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Sunshine Guaranteed in Ocean City for Memorial Day Weekend
What's Happening in Ocean City 2/22/17
KC and the Sunshine Band will make their Ocean City debut with a concert to help kick off the summer season on Memorial Day Weekend. The band will perform on the Ocean City Music Pier on Sunday, May 28.
Generations of fans have danced to hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” The band fuses Caribbean, R&B and funk music with the singular purpose of “creating instant happiness through music.” The show promises to get people up and out of their seats in a spectacular start to summer in Ocean City.
From four No. 1 hits in one 12-month period in the 1970s to the release of the recent blockbuster film theme “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” KC and the Sunshine Band has had as much fun making music as its fans have listening to it.
The tentative date for the start of ticket sales ($75) is 9 a.m. Thursday, March 2. They’ll be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
2017 Presidents Day Weekend Restaurant Hours
Presidents Day Weekend Restaurant Hours
Regis Philbin to Host Mr. Mature Pageant and Lead Doo Dah Parade
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/15/17
Ocean City announces today that Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 8.
A veteran of more than five decades of talk shows, game shows and singing performances, Philbin is one of the most likable personalities in the history of television. His quick wit will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. Philbin will host the fourth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.
Earlier in the day, Philbin will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.
Still a force at 85, Philbin is a model for the successful Mr. Mature candidate. The pageant includes competition in talent, judge’s interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question. The pageant is accepting applications for contestants. If you are or know a male 55 or older who would like to join the good-natured competition, complete the online application at ocnj.us/mrmature or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information.
The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The historic Flanders Hotel returns as a founding sponsor this year. The Flanders will cater meals for contestants and will offer special rates for attendees during the pageant weekend.
Magic Show Sells Out in a Week, Broadway Series Tickets on Sale
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/8/17
Tickets for a magic show by Philadelphia Eagles player Jon Dorenbos went on sale Feb. 1 and sold out in just a week. His show is just one of the many highly anticipated events coming to Ocean City this season – including everything from the music of the Hooters to the Stunt Dog Experience to the Ocean City Pops orchestra.
Look for a number of exciting new announcements in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get tickets while they last for the summer Broadway Series that combines the exceptional talents of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Ocean City Theatre Company and top theater professionals. Tickets go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, for “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11).
Songs like “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” have made “Fiddler on the Roof” a timeless favorite since it debuted in 1964. Equally popular among audiences of all ages is the musical “Mary Poppins” – with songs like “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cheree” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
Both shows are at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on July 11, 12 and 14 with a 2 p.m. matinee on July 13. “Mary Poppins” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on August 8, 9 and 11 with a 2 p.m. matinee on August 10.
Tickets for the shows are $30 for adults, $25 for children (12 and under), and $25 for groups of 20 or more. They are available (starting 9 a.m. Feb. 9) at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.
Tickets for Jon Dorenbos Magic Show and Southside Johnny on Sale This Week
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/31/17
Ocean City’s box office opens on Wednesday (Feb. 1), and one of the most anticipated shows is also one of the most unlikely: a 14-year NFL veteran performing magic.
Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will share his mind-blowing magic talents in a single show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, on the Ocean City Music Pier.
The world discovered Dorenbos during his run to the top of the NBC television competition “America’s Got Talent.” (See video of his performance in the finals.) He placed third overall in the contest after surviving many elimination rounds.
Dorenbos says magic saved his life, and he has a story to back it up. When he was 12 years old, his father murdered his mother. He openly shares this childhood tragedy with audiences in an inspirational show about rising through adversity, setting goals no matter how high, and planning the necessary steps to achieve those goals.
Hooters, Temptations and Beach Boys to Play Ocean City this Summer
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/25/17
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 26) for the first wave of shows in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. The series will include the Temptations (June 26), the Hooters (July 17 and 18) and the return of the Beach Boys (August 21 and 22).
The Hooters will bring back a lot of memories for the folks who caught the Philadelphia-based band’s live shows on the Jersey Shore or listened to WMMR-FM in the 1980s. The band will reprise big hits like “All You Zombies,” “And We Danced” and “Day by Day,” and they’ll introduce newer material as well. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on July 17 and 18.
The Temptations show will include founder and surviving original member Otis Williams. The legendary Motown band has a catalog of more than 25 Top 20 hits and they’ve been performing live for more than 50 years.
The Beach Boys have played to sold-out crowds on the Ocean City Music Pier for the past two summers, and they’re making good on a promise to keep returning. They’ll perform four shows: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, and 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
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 fourth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments. If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmature.
Martin Luther King Day Events in Ocean City
What's Happening in Ocean City, NJJ 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. Leroy Robertson, Tyrone Rolls and the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church will be honored for their contributions to the community, and the winners of a student essay contest will be named.
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 Ocean City Music Pier.
May 6: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first Saturday of May.
May 10: Tickets are on sale now for CHRIS PERONDI’S STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE. Visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.
May 13: Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (anybody remember the impromptu tryouts on the sideline when he broke his wrist this fall?) will help make sure we see an early summer on MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY. He returns that night for a magic show.
July 22: Mark your calendars for the highlight of the summer, NIGHT IN VENICE.
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 School. The lineup also includes a chance to view the night sky from the telescope at the High School Observatory, Sounds of Broadway, the premier Abbott and Costello impersonators, jugglers, puppets, the acclaimed Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Jungle John, live dance music, swimming in the Aquatic and Fitness Center Pool, mentalist Dan Cain, an open house at the Historical Museum, the Horse Play Game Show and St. Augustine's Boys Choir Show Choir, live dance music and much more. Experience a wonderful evening in a safe, non-alcoholic environment.
Buttons are available until sold out for $20 at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, and in the Wonderland kiosk at Stainton's (810 Asbury Avenue). Visit www.firstnightocnj.com to purchase buttons online and to view and print a full schedule. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.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 Aquatics and Fitness Center and the new skateboard park at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue will both be open to button-holders.
Buttons are available for $20 at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway, and at Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue). A printable version of the full schedule of activities and venues is available at www.firstnightocnj.com, where you also can purchase buttons online. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.
Special Christmas Show Set of this Weekend