Spring is for Music and More!
Updated: Mar 9
Springtime at the Duke of Windsor is so amazing. The beach is still quiet and peaceful, tree lined Washington Street is turning green again, the boutiques at Washington Street Mall are packed full of high end summer fashion and you can typically get a reservation at one of Cape May’s famous restaurants or wineries without too much trouble. After some Easter fun around town, Spring kicks off with the Craft and Collectable shows on April 23rd as well as May 7th at the Emlen Physick Estate just a couple of blocks from the Duke of Windsor. There, crafts enthusiasts can enjoy browsing tents filled with the wonderful wares of crafters from all over the Northeast. Another huge highlight this year which is definitely more my speed, is the return of the very popular Exit Zero Jazz Festival. The event will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary with an amazing lineup of extremely talented musicians jamming out at Ferry Park daily May 13th through the 15th. Visit exitzerojazzfestival.com for more information on this exciting event.
You can also enjoy a plethora of dynamic bands throughout the City in many of the area’s bars and restaurants that offer live music. The music scene in Cape May has always been a popular pastime and during the months of May and June, the city also hosts the Cape May Music Festival bringing to town the likes of the Bay Atlantic Symphony, New York Chamber Ensemble, Atlantic Brass Band and Paula Johns just to name a few. Buzzing with music aficionados, this festive town provides steady live bands throughout the year but there’s something extra special about live music in the Springtime.
Many other attractions bring excitement to this family-friendly beach town that has been named a top destination time and time again. On any given weekend in the Spring, you can enjoy anything from craft shows to Easter egg hunts, Memorial concerts to fire pit Friday’s at Willow Creek Winery. I love exploring the area by climbing the lighthouse and collecting quartz rocks on Sunset beach. If you're a history buff, enjoying a variety of scenic walking and ride-along trolley or horse and buggy tours is such a treat. Visit capemaymac.org for more on that.
Speaking of treats, no trip to the area is complete without a quick stop at one of Washington Street Mall's delectable sweet shops offering anything from fudge, to cannolis, to ice cream to cookies and so much more. Peace Pie ice cream sandwiches are my personal favorite although the peanut butter cannoli at the Peanut Butter Company is to die for!
Nature lovers have plenty to do too here with Garden tours and birding adventures available in this beautiful Victorian beach town. And with the very popular Cape May Restaurant Week and murder mystery dinners in early June, there is really something for everyone to get into. It’s no surprise that Cape May was named one of the top 10 best Coastal Small Towns in 2021 by USA Today. This very exciting time of the year is just around the corner and I couldn’t be happier.