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Guide to 2019 Night in Venice in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/10/19 The 65th Annual Event Takes Place on Saturday, July 13 Ocean City will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Night in Venice at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest provide 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. The evening ends with a fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m. The parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Special guests will include the legendary Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery from NBC’s “The Office,” and Caissie Levy, star of the Broadway... Read More

Ocean City Celebrates the Fourth with Fireworks, Bike Parades, ‘Angry Birds’ and More

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/3/19 The Holiday Week Includes a Full Schedule of Events Ocean City’s Independence Day celebration will take place on Thursday, July 4, and include bike parades, music, family contests and fireworks to cap off the summer holiday. The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the ocean near the Music Pier at 9 p.m. and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. The fun starts with two bike parades at opposite ends of the island. Everybody is invited to participate, and thousands usually do. Both parades start at 10 a.m., and organizers encourage riders to dress themselves and their bicycles in the spirit of the holiday. Registration for the Gardens Civic Association Bike Parade starts at 9 a.m. in the... Read More

Summer Kicks Into High Gear With Full Events Schedule

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/25/19 Music Pier Hosts Springsteen and Broadway Tributes, Summer Concert Series Summer has officially arrived, and that means Ocean City’s busy calendar of beach, boardwalk and downtown events is underway. From the popular weekly Farmers Market, Funtastic Tuesdays and Market Days in the downtown to Wacky Wednesdays, Family Nights and Mummers Nights up on the boardwalk, the schedule holds something for everybody. The Ocean City Music Pier also will come to life with the Summer Concert Series underway and a Springsteen tribute and Broadway celebration on tap. The local Ocean City post will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion by presenting “BRUCE IN THE USA,” the world’s No. 1 tribute to Bruce Springsteen, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. This high-energy musical experience is a... Read More

Inaugural Bayside Family Day Set for Saturday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/19/19 Vinny Curry Football Camp and Surf/Skateboard Day Also This Week The beach and boardwalk are highlights of every Ocean City vacation, but a new event on Saturday will showcase the resort’s other “B”: the bay. The inaugural Bayside Family Day is planned for 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 at the bayfront park at Second Street and Bay Avenue. The event will feature live music, food vendors, entertainment, educational demonstrations and more. Sponsors include local businesses such as Totally Tubular Watersports, Ocean City Parasail, Jet Drive Exchange Boat & Jet Ski Club and Pirate Voyages. The early forecasts call for some great weekend weather, so it’ll be a great chance to get outside and take in the spectacular views on Ocean City’s bayside. For more... Read More

‘Toy Story 4’ RV to Visit Boardwalk on Friday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/12/19 Bayside Family Day and Vinny Curry Football Camp Are Next Weekend Parents and kids who grew up with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the “Toy Story” gang will be excited to know that a “Toy Story 4”-themed RV will be on the Ocean City Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday (June 14). The RV will feature photo opportunities for fans, film-themed prizes, carnival games and lots of family-friendly fun. Local “Toy Story” fans are invited to take part in the activities. Two film ambassadors will be on hand to share details about favorite characters — Woody, Buzz and Bo Peep — as well as new characters coming to the big screen, such as Forky, Bunny, Ducky and Duke... Read More

Star of Broadway’s ‘Frozen’ to Perform With Pops And Join Night in Venice Boat Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/5/19 Registration Open for Boats and Homes in the 65th Annual Event on July 13 The star of the Broadway version of Disney’s “Frozen” will be the featured performer for a special Ocean City Pops concert July 14 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Caissie Levy, who is currently starring as Elsa in the stage production of “Frozen,” also will join Chubby Checker and Kate Flannery as a special guest in the 65th annual Night in Venice boat parade on July 13. Tickets are on sale now for Levy’s show, and registration is open for anybody who would like to participate in Night in Venice as part of the boat parade or home decorating contest. Levy also has performed on Broadway in “Les Miserables,” “Wicked,” “Hairspray” and “Rent.”... Read More

Ocean City Flower Show Returns to Music Pier This Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/29/19 Eagles star Vinny Curry Brings Youth Football Camp to O.C. on June 22 The Music Pier will come to life this weekend with the rich colors and aromas of the 47th annual Ocean City Flower Show. The show features artistic arrangements in a wide variety of categories. Commercial, amateur and kids’ entries compete for honors. Show times are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday (May 31), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday (June 1), and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday (June 2). A sales pavilion will be open during the same hours. The show is sponsored by the Garden Club of Ocean City, and voluntary donations will be accepted at the door. Displays fall into artistic design and horticulture divisions, and orchids, roses, succulents, potted plants,... Read More

Ocean City to Unlock the Ocean for Memorial Day Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/22/19 The First Swimmers Will Take the ‘Business Persons Plunge’ In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 24. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer. The Ocean City Beach Patrol will begin providing guarded beaches on Saturday, and boardwalk and downtown businesses will be open and ready for the holiday weekend. After a cool and wet spring, the forecast for the weekend looks sunny and warm. The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of the... Read More

Night in Venice to Celebrate 65th Anniversary on July 13 – Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery, Patina Miller to Join in the Fun

What's Happening in OCNJ 5/15/19 Plans for a festive 65th anniversary celebration of Ocean City’s premier summer event, Night in Venice, are in the works. Tickets for Night in Venice weekend shows go on sale Thursday (May 16), and registration for participating boats and waterfront homes is open. The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contest are a highlight of the season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bay, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade. The parade this year starts at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. The “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme is optional but offers a chance to reminisce about... Read More