On Tuesday, March 18, the day after the Atlantic City region got about 6-8 inches of snow, the Atlantic City Alliance is putting thoughts of summertime fun in our minds with the announcement that the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational will return (as the only East Coast stop on the AVP tour) Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 5-7).
“Olympians and other pro beach volleyball superstars will wow spectators when the AVP Tour, the most prestigious pro beach volleyball series, returns to Atlantic City for its only stop on the East Coast September 5-7, 2014,” states the ACA via a press release.
“In 2013, players including New Jersey native Ryan Doherty, Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Sean Rosenthal, Jake Gibb, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers and three-time Manhattan Beach Open champion Whitney Pavlik battled along the Boardwalk. Thousands of spectators filled the grandstands to capacity with standing room only on the sand and boardwalk throughout the weekend making the DO AC Pro Beach Volleyball Invitational one of the Atlantic City Alliance’s most successful events in 2013.”
For the 2014 invitational, general admission will be free, with VIP ticket packages available as well.
Many other tourism-driving events the ACA produced in 2013 will return in 2014, including several citywide events that will garner national attention.
Here is a breakdown (courtesy of the ACA) of some of what’s in store from May through September:
Fire on the Water Festival (May 17 – 18)
This new two-day festival to kick off summer showcases an action packed Firefighter Combat Challenge with an amateur boxing tournament pitting police against firefighters (Guns vs. Hoses). In the Firefighter Combat Challenge pairs of competitors dressed in full gear race head-to-head as they simulate the physical demands of real-life firefighting by performing a linked series of five tasks including climbing the 5-story tower, hoisting, chopping, dragging hoses and rescuing a life-sized, 175 lb. “victim” as they race against themselves, their opponent and the clock. Produced by Market City Solutions LLC and the Atlantic City Alliance, the Fire on the Water Festival will be held at Gardiner’s Basin 9am – 6pm each day. FREE and open to the public.
DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup (June 19 – July 6)
The world’s top 20 sand sculptors from across the globe will create their eye-popping masterpieces in the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup. Before spectators’ disbelieving eyes sculptors carve complex and detailed works, some as tall as 14 feet, with just sand and water as they compete in head-to-head singles and doubles competitions for global bragging rights and the most lucrative prizes in the world. The event, produced by the Atlantic City Alliance takes place on the Atlantic City Beach at Missouri Avenue (between the Pier Shops at Caesars and Trump Plaza Beach Bar) and is open 9am – 9pm daily. This year the event runs through the July 4th weekend. FREE and open to the public. (See photo gallery from last year’s event.)
Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon (June 29)
On June 29, 2014 the global long-distance triathlon series Challenge Family will make their long awaited debut in the United States with Challenge Atlantic City. Athletes from across the nation and around the world will be tested to their limits over the 140.6 mile (226km) race course that begins and ends in AC. More than 1,100 triathletes have registered to participate. Challenge joins the Atlantic City Triathlon and Atlantic City Marathon as signature AC running events. This event is produced in partnership with the CRDA and ACA. Advance registration required with fees. Spectators are welcome to cheer athletes along the course FREE. (See photos from last year’s event.)
4th Of July Fireworks (Friday, July 4)
Fourth of July weekend kicks off with one of the top five fireworks displays in the country. This show is so big that it takes two ocean barges and one marina platform to fill the island’s entire sky. More than 250,000 people take up their favorite viewing positions along the World Famous Boardwalk, at one of the many beach bar parties or viewing events, on the Steel Pier, or at the luxury casino resorts. Now in its third year producing the July 4th fireworks, the Atlantic City Alliance has exciting new surprises in store for 2014. FREE. (See photos from last year’s event.)
Atlantic City Airshow (August 13)
Produced annually by the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce, the AC Airshow is a spectacle for the entire family. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will once again headline the event which has been a summer tradition for more than a decade. Each year hundreds of thousands of spectators gather on the beach and Boardwalk for the daylong event to watch the amazing stunts and breathtaking aeronautic maneuvers by a host of exciting commercial acts. This event is supported by the City of Atlantic City, CRDA and ACA. FREE. (See photos from last year.)
Miss America 2015 Competition & Show Us Your Shoes Parade (September 9 – 14)
The Miss America Competitions return home in September and will be filled with wonderful city- wide events following the Labor Day weekend which will include three nights of Preliminary Competitions that will take place September 9, 10 and 11 at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. In addition, the much anticipated Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes Parade” will be held on the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk on Saturday, September 13. The week culminates in the beloved competition on Sunday, September 14 live on ABC at 9pm EST. The Competition and ancillary events are produced by the Miss America Organization with support from the CRDA and ACA. Details and ticket prices to be announced. (See videos and photos from last year’s grand return.)
DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade with Official Culinary Media Partner FOOD & WINE
(September 27 – 28)
The Atlantic City Alliance’s outdoor wine stroll along the historic Atlantic City Boardwalk returns with new wines to the market and rare and expensive wines and champagnes. The Wine Promenade brings together all 11 Atlantic City casino resorts to celebrate viniculture and the history, pageantry and energy of AC. The event returns in September this year with FOOD & WINE joining as the new official culinary media partner.
One hundred wines will be presented at multiple destinations along a one-mile stretch of the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk (between Steel Pier and Tropicana Casino & Resort) from 12pm – 5pm each day. Insider access to rare and expensive wines and champagnes handpicked by expert and media personality Leslie Sbrocco plus gourmet bites, live music and breathtaking ocean views combine to create an only-in-Atlantic City spectacular. Tickets go on sale in June.