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Keep up-to-date on all OCNJ happenings, which can help your business grow. Read Chamber press releases to learn about the latest OCNJ news and events.

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Ocean City Boardwalk Welcomes Walk for Wounded and Corvette Show

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

More than 450 Corvettes will take over the Ocean City Boardwalk on Sunday, Sept. 23 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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It's Air Show Weekend in Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/12/18

All eyes will turn to the sky for Ocean City’s Air Show Weekend on Sept. 15 and 16. All events are free to attend.

The celebration starts with the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday (Sept. 15) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The festivalfeatures 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 noon, depending on wind and weather conditions. The new 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 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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Weekend Brings Street Rods and Doo Wop to Ocean City

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

The September fun in Ocean City continues with Street Rod Weekend and with a pair of Ocean City Pops shows featuring cast members of the Tony Award-winning sensation “Jersey Boys.”  

Street rods and other classic cars will be on display during the annual Street Rod Weekend Sept. 7 and 8. Street rods are classic cars (1988 or older) modified with modern parts.

Friday evening (Sept. 7) will feature a sock-hop party on the grounds of the Tabernacle, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with dancing, barbecued food for sale, family fun, bubble-gum-blowing and hula hoop contests.

On Saturday (Sept. 8), 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. 8) in front of the Music Pier (on the boardwalk between Eighth Street and Ninth Street).

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Action Packed Activities in OCNJ through First Night!

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/29/18

Special events continue uninterrupted through the year and some of the best weather is still on the way!

Downtown Market Days (Aug. 30) brings entertainment and kids’ activities to Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family Night (Aug. 30) provides bands and other performers on the Boardwalk from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The weekly Farmers Market will be open Sept. 5 with fresh produce and local crafts available from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (between Fifth Street and Sixth Street along Asbury Avenue).

The Ocean City Pops 2018 season continues with two concerts this week.

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From ‘Swan Lake’ to Pink Floyd: Week of Great Music in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/29/18

Another summer is flying by all too quickly, but it’s not too late to catch some great shows on the Ocean City Music Pier.

This week’s calendar offers two concerts (Wednesday and Sunday) by the Ocean City Pops orchestra featuring guest conductors who are vying to take over as full-time artistic director for the Pops. The popular Pink Floyd tribute band The Machine will offer a different musical experience at the Pier on Monday.

On Wednesday (Aug. 22), the Pops will present “We Are Going Coastal” with guest conductor Ron Spigelman. This program explores the coastlines with music by Chabrier, Gershwin, Sousa, Strauss and music from films such as “Anchors Aweigh,” “Titanic” and “La La Land.” Soloists Roosevelt Andre and Heather Hill will sing famous songs from “Porgy and Bess,” “South Pacific” and “Showboat.”

On Sunday (Aug. 26), the Pops will feature “An Evening of Song and Dance – A Collaboration With the Atlantic City Ballet” featuring “Swan Lake” with guest conductor Jonathan Kreamer. The Pops and the Atlantic City Ballet will combine forces to celebrate music and dance with a focus on “Swan Lake.” Founded in 1982, by international ballerina Phyllis Papa, the Atlantic City Ballet is made up of professional dancers from around the world, who have earned national acclaim for their technical expertise and exuberant stage presence.

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

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/15/18

Miss Crustacean, Little Miss Ocean City, Junior Miss Ocean City All to be Crowned

Congratulations to our new Miss Ocean City, 19-year-old Megan Keenan, 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 15.

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 109th Year on Thursday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/8/18

‘Beauty and the Beast’ and Miss Ocean City Pageant add to a Week of Family Fun in Ocean City

For its 109th year, the Ocean City Baby Parade returns as a morning event. The 2018 parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 9.

The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City’s newest generation. The parade features children cruising the Ocean City 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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Registration Open for 109th Baby Parade on Aug. 9

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/1/18

Boardwalk Art Show, Pops Concerts, Twins Contest This Week

For its 109th year, the Ocean City Baby Parade returns as a morning event. The 2018 parade will start at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 9.

Registration is open to anybody who wants to participate in the parade, which features children ages 10 and under. For an online entry form and more information, visit ocnj.us/babyparade. Participants also 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, and the registration deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 7.

The annual tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City’s newest generation. The parade features children cruising the Ocean City 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.

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Guide to Night in Venice 2018 in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/24/18

The annual event takes place on Saturday, July 28

Ocean City’s 64th annual Night in Venice celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday (July 28, 2018).

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provides 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. This year, a fireworks display returns to cap off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

The optional theme will be “TV’s Greatest Hits,” a celebration of the greatest shows, characters and moments in television history. Grand marshals will include teen singing sensation Jackie Evancho and NFL-lineman-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos (who both were hits on “America’s Got Talent”), along with Laurie Hernandez and Maksim “Maks” Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.

The stars will be part of shows, meet-and-greets, and other events throughout the rest of the weekend. Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME back as a presenting sponsor.

Here’s our guide to 2018 Night in Venice.

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Registration Open for Night in Venice Participants

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

Tickets Are Also on Sale for Shows and Meet-and-Greets July 27 to 29

Ocean City 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.

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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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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