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Keep up-to-date on all OCNJ happenings, which can help your business grow. Read Chamber press releases to learn about the latest OCNJ news and events.

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Ocean City Getting Ready for Night in Venice and Baby Parade

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 7/14/21

Ocean City Getting Ready for Night in Venice and Baby Parade

Ocean City’s Night in Venice celebration returns this year and promises a spectacular evening on the bay. The city’s premier summer event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Registration is open to all boat and bayfront home owners who want to participate in this year’s festivities.

The optional theme will be “Honoring Our Heroes,” a salute to all those who helped us get through the year. Participants are also encouraged to use last year’s planned “Olympics” theme. A fireworks display will light up the bay and cap off the evening.

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Pops, Pink Floyd and Pie-Eating on Tap in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 7/7/21

The summer fun continues in Ocean City during a week of events for everybody in the family.

The Ocean City Pops performed an exceptional free concert at Carey Stadium on Saturday in honor of our nation’s birthday, and a whole new audience got to hear our local orchestra. The official grand-reopening Pops concert at the Ocean City Music Pier is scheduled for Sunday, July 11. A different sort of sound will fill the Music Pier on Monday, July 12 as The Machine performs its tribute to Pink Floyd.

The week of family fun begins on “Wacky Wednesday” with Ocean City’s annual pie-eating contest. Here’s more information on all of the week’s events.

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Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/29/21

Fourth of July Events in Ocean City

Fireworks will cap off Ocean City’s Fourth of July festivities at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The city is ready to celebrate the return of summer, and the display promises to be spectacular.

The fireworks will be launched from a barge in the ocean near the Music Pier and will be best viewed from the beach and boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street. A musical simulcast will be broadcast over the boardwalk PA system and available to stream online at www.ocnj.us.

The fun starts on Wednesday (June 30) with the opening of the weekly Farmer’s Market and will continue through Monday (July 5) with a concert by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

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Antique Auto Show and Judy Collins Concert Help Kick Off 2021 Summer Season

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 6/23/21

Car lovers can watch more than 300 vintage vehicles parade down the Ocean City Boardwalk at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26. The procession will cap off the 66th annual Dave Blyler & Herb Godfrey Memorial Antique and Classic Auto Show and Parade. Before the parade, the antique cars – all at least 25 years old – will be on display on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at 550 Wesley Avenue from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The show offers a great opportunity to shop the downtown or take a break from beach and boardwalk fun to check out these classic cars. Visit jerseycape.aaca.com for more information. 

Tickets are still available for a June 28 concert featuring Judy Collins with special guest Richard Thompson. The show is part of the 2021 Summer Concert Series on the Ocean City Music Pier, which opened on Monday with a sold-out performance by Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out.

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Four New Shows in Summer Concert Series and a Virtual Flower Show

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 6/2/21

Four New Shows in Summer Concert Series and a Virtual Flower Show

Four new shows in the popular Summer Concert Series at the Ocean City Music Pier were announced Tuesday. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 3 for the following:

  • The Machine performs Pink Floyd: 7 p.m. Monday, July 12. A staple of the Summer Concert Series through the years, the band performs the music of Pink Floyd as a laser show lights up the stage. Purchase tickets.
  • David Bromberg Quintet: 7 p.m. Monday, July 19. Renowned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist David Bromberg brings an exceptional band to the stage. Purchase tickets.
  • Jon Anderson of YES with the Paul Green Rock Academy: 7 p.m. Monday Aug. 9. Lead singer Jon Anderson will perform YES songs and other classics. Purchase tickets.
  • Tommy James & The Shondells: 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16. The 1960s pop rock sensations will perform hits like “Hanky Panky,” “Crimson and Clover” and “Mony Mony.” Purchase tickets.

Ticket sales open at 10 a.m. June 3 through Ticketmaster. A presale (use code BRE) will be held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 2 on Ticketmaster. A limited number of tickets for all shows will be available for purchase at the Ocean City Music Pier starting on Monday, June 7.

The lineup for the 2021 Summer Concert Series also includes:

  • 6/21/2021 – Get The Led Out – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 6/28/2021 – Judy Collins & Richard Thompson – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 7/2/2021 – Don McLean– All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets
  • 7/05/2021 – Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 8/2/2021 – Straight No Chaser (2 shows) –  All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.
  • 8/10/2021 - Colin Hay & His Band with Paula Cole –  Purchase tickets.
  • 8/23/2021 – Marshall Tucker Band and Pure Prairie League – All 2020 tickets honored. Purchase tickets.

OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW

A 48-year-old tradition will continue virtually this year as the annual Ocean City Flower Show presented by the Garden Club of Ocean City will highlight floral creations and garden displays via photographs submitted by enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

The show provides gardeners a chance to show off their home gardens and flower arrangements. Individual flowers, container gardening, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, house plants, and door wreaths are all featured. 

A few of the club’s favorite submissions will be on display on the Ocean City Music Pier Facebook Page (@MusicPier) starting on June 3 and 4.

GUARDED BEACHES OPEN FOR THE SEASON

The Ocean City Beach Patrol will guard the following beaches starting Saturday, June 5: North Street, Stenton Place, St. Charles Place, Brighton Place, 5th Street, 8th Street, 9th Street, 10th Street, 11th Street, 12th Street, 14th Street, 26th Street, 30th Street, 34th Street, 44th Street and 58th Street. OCBP strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. More beaches will be added throughout the following weeks.

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Ocean City Opens Season With Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Person’s Plunge

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCEAN CITY 5/26/21

Ocean City Opens Season With Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Person’s Plunge

In a long-standing Ocean City tradition, city officials will turn a ceremonial wooden key to officially “unlock the ocean” for the season at noon Friday, May 28. The free public event provides an early start to Memorial Day Weekend and welcomes a long-awaited summer.

The “Unlocking of the Ocean” includes a newer tradition: The march of fully clothed business persons into the chilly Atlantic Ocean for the first swim of the summer (to the strains of an Ocean City High School band playing “Pomp and Circumstance”). Everybody is invited to participate in the Business Persons Plunge. It’s a chance to get some exposure for your business or organization or just to start Memorial Day Weekend with a splash. Groups and individuals can sign up in advance at www.ocnj.us/bizplunge.

The Unlocking of the Ocean and the Business Persons Plunge take place on the beach adjacent to the Music Pier. Participants are encouraged to muster at 11:30 a.m. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

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Ocean City Flower Show to Go Virtual Again for 2021

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/19/21

A 48-year-old tradition will continue virtually this year as the annual Ocean City Flower Show presented by the Garden Club of Ocean City will highlight floral creations and garden displays via photographs submitted by enthusiasts of all ages and levels.

Here is your chance to show off your home gardens and flower arrangements. Individual flowers, container gardening, flower gardens, vegetable gardens, house plants, and door wreaths are all welcome. As long the plants are living, they will be accepted. 

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Registration Now Open for 2021 Night in Venice

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 5/12/21

Night in Venice will return to Ocean City for the 66th time at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021. Registration is now open to all boat and bayfront home owners who want to participate in this year’s celebration.

The optional theme will be “Honoring Our Heroes,” a salute to all those who helped us get through the year. Participants are also encouraged to use last year’s planned “Olympics” theme. A fireworks display will light up the bay and cap off the festivities.

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Martin Z. Mollusk to Seek His Shadow on Saturday 5/5/21

Ocean City’s hermit-crab mascot will seek his shadow in a local version of Groundhog Day at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, on the beach next to the Music Pier (between Moorlyn Terrace and Ninth Street). Martin Z. Mollusk has successfully predicted an early summer every year for more than four decades (sometimes, of course, with the creative use of flashlights by his handlers).

Martin’s prediction this year will be more important than ever, because we know everybody is anxious for the arrival of summer after a year of so many sacrifices.

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Ocean City Block Party Table Sales Set for the Weekend

Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are throwing a party. “The Best of O.C.” will be on display for this weekend’s Ocean City Block Party Table Sales. The event will not include the outside crafters and vendors that highlight the traditional Spring Block Party, but store owners will display their local merchandise on tables set up outside their storefronts and offer discounts and specials.

The table sales will be open throughout the weekend of May 1 and 2. The forecasts for the weekend call for sunny and warm weather, so it’s a great chance to get down to the shore and enjoy all that Ocean City has to offer.

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Table Sales and Sports Memorabilia Show Highlight Weekend in OCNJ

Downtown and Boardwalk merchants are looking forward to outdoor table sales throughout the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. They will display their local merchandise on tables set up outside their storefronts and offer discounts and specials. They will set up again for the weekend of May 1 and 2, when they also will hold a Virtual Spring Block Party with online deals.

Vendors with merchandise and collector’s items representing a variety of sports and teams will be on the Ocean City Music Pier on Saturday, April 24 for the annual Sports Memorabilia Show. The show runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This modified event will be vendor-specific and will not include the autograph signings by sports heroes that fans have come to love in past events. Capacity limits, mask and social distancing requirements will be in place. Call 609-399-6111 for more information.

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Easter Bunny to Tour Ocean City on Saturday

The Ocean City Fire Department will help the Easter Bunny greet children throughout Ocean City on Saturday, April 3. The Easter Bunny will ride atop a fire engine leaving from the station at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue at about 10 a.m. and finishing at City Hall on Asbury Avenue at about 12:30 p.m.

Anybody can see his planned route through town by clicking here. Families can track his progress in real time by downloading the official Ocean City Vacation app (look for the blue OCNJ icon). Anybody with the app will receive notifications with a link to a map that will follow the Easter Bunny’s trip through town.

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Ocean City Announces Events Schedule Through April

What's Happening in Ocean City NJ 3/25/2021

Ocean City is planning to open the 2021 season with a number of safe events for families.

“We’re looking forward to the return of as many events as possible this year, but health and safety will always be our top priority,” Mayor Jay Gillian said. “We may not be able to hold all of them, and some may look different. Every event that happens will fully comply with the most current public health guidelines.”

As the recovery from the pandemic continues, look for further announcements on events throughout the year.

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Simon and Garfunkel Tribute, Doo Wop Project Coming to Music Pier This Summer

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/11/2020

Tickets Go on Sale Thursday for Two Special Ocean City Pops Concerts


The Ocean City Pops announced today two special concerts for the 2020 summer season: a tribute that re-creates the legendary 1981 Simon and Garfunkel reunion concert in Central Park and a celebration of doo-wop music. Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 12.

The “Live in Central Park [Revisited]: Simon and Garfunkel” concert featuring the Ocean City Pops Orchestra is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

This reproduction of the iconic 1981 concert features award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Johnny Rodgers. Lessack and Rodgers will perform all the masterpieces heard on the night that a half-million people gathered in Central Park to witness musical history. The duo will revisit the exact set list, a repertoire of masterpieces that includes “Mrs. Robinson,” “Scarborough Fair,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence” and many more. This is not an impersonation, but an homage by two exciting and perfectly matched performers who’ve headlined in venues around the world.

The Doo Wop Project with the Pops is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Music Pier.

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‘Market Madness’ to Offer an Early Sample of Summer

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 3/4/2020
Ocean City Businesses Team Up for One-Day Sale at the Flanders

Boardwalk and downtown merchants in Ocean City will offer discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions at a new event planned for Saturday, March 7. “Market Madness” will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel (11th Street and Boardwalk).

The one-day sale will feature select merchandise, goods and offers from 40 Ocean City vendors. The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association are planning the event as an early-season attraction for Ocean City and a chance to preview what will be on the shelves this summer.

Participating Stores will include: 7th Street Surf Shop, Liberty Escape Room, Air Circus Kite Shop, Making Waves, Ben and Jerry's, Manco & Manco Pizza, Birdcage, Mia's Christmas Gallery, Bowfish Kids, OC Waterpark & OC Adventure Golf, Congo Falls Adventure Golf, Ocean City Coffee Company, Costello Awnings, Ocean Treasures, Fisherman's Cove, Playland's Castaway Cove, George's Candies, Sand+Stitch, Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Seagrass Boutique, Hearth & Sole, Shirt Shack, Heritage Surf Shop, Shriver's Salt Water Taffy & Fudge, Jilly's Arcade, Surf Mall, Jilly's Stores, Ta-Dah!, Johnson's Popcorn, The Beachin Bakery, Jon and Patty's Coffee Bar & Bistro, The Shoppes at The Flanders Hotel, L. E. H. Soap Company and We Make It Personal.

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Night in Venice Announces Olympic Theme for 2020 Parade

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/26/2020
Registration Open for Participating Boats and Homes

Plans for the 66th annual edition of Ocean City’s premier summer event, Night in Venice, are in the works, and registration for participating boats and waterfront homes is now open. The parade this year starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020.

This year’s theme – “The Olympics: Go for the Gold” – will be a nod to the Olympic Games. The theme is entirely optional but offers a chance to pay tribute to more than 120 years of competition among athletes from more than 200 nations. The 2020 Summer Games will run July 24 through Aug. 9 in Tokyo.

The boat parade and decorated home contest are a highlight of the season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bay, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue. A fireworks display caps off the bayfront festivities at dusk after the parade.

Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.

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Summer Concert Series Adds Don McLean and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/19/2020

Ocean City’s popular Summer Concert Series on the Music Pier announces two new acts for the 2020 season: Don McLean with opening act Al Stewart (August 17) and Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (July 6). Tickets go on sale Thursday, Feb. 20 for both these shows with a special pre-sale (use code BRE) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.

McLean is best known for his eight-and-a-half minute epic sing-along “American Pie,” and Stewart hit it big in the 1970s with tracks like “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages.” Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are icons of the Jersey Shore music scene and are still rocking with soulful guitars and blistering horns.

The Summer Concert Series is nearly complete, and tickets are on sale now for eight different shows. The series brings popular rock and contemporary music acts to the stage usually on Monday nights throughout the summer.

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Boardwalk & Downtown Merchants Team Up for 'Market Madness'

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/12/2020

Boardwalk and downtown merchants in Ocean City will offer discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions at a new event planned for Saturday, March 7. “Market Madness” will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel.

Parking will be free, and food will be available for purchase a la carte.

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Now is the Time to Plan for 2020 Fun in Ocean City

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 2/5/2020

Punxsutawney Phil just predicted an early spring, and we have a sneaking suspicion (based on his unblemished record) that Martin Z. Mollusk will predict an early summer when he seeks his shadow on May 9. That all means it’s time to get planning for another great year of fun in Ocean City. Reserve your spots now to make sure you don’t miss out on these great events.

A season of non-stop special events will kick into high gear on April 3 with the start of the three-day Girls Weekend. The Flanders Hotel, Port-O-Call, Biscayne Suites, Northwood Inn, Ocean City Mansion and Inn the Gardens Bed-and-Breakfast are taking reservations for special package deals, and tickets will go on sale soon for the Fashion Show kickoff. Look for details and new announcements on the Girls Weekend event page on Facebook.

The same weekend brings us OC Con 2020, Ocean City’s annual comics and memorabilia festival, scheduled for April 4 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier. More information is available at ocnjcon.com.

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Tickets on Sale Next Week for Broadway and Children's Theater Series

What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 1/29/2020

Tickets for two popular summer theater series in Ocean City will go on sale starting 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3.

The Ocean City Pops orchestra and the Ocean City Theatre Company will bring a professional cast to town for performances of the musicals “The Producers” and “The Sound of Music.” OCTC also will bring a variety of favorites to life in “Broadway on the OC Boardwalk.” The annual Children’s Theater Series will bring five different morning shows to the Ocean City Music Pier.

Details on the Broadway Series are as follows:

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