Joe Ferguson and Alisa Fedorenko at Avalon’s National Night Out.

IV Woodworks’ Mike Magnotta at Stone Harbor’s Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.

August 1

Beach Book Picks with Carol Fitzgerald

6pm, Avalon Free Public Library

There’s nothing better than a good book at the beach. Join the Avalon Library for a fast-paced discussion with Carol Fitzgerald, founder of The Book Report Network, as she reviews the latest and greatest in beach reads.

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August 2

Avalon Baby Parade

5:30pm Registration at Shamrock Deli, 21st and Ocean Drive; 6:30pm parade down 21st Street to Veterans Plaza

Calling all cherubs and chubby-cheeked toddlers – the Avalon Baby Parade returns on Thursday, Aug. 2. Register your babies and their floats, bikes and more starting at 5:30pm in the parking lot of Shamrock Deli on 21st and Ocean Drive. Judging will take place prior to the parade, which will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Awards and prizes will be distributed following the parade at Veterans Plaza, followed by a performance by Boy In Black (a Johnny Cash Tribute Band).

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“Johnson Family Circus,” winner of the Dressed to the Nines category in the 2017 Avalon Baby Parade.


August 2-5:

Avalon Players Perform “Mary Poppins Jr.”

Aug. 2-4 at 7pm, Aug. 5 at 5pm, Avalon Elementary School

As the Avalon Players celebrates its 50th anniversary, young island residents and vacationers will perform “Mary Poppins Jr.” with director Jen Creed. Every child who auditions receives a part. Tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. All tickets are general admission. Advance tickets on sale July 30 from 6-7pm at the school’s gymnasium.

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August 3-5:

Kerry Hallam’s “Along the Coast” Exhibit at Ocean Galleries

10am-10pm, 9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor; receptions with the artist 7-10pm on Friday and Saturday and 1-4pm on Sunday

Ocean Galleries features another prolific artist, Kerry Hallam, for his first exhibit in Stone Harbor. Meet the artist during special reception times throughout the weekend, and browse his gallery showings featuring seascapes, timeline village scenes and more.

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“On the Beach” by artist Kerry Hallam


August 4:

Summer Club Concert

8pm, Avalon Community Hall

Enjoy a 17-piece big-band performance by the Summer Club. The swinging evening includes singing and dancing to the tunes of an era when life was cooler and music was snappier. Tickets required.

More information: or 609-967-4444


August 4-5:

Stone Harbor’s 56th Annual

Arts & Crafts Festival Aug. 4, 9am-5pm; Aug. 5, 9am- 4pm, 82nd Street Recreation Fields

Spend the day browsing more than 200 juried artists from across the country, display art including paintings, wood carving, clothing, accessories, home décor and more. Also on hand will be Artist on the Rocks, the Crafty Chef Academy, Alissa Dirato Entertainment, food trucks and more.

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August 6:

Stone Harbor Go Green Fair

5-8pm, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza

In conjunction with Stone Harbor’s weekly Family Fun Nights, the Go Green Committee will host the annual Go Green Fair featuring “Living Green” educational activities for the entire family. Enjoy crafts, children’s activities, food and refreshments, giveaways and more.

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August 7:

Stone Harbor National Night Out

5-8pm, 95th Street Water Tower Plaza

Join the Stone Harbor police and other organizations for a family-fun event including music, free food, games and bounce houses, free raffles and prize drawings, as well as demonstrations by a number of borough departments.

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Avalon National Night Out

6-8pm, 30th Street parking lot

Meet members of the police, fire and rescue squads, the Avalon Beach Patrol, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Avalon Free Public Library, the Avalon History Center and more! Children will enjoy character appearances, food, face painting and live music.

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August 8:

Author Lecture with James R. Fitzgerald

6pm, Avalon Free Public Library

James Fitzgerald is an active criminal profiler and forensic linguist who served more than 20 years with the FBI as a Supervisory Special Agent. His lecture will feature details from his latest book, “A Journey to the Center of the Mind, Book III: The (First Ten) FBI Years.” Fitzgerald has investigated homicides, sexual assaults and other violent crimes, and had a pivotal role in arresting the Unabomber.

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August 11:

Cape Regional’s 7 Mile Island Home & Health Show

9am-1pm, Avalon Elementary School

Meet with primary-care physicians and specialists for important health discussions and screenings throughout the day, while additionally checking out the best of the island’s home contractors, designers, architects and more. Improve your home and your health at a one-stop shop!

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AHLOA Annual Meeting

9:30am, Avalon Community Hall

Join the Avalon Home and Land Owners Association for its annual August meeting. All local residents are encouraged to attend and enjoy refreshments at 9:30am, followed by the meeting at 10am featuring Mayor Martin Pagliughi and Dr. Stewart Farrell, director of the Coastal Research Center at Stockton University.

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Avalon Beach Patrol Alumni Association’s 6th Annual Avalon Classic

10:30am registration and putting contest, 12:20pm shotgun start, Union League National Golf Club (6:30-9:30pm awards at The Princeton’s Circle Tavern)

The Avalon Beach Patrol Alumni Association is hosting its sixth annual Avalon Classic golf tournament featuring a day on the links with refreshments and prizes along the way, followed by awards and an open bar at The Princeton’s Circle Tavern from 6:30-9:30pm. Sponsorship opportunities as well as foursome and individual sign-ups are available online. All proceeds from this year’s event benefit the Tara Miller Melanoma


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Cape Regional’s 7 Mile Island Designer House Tour

11am-4pm, Avalon and Stone Harbor

This tour of unique homes throughout the island will feature modern designs, shore classics, recent renovations and new construction. Enjoy an insider’s view to a variety of architectural and interior design inspirations! Tickets are $35 and on sale at the Avalon Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center or by calling the Cape Regional Foundation at 609-463-4040.

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Festival of Lights Boat Parade

8:30pm, Yacht Club of Stone Harbor, 9001 Sunset Drive

Join in on this annual celebration featuring an evening parade of more than 30 boats decorated to the 2018 theme of “Around the World.” Boat participants will also enjoy a tour of Stone Harbor basins and a number of decorated dock properties. Awards given to Best Boat, Best Dock and Best Costume at the after-party at the Yacht Club of Stone Harbor.

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Festival of Lights boat parade


August 12:

4th Annual Stone Harbor Surf & Turf 5-Miler & 1-Mile Beach Run

6:45am registration, 8am race, 82nd Street Recreation Fields

This family-fun race features the first 2½ miles on the beach starting at 80th Street, south to Stone Harbor Point and back, with the final 2½ miles on the road. Kids and relay participants are encouraged to join. A 1-mile beach run is also included.

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August 13:

Fishing with the Mayor

10am, Avalon Fishing Pier

Kids can learn to fish with none other than the mayor of Avalon, Martin Pagliughi, an avid island fisherman for decades. Young participants gain a unique perspective along the Avalon Fishing Pier while learning fun fishing tips from the mayor. Registration is required.

More information: or 609-967-3066


Mayor Martin Pagliughi with Brendan Zane at Fishing with the Mayor.


August 14:

7th Annual Reeds & Seeds Watermelon Festival

10am-1pm, The Reeds at Shelter Haven

More than 100 years ago, the Shelter Haven Hotel celebrated its official launch with a watermelon-themed party. The Reeds at Shelter Haven revived this summer event and all ages are invited to attend. Activities include live entertainment, refreshments, a watermelon-eating contest, games and prizes and, of course, the crowning of the Reeds & Seeds King and Queen.

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Celebrating all things watermelon at the Reeds and Seeds event.


August 15:

Author Lecture with Amy Reade

6pm, Avalon Free Public Library

Join the Avalon Library as it continues its author lecture summer series, with a presentation by best-selling author Amy Reade. Reade will discuss her latest gothic fiction tales including “Secrets of Hallstead House” and the “Malice Novel” series.

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Author Amy Reade


August 18:

Bay Atlantic Symphony Concert: “Mozart and Beethoven, the Classical Classics”

7pm, Avalon Free Public Library

Travel through the music of Mozart and Beethoven with selections including “Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) Overture,” Mozart’s “Flute Concerto,” and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” Free tickets are required, and subject to availability.

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Summer Club Concert

8pm, Avalon Community Hall

The big band returns for a second performance in Avalon featuring an evening of singing and dancing.  Tickets required.

More information: or 609-967-4444


August 22:

Author Lecture with Bill Sprouse

6pm, Avalon Free Public Library

New Jersey native Bill Sprouse grew up with a fascination of the Jersey Devil, especially with his grandmother mentioning his family’s ties to the folklore. His research and the tales he was told led to his writing “The Domestic Life of the Jersey Devil: or, BeBop’s Miscellany.” Join Sprouse for a fascinating lecture on what he has discovered.

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Author Bill Sprouse

August 25:

Stone Harbor Sidewalk Sale

9am-7pm, Stone Harbor Shopping District

Shop ’til you drop with the annual Sidewalk Sale featuring more than 150 retail participants offering discounts on clothing, shoes, home décor, beach needs and more!

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Philadelphia 76ers Summer Shore Tour

3-6pm, 80th Street Recreation Field

Join 76ers players, dance team and other personnel for an afternoon of summer fun! Activities include face painting, balloons, food and beverages, bounce houses, merchandise and player autographs.

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August 26:

Tim Kerr Charities Cedar Island 5K Swim

8:27am, Avalon Yacht Club, 704 7th St.

Voted one of the Top 100 Swims in the USA, this challenging 5K course starts and finishes at the Avalon Yacht Club. The swim is self-timed and awards are given to the top five male and female, masters and grand masters finishers. The event benefits a number of local charities including the American Legion Post 331.

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