Ocean City Announces 2018 Night in Venice Theme

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/31/18

Tickets on sale for OCTC Children’s and Broadway Series

Ocean City will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during the 64th annual Night in Venice boat parade on July 28.

The parade and decorated bayfront home contest are a 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. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at the conclusion of the parade.

The parade this year starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. The “TV’s Greatest Hits” theme is optional but offers decades of possibilities for participants in the event.

Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

Ocean City is proud to welcome back ACME as a returning sponsor for Night in Venice 2018.


The 2018 Ocean City Theatre Company Summer Children’s Theater Series will include five musicals on the Ocean City Music Pier, and tickets are on sale now.

The lineup includes:

  • Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka (TYA): 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 3 and 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 6 (based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl)
  • Junie B. Jones the Musical: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 10 (based on the book series by Barbara Park)
  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 17 (based on the book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith)
  • Sleeping Beauty: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (Can friendship and loyalty overcome even the strongest dark magic?)
  • Miss Nelson Is Missing:10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 31 (winner of the 2003 National Children’s Theatre Festival Award, Best New Musical)

Tickets are also on sale for the Summer Broadway Series at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center on the beach block of Sixth Street. This series includes “A Chorus Line” and “Beauty and the Beast,” and both shows feature the Ocean City Pops Orchestra working with the Ocean City Theatre Company.

A Chorus Line” is a stunning concept musical capturing the spirit and tension of a Broadway chorus audition. Exploring the inner lives and poignant ambitions of professional Broadway gypsies, the show features one powerhouse number after another. Memorable musical numbers include “What I Did for Love, “One,” “I Can Do That,” “At the Ballet,” “The Music and the Mirror” and “I Hope I Get It.” The show contains mature/adult content. Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 10, 11 and 13. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. July 12.

“Beauty and the Beast” is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. The stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for more than 13 years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Show times are 7:30 p.m. August 7, 8 and 10. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m. August 9.

All advance tickets for the Children’s Series are $10 in advance. Tickets for the Broadway Series are $25 and $30. They go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, and will be available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, and at City Hall (861 Asbury Avenue) or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Call 609-525-9284 to inquire about group rates.


Coastal Living magazine has chosen Ocean City as one of 10 “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns” for 2018. The winner will be determined by online voting that opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, and closes at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6.

To vote, visit www.coastalliving.com/happytowns2018.

Voters chose Ocean City, NJ as the “Best Beach in America” in a 2016 poll with more than 100,000 votes cast nationwide. The online balloting this year will limit individuals to only one vote per minute, and it will include a graphic leaderboard. Winners will be announced online on June 12.


ARTS CENTER EXHIBIT (All of February): Watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings will be featured in February at the Ocean City Arts Center.  Also featured will be pastels, mixed media and folk art.  On exhibit from February 1 to 28, all the art has been created by the Ocean City Arts Center’s students and teachers.  A “Meet the Artists” reception, free and open to the public, will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 9.

NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN (Feb. 7): Join the Ocean City Free Public Library in celebrating Black History Month through community readings of African American literature.

All readings will be held in the Children’s Activity Room:

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Toddler Time (Ages 2-3), featuring African American authors and artists
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Story Train (Ages 4-5), featuring African American authors and artists
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Open Mic, everyone invited to participate by bringing a favorite short passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American author to read aloud

OC’S GOT TALENT (Feb. 9): Ocean City High School students compete in their annual talent show. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network of Philadelphia and scholarships for Ocean City High School Key Club members. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets will be available at the door.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM CHILDREN’S TEA (Feb. 10): The Ocean City Historical Museum invites the community to its annual Children’s Tea on 11:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10.  This year’s theme is “Teddy and the Bears.” The event is perfect for children ages 5 to 10. They can learn about a proper Victorian Tea, do arts and crafts and, most of all, enjoy an afternoon tea. Theodore Roosevelt, his daughter Annie and a whole bunch of teddy bears will join the fun this year. Children are invited to bring a special bear to have a wonderful afternoon. Space is limited and tickets are on sale now. Members of the Ocean City Historical Museum are able to purchase tickets at $8 per person. Others can purchase their tickets for $10 per person.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 609-399-1801 or stop by the museum, located within in the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Avenue.  The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

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