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In a town that can trace its roots back over 125 years, it may come as no big surprise that some of the highlights of the summer are also the longest running events on the island.

While Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, the season really gets going in July. The Fourth of July celebration begins at the end of June with the July Jubilee. Each day at 11 a.m., Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, will be a different wacky contest, city publicist Mark Soifer explained. Contests leading up to July 4 include taffy sculpting, treasure hunts and more.

“We have that Weird Contest Week in August. Well, it became so successful we were asked to do something leading into the week before Fourth of July,” Soifer said. “We have them twice a year now, taffy sculpting, french fry sculpting, that’s the way the cookie crumbles, paper clip sculpting. Friday is the extreme hermit crab wrestling.”

The winners receive ribbons.

Fourth of July this year falls on a Wednesday, but the turnout is still expected to be phenomenal pending good weather. The day starts with two July 4 Bike Parades, one sponsored by the Gardens Civic Association beginning at the Longport Bridge parking lot, and a second sponsored South Ocean City Improvement Association beginning at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue.

“They go from the Longport bridge parking lot around the gardens area,” Soifer said of the Gardens Civic Association route which starts at 9 a.m. “And then there’s the South Ocean City Improvement Association bike parade at 40th and Asbury.”

The South OC parade goes off at 10 a.m., he said.

“It’s been going on for years. It’s just a way of giving children a way to show their patriotism on the Fourth of July, because they decorate the bikes.”

There is ample time to enjoy the beach and boardwalk before the evening festivities begin at 5 p.m.

“There’s a kite flying competition. Air Circus does that,” Soifer said. “It’s open to the public, followed by entertainment, and a spectacular fireworks display off the Ninth Street beach tops off the evening.”

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As July rolls on, Night in Venice is just around the corner.

“Night in Venice, as it is now, started in 1954. It was for the diamond jubilee, the 75th anniversary of Ocean City,” Soifer said.

The now two-day event, Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, includes Miss Night in Venice, a boat parade and a seafood festival in the downtown.

The seafood festival is the newest addition, now in its eighth year. Soifer said the event gives people who come in early to Ocean City another special event to take part in.

“We block off from Ninth Street to Sixth Street (along Asbury). We have games for the kids, there’s a lot of seafood sold, there’s entertainment, bands and stuff,” he said.

But, the boat parade is, by far, the main attraction.

“The boat parade, it was started by Art Watkins, who was the public relations director here, and Jack Jernee, who was the captain of the lifeguards in ’54,” Soifer said. “Watkins was a tour director before he came to Ocean City.”

He said it was when Watkins was in Venice that he saw a boat parade, which inspired him.

“He saw this semi-religious parade in Venice,” Soifer said. “That gave him the idea of starting Night in Venice.”

“It’s the boats and the homes, the decorated homes are big part of it, too,” he said. “There’s various categories: best decorated, best musical, large boats, small boats.”

This year’s suggested theme in nostalgia.

To participate in the boat parade, there are certain requirements.

“We have captains meetings. The homeowners have to fill out a registration form and the boat owners, too. The boat owners have to come to a captains meeting, and they have to be briefed on the safety measures,” Soifer said.

The parade route is from the Longport bridge in and out of the lagoons down to Tennessee Avenue.

Miss Night in Venice is crowned before Saturday and then reigns over the parade. All contestants in the pageant will also ride on the boat with Miss Night in Venice. To win, the 12 young ladies must raise money using containers placed in stores. Patrons vote by placing money in the cans. The contestant collecting the most money for a local philanthropic organization will be crowned Miss Night in Venice.

Any young woman who is interested in participating in the Miss Night in Venice contest should contact Sue Doll at 425-5708. Contestants must be at least 15.

The first weekend of August starts with the 50th annual Boardwalk Art Show, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 3-5. Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work on the boardwalk.

“I worked on that in the ’60s as a special job,” Soifer said. “That was the first thing I did in Ocean City.”

At the time, Soifer was working for a private company.

“We got a postcard from Dr. Marcia Smith,” he said. “She said, ‘Ocean City needs an art show, call me.’

“We called her and she put us in touch with (Jim) Penland, who had already started an art show in Atlantic City.”

Penland negotiated with the Ocean City officials to get the art show off the ground.

“He really was the one who got the city to get behind it. The mayor liked what we did, so he asked me to come and be public relations director of the city,” Soifer said.

The art show started as a show for both amateurs and professionals, and it was free to participate in.

“It was so big that we had to put exhibitors in the middle of the boardwalk, on each side and down the center,” Soifer said. “Eventually, we made it a professional show and a juried show, which cut down the size of the show, but enhanced the quality of it.”

Each year, 75-100 artists participate.

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On Thursday, Aug. 9 will be the 103rd annual Baby Parade, one of the oldest baby parades in the country, on the boardwalk between Sixth and 12th streets.

“It’s the oldest, continuously-running baby parade down here, probably in the country,” Soifer said.

The Baby Parade has been a family-run event since it was started all those years ago. The Canale family runs it now, Soifer explained.

Soifer said there are usually about 100 participants in various categories

“It’s for children from infant to 10 years of age. They have different categories; they have floats, strollers,” he said. “After the parade, they come back to the Music Pier and they give out awards. All the children get a little trophy whether they win anything or not.”

 

Tony Mart is ‘Rockin’ the Ocean City Music Pier’                                                           

SOMERS POINT — It’s been 30 years since the well-known rock ’n’ roll nightclub of Somers Point, Tony Mart’s, closed its doors on Bay Avenue. This summer, for the first time in 30 years, Tony Mart’s will bring this legacy back to the Ocean City beach and boardwalk with a series of live Saturday night concerts recalling those wild summer nights.

On June 23, the Tony Mart Rock ’n’ Roll Reunion Party will feature Jersey Shore rocker Billy Walton, from Southside Johnny’s Asbury Jukes. Walton will perform with his own band and special guest Arthur Migiliazza, who will open the show with the sounds of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair and other classics before joining the Billy Walton Band to perform a tribute to artists including Bruce Springsteen and the music of “Eddie and the Cruisers.”

On Aug. 18, The Music That Made Tony Mart’s Famous will showcase a series of famous songs in a dance party celebration of the stars that played at Tony Mart’s from the ’50s to the ’80s, including Billy Haley and His Comets, Conway Twitty, Duane Eddie, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels, Levon Helm and The Band and original soundtrack songs from “Eddie and the Cruisers.” In addition to the biggest hits of these artists, the show includes songs from Ray Charles, Cream, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and more. The show features the Tony Mart Allstar Band with Dr. Bobby Fingers, Bob Campanell, Howard Isaacson, Danny Eyer, Rich Kurtz and Jimmy “Old School” Glenn from the Hawkins Road Band.

Seating for all the Saturday night shows will be general admission. Doors open at 7 p.m. and shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at the Ocean City Music Pier box office or by calling 525-9248 or 525-9300. For more information contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or see TONYMART.COM.

 

Boardwalk concert series

Tickets are now on sale for the Ocean City Boardwalk Concert series this summer at the Ocean City Music Pier. All shows will be held on Mondays starting at 

8 p.m. with reserved seating. The current lineup includes: The Bacon Brothers July 9, Arlo Guthrie & Family July 16, Get The Led Out - America's Led Zeppelin July 23, Charlie Thomas' Drifters July 30, Little Feat Aug. 20, and Mitch Ryder Aug. 27. 

For tickets see www.ticketmaster.com. The Ocean City Boardwalk Concert Series is being presented by BCTA and produced by Bob Rose in association with BRE Presents. Additional shows will be announced at a later date.

Summer lecture series

The Ocean City Historical Museum will offer a summer lecture series made possible through a grant provided by the Ocean City Free Public Library Board of Trustees.  Additional funding support has been provided by the city of Ocean City.

All lectures are free and are held at 7 p.m. in the new lecture hall in the Ocean City Free Public Library, 17th Street and Simpson Avenue:

July 5, Basic Civil War Battlefield Surgery and Medical Care of the Wounded, Myths and Truths by Clarence Hickey;

July 12, Legendary Locals of Ocean City by Fred and Susan Miller;

July 19, Impact People had on a Child and his Life:  Rocky Gannon, Hometown Hero

July 26, 133 Years of Ocean City History by Ken Cooper

Aug. 2, Treasures of the Vault by the Curatorial Committee

Aug. 9, Then and Now: A Pictorial Essay of Ocean City by Michael McMahon;

Aug. 16, Were You There? 50th anniversary of '62 Nor'easter by Paul Anselm;

Aug. 23, Animal Collectors by Carol and Bill Dotts, Noel Wirth; and

Aug. 30, Songs in History by Richard and Rebecca Stanislaw.

Weekly events through the end of August

 

Open mike night

Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave., presents an open mike night 7-9 p.m. every Thursday. Come to perform or just listen, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee, tea or refreshments. A sign-up sheet is at the door and performers are scheduled on a first-come, first-play basis. Admission is $5. This event is sponsored by the 7th Street Surf Shop. Call 457-6686.

 

There will be a Farmer’s Market 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday, June 27-Sept. 12 at the Tabernacle grounds parking lot on Sixth Street and also at the Fire House.

The Ocean City Pops Orchestra has performances throughout the summer at the Music Pier every Tuesday through the end of August.  

Funtastic Tuesdays are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Asbury Avenue with entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptures.

Mummers Night strutting every Tuesday 7-9 p.m. on the boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets.

Beach Walks every Tuesday at 9 a.m. and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at 59th Street and Central Avenue; and every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City-Longport Bridge parking lot. Cost is $1 for adults and 50 cents for children. Tickets may be purchased on site.

Market Days are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Thursday on Asbury Avenue with entertainment, face painters and balloon sculptors.

Family Nights are 7:30-9:30 p.m. every Thursday with entertainment on the boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets, sponsored by Congo Falls, Gillian’s Wonderland, Johnson’s Popcorn and Playland’s Castaway Cove.

Inn to Inn Tours are 2-4 p.m. Thursdays with pick up at Seventh Street and Central Avenue.

Character Nights are every Sunday through Aug. 19 on the boardwalk. Characters will sign autographs in front of the Music Pier at 7 p.m., a Surrey Parade will follow at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Manco and Manco’s and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.

Friday, June 1

The “Were You There?” 50th anniversary of the ’62 nor’easter storm exhibit at the Ocean City Historical Museum, 1735 Simpson Ave., will open on June 1 and run through Sept. 4. See photographs of the devastation wrought by the 1962 nor’easter, when the bay met the ocean. Personal stories of survival will be told. There will also be a short survey for survivors to relate their stories, which will be compiled in a book for future generations. Call 399-1801.

Annual flower show June 1-3

Ocean City’s 40th annual Flower Show returns to the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, June 1-3. The show consists of artistic design arrangements and horticultural specimens – everything from orchids and roses to bonsai and cactus. It presents a few professional exhibits, but is primarily for the amateur “green thumber.” The show also features live piano music played from the Music Pier stage and has a popular category for children. This year’s flower show is dedicated to Jim Penland, who passed away recently after a successful career as an artist and businessman. During his lifetime, Penland had popular shops on the boardwalk and in the downtown and was a consultant to the Philippines. Penland was also instrumental in helping to start three arts centers, one in Atlantic City, the Ocean City Arts Center and Ocean City Fine Arts League. He created a free outreach program for disabled people and taught them the joy of using artwork to express themselves. In his later years, he founded a gallery in Millville and became a major force in establishing that community’s successful downtown art district. Entry in the competition is free and prizes are awarded. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Show times are 2-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 525-9300.

Saturday, June 2

To honor the lifelong contributions of these wonderful caregivers, dogs, the American Cancer Society sponsors Bark for Life. The area’s first Bark for Life fundraising event will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Amanda’s Field in Petersburg, Upper Township. For more information, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or see www.relayforlife.org/barkcapemaycountynj.

Sunday, June 3

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation will hold its fifth annual Mitchell McAllister Walk 9 a.m. on the Ocean City Boardwalk, beginning at the Civic Center, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. The annual walk is named in memory of ECF teen Mitchell McAllister and will support ECF’s direct service programs, as well as raise visibility and awareness of the Southern Regional Center. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. To pre-register, contact Laurie Ehrlich at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Registration is $20 per person or $60 for a group of four.

Ocean City’s Nor’easters soccer team will play the Jersey Express at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Kick off is 7 p.m. Half time events include a Lil Kickz demonstration and an introduction to the Ocean City FC youth teams. Entry for any youth soccer players wearing their team jersey is free. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. For information call 525-9999 or see www.OceanCityFC.com.

Thursday, June 7

Wonder’s Birthday Bash is 6-10:30 p.m. at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier, Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Celebrate Wonder Bear’s birthday and 82 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk. All rides will be only one ticket and at 9 p.m. see a birthday bash fireworks show. Rides open at 6 p.m. and Wonder Bear will be available all night for photos. For more information, call 399-7082.

Friday, June 8

Ocean City’s Nor’easters soccer team will play the Reading United at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Kick off is 7 p.m. Join in ‘School’s Day’ as kids from all local schools are invited to enjoy a game of top quality soccer. Entry for any summer Ocean City FC youth soccer players is free. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. For information call 525-9999 or see www.OceanCityFC.com.

Saturday, June 9

HSOC Family Golf Tournament, a family golf outing to benefit shelter residents, begins 8:30 a.m. at the Ocean City Golf Course, 25th Street and Bay Avenue. Registration is $30 per person or $100 a foursome and includes lunch. For more information call 398-9500 or see www.hsocnj.org

Ocean City Cop Chase is a 5K run and kids’ race. Register online at www.runtheday.com or download an application at www.ocpba.com. For more information, contact Sgt. David Hall at 525-9108 or the Sneaker Shop at 391-5223. Proceeds benefit the Ocean City Police Benevolent Association, which supports scholarships for the high school seniors, a Christmas toy drive, and the distribution of free bike helmets. 

Sunday, June 10

Ocean City’s Nor’easters soccer team will play the Baltimore Bohemians at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Kick off is 7 p.m. Halftime events include the third annual soccer game between the Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Police Department to raise money for each benevolent fund. Entry for any summer Ocean City FC youth soccer players is free. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. For information call 525-9999 or see www.OceanCityFC.com.

Wednesday, June 13

The Miss New Jersey Pageant will be held June 14-16 at the Ocean City Music Pier starting off with a gala boardwalk parade 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. This year’s parade theme is “Nursery Rhymes Travel the Boards” with each contestant impersonating a Mother Goose character. Any group, organization or band that would like to perform in the parade should call Maribeth at 398-2743 or 369-0293.

Saturday, June 16

The ESA Surf Contest will be on the Seventh Street beach. Registration is at 7 a.m. The first heat in the water at 8 a.m. Sign up the morning of the contest, if your membership is expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach (no wave date is June 23). For more information, call 884-5277 or see www.snj.surfesa.org.

Johnson’s Popcorn Father’s Day Family Fun Fest will be 1-3 p.m. at 11th Street and Boardwalk with bands, magicians and pony rides. For more information, call 399-1412.

Friday, June 22

The Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

 

Saturday, June 23

The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, “America’s Ambassadors of Song,” will perform at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue. Call 399-2988 for tickets, advance sales at $10 each or six for $50. Price is $15 at door. Children 12 and under are free. The program will showcase the voices of 80 boys complemented by a men’s chorale.

An Antique Auto Show, featuring over 300 vintage vehicles, will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Tabernacle grounds, Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue. A boardwalk parade will take place after 2 p.m. For more information, call 432-5347.

 

Sunday, June 24

Tony Campolo, professor at Eastern University, author and founder of EAPE will be the special guest 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Ocean City Pops presents Opening Night with Grammy award-winning artist Debby Boone, 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Hear a program of nostalgic hits, topped with Reflections of Rosemary, a compilation of songs from Boone’s new CD – a tribute to her late mother-in-law, Rosemary Clooney – plus Billboard’s No. 1 1970s favorite, “You Light Up My Life.” Sponsored by Cape Bank Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $30/$25 available at the Music Pier Box Office, see www.ocnj.us or call 525-9248.

Monday, June 25

The July Jubilee begins 11 a.m. each day, Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29, at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. This is a fun-filled week of contests leading up to July 4, complete with taffy sculpting, treasure hunts and more. For more information, call 525-9300.

Wednesday, June 27

FUNday at Playland is 1-5 p.m. at Castaway Cove, 10th Street and Boardwalk. Unlimited rides, mini-golf and go-carts for $10. Proceeds benefit Community Quest’s housing and employment support services for persons with special needs. Raindate is Friday, June 29. For more information, call 646-0388 or see www.cqinc.org.

Broadway on the OC Boardwalk III will begin at 7:30 p.m. featuring Broadway star and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $20 for orchestra and $18 for solarium. With a career that now spans decades, Testa has one of the busiest and varied careers in New York theater since her debut on Broadway in 1979. She is known for her comic chops, dramatic intensity and powerful vocals. For more information, call 525-9300.

Thursday, June 28

The Ocean City/Upper Township Rotaract Club is looking for participants for its first South Jersey Talent Star Competition. Win cash prizes, trophies. The event will be held 7 p.m. that the Ocean City Tabernacle. For an application, email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Saturday, June 30

Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

Sunday, July 1

King’s Brass, a nine-piece virtuoso ensemble, will perform 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave. Admission is free. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Ocean City’s Nor’easters soccer team will play the Bermuda Hogges at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Kick off is 7 p.m. Halftime events include Zumba and a Euro 2012 Soccer Celebration. Entry for any summer Ocean City FC youth soccer players is free. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. For information call 525-9999 or see www.OceanCityFC.com.

Monday, July 2

Veterans of Foreign Wars Ferguson-Foglio Post 6650 will bring Beatlemania Now, a tribute to The Beatles, to the Music Pier 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 and will be on sale May 26 at www.ocnj.us or at the Music Pier Box Office, call 525-9248. The VFW is seeking local business and corporate financial and advertising sponsorship of this event. For information and to support this event, contact Clark Manley, chairperson, at 335-3346 or email // This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it /"> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Wednesday, July 4

There are two July 4 Bike Parades. One is sponsored by the Gardens Civic Association and begins 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge parking lot. The other is sponsored South Ocean City Improvement Association beginning 10 a.m. at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. Registration for both starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 525-9300.

The Fourth of July Celebration begins with a kite flying competition at 5 p.m., followed by entertainment. A spectacular fireworks display off the Ninth Street beach tops off the evening. For more information, call 525-9300.

Friday, July 6

The Sam Robb Memorial Beach 5K and Fun Run begins 5 p.m. at the 40th Street beach. The beach run benefits the Sam Robb Fund, which supports a pediatric research fellow in oncology. Cure Childhood Cancer is dedicated to conquering childhood cancer through funding target research and support of patients and families. For more information, see www.samrobb.com or call 1-800-443-CURE.

Ocean City’s Nor’easters soccer team will play the New Jersey Rangers at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Kick off is 7 p.m. Halftime events include a continuation of Fourth of July festivities. Entry for any summer Ocean City FC youth soccer players is free. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. For information call 525-9999 or see www.OceanCityFC.com.

Sunday, July 8

Glad in concert begins 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Monday, July 9

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

Wednesday, July 11

A Sand Sculpting Contest will begin 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street beach, the first one of the season. For more information, call 525-9300.

Thursday, July 12

There will be a Freckle Contest6:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Registration begins 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier. For more information, call 525-9300.

Friday, July 13

Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

Sunday, July 15

Michael Card in concert begins 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Ocean City’s Nor’easters soccer team will play the Brooklyn Knights at Carey Stadium, Sixth Street and Atlantic Avenue. Kick off is 7 p.m. Halftime events include a tribute to the 2012 London Olympics. Entry for any summer Ocean City FC youth soccer players is free. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for kids. For information call 525-9999 or see www.OceanCityFC.com.

Monday, July 16

See “The Three Bears”10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. When you’re a bear, life is just a bowl of porridge; that is until a little blond beauty queen ransacks your house. Everybody knows the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” but nobody has ever heard the story from the bears’ point of view. Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Baby Bear and Goldie entertain audiences with merry music and plenty of laughs. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

Saturday, July 21

The Summer Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts is one day only, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Carey Stadium and the Civic Center, just off the boardwalk at Sixth Street. Over 250 juried crafters, artists, photographers and gourmet food specialists will be on display. For more information, call 1-800-822-4112.

The 33rd annual T. John Carey Master’s Swim begins at 6:30 p.m. with registration between 3-6 p.m. at the beach patrol station, 34th Street and the beach.

Ocean City’s third annual Tribute to the Philippines, which features a free trade and tourism exhibition at the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July and Sunday, July 22 with traditional Filipino entertainment on the boardwalk on Saturday. The Philippine Nurses Association of Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Philadelphia will give free blood pressure and sugar tests on Saturday and Adventist University of the Philippines will do the same on Sunday. There will be health and wellness seminars on Sunday 11 a.m.-noon and 3-4 p.m. The trade fair will feature an array of Filipino products and highlight the highly advanced Filipino medical industry. There will be entertainment Saturday evening in the Music Pier auditorium. For more information, call 525-9300.

Sunday, July 22

See David Payne as C. S. Lewis7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Monday, July 23

“Red Riding Hood’s Woods” will be performed 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Little Red’s mother has always been a bit overprotective of her daughter, but once she’s old enough, it’s time for Little Red to wander through the woods on her own. Encounters with a singing Postman, Three Little Pigs, The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker, Granny and of course the Big Bad Wolf make this interactive musical an entertaining treat for kids of all ages. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

Wednesday, July 25

Ocean City Beach Patrol Women’s Lifeguard Invitational Races will take place at 6:15 a.m. at the 34th Street beach. Women representing the 15 beach patrols on the South Jersey coast will be competing in this annual invitational race. 

Friday, July 27

The Merchants in Venice Seafood Festival is 5-9 p.m. at Ninth and Asbury. Feast on some of the best seafood in the area and enjoy entertainment and rides for the kids. Sponsored by Comcast. For more information, call 525-9300.

Saturday, July 28

Night in Venice, the city’s annual boat parade and one of the largest in the world, starts at 6:30 p.m. from the LongportBridge to Tennessee Avenue, along the bay. For more information, call 525-9300.

Sunday, July 29

Greg Buchanan, former US Navy Band harp soloist, will perform 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave, with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Monday, July 30

See “Charlottes Web”10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Audiences will thrill to a musical score that includes “Eating,” Wilbur the pig's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; “Who Says We Can't Be Friends,” an enchanting duet between Wilbur and his new-found companion Charlotte; “Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn,” featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

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Wednesday, Aug. 1

There will be a Sand Sculpting Contest9 a.m. at the Sixth Street beach, the second one of the season. For more information, call 525-9300.

The Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant, the original beauty contest for crustaceans, will be 1 p.m. at the Sixth Street beach. The winner receives the coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway. For more information, call 525-9300.

Watch as some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete for the King of Klutz Plaque in the Hermit Crab Races immediately following Miss Crustacean at the Sixth Street beach. For more information, call 525-9300.

Thursday, Aug. 2

The 12th annual Art of Surfing show is 7-10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 and noon-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4 at the Ocean City Music Pier. This is a free family event featuring original art from surfing's biggest names, live music and a chance to meet artists from across the country. 

 

Friday, Aug. 3

The 50th annual Boardwalk Art Show will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5. Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work on the boardwalk. This event is an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices. For more information, call 525-9310.

 

Monday, Aug. 6

“The Fabulous Fable Factory” will be 10:30 a.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Monroe wanders into a seemingly abandoned factory and accidentally trips a lever which activates the factory “machinery,” an assembly line of seven actors who create fabulous fables. Then he meets the factory owner, a Mr. Aloysius A. Aesop, who explains that the factory has been idle for over 2,000 years because of a missing part. Mr. Aesop introduces Monroe to the machinery. Among them are Straucy, the Story Starter; Pluto, the Plot Plotter; Wadsworth, the Word Worker; and Gretel, the Grammar Guardian. Ticket are $9; available at the Music Pier Box Office or at www.ocnj.us. For more information, call 525-9300.

See Carolyn Arends in concert with Spencer Capier 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 7

The Pamper Scamper, an annual baby crawling race, begins 9:30 a.m. at the Sixth Street beach. Registration begins at 9 a.m. This contest is for babies up to 15 months. For more information, call 525-9304.

Thursday, Aug. 9

The 103rd annual Baby Parade, one of the oldest baby parades in the country, begins 10:15 a.m. on the boardwalk, between Sixth and 12th streets. For more information, call 525-9300.

The annual Twins Contest begins 6:30 p.m. with prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Registration begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call 525-9300. 

Friday, Aug. 10

The South Jersey Lifeguard Championships is 6:30 p.m. at the 34th Street beach.

Saturday, Aug. 11

The ESA Surf Contest will be on the Seventh Street beach. Registration is at 7 a.m. The first heat in the water at 8 a.m. Sign up the morning of the contest, if your membership is expired or if you are a new member, you may renew or join on the beach (no wave date is June 23). For more information, call 884-5277 or see www.snj.surfesa.org.

Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

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The Miss Ocean City Pageant will be at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club. For more information, see www.ocexchangeclub.org.

Sunday, Aug. 12

See Steve Green in concert 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Monday, Aug. 13

Weird Contest Week – “Wacky But Not Tacky” events that are fun for the entire family – start 11 a.m. each day Aug. 13-17 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. For more information, call 525-9300.

Friday, Aug. 17

The Little Miss Ocean City Pageant begins 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $10 at the Music Pier Box Office. This is a scholarship pageant for girls ages 8-11. Must live in or attend Ocean City Schools or parent must be a property owner in Ocean City. Registration runs through July 6. For registration information, call 525-9304 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sunday, Aug. 19

See ventriloquist David Pendleton7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Friday, Aug. 24

Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

Saturday, Aug. 25

Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Music Pier. For vendor information, call 610-368-6656.

Fun on Wheels is sponsoring a cruise to Canada Aug. 25-30. The cruise leaves from New York to St. John, New Brunswick and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The cost for this all-inclusive trip starts at $630 and includes round trip transportation to New York. Fun on Wheels is non-profit bus program that benefits the Cape Atlantic Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation, which grants last wishes to terminally and chronically ill children in the area. Call Marie Dugan at 398-1488 for more information.

See “Xanadu,” featuring the Ocean City Theatre Company’s junior company, 2 or 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for children under 12, general admission seating. “Xanadu” follows the journey of a magical and beautiful Greek muse, Kira, who descends from the heavens of Mt.Olympus to Venice Beach, Calif. in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist, Sonny, to achieve the greatest artistic creation of all time – the first roller disco. But, when Kira falls into forbidden love with the mortal Sonny, her jealous sisters take advantage of the situation and chaos abounds. For more information, call 525-9300.

Sunday, Aug. 26

The Dave Stahl Orchestra, a 30-piece orchestra featuring big band sounds in hymns and gospel, performs 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Saturday, Sept. 1

The Fall Farmer’s Market in the Downtown is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ninth and Asbury. For more information, call 398-4662.

Sunday, Sept. 2

Lynda Randle, Gospel Music Award winner, performs with Joey Gore on piano, vocalists Gale Mayes and Angela Prim 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Ave., with free admission. For more information, call 399-1915 or see www.octabernacle.org.

Monday, Sept. 3

The Mayor’s Labor Day Race is a 5-mile beach run and 1-mile fun run/walk. For more information, call 525-9317.

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Friday, Sept. 7

Street Rod Weekend features classic cars on display at the Sports and Civic Center, Sixth Street off the boardwalk and on the boardwalk, noon-4 p.m. Aug. 7-9. For more information, call 525-9300.

Saturday, Sept. 8

The Fall Farmer’s Market in the Downtown is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ninth and Asbury. For more information, call 398-4662.

Sunday, Sept. 9

Walk for Children in Foster Care, a 5K walk-a-thon to raise funds for children in foster care in New Jersey, goes up and down the boardwalk starting at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., walk begins 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 977-4880. Preregister at www.fafsfoundation.org 

Friday, Sept. 14

Red and White Weekend, an all-class reunion of Ocean City High School, begins with a football game and pre-game barbecue Friday and parade Saturday, Sept. 15. For more information, see www.ochsalumni.com.

Saturday, Sept. 15

The Fall Farmer’s Market in the Downtown is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ninth and Asbury. For more information, call 398-4662.

The Ocean City Airport Festival, an annual festival at the MunicipalAirport, 26th Street and Bay Avenue, will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The event features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II planes to classics and warbirds. For more information, call 525-9223.

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Thursday, Sept. 22

The Fall Farmer’s Market in the Downtown is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ninth and Asbury. For more information, call 398-4662.

Walk to Defeat ALS begins 10 a.m. at the practice field on Sixth Street and Boardwalk. Registration begins 9 a.m. This 2-mile walk on the boardwalk raises funds to support patient services and research into finding a cure for Lou Gehrig’s disease. For more information, call 215-643-5434 or see www.alsphiladelphia.org.

Friday, Sept. 23

The Corvette Show, with over 350 cars exhibited, is one of the largest shows of its kind in the East. Models from every year Corvettes were manufactured comprise this colorful show displayed 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on the boardwalk from Sixth to 10th streets. For more information, call 457-0081.

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Saturday, Sept. 29

The MS Bike-a-thon with over 7,000 bikers raising over $3 million for the Delaware Valley MS Society.

The semi-annual Citywide Yard Sale is 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at Tabernacle Grounds, Fifth Street and Wesley Avenue and at homes throughout town. There will be merchant table sales all weekend long in the downtown from Sixth to 11th streets along Asbury Avenue and on the boardwalk from Sixth to 14th streets. For more information, call 398-4662.

Sunday, Sept. 30

The Ocean City Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile run with views of the city through various neighborhoods, the downtown business district, beaches and the boardwalk. Cost is $50 with preregistration through Aug. 31; $60 from Sept. 1-29. There will be no race-day registration. There will also be a 5K, a 3.1-mile run on the boardwalk. To register, see www.ocnj.us or call 525-9317.

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Saturday, Oct. 6

The Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular will be 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from Fifth to 14th street on Asbury Avenue with over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, there will be entertainment on the boardwalk with fireworks beginning at 9:30 p.m. For more information, call 399-1412.

Boardwalk and Downtown Merchant Table Sales will be Oct. 6-8 from Sixth to 14th streets on the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue.

Indian Summer Weekend will be will be Oct. 6-8 with seafood vendors at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, and boardwalk table sales.  

Saturday, Oct. 20

The 27th annual Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweep will begin 9 a.m. with check in at the Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, for cleanup supplies. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep beaches clean and safe and protect the coastal environment. For more information, call 525-9285.

Junior Miss Ocean City Pageant takes place 7 p.m. at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Tickets are $10 at the Music Pier Box Office. This is a scholarship pageant for girls ages 12-15. Participants must live in or attend Ocean City Schools or parents must be a property owner in Ocean City. Registration runs through Sept. 14. For registration information, call 525-9304 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Shirt Shack Hayrides on the Boardwalk are free noon-4 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21. Passengers may get on and off at Sixth and 12th streets. For more information, call 525-9300.

Thursday, Oct. 25

The Halloween Parade will begin 7:15 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth to 11th streets. Online registration only at www.ochp.blogspot.com; there will be no in-person registration. For more information, call 800-813-5580. Sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club.

Saturday, Oct. 27

Downtown Merchants Trick or Treat will be 2-4 p.m. from Sixth to 11th streets on Asbury Avenue at participating merchants.


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