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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/26/17

Fall Block Party and Fireworks Set for Oct. 7

The Chili Chowder Festival returns to the Ocean City Music Pier for its second year from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1.

The event fills the covered loggia of the Music Pier with the aroma of the finest chili and chowder Ocean City has to offer. The Ocean City Restaurant Association launched the event last year, and member chefs prepared a variety of creative entries that were popular with hundreds of festival-goers.

This year’s event includes a “Chili Cook Off” among the three platoons of the Ocean City Fire Department and proceeds benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Association.

Wristbands for the event ($15 adults and $5 for kids) are good for all-you-can-eat and on sale at www.eventbrite.com, at all three Ocean City fire stations (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, 29th Street and West Avenue and 46th Street and West Avenue) and on the weekend at Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor (14th Street and Asbury Avenue). The Music Pier is on the boardwalk between Eighth Street and Ninth Street.

The other big event on the Ocean City Boardwalk this weekend is the annual Walk for the Wounded, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30.

In the nine years it has been held in Ocean City, the event has grown to become a tradition for folks to take time away from their busy lives to support the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Music Pier. A ceremony honoring soldiers is at 9:30 a.m., and the three-mile walk begins at 10 a.m. The route begins and ends at the Music Pier.

All proceeds benefit Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides both financial and emotional support to wounded soldiers and their families. For more information and registration, visit www.operationfirstresponse.org.

Merchant table sales will be set up on the boardwalk and on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1). The sales give visitors an opportunity to shop outdoors for merchandise from Ocean City stores.


More than 400 crafters, food vendors, musicians and more will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue for the Fall Block Party on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Block Party is a highlight of Ocean City’s fall calendar and helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for Columbus Day Weekend. The event runs from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 9 p.m. fireworks display over the ocean caps off the evening. The show will be launched from a barge off  the Ocean City Music Pier and will be best viewed from the boardwalk and beach between Fifth Street and 14th Street.  Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

The Indian Summer Weekend (Oct. 7 to 9) celebration also includes seafood vendors at the Ocean City Music Pier and local merchant table sales between Sixth Street and 14th Street on the boardwalk and on Asbury Avenue.


‘8-TRACK’ (Oct. 6 to 8): The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present “8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s In Concert,” conceived by Rick Seeber with musical arrangements by Michael Gribin.

Put on your leisure suits, halter tops and platform shoes and get ready to boogie down through 10 years of groundbreaking music. With its propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies, “8-Track” is a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. The show features the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Patti Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, the Doobie Brothers, the Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band and more. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $15 to $20 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, the City Hall Welcome Center or the Route 52 Roy Gillian Welcome Center.

JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT (Oct. 14): The City of Ocean City will host the 12th annual Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Twenty contestants will compete in interview, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. The 2018 theme is “Remember My Name” with a focus on the bright futures ahead for all of our contestants and reigning titleholder. Stella Schwartz will crown her successor after a dynamic year of service. Contestants, who range in age from 12 to 15, are either year-round residents in Ocean City, attend Ocean City schools or are the daughters of Ocean City property owners. Contestants vying for the 2018 title include Emma Rodriguez, Abby Laursen, Maddyn Randazzo, Emma Kubikian, Bridget Dougherty, Cameryn Carr, Abby Berman, Mary Grace Jamison, Natalie Argento, Ella Tedesco, Hope Aita, Emily Torrence, Taylor Pontari, Paige Driscoll, Molly Farrell, Julia Wilson, Sarah Rodriguez, Kayleigh Donegan, Sally Dahl and Keira Janto. Tickets ($10) are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or at the door on the night of the event.

MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER (Oct. 15): Registration for this non-competitive walk of 3 to 5 miles begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ninth Street and Boardwalk. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is where participants have the opportunity to unite, honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors while raising awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 856-673-5721.

WELCOME NIGHT (Oct. 25): The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Welcome Night provides an opportunity for residents to meet Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

HALLOWEEN PARADE (Oct. 26): The costumed parade starts at 7:15 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. For more information, call 609-399-6111. 

JOHN R. ELLIOTT HERO WALK AND 5K RUN (Oct. 29): A 5-kilometer walk and a 5K run to promote the use of sober designated drivers and reduce the number of drunken driving tragedies (the mission of the John R. Elliott HERO campaign for Designated Drivers). Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Walk at 11 a.m. Visit herocampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.