Ocean City’s 2019 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/2/19 The shortest days of the year are behind us, and that means summer’s on the way. It’s not too early to think about planning for some fun in Ocean City this year. Here’s an early look at just a few key dates for 2019. March 30: The SPORTS MEMORABILIA SHOW returns for a second year at the Ocean City Music Pier. April 5 to 7: Downtown Asbury Avenue welcomes another GIRLS WEEKEND. April 6 to 7: The OC-CON COMIC BOOK and MEMORABILIA SHOW moves back to April this year. April 13: Humor and nostalgia join forces again as the DOO DAH PARADE and MATURE PAGEANT go off on a Saturday afternoon and evening. April 13 and 20: Easter falls on April 21 this year and the GREAT EGG... Read More

Fun, Family and Fireworks for First Night in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/26/18 The Spinners and Other Great Entertainment Highlight Lineup The legendary Spinners will perform Grammy-nominated hits like “Working My Way Back to You” and “The Rubberband Man” in three shows at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Fabulous Greaseband will get the crowd dancing with three shows of their own at the Ocean City Civic Center. Families can swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, ice-skate on an outdoor rink, or skateboard at Ocean City’s new park while a DJ spins tunes. These are just a few of the 30 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town as Ocean City marks the 27th anniversary of its popular family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this year on Dec. 31, 2018. The lineup includes entertainment to satisfy every taste and... Read More

Ocean City Plans Festive First Night Celebration

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/19/18 Admission Buttons for the Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve on Sale Now Ocean City marks the 27th anniversary of its popular family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration this year, and as many as 10,000 are expected to attend. First Night offers more than 70 opportunities to catch more than 30 different shows and activities at 22 venues throughout town. The lineup includes entertainment to satisfy every taste and age group. A fireworks display rings in the new year at midnight. The fun continues on New Year’s Day with a 5-kilometer run on the boardwalk and the wildly popular First Plunge in the Atlantic Ocean. WHEN: First Night events run 4 p.m. to midnight on Monday, Dec. 31. The First Day 5K starts at 1 p.m. and the First Plunge goes off at... Read More

‘Annie’ Continues With Three More Shows at Music Pier

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/12/18 Admission Buttons for Family-Friendly First Night on Sale Now The Ocean City Theatre Company opened a five-show run of the beloved musical “Annie” with two great performances this weekend, and tickets are on sale for three more shows on the Ocean City Music Pier on Friday and Saturday. The original Broadway production of “Annie” won seven 1977 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Book and Score. It ran for 2,377 performances and has subsequently been produced all over the world. The original production is one of the 20 longest-running shows in Broadway history, and after more than four decades, it continues to be one of the most successful musicals on stage. With music by Charles Strouse and book by Thomas Meehan, “Annie” is directed by Shannon Agnew, choreographed... Read More

Christmas Parade Brightens Asbury Avenue on Friday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/5/18 Ocean City’s annual Christmas Parade travels down Asbury Avenue at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Lights, garland, wreaths and bows adorn “The Avenue” for the season, and the parade will bring a variety of bands, floats and other entries to add a little warmth to the winter. The event gives spectators time to shop and dine on downtown Asbury Avenue before and after the 6 p.m. start time. The parade starts at Sixth Street and proceeds to 11th Street. This year’s parade features the Ocean City High School Band, Pitman High School Band, Mainland Regional High School Band and the Pennsport String Band. Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto will participate. The cast of Ocean City Theatre Company’s “Annie” also will join the lineup, singing selections from... Read More

Holiday Activities Highlight the Weekend in OCNJ

What's Happening in OCNJ 11/28/18 First Night Admission Buttons Discounted Through Nov. 30 Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two different events on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019: the Day of Service and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony and Soul Food Dinner. The ceremony, a long tradition in Ocean City, moves this year from its customary date on the Saturday before to the Monday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21. It will be held at noon at the Hughes Performing Arts Center of Ocean City High School. The event includes the honoring of Ocean City residents with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Services Award, and the city is currently seeking nominations from the public for this year’s honorees. The awards are given... Read More

Christmas in the Downtown Set for Friday

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/20/18 Tickets Still Available for Jackie Evancho Holiday Show on Saturday         Ocean City’s small-town version of “Black Friday” takes place on Friday, Nov. 23. The Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” – goes from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be a warm and entertaining time featuring carolers and performers throughout downtown Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Downtown stores will offer discount shopping for gifts, and many Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Free horse-and-carriage rides will be available. Entertainment and Christmas carols will begin at 4 p.m. on the steps of City Hall at Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue. Singer Jackie Evancho will perform a song as a preview of her show on Saturday. The event culminates... Read More

Earlier Than The Bird Shopping Takes Over Asbury Avenue!

Earlier Than The Bird 2018 in Downtown Ocean City, NJ!   NOVEMBER 17th - “Earlier than the Bird” DOWNTOWN Shopping Extravaganza – 8:00am – 12noon. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas for early bird shopping specials.  Enter to win gift certificates and door prizes from Downtown Merchants while you shop over 100 unique stores.  Be sure to stop at Jon & Patty's Coffee Bar & Bistro, Ocean City Coffee Company, and Starbucks for free coffee in the morning and head over to Drip N' Scoop for a free standard donut!  A printed flyer of store specials will be available at Jon & Patty's, Ocean City Coffee Co., Starbucks and Drip N' Scoop.  The best dressed shoppers will win free... Read More

Ocean City Holiday Events Start ‘Earlier Than the Bird’

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/14/18 All Invited to Community Thanksgiving Service on Nov. 20 Ocean City’s holiday celebrations begin “Earlier Than the Bird” on Saturday, Nov. 17. The annual downtown shopping extravaganza takes place 8 a.m. to noon on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Jump-start your holiday shopping and shop in your pajamas for early-bird shopping specials at stores on Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 11th Street. Free coffee will be available at Jon & Patty’s (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (917 Asbury Ave.) and Starbucks (1061 Asbury Ave.). Enjoy a free standard doughnut at Drip N’ Scoop (960 Asbury Ave.). Free turkeys will be awarded to the best-dressed. Register while you shop for chances to win up to $150 in gift certificates and prizes. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ... Read More