The full entertainment lineup for 2020 is not yet available. Check back for updates. Here is a sampling from the 2019-2020 celebration.
OCEAN CITY MUSIC PIER
THE FRANKLIN INSTITUTE - Want to experience the Franklin Institute’s brand of interactive science right in Ocean City, N.J.? The high-energy, family-friendly and energetic Traveling Science Shows bring the magic of science to life. The museum’s Live-Science Shows are some of the best ways for people to see experiments and demonstrations of how science impacts our everyday lives.
DISNEY JUNIOR'S CHOO-CHOO SOUL "WITH GENEVIEVE!" - Come see Genevieve Goings, one of the stars of Disney Junior’s "Choo-Choo Soul.” The duo began as a hip-hop/soul children's album of music before the brand was acquired by Disney. In the show, Genevieve is a soulful and hip singing train conductor who will engage children in sing-alongs, dance routines and lots of other crowd participation as she performs the hits seen on Disney Junior.
THE SPINNERS - Sophisticated up-tempo R&B with precision choreography defines a Spinners show. With more than 60 million records sold in their illustrious career, the mighty Spinners have performed for U.S. presidents, received six Grammy nominations, and appeared on TV too many times to count. The group has an unbelievable 18 solid gold Top 40 hits. Their Top 10s include: “Then Came You,” “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl,” “Cupid (I’ve Loved You for So Long),” “The Rubberband Man,” “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “I’ll Be Around,” “They Just Can’t Stop It,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” “It’s a Shame” and more.
OCEAN CITY SPORTS AND CIVIC CENTER
INFLATABLES – Visit our indoor carnival with giant inflatables!
THE FABULOUS GREASEBAND - The Fabulous Greaseband is a seven-member “Best of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s Rock ’n’ Roll Party Band.” Their highly entertaining and energetic delivery of the greatest dance songs ever written has kept the group on top for the last 40 years!
OCEAN CITY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL - ALL-PURPOSE ROOM
ICE RINK – The best synthetic ice-skating rink surface in the world! Skates are supplied for this 40-by-88-foot rink. Come join this winter wonderland fun as a DJ spins the hits of yesterday and today! (This activity originally had been scheduled to be outdoors adjacent to the Ocean City Civic Center. It has been moved indoors at the Intermediate School at 1801 Bay Avenue. This location will be part of free transportation routes.)
OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM
PHILLY ROCK & SOUL was formed in 2011, consisting of nine seasoned and talented musicians. The band specializes in tunes from the 1960s thru the ’80s, emphasizing R&B, soul, and rock genres. Our lineup is designed to evoke the sounds of that special era, consisting of male and female vocals, drums, bass, guitar, keyboard and horn section.
JOHNNY PEERS & THE MUTTVILLE COMIX … is a slapstick comedy dog show like no other. Johnny leads more than a dozen rescue dogs through challenging and hilarious tricks as Johnny plays the straight-man role in this wonderful family show. They have appeared with the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus, on the “David Letterman Show,” “Primetime Live,” “Circus of the Stars,” and at Disneyland, Busch Gardens, the Big Apple Circus, the Royal Hanneford Circus, even The White House! They are the “Animal Planet Pet Star” winners. Sit! Stay! Get ready to howl! Johnny Peers and his personality-plus canines are coming to tickle your funny bone!
HUGHES PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (OCHS Auditorium)
JUNIE B. JONES THE MUSICAL presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company - Created by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, the team that brought you Dear Edwina, comes Junie B. Jones, The Musical – a delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park's best-selling books, brought to life in a genuinely comical (and not strictly-for-kids) musical developed by TheatreworksUSA.
It's Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend, Lucille, doesn't want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," and first grade has never been more exciting.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, DANCE! presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company - Audiences will go on a magical journey through different genres of film as a cast of professional dancers and singers bring to life some of the greatest movie anthems! This 40-minute celebration of filmmaking includes dramatic costumes, a fully staged production, theatrical effects and leading talent from New York City!
AUXILIARY GYM OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL
CHAD JUROS MAGICIAN - Chad Juros is an award-winning magician who has been honored to share his magic with audiences around the world for more than 20 years. Chad has brought his talents to such places at the White House, Carnegie Hall, both Atlantic City and Las Vegas, internationally on the Island of Aruba and numerous regions in Canada. You may have also seen Chad on ABC's “Good Morning America,” The CW Network's “Penn & Teller FOOL US” and A&E's “Criss Angel Mindfreak.” Chad is one of the longest running entertainers at Ocean City's First Night is honored to bring his magic back year after year.
COMMUNITY ROOM OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL
ANDREW HINK is a lifelong pianist and singer-songwriter, as well as an Ocean City native and University of the Arts graduate. In March 2018, Hink debuted his first full-length original musical The Shoobie Show, which is about life by the beach and boardwalk. As 2018 draws to a close, enjoy the sounds of all 88 piano keys through the years. Come see live piano classics such as Chopin’s “Fantasie-Impromptu,” “The Entertainer,” The “Super Mario Theme,” plus originals and more!
THE BEACH STRUMS, A UKULELE GROUP - are going to demonstrate the versatility of the ukulele by playing songs from the Hawaiian Islands and Vaudeville, as well as popular American standards and selections from the Doo-Wop era. Our program will consist of vocals and instrumentals. During parts of the performance, we will encourage audience participation. We will also have a special appearance by Mr. Mature Ocean City with his ukulele.
ROBIN GAZZARA, 29, is a singer-songwriter from South Jersey. Touring the country from the ages of 18 to 22, she has performed piano/guitar/vocals with the bands I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business and Ace Enders and A Million Different People, and shared the stage with bands such as Angels and Airwaves, Copeland, Cute Is What We Aim For, Steel Train and many more. Starting her songwriting career at age 14, Robin’s song "Identity" was featured on The Early November’s “Friends of the Early November” CD that was sold worldwide. Following that release, she fronted a band (one two three four) from 16 to 18 before taking the road as a touring musician. Robin currently has been performing locally at venues all over the South Jersey Shore area, mixing covers of current songs to classics, while also operating Robin Gazzara Music Studio in Hammonton. She currently resides in Ocean City.
CAFETERIA OF OCEAN CITY HIGH SCHOOL
KARAOKE PARTY - You sing the hits as Center Stage Entertainment brings their top-of-the-line karaoke setup to the high school cafeteria! Free and fun for the entire family! Join up with friends to belt out your favorite songs or just come be entertained by the karaoke singers or by the lively “KJ” who will play dance favorites in between song selections!
OCEAN CITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
ILLUSIONIST ANTHONY SALAZAR is back by popular demand with his exciting show geared for the family audience! Witness amazing illusions choreographed to high-energy music. The show is a carefully blended combination of magic, comedy, dance, mind-reading, and audience participation that will leave you breathless!
JUNGLE JOHN – A two-time Guinness World Record holder with his fun and educational reptile show. Always with him is “Wally Gator,” a 5½-foot American alligator and “Julius Squeezer,” a 12-foot albino Burmese python, in addition to more than a dozen other reptile and amphibian friends and a few from the insect world.
OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE AUDITORIUM
OCEAN CITY’S ROCKIN’ NYE WITH THE POPS - Ring in the new year with the Ocean City Pops and a trio of NYC’s top vocalists. Ocean City's Rockin' New Year's Eve will have you dancing in your seat as some of the biggest pop/rock songs of all time are presented by a trio of NYC's top vocalists backed by the Ocean City Pops! Celebrate the music of Elvis, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, The Police, the Beatles and more. Let’s get this party started!
VOCAL TRASH - Described as “Glee Meets Stomp,” Vocal Trash asks you to recycle your imagination as their urban-themed Broadway style show energizes audiences from New York to Seattle, Las Vegas to Beijing. With their first-class singing, industrial-style drumming and award-winning break-dancing, this green-minded ensemble tours annually on a relentless pursuit to bring people together utilizing the universal language of song and dance. Their performance redefines the meaning of high-octane family fun entertainment. Led by co-creators/producers Steve Linder and Kelsey Rae, this cast has captivated audiences of all ages with a lasting and meaningful experience for more than 15 years.
OCEAN CITY TABERNACLE YOUTH CENTER
GIVE AND TAKE JUGGLERS - Give and Take has been a consistent hit with both children and adults for more than 40 years. Our highly interactive, comedic show uses traditions from Vaudeville, circus arts, theater, and music to create a lively and wholesome performance that feels fresh and contemporary. One recent audience member came up to the group after the show and said, “Thank you for keeping the spirit of Vaudeville alive!”
OCEAN CITY SKATEBOARD PARK
SKATE AND DJ – The skateboard park will be open 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. Shore Entertainment will be playing music for kids and young adults. Safety gear is required. This event is cancelled due to the weather.
ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SANCTUARY
THE CAPE SHORE CHORALE, founded in 2005, has approximately 50 dedicated volunteer singers from Atlantic and Cape May counties. Their repertoire includes both secular and sacred music. In addition to annual winter and spring performances, the Chorale has performed with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra, First Night Events in Ocean City and in many other local venues. Since its inception, the Cape Shore Chorale has been under the direction of Scott J. Breiner, one of the most respected musicians in South Jersey. The Chorale rehearses regularly at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City. Their First Night presentation is entitled “Around the World with the Cape Shore Chorale” and will feature familiar music with global impact. Selections will include What a Wonderful World, It’s A Small World, What the World Needs Now Is Love, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing and more!
THE MEN OF BROADWAY - The Ocean City Theatre Company will put the spotlight on Broadway’s leading men as they perform a revue of iconic Broadway hits. Be wowed by the sounds of Broadway as leading men perform classic selections by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Bernstein, Gershwin, as well as, contemporary selections from today’s hottest Broadway shows.
ST. PETER’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH’S STAINTON ROOM
JOHN PIZZI, VENTRILOQUIST - One of the hottest rising comics in the entertainment industry, Pizzi has brought his unique brand of family-friendly comedy to audiences around the country. You may remember him from Season 6 of “America’s Got Talent.” Opening acts for entertainers like Jerry Vale, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Joy Behar, Weird Al Yankovic, The Trammps, The Regents, Al Martino, Clint Holmes and many more! Performing as a national headliner at comedy clubs, resorts, colleges, and theaters across the United States.
OCEAN CITY AQUATIC AND FITNESS CENTER
POOL OPEN – It is open swim in the 25-meter pool at the Aquatic and Fitness Center.
OCEAN CITY LIBRARY LECTURE HALL
OCEAN CITY HISTORY – Learn about the early history of Ocean City as a waypoint for whalers, the Lenni-Lenape and the first settlers. The event includes a presentation on the historic U.S. Life Saving Station No 30 in Ocean City.
THE TESTOSTERTONES hail from St. Augustine Preparatory School under the direction of Mr. Matthew Wolf. The all-male a cappella ensemble is in its fifth year and has performed and competed in various events across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including many events right here in Ocean City! The TestosterTone’s repertoire features strictly a cappella music with an emphasis on contemporary music.
QUIZZO LIVE TEAM TRIVIA - Quizzo is a seven-round, 70-question trivia contest among teams. The game rounds are: General Knowledge, Celebrity Picture Identification, Sports, Geography/ History, Entertainment and a Bonus Round. Teams can guess (they don’t lose points) and they can choose to double the point value in a single round by using the “Joker.” Spelling does not count and the only rules are no cheating (using phones, etc.) and never call out the answer.
OCEAN CITY LIBRARY CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY ROOM
STORYTELLING – Laura Kaighn of Lady Hawke Storytelling will be sharing stories of celebration, peace and promise. Perfect for the young and young at heart.
OCEAN CITY COMMUNITY CENTER ATRIUM
DJ AND FUN – Celebrate the end of 2018 with a dancing, crafts/activities and family fun in the atrium!
OCEAN CITY SENIOR CENTER
DAN CAIN MENTALIST – Specializing in the art of mentalism for over a decade. He is the only person in the history of mentalism that’s predicting the winner. Final score and specific highlights of Super Bowl 46 three months before the game.
THE PHILLY KEYS DUELING PIANOS - Bringing you all the fun and good vibes of the dueling piano mentality with song requests, sing-alongs, crowd participation and great musicianship, this new concept is revolutionizing weddings, corporate events and private parties. The Philly Keys are leading musicians in the tri-state area.
OCEAN CITY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
OC HISTORICAL MUSEUM – The mission of the Ocean City Historical Museum, Inc. is to delight, inspire and educate the public about the story of Ocean City, New Jersey and to collect, preserve and promote items relevant to its heritage, traditions and memories. Come visit, explore and learn!
OCEAN CITY LIFESAVING STATION
OCEAN CITY LIFESAVING STATION – First Night attendees will get the first opportunity to visit the newly restored U.S. Life Saving Station 30 at the intersection of Fourth Street and Atlantic Avenue. The station operated in Ocean City from 1885 to 1915 as part of the U.S. Life Saving Service, a precursor to the modern Coast Guard. Lifesaving stations up and down the U.S. coast were positioned not only to rescue ships and sailors in distress but to serve as places of shelter and medical clinics on shorelines that were often sparsely inhabited and remote. They were staffed with men whose motto was, “You have to go out, but you don't have to come back.” The Ocean City station will become a living history museum that will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like there in 1905.