Miss New Jersey Pageant Returns to Ocean City

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/13/18

Pageant Week Starts with Boardwalk Parade on Wednesday

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held in Ocean City for the 22nd consecutive year in 2018, and the pageant includes four days of events. The winner of the pageant will be crowned on Saturday evening (June 16) and move on the represent New Jersey in the Miss America Pageant on Sept. 5 to 9 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 13) and proceeds from Sixth Street to 14th Street on the Ocean City Boardwalk. This year’s theme is “Women in History,” and the contestants will be dressed accordingly. In a longstanding pageant tradition, they also will “show their shoes.” The parade also includes marching bands, entertainers, community groups and local business entries.

Pageant preliminary competitions will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday (June 14 and 15) on the Ocean City Music Pier.

Reigning Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel (who was second runner-up in the Miss America Pageant) will crown her successor at the conclusion of the pageant finale at the Music Pier at 7 p.m. Saturday. Action News 6-ABC weather anchor Karen Rogers will host the pageant all three nights.

Remaining tickets are $45 to $65 and available at www.showtix4u.com.


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 through Friday, June 15. Restaurants and specials are listed at eatinocnj.com.


The Ocean City Music Pier’s popular Summer Concert Series opens next week with three nights of great music.

Grammy-winning artist Aimee Mann makes her Ocean City debut on Monday, June 18. Mann’s career includes success with the band ’Til Tuesday and as a solo act. “Save Me” from the soundtrack of the movie “Magnolia” was one of her early hits. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.

After playing to a sold-out Music Pier in their debut last summer, the Hooters return for shows on consecutive nights Tuesday and Wednesday, June 19 and 20. The Hooters burst onto the Philadelphia music scene in 1980, as a new and different kind of rock band, with hits like “And We Danced” and “All You Zombies.” The concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59.

Tickets are also on sale now for the rest of the 2018 Summer Concert Series:
• Get the Led Out: 7 p.m. June 25 and June 26
• Indigo Girls: 7 p.m. July 9
• America: 7 p.m. July 16
• Straight No Chaser: 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 23
• Blues Traveler: 7 p.m. July 30
• Bacon Brothers: 7 p.m. August 6
• Gordon Lightfoot: 7 p.m. August 13
• The Beach Boys: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. August 20 and August 21
• The Machine: 7 p.m. August 27
Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or stop by the Music Pier box office or one of the welcome centers in Ocean City.


ANTIQUE AUTO SHOW (June 23): More than 300 vintage vehicles on display at the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A boardwalk parade begins at 2 p.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

GET THE LED OUT (June 25 and 26): A summer tradition continues as the Philadelphia-based band returns to the Music Pier for two huge nights of Led Zeppelin. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50. Visit ticketmaster.com or stop by one of the welcome centers in Ocean City to purchase tickets.

WACKY WEDNESDAY (June 27): Use your creativity to shape and sculpt Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free and limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.

FUNDAY AT PLAYLAND (JUNE 27): Unlimited ride wristband (excluding Gale Force) for $15 per person from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wristbands available for purchase at noon at Playland, 1020 Boardwalk. All proceeds benefit Community Quest Inc. For more information, call Dan Kelly (609) 646-0388.

BROADWAY ON THE OC BOARDWALK (June 27): Broadway will truly come to the Boardwalk as professional performers appearing in Ocean City Theatre Company’s 2018 Summer Season take to the stage to bring Broadway favorites to life. Headlining the evening will be Michael Lee Brown of Broadway’s “Dear Evan Hansen.” Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $18 to $20. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the Music Pier Box Office (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends).

OC-CON COMIC AND MEMORABILIA FESTIVAL (June 28 to 30): OC-Con features meet-the-artist sessions, discussion panels, costume contests, and the display and sale of comic books and memorabilia. Show hours will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 28, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 29 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 30. Stars of “Teen Wolf” and “Bosch” will be special guests, and tickets are on sale for exclusive photo and autograph sessions with Dylan Sprayberry (“Teen Wolf”) and Titus Welliver (“Bosch”). Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway or the Music Pier Box Office (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekends). Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango from Syfy Channel’s hit shows “Ghost Hunters” and “Ghost Hunters Academy will be on hand Friday, June 29 to greet fans and participate in an interactive live presentation (both included in admission price). For complete information on participating artists and all of OC-Con, visit ocnjcon.com.

SUPERHERO RUN AND OBSTACLE COURSE (June 30): OC-Con features a one-mile OC-Con Superhero Run at Carey Stadium at 9 a.m. June 30, and the Superhero Obstacle Dash for 12-and-unders at 10 a.m. June 30. Both events are on the track at Carey Stadium (beach block of Sixth Street). Run registration fee is $15 for adults ($20 on race-day) and includes admission to the show (for Saturday, June 30) and a T-shirt. The fee for 12-and-unders is $10 and includes the Obstacle Dash, as well as admission and a T-shirt. Register online.

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