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Ocean City Seeks Contestants for Mr. Mature Pageant

What's Happening in OCEAN CITY, NJ 1/18/17 We’re in the midst of what is statistically (over time) the coldest week of the year for our region. That means summer is coming and no longer going. It’s time to start planning vacations (oceancityvacation.com) and purchasing discounted seasonal beach tags (ocnj.us/beachtags). Ocean City’s calendar of events kicks into high gear on the first weekend of April with two second-year events, Girls Weekend and the OC-Con Comic Convention (April 1-2). This year, the Mr. Mature Pageant will move to the evening of the Doo Dah Parade on April 8 to cap off a day filled with humor and nostalgia. Entries are open for contestants in the pageant. Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its... Read More

Martin Luther King Day Events in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/11/17 Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two events this weekend. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CEREMONY starts at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday (Jan. 16) with sign-ups at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center. Both events embody the spirit of unity and community taught by Dr. King. One highlight of the ceremony is a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church. The event also includes a variety of music and reflections on Dr. King’s work.... Read More

Ocean City’s 2017 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/4/17 The shortest days of the year are behind us and we crossed over into a new year this weekend – and that all means 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 the first half of the year. • April 1-2: Two events that debuted last year – GIRLS WEEKEND and the OC-CON COMIC CONVENTION – return bigger and better. • April 8: Humor and nostalgia join forces as the MR. MATURE PAGEANT moves to DOO DAH PARADE WEEKEND. All pageant contestants will be part of the parade. • April 16: The EASTER FASHION PROMENADE will welcome the Philly Keys, a dueling piano show, in front of the... Read More

25th Annual First Night Ocean City Set For Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/28/16 It's the best and most economical New Year's Eve entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Continuous, professional family programs from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $20 per person. First Night includes more than 75 shows and activities all at convenient Ocean City locations. And it will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean to ring in the New Year. Enjoy the rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier, a musical tribute to Neil Diamond at the Ocean City Music Pier, children's shows by the Ocean City Theatre Company, outdoor ice-skating near the Ocean City Civic Center, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros and Japanese Drummers at Ocean City High School, and a "One Man and One Dog Comedy Show" at Ocean City Primary... Read More

Get Your First Night Buttons Now Before They Sell Out

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/21/16 BUY YOUR FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS NOW! All-inclusive admission buttons to this popular New Year’s Eve event have sold out in recent years. First Night is our gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that has provided professional, family entertainment here for 25 years. First Night Ocean City offers a wide variety of family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean. There are more than 70 programs available including a Neil Diamond Tribute, rides at Wonderland Pier, ice-skating, children’s shows, Abbott and Costello impersonators, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Sounds of Broadway and the list goes on and on. Enjoy a wonderful evening in a non-alcoholic environment. The pool at the Ocean City... Read More

Special Christmas Show Set for this Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/14/16 (Dec. 16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOW: The Ocean City Theatre Company will present "A Very Ocean City Christmas" at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high-energy, family-oriented song-and-dance tribute to Christmas. The holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through holiday favorites. New for 2016 are musicians from the Ocean City Pops orchestra, who will join the production. Professional triple-threat performers from New Your City will be featured in a show choreographed by Michael Hartman and Erika Wasko. With dazzling costumes, familiar songs, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit and offer a heart-warming experience for an audience of all ages. Enjoy this family musical revue on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec.... Read More

First Night Celebration is Just Around the Corner

Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve celebration, FIRST NIGHT, is just three and a half weeks away. First Night admission buttons are now on sale for $15. The price will be raised to $20 on December 15. The event offers professional family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight with a giant fireworks display scheduled to welcome the New Year. This is the BEST ENTERTAINMENT VALUE AT THE JERSEY SHORE. Admission buttons are available now at: the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave.; the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street Causeway; and at Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave. Welcome 2017 in a safe non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com, where you will find the entire entertainment schedule and also be able to purchase buttons online. Entertainment... Read More

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