Cape May things to do in the Spring

Cape May, NJ Bed and Breakfast

Updated on March 1, 2022. Originally published on March 17, 2016.

We would never discourage guests from visiting Cape May because of the season as we think each season is unique and offers a lovely opportunity to explore our seaside resort.

Spring in Cape May is an especially exciting as we say goodbye to winter snowfall in exchange for warmer temperatures and beautiful blooms in our gardens and across the city. It’s also a fantastic time to visit if you prefer fewer crowds and fun events.

What does 2022 have to offer for events and Cape May things to do? First, we’ll outline several can’t-miss events and then remind you of a few favorite springtime activities to you’ll appreciate during your visit.


Cape May Spring Events 2022 

Cape May Spring Crafts & Collectibles Shows | April 23 & May 7, 2022 

High-quality crafts and collectibles shows featuring the wares of vendors and crafters from throughout the Northeast.

  • April Craft & Collectibles Show Saturday, April 23: 10AM – 4PM
  • Spring Craft & Collectibles Show Saturday, May 7: 10AM – 4PM


Cape May Music Festival | May 1 – June 30, 2022 

In its 32nd year, this relaxed festival brings a wonderful selection of music and concerts to our city. Spanning a few weeks, you’ll find evening concerts, afternoon performances, and special offerings like the Bach’s Lunch series. Featuring the Bay Atlantic Symphony, New York Chamber Ensemble, Atlantic Brass Band, Paula Johns, and more. From ensemble music to the sounds of the symphony, this is one jazzy event you can’t miss!


Exit Zero Jazz Festival | May 13 – 15, 2022 

The festival’s tagline alone should get you planning your trip to Cape May: Cape May Swings into Spring. May 13 – 15, 2022 is devoted to the popular Exit Zero Jazz Festival and its impressive lineup of artists.

  • Marcus Miller
  • Artemis
  • Arturo Sandoval
  • Makaya Mccraven
  • Mingus Big Band
  • Cecile McLorin


Cape May New Jersey Audobon Spring Festival | May 19 – 22, 2022 

It’s a spring fling Cape May style at the New Jersey Audobon Spring Festival, May 19 – May 22, 2022! Celebrate the fresh season with a variety of birding events and activities coordinated by New Jersey Audobon. From field and boat trips, trolley tours, and outstanding indoor programs, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a newbie or seasoned veteran, you’ll leave this festival a better birder with a heightened passion for birding and conservation


The Gardens of Cape May Tour | May 21 & June 5, 2022 

Explore the private gardens of Cape May residences. This tour includes the outdoor spaces of Cape May’s most creative amateur landscape artists. Tickets available at Cape May MAC.


Cape May Restaurant Week | June 5 – 11, 2022 

Dates are tentative. We hope Cape May Restaurant Week will be back for Spring 2022.


Full Moon Lighthouse Climb | May 16 & June 14, 2022 

Sign up for a majestic Full Moon Climb at the Cape May Lighthouse.

  • May 16, 2022, starting at 7:00 PM
  • June 14, 2022, starting at 8:00 PM


Murder Mystery Dinner & Show | May 18 & 25, 2022 

Watch the mystery unfold over dinner at “The Trouble with Silver Spoons”, an original Cape May Mystery by Jacky Fazio.

  • May 18, 2022
  • May 25, 2022


East Lynne Theater Company Dorothy Parker: A Certain Woman | June 15, 2022 

  • Back by popular demand, Dorothy Parker: A Certain Woman. Shows begin on June 15 and run through July 23, 2022.


Cape May Spring Things to do 

Roam the Beaches  

A perk of visiting Cape May in spring is that beach tags aren’t required yet. Take a romantic sunrise or sunset stroll along Cape May’s sandy beaches for free. Use our complimentary beach chairs if you’d like to stay awhile with a good book and beverage. Make an afternoon of it!


Whale Watching 

A truly unforgettable experience awaits when you book a whale-watching excursion in Cape May. Encounters with our larger locals are always a favorite memory of our guests’. Second to the beauty of The Queen Victoria, of course.


Try Birding 

Cape May is an excellent spot for birding as many species migrate through New Jersey in the spring. If you’re new to birding, we recommend visiting in May to attend the Cape May New Jersey Audobon Spring Festival to learn more about our avian friends.


Visit the Vineyards

There’s no better way to spend an afternoon in Cape May than by tasting fine wine in a beautiful setting. We suppose you could join us for afternoon tea at The Queen Victoria, but I do recommend a visit to Cape May wineries as a fun treat. We also suggest a visit to Cape May breweries as well.


Dine Out

Enjoy fewer crowds at your favorite restaurants or dine at a restaurant that was closed for winter. If you love Cape May restaurants as much as we do, you may want to save the date for Cape May Restaurant Week, June 5 – 12, 2022 (dates tentative), where you’ll find some of the best menu offerings at affordable prix fixe prices for lunch or dinner!


Ride Bikes 

There’s a reason we have a fleet of bicycles at The Queen Victoria – it’s so much fun to explore Cape May by bike! Our easy to ride bikes are the perfect way to navigate Cape May, especially as the crowds begin to show. They make for a carefree mode of transportation. We’d also recommend picking up the bicycle tour map from Cape May MAC ($5) to learn more about Cape May’s history and landmarks.


Visit the Lighthouse

We love to visit the Cape May lighthouse for both the hike to the top and nearby walking trails. It’s definitely one of Cape May’s most popular attractions. During the spring, it is only open on Saturdays but well worth the visit


We hope these ideas inspire you to book the Cape May getaway you’ve been dreaming of! Get started by perusing these dreamy rooms at The Queen Victoria.