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Cape May Events

Spring Events

Spring is the season for love and romance in beautiful Cape May. The fragrant smell of hyacinths, walks along tree shaded streets, a game of croquet, takes you back to the glorious Victorian era for which Cape May, NJ is famous.

Cape May's Annual Spring Festival is packed with events featuring garden tours, a Nineteenth Century dance workshop and ball, a Victorian murder mystery dinner theater, antiques and craft shows, the Historic House Tours of restored Victorian bed and breakfast inns, trolley tours, tennis tournaments and a brass band concert.

The Cape May Jazz Festival showcases over two dozen events and hundreds of musicians making Cape May one of the top and unique Jazz Festival experiences. Jazz lovers everywhere will want to attend Cape May's 29th Jazz Festival. This year's event features the best of the best in an elite group of up-and-coming new breed of talented artists who will be celebrating the past and future of contemporary Jazz.

Summer Events

Start your summer with The Annual Strawberry Festival in West Cape May.

Strawberries mean summer in West Cape May and we love to celebrate the most luscious fruit of the season beginning at 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., every year on the first Saturday of June at Wilbraham Park, right across the street from The Albert Stevens Inn. Spend the whole day enjoying everything strawberry, from strawberry shortcake to every imaginable fresh strawberry treat.

Festival-goers can stroll through the park, listening to live music, while antiquing or searching for that perfect treasure from among dozens of homemade craft vendors. It’s a fun filled festival for the whole family with plenty of free parking and free admission for all.

Summer is the most exciting time of the year in Cape May, offering visitors a variety of fun-filled activities. Cape May hosts the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 the richest and largest Marlin –Tuna contest in the world.
The Nature Center of Cape May and the Cape May Bird Observatory have wonderful programs for all ages with tours everyday in the summer.

Summer in Cape May is the best place to spend days at the beach windsurfing, kayaking, power sailing or just soaking up the rays and the scene. The cool ocean breeze makes perfect summer days for bicycle riding, walking around town or taking a trolley tour of the historic Victorian Bed and Breakfast Inns. Nearing the end of the day, drive or bicycle out to Sunset Beach for a spectacular sunset over the area where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Delaware Bay.

If you just feel like lounging, The Albert Stevens Inn has a large old-fashioned porch with plenty of rocking chairs to sit and enjoy the lazy days of summer while sipping lemonade or iced tea. Bicycles are available for rides out to Cape May Point or Sunset Beach. Call ahead and reserve your room now.

Fall Events

Twenty five years ago West Cape May began sponsoring The Lima Bean Festival. Today, not only is there a National Lima Bean Association, but there is also a Society for the Preservation of the Lima Bean, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to call attention to South Jersey's vanishing farmlands. The gala festival is held in Wilbraham Park, across the street from The Albert Stevens Inn, every year in October on Saturday of Columbus Day Weekend from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. There will be great food, lots of vendors, antiques and entertainment.

Victorian Week is considered a top 100 event in North America. From October 10th – 19th this 10 day extravaganza of tours and events celebrate the Victorian lifestyle preserved in Cape May. There is much to do: Vintage Dance Weekend, October 11 & 12, offers ballroom dancing instruction on Saturday morning, The Vintage Ball with live music on Saturday night and The Tea Dance on Sunday.

Don’t miss the Victorian Private Homes Tours each Saturday, October 11 & 18 from 11am-1pm or the Victorian Tour & Tales from 12:30pm-3:30pm where you can stroll the streets of Cape May’s Historic District and encounter costumed Victorians sharing their story and history of Cape May homes.

The Albert Stevens Inn is the best choice for accommodations during Victorian Week. The Inn is a completely resorted Victorian Cottage with 10 bedrooms, each with a private bath, 2 dining rooms a veranda breakfast and tea room, a beautiful place, filled with antiques, will take you back to Victorian elegance. Early reservations are highly recommended.

Winter Events

Enjoy the holidays in old-fashioned Victorian charm of Cape May festively decorated with Holly, wreaths and lights for Christmas. Learn about the Christmas traditions of the 1800's while visiting the many homes open to the public.

The Christmas Candlelight House Tour in early December is the main attraction of Cape May's holiday season. From 5:30 to 8:30 PM, on three Saturdays in December, visitors may tour Victorian homes, inns and churches all decorated for the holidays. There are hospitality centers with cookies, hot chocolate and tea, Christmas Carolers, musicians and just a festive time everywhere to be found.

To gain an experience of an old fashioned Christmas in a small town see the West Cape May Christmas Parade every year on the first Saturday in December, with floats, local high school marching bands, and Philadelphia Mummers Bands.

Spend an afternoon at the award winning Cape May Winery, Saturday, December 8 stating at 3:30 pm. The winery tour includes a walk through the vineyards, cheese, fruit and wine tasting. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts (MAC).

The Albert Stevens Inn is the perfect place to stay while enjoying all that Cape May offers during the holidays. The Inn is festively decorated with Christmas ornamentation. Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in the sitting room with fireplace, the two candlelit dining rooms, or the warm sunny veranda. Several of the rooms also have fireplaces and all have private baths.