Fun and Fellowship Will Fill the Afternoon at Island Fall Fest (Oct. 26)

Local churches will join forces on Saturday, October 26, from 2–4 p.m., to host Island Fall Fest.

The Ocean City Tabernacle, Coastal Christian, First Presbyterian, and St. Peter’s United Methodist invite the community to come together for this spectacular family-friendly event on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds.

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This free community event will include a wide array of kid’s activities and family entertainment such as trunk-or-treat, a video game truck, giveaways, face painting, and more. Delicious food offerings will also be available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, and even some sweet treats from Kona Ice.

Don’t miss this fun afternoon of fellowship with members of the Ocean City community!


Things to Know About the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party

In just a few days, the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will be in full swing. As you prepare to shop and dine the day away, here are some things you should know about one of the most popular Ocean City events of year:

When and Where?

The 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party will take place on Saturday, October 12, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., along Asbury Avenue between 5th Street and 14th Street. This is a rain-or-shine event and free to attend.

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What Types of Vendors Will Be on Hand?

The vendors you’ll find at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party will be selling handcrafted items, clothing, home decor items, jewelry, artwork, bath and body products, holiday decor, and so much more.

Will There Be Food Available for Purchase?

You bet! In addition to being an event for shopping options galore, the Ocean City Fall Block Party is the prime location to grab all of your favorite food items. From soups to sandwiches to pizza to baked goods, no matter what you crave for refueling in between vendor table stops, you’re likely to find it at this year’s Block Party. Food will be offered at individual vendors along Asbury Avenue as well as at the local restaurants.

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Will There Be Live Entertainment?

Absolutely! Live entertainment will be unfolding along Asbury Avenue throughout the day. Look for the following live entertainment to unfold on Saturday:

  • Tidal Wave Band (10th Street)
  • Pennsport String Band (13th Street)
  • Cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes (City Hall)
  • And more!

What Else is There to Do?

If you’re looking for even more reasons to attend the 2019 Ocean City Fall Block Party in addition to shopping and dining, there are other activities taking place throughout the day and evening, including the following:

  • Pony rides at the Ocean City Tabernacle during the event hours (6th Street and Asbury Avenue)
  • Fireworks display over the ocean by the Ocean City Music Pier at 9 p.m.

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Where Can I Park?

I’m not going to lie. The city gets a bit crowded during this popular event but don’t worry, parking is definitely doable. And, best of all, parking is free at all metered spots and municipal parking lots, including the Transportation Center lot (9th Street and Haven Avenue), 700 block of Central Avenue lot, and 800 block of Central Avenue lot.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

The main thing to keep in mind is that you will likely leave with a lot of new purchases, so make sure you can carry everything. There are plenty of big items to purchase along the Block Party route, so be certain to have a game plan in place for how much you can carry and where you’re going to put it when you buy it. With so many fabulous vendors and unique items, your shopping bags will definitely fill up quickly at this year’s Ocean City Fall Block Party!



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!


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.

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!