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Keep up-to-date on all OCNJ happenings, which can help your business grow. Read Chamber press releases to learn about the latest OCNJ news and events.

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Jeep Invasion & OC Half Marathon Set for the Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/28/22

Jeep Invasion and OCNJ Half Marathon Set for the Weekend

Jeeps will be displayed on the Boardwalk on Saturday, and runners will take over on Sunday for two traditional events: the Fall New Jersey Jeep Invasion and the OCNJ Half Marathon.

About 500 Jeeps will roll down the boardwalk on Saturday, Oct. 1 and remain on display in lines that stretch from Fifth Street to 14th Street. The Jeep Invasion runs from noon to 5 p.m. The event raises money for local charities, and trophies are awarded to the best Jeeps in various categories with trophies awarded at 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The show also includes vendors displaying and selling accessories at the Music Pier. Visit njjpinvasion.com for more information.

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MS City to Shore Ride Set for the Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/21/22

MS City to Shore Ride Set for the Weekend

Thousands of cyclists will descend on Ocean City this weekend for the MS City to Shore Ride, a fall tradition in Ocean City that draws participants from across the nation.

With riders raising millions of dollars each year for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the MS City to Shore Ride boasts that it is the best cycling experience on the East Coast. The annual bicycle trek will begin in Cherry Hill early on Saturday, Sept. 24, and finish at the parking lot at Fifth Street and Boardwalk in Ocean City -- with many of the riders staying overnight and returning the next day.

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Ocean City Air Shows Fly Into Town This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/14/22

Ocean City Air Shows Fly Into Town This Weekend

All eyes will turn to the sky for Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend on Sept. 17 and 18. All events are free to attend.

The celebration starts with the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday (Sept. 17) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from warbirds to helicopters. The event will feature a parachute jump from Team Fastrax, “America’s Skydiving Team.” It also will include food, music, classic cars and kids’ activities.

The skydiving team will perform at the Airport Festival at 12 p.m., depending on wind and weather conditions. The half-mile “Runway Run” will return and is open to all ages. It offers a chance for anybody to cover ground normally traversed only by planes. The run will go off after the skydiving jump.

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Car Shows and Pops Concert Highlight Ocean City Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/7/22

Car Shows and Pops Concert Highlight Ocean City Weekend

Street rods and other classic cars will be on display on the Ocean City Boardwalk during the annual Street Rod Show on Saturday, Sept. 10. Street rods are classic cars (1992 or older) modified with modern parts. On Sunday, Sept. 11, it will be all Corvettes taking the spotlight.

On Saturday, classic cars and street rods will be displayed in the municipal parking lot at Fifth Street and Boardwalk from 8 a.m. to noon and will then proceed to the Ocean City Boardwalk to be displayed until 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 10) in front of the Music Pier (at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace). Registration to participate is still open with forms available at www.ocnj.us/carshow. Day-of registration will be open until 11 a.m. at the parking lot.

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Holiday Weekend Features Lee Greenwood Concert and Labor Day Run

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/31/22

Holiday Weekend Features Lee Greenwood Concert and Labor Day Run

Country music singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood will join the Ocean City Pops for a special concert at the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Greenwood holds a special place in the hearts of Ocean City residents and visitors, because his 1984 hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been a part of the daily boardwalk flag-raising ceremony every summer for more than 20 years. He will make his debut with the Ocean City Pops and perform hits such as “IOU” and “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands,” along with a few surprises.

The Pops’ 2022 season continues at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 with “Three Tenors Return.” This unique mix of singers – two from opera and one from musical theater – creates one of the most compelling “tenors” shows in the country.

For tickets to both Pops shows, visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by the welcome centers at City Hall, the Route 52 causeway or the Music Pier Box Office.

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Tickets on Sale for Lee Greenwood With the Ocean City Pops

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 8/24/22

Tickets on Sale for Lee Greenwood With the Ocean City Pops

Country music singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood will join the Ocean City Pops for a special concert at the Ocean City Music Pier on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022. Greenwood holds a special place in the hearts of Ocean City residents and visitors, because his 1984 hit “God Bless the U.S.A.” has been a part of the daily boardwalk flag-raising ceremony every summer for more than 20 years.

He will make his debut with the Ocean City Pops and perform hits such as “IOU” and “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands”, along with a few surprises.

The Pops’ 2022 season continues through Sept. 17, and there are plenty of other highlights on the schedule. The Duprees return to the Ocean City Music Pier to perform with the Pops on Sunday, August 28. Audiences around the country have enjoyed the timeless doo-wop sound of these Jersey City legends for decades. Celebrate the 60th anniversary of their first hit single, “My Own True Love.”

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It’s a Pageant Week in Ocean City...for Humans and Hermit Crabs!

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

It’s a Pageant Week in Ocean City ... for Humans and Hermit Crabs

Miss Crustacean, Little Miss Ocean City, Junior Miss Ocean City All to be Crowned

Congratulations to our new Miss Ocean City, 17-year-old Ocean City High School senior Grace Oves, who was crowned Saturday on the Ocean City Music Pier. Another week of pageantry in Ocean City includes the Miss Crustacean Beauty Pageant on Wednesday, the Little Miss Ocean City Pageant on Friday and the Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant on Saturday.

The original beauty contest for crustaceans returns as an evening event this year. In an annual tradition, Ocean City celebrates the beauty of hermit crabs with contestants vying for the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup. All families, kids, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their crustacean in the competition on Wednesday, August 17.

The pageant begins at 6 p.m. on the beach at Sixth Street with registration for competitors opening at 5:30 p.m. The pageant promotes responsible ownership of hermit crabs and features them displayed in elaborately themed dioramas. The winner gets to travel a flowery runway to take her reign.

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Baby Parade Rolls Down Boardwalk for 112th Time on Thursday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/10/22

Baby Parade Rolls Down Boardwalk for 112th Time on Thursday

The 112th annual Ocean City Baby Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 on the Boardwalk.

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 Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats. It starts at Sixth Street with children finishing at 12th Street and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.

The parade is free to watch from either side of the boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the boardwalk. On the parade morning, the boardwalk will close to bicycle traffic at 10 a.m.

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Art Shows Return to Ocean City Boardwalk

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 8/3/22

Art Shows Return to the Ocean City Boardwalk
Sand Sculpting and Twins Contests Highlight Week of Family Fun

The 59th annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held Friday through Sunday (August 5 to 7) on the boardwalk between Seventh Street and 11th Street.

More than 50 artists from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York will exhibit and sell works in oils, acrylics, watercolor and mixed media, as well as photography and jewelry. There is something for everyone at the show, and it’s a great opportunity to start or increase your art collection with a purchase from the show.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Awards are given to the top entries in the show.

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The Ocean City Music Pier Features Six Shows in Five Days

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/27/22

The Ocean City Music Pier Features Six Shows in Five Days

The Ocean City Music Pier will be hopping this week with a variety of shows to suit all tastes. Ocean City’s schedule of weekly events continues in high gear, and the city is looking forward to a full slate of events for August.

SHOWS ON THE MUSIC PIER

The Ocean City Theatre Company High School Junior Company will perform “The Sponge Bob Musical” on Friday and Saturday nights (July 29 and 30) at the Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the annihilation of their undersea world. Just when all hope seems lost, an unexpected hero takes center stage. Shows for both nights start at 7:30 p.m.

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Guide to Ocean City's Night in Venice

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/20/22

Guide to Ocean City's Night in Venice

When is Night in Venice?

The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022.

Where does the parade route begin and end?

The boat parade begins near the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and travels along the bayside to Tennessee Avenue, looping in and out of lagoons along the way.

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Contests & Concerts Highlight Another Week of Family Fun

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/13/22

Contests and Concerts Highlight Another Week of Family Fun

From a french-fry sculpting contest to a Gordon Lightfoot concert, Ocean City’s calendar of special events is filled with more family fun this week.

CONTESTS AND WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. July 13 at the Ocean City Music Pier with a french-fry sculpting contest. No advance registration is required for this free family event. The July 20 edition of Wacky Wednesday will bring Christmas in July.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 14. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.

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Contests and Concerts Highlight Week of Family Fun

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 7/6/22

Contests and Concerts Highlight Week of Family Fun

From pie-eating, freckle and sand-sculpting contests to concerts by the Ocean City Pops and a Queen tribute band, Ocean City’s calendar of special events is filled with family fun this week.

CONTESTS AND WEEKLY HAPPENINGS

Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. July 6 at the Ocean City Music Pier with an old-fashioned pie-eating contest. No advance registration is required for this free family event. The July 13 edition of Wacky Wednesday will bring french-fry sculpting.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 14. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.

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Fourth of July Events in Ocean City 2022

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/29/22

Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

Fireworks will cap off Ocean City’s Fourth of July festivities at 9 p.m. Monday, July 4. The display will cap off a holiday weekend filled with family fun.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the ocean near the Music Pier and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. A musical simulcast will be broadcast over the boardwalk PA system and available to stream online at www.ocnj.us.

The fun starts on Wednesday (June 29) with the opening of the weekly Wacky Wednesday contests and the Farmer’s Market and will continue with a full schedule of special events through the summer.

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Legendary Swing Band to Join Ocean City Pops for Season Opener

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/22/22

Legendary Swing Band to Join Ocean City Pops for Season Opener

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra will open its 2022 summer season with a special show featuring the swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

After 28 years, 11 records and more than 3,000 live shows, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is still going strong in its efforts to promote and revitalize swing music. Taking inspiration from the creators of this uniquely American art form, the band's original horn-infused music and legendary high-energy show introduces the genre to a new and younger generation, while remaining respectful of the music's rich legacy.

The band will perform with the Ocean City Pops, which returns for a full season of concerts under the direction of Maestro Vince Lee.

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Health & Wellness Expo and Unity Concert Highlight Weekend 6/15/22

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/15/22

Health & Wellness Expo and Unity Concert Highlight Weekend

Farmers Market Opens for the Season on Wednesday

The Ocean City Health & Wellness Expo on Saturday will feature a special appearance by Robert Cheeke, an athlete and advocate for plant-based diets.

The free event includes fitness classes, speakers, health food vendors and a Kids Korner with activities and bike safety lessons from the Ocean City Police Department and sponsored by the Ocean City Free Public Library. The Expo is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

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Night in Venice to Celebrate 67th Anniversary on July 23

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/8/22

Night in Venice to Celebrate 67th Anniversary on July 23

Night in Venice will return to Ocean City for the 67th time at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 23, and registration is now open to all boat and bayfront home owners who want to participate in this year’s celebration.

Plans are in the works, and the city will make an announcement about a special grand marshal later this week.

Another guest will be Jackie Evancho, who will be performing with the Ocean City Pops in a special concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Since she first dazzled television audiences at the age of 10 as a runner-up on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Evancho has released a string of platinum and gold albums with sales of over 3 million. She was a hit in a previous show with the Ocean City Pops on Night in Venice Weekend and wanted to participate in the parade again. Tickets for her show are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

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Ocean City Flower Show Returns to Music Pier

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/1/22

Ocean City Flower Show Returns to Music Pier

Fireworks, Cop Chase 5K and Skato With Kato Also This Week

After two years as a virtual event, the Ocean City Flower Show will return to the Music Pier from Friday to Sunday (June 3 to June 5). The 48-year-old tradition presented by the Garden Club of Ocean City features floral creations and displays from enthusiasts of all ages.

Awards are given in a variety of categories for artistic design and horticulture. This year’s theme is “Careers – All That You Can Do.” The event also features a small sales pavilion.

The public is invited to check out the beautiful displays. Show hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free (donations to the Garden Club are optional).

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Ocean City to ‘Unlock the Ocean’ and Take a Plunge 5/25/22

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/25/22

Ocean City to ‘Unlock the Ocean’ and Take a Plunge
Tickets for Sept. 1 Lee Greenwood and Pops Concert Go on Sale Thursday

In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 27. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer. Reigning Miss New Jersey Alyssa Sullivan will sing the national anthem.
The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of an Ocean City High School band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”). Everybody is invited to participate in the Business Persons Plunge. It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash. Groups and individuals can sign up in advance at www.ocnj.us/bizplunge.
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Bacon Brothers to Join 2022 Summer Concert Series

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/16/22

Bacon Brothers to Join 2022 Summer Concert Series

After performing to packed houses at the Music Pier in 2016 and 2018, the Bacon Brothers – Michael and Kevin Bacon – will return Ocean City for a Summer Concert Series show on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Tickets for the show go on sale Thursday.

The Philadelphia natives’ brand of bluesy rock is the perfect soundtrack for a summer night. Most people know Kevin Bacon from an acting career that includes more than 80 film credits. But he and his brother have been devoted to making music from an early age, and they have produced 10 albums together, including their most recent, “The Way We Love,” in 2020.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. A special pre-sale (use code BRE) will be held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 18. Regular ticket sales open at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 19. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster or call 1-800-745-3000. The concert is produced by BRE Presents and Bob Rose.

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