Dogs to Show Off Spectacular Stunts May 10 on Music Pier

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/26/17
Ocean City brings a one-of-a-kind event to the Ocean City Music Pier on Wednesday, May 10, and the stars of the show are not human. Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Experience” features dogs jumping, catching and dancing in an amazing display of stunts and tricks.

All of the stars of the stage have been rescued from pounds and shelters. A 2008 appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” helped spark the creation of a spectacle that now includes lighting effects, visual props, costumes and crowd participation. Some of the challenges include doggy dancing, flying-disc catches, jump-roping, leaps over young audience members and even a famous “Stunt Dog Triathlon.” See video

Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets ($15 to $18) are on sale now at, 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. Call 609-525-9281 for group rates.


Downtown and Boardwalk merchants will set up tables outside their stores this weekend (Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30) to get a jump on the season with special spring deals. The table sales also will provide a preview of the following weekend’s Spring Block Party (May 6) in Ocean City. Tables will be set up between Sixth and 14th streets on downtown Asbury Avenue and on the Boardwalk.

Some other weekend events include:

CURTAIN UP: THE SCHOOL OF AMERICAN BALLET WORKSHOP PERFORMANCES (April 27): The second in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances includes some of the best of ballet. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall at the Ocean City Free Public Library (17th Street and Simpson Avenue).

OCEAN CITY GREAT STRIDES WALK (April 29): Great Strides is a family-oriented event with a 5-kilometer walk, children’s activities, food and festivities. The walk benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Register at 10 a.m. at the Sixth Street basketball courts near the boardwalk. Walk starts at 11 a.m. For more information, call 610-325-6001 or visit

SJ SHORE MARCH FOR BABIES (April 30): Five-mile walk on the Ocean City Boardwalk starts at noon. Register at

MUSIC OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS (April 30): Join the Package Goods Orchestra for a free concert at the Ocean City Free Public Library featuring music with a “Canadian connection.” The show will include songs from Neil Young, The Band, Buffalo Springfield, Leonard Cohen, Gordon Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, Paul Anka and many more. The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard.


‘WILD WEST’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT (May 1-31): Photographer Adam Taylor will exhibit images from his explorations of Humboldt County in California all month at the Ocean City Arts Center. For more information, visit

OCEAN CITY POPS STUDENT COMPETITION (May 3): The seventh annual Esther Weil Student Music Competition will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 on the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops and is designed to encourage and reward high school age vocalists and instrumentalists along their music education path. Prizes for each division range from $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. There will be 28 musicians this year. Fifteen entries are vocal musicians and thirteen are instrumentalists. There are 13 different high schools from Cape May and Atlantic counties represented. There are also two home-schooled entrants. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Come out to see the future stars of tomorrow.

SPRING BLOCK PARTY (May 6): Ocean City’s premier spring event features more than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and kids’ activities stretched out over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street. The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (May 6). Downtown stores are open for business and also have table sales out front. Pony rides for children will be available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle.

PHILLY SOUL & ROCK ’N’ ROLL (May 6): A concert featuring Philadelphia legends the Trammps (“Disco Inferno” and “Hold Back the Night”), the Dovells (“Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down”) and Blue Notes (“The Love I Lost” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”) will be one of the highlights of Spring Block Party weekend in Ocean City this year. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday (May 6) on the Ocean City Music Pier. The concert benefits Ocean City’s Morvay-Miley Post 524 of the American Legion. Tickets ($40) are available at, 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.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (May 6-7): Between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM SUNDAY BUFFET BRUNCH (May 7): The Ocean City Historical Museum invites the community to a Sunday buffet at 12:30 p.m. May 7 at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. Guests will enjoy a short presentation on “Stormy Weather in Ocean City” presented by Paul Anselm. Tickets ($25 for museum members and $27 for the public) can be purchased at the museum or by calling 609-399-1801.

CHRIS PERONDI’S STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE (May 10): Tickets are $15 to $18.

OC POPS FRENCH MUSIC (May 12): The third in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes music for flute, violin, cello and piano. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY (May 13): Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades. Special guest will be Jon Dorenbos. 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.

JON DORENBOS MAGIC SHOW (May 13): Jon Dorenbos isn’t just known for his NFL career as a long snapper. He recently starred in the 11th season of NBC’s hit television show “America’s Got Talent.” Dorenbos impressed the world with his mind-blowing magic performance. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are sold out.

WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT: A BOOGALOO CELEBRATION (May 18): The third in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances celebrates the history and legacy of Latin boogaloo music. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTWALK (May 20): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am.

MILES FOR MELANOMA (May 20): The Melanoma Research Foundation invites you to join  the 8th annual Miles for Melanoma Ocean City 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Register online ($20) at

PIECES OF EIGHT TREASURE HUNT (May 20-21): The ECRDA’s eighth annual open beach hunt takes place near the Ocean City Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Compete in a series of metal detector hunts for great prizes. Special hunt for kids on Saturday along with an optional gold hunt. On Sunday, there will be an optional silver hunt. Cost is $20, and kids (13 and under) hunt for only $5. Loaner detectors are available. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is rain or shine. For registration or more information, visit or call Harold at 732-276-8251.

OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON (May 21): Course that is friendly for athletes of all abilities includes a quarter-mile pool swim, 2-mile run, 16-mile bike and another 2-mile run. Kids course: 200-meter pool swim, 1-mile run, 8-mile bike and 1-mile run. Pool swim is timed separately and must be completed 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Run/bike/run starts 9 a.m. $50 Tri/Du. $25 kids course.

WALK TO END LUPUS NOW (May 21): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street practice field. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 215-517-5070 or visit

UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE (May 26): City officials turn a ceremonial key to open the ocean for the season, then participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the water to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” All welcome to watch or participate. Noon on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Call 609-399-6111.

OC POPS IT’S A GRAND OLD FLAG (May 26): The fourth in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes a woodwind quintet. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE (May 27): Register for a 2.5-mile race on the beach with obstacles. Proceeds from the event benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. On-site registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier 2 to 10 p.m. May 26, and 6 to 7:30 a.m. May 27. The race begins at 8 a.m. along with a kid run (ages 4 to 12) at approx. 9:45 a.m. Call 856-905-0583 or visit

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CONCERT (May 27): The 35-member Bucks County Singers of Newtown (Bucks County), Pa. will perform a free concert outside the Ocean City Music Pier at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The mixed-voice choral group of men and women will present a program of eclectic choral offerings, including well-known standards, pop, Broadway showtunes, and patriotic pieces, many related to their spring concert theme “What a Wonderful World!”

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND (May 28): KC and the Sunshine Band will create instant happiness and launch the summer season at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. With over four decades of success, they have produced hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” General admission ticket $75. Call 609-399-6111 or visit

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE (May 29): 11 a.m. at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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