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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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Spring Block Party Set for Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/11/22

Spring Block Party Set for Saturday in Ocean City

One of Ocean City’s premier events – the Spring Block Party – will go off rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

More than 350 crafters, food vendors and entertainers will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street. The Block Party helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for a pre-summer weekend of fun.

Entertainers and bands will perform at various spots along the Avenue between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Just a few of the perennial favorites include Chad Juros (creating balloon animals at 5th Street), Big Daddy (at 6th Street), the Robert Boney Band (7th Street), and Keith Hickman (at 14th Street). Pony rides for children will be available on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors including Asbury Avenue restaurants will offer food of every variety.

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Weekend Features Martin Z. Mollusk Day, Janis Ian Concert and Modern Muscle Car Invasion

What's Happening in OCNJ 5/4/22

Weekend Features Martin Z. Mollusk Day, Janis Ian Concert and Modern Muscle Car Invasion

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot will seek his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6, 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). Everybody is invited to join the fun as we collectively jump-start the long-awaited arrival of summer.

Special guest host will be meteorologist “Nor’easter” Nick Pittman. Martin Z. Mollusk will instruct Nor’easter Nick, who had the audacity to name himself after a common coastal storm, on the proper methods of weather forecasting and on the absence of inclement weather in Ocean City.

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Sports Memorabilia Show Features Charlie Manuel and Seth Joyner

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/27/22

Sports Memorabilia Show Features Charlie Manuel and Seth Joyner

Former Philadelphia Phillies Manager Charlie Manuel and former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Seth Joyner will be part of the fourth annual Sports Memorabilia Show on Saturday, April 30 at the Ocean City Music Pier, and they will greet fans and lead Q&A sessions as part of the event.

Manuel managed the Phillies from 2005 to 2013 and led the team to a World Series title in 2008 and five consecutive National League East titles from 2007 to 2011. He has been a player and coach in Major League Baseball for more than 40 years. Joyner was a Pro Bowl linebacker and fan favorite with the Eagles during a career that extended in Philadelphia from 1986 to 1993 and continued with the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.

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Ocean City Celebrates Easter With Annual Egg Hunt, Sunrise Service and Fashion Stroll

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/13/22

Ocean City Celebrates Easter With Annual Egg Hunt, Sunrise Service and Fashion Stroll

A full calendar of spring events continues on Easter Weekend in Ocean City with a free egg hunt on the Boardwalk, a sunrise service on the Ocean City Music Pier, and a piano concert and fashion stroll outside the Ocean City Music Pier.

The second of two Great Egg Hunts will take place on the boardwalk on Saturday, April 16. Participating merchants will invite children up to age 7 to visit stores with their families to collect eggs filled with treats and surprises. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or while supplies last. Flyers will direct families to participating stores. Rain date is April 17.

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Doo Dah Parade and Great Egg Hunt on Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/6/22

Doo Dah Parade and Great Egg Hunt on Saturday in Ocean City

Philadelphia Flyers legends Jimmy and Joe Watson will be grand marshals for the 2022 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on Saturday (April 9).

The brothers were both part of the Broad Street Bullies team that won two Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, and they are both members of the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame. They still live in the Philadelphia area and are a lot of fun when they’re together. They will be available for free photographs and autographs after the parade at the Ocean City Music Pier on the Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace.

The Doo Dah Parade is Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous. The procession features marching bands, floats and a brigade of hundreds of basset hounds. The parade starts at noon Saturday. The route starts at Sixth Street and travels downtown Asbury Avenue to 12th Street, then turns to the Boardwalk at 12th Street and finishes on the boardwalk at Sixth Street.

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Girls Weekend and OC-CON Return to Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/30/22

Girls Weekend and OC-CON Return to Ocean City
Two major events this weekend will help kick off a full schedule of family fun for Ocean City in 2022.

Reigning Miss New Jersey Alyssa Sullivan will emcee the April 1 Fashion Show that opens Girls Weekend, and the celebration will continue through Sunday, April 3 with shopping and dining specials, accommodations packages, wellness classes, craft projects and more at various locations throughout Ocean City’s downtown.

A special appearance by “Red Dead Redemption II” actor and voice actor Roger Clark will be just one of the highlights of OC-CON 2022 on Saturday and Sunday (April 2-3) at the Ocean City Music Pier. 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 2), and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (April 3).

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