Friday marks the first official day of fall, and the unofficial start to festival season. And what better way to begin season than with a festival right in our own backyard — Margate Fall FunFest By the Bay? You read about the family-friendly activities. Well, here are five more adult-friendly things to do at the annual two-day FunFest.
1. Catch some tunes. With a dozen bands on the lineup, guests at the fest can expect to hear everything from rock to country to reggae. Saturday’s entertainment includes music from Ken Shiles & CiBon, Rhythm Wranglers, Sooy Swing Band, Danny Eyre, Isn’t it Always and Brandon Ireland. Sunday is just as packed with music from Dan Burke Band, Analog Groove, The Skins 42, Either Way and Jim Crane & The AC All Stars.
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2. Grab some grub. Go hungry to the festival so you can load up on some kick a** festival grub. Vendors include popular local favorites such as Margate Dairy Bar, Vagabond Kitchen and Taphouse, Barrels Margate and Essex Seafood, among others.
3. Sip some brews. Not only is there an official Beer Garden sponsored by the Margate Business Association, but head into any of the local restaurants — Maynard’s, Steve and Cookie’s, Tomatoes and Sofia — to escape the bustle of the beer garden, into a bar.
4. Check out the events. Margate Fall FunFest has a ton of fun and interesting events to suit just about anyone — whether it’s checking out Steve and Cookie’s Annual Dog Show or exploring a pontoon boat expedition, shopping handmade crafts or Dunking a Cop, FunFest has it.
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5. Come back at night. We all know the real fun happens when the lights go down and the kids go to bed. FunFest After Dark: Definitely Not For Kids keeps the party going into the night from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday. Expect a special adults-only evening with live music by the Mas Tequila Orchestra, wine and spirits tasting, and light finger foods. Admission is $20 — a portion of which benefits the Community FoodBank of New Jersey — and it takes place at the Washington Avenue Pier.