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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/31/19

Also This Week: Wacky Wednesday, Twins and Sand Sculpting Contests

The 57th annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held Friday through Sunday (August 2 to 4) on the boardwalk between Eighth Street and 13th Street. The celebration of the arts will include a newer event – the Art of Surfing Festival – Thursday to Saturday (August 1 to 3) at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The Boardwalk Art Show features oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, prints and drawings on display and for sale. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For Ocean City visitors, this is an opportunity to view and purchase great artwork from leading East Coast artists at a reasonable cost. For further information, call the Ocean City Arts Center at 609-399-7628 or visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.

The Art of Surfing Festival features the display and sale of surf-related art, memorabilia, books and clothing. The event includes live music and meet-the-artist sessions. Admission is free to the show 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday (August 1) and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday (August 2 and 3).



JULY 30 – Children’s Theatre Series: How I Became a Pirate: The Ocean City Theatre Company presents a fantastic musical excursion based on the book by Melinda Long. Show time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office for tickets ($10 in advance, $12 day-of).

JULY 31 – Wacky Wednesday - Mystery Bag: Participants will receive a brown paper bag filled with random supplies. The mission: Create an object, sculpture or unique work of art using everything in the bag. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier.

JULY 31 – Twins Contest: Prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Open to all ages. Registration is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. Contest begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier.

AUGUST 1 – Sand Sculpting Contest: Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach for this informal family-friendly event. Judging takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111. 

AUGUST 1 – 14TH Street Fishing Pier Open House: The Ocean City Fishing Club invites the public to visit the privately owned pier 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1. Visitors are asked to bring non-perishable food items or make a cash donation to the local Ocean City Food Cupboard. The club collected 82 pounds of food and $200 for the Food Cupboard at a recent Open House on July 18.

AUGUST 1 - Ocean City Historical Museum Thursday Night Lecture Series -  7 pm in the Ocean City Community Center lecture hall, 17th & Simpson.  Free.  This Thursday John Loeper will be speaking on the Parker Miller family and the Lenni Lenape indians, first inhabitants of the island.

AUGUST 3 – Ocean City Cars and Coffee: Exotic, classic and unique automobiles will be on display at this free event on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (500 block of Asbury Avenue) 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Rain date is August 10. For more information, visit www.ocnjcarsandcoffee.com

AUGUST 5 – Lou Gramm of Foreigner: Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner, teams up with ASIA, featuring John Payne, for an exciting night of rock featuring all the Foreigner and ASIA hits you know and love. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster.

AUGUST 6 – Pamper Scamper: Ocean City’s annual baby crawling race is free and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Contest begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. For babies up to 15 months old. For more information, call 609-399-6111. 


The Ocean City Baby Parade returns for the 110th time on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City’s newest generation. The parade features children (ages 10 and under) cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at the Music Pier (at Moorlyn Terrace) and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.

Online registration is now open for entries: www.ocnj.us/babyparade.

Participants also can sign up at the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Entry fee is $5 per child, and the registration deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 6.

Entries are open for bands, dance groups, cheer squads, special guests, community groups and businesses to participate. A special unit application is also available at www.ocnj.us/babyparade.


Sky Brown, the 11-year-old skateboarding sensation with an international following, will be in Ocean City Aug. 6 to 8 and will be the grand marshal of the 110th annual Ocean City Baby Parade.

Sky will meet with fans and give skateboard and surfing demonstrations in addition to participating in the parade. 

She is a professional skateboarder and surfer from Miyazaki, Japan. With a Japanese mother and a British father, Sky chose to compete for Team Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, making her the youngest athlete to compete there. She is also Great Britain's youngest Summer Olympian ever, and the youngest Olympic athlete since 1936.

Sky began skating and surfing at age two and quickly became a phenomenon when short videos of her gained millions of views on YouTube.  In the fall of 2018, she became the first-ever winner of ABC’s hit competition show, Dancing with the Stars: Juniors. Sky continues to be the youngest athlete a number of brands have ever endorsed, including brands such as, Nike, GoPro, Samsung and more. She hopes to continue making history while inspiring young girls and women across the world to reach for their dreams and become unstoppable.

Her schedule will include:

Tuesday, August 6

  • 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholders
  • 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Skate Park closed for filming with TransWorld Sports

Wednesday, August 7

  • 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Meet-and-greet on Seventh Street Beach (tickets are $25 each)
  • 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Surfing demonstration and open surf with the participants

Thursday, August 8

  • 10:30 a.m.:  Grand marshal of the 110th annual Baby Parade
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Music Pier (tickets are $15 each)
  • 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Meet-and-greet at the Ocean City Skate Park (tickets are $30 each)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Skate Demonstration and open skating at the Skate Park with ticketholders

Tickets for these opportunities to meet, skate and surf with Sky are on sale now. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace), the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway). 

The meet-and-greets will be held rain-or-shine. Due to safety, inclement weather would cancel the skateboarding demonstration and open skate. The public is invited to watch Sky skate from outside the park gates. 

The hit British TV show “TransWorld Sport” will be film a full episode featuring Ocean City and Sky Brown at the Skate Park and Seventh Street Beach.

Starting in July and running through 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. on 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.
  • Beach Walks: Guided nature walks begin at 59th Street and Central Avenue (entrance to Corson's Inlet State Park) Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site.  Adults $1, children 50 cents.
  • Market Days: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 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 14thStreet.
  • Historic Inn Tours:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pick-up at 7th Street and Central Avenue. (Last week for this program is Aug. 22)
  • Weekly Fun Runs: Meet at Carey Stadium (beach block of Sixth Street) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. No entry fee - just show up and run. Tuesdays (starting July 2) are kids runs (ages 2 and up) of 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters. Thursdays are 5-kilometer cross-country, 1-mile and 2-mile runs for all ages (starting June 27).