OCNJ Spring Block Party 2016
Every year Ocean City hosts the OCNJ Spring Block Party to celebrate kicking-off the season. This annual tradition awakens the entire neighborhood from a winter slumber and brings families out onto Asbury Avenue. Whether you live in Ocean City, have a second home, vacation on the island every year, or simply love visiting from near and far, the block party is the best way to get excited about the spring and summer season. From 6th to 14th Street, Asbury Avenue transforms into a walkway lined with tents, booths, and vendors. There’s tons of food, shopping, and free samples for everyone. Below we have listed 6 reasons why you should come visit.
When: Saturday, May 14th, 2016
Where: Asbury Ave, 6th Street – 15th Street
Notes: Rain or Shine, over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more.
From baked goods to pizza, sandwiches, coffee, candy, lobster bisque soups, crab cakes, and popcorn, the Ocean City Spring Block Party has it all. Visitors can walk anywhere between 6th and 14th Streets on Asbury Ave and go on a taste-testing adventure complete with free samples and awesome Spring deals. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can spend the day downtown and try out the awesome restaurants on Asbury Ave.
2.) Shopping + Amazing Deals
Not only does Asbury Avenue feature a wide variety of shops, the Spring Block party brings out hundreds of crafters. From paintings, photography, and other homemade gifts, there’s 9 blocks of shopping in addition to the various vendors lined up along the street. The Spring Block party usually offers exceptional deals, so get out early and shop!
The Spring Block Part brings people together. It’s a time when year-round island natives reunite with their seasonal friends and when summer vacationers meet up with their friends, neighborhoods, and families. Whether you’re from suburban Philadelphia, South Jersey or elsewhere, community comes together during this unique tradition. By evening, the restaurants are filled with fun-loving people who are excited for the start of the season in their favorite place.
4.) New Businesses
Every year, new businesses come to Ocean City. The OCNJ Spring Block Party is a chance for people to check out those new establishments, whether they’re situated on Asbury Avenue or elsewhere on the island. One of the coolest things about the South Jersey island community is the locally-owned, family-run businesses. Here, you’ll find unique shops and restaurants you won’t find anywhere else. What surprises are in store for 2016? Check back on iloveOCNJ.com for updates.
5.) Instagram / SnapChat
The Ocean City Spring Block Party is filled with Instaworthy moments. Whether you want to gram or snap your food, the crowds, or take a selfie with Miss Ocean City, this is it! Be sure to hashtag #iloveOCNJ to share your photos and stories. You might end up being featured on our site!
6.) Tons of Giveaways = FREE STUFF
Countless booths and vendors offer free food samples, stickers, bags, pens, pins, frisbees, beach balls, and a variety of other unique items. Grab a tote bag and make your way down the avenue. By the end of your walk, you should have a ton of new goodies, a filled stomach, and a thrill only this resort town at the beginning of the season can provide.