The summer fun continues in Ocean City during a week of events for everybody in the family.
The Ocean City Pops performed an exceptional free concert at Carey Stadium on Saturday in honor of our nation’s birthday, and a whole new audience got to hear our local orchestra. The official grand-reopening Pops concert at the Ocean City Music Pier is scheduled for Sunday, July 11. A different sort of sound will fill the Music Pier on Monday, July 12 as The Machine performs its tribute to Pink Floyd.
The week of family fun begins on “Wacky Wednesday” with Ocean City’s annual pie-eating contest. Here’s more information on all of the week’s events.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 7
Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. July 7 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event invites families and individuals to participate in various activities and contests. Celebrate America with a good old-fashioned apple and cherry pie eating contest. No hands allowed. No advance registration is required for this free family event (but this contest will be limited to the first 150 contestants).
The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle continue 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 29. The market features the best of fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.
The annual Freckle Contest begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier. Registration for this free contest opens at 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JULY 8
Market Days entertainment and activities on downtown Asbury Avenue will run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 8 and continue Thursday mornings through the season.
Family Night entertainers at various blocks on the Ocean City Boardwalk will perform Thursday evenings 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting July 1.
SATURDAY, JULY 10
The 41st annual T. John Carey Masters Ocean Swim follows one-mile course parallel to the beach. Swimmers of all ages are invited to compete. Registration starts at 8 a.m. on the beach at 34th Street and the race begins at 10 a.m. Visit www.ocnj.us/ocbp for more information.
SUNDAY, JULY 11
The musicians of the Ocean City Pops are excited to welcome you back to the Music Pier for “The Ocean City Pops Presents — Grand Re-Opening.” Come hear a variety of celebratory favorites and classics under the direction of the new Music Director and Maestro Vince Lee. There will be two identical performances at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Each show lasts approximately 45 minutes. Tickets are $10 and seating will be general admission. Call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.
MONDAY, JULY 12
A staple of the Summer Concert Series through the years, The Machine performs the music of Pink Floyd as a laser show lights up the stage. The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk. Tickets available at Ticketmaster or the Music Pier Box Office.
TUESDAY, JULY 13
Everybody knows the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears—but nobody has ever heard the story from the bears’ point of view. Tickets for “The Three Little Bears: The Family Musical” are on sale now for this show in the Ocean City Theatre Company Summer Children’s Series at the Ocean City Music Pier. The show will be performed at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. All tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the show. Call 609-399-6111 or visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.
Funtastic Tuesdays entertainment and activities on downtown Asbury Avenue will run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 13 and continue Thursday mornings through the season.
Mummers Night features string bands strutting the Ocean City Boardwalk on Tuesday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.