Kick off the holiday weekend appropriately with Wildwood's Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular, visible from almost any spot along the beach and boardwalk. The fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m on Friday evening. Friday, August 29th, 10 p.m., Pine Avenue, Wildwood, NJ.
West Cape May will dedicate Saturday to Jersey-grown tomatoes, with their yearly festival offering everything from tomato tacos to tomato jewelry (yes, that's a real thing). The Tomato Fest will have food vendors onsite selling all things tomato, plus craft vendors featuring handmade goods from South Jersey artists. Saturday, August 30th, 9 a.m., Wilbraham Park, Perry Street, West Cape May, NJ.
If you're looking to celebrate your holiday weekend Vegas-style, head to Revel's HQ Beach Club for one of its infamous day parties—it's your last chance before the casino closes its doors for good. The day club will host three big name DJs this weekend: R3HAB on Saturday, Afrojack on Sunday, and Steve Aoki on Monday. Tickets are available here. Saturday, August 30th-Monday, September 1st, 10 a.m., HQ Beach Club, 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.
Atlantic City's Golden Nuggest Casino will host the fourth annual Bubba Gump Shrimp Fest on Saturday, where you can nosh on all sorts of shrimp-related delicacies, just like Bubba dreamed up, including cajun shrimp, popcorn shrimp, shrimp po'boys, shrimp jambalaya, and more. The festival will be held at The Deck, the casino's outdoor bar overlooking the marina, with cocktails and live entertainment to complement the seafood. No admission ticket is necessary, food and drink is pay-as-you-go. Saturday, August 30th, 12 p.m., Golden Nugget Casino, Huron & Brigantine Blvd, Atlantic City, NJ.
Fab Four tribute band Beatlemania will play classic Beatles hits under the stars at Wildwood's Lou Booth Amphitheater on Saturday evening. Admission to the concert is free. Saturday, August 30th, 8 p.m., Lou Booth Amphitheater, 2nd & Ocean Avenues, North Wildwood, NJ.
Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet and live jazz tunes from two local musicians at Cape May's Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom, located at the Emlen Physick Estate, one of the town's historic Victorian properties. For advance reservations, click here. Sunday, August 31st, 10:30 a.m., $25, Carriage House Cafe and Tearoom, 1048 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ.
Wildwood will close out the summer season with a free, all-day block party on Sunday. The family-friendly fest will feature crafts, games, food, and rides–plus, a variety of performers will fill the park with live music from noon until midnight. For more information, click here. Sunday, August 31st, 12 p.m., Fox Park, Ocean Avenue between Burk & Montgomery Avenues, Wildwood, NJ.
As part of the Let Rock Rule tour, Aerosmith–joined by former Guns N' Roses frontman, Slash–will take the stage at Boardwalk Hall for a special Labor Day weekend concert on Sunday evening. Tickets are available here. Sunday, August 31st, 7:30 p.m., $59.50+, Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ.
If you want a taste of Budweiser's Made In America festival without the overwhelming Parkway crowds that come with, catch indie rock band The Neighbourhood on Sunday evening at the shore. The California-based band, whose first full length album debuted with rave reviews last year, will take the stage at Borgata's concert venue–The Music Box–following their performance at the Philly music festival. To purchase tickets, click here. Sunday, August 31st, 9 p.m., The Music Box at Borgata Hotel & Casino, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, NJ.
If you're anxious to get a pre-BBQ workout in on Monday morning, sign up for Ocean City's Labor Day 5 Mile Run (or 1 mile run/walk for those still feeling those Sunday evening cocktails). To register, click here. Monday, September 1st, 9 a.m., $20-25, 23rd Street Beach, Ocean City, NJ.