‘Smash’ and ‘Wicked’ Star to Open 2018 Ocean City Pops Season

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/20/18

Farmers Market and Wacky Wednesdays start on June 27

Tickets are on sale now for the season-opening performance of the Ocean City Pops featuring Megan Hilty. The show is at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

Hilty is famous for her portrayal of Ivy Lynn in NBC’s musical drama “Smash.” A native of Seattle, Hilty moved to New York City after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University and quickly made her Broadway debut as Glinda in “Wicked.”  She went on to perform the role in both the national tour and in Los Angeles. She followed up the series with a starring role on the NBC comedy “Sean Saves the World.”

Hilty received critical acclaim for her role of Brooke Ashton in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Noises Off.”  She earned nominations for a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Drama League Award and won a Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Featured Actress in a Play. Her television credits include recurring roles on “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” “The Good Wife,” “Braindead,” and “Louie,” among many others.

The Hilty performance will be just one show in a star-studded lineup for the Ocean City Pops this summer. The schedule includes shows to appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes.

Tickets are $30 to $60 and are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the Music Pier Box Office and welcome centers throughout town.


Ocean City’s popular weekly FARMERS MARKET opens for the season 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27. It returns every Wednesday through Sept. 5 on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue. Crafters will be set up adjacent to the Farmers Market.

Families can use their creativity to shape and sculpt salt water taffy into their unique masterpieces during WACKY WEDNESDAY on June 27. The contest is free and open to all ages. Start time is 10:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. Sponsored by Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy. A variety of similar contests will be held weekly on Wednesdays throughout the summer. For more information on each week’s theme, visit www.oceancityvacation.com or call 609-399-6111.


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 the Music Pier Box Office to purchase tickets.


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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