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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 them online or stop by Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the City Hall Welcome Center at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Anybody interested in helping out with the event, can download the First Night volunteer form here.

Checker was born in South Carolina but grew up in Philadelphia and became a local celebrity with his impressions of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley at Tony Anastazi’s Produce Store on South Street. The Philly boy became a star with a string of hit singles in the 1960s that included “Pony Time,” “The Mess Around,” “Limbo Rock” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” Last summer, he released “Knock Down the Walls,” which made it to No. 1 on Billboard’s dance music chart.

Checker will perform shows at 9 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on the Music Pier, before fireworks cap off the evening’s entertainment and welcome the year 2018.

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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 Randazzo, Emma Kubikian, Bridget Dougherty, Cameryn Carr, Abby Berman, Mary Grace Jamison, Natalie Argento, Ella Tedesco, Hope Aita, Emily Torrence, Taylor Pontari, Paige Driscoll, Molly Farrell, Julia Wilson, Sarah Rodriguez, Kayleigh Donegan, Sally Dahl and Keira Janto. Tickets ($10) are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or at the Music Pier Box Office on the night of the event.

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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 for children will be available on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) during the same hours. Vendors including Asbury Avenue restaurants will offer food of every variety.

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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.

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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 boost for all the participants.

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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 a landing on the beach between Seventh Street and Eighth Street. The team then will deliver the American flag from the sky to open the Aerobatic Air Show at 1 p.m. Sunday with a landing on the beach at 11th Street.

The new half-mile “Runway Run” is open to all ages and offers a chance for anybody to cover ground normally traversed only by planes. Free registration will be at the informal event, which will begin at 12:45 p.m.

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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. The annual Corvette Show – including models from throughout the history of Corvettes – moves to the same weekend this year and rolls onto the Boardwalk on Sunday. The Corvette Forum recently listed Ocean City’s among the Top 5 Corvette Shows in America.

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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 Route 52 causeway, Music Pier).

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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 creativity to shape and sculpt salt water taffy into masterpieces. The contest is free and open to all ages.  It starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier (between Eighth Street and Ninth Street on the Boardwalk). Shriver's Salt Water Taffy and Fudge sponsors the event. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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Pageantry and Beach Boys Concerts Highlight Week of Fun in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/16/17

Congratulations to our new Miss Ocean City, 18-year-old Madison Kennelly, who was crowned Saturday on the Ocean City Music Pier. Another week of pageantry in Ocean City includes the Miss Crustacean Beauty Pageant on Wednesday and the Little Miss Ocean City Pageant on Friday.

The original beauty contest for crustaceans moves to the evening this year. In an annual tradition, Ocean City celebrates the beauty of hermit crabs with contestants vying for the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup. All families, kids, businesses and organizations are invited to enter their crustacean in the competition on Wednesday, August 16.

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Disney Junior's Choo Choo Soul Leads 108th Annual Ocean City Baby Parade on Thursday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/9/17

The 108th annual Baby Parade is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, August 10, and the tradition offers a chance for parents to show off Ocean City's newest generation. The parade will feature more than 100 children cruising the Ocean City Boardwalk in themed strollers, wagons and floats.

Genevieve Goings and Constantine "DC" Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior's "Choo Choo Soul," will serve as grand marshals for the parade, which also will include marching bands, performers, decorated floats and an array of special guests.

The parade is free to watch from either side of the boardwalk. Spectators are welcome to bring beach chairs to watch from the railing along the ocean side of the boardwalk. The parade will start at Sixth Street with children finishing at 12th Street and all other entries continuing to 14th Street.

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Boardwalk Art Show and Art of Surfing Festival This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 8/2/17

Discover everything Ocean City, NJ has to offer with the new Ocean City NJ Vacation app! This app helps you discover everything Ocean City, NJ has to offer during your beach vacation. Ocean City was voted the best beach in America by Coastal Living magazine! Download on on the App Store or get it on Google Play. 

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Registration Open for 108th Annual Ocean City Baby Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/26/17

Genevieve Goings and Constantine “DC” Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul,” will lead the 108th annual Ocean City Baby Parade at 5 p.m. August 10, 2017.

 

Registration is open to anybody who wants to participate in the parade, which features children ages 10 and under. For an online entry form and more information, visit ocnj.us/babyparade. Participants also can sign up at the Welcome Center on the ground floor of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Entry fee is $5 per child, and the registration deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 8.

 

For more than a century, families have dressed their young children and adorned strollers, wagons and small floats in comical and fancy themes as part of the annual tradition.

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Night in Venice Features Boat Parade, Fireworks and Concerts

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/19/17

Ocean City’s 63rd annual Night in Venice celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. Saturday (July 22, 2017).

The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provides a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. This year, a fireworks display returns to cap off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

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Ocean City Music Pier Welcomes USO Show Troupe and The Hooters

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/12/17

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra will lead a musical voyage through the history of the USO in a concert Sunday on the Ocean City Music Pier. The Pops will be joined by the USO Show Troupe performing songs made popular by the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and many more.

The USO Show Troupe is part of an American tradition that dates back to its beginnings in the muddy camp shows of the South Pacific during World War II. With more than 350 live annual performances, the Troupe entertains approximately 600,000 service members and their families worldwide as well as nationally televised audiences.

The show will begin with music from the 1940s and 1950s and promises a “sentimental trip down memory lane.” The Troupe’s performances offer “something for everyone” with songs ranging from the standards of the swing era to patriotic songs to contemporary hits.

Tickets are $25/$15 and available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, or the Music Pier Box Office (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace).

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Sand Sculpting, Pops and Southside Johnny

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/5/17

The July fun in Ocean City continues this week with a sand-sculpting contest and salutes to Neil Diamond and Broadway by the Ocean City Pops, a concert by Jersey Shore icons Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and more.

Wednesday night (July 5) brings a Neil Diamond tribute band performing with the Ocean City Pops. The Super Diamond show begins at 8 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier.Tickets are $35/$25 and available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, or the Music Pier Box Office.

Ocean City’s first Sand-Sculpting Contest of the summer will take place on the beach at Sixth Street on Thursday, July 6.Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. Judging takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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Fourth of July in Ocean City Features Fireworks, Bike Parades and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/28/17

Schedule of weekly boardwalk and downtown events begins

Ocean City’s annual Independence Day fireworks display goes off this year at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 4. The fireworks will be launched from a barge off the Ocean City Music Pier and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. A patriotic soundtrack broadcast over the new state-of-the-art boardwalk PA system will accompany the display. Rain date is July 5. The fireworks will cap off a full day of fun in Ocean City.

Two bike parades at either end of the island start Ocean City’s traditional holiday celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The events invite all families to dress patriotically, adorn bicycles and take a short ride.

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Vanessa Williams and the Temptations in Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/20/17

Williams opens the 2017 Pops season on Sunday, Temptations perform on Monday

Backed by the renowned Ocean City Pops orchestra, the multi-talented VANESSA WILLIAMS will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Sunday (June 25).

Tickets ($65, $75 and $85) are still available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers.

Williams is one of the most respected and multi-faceted performers in the entertainment industry today. She has sold millions of records worldwide and scored No. 1 and Top 10 hits on charts including Pop, Dance, R&B, Adult Contemporary, Holiday, Latin, Gospel and Jazz. Her critically acclaimed work in film, television, recording and the Broadway stage have earned her four Emmy nominations, 11 Grammy nominations, a Tony nomination, 3 SAG award nominations, 7 NAACP Image Awards and 3 Satellite Awards. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007.

At Sunday’s show, she’ll perform hits such as “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney film “Pocahontas,” “Dreamin’,” and “Save the Best for Last.” But she’ll also pay tribute to her Broadway career with a Sondheim medley and sing classics such as “Stormy Weather.”

The show opens the 2017 Ocean City Pops season, and the orchestra will take the spotlight for the first 20 minutes of the show. For a complete schedule of the Pops’ wide variety of shows this summer, visit www.oceancitypops.org.

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Miss New Jersey Pageant Returns to Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/14/17

Pageant Week Starts with Boardwalk Parade on Wednesday

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City for the 21st consecutive year in 2017, and the pageant includes four days of events that are open to the public. The winner of the pageant will be crowned on Saturday evening (June 17) and move on the represent New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 10 in Atlantic City.

The public can get a glimpse of all 28 Miss New Jersey contestants during a free parade that starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday (June 14) and proceeds from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk. This year’s theme is “Television Comes Alive on the Boardwalk,” and the contestants will be dressed according to the theme. In a longstanding pageant tradition, they also will “show their shoes.” The parade also includes marching bands, entertainers, community groups and local business entries.

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Restaurant Week, Trombone Shorty and Boardwalk Pet Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/7/17

Tickets now on sale for Sept. 16 Gymnastics Expo with Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson

A week of great deals at Ocean City restaurants starts on Friday, June 9. But the opening of Restaurant Week is only one of the special events this weekend as summer starts to warm up in Ocean City.

Trombone Shorty will bring his big New Orleans sound to the Music Pier on Friday evening. Costumed pets take over the Ocean City Boardwalk for the Show Us Your Paws parade on Saturday afternoon. And the Miss Artisans Pageant takes place on Saturday evening.

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 9 through June 16, and as of Monday, 26 different restaurants from boardwalk to bay were participating. Restaurants and specials are listed at eatinocnj.com.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, carries on the brass jazz tradition with a modern twist. The Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue concert begins at 8 p.m. June 9 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets start at $49. Visit ticketmaster.com or call 1-800-745-3000. Tickets also will be available at City Hall during the week and at the Music Pier Box Office on the night of the show.

The Show Us Your Paws Parade on Saturday, June 10th, will include many of the contests from the Woofin’ Paws Pet Fashion Show that was formerly a spring event here in Ocean City. Costumed dogs and other pets compete in categories such as “Best Super Hero Dog,” “Most Patriotic,” “Best Surfer Dog/Bathing Beauty,” “Pet/Owner Look-Alike,” “Best Dressed Dog,” “Best Decorated Wagon” and “Best Dressed Pet.” Contestants show off their stuff in a parade that starts at 4:45 p.m. and goes from Sixth Street to 14th Street. The parade also includes entries such as a Mummers band, pageant winners and others. All the fun benefits the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information and an application to participate, call 609-398-9500 or visit hsocnj.org.

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