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Boardwalk Hosts HERO Walk and Porsche Show

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/16/19

Rescheduled Fire Department Open House Is Thursday

The Ocean City Boardwalk will be host to two major events this weekend – one a local tradition and the other a newer event for Ocean City.

The John R. Elliott HERO Walk and 5K Run on the Ocean City Boardwalk will take place on Sunday, October 20. A professionally timed 5-kilometer (3.1 miles) run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the HERO Walk starts at 11 a.m. Ceremonies are at 10:30 a.m. The event raises awareness of the importance of sober designated drivers. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk. The course for both the run and walk is on the Ocean City Boardwalk. For more information, visit www.HeroCampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.

All Porsche models built since 1948 be on display on the Ocean City Boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, as part of the Porsche Boardwalk Reunion. There will be a special display area for 914s – the 50th anniversary of that model. The Ocean City Music Pier will be host to various tech sessions starting at noon. For more information, call (703) 992-4519 or visit www.boardwalkreunion.org.

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Fall Block Party and Fireworks Set for Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/9/19

Indian Summer Weekend Is an Annual Highlight in Ocean City

Ocean City’s premier autumn event – the Fall Block Party – will go off rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.

More than 400 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 Columbus Day Weekend.

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 the Tidal Wave Band (at 10th Street) and the Pennsport String Band (at 13th Street). The cast of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” will perform from the steps of City Hall. Pony rides for children will be available on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) during the same hours. Vendors including Asbury Avenue restaurants will offer food of every variety.

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Jeep Invasion and ‘Marvelous’ Musical Highlight the Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/2/19

Fire Department Invites Community to Open House on Thursday

About 500 Jeeps will roll down the boardwalk on Saturday, Oct. 5 and remain on display in lines that stretch from Fifth Street to 14th Street. The Ocean City NJ 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. The show also includes vendors displaying and selling accessories at the Music Pier and on the 500 block of the Boardwalk.

At the same time, visitors can take advantage of table sales with Ocean City merchants offering discounts on merchandise displayed outdoors between Sixth Street and 14th Street on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue. The table sales will take place on both Saturday and Sunday.

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Health Expo, Half Marathon and Walk for Wounded Highlight Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/25/19

Admission Buttons on Sale for First Night Ocean City 2020

The OCNJ Healthy Living Advisory Council will host its first Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center (Sixth Street and Boardwalk).

The event will feature health food, fitness classes, speakers, vendors and a “Kids Corner” with information on raising healthy children. All are invited to this free event. The program includes a full schedule of special activities ranging from ballroom dancing to Zumba to bicycle safety. More than 30 vendors will be on hand with the latest products, services and information.

The 11th annual Walk for the Wounded will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. A ceremony honoring our military is at 9:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The entire extended Ocean City community has always come out in full support of this important fundraising event.

The three-mile walk on the boardwalk begins and ends at the Music Pier. All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides both financial and emotional support to wounded soldiers and their families. For more information and registration, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org.

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Corvettes and Cyclists Roll Into Town This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/18/19

Admission Buttons on Sale for First Night Ocean City 2020

More than 350 Corvettes will take over the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The annual Corvette Show includes a range of models dating back to Corvette’s first in 1953 and extending to the present.

The show is one of the largest on the East Coast, and the line of vehicles will cover the boardwalk from Sixth Street to 14th Street. Due to the popularity of the event, it is now closed to new registrations.

An awards ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street). The Ocean City Humane Society also will have a display in front of the Music Pier. Volunteers will be selling items and collecting donations to support the award-winning "no-kill" shelter.

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Ocean City Air Shows Fly Over Town This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/11/19

Annual 9/11 Ceremony Scheduled for Wednesday

All eyes will turn to the sky for Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend on Sept. 14 and 15. All events are free to attend.

The celebration starts with the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festival features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II to the present. 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, including the Ocean City Board of Realtors’ popular Bubble Mania.

The skydiving team will perform at the Airport Festival at some time after 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 at some time between noon and 2 p.m.

The festival takes place at the Municipal Airport at 26th Street and Bay Avenue. Additional parking for the festival will be available at Shelter Road (off Tennessee Avenue) with free shuttle service provided.

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Street Rods and Classic Cars Roll Onto Boardwalk for Annual Show

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/4/19

LaKisha Jones Helps Celebrate the ‘Queens of Rock and Soul’

Street rods and other classic cars will be on display during Ocean City’s annual Street Rod Weekend Sept. 6 and 7. Street rods are classic cars (1989 or older) modified with modern parts.

Friday evening (Sept. 6) will feature a sock-hop party on the grounds of the Tabernacle, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dancing, games, family fun and more. Iron Kettle BBQ will be on hand.

On Saturday, cars will be displayed at the Tabernacle grounds 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. 7) 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. In order to be eligible for judging, cars must be registered by 11 a.m. Saturday.

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Labor Day Weekend Caps Off Another Season in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/28/19

Country Music Concert Highlights Weekend Events

Country music comes to the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday, August 30 with a concert featuring the Swon Brothers and Josh Gracin.

The Swon Brothers burst onto the scene in 2013 by bringing country music to the finale of NBC's "The Voice," and they continue to tour and record great music. Josh Gracin first hit the country music charts 15 years ago, and he's making the best music of his career.

The country music show is a first for the Ocean City Music Pier, which has been a long-time home to the Ocean City Pops orchestra, the annual rock Summer Concert Series and countless other events.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Tickets ($25 to $30) are available at www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or at the Music Pier Box Office, the City Hall Welcome Center (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Rt. 52 causeway). 

While special events will continue uninterrupted through the fall and some of the best weather is still on the way, the traditional summer season in Ocean City comes to a close on Labor Day.

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Ocean City Pops Continues Sizzling Summer 2019 Season

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/21/19

Special Guests Include Cheyenne Jackson, former Miss America, and LaKisha Jones

Now in its 91st season, the Ocean City Pops is mixing it up with a wide variety of musical talents this summer. The local orchestra performs twice-weekly at the historic Ocean City Music Pier, and the remainder of the 2019 season promises something for everybody.
Tickets are on sale now for the following shows:
  • Cheyenne Jackson (August 21):The Grammy-nominated Cheyenne Jackson is a multi-talented actor, singer and songwriter. He was most recently seen in FX's "American Horror Story: Apocalypse" and Disney's "Descendants 3." A veteran of the theater, he has performed in "The Most Happy Fella," "The Performers," "Finian's Rainbow," "Xanadu," "All Shook Up," "Aida" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Tickets are $35 to $40.
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It’s a Pageant Week in Ocean City ... for Humans and Hermit Crabs

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/14/19

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 Mary Grace Jamison, 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 14. 
The Miss Crustacean Pageant in Ocean City will be held rain or shine at 6 p.m. 
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Sky Brown to Lead 110th Annual Ocean City Baby Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/7/19

Tickets Available for Special Meet-and-Greets With the Skateboarding Star

The Ocean City Baby Parade returns to the Boardwalk for the 110th time at 10:30 a.m. 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.
Participants 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.
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 Show and Art of Surfing Festival in O.C.

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).

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Registration Open for 110th Annual Ocean City Baby Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/24/19

Ocean City Pops Orchestra Pays Tribute to Britain and Jersey

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.

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Surf Fest Coming Up This Week

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/17/19

The 16th annual Chip Miller Surf Fest will bring a day of fun to Ocean City (July 19) and benefit a good cause.

The event was created in 2004 in memory of Chip Miller, who proudly raised his family in Ocean City. Miller was known worldwide for his passion for Corvettes and his resilient positive attitude. In 2003, he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Amyloidosis, which occurs when abnormal protein, called amyloid, builds up in one or more organs causing malfunction. Just a few short months after diagnosis, the world lost an incredibly special person. Proceeds from the event will help to prevent this from happening to others.

The Surf Fest starts at 8 a.m. Friday (July 19) with check-in at 7 a.m. at the Seventh Street Surfing Beach. Join local surfing professional Rob Kelly in this grass-roots family event. In addition to surfing contests among some of the best surfers on the East Coast, activities will include plenty of the latest and greatest from surfing manufacturers, including clothing, surfboards, sunglasses and some free apparel launches. Rain date is July 20.

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Guide to 2019 Night in Venice in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/8/19

The 65th Annual Event Takes Place on Saturday, July 13

Ocean City will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Night in Venice at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13.

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest 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. The evening ends with a fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m.

The parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Special guests will include the legendary Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery from NBC’s “The Office,” and Caissie Levy, star of the Broadway production of “Frozen.” Former Philadelphia Eagle wide receiver Freddie Mitchell also will be part of the parade.

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Ocean City Celebrates the Fourth With Fireworks, Bike Parades, ‘Angry Birds’ and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/3/19

The Holiday Week Includes a Full Schedule of Events

Ocean City’s Independence Day celebration will take place on Thursday, 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 near the Music Pier 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.

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2019 Summer Kicks Into High Gear With Full Events Schedule

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/25/19

Music Pier Hosts Springsteen and Broadway Tributes, Summer Concert Series

Summer has officially arrived, and that means Ocean City’s busy calendar of beach, boardwalk and downtown events is underway. From the popular weekly Farmers Market, Funtastic Tuesdays and Market Days in the downtown to Wacky Wednesdays, Family Nights and Mummers Nights up on the boardwalk, the schedule holds something for everybody.

The Ocean City Music Pier also will come to life with the Summer Concert Series underway and a Springsteen tribute and Broadway celebration on tap.

The local Ocean City post will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion by presenting “BRUCE IN THE USA,” the world’s No. 1 tribute to Bruce Springsteen, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. This high-energy musical experience is a near-perfect and visually accurate re-creation of a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band show. For tickets ($35), visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office, City Hall Welcome Center (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center (on the Route 52 causeway). All proceeds benefit the veterans programs of Morvay-Miley Post 524 in Ocean City.

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Inaugural Bayside Family Day Set for Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/19/19

Vinny Curry Football Camp and Surf/Skateboard Day Also This Week

The beach and boardwalk are highlights of every Ocean City vacation, but a new event on Saturday will showcase the resort’s other “B”: the bay.

The inaugural Bayside Family Day is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at the bayfront park at Second Street and Bay Avenue. The event will feature live music, food vendors, entertainment, educational demonstrations and more. Sponsors include local businesses such as Totally Tubular Watersports, Ocean City Parasail, Jet Drive Exchange Boat & Jet Ski Club and Pirate Voyages.

The early forecasts call for some great weekend weather, so it’ll be a great chance to get outside and take in the spectacular views on Ocean City’s bayside. For more information, call 1-800-BEACHNJ.

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‘Toy Story 4’ RV to Visit Boardwalk on Friday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/12/19

Bayside Family Day and Vinny Curry Football Camp Are Next Weekend

Parents and kids who grew up with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the “Toy Story” gang will be excited to know that a “Toy Story 4”-themed RV will be on the Ocean City Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday (June 14).

The RV will feature photo opportunities for fans, film-themed prizes, carnival games and lots of family-friendly fun. Local “Toy Story” fans are invited to take part in the activities. Two film ambassadors will be on hand to share details about favorite characters — Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep — as well as new characters coming to the big screen, such as Forky, Bunny, Ducky and Duke Caboom.                      

The “Toy Story 4” Summer Road Trip is traveling coast-to-coast this summer to generate excitement surrounding the June 21 opening of the Disney/Pixar movie. The fully-wrapped RV will hit 20 cities, including Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Denver. The movie follows the adventures that ensue when Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip.

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Star of Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ to Perform With Pops And Join Night in Venice Boat Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/5/19

Registration Open for Boats and Homes in the 65th Annual Event on July 13

The star of the Broadway version of Disney’s “Frozen” will be the featured performer for a special Ocean City Pops concert July 14 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Caissie Levy, who is currently starring as Elsa in the stage production of “Frozen,” also will join Chubby Checker and Kate Flannery as a special guest in the 65th annual Night in Venice boat parade on July 13. Tickets are on sale now for Levy’s show, and registration is open for anybody who would like to participate in Night in Venice as part of the boat parade or home decorating contest.

Levy also has performed on Broadway in “Les Miserables,” “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “Rent.” She headlined Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops and backed up Rod Stewart during his Las Vegas residency. Her voice can be heard on the cast recordings of “Frozen,” “Ghost,” “Hair,” “First Daughter Suite” and more than 20 singer/songwriter albums, including her own EP, “With You.” 

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