Enjoy some finger-lickin’ food and music at the New Jersey State Barbecue Championship, which is held in conjunction with the Anglesea Blues Festival. Top blues musicians will be performing all weekend at the free main stage, as well as in some surrounding pubs and clubs. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, great music and a little healthy competition—all in one weekend. July 13-15 at Anglesea Main Stage, 201 New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood, (609) 523-6565, NJBBQ.com, free
Arts by the Ocean
Experience beauty first-hand as you watch the graceful members of the popular Todes Contemporary Russian Ballet perform live. Famous choreographer Alla Duhova combines the traditions of classical ballet and the trends in contemporary dance culture to create a masterpiece performed by the amazing dancers. July 27-28, 9 p.m. at the Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, (609) 340-4020, Tropicana.net, $55-105
Starting this July, Atlantic City will be offering a special tour of Absecon Island. First, take a trip on a one-hour shoreline cruise, featuring lots of interesting facts about barrier islands, indigenous species and maritime history. Enjoy the scenic view at Back Bay Ale House along with a fresh seafood sampler for lunch. Afterward, explore various places on your own, such as the Crafter Shoppes or the Atlantic City Aquarium. On the way back from the approximately four-hour-long tour, hear stories about rumrunners, bootleggers, and more. Now-Sept. 3, Great American Trolley Company, Atlantic City, (609) 348-7100, AtlanticCityNJ.com, $24-29
Whether you want to create a memorable sand sculpture or just walk along the beach and admire the artwork, Avalon’s Sand Sculpture Contest is an event you won’t want to miss. Hit the beach, where dozens of professional and amateur sand artists will be competing for top prizes. The sculptors get up early, so make sure you don’t snooze and miss it! August 4, 10 a.m. at 30th Street beach, Avalon, (609) 967-8200, AvalonBoro.org, free
Get your home or boat decorated, and get ready for a memorable Ocean City tradition: Nights in Venice. This year’s optional decoration theme is “Do You Remember When?,” creating a feeling of nostalgia for Ocean City residents and visitors alike. Residents all around the bay hit the water for a party, nautical style. July 28, 7 p.m. at the Longport Bridge, Ocean City, (609) 399-6111, OCNJ.us, free
Blue Man Group (pictured)
The bald men in blue take the stage at Caesar’s Hotel & Casino for a night of over-the-top theatrics. This long-running group of silent thrillers have been enchanting guests with their wacky and comedic musical performances, and now they’re bringing their How to Be a Megastar 2.1 tour to the Jersey Shore. July 13, 7 p.m. at Circus Maximus Theater, Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., (800) 754-3000, Caesars- AC.com, $45-95
Be there when Stevie Nicks rocks out at her only stop in South Jersey during her 2012 summer tour. Originally known for her work in Fleetwood Mac and songs like “Landslide” and “Edge of Seventeen,” this iconic musician continues to impress audiences with her talents. Expect to enjoy some newer music as well as Nicks promotes her recent album In Your Dreams. July 15, 8 p.m. at The Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, (609) 317-1000, TheBorgata.com, $85-140
Cedric the Entertainer
Known for his television and film appearances, including voice work in all three of the kids’ favorite Madagascar movies, one of the “Original Kings of Comedy” brings his adult humor to the Shore, with stand-up that has been filling seats for decades. July 7, 9 p.m. at the Tropicana Showroom, 2831 Boardwalk, (800) 345-8767, Tropicana.net, $45-75
Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez
Spice up your summer with these Latin pop sensations, all together in A.C. for one hot night. These stars have been topping the charts with hits like Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” and Lopez’s “On The Floor.” There will be no shortage of energy at this show. July 29, 7:30 p.m. at Boardwalk Hall, 2301 Boardwalk Ave., (609) 348-7000, Boardwalk- Hall.com, $49-248
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 4 (July, 2012).
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