Everyone likes to eat and drink. And when there’s live music involved, it’s even better!
June 21: Mark Wahlberg will make an appearance at Ocean Casino Resort for the official grand opening ceremony of Wahlburgers Atlantic City. From 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 21, guests will have a chance to meet co-owner Mark Wahlberg as he celebrates the official grand opening of the popular casual dining burger destination. TheOceanAC.com June 29: Beachstock, aka “the planet’s biggest beach party,” takes place 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., June 29, on the beach between Huntington and Granville avenues in Margate, boasting live music, paddleboarding, surfing, lifeguard competitions, volleyball, and the South Pacific Island Dancers who will perform and give hula lessons. New this year is our BAGGO Tournament. MargateHasMore.com
June 30: Red, White & Blueberry Festival, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Love blueberries? Then don’t miss this festival honoring all-things blueberry. It includes food, vendors, live entertainment, kids activities, a car show and is preceded by a pancake breakfast. Old Forks Road, Hammonton. HammontonNJ.us
July 5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26: Ducktown Summer Fest: In July, Dante Hall Theater will host its first-ever Ducktown Summer Festival, with celebrity entertainment, local art, and some of the best food Atlantic City has to offer. Dante Hall is at 14 N. Mississippi Ave. in A.C. Go to DanteHallStockton.org.
July 5: Ben Marsella & Brandon Tomasello. Marsella is a South Philadelphia legend who’s been crooning the songs of Frank Sinatra for over 40 years, and though young, Tomasello is an old soul.
July 11-12: Landau Murphy Jr. was the winner of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2011 and has sold out over 100 concerts across three continents.
July 18-19: Kate Flannery. Flannery is widely known for playing the character of Meredith Palmer on NBC’s “The Office” for nine seasons. She will perform a comedic lounge act.
July 25-26: Renee Olstead is an international recording artist, movie actress, and Instagram star.
July 8-14: Fakefest. All of your favorite tribute bands converge on The Deck for a week. Free. Golden Nugget. GoldenNugget.com.
July 12-13: Night In Venice Weekend. Chubby Checker and the Wildcats will kick off Night in Venice weekend with a concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Music Pier. Checker will return on Saturday to appear in the boat parade. On July 13, actress and comedian Kate Flannery, star of NBC’s “The Office,” will greet fans at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Music Pier before her appearance in the boat parade. Night in Venice will begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with the theme “Celebrate: 65 Years of Night in Venice.” A fireworks display will follow. OCNJ.us
July 20: Knee High Knuckle Buster Micro Wrestling. The name says it all. Vertically challenged wrestlers compete for the title. It’s an “epic battle of pint-sized proportions” featuring four bouts followed by a no-holds barred, all-in rumble. Takes place at Ducktown Tavern, 2400 Atlantic Ave. in A.C. Find of Facebook.com
Aug. 2-3: Woofstock Atlantic City. An exposition for dog and music lovers alike. Live music, art, vendors, food. Showboat Hotel. Go to WoofstockAC.com
Aug. 8: Ocean City Baby Parade: 110th annual, Boardwalk from 12th to 6th streets, 10:30 a.m., OCNJ.us
Aug. 10-11: Deckstock, Golden Nugget, Free. GoldenNugget.com
Aug. 21: Atlantic City Airshow. One of the best airshows in the country, aka Thunder Over the Boardwalk. Look up for the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds, GEICO Skytypers, the U.S. Army Golden Knights and, new this year, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows, plus more. Go to ACChamber.com
Aug. 23: Wine and Jazz Reception Under the Stars, Golden Nugget, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24: International Winefest Under the Stars, Golden Nugget, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1: AC Meat Fest (The Atlantic City Meatatarian Festival), A whole festival of meat? We are so there. Showboat. ShowboatHotel.com.
Sept. 6-7: O.C. Street Rod Weekend: Features classic cars on display with a Sock Hop Party on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle 6–7:30 p.m. on Friday with the Boardwalk display noon–4 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 609-399-6111.
Sept. 7: Downbeach Seafood Festival. Formerly called the Atlantic City Seafood Festival, it moves to its new venue, Ventnor’s Ski Beach, this year. It’s a seafood lover’s dream with vendors from all over Atlantic County offering the best seafood at the shore. Dorset and Burk avenues. ACSeafoodFest.com.
Sept. 14: Atlantic City Jazz Fest, A powerhouse of jazz artists featuring Boney James, Najee, Norman Brown & Lindsey Webster, Pieces of Dream & Joe Bataan live. Hard Rock. HardRockHotels.com
Sept. 14-15: Ocean City Airport Festival — Annual festival at the Municipal Airport, 26th & Bay Ave. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 14. Features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds, and the Parachute Pyrotechnic Show. The Boardwalk Aerobatic Airshow is 1 p.m., Sept. 15, from 6th–14th streets over the ocean. OCNJ.us