From Restaurant Week to marbles and Frisbee tournaments to boogie-board races and a fitness-testing triathlon, the Wildwoods have plenty to offer all ages this summer.
An expansive lineup of events, shows and summer excitement is “shore” to please in the Wildwoods this summer. The jam-packed schedule includes parades, community events and one-of a-kind experiences well suited for children and adults.
“We are very excited about all the new things to do and see in the Wildwoods in 2012,” says John Siciliano, executive director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority.
The Mariners Landing Pier — part of the Morey’s Piers & Beachfront Waterparks ensemble — has some surprises in store for the summer season. One of its newest amusement rides, the Riptide, will thrill with its side- to-side swinging motion and a design custom made to replicate the appearance of the Wildwood beach lifeboats. Located at Schellenger Avenue and the Boardwalk, Mariners Landing Pier continues to be home to many other exciting attractions like Raging Waters and the Mariners Arcade.
The pier is also home to the captivating experience of “Breakfast in the Sky.” Situated 160 feet above sea level, this experience offers patrons a bird-eye view of the Jersey shore aboard a giant Ferris wheel while enjoying an extensive menu prepared by executive chef Wally Jurusz. Choices include smoked salmon scrambled eggs, the shrimp and lobster omelet, freshly made Belgian waffles and more. Advance reservations are required and the Breakfast in the Sky is scheduled for Fridays through Mondays, July 20-Aug. 27. Tickets are $85 per car with two guests, and $40 per additional person. For more info and reservations call 846-1624.
The showdown continues with the Wildwoods’ very own Restaurant Week June 17-22. Sponsored by the Wildwoods Restaurant Association, 25 eateries will participate by offering a select taste menu representing various cultures and traditions. Each participating restaurant will offer specially priced dishes at $30 (plus tax and gratuity) that includes appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts.
The Cattle ‘n’ Clover Irish Steak House plans to impress customers visiting the shore during Restaurant Week with unique appetizers like “Short Rib Sliders” and “Corned Beef Spring Rolls” as part of their special menu. Along with soups and salads, entrees like “Beer Can Chicken” and “Hanger Steak “ are in sync with the creative culinary vision of its chef and management team.
“Any opportunity we have to bring new customers into downtown is always a positive thing for us,” says Cattle ‘n’ Clover general manager Vince Egan.
Other restaurants scheduled to participate in Wildwoods Restaurant Week are Adams Restaurant, Alfe’s Restaurant, Bandanas Mexican Grille, Blue Water Grille, Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Claude’s, Dog Tooth Bar & Grille, Gia Restaurant, Goodfish Grill, Ice House Restaurant & Bar, Jersey Girl, Joe’s Fish Company, Juan Pablo’s Restaurant, La Piazza Cucina, Little Italy Restaurant and Market Place, Nell’s Island Pub & Grille, Nino’s Family Restaurant, North End American Grill, Pacific Grill, Piro’s Village Restaurant, Ravioll House, Schellenger’s Restaurant, Westy’s Irish Pub and Wharf Restaurant.
Wildwoods Restaurant Week returns for another week of scrumptious shore dining from Aug. 26-31. For a list of specials menus and addresses visit wildwoodbythesearestarantweek.com.
Restaurant Week will coincide with the 89th annual National Marbles Tournament. Youth from across the country will battle it out for the title of “King and Queen” of marbles. Competitors in this year’s tournament will also compete for college scholarships and prizes. Contestants are between the ages of 8 and 14, and are chosen to compete in the national tournament by winning local qualifying tournaments in their respective areas of the country.
The National Marbles Tournament will be held Monday through Thursday, June 18-21, from 8am-1pm each day, and is free to all spectators. The king and queen will be crowned on the last day of the event.
June ends with a weekend of food, fun and festivities at the North Wildwood Original Italian-American Festival. Spectators celebrate the Italian-American heritage with vendors, food and live entertainment bringing the Italian culture to life. Olde New Jersey Avenue will be the site of a meatball relay race and Little Miss Italy Pageant. The Marino Band, DJ Rick Rock, and The Cameos are all set to perform and the annual event, which is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #2572. The Festival runs Friday through Sunday, June 28-July 1, from 4-10pm Friday, 10am-10pm Saturday, and noon-6pm Sunday. It is free to attend. For more info call 780-2563.
The Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular will spread patriotic glee among beach-goers and spectators. The “Red, White and Blue” will glisten with an exciting display of fireworks on Pine Avenue and the beach starting 10pm. Fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere, but for the best vantage points or more information, call 729-9000.
More exciting events this summer in the Wildwoods include a free Kenny Chesney beach concert on June 20, the Jimmy Buffet Tribute Band Concert at Fox Park, July 4 and Boogie Board Races at the beach in North Wildwood on Saturday, July 7.
The 20th Annual Co-Ed Beach Ultimate Frisbee Tournament — 4-on-4 teams of every level compete against each other — will be held on Poplar and Roberts avenues on Saturday and Sunday, July 28- 29, from 9am-5pm both days.
Tri/Run The Wildwoods — a triathlon that will challenge athletes with a quarter-mile swim, 10-mile bike and 5k run, will be held on Aug. 18 starting 7am. To register visit delmosports.com or call 374-6495.
For more events happening this year in the Wildwoods, visit acweekly.com/events.
Ocean City Events
Thursday, June 14 to June 15
Ocean City Restaurant Week
Conclusion. Participating Restaurant Assn. members will offer two meals for “one great price.” Deals include breakfast, lunch, dinner, ice cream, lemonade and more. 1-800 BEACHNJ. oceancityvacation.com or eatinocnj.com.
Thursday, June 14
Miss New Jersey Pageant Parade
Boardwalk at Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace. Parade route is 6th to 14th Sts. on the Boardwalk. Theme of the Parade is “Nursery Rhymes Travel the Boards.” All 25 contestants will ride in convertibles and portray characters in various nursery rhymes. The Parade will be led by Katharyn Nicolle, reigning Miss New Jersey. 7pm. 525-9300
Thursday, June 14 to June 16
Miss New Jersey Pageant
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Pageant preliminaries will be held in the Music Pier Auditorium, June 14 and 15 with the finals on Sat. June 16. Tickets are available by calling Mary Lou Cake at 856-424-3564. The week of the Pageant call 315-1423. Tickets are $35 for preliminaries, $50 for the final with a package price of $100 for all three nights. 525-9300.
Friday, June 15 and June 17
It Had To Be You
Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. The Ocean City Repertory Theater presents It Had To Be You, a romantic comedy play by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna directed by founder and producing artistic director Flossi Micciolo. $15. 8pm Sat., 2:30pm Sun. 457-6686. ocrep.org.
Saturday, June 16
Johnson’s Popcorn Fathers Day Family Fun Fest
11th St. Bands, Magicians & Pony rides. Free. 1-3pm. 399-1412. Friday, June 22
Ocean City Exchange Club Craft Show
Music pPer Loggia, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. Free. 9am-3pm. Friday, June 22 to June 23
American Cancer Society Relay For Life
Carey Stadium, 5th and Atlantic aves. Teams walk all night to celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and raise money for the fight against cancer. 6-8pm. 1-800-227-2345.
Friday, June 22 to June 27
‘It Had To Be You‘
Ocean City Repertory Theater, 813 Asbury Ave. The Ocean City Repertory Theater presents It Had To Be You, a romantic comedy play by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna directed by founder and producing artistic director Flossi Micciolo. $15. 8pm Fri., Sat., 2:30pm Sun. 457-6686. ocrep.org.
Saturday, June 23
Antique Auto Show
Tabernacle grounds, 6th & Asbury Ave. Over 300 vintage vehicles. 9am–2pm. Boardwalk parade after 2pm. 432-5347.
Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, 8th and Central aves. America’s Ambassadors of Song. Tickets $10 or six for $50 if ordered early ($15 at the door). Children under 12 free. Doors open 6:30pm, Concert 7pm. Children 12 399-2988.
The Billy Walton Band
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. The TONY MART Rock ‘n Roll Reunion Party continues featuring the Billy Walton Band- and starring a guitar “phenom” from Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes plus guest stars. $20. 8pm. 525-9248. ocnj.us
Sunday, June 24
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