First Annual Bayside Family Day Set for June 22 in Ocean City

Ocean City will be hosting its first-ever Bayside Family Day this Saturday, June 22. The family-friendly fun will unfold from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Second Street dock and parking lot.

The day will be filled with plenty of exciting activities suitable for all ages and highlight the extraordinary aspects of Ocean City’s bayside businesses. Some of the festivities will include live music from the Tidal Wave Band, fabulous food vendors, unique craft vendors, educational demos, and so much more!

This wonderful inaugural event is all thanks to the efforts of many local sponsors, including Jet Drive Exchange Boat & Jet Ski Club, Ocean City Parasail, Pirate Voyages, and Totally Tubular Water Sports.

Spend the day enjoying the food, entertainment and shopping options at Bayside Family Day on June 22.

Quiet Festival and Island Fall Fest Unfold in Ocean City This Sunday, November 4

There’s no better way to end the weekend than by attending not just one, but two, family-friendly events in Ocean City.

Quiet Festival (11 a.m.–3 p.m.)

On Sunday, November 4, start off your day in a relaxing manner with the creative annual Quiet Festival.

From 11 a.m.–3 p.m., enjoy a wide array of activities at the Ocean City Community Center, located at 1735 Simpson Avenue, all which possess a quiet theme. From puzzle completing to a quiet pet contest to relaxing bubble blowing, all of your quiet activity wishes will be granted at this unique Ocean City event.

Island Fall Fest (3–5 p.m.)

After the Quiet Festival, it’s time to boost up the volume a notch by attending the Island Fall Fest at the Ocean City Tabernacle, located at 550 Wesley Avenue, from 3–5 p.m. The event was originally scheduled for late-October, but rescheduled to the current date for weather-related reasons. Luckily, the Halloween-themed, fall-filled fun can now continue into November!

This free event is hosted by three local churches, including the Ocean City Tabernacle, Coastal Christian and St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, and will provide fun for the entire family with activities such as a trunk or treat, video game truck, barnyard friends, face painting, games and prizes. And, if you work up a hunger, don’t worry, as there will be plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, Drip N Scoop delicacies, Kona Ice treats and more to go around!

All are welcome to attend!

Happenings This Week: Annual Parade, Costume Party and Chamber of Commerce Welcome Night Fill the Event Roster

Now’s the time to pick out your Halloween costume and get ready for some festive fall fun this week in Ocean City. From the ever-popular Halloween parade to the family-friendly Island Fun Fest presented by three local churches, this week’s calendar will be filled with plentiful events for you to choose from (or attend all!).

Ocean City Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Welcome Night (Oct. 24)

The Ocean City Chamber of Commerce invites the community to attend its annual Welcome Night event at the Sports and Civic Center, located at 6th Street and Boardwalk. This free event, scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, from 6–8 p.m., provides a way for individuals to learn more about Ocean City organizations, businesses and groups.

Ocean City Halloween Parade (Oct. 25)

Get ready for the exciting Ocean City Halloween Parade, set to unfold on Thursday, October 25, at 7:15 p.m. Parade participants will march along Asbury Avenue, from 6th to 11th Streets, impressing the crowd with their creative costumes and unique parade presentations.

2018 Spooktacular Halloween Costume Party (Oct. 26)

Greater Ocean City Theatre Company will be hosting its annual fundraiser, the Spooktacular Halloween Costume Party, at the Ocean City Yacht Club on Friday, October 26, from 7–11 p.m. For $75 per person, guests will enjoy an evening of light bites, dancing and spirits, and the opportunity to raise money for an extraordinary local theatre group. Tickets are available until Wednesday, October 24, so be sure to grab yours today!

Island Fall Fest (Oct. 27)

Three local churches will be hosting the Island Fall Fest on Saturday, October 27, from 5–7 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle. Coastal Christian, St. Peter’s United Methodist and the Ocean City Tabernacle will present this evening of fall-inspired fun, featuring a trunk or treat event, face painting, pony rides, games and food offerings from Chick-fil-A, Drip N Scoop and Kona Ice.

Enjoy the many wonderful events taking place throughout Ocean City this week!

Happening This Weekend: Ocean City Fire Department Open House, Jeep Invasion, Breast Cancer Walk and More

With the past weekend’s Fall Block Party festivities completed, one may think that this would have been the grand finale to the fall excitement in Ocean City. With the exciting roster of events that lies ahead this weekend, one can clearly see that this is not the case.

This weekend will be filled with plenty of activities for individuals of all ages to enjoy. Whether you are a Jeep enthusiast, a kid who loves everything revolving around firefighters and the fire department or an individual who desires to lend a hand to raise money in the fight against breast cancer, you’ll have your pick of activities this weekend in Ocean City.

Ocean City Fire Department Open House (Oct. 12)

As mentioned earlier this month on OCNJ Happenings, the Ocean City Fire Department Open House will be taking place this week. Originally scheduled for Thursday, October 11, but moved to the previously-scheduled rain date of Friday, October 12, family members of all ages will love visiting the firehouse, learning more about the fire department operations and enjoying a fun evening all around. The event will run from 5–8 p.m. at the Fire Department headquarters at 550 Asbury Avenue. Find all of the finer details here.

Pops and Pets Event at the Ocean City Yacht Club (Oct. 12)

Enjoy an evening of elegant dining and Ocean City Pops music at the Ocean City Yacht Club on Friday, October 12, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. For $85 per person plus a pet supply donation, guests will enjoy savory appetizers, a delectable dinner and live Pops music. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the Ocean City Pops Ruggieri Society and the pet supplies will benefit the Ocean City Humane Society‘s shelter residents. Tickets can be purchased online.

New Jersey Jeep Invasion (Oct. 13)

Whether you are a Jeep owner or simply a Jeep enthusiast, this weekend’s New Jersey Jeep Invasion event was made for you! Join other Jeep aficionados on Saturday, October 13, for a day filled with all things Jeep-inspired. Jeeps will line the boardwalk from 5th to 14th Streets from noon–5 p.m. and car enthusiasts can stroll along and check out a wide array of Jeep styles throughout the day.

Cape May County Bar Association 5K (Oct. 13)

Also on Saturday, October 13, is the Cape May County Bar Association 5K, which will unfold  in the morning hours. In addition to the 5K run, there will also be a 1K fun walk. If you have yet to sign up and would like to take part in the event, online registration is available until 7:59 p.m. on October 12 and in-person registration will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday at the Music Pier, with the race starting at 8 a.m.

American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Oct. 14)

On Sunday, October 14, don your pink attire and head to the Ocean City High School for the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk to support breast cancer survivors and raise money to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Event registration will be held on the practice field, beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the opening ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. and the walk commencing at 10 a.m.

Chili Chowder Festival (Oct. 14)

Later in the day on Sunday, October 14, head to the Music Pier for the Chili Chowder Festival, from 1–4 p.m. Not only will you be able to enjoy a wide array of chili and chowder offerings throughout the day, but you’ll be lending a hand to the Ocean City Fire Department as they raise money to support their Foundation fund, which helps the local community in a number of wonderful ways. The cost to attend is $15 per adult and $5 per child and the admission fee gains you unlimited chili and chowder samplings along with a bottle of water. Learn more about this delicious annual event by uncovering five great reasons to attend the 2018 Chili Chowder Festival.

Enjoy An Evening of Family Fun with Three Local Churches at the Island Fall Fest on October 27

Three local churches, including the Ocean City Tabernacle, Coastal Christian and St. Peter’s United Methodist, will be joining forces to present an evening of family fun on Saturday, October 27, from 5–7 p.m., at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

All are invited to attend this free community event featuring an evening of kid’s activities and family entertainment, including Trunk or Treat, pony rides, a video game truck, carnival games, face painting and more. There will also be delicious food offerings from Kona Ice, Chick-fil-A and Drip N Scoop!

The churches are hosting this fall festival as a way to bring the community together for an evening of fellowship.

Don’t miss the opportunity to socialize with your fellow community members and enjoy a night of family fun for all!

 

 

5 Great Reasons to Attend the 2018 Chili Chowder Festival on October 14

On Sunday, October 14, from 1–4 p.m., the Ocean City Music Pier will be filled with chili and chowder lovers, sampling sensational culinary offerings from local restaurants. As if the aforementioned information isn’t already enough to pique your interest and have you purchasing tickets right away, the following offers five great reasons to attend the 2018 Chili Chowder Festival on October 14!

Chili Concoctions of a Wide Variety

Chili offerings will line the tables set up throughout the Music Pier, featuring an eclectic array of culinary items. Restaurants will offer up their own take on chili and festival attendees may find the spicy among the more tame variety and the veggie-filled next to the meat-laden choices. After attending this festival, you’re certain to know that no two chili concoctions are exactly alike!

Chowder Selections Which Are the Ideal Comfort Food Options

If chili isn’t your thing, or you’re interested in sampling something else alongside the flavorful chili options, chowder selections will also be yours for the taking at this year’s Chili Chowder Fest. Seafood chowder, corn chowder and clam chowder are a few of the possible dishes you may see at this year’s festival (although the exact culinary lineup may be kept a secret until the big day!).

Chili Offerings Prepared by (and Competition Between) Ocean City Firefighters

In addition to chili samplings being offered by local restaurants, the Ocean City Fire Department is once again getting in on the cooking action with their 2nd Annual OCFD Chili Cook-Off. The three firehouses will be battling for first place (and bragging rights) with regard to who has the best chili creation. Guests will select their favorite chili and choose the winner of the competition.

Proceeds Benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation

A day of sampling chili and chowder is a wonderful event, in and of itself. Add in the fact that the proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation, and the day is even better! The Foundation helps local organizations and the community in a number of ways, thanks to the many fundraising events held by the Ocean City Fire Department throughout the year.

Show Support for the Ocean City Restaurant Association and Its Members

Last, but certainly not least, this annual event presented by the Ocean City Restaurant Association, and sponsored by Ocean City Magazine, is a way to showcase its members and the delicious culinary offerings which they make available to Ocean City residents and visitors throughout the year.

Tickets are now available for $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Your admission ticket will gain you access into the event, unlimited chili and chowder samplings and a bottle of water. Tickets can be purchased at Randazzo’s, Varsity Inn, all three fire stations (550 Asbury Avenue, 2901 West Avenue and 4518 West Avenue) and during the weekend at Johnny B. Goode Ice Cream Parlor. They will also be available at the venue on the day of the event.

Come out to the 2018 Chili Chowder Festival on October 14 and enjoy a day of chili and chowder sampling while supporting the Ocean City Firefighters Foundation and local restaurants all at the same time!

Happening Now: 5 Great Reasons to Attend the 2018 Ocean City Fall Block Party (Oct. 6)

The Ocean City Fall Block Party, set for Saturday, October 6, brings in festival-goers from the local area and beyond each year, and for good reason! This seasonal event, scheduled to unfold between 5th and 14th Streets, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., offers up an exceptional array of artisan vendors, fabulous food offerings, live entertainment and much more.

For those of you who have yet to experience the Ocean City Fall Block Party (or simply need a little reminder as to this exciting event!) here are five reasons to attend this year’s Fall Block Party in Ocean City:

Hundreds of Artisan Vendors Set Up Along Asbury Avenue

As most would imagine, a large part of the draw of the Fall Block Party is the shopping aspect. More than 400 artisan vendors are scheduled to be in town for the festivities on October 6. From handmade jewelry to home décor to clothing and accessories, this shopping extravaganza has it all. In addition to being a place to purchase everything you could possibly want and need, it’s also a great opportunity to support independent artisans who make their living by attending festivals of this type.

Food Offerings from Your Favorite OCNJ Spots

Shopping to this extent is certain to make you work up an appetite. The good news is that there will be plenty of food offerings available throughout the day to satiate your hunger and provide you with the fuel you need to continue on your shopping spree down Asbury Avenue. From food truck fare to culinary items from local restaurants, the food options will range from savory to sweet and will be sure to please the entire family, no matter what the cuisine cravings may be.

Live Entertainment to Amp Up the Crowd

No block party is really ever complete without the addition of live music to keep the crowds entertained. Live tunes will fill the air in addition to other entertainment options along Asbury Avenue.

Tempting Sales and Specials from Local Shops

Local shops will also be getting in on the festival action by opening their doors to festival attendees and selling a wide array of products, including offering sales on certain items. The stores situated on Asbury Avenue offer a multitude of goods, including kid’s clothing items, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, scented soaps, books, musical instruments and more. By shopping at the Asbury Avenue stores during the festival, you’ll be supporting wonderful local business owners and obtaining fantastic products at the same time.

Bonus Fireworks Display at Night

After the daytime shopping spree ends, don’t worry, as the fun doesn’t stop there. There will be a fabulous fireworks display starting at 9 p.m. The fireworks will be launched from a barge out in the ocean in between 8th and 9th Streets and spectators will find prime viewing spots between 6th and 14th Streets on the boardwalk.

Bring the whole family to Ocean City on Saturday, October 6, and take part in this fun fall festival along Asbury Avenue.