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The Ocean City Music Pier, located on the Boardwalk in Ocean City, is the home of the Ocean City Pops. The Ocean City Pops, under the baton of maestro William Scheible, is the county’s only resident orchestra — and what a wonderful ensemble it is! The Music Pier, built 80 years ago, also hosts year-round entertainment, from beauty pageants to big band concerts right on the beach.

The biggest and best names in jazz appear twice a year, April and November, courtesy of the Cape May Jazz Festival, and of course, there’s the six-week Cape May Music Festival that begins in mid-May with the Bay Atlantic Symphony, chamber music, ensembles and vocalists. In the fall, it’s the Cape May New Jersey State Film Festival, a four-day event that often attracts some well-known and recognizable film stars, and is dedicated to the presentation of film/video works by New Jersey filmmakers.

Cape May Stage and East Lynne Theatre Company, both professional Equity companies, perform from early spring through December, with selections from a mid-summer Flying Solo Festival at Cape May Stage to wonderful performances of classics of the American stage produced by the East Lynne Theater Company.

Throughout the year there is a host of tours in Cape May — walking or trolley — that include brunch, architecture, history, and even a few ghosts — available through the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Need more suggestions? Check out the events at the Wildwoods Convention Center, located on the beach, featuring sporting events, comedy acts, concerts and more; or the Performing Arts Center, located just off the Garden State Parkway in Middle Township, which hosts a variety of musical, theatrical and family events.

Access to Art provides several classical series bringing imaginative artists and visionary talent to the county, while residents also contribute with community theater, outdoor concerts and art exhibits.

Historic Cold Spring Village is a living history museum, with a collection of actual buildings from around southern New Jersey that have been moved to the Village, where visitors can see and experience life in the early 1800s.

A plethora of museums also adds to the county’s culture base, helping to preserve the heritage of those who settled in the county in the 1600s, the airmen who trained at Wildwood Naval Air Station during World War II, the participants in the fabulous Doo-Wop era of the 1950s, and the Jewish immigrants who arrived in Woodbine in the late 1800s.

The Cape May County Museum, located in the John Holmes House built in 1755, offers exhibits featuring artifacts from the 17th to the 20th century.

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