Thanks to the Atlantic City Alliance, there are plenty of ways to DO A.C. this year.
The ACA, which is a nonprofit entity funded and overseen by the city’s casinos, has put together an entire schedule of events and activities for Atlantic City guests in 2013.
It all starts off with Artlantic: Wonder. This is the first piece of a five-year public art project to help bring more outdoor meeting places, green spaces and parks to the city where there used to be vacant, unused lots. The first phase is finally complete and open to the public.
When it comes to free entertainment, look no further than the 3D sound and light show featured on the facade of Boardwalk Hall. Through Memorial Day, patrons can see “Duality,” the original show to premiere on the building. Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Moment Factory will reveal its newest animation, “Boardwalk Beat.”
Don’t be afraid to bring your dancing shoes, because this third installment will focus on music through the decades. It will bring the facade of Boardwalk Hall to life using creative 3D animation, lighting and sound. The free outdoor show will run every half hour nightly.
The ACA is dedicating $4 million toward new events in Atlantic City to draw some big crowds this summer, focusing on 10 city-wide events and activities.
“Events and promotions are one of the core strategies of the Atlantic City Alliance,” ACA President Liza Cartmell says in a statement. “Events amplify the message and drive the brand perception of the ‘Do Anything. Do Everything. Do AC.’ campaign. They provide visitors a timely reason to visit and extend their stay.”
The following activities are sure to draw in thousands and give people a new way to DO A.C.:
DO AC Boardwalk Wine Promenade: What’s better than a wine festival with 150 wines? An outdoor festival on Atlantic City’s historical Boardwalk. Visit seven destinations that show off the history and pageantry of Atlantic City while sampling as many wines as you can handle. All 12 Atlantic City casino resorts are uniting for the event May 4 and 5, which also will feature delicious food, music and wonderful views. One-day tickets are $75 in advance and $85 on the day of the event. Purchase tickets at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, Ticketmaster, DOAtlanticCity.com/Wine or call 800-736-1420.
World Championship of Sand Sculpting: It is the first time this championship is coming to the shores of Atlantic City, and this free, public event is sure to draw a crowd June 13 through 30. Solo and doubles teams will compete head-to-head on the beach at Missouri Avenue between the Pier Shops at Caesars and Trump Plaza Casino Hotel.
Atlantic City Offshore Grand Prix: If you have the need for speed, take it to the water as powerboats race through a six-mile course just off the shore, with the start and finish at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. The 50-foot powerboats reach speeds of 150 mph and are sure to give spectators a great show on June 23.
Atlantic City Salutes America’s Armed Forces Parade: This parade is becoming an annual event in Atlantic City. Now in its third year, this tribute is held in conjunction with the Atlantic City Airshow, making it a week of spectacular events in Atlantic City. Catch the parade June 24 to see nearly 150 units along with motorcycles, floats, beauty queens and high school bands.
Atlantic City Airshow: Perhaps one of the biggest events of the summer is the Atlantic City Airshow, where spectators can see jets, parachute teams and more display their skills in the skies above. The event is June 26, but many will head to Atlantic City on June 25 to see the stars of the show practicing high above the beaches.
Fourth of July Fireworks: It isn’t really summer until you see fireworks over the beach on the Fourth of July, and this year is sure to be just as spectacular a show in Atlantic City.
Miss America: Finally, Miss America is returning home to Atlantic City where the pageant was born. Sept. 2 through 15 will host beauties from across the country as they vie for the coveted title of Miss America. The 13-day event will include the “Show Us Your Shoe Parade” on the Boardwalk Sept. 14, as well as three nights of preliminary competitions Sept. 10 through 12, with the live broadcast of the main pageant on Sept. 15.
Atlantic City Pro Beach Volleyball Tournament: For many, playing volleyball on the beach is a fun way to mingle with friends and have a good time, but on Sept. 6 through 8, there will be nothing but serious competition on the sands of Atlantic City, as pros will come out to battle for the championship.
Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo: It’s becoming an annual tradition for cowboys to flood the resort for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo and no one is complaining about it – except maybe the event cleanup crew. Watch as riders from across the country show off their skills in riding, roping and more Oct. 5 and 6.
Besides events, Atlantic City has many additions heading to the resort this year, the most anticipated of which likely being the opening of Margaritaville at Resorts Casino Hotel in the spring. The year-round beach bar complex will feature its own casino, restaurant and bars and likely lots of Jimmy Buffett fans.
Over at Revel, guests can look forward to the opening of HQ Beach Club – the daytime version of HQ nightclub - on Memorial Day weekend, which will feature an adult-only playground and probably become Atlantic City’s hottest spot to party during the day.