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OC-Con Comic Festival Moves to June

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/6/18

Restaurant Week runs June 8 to 15 in Ocean City

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Now in its third year, the OC-Con Comic and Memorabilia Festival will move from early spring to June for 2018. The event will be a special attraction for the summer crowds on June 28 to 30 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Stars of “Teen Wolf” and “Bosch” will be special guests, and tickets will go on sale Thursday for exclusive photo and autograph sessions with Dylan Sprayberry (“Teen Wolf”) and Titus Welliver (“Bosch”). Visitoceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the Music Pier Box Office (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends).

OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 30.

 

OC-Con features a one-mile OC-Con Superhero Run at Carey Stadium at 9 a.m. June 30, and the Superhero Obstacle Dash for 12-and-unders at 10 a.m. June 30. Both events are on the track at Carey Stadium (beach block of Sixth Street). Run registration fee is $15 for adults ($20 on race-day) and includes admission to the show (for Saturday, June 30) and a T-shirt. The fee for 12-and-unders is $10 and includes the Obstacle Dash, as well as admission and a T-shirt. Register online.

Sprayberry is best known for portraying Liam Dunbar in MTV’s flagship drama series “Teen Wolf.” Sprayberry, 19, began his acting career at a young age, but his breakout role came in 2013 when he won the role of young Clark Kent in “Man of Steel,” the first film in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Sprayberry is a regular for the fifth and final season of “Teen Wolf.” He will be part of a Q&A session (free with regular admission) at 6 p.m. Thursday June 28. Exclusive meet-and-greet sessions ($15 for photo or autograph, $20 for both) will start at 7 p.m. June 28.

Welliver portrays Los Angeles Police Department Detective Harry Bosch on the first hour-long drama produced by Amazon Prime Video. Filming for the fourth season of “Bosch” was recently completed, and the show already has been picked up for a fifth season. His credits also include roles in HBO’s “Deadwood,” ABC’s “Lost” and CBS’s “The Good Wife.” He has appeared in every one of Ben Affleck’s directorial films, including “Gone Baby Gone,” “The Town,” “Live By Night” and “Argo.” He will be part of a Q&A session (free with regular admission) at 5 p.m. Saturday June 30. Exclusive meet-and-greet sessions ($15 for photo or autograph, $20 for both) will start at 6 p.m. June 30.

Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango from Syfy Channel’s hit shows “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters Academy will be on hand Friday, June 29 to greet fans and participate in an interactive live presentation (both included in admission price).

For complete information on participating artists and all of OC-Con, visit ocnjcon.com.

RESTAURANT WEEK RUNS JUNE 8 TO 15

Restaurant Week offers a great chance to sample new Ocean City dining options or to get great prices at favorite spots. Participating restaurants offer special fixed-price options, usually for two. This year’s specials run June 8 through June 15, and as of Monday, 22 different restaurants from boardwalk to bay were participating. Restaurants and specials are listed at eatinocnj.com.

COMING THIS WEEK

WONDER’S BIRTHDAY BASH AT WONDERLAND PIER (June 7): Free fireworks show following an evening of discounted rides at Wonderland Pier, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The company is celebrating 89 years of rides on the Ocean City Boardwalk. 

ARTISANS FAMILY WEEKEND (June 8 to 10): The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection will hold their 73rd annual Family Weekend in Ocean City. The highlight of the weekend will be the Miss Artisan Pageant and a show by the Original Hobo Band to be held at the Music Pier on June 9. The Hobo Band will perform at 7 p.m. followed by the Miss Artisan Pageant at 8 p.m. Admission is free. 

SKATO WITH KATO (June 8): Event runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the skateboard park in Ocean City (Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue). All-skate warm-up with music by the Sheckies starts at 4 p.m.All-ages skate competition starts at 5:30 p.m. Kato, everyone’s favorite white German shepherd rescue dog, presides over the fun. Sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information, call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

BARKS ON THE BAY (June 9): Dress up your pirate pooch and join all your mates for a fun day of music (Cosmic Charlie of Dead Reckoning), games, contests, prizes, costumes, food and more 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Humane Society of Ocean City, 1 Shelter Road. For more information, call 609-398-9500 ext. 4 or visit www.hsocnj.org.

COP CHASE (June 9): Five-kilometer race and 2-mile fitness walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Proceeds benefit Ocean City Po­lice Benevolent Association scholarships for high school seniors, the Christmas toy drive, and distribution of free bike helmets. For more information, call 609-525-9108 or visit www.ocpba.com. 

MORE EVENTS IN JUNE    

MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT (June 13 to 16): The Miss New Jersey Pageant includes a Boardwalk Parade (June 13), preliminary competitions, and the finals (June 16) at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information, visit missnewjersey.net.

AIMEE MANN (June 18): Grammy-winning artist Aimee Mann makes her Ocean City debut and opens the 2018 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39. Visit ticketmaster.com or stop by one of the welcome centers in Ocean City to purchase tickets.

THE HOOTERS (June 19 and 20): The Hooters burst onto the Philadelphia music scene in 1980, as a new and different kind of rock band, with hits like “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies.” The band returns for shows on consecutive nights playing to a sold-out Music Pier in their debut last summer. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59. Visit ticketmaster.com or stop by one of the welcome centers in Ocean City to purchase tickets.

ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW (June 23): More than 300 vintage vehicles on display at the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A boardwalk parade begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

GET THE LED OUT (June 25 and 26):  A summer tradition continues as the Philadelphia-based band returns to the Music Pier for two huge nights of Led Zeppelin. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50. Visit ticketmaster.com or stop by one of the welcome centers in Ocean City to purchase tickets.