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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.

 

The fun continues on Friday evening (July 19) with the fourth annual Slide for Amyloidosis and Taste of Ocean City. The "Taste" runs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and features some of the surrounding area's finest food from spots including Bungalow Bowls, Boyar's, Red's Jersey Mex, Sandwich Bar, The Farm Stand at 14th, Uncle Bill's Pancake House, Playa Bowls, Hank's Hot Sauce and Hula Grill.

The "Slide" runs 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and includes access to all water slides at the Ocean City Water Park (Boardwalk at Plymouth Place). The Taste of Ocean City is also at the Water Park. For prices and more information, visit www.chipmiller.org or call 717-243-7855, ext. 113.

The third annual Chip Miller Skate Fest is set for Sunday (July 21) at the Ocean City Skate Park (Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue). A variety of contests for skaters of all ages starts at 11 a.m. with registration opening at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.chipmiller.org.

ALSO THIS WEEK

JULY 17 -Wacky Wednesday (Doughnut-on-a-String Eating Contest): Participants will need to eat an entire doughnut -- no hands allowed -- without letting it fall off the string. The first to finish wins. Contest is free and limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier (Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk).

JULY 19-20 -Book Sale: Shop for books, audio items and more10 a.m. to 6 p.m.Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue). Hosted by Friends and Volunteers of Ocean City Free Public Library. Info at www.friendsvolunteersocfpl.com.

JULY 21 -You Can Dance If You Want To: The Ocean City Pops presents a celebration of dance and the music that makes you dance. Classical, jazz, film, and theater favorites from past and present. Dancing in your seats and in the aisles is encouraged! 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25/20. Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

JULY 23 -Children's Theater Series - Stellaluna, The Musical: The Ocean City Theatre Company presents a musical based on the popular books by Janell Cannon. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 the day-of. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

COMING UP IN JULY

JULY 24 -Wacky Wednesday - Christmas in July: Celebrate the holiday season in July with a special craft and a visit from Santa while he is in town on vacation. Dress in red and green to participate in our wacky Christmas-meets-summer fashion show. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier.

JULY 24 -Broadway By Request: The Ocean City Pops provide a unique evening of musical theater entertainment spanning eight decades of music from the Broadway stage. 7:30 p.m. show at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

JULY 25 -OCBP Women's Lifeguard Invitational Races: 34th Street Beach, 6:15 pm. Women representing the 15 beach patrols on the South Jersey coast will be competing in this annual invitational race. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

JULY 26-27 -THE WEDDING SINGER (The Musical):  This production features Ocean City Theatre Company's High School Junior Company. Based on the hit Adam Sandler movie, The Wedding Singer'ssparkling new score does for the '80s what Hairspray did for the '60s. Performances start at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.

JULY 28 -The British are Coming: The Ocean City Pops will 'travel' across the pond to the United Kingdom for an evening that puts the spotlight on British composers, musicians and culture. The show will feature the songs of Elton John, the Beatles and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and classical composers such as Ralph Vaughn Williams and Gustav Holst.  7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609 399-6111 or stop by the Music Pier Box Office.                                      

JULY 29 -JON ANDERSON of YES: Backed by an all-star band, Anderson brings his best tour to-date to Ocean City to perform the music of YES, songs from his new album, 1000 Hands, and much more! The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. For tickets, please visit Ticketmaster.

MORE WEEKLY EVENTS FOR SUMMER 2019

Starting in July and running through August, Ocean City's boardwalk and downtown will be host to a series of weekly events:

  • Funtastic Tuesdays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Mummers Nights: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays on the boardwalk. String bands strut the boards between Sixth Street and 14th Street.
  • Beach Walks: Guided nature walks begin at 59th Street and Central Avenue (entrance to Corson's Inlet State Park) Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site.  Adults $1, children 50 cents.
  • Market Days: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on downtown Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, face painters, balloon sculptors and more.
  • Family Nights: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays on the boardwalk. Different bands and entertainers set up between Sixth Street and 14th Street.
  • Historic Inn Tours:  2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays. Pick-up at 7th Street and Central Avenue. (Last week for this program is Aug. 22)

Weekly Fun Runs: Meet at Carey Stadium (beach block of Sixth Street) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. No entry fee - just show up and run. Tuesdays (starting July 2) are kids runs (ages 2 and up) of 50 meters, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and 800 meters. Thursdays are 5-kilometer cross-country, 1-mile and 2-mile runs for all ages (starting June 27).