Ocean City’s annual spring celebration takes the fun of a street fair and stretches it for a full mile. The party includes 400 vendors selling crafts and food, as well as pony rides and live entertainment. May 14, 9 a.m., Asbury Avenue, Ocean City, (609) 399-1412, OceanCityChamber.com, free
If you’ve been in hibernation all winter, now’s the time to shake the cobwebs off your credit card and head to Stone Harbor for a day of shopping, food and fun. The Sail Into Summer Festival marks the start of the Shore-going season with live music, entertainment and a beer and wine garden. May 7-8 at downtown Stone Harbor, (609) 368-6101, StoneHarborBeach.com, free
A trip to Wildwood always sends us back in time—but for the ultimate retro experience check out Sensational ’60s weekend. A Jerry Blavat dance party caps a weekend full of live performances, street fairs and classic cars. May 13-15, at the Wildwoods Convention Center, 4501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, (609) 729-4000, GWCOC.com
The multi-platinum recording artist brings his OMG Tour to Atlantic City, performing his own hits and rocking out with superstar guest Akon. May 6, 8 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, (800) 736-1420, BoardwalkHall.com, $29.50-$127
The rapper, producer, actor and creator of the suffix -izzle brings his unique style, lyrics and, er, sizzle to Atlantic City. May 27, 8 p.m. at the House of Blues at Showboat, 801 Boardwalk, (800) 745-3000, ShowBoatAC.com, $37.50- $47.50
Known for his timely brand of comedy, the actor and stand-up star presents his hilarious take on politics, pop\culture and contemporary life. May 28, 8 p.m. at the Hilton Casino, Boston Avenue and the Boardwalk, (800) 736-1420, HiltonAC.com, $45
Legendary songwriter and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Simon is back with a brand new album, as well as favorite hits from his long and award-winning career. May 28, 8 p.m. at the Borgata Event Center, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $95-$175
A High Note
With all-American brass bands, traditional Irish quartets, piano jazz, classical chamber music and everything in between, Cape May’s Music Festival offers something for every type of musical taste. Kick off summer with lively performances by Alan R. Kay, the New York Chamber Ensemble, the Bay-Atlantic Symphony and other touring and local acts. May 26-June 15 in Cape May, (609) 884-5404, CapeMay?MAC.org, times, locations and prices vary
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 2 (May, 2011).
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