June 22-Resort Announces Free Event Schedule

OCEAN CITY – The Town of Ocean City announced last week its schedule of free events and activities. Here’s a look at the variety of events on tap at locations throughout the resort.

Family Movie Nights

The return of Family Movie Nights will take place on June 29 on the beach at 27th Street and continue every Monday and Friday through Aug. 14.

From 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., families can gather for fun activities and a movie right on the beach, all for free. Activities organized by the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department include arts and crafts, games and other activities for the first hour, with the movie starting at approximately 8:45 p.m. (Movies are shown as weather permits.) 

The movies scheduled are:

June 29: Bolt

July 3: Bed Time Stories

July 6: Madagascar 2

July 10: The Shaggy Dog

July 13: Surf’s Up

 July 17: Dr. Dolittle 3

 July 20: IGOR

July 24: Ratatouille

July 27:  Kung Fu Panda

July 31: Tale of Despreaux

Aug. 3: Beethoven’s Big Break

Aug. 7: The Incredibles

Aug. 10: Open Season 2

Aug. 14: Monsters vs. Aliens


Family Beach Olympics

Another free activity is the Family Beach Olympics planned for Tuesday evenings June 30 through Aug. 11. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 27th St. beach, Family Beach Olympics will offer such activities as sand castle contests, tug of war, relay games and more. Children must be accompanied by parents or guardians.

Beach Concerts

A summer full of free Concerts on the Beach take the stage on the beach at N. Division St. on Wednesdays from 8 to 9:30 p.m. just steps from Ocean City’s Boardwalk. Bring your beach chairs and/or beach blankets and then sit back to enjoy the show each Wednesday evening July 15 through Sept. 2 (no concert July 29).

This season’s Concerts on the Beach schedule is:

July 15: Sir Rod

July 22: Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Saltwater Cowboys

Aug. 5: NOMAD

Aug. 12: Zydeco-a-Go-Go

Aug. 19: Captain Quint

Aug. 26: Frankie & the Pack

Sept. 2: Lauren Glick Band


Bonfires On The Beach

The town of Ocean City’s weekly evening Bonfires on the Beach program will return to the beach at N. Division St. for its eighth season of entertaining families. Each Thursday at 9 p.m., July 9-Aug. 27, the bonfire hour is offered free of charge. Bring your beach chairs and blankets. As you sit around the bonfire you will be entertained each week by different speakers.

The 2009 Bonfire speaker schedule is:

July 9: Ocean City Emergency Services

July 16: National Aquarium

July 23: Ocean City Department of Tourism’s history and fun things to do

July 30: Ocean City Beach Patrol

Aug. 6: Ocean City Police Dept.’s bike patrol, mounted police & canine unit August 13 – Ocean City Fire Department

Aug. 20: Ocean City Fire Marshal

Aug. 27: Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department

Sundaes In The Park

The Town’s popular Sundaes in the Park family concert series is offered on Sundays at Northside Park, 127th St. bayside, July 12 through Aug. 27. The music plays from 6 to 8 p.m. While the music plays, children will enjoy special entertainment just for them. Cool off and make your own ice cream sundae for a small fee. Then sit back and enjoy the music in the beautiful setting of Northside Park.

The schedule features:

July 12: Key West Band and Mike Rose Magic

July 19:  Rising Sun Reggae and Uncle Pete with Kids

July 26:  J.R. Booker and Cascading Carlos

Aug. 2: The Adrian Duke Projek and Lollipop the Clown

Aug. 9: Queen City Funk & Soul and Mike Rose Magic

Aug. 16: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis and Scales and Tales

Aug. 23: Mary Lou & the Untouchables and John Donaldson “Magic-N-Fun.”


Sunset Park Festivals

Two festivals are being planned at Sunset Park on the bayside in Ocean City’s downtown at S. Division Street – Polish Festival Night on July 28 and Greek Festival Night on Aug. 25.

Festivals feature music and food (fee charged for food and drink items). Both festivals will run from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Museum Programs

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum at the south end of the Boardwalk is once again offering free programs each Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Topics vary daily and include beach safety, aquarium feeding, knot tying and all about sharks.


For all the week’s news, see The Dispatch on Friday morning.