BELMAR, NJ — From sandcastles to classic cars, Belmar will be hosting two marquee events on Wednesday, July 18.

While the 32nd Annual New Jersey Sandcastle Contest will converge upon the beachfront during the day, Belmar Cruise Night will move onto Main Street in the evening. Here’s a look at each destination event.

Sandcastle Contest: Begins at 8 a.m. at 18th Avenue Beach

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With shovels, buckets and other assorted “tools” in hand, thousands participants and onlookers are expected for the free sandcastle competition. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and judging at noon.

Prizes for the first-, second- and third-place contest winners will be presented at 1 p.m. in the following categories:

  • Age 7 and under
  • Age 8 to 11
  • Age 12 to 15
  • Age 16 and over
  • Camps and recreation
  • Family
  • Classic sandcastle
  • Overall best in beach

Presented by the Belmar Tourism Commission and D’Jais Bar and Grill in Belmar, the contest’s rain date is Thursday, July 19. Updates on the event can be found on the Visit Belmar NJ Facebook page.

Cruise Night Rolls Onto Main Street at Pyanoe Plaza at 6 p.m.

Main Street will take a step back from 6 to 9 p.m. when hundreds of vintage and classic and motorcycles will be on display along the two-block stretch between Eighth and 10th Avenues.

A DJ will be spinning tunes from the 1950s and 1960s in the event’s main hub at Pyanoe Plaza, as many downtown merchants and eateries will join in the festivities.

Presented by the Belmar Business Partnership, Cruise Night has grown to become one of the area’s most-anticipated events of its kind, not only among car enthusiasts, but for visitors who enjoy taking a stroll down Main Street when it turns into a showcase of cars from yesteryear.

For participants, check-in and registration will be held in Belmar Plaza between Eighth and 10th Avenues, in the parking lot behind Pyanoe Plaza. Move-in is from 5 to 6 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to all cars.

Rain date is Thursday, July 19. Registration and admission is free. Cars dating back to 1986 and earlier are eligible to enter the free event. The summer’s second Cruise Night will be held on Wednesday, August 22.

For more information about Cruise Night, call 732-894-9022 or email Additional details can also be found on the event’s Facebook page.

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