MARGATE – Fall flavors, decorations, savings and fun for families are on tap as the city welcomes fall fun in a different way this year. The Margate Business Association invites the public to safely stroll the streets of Margate  Saturday, Sept. 26 to celebrate “Fall fun in Margate.”

Although the MBA will not host its traditional Fall Funfest by the Bay this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it does not mean there will be no fun to be had.

The actual full-blown Margate Fall Funfest by the Bay will return next year on Sept. 25-26, 2021

“Not doing Funfest this year broke our hearts, but we would not let it break the Margate spirit. We are taking the fun from Funfest and spreading it all over town. We want everyone to welcome in the fall safely and with a smile…even if we can’t see it behind your masks” MBA President Ed Berger said.

Activities will engage participants with both in-person and virtual programs, a little something for everyone, and classic fall decor will greet visitors throughout the city, especially in the business districts.

Retailers are planning sidewalk sales just in time for holiday shopping and restaurants will offer their tantalizing fare, with some offering both outdoor and indoor dining in accordance with the governor’s new Executive Order.

Strolling acoustic musicians, characters for kids, entertainers, and virtual contests will be held, such as a Pumpkin Photo Contest and Receipts are All the Rage. In-person activities include a treasure hunt, The Pet Salon’s Pics with Pets offering professional photos by PhotoGraphics Photography. Congo Falls Margate is open for family fun mini golf.

Fall Fun in Margate is a great opportunity to support local small businesses while enjoying the scenery and participating in some fun events.

Fall Fun in Margate activities include:

  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest – Participants can purchase a softball-sized pumpkin for $1 at Lucy the Elephant 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19-20. Decorate your pumpkin, photograph it and submit to Entries must be submitted by noon Saturday, Sept. 26. Top three winners will be announced Saturday, and each will receive a prize. And there will be a Lucy Special, too. Just present your pumpkin purchase receipt and get a $1 discount (up to 4 people per family/group).
  • Business Decorating and Pumpkin Contest – Photograph yourself with a pumpkin or decorations in front of your favorite Margate business. Participants will send the picture to on Saturday. A winner will be randomly selected to receive a prize.
  • The Pet Salon’s Pics with Pets – Professional photographer Tom Briglia of PhotoGraphics Photography will be at The Pet Salon on Essex Avenue 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 to take your photo with your furry family member. Pet pictures will include a chance to be published in the 2021 Margate City Calendar. A portion of the photo fee will be donated to the MBA. This is a good chance to get a jump on your holiday pictures.
  • Receipts Are All The Rage – Customers can take a picture of their receipt from any Margate business purchase made Sept. 25-27 and send it to Three winners will be randomly selected to receive a gift certificate from that store.
  • The Great Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt – The MBA team will go around town placing plastic pumpkin’s outside businesses. Each pumpkin will have a prize tag inside of it. The person who finds that pumpkin must bring the pumpkin tag to the business to redeem the prize.
  • Congo Falls Margate – Open for family fun mini-golf 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Please follow social distancing requirements.

For more information visit or download the ‘Catch the Margate Wave’ app.


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Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.