One of Beach Haven’s most treasured traditions returns with Chowderfest Weekend 2012. Summer may be coming to an end, but you can still satisfy your seasonal cravings with a full weekend of food, music, and kid’s entertainment. Shop ‘til you drop at the Merchant Mart on Saturday for all of the best year-end discounts. Then, enjoy an all-you-can-eat array of chowder at the Jersey Shore’s staple Chowder Cook Off on Sunday. Sept. 29 and 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Taylor Avenue ball field, Ninth St. and Taylor Ave., Beach Haven, (609) 294-7211, VisitLBIRegion.com, $20 general admission to Chowder Cook Off, $10 for kids ages 4-12
To the Moon
Climb the 199 steps of Cape May’s Lighthouse for a closer look at the stars at the Lighthouse Full Moon Climb. The Cape May Point State Park’s lighthouse opens its doors for this rare event, when the light of the moon replaces the typical Jersey Shore neon. Sept. 29, 8-10 p.m. at Cape May Point State Park, Lower Township, Cape May, (609) 884-5404, CapeMayMAC.org, $7 for adults, $3 for kids ages 3-12
Luck of the Irish
Catch the luck of the Irish during the 6th Annual Irish Festival Weekend. Throw on a bit of green and relax with a weekend full of Irish hospitality. Irish market and food vendors will fill you up almost as much as the beer that will be flowing from the sponsored deck bar. While there, rock out to local Irish bands like Blackthorn and count down the months until St. Patrick’s Day. Sept. 21-23 on JFK Blvd. between Landis and Central Ave., Sea Isle City, (609) 263-3756, LaCosta-SeaIsle.com, free
American Idol live 2012
The top 10 contestants from one of the country’s most popular talent competitions team up for their national tour, making a pit stop in South Jersey for one night only. Catch your favorites onstage again, including season 11 winner Phillip Phillips. Sept. 7, 7 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk Ave., (609) 348-7000, BoardwalkHall.com, $29.50-65
Get ready to rock with the former frontman of Guns N’ Roses, whose solo performance is sure to have the Jersey Shore head banging. This Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist is always good for great guitar riffs, on stage theatrics and, of course, lots of hair. Sept. 14, 8 p.m. at the House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, (609) 343-4000, HouseofBlues.com, $37.50-$52.50
From her days as a Material Girl to her recent Super Bowl performance, Madonna will forever be known as a pop music icon who isn’t afraid to shock and awe. Don’t miss the chance to see her in all her glory as she promotes her new album, MDNA, along with some of her hits from the last three decades. Sept. 15, 8 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk Ave., (609) 348-7000, BoardwalkHall.com, $80-$355
Earth Wind & Fire
Music fans of all ages will come together to hear the soothing sounds of this legendary band that transformed music in the ’70s. After releasing Now, Then, & Forever this past January, a compilation of greatest hits mixed with some new jams, the group proved they can still sing with the best of them. Sept. 22, 8 p.m. at The Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, (609)-317-1000, The-Borgata.com, $56-$66
Radio personality, television host, author and actor Adam Carolla has certainly seen and heard it all, and he’s bringing his experiences to the stage with one night of hilarious comedy. Carolla has been praised for his adult humor, and we don’t expect him to hold back during his one night in AC. Sept. 29, 9 p.m. at the Tropicana, 2831 Boardwalk, (800) 345-8767, Tropicana.net, $30-$60
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 6 (September, 2012).
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