Sand Sculpting, Pops and Southside Johnny

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/5/17

The July fun in Ocean City continues this week with a sand-sculpting contest and salutes to Neil Diamond and Broadway by the Ocean City Pops, a concert by Jersey Shore icons Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and more.

Wednesday night (July 5) brings a Neil Diamond tribute band performing with the Ocean City Pops. The Super Diamond show begins at 8 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $35/$25 and available at, 609-399-6111, or the Music Pier Box Office.

Ocean City’s first Sand-Sculpting Contest of the summer will take place on the beach at Sixth Street on Thursday, July 6. Registration is free and begins at 9 a.m. Judging takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

Meet the Ocean City Pops Woodwind Quintet during a concert of favorites from television and film featuring “The Unhappy Aardvark,” an enchanting tale with a happy ending. The “Sounds Like Fun: Kids Free Chamber Music Concert” begins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 6 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Free admission for concert of about 45 minutes.

The Ocean City Historical Museum invites everybody to the Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Ave.) on Saturday, July 8 to shop from the best known antique and collectible dealers in the region. Admission to the Antiques and Collectibles Fair is free and hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Look for china, glass, furniture, vintage collectibles, postcards, jewelry, textiles and more. For more information, call 609-399-1801.

The Broadway Salute With the Ocean City Pops features vocalists Jennie Eisenhower and Dominic Inferrera on Sunday, July 9. The Pops plays favorites from “Oklahoma,” “West Side Story,” “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and more. Start time 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets are $20/$15. Visit or call 609-399-6111.

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes make their Ocean City Music Pier debut on Monday, July 10. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets start at $42. For tickets, please visit, call 1-800-745-3000 or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier box office.


Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration will be “Rockin’ Through the Decades” this year on July 22, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 63rd annual bayfront celebration.

The optional theme will be “Rockin’ Through the Decades,” a celebration of music, fashion and culture on the rolling waters of the bay. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at or by calling 609-399-6111.

Alfonso Ribeiro will be grand marshal. Ribeiro is the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos ” and created the memorable character of Carlton Banks opposite Will Smith in “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

A limited number of tickets ($15) are on sale now for a meet-and-greet with Ribeiro from 11 a.m. to noon July 22 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Night in Venice also will celebrate its “Rockin’ Through the Decades” theme this year with concerts by O-Town with Ryan Cabrera and Gloria Gaynor with the Ocean City Pops orchestra.

O-Town and Cabrera will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The Night in Venice boat parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 22. Gaynor joins the Pops at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23 on the Music Pier to round out the Decades Weekend.

Tickets are on sale for the Ribeiro meet-and-greet ($15), O-Town/Cabrera ($30) and Gaynor ($30-$35). Visit, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the Music Pier Box Office or any of the city’s welcome centers. Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME as a presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2017. The state Division of Travel and Tourism also provides grant funding.


THE TRIAL OF GOLIDLOCKS (July 11): This exciting retelling of the familiar fairy tale is full of mirth and melody for children. The Ocean City Theatre Company production begins at 10:30am at the Ocean City Music Pier.  All Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Visit or call 609-399-6111.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (July 11-14): Presented by the City of Ocean City, the Ocean City Pops and the Ocean City Theatre Company, the classic musical will be performed four times at the Hughes Performing Arts Center (within Ocean City High School on the beach block of Sixth Street). Show times are 7:30 p.m. July 11, 12 and 14, and 2 p.m. July 13. Ticket prices are $30 for adults, $25 for kids (12 years and under), and $25 for groups of 20 or more. Visit or call 609-399-6111.

WACKY WEDNESDAY (July 12): Use your creativity to shape and sculpt French fries into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. For more information call 609-399-611.

FRECKLE CONTEST (July 12): Registration is free and begins at 5:30 p.m in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Contest starts at 6 p.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

38th ANNUAL T. JOHN CAREY MASTERS SWIM (July 15): Registration 8 a.m. at 34th Street and the beach. The race will start at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit

USO SHOW TROUPE WITH THE OCEAN CITY POPS (July 16): Let us take you on a musical voyage through the rich history of the USO. We’ll begin out retrospect with music from the ’40s and ’50s highlighting songs made popular by the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and many more! With songs of faith, laughter and love, you’re sure to enjoy this sentimental trip down memory lane. Show time is 8:00pm at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Tickets are $25/$15 and can be purchased online at or by calling 609-399-6111.

THE HOOTERS (July 17-18): The Hooters burst onto the Philadelphia music scene in 1980, as a new and different kind of rock band. The concerts begin at 7pm at the Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk & Moorlyn Terrace. Tickets start at $59. For tickets, please visit, call 1-800-745-3000 or stop by the Ocean City Music Pier box office.

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