Fred's Tavern

Fred’s Tavern

While island towns tend to slow down in the off-season, Stone Harbor is still kicking. In fact, this coming week there’s so much going on, it’s almost like summer came back for a return visit. Here are five reasons to get to Stone Harbor this weekend.

1. Fire Pit Fridays.

Love Water Star Grille at The Reeds at Shelter Haven in the summer? You’ll love it just as much during Fire Pit Fridays. They only hold them during specific dates, and lucky for us, one is this Friday. Enjoy live music, the view over the harbor, food and cocktail specials like winter sangria and classic wassail (made with brandy, apple cider, orange and lemon juice, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon), and, of course, the fire itself. Then head inside for music — check out Tom Powdermaker on Thursday and Kevin Burns on Friday. Located at 9601 Third Ave. in Stone Harbor. Go to for more info.

2. Margaritas.

Margaritas are great. Margaritas at Buckets Margarita Bar & Cantina are an experience. Try a classic, grand gold or platinum margarita, or go for some extra flavor with the watermelon basil or the cucumber mint varieties. Your taste buds will thank you. While you’re there, check out the tunes from Wes Ochs on Friday and Marc Wass on Saturday. Located at 9631 Third Ave. in Stone Harbor. Go to for more information.

3. Carry On.

Looking for a wide range of musical talent on one stage? Head to Harbor Square Theatre for Carry On: The Songs of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, performed by some of the most talented musicians in Cape May County. Follow the show up with cocktails from the attached Burger Bar. The show takes place at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and tickets are $25. Located at 271 96th St. in Stone Harbor. Go to for more.

4. Sing Your Heart Out.

Get to The Stone Harbor Pizza Pub every Wednesday from 7 to 10 p.m. for a weekly open mic night. The space is intimate and inviting, so you won’t feel overwhelmed if it’s a new experience for you. Even better? You can top off your performance with any one of their local or craft beers, including Cape May Brewing Company’s Ties The Room Together and 21st Amendment Brewery’s A Terrible Idea. Get there on Sundays for drink and bar bite specials and catch the game on one of six flat screens. Located at 315 96th St. in Stone Harbor. Go to Stone for more.

5. Catch a classic.

There’s no place in Stone Harbor more iconic than Fred’s Tavern. Head there this Saturday to see why and catch the local classic rock band The Seabillys. The show starts at 9:30 p.m., but get there early to grab a classic burger and fries and a beer. Located at 314 96th St. in Stone Harbor. Go to

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