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Flyers, Imagination Movers, America Coming to Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/11/18

Annual Bike Auction Is Set for Monday, July 16

The Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan will roll into town on Thursday (July 12) and give the community a chance to meet former stars, including Bernie Parent, Larry Goodenough and Bob Kelly.

The free event is open to the public and part of a multi-stop family-fun series developed to promote the sport of hockey and support active lifestyles for youth across the region. The Caravan brings an inflatable rink for alumni-run scrimmages and skills competitions, inflatable games and activities, Flyers giveaways for fans of all ages, tailgate games, a bungee run, interaction with Flyers Ice Girls and Fun Patrol members and more. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the basketball courts outside the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk.

The family fun this week starts at 10:30 a.m. July 11 with Wacky Wednesday. This week’s contest is French Fry Sculpting. The contest is free and open to all ages. Register on the morning of the event at the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace.

The annual Freckle Contest takes place at 6 p.m. July 11 in front of the Music Pier. The free contest invites the fair-skinned and sun-dappled of all ages to compare the number of freckles on their faces. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

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Fireworks, Bike Parades and More for Fourth of July

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/2/18

Summer Kicks Into High Gear in Ocean City


Ocean City’s Independence Day celebration will take place on Wednesday, July 4, and include bike parades, music, family contests and fireworks to cap off the summer holiday.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the ocean off Ninth Street at 9 p.m. and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The fun starts with two bike parades at opposite ends of the island. Everybody is invited to participate, and thousands usually do. Both parades start at 10 a.m., and organizers encourage riders to dress themselves and their bicycles in the spirit of the holiday.

Registration for the Gardens Civic Association Bike Parade starts at 9 a.m. in the parking lot at the foot of the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge. The route makes its way to East Atlantic Boulevard with a finish near Beach Road. Registration for the South Ocean City Improvement Association Bike Parade is 9 a.m. at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. This parade ends at the playground at 52nd Street and Haven Avenue.

Up at the Ocean City Music Pier, the city’s “Wacky Wednesday” celebration will include a good old-fashioned apple and cherry pie-eating contest at 10:30 a.m. The contest is free and open to all ages, but participation is limited to the first 150. For more information call 609-399-6111.

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OC-Con Comic Festival Returns to Music Pier

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/27/18

Megan Hilty Opens 2018 Ocean City Pops season on July 2

Now in its third year, the OC-Con Comic and Memorabilia Festival joins the summer fun for 2018 after two years as an early-spring event. OC-Con opens on Thursday (June 28) and continues through Saturday (June 30) on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Stars of “Teen Wolf” and “Bosch” will be special guests, and tickets are on sale for exclusive photo and autograph sessions with Dylan Sprayberry (“Teen Wolf”) and Titus Welliver (“Bosch”). Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the Music Pier Box Office.

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 30.

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‘Smash’ and ‘Wicked’ Star to Open 2018 Ocean City Pops Season

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/20/18

 

Farmers Market and Wacky Wednesdays start on June 27

 

Tickets are on sale now for the season-opening performance of the Ocean City Pops featuring Megan Hilty. The show is at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

 

Hilty is famous for her portrayal of Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama “Smash.” A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in “Wicked.”  She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. She followed up the series with a starring role on the NBC comedy “Sean Saves the World.”

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Miss New Jersey Pageant Returns to Ocean City

Pageant Week Starts with Boardwalk Parade on Wednesday - What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/13/18

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City for the 22nd consecutive year in 2018, and the pageant includes four days of events. The winner of the pageant will be crowned on Saturday evening (June 16) and move on the represent New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 5 to 9 in Atlantic City.

The public can get a glimpse of all 28 Miss New Jersey contestants during a free parade that starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 13) and proceeds from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk. This year’s theme is “Women in History,” and the contestants will be dressed accordingly. In a longstanding pageant tradition, they also will “show their shoes.” The parade also includes marching bands, entertainers, community groups and local business entries.

Pageant preliminary competitions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday (June 14 and 15) on the Ocean City Music Pier.

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OC-Con Comic Festival Moves to June

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/6/18

Restaurant Week runs June 8 to 15 in Ocean City

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Now in its third year, the OC-Con Comic and Memorabilia Festival will move from early spring to June for 2018. The event will be a special attraction for the summer crowds on June 28 to 30 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Stars of “Teen Wolf” and “Bosch” will be special guests, and tickets will go on sale Thursday for exclusive photo and autograph sessions with Dylan Sprayberry (“Teen Wolf”) and Titus Welliver (“Bosch”). Visitoceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the Music Pier Box Office (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends).

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 30.

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Get Ready for Night in Venice 2018

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/30/18

Show tickets on sale and registration open for boats and homes

Ocean City’s will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during Night in Venice on July 28, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 64th annual bayfront celebration.

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contests provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.

In keeping with this year’s theme, the parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Grand marshals will include teen singing sensation Jackie Evancho and NFL-player-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos (who both were hits on “America’s Got Talent”), along with Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.

The optional theme of “TV’s Greatest Hits” could include tributes to iconic sit-coms, characters, memorable TV moments or any other item from television history. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

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Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off the Season

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/23/18

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

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the early forecast looks sunny and warm.

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 the Ocean City High School marching 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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Business Persons to Plunge on May 25

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/16/18

Wanted: Business Persons to Plunge on May 25 - OCNJ Triathlon, HeartWalk and Metal Detecting Hunt This Weekend

In a long-standing Ocean City tradition,city officials will turn a ceremonial key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 25. That will clear the way for 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 the Ocean City High School marching band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”).

Event organizers are looking to make this year’s Business Persons Plunge the biggest and best ever. Everybody is invited to participate. 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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It’s Always Sunny on Martin Z. Mollusk Day

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/9/18

Tickets for 2018 Ocean City Pops Season Go on Sale Saturday

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 12, on the beach at 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).

Special guest for Martin Z. Mollusk Day will be former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos, who has impressed the world with his magic performances. Dorenbos may have a few tricks up his sleeve for all those who will be cheering for an early summer.

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2018 Spring Block Party is Saturday in Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/2/18

The early weather forecast looks sunny for Ocean City’s Spring Block Party on Saturday. That’s always good news for the premier spring event, which features more than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and kids’ activities stretched out over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5. More than 100 downtown stores will be open for business and have table sales out front. Pony rides for children will be available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle. Entertainment along the Avenue will include the Tidal Wave Band and the Pennsport String Band, among others.

This will be the 36th year for an event that now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

Merchant table sales will continue on Sunday between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

The local American Legion will sponsor a tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young in a special concert 7 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The band CSN Songs will celebrate Block Party Weekend with hits such as “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Ohio” and “Love the One You’re With.” Tickets are $30 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office, City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. All proceeds benefit the Morvay-Miley Post 524 American Legion of Ocean City.

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New Sports Memorabilia Show This Weekend Features Four Members of Eagles’ Super Bowl Team

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/25/18

Four members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will greet fans as part of the new Sports Memorabilia & Collection Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Running back Corey Clement, Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, tight end Brent Celek and linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be part of the show. Brooks and Celek will be featured in a motorcade down the Ocean City Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

Clement will be available to sign autographs and pose for photos at 1 p.m. April 28 and 1 p.m. April 29. Brooks and Celek will be available at 1:45 p.m. April 28. Kendricks is slotted for 2 p.m. April 29. Tickets for these sessions are $45 and include one autograph and one photo. They go on sale go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

The show will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28 and 29 and feature sports memorabilia displays and vendors. Admission is $3 per day for adults and $1 for children ages 12 and under.

For more information on the show, call 609-399-6111.

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Super Bowl Champion Eagles Players to Visit Ocean City’s New Sports Memorabilia Show on April 28-29

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/18/18

American Handcrafts Festival and Beach Sweep on Tap This Weekend

Four members of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles will greet fans as part of the new Sports Memorabilia & Collection Show on April 28 and April 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Running back Corey Clement, Pro Bowl guard Brandon Brooks, former Eagles tight end Brent Celek and linebacker Mychal Kendricks will be part of the show. Brooks and Celek will be featured in a motorcade down the Ocean City Boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

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Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Pageant Set for Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/11/18

Lineup for Summer Concert Series on Music Pier Now Complete

Erik Estrada will be grand marshal for the 2018 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City at noon on Saturday (April 14) and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Estrada first captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide in his six-year run as highway patrol officer Frank Poncherello in the TV series "CHiPs." He has also appeared in numerous other television and motion picture roles, including the new "Armed and Famous" reality series on CBS. His talent and charm will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments. Estrada will host the fifth annual event and conduct the on-stage interviews with contestants.

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It’s Girls Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/4/18

The Event Showcases Downtown Ocean City and Features Miss America and Broadway Star Kelli Rabke 

The third annual Girls Weekend from Friday to Sunday (April 6 to 8) will showcase all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer and provide a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season. This year, the event will feature appearances by reigning Miss America Cara Mund and a show by Broadway star Kelli Rabke.

Mund will join Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman in hosting the popular Girls Weekend Fashion Show on Friday, April 6. She also will appear at a special free meet-and-greet event on Sunday, April 8.

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Easter Events Mark Start of Season in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/28/18

Egg Hunt, Sunrise Service and Fashion Promenade Scheduled

Ocean City’s Easter Fashion Promenade takes place with judging at 1 p.m. Sunday (April 1) in front of the Ocean City Music Pier on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. The annual event pays tribute to an era when families showed off their finery during strolls on the boardwalk.

Anybody is welcome to enter the free event, and no advance registration is required. Awards will be given the following age categories: newborn-to-2, 3-to-5, 6-to-8 and 9-to-12 (everybody wins in these categories). Other divisions include: Best Dressed Teen Male, Best Dressed Teen Female, Best Dressed Gentleman, Best Dressed Woman, Best Dressed Couple, Most Unusual Bonnet, Best Easter Bonnet and Best Dressed Family.

The Philly Keys will return to Ocean City with their hit dueling piano show to start the festivities at noon Sunday. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs after the Promenade.

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Miss America to Join Fun on Girls Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/21/18

Cara Mund will co-host a Fashion Show on April 6 and meet fans on April 8 in Ocean City

The reigning Miss America will visit Ocean City on April 6 to 8. Cara Mund will help open and close the third annual Girls Weekend.

Mund will join Ocean City Special Events Coordinator Michael Hartman in hosting the popular Girls Weekend Fashion Show on Friday, April 6. She will appear at a special meet-and-greet event on Sunday, April 8.

The first woman from North Dakota ever to become Miss America, Mund is a graduate of Brown University with a degree in business, entrepreneurship and organizations. In her new role, she advocates for women’s education, empowerment and leadership. She serves as the national goodwill ambassador for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Among other initiatives, she promotes her personal platform: a Make-a-Wish Passion with Fashion.

Girls Weekend showcases all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer. The event features hotel and bed-and-breakfast packages, dining offers, shopping discounts, prizes, yoga and wellness classes, craft projects and demonstrations at various locations throughout Ocean City. It provides a great reason to escape to the shore early in the season.

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Jon Dorenbos to Return to Ocean City on May 12

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/14/18

Former Philadelphia Eagles star will perform a magic show
and participate in Martin Z. Mollusk Day

Former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier on May 12 with a show that mixes his mind-blowing magic talents with inspirational stories.

Dorenbos performed a sold-out show in Ocean City last spring with tickets selling out in just a few days. The NFL star’s career ended before the last season when doctors discovered an aortic aneurysm and performed immediate open-heart surgery. Though he had been traded to the New Orleans Saints, the Eagles gave him a Super Bowl ring in honor of his dedication to Philadelphia.

The show is set for 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 at the Music Pier. Tickets are $45, $35 and $30 and go on sale Thursday, March 15. They will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

Dorenbos will be on hand earlier in the day as Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot, Martin Z. Mollusk, seeks his shadow and predicts an early summer. The magician may pick up some tips from the mollusk, who miraculously (and with the help of his handlers’ flashlights) has never failed to deliver. The free family event takes place at 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.

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Ocean City Seeks Contestants for Mr. Mature America Pageant

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/7/18

Registration is also open for Doo Dah Parade participants

 

Entries are open for contestants in the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 14.

Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its fifth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments.

If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmatureor call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 14.

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Get Ready for Easter, Girls Weekend and Mr. Mature

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/28/18

Events feature shows with Kelli Rabke and Erik Estrada 

Ocean City’s non-stop 2018 special events schedule kicks into high gear at the end of the month, starting with Easter Weekend events (March 31-April 1), Girls Weekend (April 6 to 8) and the annual Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Pageant (April 14). Start planning now to visit Ocean City for these three great spring events.

Tickets go on sale Thursday (March 1) for a Girls Weekend show (on April 7) titled “Defying Gravity” that features Broadway star Kelli Rabke. Ticket sales also open March 1 for the Mr. Mature America Pageant (on April 14) with celebrity host Erik Estrada. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

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