Happening This Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, it’s fair to say that this year’s festivities will be a little bit different from past years. But, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the weekend, albeit with a few changes in place. From takeout dining options to curbside pickup at your favorite Ocean City businesses, here are some must-visit spots to put on your list this Memorial Day weekend:

Dining To-Go

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From pizza slices to dinner entrees to sweet treats, you’ll find a lot of options to choose from when you order takeout from the following Ocean City eateries:

  • Bob’s Grill: Offering takeout menu items, hot donuts, and bike and surrey rentals
  • Roma Pizza: $3.99 special includes one plain pizza slice and small fountain drink (toppings extra); $5 off any pizza pie; other menu items available for takeout
  • OC Surf Cafe: Open for takeout, Friday-Monday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sack O’ Subs: Open for takeout and offering regular menu plus daily specials
  • Randazzo’s: Offering takeout/free delivery; Try their delicious garlic knots this weekend!
  • Jon and Patty’s: Open for takeout and delivery; Try their new online ordering system for easy ordering; Open daily, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Donny’s Family Kitchen: Open for takeout, lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Kessel’s Korner: Open for takeout; Get a delicious milkshake and sandwich to-go!
  • Spadafora’s: Open 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; You can order online for takeout, request delivery, or visit the store for curbside pickup and in-store retail purchases (for in-store purchases, there will be a one-in, one-out system in place for proper social distancing); Be sure to try their lobster mac and steamer pots!
  • Yoasis: Open at 9 a.m. daily for healthy and delicious treats
  • The Hula Restaurant: Open and offering regular menu items plus tons of great specials, such as the Alaskan snow crab and Thai BBQ scallops options
  • Topsail Steamer: Order a seafood steamer pot to cook up and enjoy at home
  • Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery: Cathy’s 14th Street Bakery is open and ready to serve up fabulous donuts and sweet treats this Memorial Day weekend
  • Dot’s Pastry Shop: Dot’s is open every day at 7 a.m. Order the day prior for curbside pickup or visit the store for your favorites each day (three people in the store at a time)
  • Pork Island Grill: Who’s craving barbecue this Memorial Day weekend? If so, visit Pork Island Grill and order all of your favorite culinary dishes for takeout
  • Ward’s Pastry: From butter cake to creative cookies, Ward’s Pastry has your sweet treat needs covered this weekend
  • Mallon’s: Known for their famous sticky buns, you know where to go when you want sweet and delicious sticky buns in Ocean City

Shopping with Curbside Pickup

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Local shops on the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue are offering curbside pickup for all your Memorial Day weekend shopping needs. Here are some stores that are ready, willing, and able to answer the call this weekend:

  • Peace of Wood: Peace of Wood will be open this weekend for curbside pickup, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. They’re also offering a new, extremely cool item which the whole family is sure to love: Paint Jams to Go! $15 per kit provides you with everything you need to make some creative masterpieces in the comfort of your own home. Shop online and curbside pickup the same day.
  • B&B: Offering curbside pickup for all your clothing and home decor needs
  • 7th Street Surf Shop: Offering curbside pickup and FaceTime shopping appointments
  • Ocean Treasures: Open Memorial Day weekend for curbside shopping on the boardwalk
  • Hearth and Sole: Hearth and Sole has everything you need to make your MDW festivities complete! All items are available for curbside pickup. Call the store for an appointment to shop.
  • SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear: Get ready for summer by ordering a new swimsuit and sandals from SunSmiles. Curbside pickup is available throughout the weekend

Important Details

Now that you have some restaurants and shops to visit this Memorial Day weekend, here are a few additional bits of information to know:

  • All amusements and arcades are still closed.
  • Dine-in options still unavailable.
  • Beach tags are now on sale online and in person at the following locations: City Hall, Music Pier box office window, Route 52 Causeway Welcome Center, Henry Knight Building, and 34th Street Information Center.
  • Beach tags required for beachgoers ages 12+, June 6-Sept. 7, 2020.

Most importantly, as we head into Memorial Day weekend, it’s important to remember what this weekend is truly about and that’s remembering our military members who lost their lives fighting for this country. Thank you for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice while serving.

Seasonal and New Spots Opening Soon in Ocean City

With Memorial Day quickly approaching and full access to Ocean City beaches taking place on May 16, many restaurants and stores are opening their doors. They want to be ready, willing, and able to offer takeout and delivery services to residents and visitors at the start of the season. In addition to seasonal businesses opening, there are also some new spots you’re going to want to check out.

Here’s a list of the seasonal and new stores and restaurants opening the doors for takeout, delivery, and curbside pickup:

Now’s the perfect time to start thinking about what takeout items you’re going to enjoy first!

What’s Open, What’s Closed in Ocean City Amid COVID-19 Concerns

*UPDATE: Gov. Murphy states all New Jersey bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and casinos to close at 8 p.m. tonight, March 16. Essential businesses, such as grocery stores and gas stations, can stay open past 8 p.m. Non-essential businesses must close by 8 p.m. daily. Restaurants can offer takeout/delivery services.

As COVID-19 concerns and cases grow, government officials, business owners, organizations, and individuals are taking necessary precautions to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Some institutions are being instructed by the government to close, while others are taking the initiative to close their doors to help stop the spread of the virus. On the other hand, businesses are keeping their doors open so that individuals can have access to food and other items.

*Updated 3/17*

Here’s a list of some current businesses and entities in Ocean City that are open, closed, or canceling/postponing events:

Open:

Closed/Canceled/Postponed:

Event Cancellations:

  • OC Con Comic and Memorabilia Show
  • Girls Weekend
  • Great Egg Hunts and all other Easter events, including the Easter Sunrise Service
  • Doo Dah Parade
  • Mr. Mature America Pageant
  • Sports Memorabilia Show
  • All other shows/events through the end of April

This is just a starter list and includes some of the openings/closings/cancellations. The list will be updated on a continual basis as changes are noted. The best bet is to always call prior to heading to your favorite Ocean City shop or restaurant to make sure hours of operation haven’t recently changed. And please feel free to add additions in the comments below.

Most importantly, thank you to all who are helping the public during this uncertain time (and always), including first responders, medical professionals, shop/restaurant owners and employees, and others who are lending a hand overall. Be safe and stay well, Ocean City friends!

 

Ring in the New Year in Ocean City

With 2019 coming to a close and 2020 on the horizon, it’s time to finish the current year on a good note and start the new year out right. With all of the Ocean City festivities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, this is an easy goal to accomplish! Check out the following happenings taking place in Ocean City on New Year’s Eve as well as on the first day of the new year:

First Night Ocean City on New Year’s Eve

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First Night Ocean City provides fun for the entire family from 4 p.m.–midnight at different locations throughout the town. Purchase a button ($20 each) and gain access to an expansive array of exciting events and activities, including the following:

  • Ice skating at the Civic Center
  • Imagination Movers concert at the Music Pier
  • Inflatables at the Civic Center
  • Open swim at the Aquatic and Fitness Center
  • Open house at the Ocean City Historical Museum
  • Mentalist Dan Cain at the Ocean City Senior Center
  • The Duprees with the Ocean City POPS at The Tabernacle
  • Fireworks at midnight
  • And so much more!

There’s still time to purchase your buttons and take part in this festive Ocean City celebration to ring in the new year!

New Year’s Day Fun

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Once 2020 hits, the activities roll on in Ocean City. Here’s what’s happening on New Year’s Day:

  • 2020 First Day Ocean City Run/Walk
  • Beach Polar Plunge on the beach next to the Music Pier at 2 p.m. (free but participants must sign a waiver at the Music Pier before participating)

Plus, you can do some shopping and dining at the open shops and restaurants throughout town during this time. Some are closed for the season and the holiday, but here are some of the spots that will be open for this popular time period:

May you have an exciting New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year to you all!

 

Finish Your Holiday Shopping in Ocean City

The holidays are almost here and if you have yet to finish (or start) your holiday shopping, Ocean City is the place to do so. From luxurious bath and body products to festive home decor items, you’ll find something for everyone on your list this year at the Ocean City shops.

Here are some of the stores where you’ll find items to check off your gift list with ease, including some of the must-have items you’ll find there:

  • Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe: Find all of your dolls and doll accessories plus a whole lot more at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe
  • Pumpkinbuds: Holiday shirts, including Christmas and Hanukkah products
  • B&B: Clothing and accessories for the entire family plus eye-catching home decor items
  • Rauhauser’s: Chocolates and candy of a wide array for those on your list who have a sweet tooth
  • Bowfish Kids: Apparel for the young ones of the family with a 50% off sale on all apparel going on now
  • We Make It Personal: Personalized gifts, including a unique beach tag display frame
  • Hearth and Sole: Don’t miss the last weekend of the season at Hearth and Sole (open Friday/Saturday/Sunday) to purchase a wide array of footwear, fashions, and furnishings
  • Mia’s Christmas Gallery: Wow your holiday guests this year by decorating your home with items from Mia’s Christmas Gallery and grab some cute stocking stuffers, too
  • Henry’s: Gorgeous jewelry items and holiday shirts are waiting for you at Henry’s
  • Island Beach Gear: Head to Island Beach Gear and help your friends and loved ones prepare for summertime, which will be here before we know it
  • The Road: CBD products for all of your health and wellness item needs
  • Hoy’s 5 & 10: Gifts, holiday decor, and household items make Hoy’s 5 & 10 a great one-stop shop
  • Peace of Wood: Artwork, skateboards, apparel, and more await you at Peace of Wood
  • Ocean City Coffee Company: Get ready for the guests to arrive by stocking up on Ocean City Coffee Company beans and ground coffee
  • She’z the Boss: Gift cards and plenty of gift options are available at She’z the Boss
  • Artisan Body Products: Homemade soap and natural body products are always a winning gift idea
  • Stainton’s: Stainton’s Gallery of Shops features vendors of all types, ranging from clothing to home decor to bath and body products

These are just a few of the many shops in Ocean City where you can finish your gift list and fully prepare for the holidays. Happy Holidays!

 

 

Fundraising, Fitness, and Food Events to Unfold in Ocean City This Weekend

The shoulder season in Ocean City is spectacular for so many reasons. Not only is the weather beyond gorgeous but the events which fill the calendar are impressive, to say the least. This weekend is no exception. From a fundraising walk to a fundraiser festival, you’ll have plenty to do in Ocean City the weekend of September 28-29.

Health, Fitness, and Wellness Expo (September 28)

It’s the perfect time to start thinking about getting healthy and with the helpful advice you’ll gather at the free Health, Fitness, and Wellness Expo on Saturday, September 28, you’ll be well on your way to healthy living. The expo takes place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Ocean City Sports and Civic Center, located at 6th Street and Boardwalk. More than 30 vendors will be at the event offering helpful advice, information, and more. Plus, there will be fun and healthy activities, including Zumba, ballroom dancing, and other exciting events.

Walk for the Wounded (September 28)

The Walk for the Wounded is held to raise funds and awareness for Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization which aids wounded military members and veterans by helping these heroes and their families with emotional and financial needs. This walk will take place on Saturday, September 28, with registration at 8:30 a.m., speeches at 9:30 a.m., and the walk kicking off at 10 a.m. Find all of the details here.

Ocean City Chili and Chowder Festival (September 28)

Love chili? Love chowder? Well, you’re going to adore the Ocean City Chili and Chowder Festival taking place on the Music Pier at noon following the Walk for the Wounded event on Saturday, September 28. In addition to unlimited samplings of chili and chowder prepared by the members of the Ocean City Restaurant Association, you’ll be able to vote for the best firehouse chili prepared by firefighters from the three Ocean City fire stations in this friendly battle for the best culinary dish. The cost is $15 per adult and $5 per child. All of the finer details can be found in the recent OCNJ Happenings article.

Ocean City Half Marathon (September 29)

Runners take your mark and get ready for the Ocean City Half Marathon on Sunday, September 29. This will be the 10th year for the Ocean City Half Marathon where participants will hit the ground running at 8:30 a.m., including those taking part in the 10-mile walk/run. The event will also include a 5-kilometer race. Event registration is still open, so if you would like to enter the competition and have yet to sign up, you can do so until 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 26. You can find all of the details online.

Whether walking, running, or dining for a great cause, make sure you spend the upcoming weekend in Ocean City!

 

Corvettes and Cycling for a Cause to Unfold in Ocean City This Weekend (Sept. 21-22)

Get ready, Ocean City! This weekend will be filled with jaw-dropping corvette displays and cyclists heading to town for a great cause. Whether you are a car aficionado or an individual raising funds for an excellent charity organization, the weekend of September 21–22 is for you.

MS City to Shore Ride (September 21)

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On Saturday, September 21, the MS City to Shore Ride unfolds, where cyclists will cross the finish line in Ocean City after making the long trek from Cherry Hill. If you’re not participating in the event, make sure that you are waiting at the finish line at 5th Street and Boardwalk to cheer on approximately 7,000 cyclists. These bicyclists are riding mile after mile to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society to be used in the fight against MS.

Annual Corvette Show (September 22)

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For the lovers of cars and Corvettes, in particular, you won’t want to miss the Annual Corvette Show on the Ocean City boardwalk on Sunday, September 22. Stroll the boardwalk (6th Street through 14th Street) from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. as you take in the sights of Corvettes of all models. And, be sure to attend the awards ceremony at the Ocean City Music Pier at 3 p.m. where the winners of the Corvette Show will be announced.

This show is sponsored by the Boardwalk Corvettes organization and proceeds raised from the registration fees will benefit local charities. The Humane Society of Ocean City will be in attendance at the Music Pier collecting donations for their no-kill shelter as well as selling Humane Society items to raise funds for their cause.

Start making plans to be in Ocean City this weekend when these exciting events unfold!

 

 

 

Things to Know About the 2019 Walk for the Wounded Event in Ocean City

If you’ve heard about the upcoming Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City, you may be wondering what this event consists of and how to be a part of it. OCNJ Happenings has all of the finer details for you and, best of all, it’s not too late to sign up!

Here are some things you should know about this year’s Walk for the Wounded event:

When is it?

This year’s Walk for the Wounded will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. followed by the ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The walk kicks off at 10 a.m.

Where does the event take place?

The event will begin at the Ocean City Music Pier. After opening remarks and speeches, participating walkers will head down the boardwalk to 23rd Street and then walk back to the Music Pier.

Who does it benefit?

Proceeds raised from the annual Walk for the Wounded event will benefit Operation First Response. This nonprofit organization helps wounded soldiers and their family members by providing financial and emotional support. 98 cents of every dollar raised by this organization goes directly to those it serves.

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What can you expect during this year’s Walk for the Wounded?

This year’s Walk for the Wounded, as with every year, promises a day filled with raising money and awareness for our injured heroes. Special guest speakers at this year’s event include Lieutenant Colonel Shoshannah B. Lane and Gold Star mother, Susan Price. Music will be provided throughout the event courtesy of The Big Zebowski.

How do you sign up?

Individuals interested in participating in the walk can register online. Those who raise $50 or more will receive a commemorative long-sleeve t-shirt on the day of the event.

Don’t miss this fundraising event for an extraordinary cause! And, after the walk is complete, don’t go far because another wonderful fundraiser will be taking place at the Music Pier at noon: the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival to benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation.

Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival Set for September 28

Beef chili, vegetarian chili, mild chili or out-of-this-world spicy chili…however you like it, you are bound to find your ideal chili at this year’s Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival on September 28, 2019.

But, that’s not all that will be served up at this year’s festival on the Music Pier from noon–4 p.m. The other half of the festival includes robust and flavorful chowder offerings, from seafood to vegetable and other savory dishes.

An admission fee of $15 per adult and $5 per child enables you to enjoy all-you-can-eat samples of chili and chowder prepared by Ocean City Restaurant Association members. With each admission ticket, you’ll also grab a bottle of water to put out the fire from all of the zesty samplings.

On that topic, don’t miss another excellent part of the Ocean City Chili Chowder Festival which is the chili competition between Ocean City firefighters from the three firehouses on the island. Firefighters from the 5th Street headquarters, 29th Street station, and 45th Street station will engage in a little friendly cooking competition as each station competes to have their chili voted to be the best by Chili Chowder Fest attendees.

In addition to enjoying a day sampling chili and chowder and seeing who wins for the best firehouse chili in the Ocean City Fire Department Chili Cookoff, you’ll be helping the Ocean City Fire Department to raise money for the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit raises money to contribute to many local organizations to help those in need.

Don’t miss this extraordinary culinary event where you can sample delicious chili and chowder and help the Ocean City Fire Department raise money for their foundation at the same time. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Fire Department headquarters located at 550 Asbury Avenue and the 29th Street fire station at 2901 West Avenue.

Sign Up Today for the Operation First Response Walk for the Wounded Event on Sept. 28

Operation First Response will once again host its annual Walk for the Wounded event in Ocean City. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 28, and is an exceptional fundraising event to raise money for our wounded heroes.

This annual event is held every year on the Ocean City boardwalk to bring attention to the tens of thousands of soldiers returning home from service wounded and the resulting emotional and financial effects to these individuals and their family members. It’s also held to raise funds for these military heroes and help them with their medical bills and other financial obligations.

The three-mile walk will start at the Ocean City Music Pier and proceed to the end of the boardwalk at 23rd Street and then back to the Music Pier. Registration will unfold at 8:30 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 10 a.m.

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Guest speakers will include Lieutenant Colonel Shoshannah B. Lane and Susan Price, a Gold Star mother. Both speakers will share their heartfelt stories with the crowd prior to the walk.

Live music will be offered by The Big Zebowski from 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Registered participants who raise at least $50 for Operation First Response will receive a free long-sleeve t-shirt. Those who register may do so solo or recruit a team of friends, family members or co-workers to embark on the walk with them. 

Online registration is now open for the 11th Annual Walk for the Wounded event and you can sign up for this extraordinary event to benefit our wounded heroes and their families.

Don’t miss this wonderful event on September 28 to honor and help our military heroes!