2017 Cape May Fall Festival

Cape May, New Jersey
Thursday, October 19, 2017
2017 Cape May Fall Festival
Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:00 PM -
Sunday, October 22, 2017 5:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Grand Hotel (Festival Central) 609-884-5611
CMBO 609-246-3581
1045 Beach Avenue
Cape May, New Jersey 08204
United States

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The longest running birding festival in the country just keeps getting better. New Jersey Audubon's Cape May Bird Observatory has its finger on the pulse of fall migration and you are invited to be a part of it. Four official migratory counts take place during the fall: the Monarch Monitoring Project, the Avalon Seawatch, the Morning Flight Songbird Count, and of course the celebrated Cape May Hawkwatch. There is no better way to immerse yourself in the storied birding experience that is Cape May than attending this festival.

Registration of $65 per day or $175 for all three days includes an abundant selection of walks for all skill levels, and special photography walks, as well as insightful and entertaining indoor programs. Want to work on your hawk ID? Registration includes Hawk ID Master Classes every afternoon at The Bleachers on Stevens Street overlooking the Rea Farm fields. Same for sea birds at the bleachers on the beach in Avalon. There are boat trips and special trolley trips for additional costs that are only open to festival registrants.


We are excited to host Cape May locals Pete Dunne and Kevin Karlson on Friday evening to learn more about their visually stunning new book Birds of Prey.  And on Saturday evening, we welcome our bird observatory partners from Sweden and the UK, Falsterbo and SPURN, both of which are situated on peninsulas just like Cape May Bird Observatory, to learn about international collaborations in migration monitoring.

And you won't want to miss the 3-hour Trip to the Rips on Saturday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm for some up close and personal looks at sea birds with our outstanding crew of guides.

The schedule is subject to change, especially in the form of additional offerings. We will contact existing registrants via email if there are new programs. Check the website from time to time for new additions.

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, and dozens of vendors with binoculars, scopes, apparel, jewelry, art, PLUS nature activities for kids! 

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 and the Saturday afternoon mini-pelagic Trip to the Rips 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, and B&B's. Whatever your budget or configuration, we've got you covered.


Contact Information

  • For questions regarding the Cape May Fall Festival please call 609-246-3581.

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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