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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/6/16

Night In Venice is just 10 days away, so now is the time to enter your decorated boat or home in the colorful event if you haven’t already done so. And it’s easy. To register your entry, go to www.ocnj.us/NIV/ or call (609) 399-6111.

There is no entry fee. Home participants must pick up a commemorative mug and mandatory house number sign before the parade. Boat owners receive a free photo of their boat in the parade, a mug and a $50 decorating card.

The boat and home competition is one of the largest events of its kind in the world and one of the few remaining regattas of its kind in the country. It was started in 1954 to celebrate the City’s Diamond Jubilee by Jack Jernee, captain of the lifeguards, and Art Watkins, city publicist.  It quickly became one of the city’s signature events, attracting thousands to this family resort.


New this year is a Collegiate Cup to be awarded to a boat that best celebrates school pride. Two other new categories, “Best Non-Profit Community Organization and “Best Commercial Entry,” have been added. This year’s optional theme is “Destination America,” with Boats and homes decorated to highlight great cities and landmarks across the United States … or pick your own theme. A fireworks display will be set off over the bay following the parade.

THE MISS NIGHT IN VENICE BOARDWALK PARADE will be held on Wednesday, July 13 starting at 5 p.m. from 6th to 14th streets on the Boardwalk. Miss Night In Venice will be crowned that evening in ceremonies at the Moorlyn Theatre starting 7 p.m. Contestants raise thousands of dollars for local charities. Miss Night In Venice and her court lead the boat parade.

(July 7) The annual FRECKLE CONTEST is set for 6:30 p.m. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Prizes are awarded in age groups ranging from children to adults for real and painted- on freckles. Entry is free. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.

(July 11-12) THE BEACH BOYS IN CONCERT: The Music Pier will resound with “Good Vibrations.” Show Times 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. both days. Tickets are  available at www.ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000 or at the Music Pier Box Office, cash or check only payable to Rose Relations.       

The Monday Night Concert series also includes: Colin Hay of Men at Work with special guest Jeffrey Gaines, July 18; George Thorogood and the Destroyers,  July 25; The Bacon Brothers, Aug.1: The Machine Performs  Pink Floyd, Aug. 8;  Citizen Cope, an intimate solo listening performance, Aug. 15; Get the Led Out, 2 nights of Zeppelin, Aug. 22-23 and Lucinda Williams plus BUICK 6, Aug. 29. All concerts start 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Music Pier Box Office, or call (609) 525-9248 or Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000.

(July 12) ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Join Alice on her wacky adventure down the rabbit hole in this musical version of Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. All tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (609) 525-9248 or (609) 399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 12th, 13th, 14th) 7:30 p.m. each night and 2 p.m. on Thursday. The Ocean City Pops presents WEST SIDE STORY. The Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company present this masterpiece of Bernstein and Sondheim. Presented at the Hughes Performing Art Center, 6th St. and Atlantic Ave. Tickets Adults $30/Children 12 and under $25, available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice at (609) 525-9248, or (609) 399-6111 or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 13) OCEAN CITY POPS presents SOUNDS LIKE FUN! Children’s FREE Chamber Music Concert. 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean city Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. FREE.

(July 17) The Ocean City Pops presents CARNAVAL! Special guests Alo Brasil join the Pops in this festive show! Accompanied by stunningly costumed dancers, these musicians enchant with a tornado of rhythm and sound. 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets $20/$15 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice  or by calling (609)525-9248 or (609) 399-6111 or at the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 19) JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Dahl’s classic takes the stage in a new musical that is perfect for the entire family. One boy, two awful aunts, five larger than life insects and a giant peach! 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call (609) 525-9248 or (609) 399-6111 or www. ocnj.us/boxoffice or the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 19) The Ocean City Pops presents SUMMER SWING! BIG DANCE PARTY! The dance floor will be open at the Music Pier. It will be an unforgettable night of Big Band Music featuring Joanna Pascale, vocalist. Ed Vezinho leads a 16 - piece band playing favorite hits from the Big Band era. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets $20 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice or (609) 525-9248 or (609) 399-6111 and at the Music Pier Box Office.

(July 20) Ocean City Pops presents ROCK ON: Join the Pops for a journey back to the rock and pop hits of the ‘70s and ’80s with dynamic artists Morgan James, LaKisha Jones and Rob Evans. Featuring the music of Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Michael  Jackson, Queen and more. 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Tickets $25/$20 available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, Music Pier Box Office, or (609) 525-9248.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

(July 21) OCEAN CITY FISHING PIER OPEN HOUSE: 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Fishing Club invites shutterbugs and other visitors to tour its club house at 14th St. and Boardwalk. Visitors may make an optional donation of canned goods to support the Ocean City Food Cupboard.

SAVE THE DATE: The city’s 107th Baby Parade is set for Thursday, Aug. 11th, at  5 p.m. Route is on the Boardwalk. The event is open to children ten years and younger. Divisions include A:  Fancy Decorated Go Carts and strollers;  B: Comic Decorated Go Carts and Strollers C: Small Children’s Floats larger than 3x5 ft. Grand Marshal will be Kaitlin Becker, co-host of  “Sunny Side Up” the only live show for pre-schoolers from NBC 30 Rock Studios in New York City.

TO REGISTER for the Baby Parade visit the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, or www.ocnj.us/babyparade  or call (609) 399-6111.

NOTE: THE OCEAN CITY “BOARDWALK TROLLEY” is in continuous service until September 4. It runs every 15 minutes in a continuous loop from 5 p.m. until midnight. Last pick-up is 11:30 p.m. at Ocean Ave. and Battersea Rd. Adult single fare $3 one way $5 round trip. Children under 4 ft. $1.50 one way, $3 round trip. Babes in arms, under 12 months, free as long as they don’t occupy a seat. Music Pier ticket holders $2 round trip (show ticket) driver does not make change. Call (609) 884-5230 for route information or pick up a map at the Music Pier information Center or City Hall Welcome Center, 9th Street Entrance.                       


Weekly Events

Every TUESDAY through the end of August (starting July 5)

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.

EVERY WEDNESDAY (starting June 29)

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 (starting July 3)

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.