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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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Night in Venice to Celebrate 67th Anniversary on July 23

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/23/22

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, 2022. 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 “Mummers: Struttin’ on the Bay,” a tribute to the colorful costumes, themed entries and distinctive string bands that define Philadelphia’s annual New Year’s Day parade and Ocean City’s Tuesday nights on the Boardwalk. Once again, a fireworks display will light up the bay and cap off the festivities on July 23.

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Dave Mason and a Girl Named Tom Join 2022 Summer Concert Series at the Music Pier

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/16/22

Ocean City announced Monday that Dave Mason (June 28) and Girl Named Tom (August 15) will perform concerts as part of the 28th season of the Music Pier Summer Concert Series. Tickets go on sale Thursday (March 17) with special presales on Wednesday (March 16).

Dave Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and his solo career includes hits like the Top 10 single “We Just Disagree.” The Music Pier show is part of his nationwide World in Changes tour.

Small-town siblings Bekah, Caleb and Joshua Liechty won Season 21 of the television talent competition “The Voice” in 2021. When Bekah was a baby, Caleb and Joshua wanted another brother, so they called her “Tom.” The distinctive harmonies of Girl Named Tom won the hearts of “The Voice” viewers, and they will perform a mix of chart-topping covers and originals in their Ocean City show.

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Ocean City Kicks Off Season With Market Madness

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/9/22

Ocean City Kicks Off Season With Market Madness
Tickets on Sale for Jackie Evancho and Katherine Jenkins With Pops

Boardwalk and Downtown merchants in Ocean City will give shoppers a summer preview during the one-day Market Madness event on Saturday, March 12 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The one-day sale will bring together 40 different vendors under one roof and provide discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions. Hours for the event are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and drink will be available a la carte, and parking will be free in municipal lots adjacent to the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace, Eighth Street and Ninth Street.

Ocean City's Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association created the new event in 2020 as an early-season attraction, and it was not held last year due to the pandemic.

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Sports Memorabilia Show to Feature Charlie Manuel and Seth Joyner

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/2/22

Sports Memorabilia Show to Feature Charlie Manuel and Seth Joyner
The annual event is scheduled for April 30 at the Music Pier

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

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.

Vendors with merchandise and collector’s items representing a variety of sports and teams will be on display and for sale at the show. Save the date and check back for more detail on how to purchase tickets for meet-and-greets with Manuel and Joyner. Vendors interested in participating in event can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.ocnj.us/sportsshow for more information.

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Gordon Lightfoot to Perform in 2022 Summer Concert Series - Ticket Sales Open on Thursday, Feb. 24

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/23/22

Gordon Lightfoot to Perform in 2022 Summer Concert Series - Ticket Sales Open on Thursday, Feb. 24
Ocean City announced Monday that Gordon Lightfoot will perform concert on July 18 as part of the 28th season of the Music Pier Summer Concert Series. Tickets go on sale Thursday (Feb. 24) with a special presale on Wednesday (Feb. 23).

The legendary singer-songwriter’s catalog includes classics like “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) for Lovin’ Me,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song for a Winter’s Night” and “Rainy Day People.”

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Mr. Mature America Seeks Contestants for 2022 Pageant - Environmental Fun Day Set for This Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/16/22

Mr. Mature America Seeks Contestants for 2022 Pageant - Environmental Fun Day Set for This Saturday

Entries are open for contestants in the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 9, 2022.

Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its eighth 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 ocnj.us/mrmature or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Deadline for sign-ups is March 10.

The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. Ocean City’s Jack Merritt has held the crown since 2019, the last time the pageant was able to be held.

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‘Market Madness’ Returns to Ocean City on March 12

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/9/22

‘Market Madness’ Returns to Ocean City on March 12

After a successful debut in 2020, the Market Madness event will return to Ocean City on Saturday, March 12.

Boardwalk and Downtown merchants in Ocean City will team up to put on a one-day sale 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event includes discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions from 40 different vendors. Food and drink will be available a la carte.

Ocean City's Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association created the new event in 2020 as an early-season attraction, giving shoppers a summer preview, and it was not held live last year due to the pandemic

Parking will be free in municipal lots adjacent to the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace, Eighth Street and Ninth Street.

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Health & Wellness Expo in June to Feature Vegan Bodybuilder

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/2/22

Health & Wellness Expo in June to Feature Vegan Bodybuilder

The Ocean City Health & Wellness Expo will return on June 18, 2022 and feature a special appearance by Robert Cheeke, an athlete and advocate for plant-based diets.

The Expo was launched in 2019 by the Ocean City Healthy Living Advisory Council but was not held in 2020 or 2021. The free event includes health food, fitness classes, speakers, vendors and more. It is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Cheeke will be the guest speaker for a featured presentation at noon on the day of the event. He grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon, where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15 – when he weighed just 120 pounds. Today, he is the author of the books, “Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Shred It!,” “Plant-Based Muscle” and the New York Times bestseller “The Plant-Based Athlete.” He is often referred to as the “Godfather of Vegan Bodybuilding,” and he helped grow the industry from its infancy in 2002 to where it is today.

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Ocean City Pops to Perform Free Concerts for Fourth of July

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/26/22

Ocean City Pops to Perform Free Concerts for Fourth of July - The concerts are set for July 3 and July 4 in 2022

The concerts are set for July 3 and July 4 in 2022 

After a successful debut at Carey Stadium last summer, the Ocean City Pops will return to the venue with two free outdoor concerts to celebrate the Fourth of July in 2022.

The legendary local orchestra will perform patriotic classics and audience favorites in honor of our nation’s birthday on July 3 and July 4 this year. The Carey Stadium concert in 2021 was a first for the Ocean City Pops, and it gave people of all ages a chance to hear what a true local resource we have here in town.

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Tickets on Sale for 2022 Summer Concert Series at Music Pier

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/19/2022

Tickets on Sale for 2022 Summer Concert Series at Music Pier

The 28th season of the Ocean City Music Pier Summer Concert Series is starting to take shape, and tickets are on sale now for three different shows in 2022.

The series kicks off this year with a special pre-summer show featuring Janis Ian on her “Final Tour.” The legendary singer-songwriter just released a new album titled “The Light at the End of the Line.” The show will be on Friday, May 6, and will feature special guests including Tom Chapin and Livingston Taylor. Ian reflected on her 50-year career in a New York Times story published on Monday. Ian first became famous with hits like “Society’s Child” and “At Seventeen.”

Two summer shows now on sale include Killer Queen on July 11 and the Happy Together Tour 2022 on August 1.

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Ocean City to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan 17

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/12/22

Ocean City to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - The annual ceremony and a Day of Service will be on Jan. 17 

Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022.  The ceremony will start at 12 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event brings the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance.

One of the highlights is always the recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson. The event will be followed by a complimentary soul food buffet luncheon in the Music Pier solarium.

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Ocean City Announces 2022 Calendar of Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/5/22

Ocean City Announces 2022 Calendar of Events
Save the Dates for All Your Favorites 

Ocean City greeted the new year in style with spectacular First Night and First Day celebrations, and the city is planning a full calendar of special events for 2022.

It’s not too early to start planning for family fun in the new year, including all of the biggest annual events. 

The city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony will kick things off and bring the community together to honor Dr. King’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 17. The event will start at noon and move to the Ocean City Music Pier this year.

The spring season opens with Girls Weekend from April 1 to April 3, and the OC Con Comic Book and Memorabilia Show on April 2.

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Celebrate New Year's Eve and New Year

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/29/21

Celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Ocean City

Ocean City’s popular First Night will return for the 29th time this year, and a full lineup of entertainment and activities remains on schedule for the Dec. 31 celebration.

First Night offers more than 70 entertainment programs at 20 different venues throughout town. The lineup includes something to satisfy every taste and age group. A fireworks display rings in the new year at midnight. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a 5-kilometer run on the boardwalk and the First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean.

The headliner for First Night 2022 is the Grammy-winning group Tavares. Top hits from Tavares include “It Only Takes a Minute," "Heaven Must Be Missing an Angel,” "Don't Take Away the Music” and "More Than a Woman." The kids will love Grammy-winning children’s artist Tim Kubart, who will be joined on stage for an interactive show by his band, the Space Cadets.

The rides at Wonderland Pier will return this year, and other returning favorites include the ice-skating rink, inflatables, the Harlem Wizards, a karaoke party, magician Chad Juros, a Country Line Dance Experience and the Legacy Band.

The Ocean City Arts Center will join the fun this year with a social music listening activity called “Hear Here!” That will make the Ocean City Community Center a special for activities with events under the same roof at the Free Public Library, Aquatic & Fitness Center, Historical Museum, Library Atrium and the Senior Center.

Here’s our guide to how to enjoy First Night and First Day in Ocean City.

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