Sea Isle City’s Division of Tourism will host the resort’s 28TH Annual Fall Family Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. The popular two-day event will feature a variety of free family activities, free amusement rides, a huge vendors market, a food court, live music and much more.
On Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the festival’s Seaside Market will take place along Sea Isle’s oceanfront Promenade, where over 300 craft and specialty vendors will offer a variety of merchandise, ranging from toys, jewelry and fishing gear to home goods, artwork and fashion apparel.
Meanwhile, at Excursion Park, located where JFK Boulevard meets the Promenade, families will enjoy free amusement rides, face painters, a photo booth, moon bounce and other entertainment from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – plus The Big Package Band will provide live music at the Excursion Park Band Shell from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
When festival-goers get hungry on Saturday, they can enjoy a great meal at the Fall Festival Food Court along JFK Boulevard from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring 15 food vendors.
On Saturday night at Excursion Park, don’t miss the Fall Festival Dance Party, which will feature popular dance songs provided by D.J. Eric from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Families can also enjoy the festival’s amusement rides on Saturday evening for a small fee ($1 ride tickets or $12 wristbands).
Jitney service will be available on Saturday starting at 9:00 a.m. There will also be free parking throughout Sea Isle City during Fall Family Festival.
On Sunday, September 18, Fall Family Festival will continue with the annual Gerard A. Desiderio Antique Auto Show along the Promenade (north of JFK Boulevard) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The auto show will include scores of vintage sports cars, sedans, trucks and other classic vehicles.
Also on Sunday, festival-goers can enjoy live music by the Snake Brothers Band on the Promenade at JFK Boulevard between 10:00 a.m. and 12 noon. Additionally, there will be free Guided Historical Trolley Tours on Sunday, which begin at Excursion Park every half-hour between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The trolley tours will be led by volunteers from the Sea Isle City Historical Society, who will point-out landmarks and explain how the town has evolved over the years.
At 12 noon on Sunday, the Sea Isle City Environmental Commission will distribute their 2017 Beautification Awards to local property owners who have maintained or improved the appearance of their home or business.
At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, Mayor Leonard Desiderio will distribute trophies to the winners of the Antique Auto Show during a brief award ceremony on the Promenade at JFK Boulevard. Afterwards, the event’s vehicles will parade through town – honking their vintage horns and delighting spectators between JFK Boulevard and Townsends Inlet on Pleasure and Landis Avenues.