Cape May: September Events

Saturday, September 13
8 am – noon

COME! Celebrate the end of the dog days of summer at the 8th Annual MUTT STRUT. Enjoy a fun morning with your dog on the Cape May Promenade after registering near Cape May Convention Hall. Donations for registration and auction benefit local canine programs with the event rasising about $5000 each year. Rain date is Sunday, September 14. For more information call (609) 513-4770 or e-mail

18th Annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration
September 13–21

Indulge in the “restaurant capital of New Jersey.” Events for those who love good food and wine; events may be attended separately. Enjoy winery tours, tastings, demonstrations, Chefs’ Dine-arounds, dinners and much more! Saturday,
Admission: Call for information
Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC). For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or visit

Sept. 17 - Oct. 12 (Wed. – Sat.)
East Lynne Theater Company

The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St.
A revival of the 1916 Broadway sensation by Bayard Vellier, it’s about a young woman falsely accused of shoplifting by her employer, who gets revenge in a most surprising manner. This thriller that will keep audiences guessing until the very end, was made into three films, including one titled Paid, starring Joan Crawford.
For more information, call 609-884-5898 or or visit

Beachfront Run
Saturday, September 20
Beach Avenue at Cape May Convention Hall
8:30 am

There’s no time like the present to sign up for the 31st Annual Cape May Beachfront Run on Saturday, September 20. The run features fast, certified two-mile and five-mile courses along the beautiful Cape May beachfront. Runners have access to three rest stations (stocked with bananas and bottled water) before and after both races. All runners receive t-shirts, and both races award overall and age-group trophies as follows: for the 5 miler, the first three men, first three women, first three in age groups and the team title; for the 2 miler, the first male, first female, and top two in age groups.

Registration is $15.00 until September 15, and $20.00 thereafter. For race registration forms or other information, call the City of Cape May at 609-884-9565 or pick up race applications at Convention Hall, City Hall, the Welcome Center, or online at

National Sea Glass Festival
September 27 and 28

Beachcombers can now share their collected treasures from the shore and learn more about naturally polished sea glass on September 27th and 28th in Cape May, New Jersey.

The North American Sea Glass Association will bring its annual national festival to South Jersey for the first time this fall. Open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday the oceanfront Cape May Convention Hall will host the 9th annual North American Sea Glass Festival. The event draws collectors, artisans, authors and beachcombers from around the world. Admission is $5.00 daily with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Clean Ocean Action organization of New Jersey.

Over 50 artists and designers who work with sea glass will show and sell their wares while experienced glass experts will be on hand to help identify and date shards for curious visitors. Education on the history and origins of beachcombing and sea glass will be presented and on Sunday the “Shard of the Year” contest will award a $1,000 check for the most beautiful and rare piece of sea glass presented for judging.

The term “sea glass” refers to pieces of old, discarded glass that have been naturally tumbled and weathered along the shore. Its beautiful frosted patina and range of colors, in addition to the rarity and history of older pieces, have fueled the popularity of sea glass collecting and the use of the shards in jewelry, mosaics and other arts and crafts.

Today’s collectors are also drawn by the ecological allure—recycling at its best—and by its appeal as an outdoor activity that bring families together for generations.

For more information on sea glass and the festival visit

3rd Annual Dragon Boat Festival
September 27 and 28

Join us at our 3rd Annual Cape May Dragon Boat Festival presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May and the City of Cape May on Saturday September 27th and Sunday September 28th. Experience the thrill, the adrenaline, the teamwork, and the sheer fun of being connected on a level comparable to nothing else. It's power, speed, synchronization and endurance! It happens to be the fastest growing international team water sport. Paddles up! For more information, call 609.884.5508 or visit,