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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/3/16

(Aug. 5-7) Ocean City’s 54th annual BOARDWALK ART SHOW is set for Aug. 5 to 7 from 8th to 13th Streets on the Boardwalk.  Admission is free. This is an event where buyers can obtain quality art at reasonable prices.  Artwork in the following mediums will be for sale: oils, acrylics, watercolors, mixed media and photography.

Artists will be displaying their work from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Artists from throughout the country participate in the event. Many offer scenes of Ocean City.

The Arts Center, 17th and Simpson Ave., is featuring abstract mixed media artist, SCOTT TROXELL, in its exhibit hall through August. The event is free and open to the public. Call (609) 399-7628.

The Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Ave. is featuring a display celebrating “SUMMERTIME” through August.  Admission to the show is free. Artwork is for sale. Call (609) 814-0308. Open every day.

(Aug. 11) Ocean City’s 107th annual BABY PARADE starts 5 p.m. and goes from 6th to 14th Streets on the Boardwalk. (Children’s entries only exit at 12th St.)  There are three Divisions: A - for children in fancy decorated Go-Carts, Strollers; B - Children in comic decorated Go-carts and strollers; C - Small Children’s Floats-measuring more the 3x5 ft. To register, visit the Ocean City Music Pier Information Center or www.ocnj.us/babyparade, or call (609) 399-6111.

All children who participate will receive a small trophy.  Additional awards will be given to the best entries in each division.  The Parade is a treat for spectators as entries are traditionally elaborate and imaginative. Music will be provided by numerous bands including the lively InterBoro High School Band of Pennsylvania and the always entertaining Pitman Hobo Band of Pitman, New Jersey.


(Aug.4-6) ART OF SURFING FESTIVAL: This event features artists displaying and selling work related to surfing in various mediums. Admission is free. There will be live music at night. Hours: 5 p.m-10 p.m. Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. At the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, call (609) 744-3229 or visit www.artofsurfingfestival.com.

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

(Aug. 4) The Ocean City Historical Museum FREE lecture series hosts Police Chief Chad Callahan.  Chief Callahan will be speaking about the HISTORY OF THE OCEAN CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT.  Join us at 7 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall of the Library at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

(Aug. 6) ESA SURFING CONTEST: 7TH Street Beach, sign-ups begin at 7 a.m. and the first heat in the water begins 8 a.m. Sign up at the beach the morning of the contest. If your membership has expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach. Rain date: Aug.13. 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, from his career changing Broadway turn in “Bye Bye Birdie,” his dead-panned humor in “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and  his unforgettable Bert in “Mary Poppins.” He 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;  The Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111; or (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 8) SUSTAINABLE 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 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 most acclaimed Pink Floyd Tribute Bands, the Machine has spent over 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 the Music Pier Box Office for cash or check.

(Aug. 9) PAMPER SCAMPER: The popular, annual baby-crawling  event starts  with a 9 a.m. registration.  9:30 a.m. races start at the 6th Street Beach. For babies up to 15 months. Entry is free. For information, (609) 399-6111.

(Aug. 9-10-11) DISNEY’S  “THE LITTLE MERMAID”:  In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel longs to leave her ocean home and live in the world above. Based on Disney’s classic animated film, it features music by Alan Menken. The POPS and Ocean City Theatre Company present this delightful musical love story for the whole family. Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th St. and Atlantic Ave.   7:30 p.m. Tickets adults $30/Children (12 and under) $25, available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice; Music Pier Box Office; (609) 399-6111 or call (609) 525-9248.

(Aug. 13) 41st ANNUAL BOYS AND GIRLS SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the north end beach, adjacent to the Ocean City/ Longport Bridge. Registration 9 a.m.-10 a.m. in the Longport Bridge Parking Lot.  Fishing is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Parental supervision required. Participants must bring their own bait. Age groups: 8-10, 11-13, 14-16. Awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place in each age group. On-going casting and fishing instruction will be provided during the tournament. Sponsored by the Ocean City Fishing Club and Ocean City Recreation Dept.  Call (609) 399-6111 for information. Rain Date is August 20.

(Aug. 13) MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT: At Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. For information visit www.ocexchangeclub.org or call (609) 399-6111.

(Aug 14) GUTS & GLORY 5K Run/Walk: Registration 7 a.m.-8:20 a.m. at 1735 Simpson Ave. (behind the Senior Center) Early registration $25 includes t-shirt. Day of event $30. Register as a team or individual online at http://online.ccfa.org/gutsandglory. Chronotrack bib timing-certified course. Bring your friends and family. Benefits the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (215) 396-9100.

(Aug 14) Scott Patterson and his band, GORDON, will perform at 1 p.m. at the Hughes Performing Arts Center in conjunction with the Guts and Glory Run. More details to follow as they become available.

(Aug. 14) Ocean City Pops presents OUR THREE TENORS! These tenors bring down the house! A summertime POPS’ tradition features arias and showpieces from our three soloists.  8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $20 at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice;  (609) 399-6111; (609) 525-9248 or at the Music Pier Box Office.

(Aug. 15-19) WEIRD WEEK on the Music Pier. “Wacky but not Tacky” contests for kids.  Daily at 11 a.m.  For more 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.