2014 Labor Day Weekend N.J. Shore Guide
Though autumn is officially a few weeks away, Labor Day Weekend marks the end of the Jersey Shore high season. This year, the season's wrap up also marks the end for Atlantic City's Showboat Casino, followed by Revel and Trump Plaza on September 10 and 16, respectively.
Even in the wake of casino closures, music entertainment in the form of legends, has beens and current hit makers will continue to be a draw for Atlantic City.
Aerosmith will perform a special Labor Day Weekend concert at Boardwalk Hall as part of their Let Rock Rule tour. They'll be joined by former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver axeman, Slash, who will open the concert together with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Tickets start at $59.50. Sunday, August 31, 7:30 p.m. - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, N.J.
Speaking of Velvet Revolver, the supergroup's former singer (and past Stone Temple Pilots frontman), Scott Weiland will be performing with his new band, the Wildabouts at the Golden Nugget on Sunday. He's been busy recording his fourth solo album, due to be released in November. Tickets range from $19 to $39. Sunday, August 31, 9 p.m. - Huron and Brigantine Blvd., Atlantic City, N.J.
The day after playing Philly's Made In America festival, modern rock quintet, The Neighbourhood, will bring their moody sound to the Borgata. Tickets cost between $29.50 and $32.50. Sunday, August 31, 9 p.m. - 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, N.J.
Over the past four years, Revel Casino's HQ Nightclub and HQ Beach Club gained a reputation as a top place to hear today's hottest electronic dance music (EDM) acts. Though successfully operated by Angel Management Group and EMM Group, the casino's closure is forcing its clubs to also shut down. Revel Casino's HQ Beach Club will host its final two parties this weekend. On Sunday, EDM lovers can catch Dutch DJ Afrojack. Steve Aoki will play the beach club's last event on Labor Day. Sunday, August 31 and Monday, September 1, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. - 500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, N.J.
Ocean City greets the coming fall season early with its quirky annual King and Queen of Plop coronation on Tuesday. Participants theatrically fall to the sand in slow motion with the most dramatic plops winning prizes and the crown. Entry is free and registration begins at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 26, 11:00 a.m. - 9th Street Beach, Ocean City, N.J.
Wildwood bids farewell to summer with its Labor Day Weekend Fireworks Spectacular on Friday. The special high season pyrotechnics finale takes place at 10 p.m. on the Pine Avenue Beach. The best places to view the display will be any place on either the beach or boardwalk.
On Sunday, the Labor Day Weekend celebration continues with the Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival at Fox Park. The 12-hour free event features festival food vendors, games, crafts and amusement rides. Enjoy live music all day and night from Just In Time, the Jeremiah Hunter Band, FM Band, Tru, Mahoney Brothers, Purple Reign, The Marvelettes, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters and former lead singer of the Platters, Sonny Turner. Sunday, August 31, noon to midnight - Fox Park, Ocean Ave., Wildwood, N.J.
West Cape May
One of the best things about summer is enjoying fresh, local produce. Jersey tomato-lovers can fete their favorite fruit this Saturday at the Tomato Festivalin West Cape May. Vendors will be selling all kinds of tomatoey goodness like tomato pies, empanadas, salsa, tomato salads and crepes. Of course, there will also be plenty of fresh Jersey tomatoes to purchase and take home. Saturday, August 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain date August 31) - Wilbraham Park, Perry St., West Cape May, N.J.