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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/27/16

This is the time of year when events kind of sneak up on you. Listen carefully. Do you hear the gurgle of babies and the clickety clack of elaborate displays being rolled down the boardwalk? That’s Ocean City’s 107th Annual Baby Parade and it’s two weeks away!

Ocean City is the only place in the nation that has presented a Baby Parade since 1909. The event is for children 10 years and younger, starts at 5 p.m. and goes from 6th to 14th streets on the Boardwalk. (Children entries only will exit at 12th Street.)

There are three Divisions: Div A: for children in fancy decorated Go-Carts, Strollers; Div B: Children in Comic decorated Go-Carts and strollers; Div C: Small Children’s Floats-measuring more than 3x5 ft. To register, visit the Ocean City Music Pier Information Center, access www.ocnj.us/babyparade or call (609) 399-6111. Div D is welcoming floats from area businesses to register.

Celebrity Grand Marshal will be Kaitlin Becker, co-host of Sprout‘s “Sunny Side Up,” the only live morning show for pre-schoolers, broadcast from NBCUniversal’s 30 Rock Studios in New York City. Kaitlin is a former member of  Ocean City Theater Company having performed in “Anything Goes,”  “Little Shop of Horrors,”  “Hairspray”  and other productions.


(July 27) The Ocean City Pops presents REMEMBER WHEN ROCK WAS YOUNG -- The Elton John Tribute with special guest Craig A. Meyer. Enjoy Elton John’s greatest hits: “Crocodile Rock,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” etc. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $35 (Rows A thru J) then $25/$20 at (609) 399-6111; www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; (609) 525-9248 or Music Pier Box Office.

(July 27) OCBP WOMEN’S INVITATIONAL RACES: 34th St. Beach, 6:15 p.m. Women representing 15 Beach Patrols on the South Jersey Coast will be competing in this annual invitational race. For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(July 29 & 30) FOOTLOOSE: The Ocean City Theatre Co. High School Jr. Co. presents one of the most explosive musicals in recent memory to burst on the live stage with exhilarating results. Footloose celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people and guiding them with a warm heart and open mind. This program is augmented with dynamic new songs for the musical stage. 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $15 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under.  Call (609) 399-6111, (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice  or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 29) CHIP MILLER SURF FEST: 7th St. Surfing Beach at 8 am. Benefits the Amyloidosis  Foundation. Register at www.chipmiller.org or 717-243-7855 x113.

(July 29) Ocean City Historical Museum at 17th and Simpson from 10am to 3pm. LEARN OUR HISTORY from trained junior tour guides. Questions call 609-399-1801.

(July 30) ANNUAL T. JOHN CAREY MASTER’S SWIM: Registration 8 a.m. at the Beach Patrol Station, 34th St. and the Beach for the 1 mile ocean swim. The race will start at 10 a.m. For information call (609) 525-9200 or online at www.lmsports.com.

(Aug. 1) THE BACON BROTHERS in Concert: Show time 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier. Michael and Kevin agree their talented band members are just as important to the ongoing success of the band as the two front men. The band continues to win believers show by show, album by album. Tickets available at 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com, or the Music Pier Box Office for cash or check.

(Aug. 2) PINKALICIOUS, THE MUSICAL: Pinkalicious wants everything in her life to be pink.  After indulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up pink. She is thrilled to be pink and have her dream come true. Her parents take her to a doctor and she is diagnosed with Pinkititis. On her way home, she is attacked by birds and bees when mistaken for a pink flower. After numerous hilarious pink adventures, she follows doctor’s orders and eats green food. She learns self-control and to be careful what you wish for. Her brother eats the last cupcake, turns pink and shouts with glee: Pink-A-Boo! 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at door. Call (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

(Aug. 2) TWINS CONTEST: Prizes for those who look most and least alike. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and MoorlynTerrace, contest is at 6:30pm. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 3) SAND SCULPTING CONTEST: 6TH Street Beach at 9 am. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 3) MISS CRUSTACEAN HERMIT CRAB BEAUTY PAGEANT: The original beauty pageant for Crustaceans. The winner receives the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway, 1 p.m. at the 6th St. Beach. Entry free. For information call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 3) HERMIT CRAB RACES: Watch some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete for the King of Klutz plaque immediately following Miss Crustacean at the 6th St. Beach. For Information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 3) The Ocean City Pops presents TUBBY THE TUBA! Children’s FREE one hour chamber music concert. The Pops Brass ensemble is featured in a rollicking version about Tubby-fun for all ages.  10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

(Aug. 4) OCEAN CITY FISHING PIER OPEN HOUSE: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Ocean City Fishing Club invites shutterbugs and other visitors to tour its Pier and Club House, 14th and Boardwalk. Visitors will be able to make a donation of canned goods to support the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

(Aug. 4-6) ART OF SURFING FESTIVAL: This interesting event features artists displaying and selling their work related to surfing in various mediums. Admission is free. There is live music at night. Hours: Thurs., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 12 p.m.-10 p.m. At the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call (609)744-3229 or visit www.artofsurfingfestival.com.

(Aug.5-7) 54th ANNUAL BOARDWALK ART SHOW: Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work between 8th and 13th Sts.  Traditionally a fine place to buy artwork at reasonable prices. Hours: Fri. & Sat. - 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 6) ESA SURF CONTEST: 7TH Street Beach- sign- ups begin at 7 a.m. and the first heat in the water begins at 8 a.m. Sign up on the beach the morning of the contest. If your membership is expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach. Rain date: Aug. 13th. For information, visit snj.surfesa.org or call (609) 884-5277.

(Aug. 7) PUT ON A HAPPY FACE!  DICK VAN DYKE’S 90TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE by the Ocean City Pops.  This special staged concert will celebrate the prestigious career of beloved actor, singer and dancer, Dick Van Dyke. His career-changing Broadway turn in “Bye Bye Birdie” and his deadpan humor in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to his unforgettable Bert in “Mary Poppins”  will be portrayed by Tony Nominee Gavin Lee along with Sean MacLaughlin and Sarah Pfisterer.  8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Tickets $25/20 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, 609-399-6111

(Aug. 8) SUSTAINABLE JERSEY GREEN FAIR: The Green Fair is a community-wide event meant to educate and encourage people of all ages to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Visit the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sponsored by the City of Ocean City and the Ocean City Environmental Commission.  For more information call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 8) THE MACHINE IN CONCERT: Show time 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. As one of America’s oldest  Pink Floyd Tribute Bands, the Machine has spent more than 25 years honing their craft and it’s paid off. Spin Magazine confirms they sound “exactly like Pink Floyd.” Combining elaborate details, the band faithfully recreates Pink Floyd’s legendary live shows. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000 or Music Pier Box Office for cash or check.

(August 9) PAMPER SCAMPER: The popular, annual Baby Crawling race, 9 a.m. registration.  9:30 a.m. start at the 6th Street Beach for babies up to 15 months. Entry is free. For information call, (609) 399-6111.                                                         



Weekly Events
Every TUESDAY through the end of August
FUNTASTIC TUESDAYS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Asbury Ave. Entertainment, Face Painters and Balloon Sculptors.
MUMMERS NIGHT: Strutting on the Boardwalk 7 p.m.-9 p.m., 6th to 14th Sts. Sponsored by Preps Pizza, Henry’s, Shirt Shack & Ocean Treasures.
BEACH WALKS – South End Location, 59th St. and Central Ave. (Entrance to Corsons Park) Tues.-9a.m., Wed.-6:30 p.m. North End Location OC/Longport Bridge Parking Lot (Gardens Parkway) Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. 9 a.m. Tickets purchased on-site. Adults $1, Children 50 cents.
FARMER’S & CRAFTER’S MARKET at Tabernacle Grounds, 6th & Asbury, 8 a.m.to 1p.m.
BEACH WALKS, South End Location, 59th and Central Ave., Tues. 9 a.m., Wed.6:30 p.m. North End Location, OC/Longport Bridge Parking Lot, Tues. 6:30 p.m., Wed. 9a.m. Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adults $1, Children 50 cents.
EVERY THURSDAY through the end of August (starting July 7)
MARKET DAYS, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Asbury Ave. Entertainment, Face Painters and balloon sculptors.
HISTORIC TOURS, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. pick-up 7th and Central Ave. $14 per person.
FAMILY NIGHTS -Entertainment on Boardwalk 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 6th to 14th Sts. Sponsored by Playland’s Castaway Cove, Johnson’s Popcorn, Shrivers and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.
EVERY SUNDAY through Aug. 14
CHARACTER NIGHTS ON THE BOARDWALK sponsored by Boardwalk Merchant. Mascots will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier starting at 6 p.m. Come join the fun. Sponsored by Jilly’s, Surf Mall and Manco and Manco Pizza.