$12 adults, $8 ages 12 and younger. 609-441-6000.

Beatlemania Now, Trump Plaza, 8 p.m. $32.50. 609-441-6000.

"Girls Night:The Musical," Resorts, The Screening Room, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. $45.

800-322-SHOW.

Howie Mandel, Borgata, Music Box, 9 p.m. $65, $75. 609-677-1000.

Boston, Trump Taj Mahal, Mark G. Etess Arena, 8 p.m. $39.50, $59.50, $79.50. 609-449-5150.

Dream Theater, Caesars,

7:30 p.m. $39.50, $69.50.

800-677-SHOW.

Santana, Borgata, Event Center, 8 p.m. $76, $96, $135.50. 609-677-1000.

Air Supply, Resorts, 9 p.m. $45. 800-322-SHOW.

Matisyahu, Showboat, House of Blues, 7 p.m. $27, $37.

800-736-1420.

Comedians from "Chelsea Lately," Golden Nugget, The Showroom, 9 p.m. $28.20, $41.76. 800-777-8477.

Comedy

Tommy Blaze, Karen Rontowski and Gary Delena, Tropicana Comedy Stop, The Quarter, must be 18 or older,

9 and 11:15 p.m., $27, $25.

Events

Public sails on New Jersey's Tall Ship A.J. Meerwald, two-hour sails 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., from dock at west end of Centre Street, on the bay, Beach Haven, $40 adults, $35 seniors, $20 children 3 to12; reservations recommended. 856-785-2060 or

Cape May County 4-H Fair, noon to 9 p.m., 355 Court House-South Dennis Road, Cape May Court House, environmental and animal exhibits, food, rides. 609-465-5115.

Farmers Market, 9 a.m. to

3 p.m., Center City Park, Atlantic Avenue between North and South Carolina avenues, Atlantic City. 609-347-0500 or njcrda.com

Book signing, 8 p.m., David Wheeler, "Wild New Jersey - Nature Adventures in the Garden State," Lake Absegami Beach Breezeway in Bass River State Forest, Bass River Township, free, books available for purchase $20. 609-296-1114.

Paranormal Pursuits: Spiritualism in the 1800s,

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Historic Cold Spring Village, Route 9, Cape May, Virginia Infantry Ghost Hunters, $10 adults,

$8 children ages 3 to 12.

609-898-2300 or hcsv.org

Family Movie Night, 7 p.m., "Dolphin Tale," Tony Canale Park, off Dogwood Avenue,

Egg Harbor Township.

609-646-4693.

South Jersey Praise Fest, 3 to 7 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, Central and Shore Road, Linwood, free outdoor concert, annual chicken barbecue, bring lawn chair or blanket. 609-927-4882.

Tribute to the Philippines, kickoff 10 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with officials of Philippine Consulate of New York, daylong free trade festival in Pavilion area of Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, includes Filipino crafts, products, entertainment, health fair, 5 p.m. show Sounds of Manila, Music Pier, $10. 609-525-9292 or 609-364-4010.

Fine Art and Handcraft Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Civic Center and Carey Stadium, off Boardwalk at Sixth Street, Ocean City, Jersey Shore Artisans Guild, all American-made.

British Car Owners Ice Cream Social, 6 to 8:30 p.m., rain or shine, 5 Points Custard, East Landis Avenue and Tuckahoe Road, East Vineland, nonmembers welcome, free admission. bmcsnj.org

Fifth Annual Vineland Seafood Festival, 4 to 9 p.m., rain date Sunday, along 600 block of Landis Avenue, Vineland, live music, food vendors, free admission. 856-794-8653 or mainstreetvineland.org

Music

Summer Concert Series,

1 p.m. Rick Cason Express, Mark Big & Tasty Baxter, Jack and Judah Dorrington; 4 p.m. War, The Chi-Lites, Historic Gardner's Basin, New Hampshire Avenue and the bay, Atlantic City, free. 609-347-5643.

Linda Gentille and the Jersey Shore Pops, Big Band concert series, Music of Glen Miller Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., Paul Schmidtchen Theater, Lower Cape Regional High School, 687 Route 9, Exit 4 off Garden State Parkway, Lower Township, $25 to $40. Tickets at Shore Veterinarians, 73 Hope Corson Road, Seaville.

609-390-9113, 800-838-3006 or JerseyShorePops.org

The E-Street Shuffle Band (Springsteen tribute band), 7 to 10 p.m., Log Cabin, 600 North Jerome Ave., Margate, $10 advance, $15 door. 609-823-9824 or margatelogcabin.com

Verdi's Rigoletto, Amici Opera Company, 8 p.m., Margate Community Church, 8900 Ventnor Parkway, Margate, $25. 215-224-0257.

ABBA Gold, 8 to 10 p.m., Excursion Park, JFK Boulevard and Pleasure Avenue, Sea Isle City, free. 609-263-8687.

The Duprees, 8 p.m., Landis Theater, 830 East Landis Ave., Vineland, start $25; pre-show dinner or after-show cocktail packages. 856-691-1121.

Summer concert series,

7:30 p.m., Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, free, bring blanket or chair. 609-523-0202 or visitwildwoodcrest.com

Nightlife

Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, 3400 Pacific Ave.: The Beach Bar, 609-340-4636 - Sheila Mark Band, 1 p.m.; That 70's Band, 5 p.m.; Almost Fab,

9 p.m.; The Burger Bar, 609-340-4636 - Scott Holt, 9 p.m.

Bally's Atlantic City, Park Place and Boardwalk: Blue Martini, 609-340-2000 - Reservoir Doggs, 9 p.m.; DJ Prefer, 10 p.m.; Harry's Oyster Bar & Seafood, 609-340-2000 - Live music, 7 p.m.; The Lobby Bar, 609-340-2000 - Beth Tinnon Duo, 10 p.m.; The Mountain Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Cool Jon Sprang, 9 p.m.; Shorty the Sheriff and the Vixens, 10 p.m.; Sammy's Beach Bar, 609-340-2000 - DJ Xtina, 1 p.m.; Daddy Pop, 2 p.m.; Total Whiteout, 7 p.m.; DJ Patrice McBride, 8 p.m.

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa,

1 Borgata Way: Gypsy Bar, 609-317-1000 - The Benderz, 7 p.m.; Johnny Drama, 11 p.m.; MIXX, 609-317-1000 -?uestlove, 10 p.m.; mur.mur,

609-317-1000 - Mel Debarge, 10 p.m.

Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave.: Dusk, 609-345-3875 - Miss Palmer, DJ Bonics, 10 p.m.; 21 Bar, 609-348-4411 -DJ Be-Easy, 10 p.m.; Mia, 609-348-4411 - DJ Lu'AP,

10 p.m;. Toga Bar, 609-348-4411 -Redline and Toga Dancers, 10 p.m.; Suite 7400 Roof-Top Pool, 609-348-4411 - DJ Johnny Looch, 10 p.m.

Golden Nugget, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard: Live Bar, 800-777-8477 - Draw the Line, 10 p.m.; Rush Lounge, 800-777-8477 - Joe & Daryll, 6 p.m.; Second 2 None, 10 p.m.; The Deck, 800-777-8477 - Spoiled Rotten, 2 p.m.; John Eddie, 8 p.m.

Harrah's Resort, 777 Harrah's Blvd.: Eden Lounge, 609-441-5165 - Fever, 8:15 p.m.; Bobby Lynch Band, 12 a.m.; The Pool After Dark, 609-441-5165 - DJ Camilo and Milky Mike, 9 p.m.; Xhibition Bar, 800-242-7724 - DJ April and DJ Xtina, 10 p.m.

Resorts Casino Hotel, 1133 Boardwalk: 25 Hours, 800-336-6378 - Blanche, 4 p.m.; One Ups, 9:40 p.m.; Night Fever, 800-336-6378 - 70s and 80s Dance Party, 9 p.m.; Whiskey Bar, 800-336-6378 - James King, 9 p.m.; ProBar, 800-336-6378 - Music Videos, 8 p.m.; DJ Naj, 10 p.m.; Gogo Boys,

11 p.m.

Revel, 500 Boardwalk: HQ,

609-572-6488 - Cedric Gervais, 10 p.m.; The Social, 609-572-6488 - Please Please Me,

8 p.m.; Danger Mouse, 11:45 p.m.; Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, 609-225-9898 - DJs, Classic Burlesque 11:30 p.m. and 1 a.m.; Rock 'n Roll Burlesque 2 a.m.

Showboat Casino-Hotel, 801 Boardwalk: House of Blues Party Pit, 609-343-4000 - DJ Aiden Scott, 8 p.m.; 3 AM and Dancers, 10 p.m.; Foundation Room, 609-343-4000 - Dom Mazetti vs. Atlantic City - DJ Paul Desisto and DJ Bugs, Outside Terrace - DJ Yan and Guest, 10 p.m.

Tropicana Casino and Resort, 2831 Boardwalk: Anthem, 609-576-5206 - DJ Luap and DJ B Easy, 10 p.m.; Boogie Nights, 888-940-7080 - Neon Night, 10 p.m.; Providence, The Quarter, 609-345-7800 - Finesse, 10 p.m.; Ri-Ra, The Quarter, 609-348-8600 - Element K, 11:30 p.m.; Rumba Lounge, The Quarter, 609-340-4000 - Dancers and Live DJs, 10 p.m.; Cuba Libre, The Quarter, 609-348-6700 - Latin Floorshow, 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m. and midnight; Firewaters, 609-344-6699 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.; Planet Rose Karaoke Lounge, The Quarter, 609-344-6565 - Karaoke, 8 p.m.; Tango's Lounge, 609-345-7800 - Jynx, 3 p.m.; Johnny & Sherena, 7 p.m.; DJ Ralph D'Aelio, 11 p.m.

Trump Plaza Hotel Casino, Boardwalk at Mississippi Avenue: Trump Plaza Beach Bar, 609-449-5138 - DJ Capp, 1 p.m.; Generation Next, 7 p.m.; DJ Red, 9 p.m.; Hottest Dancers, 10 p.m.

Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Avenue: Ego, 609-449-5138 - Almost Angels and DJ Ernesto, 10:30 p.m.; Casbah, 609-449-5138 - DJ Eddie Edge, DJ B Lee, 10:30 p.m.

Atlantic City

C5 At The Chelsea, Chelsea Hotel, 111 S. Chelsea Ave., 800-548-3030 - Chelsea Beach Club with DJ B Easy, 11 a.m.; Jonathan Silva in the Cabana Club, 1 p.m.; Cort Farris at the Oasis Pool, 5 p.m.; DJ Vitalik & DJ, 10:30 p.m.

The Irish Pub, 164 St. James Place, 609-344-9063 - DJ Fran, 9 p.m.

Avalon

Bobby Dee's Rock'n Chair Restaurant, 2409 Dune Drive, 609-967-3300 - LeCompt,

10 p.m.

Fuze Restaurant, Third Avenue and 79th Street, 609-368-1919 - Pauline Bennick, 7 p.m.

Jack's Place, 3601 Ocean Drive, 609-967-5001 - Steamroller Picnic, 9 p.m.

The Princeton, 2008 Dune Drive, 215-725-8681 - DJ,

9 p.m.; Total White Out and The Tall Boys, 10 p.m.

The Windrift, 80th Street and the beach, 609-368-5175 - Secret Service, 4 p.m.; Jim Bannach, 6 p.m.; DJ Will, DJ Jeff Walden, 9 p.m.; The Big House Band, Star 69, 9:30 p.m.; Dennis Holmes, 10 p.m.

Bridgeton

The Bridgewater Pub, 22 S. Laurel St., 856-455-9551 - DJs, 9 p.m.

Brigantine

St. George's Pub, 4282 Harbor Beach Blvd. 609-266-1001 - Mike Lupus, 7 p.m.

Cape May

Boiler Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - The Dane Anthony Band, 9 p.m.

Brown Room, Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, 609-884-8421 - Darin MacDonald,

8 p.m.

Cabanas Beach Bar and Grill, Beach and Decatur avenues, 609-884-4800 - Joe Bachman & The Crew, 10 p.m.

Ebbitt Room, The Virginia Hotel, 25 Jackson St., 609-884-5700 - Paul Sottile, 6:30 p.m.

The Rusty Nail, Beach Shack, 205 Beach Ave., 609-884-0017 - Delany & Reeves, 5 p.m.; Third Degree with Margie Staples, 9 p.m.

Mad Batter, 19 Jackson St., 609-884-5970 - Robin & Amy, 7 p.m.

The Merion Inn, 106 Decatur St. at Columbia Ave., 609-884-8363 - Danny Eyer Band, 7 p.m.

SeaSalt, Ocean Club, 1035 Beach Ave., 609-884-7000 -Vestapolitans, 8 p.m.

The Ugly Mug, 462 Washington St., 609-884-3459 - Live music, 9 p.m.

Forked River

Caffrey's Tavern Steakhouse, 440 Route 9 South, 609-693-6613 - Pez Head, 7 p.m.

Galloway Township

Bulldog's Bar and Grill, 743 White Horse Pike, 609-965-4433 - DJ Dance Party, 10 p.m.

Ram's Head Inn, 9 W. White Horse Pike, 609-652-1700 - Pianist John Arnett, 6 p.m.

Assaggio!, 500 W. White Horse Pike, 609-965-3303 - Live piano music, 7 p.m.

Hammonton

DiDonato's Bowling Center and Cocktail Lounge, 1151 White Horse Pike, 609-561-3040 - Karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

Long Beach Island

Buckalew's Restaurant and Tavern, Beach Haven, 101 N. Bay Ave., 609-492-1065 - The Kootz, 9 p.m.

Nardi's Tavern, 118th Street & The Boulevard, Haven Beach, 609-492-9538 - Face Down,

5 p.m.; Liquid A, 10 p.m.

The Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club, 10 S. Atlantic Ave., Beach Haven, 609-492-4611 - Monte's Pool Party, 3:30 p.m.; The Replicants, 10 p.m.

Margate

Sofia, 9314 Amherst Ave.,

609-822-9111 - Live music and piano, 7 p.m.

Steve and Cookie's By the Bay, Amherst Ave., 609-823-1163 - Joe Mancini, 7 p.m.

Mays Landing

Cousin Mario's, 5401 Harding Highway, 609-625-2523 - Take Two, 7 p.m.

The Dockside Grille, The Inn at Sugar Hill, 5704 Mays Landing Road, 609-625-2226 - Local musicians Rock The Dock,

6 p.m.

Testa's Good Guys Pub, 5698 Somers Point-Mays Landing Road, 609-625-1926 - DJ dance party, 10 p.m.

Watering Hole Cafe, 6494 Weymouth Road, 609-625-9300 - Furious George, 9 p.m.

Millville

Bogart's Books, 210 N. High St., 856-327-3714 - Al Grigg and the Flying Dogs of Jupiter, 7 p.m.

Old Oar House Irish Pub, 123 N. High St., 856-293-1200 - DJ, 9 p.m.

North Wildwood

Flip Flopz Beach Bar and Grill, 300 Olde New Jersey Ave., 609-522-3350 - DJ entertainment, 9 p.m.

Keenan's Irish Pub, 113 Olde New Jersey Ave., 609-729-3344 - Touche, 6 p.m.; The Juliano Brothers, 10 p.m.

Sea Isle City

Dead Dog Saloon, 39th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-7600 - Nicki Sbaffoni, 9 p.m.

Kix McNutley's Bar, 63rd Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-7286 - Dame, 9 p.m.

La Costa Lounge, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-3756 - Karma, 4 p.m.; The Rockets, 9 p.m.

The Ocean Drive, 40th Street and Landis Avenue, 609-263-1000 - No Show Happy Hour with Go Go Gadget, 4 p.m.; Mr. Greengenes and DJ Freezie,

9 p.m.

Shenanigans, 3815 Landis Ave., 609-263-3900 - DJ,

4 p.m.; DJ Joey Catz, 9 p.m.

Springfield Inn, 43rd Street and Pleasure Avenue, 609-263-4951 - Jammer, 4:30 p.m.; The Juliano Brothers, The Next and DJ Brother Mike, 10 p.m.

Somers Point

The Crab Trap, 2 Broadway, 609-927-7377 - Higher Ground, 7 p.m.

Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road, 609-927-2759 - Bob Mower and Lew London, 7:30 p.m.

800 Bay Restaurant and Bar, 800 Bay Ave., 609-926-3500 - Shaun Ashley, 7 p.m.

Upper Township

Levari's Seafood and American Grill, Route 50 and Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg, 609-628-2225 - Danny Eyer Band, 7 p.m.

Tuckahoe Inn, Route 9, Tuckahoe, 609-390-3322 - Aqua Palooza: The Who Dat Band.

Yesterday's Tavern, 316 Roosevelt Blvd., 609-390-1757 - Live music, 9:30 p.m.

Vineland

Luna's Outdoor Grill at Merighi's Savoy Inn, 4940 Landis Ave., 856-691-8051 - Live entertainment, 8 p.m.

Kids

Pajama Night: Story Telling Under the Stars, 6 and 7 p.m., Robert J. Novins Planetarium, Ocean County Collge main campus, College Drive, Toms River, bring pillow or blanket, $8. 732-255-0400 or ocean.edu/planet.htm

"Cinderella," children's theater, 10 a.m., Ocean Professional Theatre Company, Bengal Auditorium, 180 Bengal Drive, Barnegat, $10. 609-312-8306 or oceantheatre.org

Nature

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, free family nature walks, 9 a.m., Two Mile Beach Unit of Cape May NWR, Ocean Drive, south of Wildwood Crest. 215-341-1044.

N.J. Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory, Research & Education Center, 600 Route 47, Middle Township, and Northwood Center on Lily Lake, Cape May Point, birding trip, $10 show and go: Cape May Point State Park, at 7:30 a.m., at platform; Cape May Migratory Bird Refuge, 6:30 p.m., meet at lot, Sunset Boulevard. 609-861-0700.

Wetlands Institute, 1075 Stone Harbor Blvd., Stone Harbor, salt-marsh film and trail walks, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., $8 adults, $6 ages 3 to 12, includes activities. 609-368-1211.

Theater

"Titanic, The Musical," 8 p.m., Ocean Professional Theatre Company, Bengal Auditorium, 180 Bengal Drive, Barnegat, $35 adults, $20 children 12 and younger. 609-312-8306 or oceantheatre.org

"Annie," 8 p.m., Surflight Theatre, Engleside and Beach avenues, Beach Haven, $36-$54. 609-492-9477 or surflight.org

"God of Carnage," comedy, 8 p.m., Cape May Stage, Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank and Lafayette streets, Cape May, $35 adults $30 seniors, $15 students. 609-884-1341 or capemaystage.org

"Ruth Draper's Company of Characters," 8:30 p.m., East Lynne Theater Company, First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, $30 adults, $25 seniors, $15 students, free age 12 and younger. 609-884-5898 or eastlynnetheater.org

"Forever Plaid," musical comedy, 8 p.m., Media Theatre of the Performing Arts, Broadway at the Beach seriers, Middle Township Performing Arts Center, 1 Penkethman Way, Cape May Court House, $25 advance, $30 door. 609-463-1924 or 610-891-0100.

"The Rocky Horror Show," 10 p.m. and midnight, Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., Ocean City, $10. 609-457-6686 or ocrep.org

"Little Shop of Horrors," 8 p.m., Cumberland Players, The Little Theatre, Sherman Avenue and the Boulevard, Vineland, $15. 856-692-5626 or cumberlandplayers.com