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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.

Parking will be free on all metered streets and at all municipal parking lots in Ocean City, including those at the Transportation Center lot (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and on the 700 and 800 blocks of Central Avenue.

A 9 p.m. fireworks display over the ocean caps off the evening. The show will be launched from a barge off the Ocean City Music Pier and will be best viewed from the boardwalk and beach between Fifth Street and 14th Street.  Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.

The Indian Summer Weekend (Oct. 7 to 9) celebration also includes seafood vendors at the Ocean City Music Pier and local merchant table sales between Sixth Street and 14th Street on the boardwalk and on Asbury Avenue.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE FOR ‘8-TRACK’

The Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will present three performances of “8-Track: The Sounds of the ’70s In Concert” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 6 to 8) at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The show was conceived by Rick Seeber with musical arrangements by Michael Gribin, and it offers a fast-paced musical romp through one of the most impassioned decades of the 20th century. Get ready to boogie down through 10 years of propulsive rhythms and dazzling harmonies featuring the music of The Emotions, The Carpenters, Patti Labelle, Barry Manilow, Marvin Gaye, the Doobie Brothers, the Bee Gees, Helen Reddy, KC and the Sunshine Band and more.

Shows are 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 7; and 2 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $15 to $20 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111, the City Hall Welcome Center, the Route 52 Roy Gillian Welcome Center or at the Music Pier Box Office on show days. The show runs about 90 minutes, so Saturday’s performance will conclude in time to catch the fireworks display launched from just off the Music Pier.

MORE OCTOBER EVENTS

WOODWORK AND PAINTINGS EXHIBIT (All of October): Mother and son Christina and Justin Lowenstein will share their love of art through paintings, woodworking and metalwork at the Ocean City Arts Center through Oct. 31.  Their exhibit, titled “Artistic Parallels,” features vibrant acrylic paintings by Christina Lowenstein and wood, metal and unique finish work of craftsman Justin Lowenstein. The Linwood residents will host a “Meet the Artists” reception, free and open to the public, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13.  All work will be for sale. The Arts Center is within the Ocean City Community Center at 1735 Simpson Avenue.

21 DOWN BUDDY WALK (Oct. 8): The 19th annual 21 Down Buddy Walk will take place on Sunday, Oct. 8. Registration is 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center (beach block of Sixth Street). Fun runs and a walk warm-up will take place on the adjacent track from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The one-mile walk begins at 2:45 p.m. Each participant who pays the $25 registration fee can enjoy two hours of rides at Playland’s Castaway Cove. Participation without a ride bracelet is $15. Visit https://www.21down.org/buddy-walk-general-info for information and online registration.

JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT (Oct. 14): The City of Ocean City will host the 12th annual Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant at 7 p.m. 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 our contestants and reigning titleholder. Stella Schwartz will crown her successor after a dynamic year of service. Contestants, who range 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 door on the night of the event.

MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER (Oct. 15): Registration for this non-competitive walk of 3 to 5 miles begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Ninth Street and Boardwalk. The walk begins at 10 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is where participants have the opportunity to unite, honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors while raising awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society. For more information, call 856-673-5721.

GHOST HUNTERS (Oct. 17): Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango from Syfy’s hit shows “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters Academy” will make an interactive live presentation at the Ocean City Free Public Library 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. The stars will take about their experiences on and off camera, sharing some of their favorite paranormal investigations, evidence and stories from their travels. It also will include a meet-and-greet and a question-and-answer session. The event is free to attend and will be held in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the library, but seating is limited, so arrive early to secure your seat. Call 609-399-2434 for more information.

BAYSIDE BRUNCH (Oct. 22): A brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 provides a great opportunity to visit the 17-room bayfront estate of Realtor Nick Ochs, one of the most spectacular pieces of real estate in Ocean City. The event is a fundraiser for the Literacy Volunteers Association of Cape May and Atlantic counties, which supports adult literacy programs. Suggested donation is $40 and includes food, friends, music and a chance to experience the beauty of this 1940s estate with 250 feet of unobstructed bayfront views. To RSVP, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 609-383-3377.

WELCOME NIGHT (Oct. 25): The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s annual Welcome Night provides an opportunity for residents to meet Ocean City groups, businesses and organizations. The free event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

HALLOWEEN PARADE (Oct. 26): The costumed parade starts at 7:15 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. To register to participate, call 800-813-5580 or visit ochp.blogspot.com.

JOHN R. ELLIOTT HERO WALK AND 5K RUN (Oct. 29): A 5-kilometer walk and a 5K run to promote the use of sober designated drivers and reduce the number of drunken driving tragedies (the mission of the John R. Elliott HERO campaign for Designated Drivers). Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Run begins at 9:30 a.m. Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Walk at 11 a.m. Visit herocampaign.org or call 609-626-3880.