Indian Summer in Ocean City this weekend

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Biggest festival of the fall now in its 27th year

Ocean City has developed a series of major fall special events, and none is bigger than Indian Summer Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 9, through Monday, October 11. The centerpiece of the event is a mile-long block party that extends from Fifth to 14th streets along Asbury Avenue this Saturday.

More than 400 juried crafters from across the East Coast will participate in the block party with hand made-products ranging from wind chimes and floral decorations to paintings and photography. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A fireworks display is scheduled on Saturday following the block party. The fireworks will be set off from a barge off the Ninth Street beach at 9:30 p.m.

Block party events also include a variety of foods highlighted by Greek specialties, ribs, sea foods, pizza, hotdogs, burgers, baked goods and more.

Bands and street musicians entertain along the block party route from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will include Tidal Wave, a popular Beach Boys-type group, the Ralph Roberts Trio, and entertainers Tony DeLuca and Keith Hickman. There will be free pony rides for children at the Tabernacle Grounds, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue also from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Public service displays for non-profit organizations are set up on Ninth Street between Asbury and Central avenues.

Visitors will be able to buy First Night New Year’s Eve admission buttons during the block party. Admission buttons and program books with a complete schedule of First Night events will also be available at Downtown Gillian’s, 838 Asbury Avenue. Program books will also be available in the City Hall area. First Night offers 60 entertainment programs at central locations and concludes with a fireworks display at midnight. Tickets are $14 per person.

All city municipal lots will be free during the block party. Parking meters will also be free. Parking at the Transportation Center, 10th Street and Haven Avenue behind McDonalds will be free, as will be the parking lot at Fifth Street and Asbury Avenue next to the fire house.

There’s a lot more to see and do during the festival. In addition to the block party, a seafood center will be set up at the Music Pier throughout the weekend. Boardwalk merchants will hold table sales starting Friday, Oct. 8 and ending Monday, Oct. 11. Downtown merchants will hold a sidewalk sale Sunday, Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Asbury Avenue.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, will present an Indian Summer concert Saturday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. featuring the Annie Moses Band, a favorite in Nashville and on NPR. The band includes strings, buoyant vocals and dynamic rhythms. Tickets are $20 or $17 in advance. To reserve, call 609-399-1915.

The Indian Summer Festival, co-sponsored by the Retail Merchants Association of Ocean City, the Chamber of Commerce and the city, has been attracting thousands of visitors for more than a quarter of a century. For more information, call 609-399-2629 or visit .

Note: The Farmers Market, held Saturdays the city’s downtown, will not be held on block party weekend. It will resume on October 16 and continue through the month at City Hall Annex, 901 Asbury Avenue, from 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.



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