The Wildwoods, NJ Free Beaches Are Open! The Wildwoods, NJ Unlocking of the Ocean Celebration Kicks Off the 2024 Summer Season

Local, County, and State Tourism officials turned the key to ‘unlock the ocean’ for summer

The Wildwoods, NJ – May 24, 2024 The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) joined state, county, local, and city officials, guest speakers, and hundreds of elementary school children, along with hundreds of Memorial Weekend visitors, to ‘unlock’ the Wildwoods beaches for the summer 2024 season.

The 38th annual International Kite Festival, the largest Kite Festival in North America, was simultaneously launched over the Wildwoods’ beaches. Colorful kites served as a backdrop, and children of all ages joined in on the fun, launching the kites they made earlier that morning during a children’s Kite Making Workshop inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. Festivities following the Unlocking of the Ocean include a Kite Sales Tent, a Friday Night Social via the local kite club, and the 9 p.m. Illuminated Night Kite Fly. Saturday includes the Silent and Loud Auctions (open to all); and Saturday and Sunday include the flying of large inflatable kites, team flying, as well as family games from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday features the World Indoor Kite Exhibition inside the Wildwoods Convention Center. FREE to spectators! Visit for more details.

The Wildwoods, NJ is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend!

The following is a list of events taking place in the resort during the holiday weekend:

Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market Season Kick-Off

Saturday, May 25

The Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is THE place to be every Saturday morning, from Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend. Each week from 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. You will find over 70 vendors offering fresh farm goods including produce, plants, cut flowers and honey. Our bakers bring all kinds of home baked goods, including gluten free items; and there are lots of specialty foods and beverages too, like pickles, guacamole, meals to go, wine, beer, craft spirits, sandwiches, as well as hot and cold drinks. Crafters offer handmade soaps, candles, jewelry, personalized items, home goods, clothing, gifts, signs, dog treats and apparel, and so much more! With more than 100 vendors on our roster, you will find at least 70 each week, spread across both sides of Pacific Avenue in Byrne Plaza, at Oak Avenue, and in original Farmers Market Lot at Schellenger Avenue. Be sure to stop by the DOOWW information booth to pick up your free DOOWW Magnet, a Byrne Plaza Schedule of Events, and information about all the great things happening in Downtown Wildwood! While you’re there, you can also purchase DOOWW Christmas Ornaments, Ts, sweatshirts, bags, and hats. The DOOWW information booth is located at the Pacific and Oak Avenue entrance to Byrne Plaza. Parking is always FREE for Byrne Plaza events in the parking lots behind the Pacific Avenue shops; on the east side of Pacific Avenue, between Oak & Schellenger Avenues, and on the west side of Pacific, between Oak and Wildwood Avenues. See you Memorial Day Weekend at Byrne Plaza!

Memorial Day Weekend Boardwalk Craft Show

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26

The Boardwalk Craft Show on the Boardwalk at Rio Grande Avenue will take place rain or shine on Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Artisans, handmade craft items, boutique items, gifts and more will be for sale at the free-to-attend event. Call 609.522.0198, email [email protected], or visit Additional Craft Show weekends include June 22 & 23, July 5, 6, & 7, July 13 & 14, July 20 & 21, August 3 & 4, August 10 & 11, and August 31 & September 1.

Patrick Corcoran 5K Memorial Day Run

Sunday, May 26

The Annual Run to Remember will be held in North Wildwood to benefit our veterans and those that have lost loved ones in service to their county. All proceeds from this event will be donated to our veterans. Registration fee is $35. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9 a.m. Race Start/Finish and registration will be at the North Wildwood Lifeguard Station,16th Street and the Beach. All levels of runners are welcome! Along with the 5K Run, there will be a 1Mile Walk. For more information call 267.566.8359, or 215.990.8689, or visit

Wildwood Food Truck & Music FEASTival

Sunday, May 26

The Wildwood Music and Food Truck FEASTival takes place at Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. 15 food trucks will serve something for everyone, 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, Nauti Girl, The Rolling Pita, Smokeology, and Traveling Tomato. Enjoy DJ music all day, as well as artist vendors, and kids’ activities including bungee trampoline, face painting, sand art, inflatables, mini golf, slide, inflatable hatchet throwing, and much more! Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a day in the sun and the water. Produced by Just Jersey Fest & JamFam Productions. For more information visit

Wildwood Crest Summer Kick-Off Concert – FREE

Sunday, May 26

Wildwood Crest kicks off its Summer Concert Series in Centennial Park at Fern Road & Ocean Avenue, with “Big House”, performing dance, party, and alternative hits at 7 p.m. FREE! Bring a blanket or beach chair. Call 609.523.0202 or visit

North Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony – FREE

Monday, May 27

A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at the North Wildwood Veterans Monument, located at Spruce and New York Avenues at 1 p.m., hosted by VFW Post 5941. For more information, call or call 609.729.5832.

City of Wildwood Memorial Day Ceremony- FREE

Monday, May 27

The annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place on the front lawn of American Legion Post 184 in Wildwood to honor our nation’s fallen heroes. Ceremony begins at 11 a.m. For more information call 609.522.3613 or visit

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