What's good in the Wildwoods? Weekend happenings in the Wildwoods

The NJ State BBQ Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival attracts thousands of hungry viewers (photo courtesy of Susian Communications)

With three towns in one big shore district, the Wildwoods in South New Jersey is a destination full of excitement catered to all ages. With North Wildwood, Wildwood, and Wildwood Crest each hosting tons of events this weekend, you’d be a crab not to consider taking a trip here.

Foot work at its finest continues as the final two days of the Dance Xplosion National Finals take place at the Wildwoods Convention Center on Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Starting at 7:30 a.m. each day, watch as the spectacle of dance takes place in front of your eyes from performers in all levels of skill.

Add some sizzle to your weekend as North Wildwood hosts the NJ State BBQ Championship and Anglesea Blues Festival along 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenues starting on Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13. Guests will be able to chomp down on barbecue dishes full of lip smackin’ flavor while enjoying rhythmic blues provided by local musicians. The grilling starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The work week is over, and it’s time to celebrate the weekend full of soaking fun in the sun. A great way to cap off your week is a free fireworks show on the Wildwoods Boardwalk Friday, July 11 at 10 p.m. at Pine Avenue.

Fluke there it is! On Saturday, July 12 the 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament returns to Wildwood for one of the largest flounder fishing tournaments starting at 7:30 a.m. Not crafty with a fishing rod? Guests can still enjoy the day at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle featuring a BBQ pig roast, awards ceremony, and live music by popular shore band Tidal Wave.

Boogie isn’t made just for the dance floor; it’s also made for the waves. Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 12 on 15th and the beach in North Wildwood, ages 5-18 can bring their wave riding skills to the beach during a Boogie Board Race followed by prizes. Surf's up dudes.

Jimi Hendrix’s hit song “Castles Made of Sand” comes to life during Wildwood Crest’s Sand Sculpting Festival on Saturday, July 12 at 10 a.m. on the Heather Road beach. Walk along the beach as sand is transformed into forms of art by amateur designers and professional sculptor Matt Long. 

On Saturday, July 12 through Sunday, July 13 cornhole—the popular tailgating game—hits the sandy beaches of Wildwood along Oak Avenue. Saturday’s bean bag throwing starts at 11 a.m. and players of all ages are invited to score their way to victory. On Sunday, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the tournament will be held for ages 18 and older and will include cash prizes.

It’s a beautiful day knowing that U2 cover band 2U will perform Bono’s famous hits and songs known worldwide for free on Saturday, July 12 at Centennial Park in Wildwood Crest. Bring a blanket or chair at 7:30 p.m.

John Cena says “you can’t see me” to his opponents, but if you’re in Wildwood this weekend, you can during WWE Live’s Summer Slam Heatwave Tour on Sunday, July 13 as your favorite superstars and WWE Divas take over the Convention Center for a night of professional entertainment.