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Cape May Music Festival

Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival Aug. 14 at Physick Estate

This summer hit named one of  5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY returns and features crabs, craft beers, family entertainment and music all day

CAPE MAY, N.J. (July 15, 2021) — After a year hiatus, the Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival, one of Cape May’s most popular summertime events, returns Saturday, Aug. 14 for a full day of celebration and relaxation at the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. This family festival features steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, food truck vendors, crafters, local and regional craft beers, wine, spirits and all-day music and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. The Craft Beer, Music & Crab Festival is presented by Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) and sponsored by PNC Bank, with additional support from Gold Coast Production Management, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, DeSatnick Real Estate and Coastal Marketing Group RE/MAX Surfside.

Stretch out on your lawn chair or blanket, or relax under the tent during this festival that celebrates the best of summer in Cape May and was named one of the 5 Best New Jersey Summer Festivals by CBS NY.

Have fun cracking open freshly steamed crabs or peel a handful of steamed shrimp and savor these seaside favorites. Choose from other summertime favorites including crab cake sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches. Stop by the hot dog stand and visit food truck vendors offering an eclectic variety of tasty items for purchase, including selections from Empanada Mama, Matt’s Barbeque, House of Cupcakes, Mermaid Mutineer, Crespella and Bake ’n Bacon.

Wash down these delicious summertime foods with craft beers from local and regional breweries on the estate lawn. Purchase and enjoy a variety of local and regionally crafted beers including those from Cape May Brewing Company, Slack Tide Brewing Company, MudHen Brewing Company and Gusto Brewing Company, along with selections from the Harrison Beverage truck. A selection of spirits will be available at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka stand. Wine also will be available for purchase. Pirate Pete’s Soda will offer specialty sodas and a water station will also be available at the Cape May MAC tent.

Listen to live music on the outdoor stage beginning at 11 a.m. Bring a lawn chair or spread out your beach blanket for a great afternoon of back-to-back musical performers including The HoneyHawks, Andy Reeves, The Geno White Trio, Jake Tavill and BlueOx.

Explore the variety of crafts and collectibles vendors on the estate grounds selling hand-made and vintage items.

Bring the entire family to enjoy kid-friendly activities including acrobats from Mystery Circus Arts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. who will perform on the high wire and entertain children and adults with close-up magic throughout the day. Mackie the stilt walker will greet guests on the grounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome. A dog-friendly refreshment area will be available to help keep pets happy and hydrated.

Admission to the grounds is free. There will be a charge for crabs, food and beverages. Commemorative pint glasses will be available for purchase. Free and paid parking is available off site. Free trolley shuttles will operate throughout the day for select off-site parking. A parking map will be available with parking locations and trolley stops. For more information visit capemaymac.org or call 609-884-5404.

Proceeds of the event benefit Cape May MAC’s free educational outreach programs.

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) is a multifaceted not-for-profit organization committed to promoting the preservation, interpretation, and cultural enrichment of the Cape May region for its residents and visitors. Cape May MAC membership is open to all. For information about year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 visit.capemaymac.org. For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508 or visit capemaychamber.com. For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at capemaylodging.com.



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