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Fireworks to Light Up the Late Summer in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/22/17

On the second-to-last weekend of the traditional season, the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association will thank customers with a special fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26.

Summer once again has flown by, and the fireworks will provide a fitting finale to a night on the boardwalk catching up on all the fun, fashion and food you may have missed earlier in the summer. The show will be launched from a barge stationed off the Ocean City Music Pier. The display will be best viewed from the beach or boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The fun this week begins on Wednesday (Aug. 23) with the newest installment of Wacky Wednesday. This version of the weekly family event asks participants to use their creativity to shape and sculpt salt water taffy into masterpieces. The contest is free and open to all ages.  It starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street on the Boardwalk). Shriver's Salt Water Taffy and Fudge sponsors the event. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

That night (Aug. 23), the Ocean City Pops orchestra will celebrate the 25th anniversary season of Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia as they return for the first time in nearly two decades. The show is titled Italia Dal Mare (Italy by the Ocean) and is under the direction of co-artistic director Anthony Pirollo, principal cellist of the Ocean City Pops. The evening will be dedicated to Italian favorites in both opera and song in the traditional bel canto style. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15 and will be available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

The Ocean City Pops perform again on Sunday, Aug. 27, with a Best of Broadway show. The concert will feature special guests Jim and Joan Schubin and include everything from contemporary favorites to classic love songs. The show begins at 8 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15 and will be available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

START PLANNING NOW FOR CAR SHOW WEEKEND SEPT. 8 TO 10

Ocean City's Car Show Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night (Sept. 8), the Street Rod Show on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 8 and 9), a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night (Sept. 9), and the always-popular Boardwalk Corvette Show on Sunday (Sept. 10).

The 43rd annual Classic Car and Street Rod Show will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older. The annual Corvette Show - featuring models from every year Corvettes were manufactured - moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the Boardwalk on Sept. 10. The Corvette Forum recently listed Ocean City's among the Top 5 Corvette Shows in America.

As part of the tribute to cars and nostalgia, Cafferty will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9. His band recorded the soundtrack to "Eddie and the Cruisers" in the 1980s and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the single "On the Dark Side." The band has toured for more than three decades. Tickets cost $25 to $30 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

The street rods will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 before cruising down Asbury Avenue to the 1300 block (between 13th Street and 14th Street) at 6 p.m. That block will be closed to traffic for a free outdoor sock hop featuring live music and games. Food vendors will include Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor and Boyar's Market. The cars return to the Tabernacle from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9, then move up to the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m.

Anybody interested in participating in the event can find more information and a registration form at www.ocnj.us/carshow.

The Corvette Show will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street. For more information andregistration, visit boardwalkcorvettes.com. There is NO day-of registration. Call 609-457-0081 for more information.

MORE SUMMER EVENTS

SOUNDS LIKE FUN - FREE FAMILY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Aug. 29): Meet the Ocean City Pops Woodwind Quintet at a fun concert for all ages. The woodwind quintet will be performing "Peter and the Wolf" as well as other new pieces. The concert begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Admission is free, and the concert lasts about 45 minutes.

WACKY WEDNESDAY (Aug. 30):  Use your creativity to shape and sculpt french fries into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier.

DOOWOP WITH THE DUPREES AND THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Aug. 30): The Duprees are known the world over for their romantic interpretations of the most beautiful love songs ever written. "You Belong to Me" was the group's first million-seller and an instant hit. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $30/$25 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

OUR THREE TENORS WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Sept. 3): Shawn Mathey, Cody Austin and Roy Hage will bring down the house with favorite arias and showpieces. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

OCNJ LABOR DAY RACE (Sept. 4): Five-mile beach run and one-mile fun run/walk. Great end of the summer season event. $20 Pre-registration. $25 Race Day. $10 14yrs. & under. For more information, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events

WEEKLY EVENTS

Starting in July and running through the end of August, Ocean City's boardwalk and downtown will be host to a series of weekly events:

  • Funtastic Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Mummers Nights: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on the boardwalk. String bands strut the boards between Sixth Street and 14th Street. Sponsored by: Shirt Shack, Preps, Ocean Treasures, Henry's Fine Jewelry.
  • Beach Walks: South end location at 59th Street and Central Avenue (entrance to Corson's Inlet State Park) Tuesdays at 9 a.m., Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. North end location at OC/Longport Bridge parking lot Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m, Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site.  Adults $1, children 50 cents.
  • Farmers & Crafters Market: Ocean City's popular weekly Farmers Market every Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Crafters set up on the street adjacent to the Farmers Market.
  • Wacky Wednesdays: This year, the traditional "July Jubilee" and "Weird Week" contests will be held weekly on Wednesdays throughout the summer with a different theme each week.The contest is free and open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by Shriver's Salt Water Taffy. 
  • Market Days: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays in downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Family Nights: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on the boardwalk. Different bands and entertainers set up between Sixth Street and 14th Street. Sponsored by: Shriver's, Playland's Castaway Cove, Johnson's Popcorn, Gillian's Wonderland Pier.
  • Historic Tours:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pick-up at 7th Street and Central Avenue.