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Ocean City Flower Show to Celebrate 50th Anniversary This Weekend

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The flower show is a popular attraction in June at the Music Pier.

The Ocean City Flower Show will celebrate its 50th anniversary from Friday to Sunday (June 7 to June 9) at the Ocean City Music Pier. The annual show is presented by the Garden Club of Ocean City and features floral creations and displays from enthusiasts of all ages.

Awards are given in a variety of categories for artistic design and horticulture. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 50 Years in Flowers.” The event also features a small sales pavilion.

The public is invited to check out the beautiful displays. Show hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free (donations to the Garden Club are optional).

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle opened for the 2024 season on Wednesday and returns every Wednesday through early September. Locally grown produce and specialties, along with crafters set up on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue, will be available 8 a.m. to noon every week.

fireworks display will be launched from the beach at Fifth Street at 9 p.m. Thursday (June 6) to celebrate the 93rd anniversary of Gillian’s amusements on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

The Emergency Responder 5-Kilometer Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, June 8, and registration remains open. Formerly known as the “Cop Chase,” the event now honors all first responders and moves to a new location near the Ocean City Intermediate School. The race starts and finishes at 18th Street and Haven Avenue at 8:30 a.m. with a flat out-and-back course along the Haven Avenue bike route.

The event also includes a one-mile walk/run (8 a.m.) and kids’ challenges (50-meter and 100-meter dashes, 400-meter obstacle course) at 9 a.m.

Online registration and further information are available at www.ocnj.us/race-events.

Kids enjoy the bounce house at the 7th Street Recreation Center during the 2023 Juneteenth celebration.

MORE JUNE EVENTS:

JUNE 15 – Health, Fitness & Wellness Expo: The event features health food, fitness classes, speakers, vendors and more. All are invited to this free event in a town that features the beach, Boardwalk and a wide variety of other indoor and outdoor health and recreational facilities. Come explore health food and wellness product vendors, various yoga and fitness classes from 8 a.m. to noon at the Ocean City Music Pier.

JUNE 15 – Juneteenth Festival: The event will celebrate African American culture and freedom from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, between Seventh Street and Eighth Street on Haven Avenue. The celebration will include music, stand-up comedy, special guest speakers, gospel power hour, vendors, food trucks and fun family activities.

JUNE 16 – Juneteenth Celebration With Master Storyteller: The Ocean City Arts Center will present Karen “Queen Nur” Abdul-Malik in an early celebration and commemoration of Juneteenth. Experience Queen Nur’s storytelling magic at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16 at the Ocean City Free Public Library (1735 Simpson Avenue). The event is free and open to the public. Visit oceancityartscenter.org for more information and to reserve your seat.

JUNE 21 – The Philadelphia Wind Symphony: The 40-plus member Philadelphia Wind Symphony will perform traditional wind band classics to round out their 2023- 2024 season. Their performance will serve as an official musical celebration to start the summer featuring marches, soloists and entertaining selections for the entire family to enjoy.  The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.

JUNE 22 – Antique Auto Show: More than 300 vintage vehicles will be on display on the Tabernacle grounds (Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a Boardwalk parade.

JUNE 24 – Let’s Sing Taylor — A Live Band Experience Celebrating Taylor Swift: Two concerts (5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets available at etix.com. Produced by BRE Presents.

JUNE 25 – Kenny G: The concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. Tickets available at etix.com. Produced by BRE Presents.

JUNE 30 – Bernadette Peters Performing with the Ocean City Pops: Peters will join the Pops at the Ocean City Music Pier to kick off the 2024 season.  The award-winning actress and singer’s career spans film, television and stage. She won Tony Awards for her roles in the musicals “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Song and Dance,” and she received five other nominations and an honorary award. Four of the cast albums on which she starred have won Grammy Awards. Tickets for this show are sold out.

Bernadette Peters will perform at the Music Pier on June 30. (Photo by Kevin Alvey from Bernadette Peters Facebook page)