This summer is jam-packed with things to do on land, by sea and view in the air. We’ve picked out some of the highlights to help you get your calendar filled — fast.
Grab “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” for George Thorogood and the Destroyers 8 p.m. at Tropicana Atlantic City. $59, $89; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
The music of The Killers has been referred to as various genres, including alternative rock, indie rock, post-punk revival, new wave and heartland rock. Audiences can figure it out for themselves 8 p.m. at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Sold out; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
New to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Journey comes to Borgata 8 p.m. Hear hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Faithfully,” “Any way You Want It” and so many more. Sold out; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
The Vintage Jazz Band will play on the beach at the Newport Avenue Pavilion in Ventnor 6 p.m. Bring a beach chair or blanket. Free; The beach at Newport Avenue, Ventnor; AmazingVentnor.com.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and former Traffic member Dave Mason performs at the Music Pier in Ocean City 7 p.m. $59; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Legendary frontman of Motley Crue Vince Neil hits Resorts Casino Hotel to play band favorites plus solo hits 9 p.m. $35, $45; 1133 Boardwalk, A.C. ; ResortsAC.com.
Listen to the “East Coast rock ’n’ roll” of John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band at a free concert. 7 p.m.; William Morrow Beach between Higbee and New Jersey avenues at Bay Avenue in Somers Point; SomersPointBeachConcerts.com.
Philly’s own Patti LaBelle returns to Tropicana 8 p.m. $55, $75, $95; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
It will be a “Rockabilly Riot” when the Brian Setzer Orchestra “swings” into Harrah’s Resort 8 p.m. $35, $35, $55; 777 Harrah’s Blvd., A.C.; Caesars.com.
Smooth songstress Dionne Warwick will celebrate 50 years of award-winning music at Golden Nugget Atlantic City 9 p.m. $35, $45; Huron
Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard, A.C.; GoldenNugget.com.
Movie, television and Broadway star Vanessa Williams will open the season for the Ocean City POPS 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. $65, $75, $85; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.tix.com.
Country music’s Kip Moore will perform for the “Wild Ones” 8 p.m. at Borgata. $39; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Relive the glory days of Atlantic City when the 500 Club returns at Dante Hall Theater. Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra kick off a five-week run beginning 8 p.m., June 30. The show runs Fridays and Saturdays throughout July. Special guests include Renee Olstead, Haley Reinhart, Landau Murphy Jr., Bijon Watson and more. $30, $35; 14 N. Mississippi Ave., A.C.; Stockton.edu/DanteHallTheater.
Just for Laughs
Stand-up comedian and former Howard Stern radio personality Artie Lange hits Borgata at 9 p.m. $55, $59; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
At 9 p.m., actor and stand-up comic Chris D’Elia will make ‘em laugh at Borgata. $29, $39; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Vic DiBitetto, aka “The Donkey of Comedy,” returns to Borgata at 9 p.m. $29, $39; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
The third annual Hammonton Food Truck Festival connects food trucks and foodies for a night of street eats like wings and lots of brewskis. Running simultaneously is the Starving Artist Fair with local art and entertainment. 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.; 10 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton; Facebook.com.
Margate Beachstock is a 13-hour event that starts with morning yoga at 8 a.m. and ends with a bonfire and music at 8 p.m. In between, there’s everything from volleyball, bands, surfing and SUP demos, games, lifeguard competitions and more. Free; Huntington Beach, 8100 Atlantic Ave., Margate; MargateHasMore.com.
Food and craft vendors, live music, classic cars, amusement rides and, of course, mounds of blueberries (think fresh berries, pies, muffins and a pie-eating contest) make up the popular Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton, the Blueberry Capital of the World, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Free; 566 Old Forks Road, Hammonton; HammontonNJ.us.
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Somers Point Beach Concerts, and in honor of this momentous occasion, grab a beach chair and listen to “Funkin’ With The Beatles” with the Tony Mart All-Stars and the return of Dr. Bobby Fingers, 7 p.m. Free; William Morrow Beach, Higbee and New Jersey avenues on Bay Avenue, Somers Point; SomersPointBeachConcerts.com.
Stockton University and the Atlantic City Arts Foundation have teamed up to create “48 Blocks,” an art initiative in which eight projects in each of the six city wards — a total of 48 events — will be created using a mix of visual, performance and media arts. A wrap-up party will be held at the Noyes Arts Garage at the end of the day, and will include a display of culinary arts from neighborhood restaurants. Free; 2200 Fairmount Ave., A.C.; Go to Facebook.com.
June 9 to 11
The three-day AnimeNEXT convention features Japanese creators of anime and manga, voice actors, Japanese musical acts, artists, panels, vendors, exhibits, workshops and, of course, gaming — all focused on anime, manga and Japanese culture. Register at Eventbrite.com. $45; $60; Atlantic City Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Blvd., A.C.; AnimeNEXT.org.
Atlantic County’s finest chefs convene at the A.C. Aquarium for the annual Chefs at the Shore, an event that appeals to both foodies and environmentalists alike by showcasing some of the area’s best food while funding educational programming at the aquarium. Aside from eating, enjoy cooking demos, live music, raffles, wines and beer at the event which runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds also fund chef educational programs and scholarships for culinary students for the Professional Chefs Association, South Jersey Chapter. $65; 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., A.C.; ACAquarium.com.
The Barks at the Beach Pet Fair and Doggie Dash will take place take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Milton & Betty Katz JCC. During this fun, family event, take your furry friend on a designated path in Margate. It is not a timed race and there are plenty of water stops. $20 for a dog/human combo, $10 for each additional dog; 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate; JCCAtlantic.org.
“My Big, Gay Italian Wedding” is a super fun, original musical that satirizes the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage. It is one of a three-part trilogy of shows at Resorts Casino Hotel this summer. The show begins at at 9 p.m. $59, $79, $99; 1133 Boardwalk, A.C.; ResortsAC.com.
July 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 21, 28, 29
Dave Damiani and the No Vacancy Orchestra continue to play at Dante Hall. $30, $35; 14 N. Mississippi Ave., A.C.; Stockton.edu/DanteHallTheater.
Dead Reckoning is one of the most active cover bands in the area, resurrecting the Grateful Dead by performing the band’s hits and hidden gems. It will delight Deadheads and casual fans alike when it performs 6 p.m. at the Ventnor Summer Concert Series. Free; The beach at Newport Avenue, Ventnor; AmazingVentnor.com.
R&B artist Mary J. Blige is back at it, taking her hits like “Family Affair,” “Be Without You” and “No More Drama” on the road. She will stop by Borgata’s Event Center at 8 p.m. $149, $139, $99; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
The Ocean City POPS will join forces with Super Diamond, a Neil Diamond Tribute Band, to recreate classic songs like “Sweet Caroline,” “America” and “Cracklin’ Rose.” They’ll head to the Hughs Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. $25, $35; 501 Atlantic Ave., Ocean City; OceanCityPOPS.org.
Organized by the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation and held at The Claridge Hotel, a 7 p.m. concert featuring the Nat Adderley, Jr. Trio will blow through A.C. The trio is known for its captivating arrangements of pop and R&B beats. $10; 123 S. Indiana Ave., A.C.; ChickenBoneBeach.org.
Ocean City will welcome another incredible headliner with Philly favorites The Hooters, performing 7 p.m. at the Music Pier. Expect the band to take on favorites like “All You Zombies,” “And We Danced” and “Johnny B.” $59, $79; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Ocean City’s Night in Venice weekend will usher the band O Town, of ABC’s “Making the Band” fame, and Ryan Cabrera, the voice behind songs like “On the Way Down” and “True,” to the Ocean City Music Pier for an 8 p.m. joint concert at the Music Pier. $30; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
The legendary rock band The Who will perform at Boardwalk Hall at 8 p.m. A portion of ticket sales — $1 from each ticket sold — will benefit Teen Cancer America. Though two original members have passed away, the band, known for such hits as “Who Are You,” “Behind Blue Eyes” and “Pinball Wizard,” still have singer Roger Daltrey and guitarist Peter Townshend keeping the band alive, along with drummer Zak Starkey, the son of former Beatle Ringo Starr. $49.50, $154.50; 2301 Boardwalk, A.C.; BoardwalkHall.com
The legendary Gloria Gaynor will bring her powerhouse voice to the Ocean City Music Pier. The 8 p.m. show will give concertgoers the chance to hear “I Will Survive” as it is intended to be sung — outside of a karaoke bar. $35, $30; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Graham Nash continues the steady stream of Ocean City headliners with his 7 p.m. show at the Music Pier. Nash is best known as a member of The Hollies and as the latter third of the folk-rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash. $49, $59, $159; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Folk singer/songwriters Shawn Colvin and Joan Osborne, each stars in their own right, will come together for a memorable concert 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier. $48; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Just for Laughs
Borgata will kick off a very funny month with Jay Leno’s 8 p.m. show. Leno, best known for hosting NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” returns to his stand-up roots with a stop at Borgata. $55, $65, $75; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Jim Gaffigan, the comedian who keeps folks laughing with tales of fatherhood, laziness and gluttony, will bring his act to the Borgata Event Center for a 7 p.m. show. $45, $55, $65; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Head to Tropicana’s Showroom at 8 p.m. to see the whiskey-drinking, cigar-smoking Ron White, one of the central members of the Blue Collar Comedy troupe. $59, $69, $168, $298; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
July 9, 10, 14
Nik Wallenda’s Zirkus II brings together some of the world’s best acrobats and circus performers for a family-friendly thrill show. It will play at Tropicana’s Showroom select dates beginning 7 p.m. July 9, and will continue through Sept. 4. $15, $30; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Linda Shields, the Jersey Shore Medium, has been wowing audiences for years with her preternatural ability to speak to the dead. She will return to Tropicana for an 8 p.m. show that will include live readings of audience members. $25; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Ocean City’s Night in Venice typically attracts well-known names to serve as grand marshal. This year, the distinction will go to Alfonso Ribeiro, known for his role as Carlton on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” The parade itself will feature boats decorated for the theme “Rockin’ Through the Decades.” It begins 6 p.m., followed by fireworks. Free; Parade will run from Ocean City/Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue; OCNJ.us.
Atlantic City continues its somewhat-offensive tradition 4 p.m. at Ducktown Tavern, when the Knee-High Knuckle Buster Midget Wrestling Championship returns for its second year. The event features little people going head to head in several wrestling matches throughout the night. $20, $40, $45, $50, $55; 2400 Atlantic Ave., A.C.; Facebook.com/GTTricycle.
July 3 and 4
In Atlantic City, two different fireworks shows will light up the sky to celebrate the Fourth, two nights in a row. The first will take place July 3, and be viewable from the beach and Boardwalk. The second will take place July 4, in the Marina District. Both will begin at 9:30 p.m., run for 15 minutes and include a reading of the Declaration of Independence and quotes from famous Americans, along with patriotic music. Free; AtlanticCityNJ.com.
A full day of Americana fun will take place in Ocean City to celebrate the birth of our nation. A Bike Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from 40th and Asbury avenues; a 7 p.m. kite flying competition will take place at the beach; and a fireworks display will end the night. Free; OceanCityVacation.com.
Work off all the barbecue and potato salad you consumed on the Fourth of July at the Insane Inflatable 5K, where a number of different inflatable obstacles will attempt to thwart runners at Bader Field. Spots to compete begin at 8:30 a.m. and continue every half hour until 11 a.m. $49, $100; 600 N. Albany Ave., A.C.; InsaneInflatable5k.com.
Beach patrol teams from around the state will compete for the title of top patrol during the A.C. Red Bull Surf + Rescue at the Steel Pier. Free to watch; 1000 Boardwalk, A.C.; SurfAndRescue.RedBull.com.
Comedian Ali Wong will make a stop 7 p.m. at Borgata as part of its OUT programming. Wong has made appearances on “American Housewife,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Are You There, Chelsea?” She also has her own Netflix special called “Baby Cobra.” $49, $59, $69; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Ike Avelli has made a name for himself on the comedy scene with shows like “50 Shades of Gay.” He will perform his new show “The Book of Ike” at the Atlantic City Comedy Club at 6 p.m. $25; 1 Atlantic Ocean, A.C.; IkeAvelli.net.
The sequel to “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” comes to Resorts for a 9 p.m. show. “My Big Gay Italian Funeral” is a stand-alone comedy that finds the hilarity in tragedy. $59, $79, $99; 1133 Boardwalk, A.C.; ResortsAC.com.
Borgata will get a little bluesy when Joe Bonamassa makes an 8 p.m. stop at the Event Center. The guitarist, singer and songwriter will kick off Borgata’s August lineup in style. $99, $125, $150; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Rodgers and Hammerstein, the musical duo who gave us such classics as “Oklahoma,” “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music,” will be honored by an O.C. POPS concert. Broadway singers and the Cape Shore Chorale will join the orchestra at the 10 p.m. show. $15, $20; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OceanCityPOPS.org.
The Geri Mingori Band will cultivate an inspirational, emotional evening through its music 7:45 p.m. at Ventor’s Sunset Ski Beach Festival. Free; Dorset and Burk avenues and the beach; AmazingVentnor.com.
Aug. 11, 12, 13
Borgata welcomes the famed falsetto and lead singer of the Four Seasons, Frankie Valli for a 9 p.m. concert. Valli will take on favorites like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” at this solo show. Tickets are sold out; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Another Chicken Bone Beach concert will come to The Claridge Hotel 7 p.m. when the jazzy Tony Day Quartet takes the stage. $10; 123 S. Indiana Ave., A.C.; ChickenBoneBeach.org.
Retro Futura is a touring show that dedicates itself to putting on the country’s premier ‘80s concert. Acts like Modern English, Ex Katrina & The Waves and Men Without Hats come together to transport audiences back to their heyday. Retro Futura will play an 8 p.m. show at Borgata. $49, $59, $79; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Chaka Khan has played in Atlantic City many times over the years, and she returns 8 p.m. for a show at Tropicana’s Showroom. $55 to $295; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Two iconic ‘80s bands — Styx and REO Speedwagon — will perform a nostalgic show 7 p.m. at Borgata. Don’t forget your hairspray. Tickets are presale only as of print; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
The Ocean City POPS will pay tribute to another legend with its Ella Fitzerald-themed show 8 p.m. at the Music Pier. Join the POPS as they honor the “First Lady of Song,” along with soloists Capathia Jenkins, Aisha de Haas and Harolyn Blackwell. $25, $35; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OceanCityPOPS.org.
Groove out with the Bob Sterling band 6 p.m. at the Ventnor Summer Concert Series. Sterling is a veteran of the jazz scene, and he and his band will certainly get the good times going at the beach concert. Free; The beach at Newport Avenue, Ventnor; AmazingVentnor.com.
The band behind hits like “Celebration” and “Get Down on It” will make a 10 a.m. stop at Borgata’s Event Center. Kool & the Gang will be joined by The Commodores at the morning show. $69, $85, $95; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Aug. 14 and 15
Relive the days of Led Zeppelin with the tribute band Get the Led Out. A South Jersey favorite, the band comes to the Ocean City Music Pier at 7 p.m. $39; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Borgata continues its stacked August lineup with an 8 p.m. performance by Santana. Concertgoers can expect to hear songs like “Smooth,” “Maria Maria” and “Corazon Espinado.” Tickets are presale only as of print; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Aug. 21 and 22
Nothing says summer like the Beach Boys. Fortunately for South Jersey, the iconic band will play four shows — one at 6 p.m. and one at 8:30 p.m. on both Aug. 21 and 22 — at the Ocean City Music Pier. $75; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Bel Canto Lyric Opera of Philadelphia will return to Ocean City with an 8 p.m. show at the Music Pier. The “Italia Del Mare” (Italy by the ocean) show will feature Italian opera and bel cano favorites. $15, $20; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Still touring at 77, Smokey Robinson will visit Tropicana for a 9 p.m. show full of classics like “Cruisin’” and “Tracks of My Tears.” $55, $75; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Just for Laughs
Aug. 17 and 18
The truTV Impractical Jokers — a group of four childhood best friends — have made a career out of pranking one another. They will continue making us laugh by making each other uncomfortable with three Borgata shows — 8 p.m. Aug., 17 and Aug. 18; and 10 p.m. again on Aug. 18. Tickets are presale only as of print; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Bill Maher will bring his particular brand of political humor to an 8 p.m. stand-up performance at Borgata’s Event Center. $69; $79; $89, 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
The man, the myth, the legend, Jerry Seinfeld will grace Atlantic City. Hear the voice that launched a thousand imitations when he performs his set 8 p.m. at Borgata. $99, $129, $149, $169; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Aug. 4, 5, 6
The Ocean City Boardwalk Art Show returns for its 55th year 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4 and 5, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6. Browse works of local artists, as they compete for prizes. Free; Boardwalk from 8th to 13th streets; OceanCityArtsCenter.org.
There’s no better place to throw a baby parade than the family-friendly Ocean City. Cuties in costumes will roll down the boardwalk at 5 p.m., as their parents hope to win various prizes based on the adorableness of their offspring. Free; Boardwalk from 6th to 14th streets; OCNJ.us.
An Atlantic City tradition, the 15th annual Airshow will return to the skies this August. While the exact lineup is yet to be announced, we do know that the popular Thunderbirds will be making an appearance this year. Free; Can be viewed from beaches and Boardwalk; Airshow.ACChamber.com.
Aug. 2 to 8
Explore New Jersey’s official tall ship, the A.J. Meerwald, when it sails into Historic Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City. The restored schooner was active in the 1920s, one of the many ships built along the Jersey Shore. Afternoon sails will take place 1:30 p.m. Aug. 3 to 6 and 8; and evening sales will launch 5:30 p.m. those same days. $20, $35, $40; 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., A.C.; AtlanticCityNJ.com.
Ocean City will host a sand-sculpting contest, looking to see who can create the most impressive structure using only water and the gritty floor of the beach. Registration begins at 9 a.m.; judging at 11 a.m. Free; 6th Street Beach, Ocean City; OceanCityVacation.com.
Aug. 4 and 5
A weekend of fitness returns to Atlantic City with the seventh annual TRI AC. At noon on Aug. 4, head to Bader Field for a fitness expo. The next day, several events will begin throughout the morning: the Aquabike (1-mile swim and 22-mile bike ride) begins at 6:30 a.m.; the Olympic Triathlon (1-mile swim, 23-mile bike ride, 5-mile run) also begins at 6:30 a.m.; and the Sprint Triathlon (quarter-mile swim, 11-mile bike ride, 5K run) begins at 7 a.m. Registration costs vary per event; 600 N. Albany Ave., A.C.; DelmoSports.com.
Aug. 12 and 13
The Red Bull Rallycross will take place this year in A.C.’s Bader Field. The two-day event will feature stage rally and off-road and circuit racing performed by internationally recognized drivers. Tickets range from $55 to $80; 600 N. Albany Ave., A.C.; RedBullGlobalRallyCross.
More than a thousand runners and walkers will participate in the Guts & Glory 5K Run 8:30 a.m. in Ocean City. The money raised goes to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. $25, $30; Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City; Online.CCFA.org.
The Somers Point Beach Concert Series will begin to wind down with a 7 p.m. performance by the Billy Walton Big Band, accompanied by special guest Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez, known for being the original drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Free; Beach between Higbee and New Jersey avenues; SomersPointBeachConcerts.com.
To celebrate 25 years of bringing great music to the sands, the Somers Point Beach Concert Series will host a special anniversary show 7 p.m. with headliners Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience and “Last Waltz 40,” a tribute to Bob Dylan and The Band. Free; Beach between Higbee and New Jersey avenues; SomersPointBeachConcerts.com.
A.C. Weekly Nightlife Award winners Ken Shiles & CiBon will end the Ventnor Concert Series with a performance of covers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, beginning at 6 p.m. Free; The beach at Newport Avenue, Ventnor; AmazingVentnor.com.
A rather unique musical event, the Ocean City POPS will present a “Music of the Knights” show 7:30 p.m. at the Music Pier, honoring the British songwriters who have received a knighthood. Music by sirs Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John and Paul McCartney will be performed. $20, $25; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Rick Springfield gave us one of the most hummable songs of all time with “Jessie’s Girl,” and now he’ll give us a performance 8 p.m. at Tropicana’s Showroom. $55, $60, $65, $70, $75; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Catch Keith Sweat, the soul artists who changed the game of new jack swing, when he comes to Tropicana for an 8 p.m. show. $55, $60, $65, $70, $75; 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Sept. 9 and 10
Good Time Tricycle Productions will host one of its most popular events of the year when the Atlantic City Seafood Festival comes to town, bringing together some of the best seafood South Jersey has to offer. $10; S. New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk, A.C.; ACSeafoodFest.com.
Join Ocean City for a day of air demonstrations, plane displays, contests, food, music and more at its Airport Festival, running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free; 26th and Bay Ave., Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Enjoy all things Italian — like bocce ball, wine, cheese and foreign classic cars — at Historic Smithville’s Italian Festival, beginning 10 a.m. Free; 615 E. Moss Mill Road, Absecon; HistoricSmithvilleNJ.com.
Sept. 30 to Oct. 1
The Garden State Country Music and Food Tuck Festival is poised to bring 20 acclaimed country artists to Atlantic City’s Bader Field. The entertainment, split between two stages, will be accompanied by over 40 food trucks, as well as a marketplace. $45, $25, $70, $120; 600 N. Albany Ave., A.C.; GardenStateFestival.com.
Just for Laughs
Gabriel Inglesias, the comedian affectionately known as “Fluffy,” will perform an 8 p.m. show at Borgata. $57.50, $49.50, $45; 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
See the Miss America contestants roll by in stunning cars rocking even more stunning heels at the annual Show Us Your Shoes Parade, hitting the Atlantic City Boardwalk 5 p.m. Free (seating in front of Boardwalk Hall is $45); New Jersey to Albany avenues, A.C. Boardwalk; MissAmerica.org.
The crown jewel of Atlantic City programming, the Miss America finals comes to Boardwalk Hall at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $57 to $197; 2301 Boardwalk, A.C.; MissAmerica.org.
Atlantic City Weekly’s own Health, Wellness & Fitness Expo will bring incredible local vendors, offering the best in — well — health, wellness and fitness, to the Ocean City Music Pier. Free; 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City; ACWeekly.com.
Keep your eyes on the skies for Ocean City’s 1 p.m. Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show, featuring Team AeroDynamix Formation Sensation, Bill Gordon and the Searman and more. Free; 6th to 14th streets, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Sept. 23 and 24
Take a scenic bike ride through South Jersey while supporting MS research at Bike MS: City to Shore. The two-day event will accommodate different levels of biking experience, with different routes that run from Cherry Hill to Ocean City. Fundraising minimum is $300; Multiple start locations; Man.NationalMSSociety.org.
Before the barbecue, head to the OCNJ Labor Day Race. Beginning at 9 a.m., the race includes both a 5-mile and 1-mile beach run or walk. $20, $25; 23rd Street Beach, Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Sept. 8 and 9
Classic cars will line the Tabernacle Grounds at the 43rd Annual Classic and Street Rod Show, 1 to 6 p.m. Afterwards, the cars will head to the inaugural Sock Hop on 13th and Asbury avenues, until 8 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the cars will leave at noon to make their way to the Boardwalk. Free; 550 Wesley Ave., Ocean City; OCNJ.us.
Check out a striking demonstration of Corvettes in Ocean City’s “A Day at the Beach — Corvette Style.” The event includes a parade of cars driving from the Ocean City Municipal Airport to the Boardwalk, beginning 11 a.m., for display. Free; Ocean City Boardwalk; OCNJ.us.
The Iron Man competition comes to Atlantic City 7 a.m., for a fitness challenge including a swim, a bike route and a run. $349; 600 N. Albany Ave., A.C.; DelmoSports.com.
The final show of the trilogy, “My Big Gay Italian Midlife Crisis” focuses on the inevitable challenges of aging, with plenty of jokes thrown in, of course. The performance is set for 9 p.m. $59, $79, $99; 1133 Boardwalk, A.C.; ResortsAC.com.
P!nk will perform 5 p.m., July 12, as part of Atlantic City BeachFest. The beltress of songs like “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” “So What” and “Raise Your Glass,” P!nk is known for her powerful voice and onstage aerial tricks. Tickets vary in price from $37 to $271; A.C. beach between Michigan Avenue and MLK Boulevard; ACBeachConcerts.com.
Brantley Gilbert, the country star behind songs like “Bottoms Up” and “The Weekend,” will perform 5 p.m. July 13, along the A.C. shore. Gilbert comes as part of his “The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour,” and will make his appearance along with fellow country singer Luke Combs. Tickets vary in price from $20 to $75; A.C. beach between Michigan Avenue and MLK Boulevard; ACBeachConcerts.com.
Fun for any day of the week
Lucy the Elephant: One of South Jersey’s most famous oddities, Lucy the Elephant was built in 1881 and has been delighting and confusing both locals and tourists ever since. Learn all about the 90-ton steel elephant on a tour this summer and be treated to a lofty view of Absecon Island and the Atlantic Ocean. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Hours will extend in mid-June. $8 for adults, $4 for kids ages 3 to 12 and free for kids under 2. 9200 Atlantic Ave., Margate; LucyTheElephant.org.
The Absecon Lighthouse: New Jersey’s tallest lighthouse and the third largest in the country sits in Absecon. The 150-year-old lighthouse offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and A.C. skyline, and runs regular programming and themed-nights. This summer it will offer four different “A.C. Inlet” story panels, where locals will tell true stories about the Jersey Shore. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays in June. Hours will extend in July. Climbs cost $7 for adults, $5 for seniors 54 and up, $4 for children 4 to 12, $3 for Atlantic City residents with ID, free for active duty military and free for kids under 4. 31 S. Rhode Island Ave., Atlantic City; AbseconLighthouse.org.
Midmer-Losh Pipe Organ Concerts and Tours: Atlantic City proudly boasts the world’s largest pipe organ, a dominating instrument that has a home in Boardwalk Hall. Guests can experience the organ in all its glory at free, half-hour concerts at noon on Mondays through Fridays until September. In addition, at 10 a.m. every Wednesday, Boardwalk Hall offers an in-depth, two-hour tour of the pipe organ, also for free. 2301 Boardwalk, A.C.; BoardwalkHall.com.
Steel Pier: The Steel Pier is a long stretch of family-fun in an otherwise adult town. Over 25 rides suitable for everyone from children to thrill-seekers, plus food, games and other amusements, sit atop the pier that juts 1,000 feet out into the Atlantic Ocean from the Boardwalk. Single tickets are $1 and a book of 50 tickets is $40. Its summer season begins June 16, afterwhich it will be open 3 p.m. to midnight Mondays through Fridays and noon to 1 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays until Labor Day. 1000 Boardwalk, A.C.; SteelPier.com.
Atlantic City Aquarium: Feed the stingrays or visit different frogs, snakes, turtles, fish and more at the Atlantic City Aquarium. Touch tanks and interactive displays let kids get up close and personal with the aquatic life indigenous to our area. Open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Hours will extend in July. $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 62 and up, $6 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for kids under 3. 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., A.C.; ACAquarium.com.
Storybook Land: This South Jersey landmark has been delighting children for over 60 years with its different storybook-themed rides and displays. Classics like Bubbles the Coaster, the Whirly Bug Ferris Wheel and the Tick Tock Clock Drop are pint-sized rides perfect for kids. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $23.50 online and $26.50 at the door. Senior admission for ages 64 and up is $23.50, and children under 2 are free. 6415 Black Horse Pike; StorybookLand.com.
Ocean City Boardwalk: Few do family fun like Ocean City. A stroll on its boardwalk will provide enough entertainment to keep every member of the family happy. Shopping, great eats, rides and more line the boards, and Ocean City has a ton of events lined up for its summer season. Go to OceanCityVacation.com.
Noyes Arts Garage: The Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University keeps the arts scene in Atlantic City thriving. Its mission centers around promoting education and providing resources for up-and-coming artists. This summer, the Arts Garage will have Second Friday events with different themes every month, as well as a kids’ summer art camp in July and other various programs to go along with its standard galleries. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. 2200 Fairmount Ave.; ArtsGarageAC.com.
Holtzman Gallery at Katz JCC: Another gallery brightening up South Jersey is the Holtzman. Works by local and international artists like like Lorrie Caplan, John Napoli, Evelyn Pino and even John Lennon live in this gallery, situated within the Katz JCC. Open 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate City; HoltzmanGallery.com.
Fireworks at Tropicana: Summer is already looking bright with the announcement that Tropicana will once again host nightly Multimedia Light & Sound shows on the Atlantic City Boardwalk. This is the third year Trop will offer the free shows, which combine music, laser effects and projections to create a captivating light display right on the boardwalk, every night throughout the summer. In addition, a fireworks performance will be set off at 10 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 9. 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
Thrilling Thursdays: Margate will host a family-friendly event all day, every Thursday during the summer. It begins with the Margate Community Farmers’ Market (9700 Amherst Ave.), which runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Sidewalk sales will run throughout the day, and access to the beach is free. Cap off the day with a family movie under the stars 8:30 p.m. at the Margate City Library (8100 Atlantic Ave.). MargateHasMore.com.
Ventnor Beach Concerts: This free beach concert series takes place 6 p.m. every Sunday through Sept. 3. Bands that fit various genres like blues, jazz and country will perform. Beach at Newport Avenue, Ventnor; AmazingVentnor.com.
Somers Point Beach Concerts: This year is big for the Somers Point Beach Concert series, as it’s celebrating its 25th anniversary. The free shows start 7 p.m. on various dates from June 16 to Sept. 8. Feel free to bring a beach chair and a cooler! The Beach between Higbee and New Jersey avenues; SomersPointBeachConcerts.com.
Angeline by Michael Symon: Borgata is now home to another top-notch dining experience with the opening of Angeline, the new endeavor of Iron Chef Michael Symon. The restaurant, named after Symon’s mom, focuses on the food Symon grew up eating — Italian — with family recipes and homey touches. 1 Borgata Way, A.C.; TheBorgata.com.
Veracruz and AC Burger Co.: Filling the void left by Dos Cominos in Harrah’s is Veracruz, an inventive restaurant that blends Spanish and Mexican flavors for a menu all its own. Expect plenty of seafood along with traditional Mexican and Spanish dishes, none of which will break the bank. Also new at Harrah’s is AC Burger Co., specializing in everyone’s favorite beefy sandwich, though it also offers plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. 777 Harrah’s Blvd., A.C.; Caesars.com/Harrahs-AC.
Olon and Okatshe: Iron Chef Jose Garces returns to Atlantic City with two of the most intriguing and gorgeous dining concepts in Atlantic City with an equally stunning bar separating them: Olon, Bar Olon and Okatshe. Olon is offers Ecuadorian dishes, with plenty of seafood and a huge raw bar. Olon Bar gives guests a breezy, causal vibe, where they can grab a drink or some small plates. And Okatshe transports diners to the streets of Tokyo with a flashy, modern aesthetic and authentic Japanese food. 2831 Boardwalk, A.C.; Tropicana.net.
GaleForce: The GaleForce at Ocean City’s Castaway Cove is finally open! A massive coaster that rises high above the boards, it features an over 90 degree drop, a 64-mph launch speed and is over 125-feet tall. It’s a one-of-a-kind attraction in Ocean City. Cost is $10 or 14 tickets. 1020 Boardwalk; OceanCityFun.com.
Manco and Manco Superstore: One of Ocean City’s most popular pizza joints Manco & Manco will open a huge new flagship location this year, though no official date has been released yet. The former Strand Theatre on 9th Street and the Boardwalk, which closed in 2014, will house the mammoth Manco & Manco. It is expected to include a boutique retail store and more seating. MancosPizza.com.
The Atlantic City Fan Xpo: The new Atlantic City Fan Xpo is part gaming show, part comic con and 100 percent geek-friendly. This weekly festival takes place at Showboat Atlantic City and will feature everything from gaming competitions, to cosplay, board games, celebrity guests and more. 801 Boardwalk, A.C.; ACFXPO.com.
Atlantic City: The A.C. Farmers’ Market will once again feature Monteleone Farms as its local farmer, offering produce and vegetables. Other vendors include Boardwalk Beans Personally Roasted Coffee, Ladle of Love soups and Fred’s Breads. 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays until mid-September. Center City Park at Bartram Avenue.
Margate: Part of the town’s Thrilling Thursdays, this market is a weekly stop to stock up with the freshest, locally-grown produce, off-the-boat seafood, succulent barbecue and other Jersey Fresh products. 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursdays. 9700 Amherst Ave., (parking lot of Steve & Cookie’s); MargateHasMore.com.
Ocean City: Everything from farmers selling produce off the back of their trucks to Tony Boloney’s assortment of gourmet pizza and homemade mozzarella cheeses. Plus balsamic vinegars, handmade soaps, jewelry, bedding plants, cut flowers and fresh herbs. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays. 550 Wesley Ave., OCNJ.us.
Brigantine: A great local roster including Smpl baked goods, Viking Village seafood, Sea Tox juices, Harry & Beans coffee, local culinary celebrity Chef Pam, Mojo’s Popcorn and Rolling Scone (sweet, savory, vegan and gluten-free scones). 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays. 15th Street and Revere Blvd., Brigantine; BrigantineBeachGreenTeam.com/Farmers-Market.
Hammonton: Non-GMO and naturally grown heirloom berries for $1.66 per pint, or buy a large plant for $10. Open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays; and 1 to 6 p.m. Sundays at DiMeo Farm. 3101 Nesco Road; DiMeoFarms.com.