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Christmas Parade, Holiday Dash, Train Show this Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/30/16 (Dec. 2) Ocean City's annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Route will be from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. It will include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman. Erica Reichert, Collegiate Miss Majorette of N.J. and featured Rutgers University baton twirler, will be a special guest. The parade has more than 50 entries. Emcee is former Miss Philadelphia, Ocean City resident and recording artist Julia Rae! Julia's original song, "Be That Girl," is the theme song for the major motion picture "The Greening of Whitney Brown," starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. Julia... Read More

Downtown Christmas Celebration this Friday

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVENUE, also known as Christmas in the Downtown, includes a warm and entertaining time in our award-winning downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on "Black Friday." The event, billed as "An Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas," will feature carolers, a string band quartet, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus will emerge from the rooftop of City Hall to cap the festivities with the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Downtown stores will offer an array of gifts for Christmas and the many, fine Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. for more information. EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas! (Nov. 24) THE FAST... Read More

Earlier than the Bird Event and Craft Show this Weekend

(Nov. 19) EARLIER THAN THE BIRD in the downtown runs from 8 a.m. till noon. Enjoy the savings and fun. Shop in your pajamas for a chance to win a free turkey for best dressed. Enjoy free coffee at Jon and Patty’s Bistro (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (9th and Asbury) and Starbucks (11th and Asbury). Register while you shop for a chance to win $150 in gift certificates from downtown merchants. There will be horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. (Nov. 19-20) CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS AND HANDICRAFT FESTIVAL: Master craftsmen will be featured at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find quality “Made Only... Read More

Veterans Day and Quiet Festival this Week

(Nov. 10) QUIET FESTIVAL: Opening ceremonies will be held at noon at Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event features unique quiet entertainment including the inspirational “Yawn Along” to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer,” Doug Jewell (“The Quiet Pirate”) with kites and bubbles galore, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Nancy Fox (“The Quiet Soprano”), a yoga demonstration, quiet poetry, paper airplanes with Ken Thorpe and crew, and more. All in attendance will receive an “I Survived the 2016 Presidential Campaign” certificate to celebrate the conclusion of the noisy, unsettling event and the Quiet Festival’s soothing programs that are assisting in the recovery from weeks of hassle. Admission is free. (Nov. 11) VETERANS DAY PROGRAM in Ocean City at a NEW LOCATION,... Read More

TRAIL OF TWO CITIES TURNS 21 ON SATURDAY

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/3/16 The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the 9th Street Causeway, an Ocean City-Somers Point tradition for 21 years now, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5. When the race started, Nick Regina, who later founded the South Jersey Jazz Society, was public relations director of Somers Point. He called me and suggested the two communities hold an event together. I thought this was a good idea. Running was gaining popularity at the time. So I suggested a run/walk over the old 9th Street Causeway. It would appeal to both runners and walkers alike and we could call it the “Trail of Two Cities.” The causeway, which was closed to pedestrians and bicycles at the time, would be closed to traffic for an hour or so,... Read More

Jr. Miss Pageant, Welcome Night, Halloween Parade Next

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/19/16 Ocean City has three pageants for young women. These include the Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Ocean City pageants. The winners of each pageant represent the community during the year at various events, contests and parades. They help to judge contests, pose for photos with visitors and work together. They are a valuable asset to Ocean City. This Saturday (Oct. 22), the JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT will feature 15 contestants competing at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue. Produced by the Ocean City Recreation Department, it invites girls at ages 12 through 15 to compete in judge’s interview, talent, poise, composure and on-stage question. The girls will be vying for... Read More

A Summer Guide to Beach Games for the Whole Family

OCNJ-Tourism-and-GDP Every summer, visitors flock to the beach as they look to get away with their families. There’s no better place to take your family than Ocean City, New Jersey. Consider these statistics from Visit New Jersey. In 2015, tourism generated $37.3 billion in GDP for the state. That’s 6.6% of the state’s entire economy. Additionally, there was a 2.4% increase in out of state visitors from the previous year. In the end, 95 million people visited New Jersey in 2015 alone. Ocean-City-NJ-Tourism In other words, no matter how you measure it, going to the shore is an important part of what makes New Jersey thrive. While we’re confident that you’ll come visit us sometime during the summer, we also want to help you have a blast when you... Read More

October Events Roll on in Ocean City, NJ

(Oct. 13) The Ocean City Fire Department and IAFF Local 4032 will hold an OPEN HOUSE at 550 Asbury Ave., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everybody in the community is invited to this free event. It will feature a live burn demonstration, a “smoke house” where kids can safely learn to navigate a dark and smoky structure, tours of trucks, “stop-drop-and-roll,” hot dogs and pretzels. (Rain date will be Oct. 14). For information, call (609) 525-9182. (Oct. 16) MAKING STRIDES WALK AGAINST BREAST CANCER: Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at 9th Street and Boardwalk. Walk begins at 10 a.m. For information, go to www.makingstrideswalk.org/OceanCityNJ. (Oct. 22) 49th ANNUAL OCEAN CITY FISHING CLUB INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT: Registration 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 1801... Read More

Best Family Vacation Spots in the U.S.

The United States is a wonderland of sorts for family vacations. There’s something for every family, regardless of the type of climate, activities, or travel time they’re looking for. Consequently, brainstorming family vacation ideas can be challenging with so many options available. To help out, we've provided some of the best family vacation spots below, all of which impress in their own ways: Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License.  

Ocean City, NJ

As Jersey native and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen said, “Anyone who's grown up or lived on the Jersey Shore knows the place is unique.” Indeed, the shore is a great family friendly place to visit,... Read More