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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/5/17

Labor Day has passed, and kids are heading back to school. But the warm weather remains, and a full schedule of fall events is just getting started. Ocean City turns its attention to the road for Car Show Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 8 to 10), then to the sky for Air Show Weekend on Sept. 16 and 17.

Car Show Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night, the Street Rod Show on Friday and Saturday, a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night (Sept. 9), and the always-popular Boardwalk Corvette Show on Sunday.

The 43rd annual Classic Car and Street Rod Show will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older. The annual Corvette Show – including models from throughout the history of Corvettes – moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the Boardwalk on Sunday. The Corvette Forum recently listed Ocean City’s among the Top 5 Corvette Shows in America.


As part of the tribute to cars and nostalgia, Cafferty will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Saturday. His band recorded the soundtrack to “Eddie and the Cruisers” in the 1980s and reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts with the single “On the Dark Side.” The band has toured for more than three decades. Tickets cost $25 to $30 and are available at the Ocean City Music Pier Box Office and city welcome centers, by visiting oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or by calling 609-399-6111.

The street rods will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday before cruising down Asbury Avenue to the 1300 block (between 13th Street and 14th Street) at 6 p.m. That block will be closed to traffic for a free outdoor sock hop featuring music, bubble-gum-blowing and hula hoop contests, food vendors (including Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor and Boyar’s Market) and a chance to check out all the colorful cars.

Street rods are classic cars (1987 or older) modified with modern parts. The sock hop will include an opportunity for fans to vote for their favorite cars from home through the “OceanCityNJVacation” page on Facebook. The cars return to the Tabernacle from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, then move up to the boardwalk from noon to 4 p.m.

Anybody interested in participating in the event can find more information and a registration form at www.ocnj.us/carshow.

The Corvette Show will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10 on the boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street. For more information andregistration, visit boardwalkcorvettes.com. There is NO day-of registration. Call 609-457-0081 for more information.


The annual Ocean City Airport Festival at the Municipal Airport at 26th Street and Bay Avenue will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16. The festival features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from the World War II era to classics and warbirds. Performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show will be on hand to meet with festival-goers. The free family event also includes kid’s activities, antique cars, music, food, “Bubblemania” with the Ocean City Board of Realtors and more. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

Thrill to some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world and watch military demonstrations at the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show on Sunday, Sept. 17. The free show begins at 1 p.m. and is best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Sixth Street and 14th Street. This year’s event will include parachutists landing on the beach during the show (check back for details on another special night parachute landing with lights on the Saturday night before the show).


Ocean City’s annual “A Day to Remember” 9/11 memorial ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in front of the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters between Fifth Street and Sixth Street on Asbury Avenue. All are encouraged to attend.

The ceremony is always well-attended and includes music, prayer and reflections on the memory of lives lost and on the community spirit that was renewed in the wake of the tragedy. The event includes the Striking of the Four Fives, a fire service tradition noting the death of a firefighter in the line of duty.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Becky Wynne, sister of Richard “Rick” Blood, an executive and volunteer fire marshal who died in the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. Their families continue to visit Ocean City every summer in honor of Rick. They visit a boardwalk bench honoring him and relish all of the happy memories they shared here.


Olympic gymnastics gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will be featured at a Gymnastics Expo on the Ocean City Music Pier on Sept. 16.

The Expo is open to all young gymnasts and will include a question-and-answer session, tips on skills and an array of vendors. Tickets ($35) are on sale now. There are two sessions from which to choose: 9 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before each session. Tickets ($30) for an exclusive meet-and-greet (that includes a chance to take a photo with the stars and get an autograph) are also available. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by any of the city’s welcome centers (City Hall, Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, Music Pier).

Liukin is the 2008 Olympicindividual all-around champion, and she has nine World Championship medals. She was the 2016 Night in Venice grand marshal in Ocean City, a commentator during the 2016 Olympic Games and a 2015 contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Johnson was the 2008 Olympicbalance beam gold medalist and team, all-around and floor exercise silver medalist. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller “Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams.” She also launched a successful business and has a career in broadcasting.


‘GLASS ACT’ AT THE ARTS CENTER (All of Sept.):  A fused glass show by Ocean City resident Dana Sheppard will be featured at the Ocean City Arts Center September 1 through September 30.  A “Meet the Artist” reception, free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.  The show will feature an array of glass pieces ranging from unique wall hangings to display art to functional platters and bowls.  The Arts Center is located within the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue. For more information, visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.

MUSIC OF THE KNIGHTS WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Sept. 6): A celebration of Britain’s most legendary songwriters: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Elton John and Sir Paul McCartney. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $25/$20 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or any of the city’s welcome centers (City Hall, Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, Music Pier).

FALL CONCERT SERIES AT THE LIBRARY (Sept. 8): The Ocean City Free Public Library’s Fall Concert Series opens with The Fiddle Club under the direction of Dr. May Strange. The free concert starts at 7 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

BROADWAY SENSATION HUGH PANARO WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Sept. 10): Philly’s own Hugh Panaro joins the Pops in a program of Broadway showstoppers. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $30/$25 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or any of the city’s welcome centers.

A NIGHT IN OLD VIENNA WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (Sept. 13): A September tradition includes Viennese favorites by the “Waltz-King,” Johann Strauss, with singers and the musicians from the Ocean City Pops. Show begins at 7:30pm at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or any of the city’s welcome centers.

OC READS BOOK DISCUSSION (Sept. 13): Join a book discussion of the 2017 “Our Community Reads” selection, “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Divakaruni. The event is 6:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Visit www.oceancitylibrary.org for more information.

ATLANTIC CITY WEEKLY HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO (Sept. 16): Participate in fitness instruction including yoga, receive health screenings and massages, listen to live music and learn from vendors how to get and stay healthy. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Music Pier loggia. For more information, call 609-272-7017.

WALK TO DEFEAT ALS (Sept. 16): This two-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk raises funds to support patient services and research. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the practice field on the beach block of Sixth Street. Walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.oceancitywalktodefeatals.org.

OCEAN CITY WITH THE POPS (Sept. 17): This performance will feature local musicians and singers from Ocean City and students from the local high school and intermediate school. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111

MS CITY TO SHORE RIDE (Sept. 23): With 7,000 cyclists raising $5.6 million, this annual charity ride through southern New Jersey stops over in Ocean City. For more information, call 1-800-445-BIKE or visit www.mscycling.org.

OCNJ HALF MARATHON, 5K AND 10-MILE RUN/WALK (Sept. 24): The combined events draw thousands of runners to a spectacular course that includes ocean views and a tour of Ocean City. For more information, visit www.ocnj.us/race-events.

CHILI CHOWDER FESTIVAL (Oct. 1): The second annual Chili Chowder Festival returns to the Ocean City Music Pier noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1. The event features an opportunity to sample the finest chili and chowder from Ocean City Restaurant Association members. This year’s event includes a “Chili Cook Off” among the three platoons of the Ocean City Fire Department and proceeds benefit the O.C. Fire Fighters Foundation. Wristbands for the event ($15 adults and $5 for kids) are on sale at www.eventbrite.com, at all three Ocean City fire stations and on weekends at Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor (14th Street and Asbury Avenue).