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Exit Zero Jazz Festival Pop-Up Beer Garden

Beer gardens are popping up all over! Both of MAC’s were extraordinarily successful, and we love being asked to be part of them. This summer, we’ve seen two great events at two of Cape May’s most cherished historic locations.

And now we’re happy to be part of yet another popup! On Saturday, September 9th, from 4-9pm, we’ll be pouring at the Exit Zero Jazz Festival Pop-up Beer Garden in downtown Cape May.

There’s really nothing like downtown Cape May. You can smell the salty sea air as you peruse the shops on Washington Street Mall. You can take a carriage ride through town, marveling at the vintage Victorian architecture. You can tour the Emlen Physick Estate or see a show at any number of theatre companies.

But at the very center of town is Rotary Park. Recently renovated, the park’s bandstand is home to a free concert series, the fountain is a favorite of Cape May’s numerous birds, and the verdant calm of the park is a welcome oasis in the center of our bustling beach community.

And now it’s home to the Exit Zero Jazz Festival’s first Pop-Up Beer Garden! We’re the official craft beer sponsor of the festival each year, and we love supporting such a worthy organization. You’ll be able to sip your favorite brews in the open air under the stars in one of Cape May’s most often overlooked gems.

“Rotary Park is a beautiful public space in the center of Cape May,” says Michael Kline of the Exit Zero Jazz Festival. “To me, it’s a great example of people in Cape May coming together and moving forward with a shared vision that will have a lasting impact for both Cape Mayans and our visitors.”

This beer garden benefits Music Connects — an affiliate of the Cape May Forum and the Exit Zero Jazz Festival — this worthy non-profit organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of students of all ages in Cape May County through music, the arts, and enhanced business awareness.

“Hosting the Pop-Up Beer Garden in a public space provides Music Connects and Cape May Forum a wonderful opportunity to share their non-profit missions in a relaxed atmosphere,” Michael says. “What’s better than sitting down with friends and co-workers and sharing conversation and a beer?”

Nothing. There’s nothing better, Michael.

We’ll be sharing the pouring duties with our good friends over at Flying Fish and Tuckahoe, so not only will you get to sample all of your favorite CMBC brews, but you’ll have the chance to quaff your favorites from your other favorite South Jersey breweries.

“We’re thrilled that the Exit Zero Jazz Festival has invited Flying Fish and Tuckahoe for this event,” Ryan says. “Gene Muller over at Flying Fish is a great guy and Tuckahoe knows how to Be a Good Neighbor. They both know a worthy cause when they see one. We’re glad to see them in our neck of the woods!”

We can’t wait to hear the music from summer-local wunderkind, Daisy Castro from 6-8pm.

“Having Daisy Castro perform in the Band Shell creates a perfect circle,” Michael says. “At 16, the Exit Zero Jazz Festival first presented her back in 2013. Four years later, Daisy has performed with her band at two more Exit Zero Jazz Festivals and she spends her summers in Cape May working at the Chalfonte. And now she gets to share her artistry with a wider audience. I love it!”

Bring a beach chair or blanket, because seating is limited. There are park benches, but there won’t be enough to go around.

“These pop-ups have been a lot of fun,” says our Chief Celebrations Officer, Randi Friel. “We’ve been able to Be a Good Neighbor and help some great non-profits. This time around, we wanted to help Music Connects and Cape May Forum, and this way we get to do more than just write a check.”

Sounds like it’s gonna be a great time! See you there!