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Regis Philbin to Host Mr. Mature Pageant and Lead Doo Dah Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/15/17

Ocean City announces today that Regis Philbin will be master of ceremonies for the Mr. Mature America Pageant on April 8.

A veteran of more than five decades of talk shows, game shows and singing performances, Philbin is one of the most likable personalities in the history of television. His quick wit will be a perfect fit for Ocean City’s pageant, which mixes self-deprecating humor with nostalgia and talent in a tribute to men ages 55 and older. Philbin will host the fourth annual event and conduct on-stage interviews with contestants.

Earlier in the day, Philbin will serve as grand marshal in the Doo Dah Parade, Ocean City’s season-opening celebration of all things humorous.

Still a force at 85, Philbin is a model for the successful Mr. Mature candidate. The pageant includes competition in talent, judge’s interview, poise and appearance, and on-stage question. The pageant is accepting applications for contestants. If you are or know a male 55 or older who would like to join the good-natured competition, complete the online application at ocnj.us/mrmature or call Michael Hartman at 609-525-9284 for more information.

The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 8 on the Ocean City Music Pier. The event is the first and only pageant of its kind in the United States. The historic Flanders Hotel returns as a founding sponsor this year. The Flanders will cater meals for contestants and will offer special rates for attendees during the pageant weekend.


Magic Show Sells Out in a Week, Broadway Series Tickets on Sale

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/8/17

Tickets for a magic show by Philadelphia Eagles player Jon Dorenbos went on sale Feb. 1 and sold out in just a week. His show is just one of the many highly anticipated events coming to Ocean City this season – including everything from the music of the Hooters to the Stunt Dog Experience to the Ocean City Pops orchestra.

Look for a number of exciting new announcements in the coming weeks. In the meantime, get tickets while they last for the summer Broadway Series that combines the exceptional talents of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, the Ocean City Theatre Company and top theater professionals. Tickets go on sale starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, for “Fiddler on the Roof” (July 11 to 14) and “Mary Poppins” (August 8 to 11).

Songs like “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” have made “Fiddler on the Roof” a timeless favorite since it debuted in 1964. Equally popular among audiences of all ages is the musical “Mary Poppins” – with songs like “Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cheree” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

Both shows are at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School (beach block of Sixth Street). “Fiddler on the Roof” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on July 11, 12 and 14 with a 2 p.m. matinee on July 13. “Mary Poppins” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on August 8, 9 and 11 with a 2 p.m. matinee on August 10.    

Tickets for the shows are $30 for adults, $25 for children (12 and under), and $25 for groups of 20 or more. They are available (starting 9 a.m. Feb. 9) 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. 


Tickets for Jon Dorenbos Magic Show and Southside Johnny on Sale This Week

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/31/17

Ocean City’s box office opens on Wednesday (Feb. 1), and one of the most anticipated shows is also one of the most unlikely: a 14-year NFL veteran performing magic.

Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will share his mind-blowing magic talents in a single show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, on the Ocean City Music Pier.

The world discovered Dorenbos during his run to the top of the NBC television competition “America’s Got Talent.” (See video of his performance in the finals.) He placed third overall in the contest after surviving many elimination rounds.

Dorenbos says magic saved his life, and he has a story to back it up. When he was 12 years old, his father murdered his mother. He openly shares this childhood tragedy with audiences in an inspirational show about rising through adversity, setting goals no matter how high, and planning the necessary steps to achieve those goals.


Hooters, Temptations and Beach Boys to Play Ocean City this Summer

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/25/17

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday (Jan. 26) for the first wave of shows in the 2017 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier. The series will include the Temptations (June 26), the Hooters (July 17 and 18) and the return of the Beach Boys (August 21 and 22).

The Hooters will bring back a lot of memories for the folks who caught the Philadelphia-based band’s live shows on the Jersey Shore or listened to WMMR-FM in the 1980s. The band will reprise big hits like “All You Zombies,” “And We Danced” and “Day by Day,” and they’ll introduce newer material as well. The shows will be at 7 p.m. on July 17 and 18.

The Temptations show will include founder and surviving original member Otis Williams. The legendary Motown band has a catalog of more than 25 Top 20 hits and they’ve been performing live for more than 50 years.

The Beach Boys have played to sold-out crowds on the Ocean City Music Pier for the past two summers, and they’re making good on a promise to keep returning. They’ll perform four shows: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, and 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22.


Ocean City Seeks Contestants for Mr. Mature Pageant

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/18/17

We’re in the midst of what is statistically (over time) the coldest week of the year for our region. That means summer is coming and no longer going. It’s time to start planning vacations (oceancityvacation.com) and purchasing discounted seasonal beach tags (ocnj.us/beachtags). Ocean City’s calendar of events kicks into high gear on the first weekend of April with two second-year events, Girls Weekend and the OC-Con Comic Convention (April 1-2). This year, the Mr. Mature Pageant will move to the evening of the Doo Dah Parade on April 8 to cap off a day filled with humor and nostalgia.

Entries are open for contestants in the pageant. Mr. Mature celebrates the achievements of men 55 years and older. The pageant, now in its fourth year, mixes talent, good looks and self-deprecating humor. The Ocean City Music Pier crowd is raucous and appreciative as the contestants ham it up on stage, competing in talent, poise and interview segments. If you have what it takes to be the world’s next “Mr. Mature” (or if you can talk somebody into it), complete the online entry form available at www.ocnj.us/mrmature.


Martin Luther King Day Events in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJJ 1/11/17

Ocean City will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at two events this weekend. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CEREMONY starts at 1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 14) at the Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School. The DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE runs from 9 a.m. to noon Monday (Jan. 16) with sign-ups at the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center.

Both events embody the spirit of unity and community taught by Dr. King.

One highlight of the ceremony is a recitation of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech by the Rev. Gregory Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church. The event also includes a variety of music and reflections on Dr. King's work. Leroy Robertson, Tyrone Rolls and the Rev. Marcia Stanford of Macedonia United Methodist Church will be honored for their contributions to the community, and the winners of a student essay contest will be named.


Ocean City's 2017 Calendar of Events Taking Shape

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/4/17

The shortest days of the year are behind us and we crossed over into a new year this weekend – and that all means 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 the first half of the year.

  April 1-2: Two events that debuted last year – GIRLS WEEKEND and the OC-CON COMIC CONVENTION – return bigger and better.

  April 8: Humor and nostalgia join forces as the MR. MATURE PAGEANT moves to DOO DAH PARADE WEEKEND. All pageant contestants will be part of the parade.

  April 16: The EASTER FASHION PROMENADE will welcome the Philly Keys, a dueling piano show, in front of the Ocean City Music Pier.

  May 6: The SPRING BLOCK PARTY takes place on its traditional date on the first Saturday of May.

  May 10: Tickets are on sale now for CHRIS PERONDI’S STUNT DOG EXPERIENCE. Visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.

  May 13: Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos (anybody remember the impromptu tryouts on the sideline when he broke his wrist this fall?) will help make sure we see an early summer on MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY. He returns that night for a magic show.

  July 22: Mark your calendars for the highlight of the summer, NIGHT IN VENICE.


25th Annual First Night Ocean City Set For Saturday!

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/28/16

It's the best and most economical New Year's Eve entertainment value at the Jersey Shore. Continuous, professional family programs from 4 p.m. till midnight for just $20 per person. First Night includes more than 75 shows and activities all at convenient Ocean City locations. And it will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean to ring in the New Year.

Enjoy the rides at Gillian's Wonderland Pier, a musical tribute to Neil Diamond at the Ocean City Music Pier, children's shows by the Ocean City Theatre Company, outdoor ice-skating near the Ocean City Civic Center, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros and Japanese Drummers at Ocean City High School, and a "One Man and One Dog Comedy Show" at Ocean City Primary School. The lineup also includes a chance to view the night sky from the telescope at the High School Observatory, Sounds of Broadway, the premier Abbott and Costello impersonators, jugglers, puppets, the acclaimed Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Jungle John, live dance music, swimming in the Aquatic and Fitness Center Pool, mentalist Dan Cain, an open house at the Historical Museum, the Horse Play Game Show and St. Augustine's Boys Choir Show Choir, live dance music and much more. Experience a wonderful evening in a safe, non-alcoholic environment.

Buttons are available until sold out for $20 at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street causeway, and in the Wonderland kiosk at Stainton's (810 Asbury Avenue). Visit www.firstnightocnj.com to purchase buttons online and to view and print a full schedule. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.


Get Your First Night Buttons Now Before They Sell Out

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 12/21/16

BUY YOUR FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS NOW! All-inclusive admission buttons to this popular New Year’s Eve event have sold out in recent years. First Night is our gala New Year’s Eve Celebration that has provided professional, family entertainment here for 25 years.

First Night Ocean City offers a wide variety of family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight. The night concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the ocean. There are more than 70 programs available including a Neil Diamond Tribute, rides at Wonderland Pier, ice-skating, children’s shows, Abbott and Costello impersonators, nationally acclaimed magician Chad Juros, the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, Sounds of Broadway and the list goes on and on. Enjoy a wonderful evening in a non-alcoholic environment.

The pool at the Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center and the new skateboard park at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue will both be open to button-holders.

Buttons are available for $20 at the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 Causeway, and at Stainton’s (810 Asbury Avenue). A printable version of the full schedule of activities and venues is available at www.firstnightocnj.com, where you also can purchase buttons online. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.


Special Christmas Show Set of this Weekend

What's Happeing in Ocean City, NJ 12/14/16
(Dec. 16-17) 2016 HOLIDAY SHOWThe Ocean City Theatre Company will present "A Very Ocean City Christmas" at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. This will be a high-energy, family-oriented song-and-dance tribute to Christmas. The holiday will come to life with a brand new journey through holiday favorites. New for 2016 are musicians from the Ocean City Pops orchestra, who will join the production.
Professional triple-threat performers from New Your City will be featured in a show choreographed by Michael Hartman and Erika Wasko. With dazzling costumes, familiar songs, toe-tapping numbers and special effects, this extravaganza will kindle the holiday spirit and offer a heart-warming experience for an audience of all ages.
Enjoy this family musical revue on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for children (12-and-under). Call (609) 399-6111 for tickets, purchase online at ocnj.us/boxoffice or visit the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. Tickets also will be available at the door.

First Night Celebration is Just Around the Corner

Ocean City’s gala New Year’s Eve celebration, FIRST NIGHT, is just three and a half weeks away. First Night admission buttons are now on sale for $15. The price will be raised to $20 on December 15. The event offers professional family entertainment from 4 p.m. until midnight with a giant fireworks display scheduled to welcome the New Year.

This is the BEST ENTERTAINMENT VALUE AT THE JERSEY SHORE. Admission buttons are available now at: the City Hall Welcome Center, 9th and Asbury Ave.; the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Ninth Street Causeway; and at Stainton’s, 810 Asbury Ave.  Welcome 2017 in a safe non-alcoholic environment. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ or access www.firstnightocnj.com, where you will find the entire entertainment schedule and also be able to purchase buttons online.

Entertainment includes Salazar Magic and a tribute to Neil Diamond at the Music Pier, inflatables and the Fabulous Greaseband at the Civic Center, and rides at Wonderland Pier. The lineup also includes ice skating adjacent to the Civic Center, Pinkalicious and Let’s Rock  in the Ocean City High School auditorium, Japanese Drummers and the Juliano Brothers in the high school gym, popular magician Chad Juros in the high school auxiliary gym, Andrew Hink, the Billy Tucker Trio and Carl Howell’s folk and rock music in the high school Community Room.  The high school observatory will be open for the public to view the night sky.


Christmas Parade, Holiday Dash, Train Show this Weekend

Whats Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/30/16

(Dec. 2) Ocean City's annual CHRISTMAS PARADE will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. Route will be from 6th Street to 11th Street on Asbury Avenue. It will include the Ocean City High School Marching Band, Pitman High School Marching Band, Pennsport String Band, Absegami High School Marching Band, and the Original Hobo Band of Pitman.  Erica Reichert, Collegiate Miss Majorette of N.J. and featured Rutgers University baton twirler, will be a special guest. The parade has more than 50 entries. Emcee is former Miss Philadelphia, Ocean City resident and recording artist Julia Rae! Julia's original song, "Be That Girl," is the theme song for the major motion picture "The Greening of Whitney Brown," starring Aidan Quinn, Brooke Shields and Kris Kristofferson. Julia has appeared on Radio Disney, sung at Major League Baseball games, has been a featured singer in the ABC Thanksgiving Day Parades for eight years and was a solo performer in Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

There will be an array of colorful entries accompanying Santa Claus, who will ride into town via horse-drawn carriage.  There will also be floats and costumed characters in the event. After the Parade Santa will meet youngsters at the gazebo, in Mark Soifer Park, across from City Hall and pose for photos. 

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas!


Downtown Christmas Celebration this Friday 2016

(Nov. 25) OUR MIRACLE ON ASBURY AVENUE, also known as Christmas in the Downtown, includes a warm and entertaining time in our award-winning downtown from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on "Black Friday." The event, billed as "An Old-Fashioned Holiday Christmas," will feature carolers, a string band quartet, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and performers from the Ocean City Theatre Company. Santa Claus will emerge from the rooftop of City Hall to cap the festivities with the lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree. Downtown stores will offer an array of gifts for Christmas and the many, fine Asbury Avenue restaurants will be open. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ. for more information.

EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL CHRISTMAS: stores on Asbury Ave. will be open every Friday till 8pm till Christmas!


Earlier than the Bird Event and Craft Show this Weekend

(Nov. 19)  EARLIER THAN THE BIRD in the downtown runs from 8 a.m. till noon. Enjoy the savings and fun. Shop in your pajamas for a chance to win a free turkey for best dressed. Enjoy free coffee at Jon and Patty’s Bistro (637 Asbury Ave.), Ocean City Coffee Company (9th and Asbury) and Starbucks (11th and Asbury). Register while you shop for a chance to win $150 in gift certificates from downtown merchants. There will be horse-and-carriage rides from noon to 3 p.m. in front of City Hall.  For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

(Nov. 19-20) CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS AND HANDICRAFT FESTIVAL: Master craftsmen will be featured at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. off Boardwalk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You will find quality “Made Only in the USA” products ranging from Christmas décor, ceramics and gourmet foods to jewelry, fine art, toys and much more. Proceeds from a $3 donation and rental fees benefit the Ocean City Food Cupboard and Atlantic City Rescue Mission. There will be free parking at the 6th St. lot. Call (609) 365-2239 or 1-800-822-4112.

(Nov. 17-19) THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER: The Ocean City High School Drama Guild presents the popular comedy in three acts by George S. Kauffman and Moss Hart directed by Don Toal Jr. Shows are 7 p.m. Nov.17, 18 and 19 plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 19. All performances are at the Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Ocean City High School Box Office at (609) 399-1290 ext. 1422 or may be purchased at the door.


Veterans Day and Quiet Festival this Week

(Nov. 10) QUIET FESTIVAL: Opening ceremonies will be held at noon at Mark Soifer Park across from City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The event features unique quiet entertainment including the inspirational “Yawn Along” to the tune of “Beautiful Dreamer,” Doug Jewell (“The Quiet Pirate”) with kites and bubbles galore, the World’s Only Wind Chimes Band, Nancy Fox (“The Quiet Soprano”),  a yoga demonstration, quiet poetry, paper airplanes with Ken Thorpe and crew, and more. All in attendance will receive an “I Survived the 2016 Presidential Campaign” certificate to celebrate the conclusion of the noisy, unsettling event and the Quiet Festival’s soothing programs that are assisting in the recovery from weeks of hassle. Admission is free.

(Nov. 11) VETERANS DAY PROGRAM in Ocean City at a NEW LOCATION, 11 a.m. in the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. For more information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Nov. 12) The QUIET PET CHALLENGE of the Quiet Festival starts 10 a.m. in the Senior Center at the Ocean City Community Center, 18th Street and Simpson Avenue. It is free and a good time for folks of all ages. This is the area’s only contest for mice, hamsters, turtles, rabbits, etc. Entrants will be judged in the following categories: most unusual pet, liveliness, best decorated display/habitat, superhero themes and anything else the judges deem worthy. Ribbons will be awarded and there will be a Best of Show trophy. Also the public is invited to display a favorite Teddy Bear. The Turtle Singers will display and organize a “Hare and Tortoise Race.” Jerry Lukas will draw free personalized cartoons for visitors, and Doug Jewell will demonstrate quiet toys. Ken Thorpe and crew will demonstrate how to make and fly paper airplanes. There will also be a “Snore at the Shore” contest for gentle snorers. Quiet Festival “I Survived the 2016 Election Campaign” certificates will be distributed as souvenirs. Call (609) 399-6111 for information. All events are FREE.



What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 11/3/16

The Trail of Two Cities 5K Run/Walk over the 9th Street Causeway, an Ocean City-Somers Point tradition for 21 years now, returns on Saturday, Nov. 5. When the race started, Nick Regina, who later founded the South Jersey Jazz Society, was public relations director of Somers Point. He called me and suggested the two communities hold an event together.

I thought this was a good idea. Running was gaining popularity at the time. So I suggested a run/walk over the old 9th Street Causeway. It would appeal to both runners and walkers alike and we could call it the “Trail of Two Cities.” The causeway, which was closed to pedestrians and bicycles at the time, would be closed to traffic for an hour or so, and walkers could take photos.

The Trail of Two Cities is jointly organized by the Ocean City Recreation Department and the Somers Point Education Foundation. Proceeds help fund projects for both groups. The event steps off at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Ocean City Transportation Center with the finish line at John F. Kennedy Park in Somers Point.

Pre-registered shirt and number pickup is available Fri. Nov. 4 at the Aquatic and Fitness Center, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Awards will be presented to the first-place male and female finishers and to the top two runners in each age group. Awards ceremony will be held at Kennedy Park after the race.


Welcome Night, Halloween Events and More This Week

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/27/16

(Oct. 26) WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.  6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. and Boardwalk. This is a NEW LOCATION for this year. Meet local groups, individuals and business organizations. Free admission, door prizes and give-aways from some exhibitors. Plenty of free parking at 6th St. lot.

(Oct. 27) 69th annual HALLOWEEN PARADE by The Ocean City Exchange Club from 6th to 11th streets on award-winning downtown Asbury Ave. starting 7:15 p.m. This Ocean City tradition remains one of the longest-running Halloween parades in the Tri-State area. Late entries may register the night of the parade at 6th and Asbury Ave. beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There will be eight divisions including decorated floats competing for prizes and trophies. Music will be provided by several high school marching bands and the ever popular Original Hobo Band of Pitman, New Jersey. Remember to bring a can of food to the parade. The Boy Scouts are assisting the local Food Cupboard by “Scouting for Food” for those in need. For more information, call the Halloween Hotline at 1-800-813-5580.


Jr. Miss Pageant, Welcome Night, Halloween Parade Next

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/19/16

Ocean City has three pageants for young women. These include the Little Miss, Junior Miss and Miss Ocean City pageants. The winners of each pageant represent the community during the year at various events, contests and parades. They help to judge contests, pose for photos with visitors and work together. They are a valuable asset to Ocean City.

This Saturday (Oct. 22), the JUNIOR MISS OCEAN CITY PAGEANT will feature 15 contestants competing at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center at Ocean City High School, 6th Street and Atlantic Avenue.  Produced by the Ocean City Recreation Department, it invites girls at ages 12 through 15 to compete in judge’s interview, talent, poise, composure and on-stage question. The girls will be vying for more than $3,400 in scholarships and awards. The reigning Junior Miss Ocean City, Paige Aita, will crown her successor.

Little Miss Ocean City Charlotte Erickson will perform as well as Miss Ocean City McKayla Perry, along with former Miss Ocean City Sarah Rodriguez. Tickets are $10 and available at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice, (609) 399-6111, or at the door.  For information, call (609) 399-6111.

(Oct. 22) 49th annual Ocean City FISHING CLUB INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT.  Registration 5:30 a.m.-7 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 1801 Bay Ave. Fee:  $60 per team (6 members maximum). Individuals: $15. For more information, call (609) 320-6784 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

(Oct. 26) WELCOME NIGHT sponsored by the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.  NEW LOCATION at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th St. and Boardwalk. Meet local groups, individuals and business organizations. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free Admission. Door prizes and give-aways. Plenty of free parking in 6th Street lot off Boardwalk.


October Events Roll On In Ocean City, NJ

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/12/16

(Oct. 13) The Ocean City Fire Department and IAFF Local 4032 will hold an OPEN HOUSE at 550 Asbury Ave., 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Everybody in the community is invited to this free event. It will feature a live burn demonstration, a “smoke house” where kids can safely learn to navigate a dark and smoky structure, tours of trucks, “stop-drop-and-roll,” hot dogs and pretzels. (Rain date will be Oct. 14). For information, call (609) 525-9182.


8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at 9th Street and Boardwalk. Walk begins at 10 a.m. For information, go to www.makingstrideswalk.org/OceanCityNJ.

(Oct. 22) 49th ANNUAL OCEAN CITY FISHING CLUB INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT: Registration 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. at the Ocean City Intermediate School, 1801 Bay Ave. Fees: $60 for teams (6 members maximum) and $15 for individuals. Call (609) 320- 6784.

(Oct. 26)  Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce WELCOME NIGHT: New location is at the Sports and Civic Center, 6th Street off Boardwalk. Meet local groups, individuals and business organizations from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admisson. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.


Block Party Highlights Columbus Day Weekend

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 10/5/16

(Oct. 8) Our annual Indian Summer FALL BLOCK PARTY featuring more than 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more is just a few days away. The event is set from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from 5th Street to 14th Street on Asbury Avenue. Downtown restaurants and stores will be open during the Block Party. 

The Fall Block Party is a rain-or-shine event. 

FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS will be sold at the discount price of $15 at the City’s Downtown Welcome Center at City Hall (use the 9th Street entrance). Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ocean City with more than 60 First Night events for one low button price.

Block party entertainment runs at intervals between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and includes: free pony rides for children and popular Magician Chad Juros on the Tabernacle Grounds at 6th and Asbury Ave.; the Big Daddy Band featuring Larry Conner and Mike Bracey, 6th and Asbury Ave.; Robert Boney Band at 7th St.; singer Tony DeLuca, at 8th St.; Tina and the Teenettes, rock ‘n roll band, at 9th St.; Tidal Wave at 10th St.;  The Bubba Mac Blues Band at 13th St.; and Keith Hickman at 14th St. For information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.


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