Ocean City Farmers Market Returns for 2020 Season on July 1

In just a few days the Ocean City Farmers Market will be open for business! Starting July 1, the Ocean City Farmers Market will take place every Wednesday through September 9, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

The farmers market will be located in its usual spot on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds between 5th Street and 6th Street along Asbury Avenue.

Visit the various farm stands for your favorite produce and flowers and be sure to stop by the other stands for Ocean City Farmers Market favorites, such as zesty hot sauce, pickles and olives, and baked good items. The craft vendors will offer items ranging from handmade soaps and bath products to creative outside decor, plus so much more.

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Ocean City Farmers Market participants will include A.T. Buzby Farm, Doc Pickle, The Soup Bar, and many other farms and vendors!

With the current health situation at hand, farmers market attendees are required to wear masks for their safety and the safety of others.

Stop by the Ocean City Farmers Market on July 1 and every Wednesday this summer to support local farmers and vendors and purchase items you’re sure to put to good use!

Miniature Golf is Open with Outdoor Dining and In-Store Shopping Coming Soon in Ocean City

Great news! Miniature golf courses are now open in Ocean City. Many individuals have been eagerly anticipating the opening of these family fun-filled courses. Now the time has come to choose your putter and ball and engage in some friendly competition out in the open air.

And, as if this news isn’t exciting enough, get ready for outdoor dining and in-store shopping to begin in Ocean City on Monday, June 15. Certain restrictions will be in place for the safety and welfare of the employees, shoppers, and diners, but this is an excellent start to getting the businesses open after the COVID-19 shutdowns.

Restaurants that have the space for outdoor dining will be able to offer this service. As for stores, in-store shopping will be allowed to begin on June 15. Masks will be required when indoors and there will likely be certain maximum occupancy requirements for in-store shopping in order to maintain safe social distancing.

Contact your favorite restaurants to see if they’ll be offering outdoor dining and call your favorite stores to see what the procedure will be for in-store shopping.

Today is the perfect day to head out to enjoy a game of mini-golf and then get ready for outdoor dining and in-store shopping on Monday, June 15!

Full Weekly Rentals Start Today in Ocean City

Starting today, Ocean City will be welcoming in the Saturday-to-Saturday crowd for full weekly rentals. Although rentals less than 30 days were allowed to begin starting June 1, many weekly rentals operate on a Saturday-to-Saturday basis, so today will be the first group of Ocean City weekly vacationers.

Since there are still some restrictions in place for Ocean City residents and visitors, the following provides some information on what’s currently happening in Ocean City:

Dining

Many Ocean City-bound vacationers can’t wait to head down the shore for a taste of South Jersey dining offerings. From funnel cake to fresh seafood entrees, Ocean City restaurants and food vendors help to satisfy all the culinary cravings for residents and visitors alike.

Here are some of the guidelines currently in place for Ocean City dining:

  • Takeout/delivery available from restaurants and boardwalk vendors that offer it.
  • Outdoor dining allowed at restaurants beginning June 15.
  • All restaurants are allowed to be open during normal business hours.
  • No dine-in services are available yet.

Face masks are required when entering an establishment to pick up your food order. All individuals are encouraged to practice social distancing. In addition, each restaurant and food vendor may have their own restrictions in place.

Shopping

Governor Murphy recently gave the green light for certain “non-essential businesses” to open their doors for curbside pickup, which includes retail stores. In response, many Ocean City retail shops are offering this option which provides a way for individuals to get the items they want while supporting local businesses at the same time. The statewide opening plan goes further to note the date of June 15 for retail stores to start allowing limited in-person shopping.

Activities

If you’re wondering what recreational activities are allowed in Ocean City at this time, here’s the current list:

  • The beach is open for sunbathing, swimming, recreation, and fishing. Lifeguards are on duty. Beach tags are required and available to purchase at multiple locations. Discounted seasonal beach tags are on sale for $20 until June 30. Weekly and daily tags are also available.
  • The boardwalk is open for biking, walking, and exercise. Social distancing is required and masks are optional. However, many boardwalk vendors require masks when approaching their storefronts, so be sure to have your mask handy so you can indulge in boardwalk culinary treats and “curbside” shopping.
  • Amusement centers remain closed.
  • The Ocean City Municipal Golf Course is open with some restrictions in place.
  • The Ocean City Skate Park is open with restrictions.
  • The Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center remains closed.
  • Recreational fields are open, as are tennis and pickleball courts.
  • Fishing boat charters are available.

As you get ready for your Ocean City vacation, remember that the refreshing ocean air is always there to greet you. There may be some restrictions in place that make your vacation a little bit different than past years, but the beautiful Ocean City memories you’ll make with your family will still be as abundant as ever.

While on vacation, be sure to enjoy the takeout/delivery dining and curbside pickup options from local restaurants and stores. Not only will you be getting exceptional food items and products, but you’ll be supporting these local businesses that look forward to your return each and every year!

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!

 

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!

 

Excellent Ways to Embrace the Halloween Spirit in Ocean City

With Halloween just a few weeks away, you may be wondering how you can embrace the spirit of the holiday in Ocean City. Whether you’re looking for activities to enjoy with the kids or seeking out entertainment options for the adults, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from in Ocean City.

Ocean City Ghost Tours

The Ghost Tour of Ocean City provides an excellent way to get in the spirit of the spooky season. Based on the book, Ghost Stories of Ocean City, NJ, the Ghost Tour of Ocean City takes guests on a candlelight walking tour of Ocean City where stories of ghosts and unexplained occurrences fill the evening.

The tours are held every Friday and Saturday night in October, in addition to tours on Mischief Night and Halloween, and depart from 9th Street and Asbury Avenue. The cost is $18 per adult/kids 13+; $12 for children ages 4–12. You can find out more about these spine-tingling ghost tours and purchase tickets on the Ghost Tour of Ocean City website.

Fall Brunch Featuring Discussion About the Jersey Devil (Oct. 20)

If you’re from New Jersey or well-versed in the folklore of the area, you are certain to be familiar with the story of the Jersey Devil. On Sunday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m., attend the Ocean City Historical Museum‘s Fall Fundraising Brunch at Clancy’s by the Bay in Somers Point. The guest speaker will be Galloway Township historian Ken Sooy who will entertain and inform the crowd with the myths and legends that exist regarding the Jersey Devil.

Guests will be treated to a brunch buffet during the event. Tickets are now available at the Ocean City Historical Museum for $28 for museum members and $32 for all other guests.

Halloween Parade (Oct. 24)

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Every October, Ocean City residents and visitors put on their most creative costumes to attend and participate in the Ocean City Halloween Parade along Asbury Avenue. This year, the 72nd Annual Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Exchange Club of Ocean City, will take place on Thursday, October 24, from 7:15–8:15 p.m. between 6th and 11th Streets.

Parade-goers will enjoy floats, marching bands, costumed participants, and so much more! Those who register and participate in the parade will be judged and have the opportunity to win prizes if they rank in the top spots for their individual event category.

 

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!

 

 

 

Must-Have Necessities for a Day at the Beach in Ocean City and Where to Find Them

As the weekend of high heat and humidity wraps up, we can now look forward to some more comfortable temperatures. This means it’s the perfect time to lounge on the beach and enjoy cool ocean breezes and welcoming warm sun. Some beachgoers have it down to a science when they make the trek from their house or hotel room to the beach. Others might find that they are unsure where to find all of their beach necessities. For the latter group, OCNJ Happenings has some helpful tips on where to go for all of your must-have beach products.

Beach Cart

For those individuals who are bringing their family to the beach and plan to spend the entire day lounging seaside, a beach cart is an excellent item to have. Whether you are walking a short block to the beach or have a few blocks worth of trekking to do, beach carts are a great way to make the journey an easy one. Island Beach Gear stocks up on beach carts and you can find the right size and style which suits your gear-toting needs.

Beach Towels, Chairs, and Toys

If you need to stock up on beach towels for drying off after a refreshing swim or want to find the perfect beach chair in which to lounge, Hoy’s 5 & 10 is a great place to visit. With two locations in Ocean City, one at 732 Asbury Avenue and the other location at 34th Street and West Avenue, you’ll find plenty of options at this beach shop. Hoy’s 5 & 10 offers towels and chairs in a variety of styles, perfect for all members of the family. For the kids of the family, Hoy’s is also your go-to spot for beach toys and all of your sandcastle-building tools.

Swimsuits and Sandals

If you are due for a new swimsuit or forgot to pack one in your suitcase, there are plenty of options for swimsuit and sandal shopping in Ocean City. Some of the spots where you’ll find a wide selection of beach attire include SunSmiles Sandals and Beachwear, Marty’s, and B & B.

Beach Lunch

Some beachgoers like to pack their own lunch while others who sit close to the boardwalk find their lunch options at one of the many boardwalk eateries. If you’re interested in having lunch from Blitz’s but didn’t grab your hoagie before hitting the beach, don’t worry, as Beach Bucket Lunch will deliver your lunch to you. Delivered in the perfect beach-themed bucket, you’ll choose a sandwich, hoagie, or salad and have your choice accompanied by a drink, chips, and Tastykake treat. Best of all, you don’t even have to leave the beach to grab lunch!

Once you have all of these beach necessities checked off the list, you are ready to get started with your day of sun and fun in Ocean City!

Start Making Plans for Night in Venice (July 13)

On Saturday, July 13, the 65th Annual Night in Venice boat parade will unfold in Ocean City and provide a fun and festive evening for all who attend.

Boat owners and bayside homeowners participate in this unique boat parade by decorating their boats and homes for all to see as they compete to win prizes for the best of their category. The boat parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean City-Longport bridge and the boat procession continues all the way to Tennessee Avenue. The participating boats will weave in and out of the lagoons along the way, providing bayside homeowners with a birds-eye view of the creatively decorated boats with the “Celebrate! 65 Years of Night in Venice” theme in mind.

Night In Venice Villanova Boat (800x450)In addition to viewing the extensive parade of boats with eye-catching decorations and fun themes, there will be special guests taking part in this year’s Night in Venice, including singer Chubby Checker, Kate Flannery of “The Office” fame, broadway star Caissie Levy, and former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Freddie Mitchell.

For the best viewing spots for spectators, there will be grandstands set up at the end of various streets along the bay, running from Battersea Road to 16th Street, as well as at Tennessee Avenue. The grandstand locations can be found at the following streets:

  • Battersea Road
  • North Street
  • First Street
  • Second Street Marina
  • Fourth Street
  • Sixth Street
  • 11th Street
  • 13th Street
  • 15th Street
  • 16th Street
  • Tennessee Avenue

The stand seating is first-come, first-served, so you want to be sure to get there nice and early to reserve your spot for the big show.

And, after the boat parade ends, don’t go too far, as there will be an extraordinary fireworks display over the bayfront at 9 p.m.

If you’re looking to take your Night in Venice viewing one step further, Dockside Kitchen at 228 Bay Avenue is hosting a three-course prix fixe dinner from 4:30–7:30 p.m. and you can even stay for the fireworks display! Currently, 23 seats remain, so make your reservations ASAP for this delicious Night in Venice opportunity!

If you have yet to attend a Night in Venice event in Ocean City, you simply must go to see this exciting boat parade in person. If you are already a fan of Night in Venice, then you probably already have your desired viewing spot in mind.

Good luck to all of the participants and, to the Night in Venice spectators, have a wonderful evening viewing the 65th Annual Night in Venice parade!

2019 Fourth of July Happenings in Ocean City

The Fourth of July celebration is not limited to just one day in Ocean City. The entire week is filled with exciting events, family-friendly activities, and patriotic happenings.

Ready to start planning for the Fourth of July festivities which will unfold this week? Here are some options to get you started:

Sunday, June 30

  • Ocean City Nor’easters Game: You don’t have to wait until the first day of July to start the Fourth of July week celebration. Head to Carey Stadium, a.k.a., The Beach House, and watch the Ocean City Nor’easters take on Cedar Stars Academy. The game starts at 7 p.m. and provides a great evening event for all ages.

Monday, July 1

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  • Beach Exercise: Start your Fourth of July week off right with a free beach exercise session hosted by the Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center. This fun and healthy event takes place on the 6th Street beach from 8–9 a.m. Bring a towel and your friends! And, if you miss the Monday event and are craving some exercise later in the week, the free event will also be offered on Wednesday and Friday.
  • Sunset Paint and Paddle Event: Combine a multitude of relaxing events, including sunset views, paddleboarding, and painting, into one fun evening with the Sunset Paint and Paddle Event. Hosted by the Ocean City Paddle Company and Peace of Wood, participants will enjoy paddleboarding on the bay and then a painting session of the beautiful views as the sun sets. Contact the Ocean City Paddle Company at (609) 938-0117 for more information.

Tuesday, July 2

  • Funtastic Tuesdays: Bring the family down to Asbury Avenue on Tuesday for the city-hosted Funtastic Tuesdays event. The fun unfolds from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. between 6th and 14th Streets on Asbury Avenue and includes live entertainment, face painting, balloon sculptors, and more!
  • Fun Runs: Get your exercise and have fun doing so on Tuesday, July 2, with the fun run events, including short runs and kids distances, at Carey Stadium. The all-ages event takes place from 6–7 p.m. and is free to attend.
  • Mummers Night: Get your Mummers strut on when the Mummers Night event unfolds on the Ocean City boardwalk from 7–9 p.m. Colorful costumes, lively music, and an evening of exciting entertainment awaits you on Mummers Night.

Wednesday, July 3

  • Ocean City Farmers Market: Stock up on all of your Fourth of July party and barbecue essentials at the Ocean City Farmers Market. Fresh produce, hot sauce, pickles and olives, baked goods, flowers, handmade items, and other wonderful offerings are up for grabs at the Ocean City Farmers Market, which takes place from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. on the Ocean City Tabernacle grounds at 5th Street and Asbury Avenue.
  • Wacky Wednesday – Pie Eating Contest: Get wacky this Wednesday by taking part in a cherry and apple pie eating contest at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event starts at 10:30 a.m., but be sure to get there early if you want to participate as this popular all-ages event is limited to 150 participants. This contest is free to participate in, but remember, no hands!
  • Ocean City POPs Opening Night – A Star-Bangled Spectacular: The popular musical organization, the Ocean City POPs, will be holding its opening night performance on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m. on the Music Pier. With a theme of “A Star-Spangled Spectacular” you know you’ll be treated to all of your favorite patriotic tunes. Tickets can be purchased at the Music Pier box office or online.

Thursday, July 4

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  • Bike Parades: Decorate your bikes in festive ribbons, streamers, and patriotic banners, and join in one of two bike parades being held in Ocean City on the Fourth of July. One bike parade will be held in the Gardens section of Ocean City on the north end of the island and registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Longport Bridge parking lot. The event takes place from 10–11 a.m. For those on the south end of the island, there will be a bike parade starting at 40th Street and Asbury Avenue. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the parade runs from 10–11 a.m.
  • Fourth of July Celebration: The Fourth of July evening festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with a kite flying competition on the beach next to the Music Pier. This contest will be followed by live entertainment. And, for the grand finale of the Fourth of July evening, an extraordinary fireworks display will light the sky beginning at 9 p.m.

Friday, July 5

  • Children’s Theatre Series: Schoolhouse Rock Live!: Bring the kids to see the Schoolhouse Rock Live! show at the Ocean City Music Pier on July 5, starting at 10:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Ocean City Music Pier box office or online.

Wishing you all a safe and exciting Fourth of July!