Sixth Annual Cape May Craft Beer & Crab Festival is Aug. 5

This summer hit was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY and features hard shell crabs, shrimp, craft beers and music at the Emlen Physick Estate

You won’t want to miss delicious family fun with steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, pulled pork, local and regional craft beers, wine, spirits, and all-day entertainment during one of Cape May’s most popular summertime events on the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate – the Craft Beer & Crab Festival Saturday, Aug. 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) and sponsored by PNC Bank, with major funding at the “King Crab” level provided by Gold Coast Production Management, Nobil Food Services, Longport Media, Paramount Air Service and Good Housekeeping.

Come to the Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. and stretch out on your lawn chair or relax under the tent during this all-day festival that celebrates the best of summer in Cape May and was named one of the 5 Best NJ Summer Festivals by CBS NY.

Admission to the grounds is free and free parking is available off site at the Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette St. A free trolley shuttle will operate from the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street to the estate throughout the day. There will be a charge for crabs, food, beverages and some activities. Commemorative pint glasses will be available for purchase. Proceeds of the event benefit MAC’s numerous educational outreach programs.

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 where you can purchase hot dogs, popcorn, soda and freshly squeezed lemonade.

Food truck vendors will offer an eclectic variety of tasty items for purchase. Wash down these delicious summertime foods with craft beer from local and regional breweries in the beer garden on the estate lawn. Purchase and enjoy a variety of local and regional craft beers from Cape May Brewery, Ludlam Island Brewery, 7 Mile Brewery and Slack Tide Brewing Co. along with vodka beverages from Tito’s Vodka, rum from Cape May Distillery andwine. Cape May Winery sells a variety of wines by the bottle in the Carriage House Museum Shop.

Relax under the huge tent and listen to live music on the outdoor stage. Bring a lawn chair or spread out your beach blanket for a great afternoon and evening of musical performers.  Sean Preston delivers a soulful, driving, deep-in-the-pocket brand of funk and soul with a little southern flavor that gets audiences moving.

His music draws heavily on a variety of influences including the blues, classic heartbreak of Country & Western music from the ’40s through the ’70s,’50s Rock’n’Roll, the lyrical sophistication of musical poets like Bob Dylan and Nick Cave, and is even inspired by the raw energy of punk and the spirituality of mountain gospel music. His own songs range from delicate laments and lullabies, to fiery sermons and confessions.

From rock to rockabilly, bluegrass to blues, Quixote Project likes to pull from traditional genres to blur the fine lines of modern music. Their last album “Bone Shaker” helped nominate them as “NJ Indie Band of the Year” by Tri State Indie, and their song “Tread Easy” was nominated for “Best Folk Song” by 93.7FM Hometown Heroes at the annual Homey Awards. Additional musical performers will be: Tracy & Lynn,Jake Teville,Honey Hawks and James Calleo.

Bring the entire family to enjoy kid-friendly activities including lawn games and acrobats from the Give & Take Jugglers Little Circus, who will delight and entertain throughout the day. Mackie the Stilt walker will be greeting visitors as well.

Stop by and see inside the Good Housekeeping trailer; representatives with product giveaways will be on hand. Purchase customized festival T-shirts produced on-site from Flying Fish Studio. Explore the variety of crafts and collectibles vendors on the estate grounds selling hand-made and vintage items.

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) 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. MAC membership is open to all.

For information about MAC’s year-round schedule of tours, festivals, and special events, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278, or visit MAC’s Web site at

For information about restaurants, accommodations and shopping, call the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Cape May at 609-884-5508 or visit

For information about historic accommodations, contact Cape May Historic Accommodations at

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