Margate Fall Funfest By The Bay & Scarefest AfterDark
September 26 - September 27
An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until September 26, 2021
Margate’s FREE Fall Funfest By The Bay & Scarefest After Dark!
JUST THE FACTS:
When: Saturday 9/25: 11am-6pm & Sunday 9/26 11 am-5pm
What: Food, music (on two stages), crafters, kid’s activities, character parade, Margate Catch the Wave Cornhole Tournament and SCAREFEST AFTER DARK.
Where: All along Amherst Avenue in Margate from Washington Avenue to Coolidge Avenues PLUS, you can walk the new Promenade Baywalk
Scarefest (Funfest) After Dark 9/25: A NEW take on Funfest After Dark , is all about costumes and tastings, dancing and mischief. Guests are invited to get a jump on Halloween and arrive dressed in costume! This is a special adults-only event, admission to the tasting is $20 (advance ticket purchase ) $25 day of and includes 5 samplings of wine & spirits, finger…. foods, and access to the Spooktacularly decorated lounge on the Washington Avenue Pier and the special Tito’s Handmade Vodka tent. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite at SCAREFEST AFTER DARK. A wicked good time featuring live music by Mas Tequila Orchestra. PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SCAREFEST AFTER DARK HERE $20 plus processing fee. $25 at the door
Steve & Cookie’s Annual Dog Show 9/26 – Preregistration online at steveandcookies.com. $20 per event. On site registration 11:30a-12:30pm. K9 demonstration at 11:30am. Showtime 1pm. Events: Prettiest/Most Handsome (Small/Large Dog) & Best Dressed Farm Animal (Small/Large Dog), benefitting NJ Aid for Animals and Humane Society of Ocean City.
THE DETAILS: Celebrating it’s 20th year! Thousands of visitors attend Margate Fall Funfest to enjoy over 100 booths and activities, beer gardens and more; a true celebration of the season, the beautiful bayfront, and the friendly spirit of the people of Margate! Fall Funfest is FREE and loaded with new entertainment and activities including music, games, back-bay nature tours and educational exhibits. NEW this year is a Saturday, Cornhole Tournament, open to everyone – sponsored by Colmar Home Center with $500 top prize, $250 and $100 and open to all ages. Register online (below) or day of on Washington Ave. at 12:30 pm, tournament begins at 1pm. Sunday is free Cornhole recreational play
The Margate Fall Funfest By The Bay, was started in 1998 by Margate Business Association founder and president Joseph Tozzi. The event held annually on Amherst Avenue, grew and realized crowds of 20,000 people from throughout the tri-state area all coming to enjoy the spectacular flavors, crafts and entertainment in Margate. The event is designed to give a boost to local businesses in the shoulder season and to showcase so many of Margate’s attributes. Funfest took a three-year break beginning in 2004 but came back strong from 2007-2019; only to be cancelled last year due to Covid-19Vendors from throughout the region will be offering savory food and unique crafts. The area’s represented bars and restaurants will be alive with visitors. A dozen musical bands will be featured on the main stage, playing everything from rock, to country, to reggae.
Vendors from throughout the region will be offering unique crafts and savory food including seafood, barbecued meats, pizza, funnel cakes, acai bowls, fruit shakes, cheesesteaks, Tin Cup sodas and much more. The beer gardens and a special Tito’s Handmade Vodka tent will provide a wide array of adult beverages. Amherst Avenue’s signature bars and restaurants will be offering delectable foods and beverages. A dozen musical bands will be featured on the main stage, playing everything from rock, to country, to jazz. The fun kicks off on Saturday, from 11 am- 6 pm and continues through Sunday from 11am-5pm, along Amherst Avenue, between Decatur and Coolidge Avenues. Free jitney shuttle service is available all along Ventnor and Amherst Avenues and from the parking lot at the Eugene Tighe School on 7804 Amherst Avenue. Just look for the FREE FUNFEST JITNEY sign in the jitney window.
Free jitney shuttle service is available all along Ventnor and Amherst Avenues and from the free parking lot at the Eugene Tighe School on 7804 Amherst Avenue. Just look for the FREE FUNFEST JITNEY sign in the jitney window.
The 95.1 WAYV Kid’s Stage will be featuring the Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dances performance troupe and Currier’s Magical Mania and One-Man Circus juggler and magical illusions. The excitement continues with performances by the talented students of Suzie Neustadter, vocalist Christine Piper and Blake’s Gymnastics.
Ray Scott’s Dock “Wetland Wonderland” will be hosting a myriad of activities including turtle releases, local wildlife artists, and a new addition Skelfish Metals artistic depictions of bay life. Highlights also include Turtle Encounters Jeff Quicksall and Barry Winakur, and spectacular back-bay eco kayak tours. Reservations are suggested and there is an admission fee the eco-kayak tour. For more information contact Ray Scott’s Dock at 609-822-6819.
Dozens of juried artisans offering a wide variety of handmade crafts including; pottery, photography, fall décor, culinary artisans, handmade candles, soaps, and unique jewelry will be at Funfest. New crafters include Collier’s Candle Company, soy candles poured into Mason jars, Pet Portraits by Joe Brewer painted art work of your pet, Sand Jewels LLC, handmade glass art, jewelry pendants, ornaments, candle holders, plaques, wine charms, coasters, mosaics, magnets, keychains and more.
On Sunday, visitors can enjoy Steve and Cookie’s Annual Dog Show featuring best dressed dogs and other special categories!Steve & Cookie’s Annual Dog Show – Preregistration online at steveandcookies.com. $20 per event. On site registration 11:30a-12:30pm. K9 demonstration at 11:30am. Showtime 1pm. Events: Prettiest/Most Handsome (Small/Large Dog) & Best Dressed Farm Animal (Small/Large Dog), benefitting NJ Aid for Animals and Humane Society of Ocean City.
There will be a character’s parade, autographs and pictures with Snow White, Woody, Chewbacca, Buzz Lightyear and Superhero Minion. All of this will be in addition to children’s gymnastics and yoga demonstrations, games, giveaways and more.
Visitors will enjoy shopping at local businesses Christina’s Boutique, Lilly, Heritage Surf & Sport, Steelfin plus others.
Sponsor tents will feature exciting FREE activities and giveaways. T-Mobile will be patrolling the site giving random acts of kindness awards; WAWA will be randomly handing out product coupons; Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s environmental giveaways, waste disposal information, and participants of all ages are invited spin to the environmental trivia question wheel and be on the lookout for Supercan mascot; Renewal by Andersen is offering 25% off select services and items; Hartman Home Team Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Hartman Realtors interactive activities and South Jersey Electric Vehicles golf cart display.
This year’s sponsors include 100.7 WZXL, 95.1 WAYV, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Balsley Losco Real Estate, Bath Fitter, Downbeach Express Hartman Home Team of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach Realtors, Margate Business Association, Maynard’s Café, Mediagate, Produce Junction, Ray Scott’s Dock, Steve & Cookies By the Bay & Oyster Bar, Tomatoes.
A NEW activity presented by 95.1 WAYV now offers listeners a chance to be “DJ for a Day” with their interactive display that puts participants in front of a live microphone, with a custom radio station music bed, script and backdrop. Create your “DJ” name, then the station records your audio and video, posting on station socials for your friends and family to see! This activity is FREE and is open to people of all ages!
Scarefest (Funfest) After Dark – Saturday, September 25, features live Music by Mas Tequila Orchestra, dancing, wine and spirits tasting. Funfest After Dark; Definitely Not For Kids, will continue the weekend’s fun into Saturday night, from 7:30pm to 11pm. PURCHASE TICKETS FOR SCAREFEST AFTER DARK HERE – A special adults-only event with free live music by the Mas Tequila Orchestra . Attendees are invited to wear a costume. $20 plus processing fee and $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Margate Business Association and proceeds will go to local charities.
This year, all of our booths on the fairground will be spaced 6 feet apart for safety. MBA staff members will be wearing masks at all of the service points that the MBA controls. There will also be hand sanitizing stations throughout the fairground. If any additional guidelines for outdoor event are issued by the City, State, or Federal government or further recommendations are made by the CDC, the MBA will most certainly comply.
2021 event sponsors are 100.7 WZXL, 95.1 WAYV, Atlantic County Utilities Authority, T-Mobile,Downbeach Express, Hartman Home Team of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Fox & Roach Realtors, South Jersey Electric Vehicles, Margate Business Association, Maynard’s Café, Mediagate, Produce Junction, Ray Scott’s Dock, Steve & Cookie’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Tomatoes.
For more information and updates visit or download the Catch the Margate Wave App.
The Margate Business Association exists to promote the economic and physical revitalization and welfare of the businesses and Bay District of Margate, including the advancement of the Margate Community through local scholarship, events to promote family activities and providing assistance to local governments and organizations situated in the City of Margate, the County of Atlantic, and the State of New Jersey.
Bands on the 100.7 WZXL SOUND STAGE between Jefferson & Madison Ave.
11:00 – Teddi Fusco Sings the National Anthem
12:00 – Side Peace Alternative Acoustic Covers
1:00 – Dan Barry Singer-Songwriter
2:00 – Lindsey Evans Acoustic Pop/Oldies
3:00 – Poor Mouth Henry Classic Rock, Country rock, Country, Blues
4:00 – The Tommy Allen Band Blues/Country/Folk
5:00 – Dean Dunleavy Jam Band/Blues/Pop/Rock
11:00 – Ray Scott’s “Wetland Wonderland – Terrapin Turtle Release Ray Scott’s Dock –Boat ride seating limited, Turtle Encounters with Jeff Quicksall and Barry Winakur, Local Wildlife Artists Wetlands Kayak Eco Tour- Admission day of registration
12:00 – Cornhole Tournament Registration
1:00 – Cornhole Tournament Begins,
1–3:00 – Parade: Miss New Jersey 2021 Alyssa Sullivan, Jersey String Band Mummers,
ACUA’s Supercan Mascot
7:30 pm – SCAREFEST AFTER DARK – definitely not for kids! Wine & spirits samplings, Mas Tequila Orchestra, Finger foods. Costumes a plus! Washington Ave. Admission $20 pre, $25 at door
12:00 – Either Way Rock/Pop Covers From 60’s To Today
1:00 – Variable Elements Top 40, R&B, Funk, Smooth Jazz
2:00 – The Company Party Band: Variety of Music from Every Era and Genre
3:00 – Brandon Ireland Rock and Roll and Pop from All Different Decades
4:00 – Nikki Briar Country/Pop
11:30- Registration for 24th Annual Dog Show at Steve & Cookie’s by The Bay, K9 Demonstration at Steve & Cookies,
Wetlands Kayak Eco Tour- Admission
1:00 – Dog Show
1-3:00 – Character Parade- Cinderella, Paw Patrol, Buzz Lightyear, Darth Vader, Poppy Troll & her flash mob dance
2:00 – Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dances,
SPONSORS – FREE DAILY ACTIVITIES:
WAWA coupon giveaways; 100.7 WAYV “DJ for a Day the station records your audio & video, posting on station social media; T-Mobile Random Acts of Kindness rewards; Atlantic County Utilities Authority environmental giveaways, waste disposal information, and participants of all ages are invited spin to the environmental trivia question wheel and be on the lookout for Supercan; Renewal by Andersen 25% off select services and items, Hartman Home Team Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach Hartman Realtors interactive activities; South Jersey Electric Vehicles golf cart display.
On the 95.1 WAYV Kid’s Stage, Monroe & Amherst Ave. Noon-5pm daily
Currier’s Magical Mania or One-Man Circus – Sat. 12:30 & 3:30, Sun. 12:30 & 3:30
Miss New Jersey Alyssa Sullivan, Emerald Isle Academy of Irish Dances, Christine Piper, Blake’s Gymnastics, Performances by Students of Suzie Neustadter
Schedule subject to change or cancellation
- September 26
- September 27
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- Dining, Arts & Entertainment, On the Water, Nightlife, Special Events, Featured, Shopping, Sports
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