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OCEAN CITY, NEW JERSEY 2016 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

For more information on Events call 609-399-6111.
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March


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April

1st & 2nd – Girls Weekend – Downtown on Asbury Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets.
 
1st & 2ndOC Con = Comic Book & Memorabilia Show – For more information call 609-399-6111 or visit www.ocnj.us/oc-comic-convention
 
8th – Doo Dah Parade – Welcome Spring with this comedy parade complete with 300 Basset Hounds. 12 noon on Asbury Avenue from
6th – 12th Streets and then up to the Boardwalk ending at the Music Pier.
 
8thMr. Mature America Pageant – Men 55 years and older compete in talent, poise and interview categories. Location: Ocean City Music Pier Time: 7pm.
 
 8thThe Great Egg Hunt- 2:30pm, 11th – 14th Street Beach. 0-3 years old 11th Street, 4 & 5 years old 12th Street, 6 & 7 years old 13th Street. Rain date: April 9th.
 
15th – The Great Egg Hunt- 2:30pm, 11th – 14th Street Beach. 0-3 years old 11th Street, 4 & 5 years old 12th Street, 6 & 7 years old  13th Street. Rain date: April 16th.
 
16th – Easter Sunrise Service – Non-denominational service by the sea. 6:30am, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
16th – Easter Fashion Promenade –In front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Judging begins at 1:00pm.
 
29th & 30th – Boardwalk & Downtown Merchants Table Sales6th – 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.

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Summer Weekly events

The Ocean City Pops has performances throughout the summer at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Every Tuesday July through the end of August

10am – 1pm on Asbury Avenue. Entertainment, Face painters, Balloon sculpters.
 
Mummers Night – Starting July 11th Strutting 7pm – 9pm on the Boardwalk, 6th – 14th Streets. 9am
 
Beach Walks – South end location: 59th St.7 & Central Ave. at the entrance to Corsons Park – 9am. North End location: OC/Longport Bridge parking lot – Gardens Parkway – 6:30pm. Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adukts - $1.00 Children .50¢.
 
Every Wednesday 
June 28th through September 6th
Farmer’s Market at the Tabernacle grounds, 6th & Asbury Ave. 8am – 1pm.
 
June 28th through August 30th
Wacky but not tacky events and contests that are fun for the entire family.
 
Beach Walks – South end location: 59th St.7 & Central Ave. at the entrance to Corsons Park. = 6:30pm. North End location: OC/Longport Bridge parking lot – Gardens Parkway 9am. Tickets may be purchased on-site. Adukts - $1.00 Children .50¢
 
Every Thursday through the end of August
Family Nights – Entertainment on the Boardwalk 7:30pm – 9:30pm between 6th – 14th Streets.Historic Tours – 2pm – 4pm at 7th & Central Avenue. 

Every Sunday through August 6th

Character Night – 6pm on the Boardwalk. Characters will sigh autographs at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Come join the fun and meet all of Ocean City Boardwalk Merchants Mascots.


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May

6th & 7th - Boardwalk & Downtown Merchants Table Sales6th – 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.

6th – Spring Block Party – 9am – 5pm from 5th – 14Th Streets along Asbury Avenue. Over 350 crafters, food, music and more.

10th – Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience – Featuring dogs that have been rescued from pounds and shelters. The show includes lighting effects, visual props and costumes, crowd participation, unique stunts and tricks, challenges, doggy dancing, free style flying disc, and features Chris Perondi’s famous Stunt Dog Triathlon. Show times: 3:30pm & 7:30pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Tickets $15 for children 12 and under/Seniors,  $18 Adults,. Available at www.ocnj.us/Box Office/

13th – Martin Z. Mullusk Day – Come and find out if summer is coming early, 11am at the 9th Street beach.

20th – America Heart Assoc. Heart Walk – Registration begins at 9am at the Sports & Civic Center, 6th & Boardwalk. Walk begins at 10:30am.

21st – Ocean City Triathlon/duathlon – ¼ mile swim/16 mile bike/2 mile run. Plus a kids 1/8 mile swim/1 mile run. Pool swim start 6am – 8am. Run/Bike/Run starts at 9am $50 Tri/Du. $25 kids course. Registration begins February 1, 2017.

26th – Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Persons Plunge – Participants dress in business suits, carry brief cases and march into the ocean to strains of Pomp and Circumstance to welcome the new season. Moorlyn Terrace Street beach.

29th – Memorial Day Service – 11am at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue.


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June

1st – Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier – 6th St. and the Boardwalk. Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday from 6pm – 10:30pm. All rides will be only 2 tickets and at 9pm see a birthday bash fireworks show.
 
2nd – 4th – Ocean City Flower Show – Commercial and amateur displays at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk, Friday – 2p – 9pm, Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm.
 
14th – 17th – Miss New Jersey Pageant – Boardwalk parade June 14th, preliminary competitions, and the finals at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk.
 
24th – Antique Car Show – Over 300 vintage vehicles. Tabernacle grounds, 6th & Asbury
Ave. 9am – 2pm. Boardwalk parade after 2pm.
 
28th – Taffy Sculpting – Use your creativity to shape and sculpt Salt Water Taffy into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30am
at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 

 


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July

4th – Bike Parade – Sponsored by the Gardens Civic Assoc. Registration 9am at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Parade begins 10am.

 4th – Bike Parade – Sponsored by the South OC Improvement Assoc. Registration 9am at 40th  St. & Asbury Ave. Parade begins 10am.
 
4th – Fourth of July Celebration – Kite flying competition at 7pm followed by entertainment. A spectacular fireworks display tops of the evening.
 
5th – Wacky Wednesday Pie Eating Contest – Celebrate America wit a good old-fashion apple and cherry pie eating contest. NO HANDS ALLOWED! Open to all ages. Limited to 150 participants. Start time 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk.
 
6th – Sand Sculpting Contest – Registration is free and begins at 9am at the 6th St. beach. The first one of the season. Judging takes place by11am.
 
12th = Wacky Wednesday French Fry Sculpting – Use your creativity to shape and sculpt French fries into your very own masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
12th – Freckle Contest – Registration is free and begins at 5:30pm in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Contest starts at 6pm.
 
15th – 38th Annual T. John Carey Master’s Swim – Registration 8am at the beach patrol station, 34th and the beach. Race will start at 10am.
 
19th – Wacky Wednesday Paper Clip Sculpting  - Use your creativity to shape and sculpt paperclips into your own masterpiece. Open to all ages. Start time 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
22nd – Night in Venice – The City’s annual boat parade. Suggested theme: “Rockin Through the Decades”. Starts at the Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue along the bay. Fireworks display to follow parade. Time to be announced. To register visit: www.ocnj.us/niv
 
26th – Wacky Wednesday Christmas in July – Celebrate the Christmas holiday season in July with a special visit from Santa while he is in town on vacation. Dress in red and green to participate in our wacky Christmas meets summer fashion show. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
26th OCBP Women’s Lifeguard Invitational Races- 34th St. beach, 6:15pm. Women representing the 15 beach patrols on the South Jersey coast will be competing in this annual race.
 

 


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August

2nd – Wacky Wednesday –Mystery Bag – Participants will receive a brown paper bag filled with random supplies. Your mission, create an object, sculpture or unique work of art using everything in the bag. Contest id free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages. Start time 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.

 
2nd – Twins Contest – Prizes for those who look the most alike. Registration is free and begins at 5:30pm. Contest begins at 6pm in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
3rd – Sand Sculpting Contest – Registration is free and begins at 9am at the 6th St Beach. The 2nd of the season. Judging takes place by 11am.
 
4th – 6th – 55th Annual Boardwalk Art Show – Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. Hours: Fri. & Sat. – 10am- 6pm, Sun. – 10am – 4pm.
 
8th – Pamper Scamper – Annual baby crawling race. Registration is free and begins at 8:30am. Contest begins at 9am at the 6th Street beach. For babies up to 15 months.
 
9th – wacky Wednesday That’s How The Cookie Crumbles – Use your creativity to shape and sculpt a cookie into your very own masterpiece. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
10th – 108th Annual Baby Parade - One of the oldest baby parades in the country. On the Boardwalk, 6th – 12th Streets. Time to be announced.
 
12th – Miss Ocean City Pageant – at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
16th Wacky Wednesday Little Miss/Mister Chaos and Miss/Mister Miscellaneous – Who will win the titles of our Miss/Mister Miscellaneous? This hidden and unique talent competition is for anyone over the age of 6. Judges are looking for unusual and unique talents! Plus Little Miss/Mister Chaos, which requires boys and girls from 3 – 5 years of age to make as much noise as possible by banging on supplied pots and pans. Contest if free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
16th Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant – the original beauty contest for crustaceans. Families, kids, business and organizations are invited to enter their crustaceans in this annual contest. The winner receives the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down the flowery runway. Registration is free and starts at 5:30pm at the 6th St. Beach. Contest begins at 6pm. Open to all ages.
 
Hermit Crab Races – Watch as some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete for the King of Klutz Plaque immediately following Miss Crustacean at the 6th Street Beach.
 
18th – Little Miss Ocean City – 7pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk. Scholarship pageant for girls ages 8 – 11. Must live, attend Ocean City Schools or be a property owner in Ocean City  (parent). For registration information call 609-525-9304.
 
23rd – Wacky Wednesday – Taffy Sculpting Sculpting – Use your creativity to shape and sculpt salt water taffy into your own masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.
 
26th – Boardwalk Merchant Fireworks Display – a spectacular fireworks display can be viewed from 6th – 14th Streets on the Boardwalk. Fireworks start at 10pm.
 
30th - Wacky Wednesday – French Fry Sculpting Sculpting – Use your creativity to shape and sculpt French Fries into your own masterpiece. Contest is free. Open to all ages. Start time is 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk.

 


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September

4th -  OCNJ Labor Day Race – 5 mile beach run and 1 mile fun run/walk. Great end of the season event. $20 Pre-registration. $25 Race Day. $10 - 14 years & under. Registration begins February 1, 2017. Call 609-399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/Race-Events

 
9th – Ocean City Classic Car and Street Rod Show – Features classis cars on display. Boardwalk display  12noon – 4pm on Saturday .
 
10th -  Corvette Show – Over 350 cars exhibited. One of the largest of its kind in the East. Models from every year Corvette were manufactured comprise this colorful show. Displayed on the Boardwalk from 6th – 10th Streets, 11:30am – 4pm.
 
11th – “A Day to Remember”  9/11 Ceremony- 7pm in front of the Sixth Street Firehouse. All are invited to attend. More details to follow.
 
16th – Ocean City Airport Festival – Annual festival at the Municipal Airport, 26th & Bay Ave. 10am – 3pm. Features include a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II planes to Classics and Warbirds. Meet the performers for the next day’s Aerobatic Air Show.
 
17th - Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow – 1pm, 6th – 14th Streets over the ocean. Thrill to some of the best stunt pilots and aerobatic champions in the world plus military demonstrations.
 
23rd – MS City to Shore Ride – with 7,000 cyclists raising $5.6 million – promises to be the best cycling experience on the east coast.
 
24th – OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K & 10 mile N0n-Competitive Walk/Run – registration begins February 1, 2017. Half Marathon $50 pre-registration until August 31st., Sept. 1 – 20 - $60; Sept 21 – 23 - $70. No race day registration for the half marathon. www.ocnj.us/race-events
 
30th Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales 6th -14th Streets on he Boardwalk & Asbury Avenue.
 

 

 


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October

1st - Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales 6th -14th Streets on he Boardwalk & Asbury Avenue.
 
7TH – Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular – 9am – 5pm  from 5th – 14th Streets on Asbury Avenue . Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. A fireworks display in the evening over the ocean.
 
7th – 9th – Indian Summer Weekend – Seafood vendors at the Music Pier (Sat. – Mon.) and boardwalk table sales.
 
7th – 9th – Boardwalk & Down town Merchant Table Sales- (No Venders) 6th – 14th Streets on the Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.
 
21st – Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant – 7pm at the William and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center, Ocean City High School, 6th Street. Tickets $10. Tickets will be sold at the High School box office the evening of the pageant. Doors will open at 6:30pm.
 
26th – Halloween Parade – 7:15 on Asbury Ave., from 6th – 11th Streets.

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November

4th – Trail of Two Cities – Run/Walk – Over the 9th Street Bridge

 
11th – Veterans Day Program – 11am at Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave.
 
18th – Earlier than the Bird Downtown Shopping Extravaganza – 8am – 12noon. Get out earlier than the bird and jump start you holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas, early bird shopping specials.
 
24th – Christmas in the Downtown – “Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue” – 2pm – 5pm
Join the merchants and Chamber in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.

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December

1st – Christmas Parade – 6:30pm on Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11 Streets. Registration information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.
 
2nd & 3rd – Train Show – Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk, 10am – 5pm Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.
 
2nd & 3rd – Free Horse & Carriage Rides – 12noon – 3pm, in front of City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue.
 
2nd & 3rd – Photos with Santa – 12pm – 3pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk.
 
9th & 10th - Free Horse & Carriage Rides – 12noon – 3pm, in front of City Hall, 9th &
Asbury Avenue.
 
9th & 10th – Photos with Santa – 12pm – 3pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk.
 
16th & 17th - Free Horse & Carriage Rides – 12noon – 3pm, in front of City Hall, 9th &
Asbury Avenue.
 
16th & 17th – Photos with Santa – 12pm – 3pm at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & the Boardwalk.
 
31st First Night New Years Eve Celebration – a complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight. For more information call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.