Events that reign indoors, down the shore

Purchase art inspired by the ocean during The Art Of Surfing Festival beginning on August 1. (Photo via Facebook)

As you’re packing your vacation bags and gathering up the kids for the ever-so-meticulously planned yearly shore adventure getaway, you turn on the TV and boom, thunderstorms are on the radar all weekend long. Your lazy river rides and roller-coaster thrills just went down the drain. But just because Mother Nature dampened your outdoor trip doesn’t mean your weekend is spoiled. Here are a few things going on indoors if your vacation lands this weekend. As always, take the weather forecasts with a grain of salt, we could have sun this weekend for all we know.

School is just around the corner and if there are tears in your pants and moth bites in your sweaters, it looks like you’ll need a back-to-school shopping fix. Sharpen up your wardrobe for the upcoming school season during Delia’s Clothing Sale running on Saturday, Aug. 2 through Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Wildwoods Convention Center in Wildwood. Your wallet will thank you. Opens at 9 a.m.

Discover the next Kurt Angle or Karate Kid as the 2014 NAGA Battle at the Beach takes place at the Wildwoods Convention Center, in Wildwood starting on Saturday, Aug. 2 and running through Sunday, Aug. 3. Saturday features grappling matches by adults and teens, followed by Sunday’s grappling matches featuring a children-caliber tournament. Are your muscles aching for some attention? You can also compete in this tournament if you think you have what it takes. Registration online is finished, so just sign up at the door prior to the event. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m.

Did you ever see a bear down the shore? Probably not, but there’s a first for everything as a theatrical performance of the Berenstain Bears takes stage on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10:30 a.m. onstage at the Moorlyn Family Theatre, located on the boardwalk in Ocean City, N.J. Call 609-525-9300 for tickets.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, Aug. 2, surfing shreds out of the water into Ocean City’s Music Pier during the 14th Annual Art of Surfing Festival. Stay dry from the rain as you can purchase handmade art and merchandise inspired by the ocean, created by surfers.

Looking at art is fantastic, but it’s always better when the artist who created the piece is there, and on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 4 p.m. through 6 p.m., meet artists Liz Finley and Patricia Moses at Accent Gallery, in Ocean City, N.J., as they discuss what inspired their collection of oil paintings in the latest exhibit Coastal Compositions.

On display until Sunday, Aug. 3, SOMA New Art Gallery in Cape May will have two exhibits by local artists Sean Taylor and Greg Bennet. Galleries one and two will consist of oil paintings from Sean Taylor entitled “Always Chasing Rainbows.” Gallery three will feature oil paintings from Greg Bennet entitled “Rural Life.” Maybe after a walk through the gallery, the rain will stop and you will spot a rural rainbow. The gallery is open daily at 10 a.m.

Is it you Lionel Richie has been looking for through all these years? Find out as the five- time Grammy award winning musician performs his live set on Sunday, Aug. 3 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa at 8 p.m. in Atlantic City.