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Boardwalk Art Show, Sand Sculpting Contest Coming To Ocean City

Boardwalk Art Show, Sand Sculpting Contest Coming To Ocean City

By Kimberlee Bongard, Patch Staff

The 58th annual Boardwalk Art Show, a sand sculpting contest and an Aretha Franklin tribute concert are happening in Ocean City this week.

Art Of Surfing Festival

The 20th annual Art of Surfing Festival will run Thursday through Saturday at the Ocean City Music Pier featuring the display and sale of surf-related art, memorabilia, books and clothing.

The event includes live music and meet-the-artist sessions. Admission is free to the show 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Boardwalk Art Show

The 58th annual Boardwalk Art Show returns from Friday through Sunday on the boardwalk between Eighth Street and 13th Street.

The Boardwalk Art Show features paintings, photography, handmade jewelry, prints and drawings on display and for sale. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Awards are given to the top entries in the show. For further information, call the Ocean City Arts Center at 609-399-7628 or visit

Aretha Franklin Tribute

The Ocean City Pops will return to the Music Pier on Sunday, Aug. 8 with “RESPECT: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin,” singing hits like “Respect,” “Chain of Fools,” and “A Natural Woman.”

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available online, over the phone at 609-399-6111 or the Music Pier Box Office.

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Ocean City’s “Wacky But Not Tacky” series of Wacky Wednesdays continues at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ocean City Music Pier. The event invites families and individuals to participate in various activities and contests.

This week, participants will compete in “That’s How the Cookie Crumbles.” The mission in this contest: use your creativity to shape and sculpt a cookie into a unique masterpiece. No advance registration is required.

The popular weekly Farmers Market on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle continues 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through Sept. 29. The market features fresh produce from local farms in the region, along with a variety of craft vendors.

The annual Twins Contest awards prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Registration is free and begins at 5:30 p.m. The contest is open to all ages and begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Ocean City Music Pier.


Market Days entertainment and activities on downtown Asbury Avenue run 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and continue Thursday mornings through the season.

Family Night entertainers at various blocks on the Ocean City Boardwalk will perform Thursday evenings 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The summer’s second sand sculpting contest begins at 9 a.m. at the Sixth Street Beach. Registration is free. Judging takes place by 11 a.m. For more information, call 609-399-6111.