A stretch of spectacular fall weather is expected to continue through the weekend, and that will provide ideal conditions for Ocean City’s premier autumn event: the Fall Block Party.
More than 400 crafters, food vendors and entertainers will line a mile of downtown Asbury Avenue between Fifth Street and 14th Street on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Block Party helps draw tens of thousands of people to Ocean City for Columbus Day Weekend. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Entertainers and bands will perform at various spots along the Avenue between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This year, a Mummers band – The Pennsport String Band – joins the fun at 12th Street. Pony rides for children will be available on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle (at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) during the same hours. Vendors including Asbury Avenue restaurants will offer food of every variety.
Street parking will be free at all metered spots in Ocean City, and additional free parking will be available at the Transportation Center lot (Ninth Street and Haven Avenue) and at the municipal lots on the 700 and 800 blocks of Central Avenue.
A 9 p.m. fireworks display over the ocean caps off the evening. The show will be launched from a barge off the Ocean City Music Pier and will be best viewed from the boardwalk and beach between Fifth Street and 14th Street. Call 1-800-BEACH-NJ for more information.
The Indian Summer Weekend (Oct. 7 to 9) celebration also includes seafood vendors at the Ocean City Music Pier and local merchant table sales between Sixth Street and 14th Street on the boardwalk and on Asbury Avenue.