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Chubby Checker Adds “Twist” to 2018 First Night Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/17/17 Volunteers Sought for Beach Sweeps This Weekend The legendary Chubby Checker will help Ocean City celebrate New Year’s Eve with performances on the Ocean City Music Pier as part of the family-friendly 2018 First Night festivities. Checker first performed “The Twist” on “American Bandstand” in 1960, and dancing has never been the same. The rock ’n’ roll icon has sold 250 million records and toured continuously in his career of six decades. Checker will be part of a spectacular lineup of more than 75 shows and activities at venues throughout Ocean City during the alcohol-free celebration on Dec. 31, 2017. All-inclusive admission buttons – good for entry to every venue throughout the night – are on sale now for a discounted $15. Visit firstnightocnj.com to purchase... Read More

October Brings Junior Miss Pageant and Halloween Events

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/10/17 Start Planning Now for Quiet Festival Nov. 4 and 5 Ocean City will host the 12th annual Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 14) at the Ocean City Music Pier. Twenty contestants will compete in interview, talent, evening gown and on-stage question. The 2018 theme is “Remember My Name” -- with a focus on the bright futures ahead for all of the contestants and reigning titleholder. After a dynamic year of service, Stella Schwartz will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant. Contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, are either year-round residents in Ocean City, attend Ocean City schools or are the daughters of Ocean City property owners. Contestants vying for the 2018 title include Emma Rodriguez, Abby Laursen, Maddyn... Read More

Fall Block Party and Fireworks on Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/3/17 Tribute to the ‘8-Track’ era runs Friday to Sunday A stretch of spectacular fall weather is expected to continue through the weekend, and that will provide ideal conditions for Ocean City’s premier autumn event: the Fall Block Party. More than 400 crafters, food vendors and entertainers will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Block Party helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for Columbus Day Weekend. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Entertainers and bands will perform at various spots along the Avenue between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year, a Mummers band – The Pennsport String Band – joins the fun at 12th Street. Pony rides... Read More

Chili Chowder Festival Returns to Boardwalk on Sunday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/26/17 Fall Block Party and Fireworks Set for Oct. 7 The Chili Chowder Festival returns to the Ocean City Music Pier for its second year from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1. The event fills the covered loggia of the Music Pier with the aroma of the finest chili and chowder Ocean City has to offer. The Ocean City Restaurant Association launched the event last year, and member chefs prepared a variety of creative entries that were popular with hundreds of festival-goers. This year’s event includes a “Chili Cook Off” among the three platoons of the Ocean City Fire Department and proceeds benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Association. (more…)... Read More

OCNJ Half Marathon Anticipates Record Field

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/19/17 The 8th annual OCNJ Half Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 24. The event also includes a 10-mile non-competitive walk/run and a 5-kilometer race. The combined races included more than 1,400 finishers last year with 897 completing the half marathon. Pre-registration for the half marathon already has exceeded 1,000 this year, and organizers expect a record field for all of the races. The increasingly popular event showcases Ocean City’s boardwalk, downtown and neighborhoods with ocean views throughout a fast, flat course. The public is encouraged to come out and cheer for runners. Local “celebrities” are on hand, including Ocean City mascot Martin Z. Mollusk and the OCHS Red Raider mascot. Volunteer groups man “peppy” water stations and are judged for their themes. Music along the route provides a... Read More

Air Shows Return to Ocean City This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/12/17  Two highlights of Ocean City’s fall events calendar take place this weekend: the Ocean City Airport Festival on Saturday (Sept. 16) and the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show on Sunday (Sept. 17). Both events are free to attend and showcase the intersection of land, sea and sky in Ocean City in the beautiful month of September. The family-friendly Ocean City Airport Festival features two new events this year: a performance by Team Fastrax, “America’s Skydiving Team,” and a running race along the length of the 3,000-foot runway at the airport. The skydiving team will perform at the Airport Festival at approximately 12:20 p.m. They will return on Saturday night at 8 p.m. for a pyrotechnic jump that will light up the sky over the Ocean City Boardwalk with... Read More

Car Show and Air Show Weekends Coming to Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 9/5/17 Labor Day has passed, and kids are heading back to school. But the warm weather remains, and a full schedule of fall events is just getting started. Ocean City turns its attention to the road for Car Show Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 8 to 10), then to the sky for Air Show Weekend on Sept. 16 and 17. Car Show Weekend this year will feature a downtown sock hop on Friday night, the Street Rod Show on Friday and Saturday, a concert by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band on Saturday night (Sept. 9), and the always-popular Boardwalk Corvette Show on Sunday. The 43rd annual Classic Car and Street Rod Show will feature a display of modified cars 30 years and older.... Read More

Tickets on Sale for Gymnastics Expo on Sept. 16

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/29/17 Olympic gymnastics gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will be featured at a Gymnastics Expo on the Ocean City Music Pier on Sept. 16, 2017. The Expo is open to all young gymnasts and will include a question-and-answer session, tips on skills and an array of vendors. Tickets ($35) are on sale now. There are two sessions from which to choose: 9 a.m. to noon or 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes before each session. Tickets ($30) for an exclusive meet-and-greet (that includes a chance to take a photo with the stars and get an autograph) are also available. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by any of the city's welcome centers (City Hall, Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the... Read More

Fireworks to Light Up the Late Summer in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/22/17 On the second-to-last weekend of the traditional season, the Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Association will thank customers with a special fireworks display starting at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26. Summer once again has flown by, and the fireworks will provide a fitting finale to a night on the boardwalk catching up on all the fun, fashion and food you may have missed earlier in the summer. The show will be launched from a barge stationed off the Ocean City Music Pier. The display will be best viewed from the beach or boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. The fun this week begins on Wednesday (Aug. 23) with the newest installment of Wacky Wednesday. This version of the weekly family event asks participants to use their... Read More