Cape May MAC presents dozens of special events each season. No matter what time you visit, there is something new to try! Below we have listed special events by category, which take place at various times throughout the year.

Halloween Happenings
Man dressed as a graveyard keeper for halloween

Cape May is one of the most haunted places in America. From the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate to a bevy of B&B inns, hotels and guest houses, all with resident spirits, you’ll find plenty to get your heart pumping.

Christmas in Cape May
Emlen Physick Estate christmas tee

This seaside town is transformed into a Dickens village for the holidays with garlands of fragrant greens and twinkling gaslights. Wrap yourself in the warmth of holiday spirit and sample a seemingly endless variety of events.

Clueless at the Physick Estate actors posing for a photo op inside the physick estate.

Cape May is home to many great theater companies and productions! Learn more about companies and performances here.

Cape May Music Festival
Cape May Music Festival Logo on an image of Violins

Celebrating 31 years of bringing beautiful music to Cape May, the Cape May Music Festival presents classical, chamber, jazz and more each year.

Sherlock Holmes Weekend
two guys dressed as sherlock holmes and watson standing in front of a the cape may sign on the Washington street mall

The game’s afoot in Victorian Cape May… Choose your weekend for a suspense-filled encounter with that inimitable detective Sherlock Holmes in the National Historic Landmark City of Cape May, New Jersey.

Victorian Weekend
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This is the best time of year to visit Victorian Cape May, America’s first seashore resort. Enjoy a weekend of exciting and entertaining activities from history to murder mysteries, plus historic house tours, food and wine events and much more.

Craft & Collectables Shows

All year long, MAC presents high quality crafts and collectibles shows featuring the wares of vendors and crafters from throughout the Northeast.

lessons of history
Lessons of History Distinguished Lecture Series 2020


The life and presidency of Harry S. Truman

as portrayed by his grandson Clifton Truman Daniel

Food & Wine Celebration
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Indulge in good food, fine wine, and all types of culinary delights and events during the 25th Cape May Food & Wine Celebration. Find out why the New York Times has dubbed Cape May “the restaurant capital of New Jersey.” Visitors can enjoy fine wines and delicious dining experiences.

Fun Stuff for Families
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There’s no place better for families than Cape May! You’ll find a variety of multi-generational activities designer for kids and parents (or grandparents) to enjoy together.

Friends Events

Cape May MAC’s friends groups (Friends of the Cape May Lighthouse, Emlen Physick Estate, World War II Lookout Tower, Cape May Music Festival and Museum Education), present various events and tours throughout the year that relate to their specific missions.

President’s Weekend
Scrambled eggs, sausage and toast plated on a table next to a bingo card for cape may macs Brunch & Bingo at the beach event.

Winter in Cape May is not as dreary as you might think! President’s weekend is packed with events to get you out of the house and enjoy some entertaining activities and events.

Culinary Events
young couple drinking wine

In partnership with Cape May’s world-famous restaurant community, MAC offers some unique dining experiences. Indulge in the decadent Chocolate Lovers Feast or spice your dinner with a Murder Mystery. Learn to appreciate fine wines from grape to glass, or enjoy a classic Tea Luncheon… it’s all here to make your visit memorable…and tasty!

Festivals at the Estate

The grounds of the Physick Estate are perfect for outdoor festivals featuring food and spirits, live music, crafts and fun family entertainment!

Spring Celebration Garden Tour
Private home garden

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Step past the frontage and explore the private plants and blooms of some of the Cape May area’s most dedicated gardeners. See their private landscape designs and take home ideas for your own gardens.