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OCNJ Half Marathon and City to Shore Ride Set for the Weekend

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 9/22/21

OCNJ Half Marathon and City to Shore Ride Set for the Weekend

Thousands of runners and cyclists will descend on Ocean City this weekend for two great events: the OCNJ Half Marathon and the MS City to Shore Ride. Both events are fall traditions in Ocean City that draw participants from across the nation.

Organizers of the OCNJ Half Marathon are expecting a strong turnout for three races on Sunday, Sept. 26, and registration is still open. In addition to the 13.1-mile Half Marathon, the event includes a 10-mile non-competitive walk/run and a 5-kilometer race.

Online registration for the races continues through 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. In-person registration will be available with packet pickup 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Sept. 24 and 25) at the Ocean City Free Public Library. There will be race-day registration for the 5K and 10-mile events starting at 6:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. There will be no race-day registration for the Half Marathon.

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Ocean City Airshow Flies Over Town This Weekend

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 9/15/21

Ocean City Airshow Flies Over Town This Weekend

All eyes will turn to the sky for Ocean City’s Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow Weekend on Sunday, Sept. 19. The event is free to attend and is one of the annual highlights of September in Ocean City.

Before the airshow, the Parachute Pyrotechnic Show will return for its fourth year at 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 18). The show consists of several highly trained and specially licensed Team Fastrax parachuters exiting an aircraft 6,000 feet above Ocean City’s beach and boardwalk. Brilliant white or multi-colored projectile pyrotechnics are then ignited as the parachuters fly in formation, creating a dazzling display for spectators on the ground. The jump will end with a landing on the Seventh Street Beach and will be viewable along the entire Boardwalk.

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Car Shows and Doo Wop Project Highlight Ocean City Weekend

Car Shows and Doo Wop Project Highlight Ocean City Weekend 9/8/21

Former ‘Brady Bunch’ Star Barry Williams to Greet Fans

Street rods and other classic cars will be on display on the Ocean City Boardwalk during the annual Street Rod Show on Saturday, Sept. 11. Street rods are classic cars (1991 or older) modified with modern parts. On Sunday, Sept. 12, 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. 11) 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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Great Summer Events Through Labor Day Weekend

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 9-1-21

Great Summer Events Through Labor Day Weekend

The summer season is coming to a close with a last chance to catch events like Market Days in the downtown and Family Night on the boardwalk. All of Ocean City is looking forward to a full slate of September events and fall happenings that will stretch into the new year.

Due to the weather forecast, tonight's Ocean City Pops - "Stars Wars and Beyond: The Music of John Williams" show will be postponed until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2. All tickets will be honored at the show. Call 609-399-6111 with any questions. - The Ocean City Pops will present “Star Wars and Beyond — The Music of John Williams” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the Ocean City Music Pier. With a career that spans an incredible seven decades, John Williams helped to create some of the most memorable moments of the silver screen. Maestro Vince Lee will lead an expanded Ocean City Pops orchestra in selections from “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Jurassic Park,” “E.T.” and so much more. A family-friendly pre-concert event will feature characters from the movies. Tickets range from $15 to $20 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or the Music Pier Box Office.

The weekly Farmers Market on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds takes place 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continues every Wednesday through Sept. 29.

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Tickets on Sale for Pops Shows, Barry Williams to Visit OCNJ

 What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/25/21

Tickets on Sale for Pops Shows, Barry Williams to Visit OCNJ

The Ocean City Pops orchestra is having a great season under new Artistic Director and Maestro Vince Lee, and there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy this local treasure. The lineup for the rest of the season includes something for every musical taste.

  • Symphony Night at the Pops II (August 25): The musicians of the Ocean City Pops take center stage as featured soloists. The orchestra will be at its virtuosic best as Maestro Vince Lee leads some of the greatest and most-beloved music in history.
  • Kimber Sprawl — Girl From the North Country (August 29): New Broadway sensation and dynamite performer Kimber Sprawl blew away critics and audiences alike with her powerful performance in the new production of “Girl from the North Country” (featuring the music of Bob Dylan). Ms. Sprawl and Vince Lee first performed together with their hometown orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops, and are excited to share the stage again at the Ocean City Music Pier.
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It’s a Pageant Week in OCNJ ... for Humans and Hermit Crabs

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 8/17/21

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

Congratulations to our new Miss Ocean City, 19-year-old Maddyn Randazzo, 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 18.

The pageant begins at 6 p.m. on the beach at Sixth Street with free 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 reign.

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Baby Parade Rolls Down Boardwalk for 111th Time on Thursday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/11/21

Baby Parade Rolls Down Boardwalk for 111th Time on Thursday

The 111th annual Ocean City Baby Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12 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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Boardwalk Art Shows and Pops’ Salute to Aretha Franklin

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 8/4/21

Boardwalk Art Shows and Pops’ Salute to Aretha Franklin

The 58th annual Boardwalk Art Show will be held Friday through Sunday (August 6 to 8) 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 5 to 7) 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. Awards are given to the top entries in the show. 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.

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Music Pier Shows Feature Elvis Presley Hits and Straight No Chaser

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 7/28/21

Music Pier Shows Feature Elvis Presley Hits and Straight No Chaser

Elvis Presley’s hits will roar to life on the Ocean City Music Pier stage on Friday and Saturday in the new Broadway musical comedy “All Shook Up,” starring Ocean City Theatre Company’s High School Jr Company. This madcap musical comedy based on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” plays July 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and overflows with rock, gospel, romance and mistaken identities. 

The musical tells the story of a small-town girl with big dreams and the motorcycle-riding roustabout she falls for. Among the many hits that will have you jumping out of your blue suede shoes are “Love Me Tender,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Hound Dog” and “It’s Now or Never.” Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased by calling 609-399-6111 or by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice. 

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Night in Venice Returns to Ocean City for 2021

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 7/21/21

Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration returns on Saturday (July 24, 2021) for the 66th time since it began in 1954 as a way to mark Ocean City’s 75th anniversary. After missing last year’s event, everybody will be excited for the return of the festivities.

Just announced on Monday: Kate Flannery, a star of NBC’s “The Office,” will be at the Music Pier on Friday, July 23 for a special meet-and-greet session. Tickets for the event are on sale now.

Here’s everything you need to know to enjoy the Night in Venice festivities and the Kate Flannery event.

 When is Night in Venice?

The parade starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2021.

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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Ocean City Getting Ready for Night in Venice and Baby Parade

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 7/14/21

Ocean City Getting Ready for Night in Venice and Baby Parade

Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration returns this year and promises a spectacular evening on the bay. The city’s premier summer event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Registration is open to all boat and bayfront home owners who want to participate in this year’s festivities.

The optional theme will be “Honoring Our Heroes,” a salute to all those who helped us get through the year. Participants are also encouraged to use last year’s planned “Olympics” theme. A fireworks display will light up the bay and cap off the evening.

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Pops, Pink Floyd and Pie-Eating on Tap in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/7/21

The summer fun continues in Ocean City during a week of events for everybody in the family.

The Ocean City Pops performed an exceptional free concert at Carey Stadium on Saturday in honor of our nation’s birthday, and a whole new audience got to hear our local orchestra. The official grand-reopening Pops concert at the Ocean City Music Pier is scheduled for Sunday, July 11. A different sort of sound will fill the Music Pier on Monday, July 12 as The Machine performs its tribute to Pink Floyd.

The week of family fun begins on “Wacky Wednesday” with Ocean City’s annual pie-eating contest. Here’s more information on all of the week’s events.

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Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/29/21

Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

Fireworks will cap off Ocean City’s Fourth of July festivities at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The city is ready to celebrate the return of summer, and the display promises to be spectacular.

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 30) with the opening of the weekly Farmer’s Market and will continue through Monday (July 5) with a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

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Antique Auto Show and Judy Collins Concert Help Kick Off 2021 Summer Season

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/23/21

Car lovers can watch more than 300 vintage vehicles parade down the Ocean City Boardwalk at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The procession will cap off the 66th annual Dave Blyler & Herb Godfrey Memorial Antique and Classic Auto Show and Parade. Before the parade, the antique cars – all at least 25 years old – will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at 550 Wesley Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The show offers a great opportunity to shop the downtown or take a break from beach and boardwalk fun to check out these classic cars. Visit jerseycape.aaca.com for more information. 

Tickets are still available for a June 28 concert featuring Judy Collins with special guest Richard Thompson. The show is part of the 2021 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier, which opened on Monday with a sold-out performance by Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out.

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Four New Shows in Summer Concert Series and a Virtual Flower Show

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/2/21

Four New Shows in Summer Concert Series and a Virtual Flower Show

Four new shows in the popular Summer Concert Series at the Ocean City Music Pier were announced Tuesday. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 3 for the following:

  • The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 7 p.m. Monday, July 12. A staple of the Summer Concert Series through the years, the band performs the music of Pink Floyd as a laser show lights up the stage. Purchase tickets.
  • David Bromberg Quintet: 7 p.m. Monday, July 19. Renowned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg brings an exceptional band to the stage. Purchase tickets.
  • Jon Anderson of YES with the Paul Green Rock Academy: 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 9. Lead singer Jon Anderson will perform YES songs and other classics. Purchase tickets.
  • Tommy James & The Shondells: 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16. The 1960s pop rock sensations will perform hits like “Hanky Panky,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Mony Mony.” Purchase tickets.

Ticket sales open at 10 a.m. June 3 through Ticketmaster. A presale (use code BRE) will be held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 on Ticketmaster. A limited number of tickets for all shows will be available for purchase at the Ocean City Music Pier starting on Monday, June 7.

The lineup for the 2021 Summer Concert Series also includes:

  • 6/21/2021 – Get The Led Out – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 6/28/2021 – Judy Collins & Richard Thompson – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 7/2/2021 – Don McLean– All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets
  • 7/05/2021 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 8/2/2021 – Straight No Chaser (2 shows) –  All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 8/10/2021 - Colin Hay & His Band with Paula Cole –  Purchase tickets.
  • 8/23/2021 – Marshall Tucker Band and Pure Prairie League – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.

OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW

A 48-year-old tradition will continue virtually this year as the annual Ocean City Flower Show presented by the Garden Club of Ocean City will highlight floral creations and garden displays via photographs submitted by enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

The show provides gardeners a chance to show off their home gardens and flower arrangements. Individual flowers, container gardening, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, house plants, and door wreaths are all featured. 

A few of the club’s favorite submissions will be on display on the Ocean City Music Pier Facebook Page (@MusicPier) starting on June 3 and 4.

GUARDED BEACHES OPEN FOR THE SEASON

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard the following beaches starting Saturday, June 5: North Street, Stenton Place, St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 5th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 14th Street, 26th Street, 30th Street, 34th Street, 44th Street and 58th Street. OCBP strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. More beaches will be added throughout the following weeks.

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Ocean City Opens Season With Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Person’s Plunge

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 5/26/21

Ocean City Opens Season With Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Person’s Plunge

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 28. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer.

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.

The Unlocking of the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge take place on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants are encouraged to muster at 11:30 a.m. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

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Ocean City Flower Show to Go Virtual Again for 2021

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/19/21

A 48-year-old tradition will continue virtually this year as the annual Ocean City Flower Show presented by the Garden Club of Ocean City will highlight floral creations and garden displays via photographs submitted by enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

Here is your chance to show off your home gardens and flower arrangements. Individual flowers, container gardening, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, house plants, and door wreaths are all welcome. As long the plants are living, they will be accepted. 

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Registration Now Open for 2021 Night in Venice

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/12/21

Night in Venice will return to Ocean City for the 66th time at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021. Registration is now open to all boat and bayfront home owners who want to participate in this year’s celebration.

The optional theme will be “Honoring Our Heroes,” a salute to all those who helped us get through the year. Participants are also encouraged to use last year’s planned “Olympics” theme. A fireworks display will light up the bay and cap off the festivities.

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Martin Z. Mollusk to Seek His Shadow on Saturday 5/5/21

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot will seek his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, on the beach next to the Music Pier (between Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street). Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative use of flashlights by his handlers).

Martin’s prediction this year will be more important than ever, because we know everybody is anxious for the arrival of summer after a year of so many sacrifices.

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Ocean City Block Party Table Sales Set for the Weekend

Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are throwing a party. “The Best of O.C.” will be on display for this weekend’s Ocean City Block Party Table Sales. The event will not include the outside crafters and vendors that highlight the traditional Spring Block Party, but store owners will display their local merchandise on tables set up outside their storefronts and offer discounts and specials.

The table sales will be open throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. The forecasts for the weekend call for sunny and warm weather, so it’s a great chance to get down to the shore and enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.

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