Spring Block Party on Saturday in Ocean City

What’s Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/3/17

Night in Venice Announces Grand Marshal for 2017
The early weather forecast looks sunny for Ocean City’s Spring Block Party on Saturday. That’s always good news for the premier spring event, which features more than 350 crafters, food vendors, musicians and kids’ activities stretched out over a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street.

The block party runs rain or shine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6. More than 100 downtown stores will be open for business and have table sales out front. Pony rides for children will be available 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle.

This will be the 35th year for an event that now regularly attracts tens of thousands of visitors.

Merchant table sales will continue on Sunday between Sixth and 14th streets on the boardwalk and downtown Asbury Avenue.

This year, the local American Legion post will sponsor a benefit concert featuring Philly Soul & Rock ’N’ Roll on Saturday night. The show includes Philadelphia legends the Trammps (“Disco Inferno” and “Hold Back the Night”), the Dovells (“Bristol Stomp” and “You Can’t Sit Down”) and Blue Notes (“The Love I Lost” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”). The concert will be held at 7 p.m. May 6 on the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets ($40) are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.


Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration will be “Rockin’ Through the Decades” this year on July 22 with newly announced grand marshal Alfonso Ribeiro.

Ribeiro, the new host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” has a career of more than three decades as an actor, TV director, award-winning dancer and Broadway star.

He began his career as a child, playing the lead role in the Tony-winning musical “The Tap Dance Kid.” He had a recording contract with Island Records, released several dance/pop singles, and landed a spot in Michael Jackson’s 1984 Pepsi commercial. He created the memorable character of Carlton Banks  opposite another teen idol, Will Smith, for six seasons of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” And in 2014, he won the 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars” and went on to host that show’s country-wide tour.

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. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice to reserve a spot.

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. Ocean City’s 63rd annual Night in Venice boat parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. 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 O-Town/Cabrera ($30) and Gaynor ($30-$35). Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway.

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 ACME as a presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2017.


‘WILD WEST’ PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT (May 1-31): Photographer Adam Taylor will exhibit images from his explorations of Humboldt County in California all month at the Ocean City Arts Center. For more information, visit www.oceancityartscenter.org.

OCEAN CITY POPS STUDENT COMPETITION (May 3): The seventh annual Esther Weil Student Music Competition will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 on the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace). This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Ocean City Pops and is designed to encourage and reward high school age vocalists and instrumentalists along their music education path. Prizes for each division range from $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place. There will be 28 musicians this year. Fifteen entries are vocal musicians and thirteen are instrumentalists. There are 13 different high schools from Cape May and Atlantic counties represented. There are also two home-schooled entrants. This event is free and all are welcome to attend. Come out to see the future stars of tomorrow.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM SUNDAY BUFFET BRUNCH (May 7): The Ocean City Historical Museum invites the community to a Sunday buffet at 12:30 p.m. May 7 at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. Guests will enjoy a short presentation on “Stormy Weather in Ocean City” presented by Paul Anselm. Tickets ($25 for museum members and $27 for the public) can be purchased at the museum or by calling 609-399-1801.

WALK MS (May 7): Join Walk MS on the Ocean City Boardwalk at 10 a.m. Sunday. Check in starting at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street. Visit walkms.org for more information.

CHRIS PERONDI’S STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE (May 10): Ocean City brings a one-of-a-kind event to the Ocean City Music Pier on Wednesday, May 10, and the stars of the show are not human. Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Experience” features dogs jumping, catching and dancing in an amazing display of stunts and tricks. All of the stars of the stage have been rescued from pounds and shelters. See video Show times are 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets ($15 to $18) are on sale now at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, by calling 609-399-6111, or in-person at the City Hall Welcome Center or the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway. Call 609-525-9281 for group rates.

OC POPS FRENCH MUSIC (May 12): The third in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes music for flute, violin, cello and piano. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY (May 13): Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot seeks his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day. Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades. Special guest will be Jon Dorenbos. 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street.

JON DORENBOS MAGIC SHOW (May 13): Jon Dorenbos isn’t just known for his NFL career as a long snapper. He recently starred in the 11th season of NBC’s hit television show “America’s Got Talent.” Dorenbos impressed the world with his mind-blowing magic performance. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice

YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CENTRAL JERSEY (May 13): Free concert 3 p.m. Saturday (May 13) at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Call 609-635-1439 for information.

WE LIKE IT LIKE THAT: A BOOGALOO CELEBRATION (May 18): The third in a series of free film screenings of the Lincoln Center’s finest performances celebrates the history and legacy of Latin boogaloo music. The film starts at 6:30 p.m. in the Chris Maloney Lecture Hall.

AN EVENING OF BROADWAY’S BEST (May 18): Local entertainers Eric Johnston and Cricket Denton Brennan will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the Ocean City Arts Center (in the Community Center at 17th Street and Simpson Avenue). The concert is free and no reservations are necessary.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEARTWALK (May 20): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk, walk begins at 10:30am. www2.heart.org

MILES FOR MELANOMA (May 20): The Melanoma Research Foundation invites you to join  the 8th annual Miles for Melanoma Ocean City 5K run/walk. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race begins at 10 a.m. Register online ($20) at join.melanoma.org.

PIECES OF EIGHT TREASURE HUNT (May 20-21): The ECRDA’s eighth annual open beach hunt takes place near the Ocean City Music Pier at Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Compete in a series of metal detector hunts for great prizes. Special hunt for kids on Saturday along with an optional gold hunt. On Sunday, there will be an optional silver hunt. Cost is $20, and kids (13 and under) hunt for only $5. Loaner detectors are available. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is rain or shine. For registration or more information, visit www.ecrda.org or call Harold at 732-276-8251.

OCNJ TRIATHLON/DUATHLON (May 21): Course that is friendly for athletes of all abilities includes a quarter-mile pool swim, 2-mile run, 16-mile bike and another 2-mile run. Kids course: 200-meter pool swim, 1-mile run, 8-mile bike and 1-mile run. Pool swim is timed separately and must be completed 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Run/bike/run starts 9 a.m. $50 Tri/Du. $25 kids course. www.ocnj.us/race-events/

WALK TO END LUPUS NOW (May 21): Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street practice field. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Sixth Street and Boardwalk. For more information, call 215-517-5070 or visit www.lupustristate.org.

UNLOCKING OF THE OCEAN AND BUSINESS PERSONS PLUNGE (May 26): City officials turn a ceremonial key to open the ocean for the season, then participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the water to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance.” All welcome to watch or participate. Noon on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier at Moorlyn Terrace. Call 609-399-6111.

OC POPS IT’S A GRAND OLD FLAG (May 26): The fourth in a series of concerts featuring Ocean City Pops members includes a woodwind quintet. Free admission to the 7 p.m. performance at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

MEMORIAL BEACH CHALLENGE (May 27): Register for a 2.5-mile race on the beach with obstacles. Proceeds from the event benefit The 31 Heroes Project, an organization that specializes in creating programs, financial support systems and future opportunities for service members, veterans and their families. On-site registration takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier 2 to 10 p.m. May 26, and 6 to 7:30 a.m. May 27. The race begins at 8 a.m. along with a kid run (ages 4 to 12) at approx. 9:45 a.m. Call 856-905-0583 or visit memorialbeachchallenge.com.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CONCERT (May 27): The 35-member Bucks County Singers of Newtown (Bucks County), Pa. will perform a free concert outside the Ocean City Music Pier at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27. The mixed-voice choral group of men and women will present a program of eclectic choral offerings, including well-known standards, pop, Broadway showtunes, and patriotic pieces, many related to their spring concert theme “What a Wonderful World!”

KC AND THE SUNSHINE BAND (May 28): KC and the Sunshine Band will create instant happiness and launch the summer season at 7:30 p.m. on the Ocean City Music Pier. With over four decades of success, they have produced hit singles including “That’s the Way (I Like It),” “Get Down Tonight,” “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty” and “Boogie Shoes.” General admission ticket $75. Call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE (May 29): 11 a.m. at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call 609-399-6111.

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