The City of Somers Point is the oldest settlement in Atlantic County, dating back to 1693. This four square mile attractive town is located in the eastern portion of Atlantic County in what was once known as Great Egg Harbor and was first incorporated as a borough in 1886.
Somers Point’s tagline is “The Shore Starts Here” to let visitors, home buyers and business owners know that whether they’re looking forward to living, working or playing at the shore, Somers Point is the ideal place to start. Somers Point is primarily a residential community with a relatively large proportion of its residents employed in professional services or executive positions in Somers Point and neighboring communities. Because of Somers Point’s location on the Great Egg Harbor River bay front, it is known for its marinas, boating, and fine restaurants. Somers Point also has a vast variety of small and large shops and businesses located throughout the community.
The City of Somers Point is proud to announce the return of Bayfest, South Jersey’s largest single-day festival. The annual spring event, now entering its 28th year, will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2016 on historic Bay Avenue. The all-day, family-friendly event turns historic Bay Avenue into a 14-block celebration of music, food, games, rides and fun.
The City expects more than 30,000 residents and visitors to flock to this year’s Bayfest, which offers fun for all ages. For the kids, Bayfest features a live aquarium touch tank, contests, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and inflatables, strolling entertainers and a rock climbing wall. Grownups will enjoy browsing through more than 100 unique crafter booths and listening to live music at different locations throughout the event like the soul-driven rock-n-roll of Atley Moon, The Remedy and local reggae favorites Steppin’ Razor. When it’s time to refuel, 45 of the region’s most popular food vendors will be on hand to tempt festival goers with their culinary creations.
Bayfest began 28 years ago as an Earth Day celebration. That tradition is still honored today by an array of educational exhibits, spotlighting the environmental and ecological challenges our world faces today. Profits from the festival help to fund projects that enhance and benefit the City of Somers Point. Past projects include improvements to the Lawrence “Bud” Kern Memorial field such as enhancements to the hockey rink and baseball fields, and the Atlantic County Law Enforcement Explorers.
Parking with free shuttle service for Bayfest will be available at the Jordan Road School, located at 129 Jordan Road, and at Fire House #1, located at 1 Bethel Road. Handicapped parking will be available at Annie Avenue. The Sonesta Inn, Pier 4 Hotel, Budget Inn and Economy Motel will cater to incoming visitors wishing to spend a night or two in Somers Point.
The long-standing Bayfest tradition is made possible through the efforts of the City of Somers Point, the Somers Point Bayfest Committee and generous area sponsors.
For more information on the annual Bayfest, please follow this link Somers Point Bayfest. For more information on the City of Somers Point, NJ, please follow the link or call 609-927-9088.