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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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Ocean City Flower Show Returns to Music Pier This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/29/19

Eagles star Vinny Curry Brings Youth Football Camp to O.C. on June 22

The Music Pier will come to life this weekend with the rich colors and aromas of the 47th annual Ocean City Flower Show. The show features artistic arrangements in a wide variety of categories. Commercial, amateur and kids’ entries compete for honors.
Show times are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (May 31), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (June 1), and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (June 2). A sales pavilion will be open during the same hours. The show is sponsored by the Garden Club of Ocean City, and voluntary donations will be accepted at the door.
Displays fall into artistic design and horticulture divisions, and orchids, roses, succulents, potted plants, holiday-themed displays, wreaths and table exhibits are just a small sampling of the many featured classes.
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Ocean City to Unlock the Ocean for Memorial Day Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/22/19

The First Swimmers Will Take the ‘Business Persons Plunge’

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 24. 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 forecast for the weekend 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. This year’s ceremony will include recognition of a donation from the local Coast Guard Auxiliary of a defibrillator to be housed on outside of the Music Pier. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

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Night in Venice to Celebrate 65th Anniversary on July 13 - Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery, Patina Miller to Join in the Fun

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/15/19

Plans for a festive 65th anniversary celebration of Ocean City’s premier summer event, Night in Venice, are in the works. Tickets for Night in Venice weekend shows go on sale Thursday (May 16), and registration for participating boats and waterfront homes is open.

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest are a highlight of the season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bay, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

The parade this year starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. The “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme is optional but offers a chance to reminisce about favorite Night in Venice memories through the years.

Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

Special guests this year will include Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery and Patina Miller.

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Martin Z. Mollusk Day and ‘Ballroom With a Twist’ This Weekend in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/8/19

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot will seek his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 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 will the long-awaited arrival of summer.

Special guests for Martin Z. Mollusk Day will be “Dancing With the Stars” professionals Emma Slater and Tristan MacManus, who will return to the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for a high-energy dance and hit-songs show titled “Ballroom With a Twist.”

Saturday morning’s program also will include the debut of Mollie Mollusk, Martin’s wife of more than 45 years. Together, the Mollusks make up the first family of “America’s Greatest Family Resort.” The winners of the 2019 Martin Z. Mollusk Coloring Contest will be honored and their artwork unveiled to the public.

“Ballroom With a Twist” will take center stage on Saturday night. The show features performers from “Dancing With The Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” The Voice” and “American Idol” together on one stage. The show will bring sizzling dance moves by professionals dancing samba, waltz, foxtrot, quickstep and jive, while favorites from “The Voice” and “American Idol” finalists join the bill with their hit songs.

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Spring Block Party on Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/1/19

Ocean City’s premier early-season event, the Spring Block Party, returns on Saturday, May 4.

The street festival 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 roadway is closed to all vehicle traffic for the event.

The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 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 (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue). Entertainment along the Avenue will include the Tidal Wave Band, the Pennsport String Band and a variety of other acts.

This will be the 37th year for an event that now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors and sells out every vendor slot. All street parking in Ocean City and at municipal lots off the boardwalk will be free.

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

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Tickets for 2019 Ocean City Pops Season on Sale Thursday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/24/19

Weekend Brings Beach Sweeps and Table Sales

Tickets for all shows in the 2019 Ocean City Pops season will go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 25.

Now in its 91st season, the local orchestra will share the stage this summer with a wide array of musical talents. The lineup promises something for fans of every kind of music.

Tickets will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, the 46th Street Welcome Center and at the Ocean City Music Pier Welcome Center on weekends (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

The season will include performances with special themes ranging from Broadway songs and full musicals, to patriotic classics, to movie themes and tunes, to a salute to the American Legion on its 100th anniversary.

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

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/16/19

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

The second of two massive GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach between 11th and 14th streets is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday (April 20). The free event invites children ages 7 and under to search for 100,000 eggs scattered in the sand and stuffed with candy and items from local merchants. Separate areas are set up for different groups: 2-and-unders (11th Street), 3-year-olds (11th Street), 4- and 5-year-olds (12th Street), 6- and 7-year-olds (13th Street), and special-needs children (14th Street). The event is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association. The rain date is Sunday, April 21. The first hunt took place last Saturday. Arrive early or on time, as the hunt often goes quickly. All street parking and municipal lots are free at this time of year. 

All are welcome to join a traditional non-denominational EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE at 6:30 a.m. Sunday (April 21) at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and other local clergy members will lead the celebration, which will include Easter music.

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Doo Dah Parade, Egg Hunt and Mr. Mature Pageant on Saturday in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/10/19

Barbara Eden will be grand marshal for the 2019 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on Saturday (April 13) and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant.

Eden is one of America’s most endearing and enduring stars. Her iconic “I Dream of Jeannie” television series launched in 1965 and became an instant hit. The network series ran for five seasons (139 episodes) and has been airing on cable and in syndication for more than five decades. Her recently published memoir, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle,” became a New York Times bestseller. The autobiography chronicle’s Eden’s colorful life and remarkable Hollywood career. Her 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. Eden will host the sixth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

Eden will start the day serving as grand marshal in the DOO DAH PARADE, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

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LeVar Burton to Highlight OC-Con, Girls Weekend Returns to Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/3/19

Two major events take center stage in Ocean City this weekend. “Star Trek,” “Roots” and “Reading Rainbow” icon LeVar Burton will be special guest at the OC-Con Comic Book and Memorabilia Festival on Saturday and Sunday (April 6 and 7) at the Ocean City Music Pier. Girls Weekend will showcase all that Ocean City’s downtown retail district has to offer and provide a great reason to escape to the shore Friday through Sunday (April 5 to 7).

Now in its fourth year, the OC-CON FESTIVAL returns to early spring after being held in June last year. Burton, a star in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” will be a special guest for both days. Tickets are on sale now for exclusive photo and autograph sessions. 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 46th Street Welcome Center.

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 5), and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (April 7). Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children with two-day passes available for $15 ($8 for children).

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