The annual New Jersey Firemen’s Convention is reason enough to visit Wildwood this weekend. With loads of fire trucks from around the state, a parade and just about every type of firefighting apparatus available on display, it’s fascinating for firefighters as well as the public. Add to that multiple parties throughout the island, and the Wildwoods are your must-stop destination this weekend. Here are five parties to hit while you’re in town.
Morey’s PierGet to Morey’s Mariner’s Pier to celebrate Oktoberfest with biers, brats and plenty of fun, from amusements to live music. In addition to the specially themed menu at Jumbo’s Grub and Pub — think Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, German potato salad, schnitzel, and a wide selection of beer — there’s music … and lots of it. Get there on Friday for the M-80 Band at 6:30 p.m.; 1 p.m. Saturday for Big Bang Baby and 6:30 p.m. for Late Last Night; and 1 p.m. Sunday for Musician Impossible. Located at 3501 Boardwalk. Go to MoreysPiers.com for more information.
Bolero Resorts and Conference CenterLocated in the heart of Wildwood, Bolero Resorts is home for a lot of the firefighters this weekend. They can be found at Blue Water Grille, where the party continues through September. Get there this weekend for live music at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from The Exceptions. Located at 3320 Atlantic Ave. Go to BoleroResort.com for more information.
MudHen Brewing Co.It’s always a good time at MudHen, a brewery and restaurant, so their take on Oktoberfest should be no exception. Get there this weekend for German-inspired food, the tapping of their annual MarzHEN Festbier and live music from German band Doppelganger 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday, and Keep the Change 4 p.m. Sunday. Located at 127 W. Rio Grande Ave. Go to MudHenBrew.com for more information.
DogtoothIf you’re looking for good food, good brews, and a chill atmosphere, Dogtooth Bar and Grill is your place. Get there for beloved favorites like the Dogtooth Reuben, Shibi Sandwich, Cabo Taco or Avocado BLT, and, of course, tunes on Friday from DJ Denny Oh. It’s the perfect kickoff to your weekend. Located at 100 East Taylor Ave. Go to DogtoothBar.com for more information.
Boots on the BeachGet your cowboy boots ready, because in addition to the Firemen’s Convention, it’s Boots on the Beach weekend, Southern New Jersey’s largest country festival. The free, three-day festival includes vendors, crafts, wares and music. On Friday, check out 40 North (noon), Garrett Schultz, (3 p.m.) and Parker Barrow Project (7 p.m.); on Saturday there will be music by Steel Creek (noon), Wallace Brothers Band (3 p.m.) and Triple Rail Turn (7 p.m.); and the jams conclude Sunday with Cole Brooks Road Bluegrass Band (noon) and The All American Country Jam (2 p.m.). Located on Olde New Jersey Ave. Go to BootsAtTheBeach.com for more information.