Down the Shore: Wine Fest, Boat Race, Antiques Fair
What to do at the beach Labor Day weekend
Heading down the Shore? Check out this weekend's best bets:
The "Jazz It Up Wine & Food Festival" will be held at historic Allaire Village in Wall Township this weekend. The event will feature more than 300 varieties of wine from more than two dozen wineries. The festival, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, also will feature live music, vendors and crafters. Tickets for wine sampling are $25 for those 21 years and older. Tickets are available at the festival or through the New Jersey Wine Growers website at www.newjerseywines.com. Those under 21 or who are not sampling wine are admitted free.
Ocean City will crown the "King and Queen of Plop" at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ninth Street Beach, adjacent to the Ocean City Music Pier. Amateur ploppers of all ages compete by falling down on the beach — in the most dramatic and interpretive ways to welcome fall to Ocean City. Call Mark Soifer at 609-525-9292 or 609-364-4010 for more information.
Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven will stage "Once Upon a Time in New Jersey," which is described as an Italian-American fairy tale set in 1956 Hoboken. Performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. Friday and at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $36 to $54; visit www.surflight.org or call 609-492-9477.
The Jersey Outlaws will bring its annual Heritage Tour boat race to the Barnegat docks at noon Sunday. There will be fun for the whole family alongside the competitive racing, with face-painting, music and more. Email email@example.com for more information.
The Ocean County Historical Society will hold its 26th Olde Time Antiques and Collectibles Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the parking facility on Madison Avenue, Toms River, and the Historical Society grounds, 26 Hadley Ave., Toms River. The event will feature everything from local artists to vintage cars to vendors from throughout the tri-state area. Call 732-341-1880 for more information.
Belmar Friday Night Concert Series, Pyanoe Plaza, 9th and Main Streets, Belmar: The Paul Marino Band will perform a free concert in the final installment of the Friday Night Concert Series. Call 732-681-3700 for more information.
Joe Pop's, 2002 Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom: Joe Pop's, one of Long Beach Island's most popular nightspots, welcomes the Benjamins Saturday night and the Nerds Sunday night. Call 609-494-0558 for information or visit www.joepops.com/index.htm.
Martell's Tiki Bar, 308 Boardwalk, Point Pleasant Beach: Point Beach's expansive Martell's Tiki Bar welcomes Drop Dead Sexy on Friday and Big Bang Baby on Saturday, both at 9 p.m. Call 732-892-0131 for more information.
Captain Hook's, 1320 Boulevard, Seaside Heights:Dubbed an "adult playground," Captain Hooks features foosball, shuffleboard, pinball, pool, air hockey darts and more. And oh yeah: alcohol. Call 732-830-0006 for more information.
The Miracle Pub, 201 Route 37 West, Toms River: "Freak Brother Fred" will lead karaoke and music requests at the Toms River pub from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday. Call 732-244-4262 or visit miraclesportspub.com for more information.
Surf Club, 1900 Ocean Ave., Ortley Beach: Surf Club will say goodbye to summer with the "Grown and Sexy Dance Party." Admission is $10; call 732-793-6625 for more information.