Update on October 15, 2022.

October 2022 in Cape May at The Queen Victoria and Beyond.

This fall, we’re looking forward to a slew of seasonal events including Halloween Happenings by MAC, Victorian Weekend, Cape May Restaurant Weekend, plus a new collection of seasonal activities you can enjoy any time during your stay. Join us for this vibrant time of year in our seaside village. The weather is lovely, Chrysanthemums and New Guinea Impatiens continue to bloom. It’s a lovely time to visit.

Book your room at The Queen Victoria.


October 2022 Cape May Date-specific Events

Victorian Weekend | October 7 through 11

Join us for Victorian Weekend, October 7 through 11. Celebrate Cape May’s unique heritage as America’s first seaside resort with exciting and entertaining activities like history talks and murder mysteries. Complete with historic house tours, food and wine events, and much more. 


MAC Distinguished Lecture Series: Is War with China Inevitable? | October 9 

Dr. Steven David, Ph.D., professor at Johns Hopkins, an authority on international relations and three-time winner of the university’s “Outstanding Teacher Award,” presents “Is War with China Inevitable?”. Many scholars have argued that war is virtually certain when a rising power confronts the existing world leader. David examines both sides of this debate and offers his views as to who is right. Moderated Q&A with the audience.


Cape May Watercolor Workshop at The Queen Victoria | October 17

Enjoy this on-site event where local painter Phil Courtney guides guests on a journey of imagination and artistic expression. Phil is well-known for capturing the unique atmospheric conditions of the seashore and the play of sunlight and shadows cast by the intricate details of Cape May’s Victorian architecture. He paints a variety of subjects using oils and watercolors. Please call Jamie at The Queen Victoria for more details at 609-884-8702. 


October Crafts & Collectibles Shows  

  • Victorian Weekend Crafts & Collectibles Show (Emlen Physick Estate, 10am to 4pm) 
  • Crafts & Collectibles by the Sea (Cape May Convention Hall, 10am to 4pm) 
  • Halloween Crafts & Collectibles Show (Emlen Physick Estate, 10am to 3pm) 


Cape May Restaurant Weekend | October 20 through 23

Book your room at The Queen Victoria now because Cape May Restaurant Week is back. October 20 through 23, 2022. Enjoy 3-course prix fixe menus from Cape May’s best restaurants. We’re really looking forward to this exceptional event. Sample several Cape May restaurants thanks to reasonable prefix pricing. You can find participating restaurants here.


Cape May Halloween Parade | October 23  

Dress to Impress in your Halloween Best! Join in on the fun beginning October 23, 2022, at 3pm. The Cape May Halloween Parade is fun for all ages and features several competition categories for best costume. Parade route:  


MAC Halloween Happenings | October

Explore the spirits of historic Cape May at special Halloween-themed tours and events that celebrate Cape May’s haunted heritage. Upcoming attractions include ghost walks with Craig McManus, MAC Historic Haunts Tours, a séance at the Physick Estate, Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tours, Ghosts of the Lighthouse Trolley Tours, Graveyard, Ghosts & Mansion Combo Tours, and more! Walk the beautiful grounds of the Physick Estate and visit Scarecrow Alley, with funny and spooky scarecrows along the walkways. Vote for your favorite!


October 2022 Ongoing Activities

Visit a Baby Bison and Other Animals at the Cape May County Zoo 

A female bison was born at the Cape May County Zoo on August 18th, 2022. Make a trip to visit this sweet girl plus several other animals taking refuge at the zoo. Bring your binoculars. The baby likes to hang out away from crowds. Nearby, you’ll find her father, Hank, and Mother, Beverly, standing guard. 


Wine Tastings at Local Wineries 

Cape May is not only a culinary capital in New Jersey, it’s a wine capital as well. Here, you’ll find several local wineries producing top-notch vintages. Enjoy a day touring each vineyard and, of course, sampling wine. Some even serve lunch and dinner. 

Visit one of four Cape May wineries, open year-round:  

  • Cape May Winery 
  • Willow Creek Winery  
  • Natali Vineyards  
  • Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery 



Most are surprised to learn that Cape May is a premier birdwatching destination. Yes, our quaint seaside town, with award-winning beaches and a robust Victorian heritage, is also a mecca for migrating birds and people who love to watch them. October is ideal for birding in Cape May. Plus, this year, those interested in spotting raptors are in for a special treat. Visit the “Hawk Watch Platform” at Cape May Lighthouse for an exclusive peek at migrating birds of prey and their families.  


Curl up with A Good Book  

With the cooler weather and slower pace, we think it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a warm cup of tea and a good book – on a porch swing perhaps, or in front of a roaring fire. You can even borrow The Queen Victoria beach chair and find a lovely place to sit outside – onsite or off. Snuggle up in a sweatshirt and blanket on the beach or cozy up by the fire. Either way, be sure to enjoy your well-deserved “me” time.