2016 Cape May Fall Festival

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 20, 2016
2016 Cape May Fall Festival
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - Monday, October 24, 2016

Grand Hotel (Festival Central) 609-884-5611
CMBO 609-427-3006
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
United States

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40 Years and Counting!

Join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Cape May Bird Observatory, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the legendary Cape May Hawkwatch. Not only that, it's the 70th consecutive Fall weekend event by New Jersey Audubon.

We're making it memorable with lots of special guests, including a whole kettle of former hawk counters, many of whom will participate in a panel discussion, "Tales from the Platform," on Friday night, moderated by Jeff Bouton. And Saturday night, we're taking a break from recent history, and offering a buffet dinner, followed by a presentation by one of the Cape May originals, David Sibley. There are many exclusive walks, trolley trips, a Trip to the Rips on Sunday afternoon and an overnight pelagic trip departing Sunday night and returning Monday afternoon.

In addition, this three-day festival will showcase our migration monitoring work: the Cape May Hawkwatch, Avalon Seawatch, Monarch Monitoring Project and Morning Flight Songbird Count.

Due to the 40th anniversary of CMBO and the Hawkwatch, we are still receiving ideas and offerings, and we are likely to keep adding additional programs that are included in registration. Check the website from time to time for new additions.

Until September 30th, registration fees are $65 per day, or $175 for all three days, with additional costs for bus trips, special walks, and evening programs. As of October 1st, daily registration will increase to $75 per day, and $200 for all three days. Preregistration is required and some events have limited capacity, so please sign up now.

At the same time, the Cape May Convention Hall will be open and free to the public and will again feature Jonathan Wood's Raptor Project, a stunning collection of live hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons with multiple interactive shows per day, along with dozens of vendors, from binoculars, to scopes to apparel, and nature activities for kids, too. 

You may use this website to register for the Festival, and select your walks, boat trips, special walks, etc., which are only open to official registrants.  The evening programs, the Sunday afternoon mini pelagic, and the Sunday overnight mega pelagic can be purchased separately here by partial registrants.

It's going to be a great weekend in Cape May and we can't wait to see you here!

Where to stay when you're here?

The Grand Hotel of Cape May is the official Hotel of the Cape May Fall Festival. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for festival participants. Simply tell the reservationist that you are attending the New Jersey Audubon Cape May Fall Festival and receive the special rate.

Act soon as rooms are limited!

For other great options, please visit our Places to Eat, Shop Stay and Play page which showcases our business members including hotels, motels, campgrounds, B&B's and rooms for rent! Whatever your budget or configuration, we've got you covered.


Contact Information

  • For questions regarding the Cape May Fall Festival please call 609-427-3006

Payment Instructions

  • If paying by check please make payable to NJ Audubon and send to:

    Cape May Fall Festival
    Cape May Bird Observatory
    600 Route 47 N
    Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
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