If you’re more of a BIY enthusiast – that’s Buy It Yourself – than a DIY person, why not turn to these seasoned crafters. Jump-start the holiday season at Cape May’s Holiday Crafts Fair, featuring dozens of vendors and artists selling everything from holiday wreaths to pottery. Nov. 25-26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cape May Elementary School, 921 Lafayette St., (609) 884-5404, CapeMayMAC.org, free
Leave the husbands at home for this fun-filled weekend down the shore. Sea Isle City’s salons, shops and restaurants will open their doors for three days of girls-only sales and specials. Spoil yourself with a spa day, a new outfit or a meal with friends. Nov. 18-20 at Sea Isle City, (609) 263-9090, Sea-Isle-City.nj.us, free
O.C. Gets Festive
You’d better be nice; Santa Claus is coming to town. Ocean City’s Christmas in the Downtown invites you to join the city’s merchants for the holiday festivities, like strolling carolers, horse and buggy rides, live entertainment, pictures with Santa and more. Nov. 25, 1 to 5 p.m., downtown Ocean City, (609) 399-2629, OceanCityChamber.com, free
Night at the Opera
The Surflight Theatre of Beach Haven brings Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, the second-most performed opera in the world here for one night only. Want dinner and a show? Surflight’s special performance package offers a three-course meal, too. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. at the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, (609) 492-9477, Surflight.org, $29-$39, dinner package, $54-$64
Comedian Craig Robinson is best known for his hilarious portrayal of Darrell on NBC’s The Office, along with a long list of comedic film roles. Now he takes the stage in Atlantic City with his own breed of stand-up, sure to impress anyone up for a laugh. Nov. 18, 9 p.m. at the Music Box, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $25
Jay-Z and Kanye West
Two of the biggest names in music have teamed up for the first time for the Watch the Throne tour. Prepare for songs off their hit collaboration album as well as some of their own individual classics. Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk, (609) 348-7000, BoardwalkHall.com, $109.50-$250
Rock ‘n’ roll legend John Fogerty will perform music off of his newest album, The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again. His compilation of classic American hits is sure to please any music lover. Nov. 20, 8 p.m. at Caesars Circus Maximus Theater, 2100 Pacific Ave., (800) 745-3000, CaesarsAC.com, $49.50-$89.50
The work of Paul Simon has grown with the times, but he has remained an enduring—and powerful—name in music. His newest tour features songs from his latest albums, So Beautiful or So What and Songwriter, along with a selection of fan favorites. Nov. 26, 8 p.m. at the Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk at Virginia Ave., (609) 449-1000, TrumpTaj.com, $49-$76
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 8 (November, 2011).
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