Your weekend down the Shore: Stewart, sports, grapes

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 24: Recording artist Rod Stewart performs during the launch of his two-year residency "Rod Stewart: The Hits." at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace August 24, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

With two weeks left until the shore season is unofficially over, pack up your bags and soak up some seashore entertainment with these events.

Starting on Friday, Aug. 22 and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 24, discover a magical, unknown world brought to you by the talented cast of Cirque De Soleil as Varekai and its interesting characters take the stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Showtimes vary.

From Friday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 24, sports fanatics can get that Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card they’ve always wanted as R.K. Sports promotions holds its Sports Card, Toy, Comic, and Collectibles Show at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Aside from athletic collectibles and toys available, visitors have a chance to get autographs from WWE wrestling superstars Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, and King Kong Bundy with appearances also by NFL Hall of Famer Gino Marchetti and Negro League baseball star Bob Scott. The event begins at 3 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Although not a “Young Turk” anymore, Rod Stewart shows that age is just a number as his tour makes a stop at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Saturday, Aug. 23. Music lovers can revisit the songs they sang to their high school sweethearts starting at 8 p.m.

Making a mess on someone else’s property is never OK, but on Sunday, Aug. 24, Renault Winery in Egg Harbor gives the green light for destruction ... of grapes that is, during the 150th Anniversary and Grape Stomping Festival. Besides all the wine prepping guests will do, seasonal cocktails beer, and (you guessed it,) wine will be served throughout the day. The event is set to take place from noon through 4 p.m.

Beginning on Sunday, Aug. 24 Shore-goers can satisfy their growling stomachs after a long day at the beach as over 20 restaurants all around the Wildwoods offer four-course meals for the price of $30 during the Shore town’s restaurant week . Wondering what restaurant to go to? The list of restaurants is right here.

Whoever thinks rollerblading is corny surely never watched a roller derby match. On Saturday, Aug. 23 the Coastal Derby Expo takes over a part of the Wildwoods Convention Center for a full day of fast-paced action and bashing excitement. The event kicks off at 1 p.m.

Arrrrghhhh mateys, beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Aug. 24, pirates take over the Historic Cold Spring Village in Cape May for a Seafarer’s Weekend full of pirate-themed entertainment for the whole family. Watch out for a black spot, ye be warned!