MDW Events WrapUp

The Wildwoods Welcome Visitors & Kick Off Summer 2024 With Jam-Packed Memorial Day Weekend Events Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27

The Wildwoods kick off the unofficial start of summer 2024 with the Unlocking of the Ocean ceremony on Friday, May 24 at 12 p.m.

The Wildwoods, NJ – May 14, 2024 – The Wildwoods are kicking off the summer season and welcoming visitors to enjoy the best of the Jersey shore, and a whole lot more, during Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend in the Wildwoods is jam-packed with island wide events and happenings, taking place Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27, as well as Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies. Events include:

Official Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony 

Friday, May 24 – 12 p.m.
It’s time to get your feet sandy – the fun begins at 12 p.m. on Friday, May 24 on the beach at Andrews Avenue next to the Wildwoods Convention Center. State, county and local tourism and city officials, dignitaries, guest speakers, and the island’s second grade students will participate in the ceremony to officially unlock the ocean with the Wildwoods’ large, ornate ‘W’ key. Colorful kites will serve as the backdrop as the International Kit Festival simultaneously gets underway. Members of the Media are invited to take part in the day’s activities by flying kites to kick off the International Kite Festival immediately following the Unlocking Ceremony. This event is FREE to attend, and everyone is welcome. For more information call 609-729-9000 or visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com.  

Wildwoods International Kite Festival
Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27

The 38th annual Wildwoods International Kite Festival, the largest kite festival in North America, features kite fliers and kite makers from around the world flying their most incredible colorful creations. The Kite Festival is FREE to spectators, and kicks off on Friday, May 24 at 12 p.m. with the Unlocking of the Ocean Ceremony on the beach at Andrews Avenue, south of the Wildwoods Convention Center. Kite festivities follow with the opening of the Kite Sales Tent, a Friday Night Social, and the 9 p.m. Illuminated Night Kite Fly at the Rio Grande Avenue beach behind the famous Wildwoods sign. The Kite Festival continues Saturday, May 25, with Silent and Loud Auctions open to the public, where many unique kites and collectibles will be up for bid. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26 include the flying of large inflatable kites, team flying, as well as family games from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The kite festivities conclude with the World Indoor Kite Competition at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Monday, May 27 beginning at 9:30 a.m. and is FREE to attend. Kite fliers will showcase their impressive ability to fly a kite indoors without wind, and all performances will be choreographed to music. For more information, visit www.SkyFestivals.com.

Fitness in the Plaza featuring Boot Camp Circuit Training
Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27

Kick off summer with two special Memorial Day Weekend workouts at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood on Friday, May 24 and Monday, May 27 of Memorial Day Weekend from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Join Dion for Bootcamp Circuit training! He’ll keep it interesting and challenging with games like Fitness Monopoly! Just a $10 fee paid to instructor and parking is FREE. For more information, visit www.dooww.com.

Yoga on the Beach
Friday, May 24 – Monday, May 27
Enjoy a bit of relaxation and grounding this Memorial Day Weekend with Yoga on the Beach at Burk Avenue behind the Wildwoods Convention Center at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27. Practice with the sun, surf, and sand for a unique experience featuring a traditional Hatha yoga style class, infused with Qi Gong, a variety of healing therapy and lots of modifications for all levels. The fee for each class is $7 paid to the instructor. For more information, visit www.WildwoodYogaOnTheBeach.com or call 609-636-7184.

Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market Opens

Saturday, May 25
The Downtown Wildwood Farmer’s Market kicks off its 11th season Saturday, May 25 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend for Jersey Fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods, gifts and more. Extending from Byrne Plaza, at 3400 Pacific Avenue, from Oak Avenue to Schellenger Avenue, the market will feature over 70 vendors. The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is like a treasure hunt where you will find something for everyone and discover new offerings each week including fresh produce, plants, cut flowers, honey, baked goods, specialty foods, handmade items, fine art, candles, soaps, jewelry, personalized gifts, clothing, signs, pet items, breakfast sandwiches, dinners to go, craft beer, wine, craft spirits, hard cider and much more. Stop by the DOOWW Information Booth to pick up a Free DOOWW magnet, buy the latest DOOWW swag and get information on the latest Downtown Wildwood events, as well as where to shop, dine, play and stay while visiting The Wildwoods. There will be FREE parking. For more information, call 609-523-1602 or visit www.dooww.com.

Memorial Day Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show
Saturday, May 25 and Sunday May 26
The Boardwalk Craft Show is a must-see for any fan of handmade products. Taking place on the Wildwoods Boardwalk on Saturday, May 25 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 26 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is rain or shine. Find unique artisans, handmade craft items, boutique items, gifts and much more. For more information call 609-522-0198, email [email protected] or visit www.BoardwalkCrafts.com.

Wildwood Food Truck & Music FEASTival
Sunday, May 26

The Wildwood Food Truck and Music FEASTival will take place on Sunday, May 26  from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood. 15 food trucks will be serving delectable gourmet food truck cuisiine, including vegetarian options. Scheduled food trucks include: A Taste of Philly, Camille’s Cucina, Chow Wow, Cold Stone Creamery, Dan’s Waffles, House of Cupcakes, Just Fork It, Latin Bites, Mystic Lobster, The Rolling Pita, Smokeology, and Traveling Tomato. Enjoy DJ music all day! This year’s festival also features artist vendors and kids activities, including a bungee trampoline, face painting, sand art, inflatables, mini golf, slide, inflatable hatchet throwing, and so much more. This event is produced by Just Jersey Fest and JamFam Productions. For more information, visit the Just Jersey Fest Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/justjerseyfest or Jam Fam Productions Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/JamFamProductions.

Patrick Corcoran 5K Memorial Day Run to Remember
Sunday, May 26

The Annual “Run to Remember” 5K and 1 Mile Walk starts at 15th and the Beach next to the North Wildwood Beach Patrol headquarters. Registration time is 7:30 a.m., and the race is at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $35. This run benefits our veterans and those that have lost loved ones in service to their country. Proceeds will support the Gold Star Family Monument and expansion of the Veterans Park in North Wildwood. For more information call 267-566-8359 or 215-990-8689, or visit www.nwwvetrun.com.

FREE Summer Kickoff Concert
Sunday, May 29

Wildwood Crest’s Summer Kickoff Concert will take place on Sunday, May 26 in Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, starting at 7 p.m. The FREE, outdoor, all-ages concert will feature dance and party hits by “Big House”– marking an exciting start to the summer season. Bring your friends and family out for an incredible time, and don’t forget to bring your beach or lawn chair! For more information, call 609-523-0202 or visit www.WildwoodCrest.org.

North Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 27

On Monday May 27, a Memorial Day Ceremony hosted by the VFW Post 5941 will be held at the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse, located at 111 North Central Avenue in North Wildwood. The ceremony honoring our country’s heroes begins at 10am. For more information, call 609-729-5832 or visit www.NorthWildwood.com.

Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony

Monday, May 27

On Monday, May 27, residents and visitors alike are invited to pay their respects during a ceremony hosted at the Wildwood American Legion Post #184 at 4200 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood. Service begins at 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-522-3613 or visit www.legion184.org.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

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