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Guide to 2018 Ocean City Night in Venice

Ocean City’s will celebrate “TV’s Greatest Hits” this year during Night in Venice on July 28, and entries are currently being accepted from all those who want to participate in the 64th annual bayfront celebration.


The boat parade and decorated bayfront home contests provide a chance to be part of the highlight of the summer season in Ocean City. Thousands of spectators line the bayfront, and thousands more attend private parties at homes along the route from the Ocean City-Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue.


In keeping with this year’s theme, the parade includes a lineup of stars who will perform shows and greet fans throughout the weekend. Grand marshals will include teen singing sensation Jackie Evancho and NFL-player-turned-magician Jon Dorenbos (who both were hits on “America’s Got Talent”), along with Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy of “Dancing With the Stars” fame.


The optional theme of “TV’s Greatest Hits” could include tributes to iconic sit-coms, characters, memorable TV moments or any other item from television history. Entries for boats and homes are currently being accepted online at www.ocnj.us/niv or by calling 609-399-6111.


Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday, June 1 for the following:

  • Master Dance Class with Val Chmerkovskiy: The famous dancer will provide instruction for intermediate to experienced dancers (individuals or couples). Sessions are at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. July 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The $65 ticket includes a meet-and-greet with Chmerkovskiy and a Q&A session.

    Born in the Ukraine, Chmerkovskiy moved with his family to Brooklyn at eight years old and fell in love with dancing after his father and older brother opened a youth-oriented dance studio in New Jersey. He joined the cast of professional dancers on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011. The 14-time U.S. national champion and two-time world dance champion quickly rose to stardom becoming one of the show’s fan-favorites. In Season 23 of “Dancing with the Stars,” he partnered with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez. The pair won the coveted Mirrorball trophy, making it Val’s second win during his tenure on the show.

  • Meet-and-Greet with Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Chmerkovskiy joins his former dance partner to greet fans. A session at 11 a.m. July 28 ($30) provides an opportunity to get a photo and an autograph with the stars.

    Hernandez is the first U.S.-born Latina to make the U.S. gymnastics team since 1984. She brought home gold and silver medals from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. After winning her “Dancing with the Stars” title with Chmerkovskiy, she published her first book, “I Got This: To Gold and Beyond,” which hit the New York Times Best Sellers list.

  • Jon Dorenbos Magic Show: Former Philadelphia Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos will return to the Ocean City Music Pier July 27 with a show that mixes his mind-blowing magic talents with inspirational stories. Dorenbos has performed two sold-out shows in Ocean City. The show is set for 8 p.m. Friday, July 27. Tickets are $32 to $47.

    Dorenbos gained the attention of the non-football world during his run to the top of the NBC television competition “America’s Got Talent.” He placed third overall in the contest after surviving many elimination rounds. The 14-year NFL veteran 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 this inspirational show about rising through adversity, setting goals no matter how high, and planning the necessary steps to achieve those goals.

  • Jon Dorenbos Meet-and-Greet: Meet the magician and NFL veteran at 4:30 p.m. July 27 ($20).

  • Jackie Evancho with the Ocean City Pops: A special Ocean City Pops performance on July 29 will feature the remarkable vocal talents of Jackie Evancho. The young singer first dazzled American television audiences at the age of 10 – gaining global recognition with her debut on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” She finished as runner-up in that competition and has continued to make history with achievements that include: youngest solo platinum artist, youngest Top 5 debut artist ever in the United Kingdom, youngest person to give solo concert at the Lincoln Center and the highest-ranking debut artist of 2010. All six of Evancho’s albums have hit No. 1 on the Billboard Classical chart. She will perform with the Ocean City Pops orchestra 7:30 p.m. July 29 at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets ($30 to $45) will be available starting March 1 at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the Music Pier Box Office (on weekends) or any of the city’s welcome centers (daily) to purchase tickets for these events.


Tickets are also on sale to view Night in Venice from the Bayside Center (520 Bay Avenue), which will be open with a picnic area, snack food for sale and bleacher seating plus live entertainment. Tickets are $4 for children (12-and-under) and $8 for adults. The Good Tymes Band will play until the first boats in the parade arrive. Children’s activities include crafts, games and face-painting. The band will resume after the parade.


Ocean City is proud to welcome ACME as a returning $10,000 presenting sponsor for Night in Venice 2018. A fireworks display will return this year to cap off the celebration.