Fresh sea air, beautiful beaches, excellent eateries, and fun seasonal events. These are just a few things Cape May offers visitors each year. There is so much to look forward to in 2023. That’s why we’re excited to highlight these most popular Cape May dates to book now.
Most Popular Cape May Dates to Book Now
Valentine’s Day Weekend
A very popular time to visit Cape May, here there aren’t typically big parades or showy events to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Instead, couples find a beautiful and intimate setting to enjoy one another’s company. Take a trip to a winery or enjoy homemade hot chocolate in a local café. We recommend The Ebbitt Room, Beach Plum Farm, or the Black Duck for the most romantic dinners.
St. Patrick’s Day Weekend
Some call St. Patrick’s Day the unofficial start of summer in Cape May. Yes, we know. It’s not even spring when March 17 rolls around. But this date does mark the beginning of busier times on the Jersey Shore. The days are longer, the sun is warmer, and holiday celebrations abound. Enjoy the Cape May St. Patrick’s Day Plunge on March 18 and visit Harry’s for its annual St. Patty’s Day party complete with holiday specials and green beer.
Two words. Easter. Brunch. It’s no secret, Cape May is home to dozens of fabulous restaurants, many award-winning. There’s no shortage of options for those looking to dine with friends and family on Easter. Last year, Harry’s hosted its first annual Easter celebration on the beach complete with an Easter buffet, Easter egg hunt, and a visit from the Easter Bunny. More information about this year’s event is coming soon, so check back for details.
Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day Weekend marks the official start of summer in Cape May. It’s a very busy time packed with celebratory events hosted by Cape May MAC and other local organizations. This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 29. Book Montreal Beach Resort now to celebrate the start of summer in Cape May. In late May you can expect warm temperatures, blue skies, and a bustling atmosphere, not to mention a packed schedule of holiday events and activities.
4th of July
4th of July weekend is perhaps the most popular time to visit Cape May as our historic seaside village is an ideal spot to celebrate. With colorful fireworks, parades, special events, and old-fashioned summertime fun, Cape May an absolutely must-visit destination for the nation’s birthday. At Harry’s Ocean Bar & Grille (Montreal Beach Resort’s onsite restaurant), guests enjoy a rooftop bar with sprawling views, plus delicious food, cocktails, and friendly service. While Harry’s features live music every night all summer long, a very special performance is scheduled for July 4, 2023. Don’t miss it.
Exit Zero Jazz Festival
Every year, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival (May 5-7) offers an excellent lineup of seasoned jazz musicians. Headline concerts are scheduled at Cape May Convention Hall, Rotary Park, and Carney’s, plus more stages will be announced soon. You might find yourself second-lining to a New Orleans brass band one minute and snaking through town behind a 22-piece Brazilian drum bloco the next. Don’t miss it!
- Adonis Rose & The Big Easy All-stars
- Samara Joy
- Carlos Henriquez: Tito Puente & Tito Rodriguez Centennial Celebration
- Arturo O’farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
- Tatiana Eva-Marie & Avalon Jazz Band
From theatre performances and beach yoga to comedy shows and local festivals, the Labor Day holiday in Cape May is packed with fun seasonal events. Like Memorial Day, Labor Day marks an important seasonal milestone, the unofficial end to summer. This is a busy time as many attend holiday parties, dine out, and enjoy the last glowing days of the season.
Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day
Early fall is a lovely time to stay in Cape May. Some say it’s the best season to visit. The air is cool and crisp, skies are crystal clear, and crowds are few. Take advantage of Montreal Beach Resort’s specials and packages, plus enjoy happy hour and new menu items each day at Harry’s. Favorite fall time activities include bird watching, whale watching, biking, and holiday shopping.
There you have it. The most popular dates to book now, before it’s too late! Stay at Montreal Beach Resort for impeccable accommodations, an oceanside pool, exclusive access to our beach club on Madison Avenue, plus great food and live entertainment at Harry’s. Remember, summer is only a few months away.
Published on January 15, 2022. Updated on January 1, 2023.