One of the more charming nicknames for Cape May, NJ is “Exit Zero.” If you are not familiar with the summer exodus to the Jersey shore on the Garden State Parkway, you might not get it; but Cape May is virtually the last exit (or the first) on the 172-exit Parkway. Hence, Exit Zero! Riffing off of that idea is the appellation of the twice-annual Jazz Fest. To familiarize you with this year’s fall offering, we have put together your guide to Exit Zero Jazz Autumn Festival. As it is the 10th year of the Festival, it will certainly be special!
As with all popular festivals, tickets and lodging can sell out quickly! We strongly suggest that you book your lodging and secure your tickets early for the concerts you are most anxious to attend!
Dates: September 29 – October 2
As you prepare for this great event, please be aware that Cape May weather in October is generally comfortable with temperatures in the 70s.
Jazz Night Concerts
Thursday – Saturday 8:30 pm
Cape May Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave, Cape May
$50 – $65 per show, depending on the artist
Ferry Park Lineup
Friday – Sunday 11am – 6:30pm each day
Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, 1200 Lincoln Blvd, N Cape May
Passes available for single-day or 3-day
Regular admission or VIPs available
Tickets & Passes
Tickets for the Jazz Night Concerts can be purchased online. There is a fee involved, but you can pick your seat. You may also purchase tickets by calling 609-849-9202. Festival Passes (for the Ferry Park Lineup) are available by calling the previously listed phone number. Phone sales end September 28.
You may purchase same-day tickets or passes at the Ferry Park Box Office one hour prior to opening. The Box Office is open to pick up tickets/passes from 10:30 am – 6 pm on Festival Days. All sales are final.
Festival passes are available with several level options:
3-day VIP ($230)
Gives you Front Orchestra Seating, with seating provided. You get access to the VIP Hospitality Tent with shaded tables and chairs, misting if needed, fruit, water, iced coffee, portable toilets, and charging stations for cell phones. Meet the Artist sessions.
3-day General Admission ($180)
Entrance to the park for all three days; bring your own chair.
Single-day VIP ($100)
First-come-first-served access to VIP seating areas, with seats provided. You get access to the VIP Hospitality Tent with shaded tables and chairs, misting if needed, fruit, water, iced coffee, portable toilets, and charging stations for cell phones. Meet the Artist sessions.
Single-day General Admission ($65)
Entrance to the park for one day; bring your own chair.
Parking | Food | Seating
There is limited parking (first-come-first-served) at Exit Zero Ferry Park.
No outside food/alcohol is allowed at Exit Zero Ferry Park. No coolers, glass, or beach umbrellas are allowed. Water bottles and snacks are allowed. Exit Zero Ferry Park operates three restaurants on-site. There will also be food trucks and pop-up bars available.
The lineup this year is nothing less than impressive. Here is this year’s lineup. To give you a sample, here is a sneak peek of the artists coming into Cape May this fall:
Jazz Night Concerts are John Pizzarelli Swing Seven on Thursday, Joshua Redman on Friday, and Stacey Kent on Saturday.
The Ferry Park lineup includes:
- All-Star Philly Jawn
- Gregory Porter
- Angelique Kidjo
- Christian Sands Trio
- Chief Adjuah
- Lucky Chops
Just to name a few!
Our guide to Exit Zero Jazz Autumn Festival gives you one reason to come visit Cape May this fall. Come stay for a weekend full of music, relaxation, and making memories! Our beachside resort hotel offers couples or families elegant accommodations with touches that feel like home. Book online today or contact us anytime for further information. We are gearing up for an amazing fall — you don’t want to miss out!
Updated August 2022