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Ocean City’s 2019 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/2/19

The shortest days of the year are behind us, and that means summer’s on the way. It’s not too early to think about planning for some fun in Ocean City this year. Here’s an early look at just a few key dates for 2019.

·         March 30: The SPORTS MEMORABILIA SHOW returns for a second year at the Ocean City Music Pier.

·         April 5 to 7: Downtown Asbury Avenue welcomes another GIRLS WEEKEND.

·         April 6 to 7: The OC-CON COMIC BOOK and MEMORABILIA SHOW moves back to April this year.

·         April 13: Humor and nostalgia join forces again as the DOO DAH PARADE and MR. MATURE PAGEANT go off on a Saturday afternoon and evening.

·         April 13 and 20: Easter falls on April 21 this year and the GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach are set for two weekends.

·         May 4: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first Saturday of May.

·         May 11: Come find out if summer is coming early at MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY.

·         May 24: An early Memorial Day Weekend starts with the UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE.

·         June 12-15: The MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT returns to the Ocean City Music Pier.

·         July 13: Mark your calendars for the highlight of the summer, NIGHT IN VENICE.

·         August 8: The 110th annual BABY PARADE travels the Ocean City Boardwalk.

·         Sept. 14-15: The OCEAN CITY AIRPORT FESTIVAL and the BOARDWALK AEROBATIC AIRSHOW will be joined again by an evening PARACHUTE PYROTECHNIC SHOW.

·         Sept. 29: Start training now for the OCNJ HALF MARATHON.

·         Oct. 12: The FALL BLOCK PARTY includes and evening fireworks display over the boardwalk.

·         Dec. 31: No mystery to the date of Ocean City’s family-friendly FIRST NIGHT New Year’s Eve celebration.

A more complete schedule is available at www.ocnj.us/Events2019.


The Ocean City Theatre Company will present free performances of “Junie B. Jones,” a musical adaptation of the beloved children’s books. The shows are sponsored by the Ocean City Free Public Library and scheduled for:

·         Saturday, January 5, 11 a.m

·         Sunday, January 4, 1 p.m.

The shows will be in the library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.


Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019: the Day of Service and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony and Soul Food Dinner.

The ceremony, a long tradition in Ocean City, moves this year from its customary date on the Saturday before to the Monday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21. It will be held at noon at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School.

The ceremony brings the community together to remember King through words, song and dance. After the program, everybody is invited to a free soul food dinner in the high school cafeteria.

Volunteers are invited to join others nationwide in a Day of Serviceearlier on Jan. 21 to honor Dr. King’s contributions. In Ocean City, citizens are asked to participate in a citywide cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Sign-up and supply distribution will take place at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center, located in the Community Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue. To participate or for more information, please call 609-399-6111.