Looking for something to do (other than veg) down the Shore this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Plus, this week’s many Fourth of July festivities.

Diana Ross

The Motown legend alights on A.C.

8 p.m., Friday, the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, sold out (resale from $175), theborgata.com

Tim McGraw

Back-to-back performances by the megastar (whom Phillies fans will forever think of as Tug’s kid) mark the Hard Rock’s first birthday. “Humble and Kind,” Faith Hill’s main squeeze will break out new ballads “Neon Church” and “Thought About You.”

8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena, 1000 Boardwalk (at Pennsylvania Avenue), Atlantic City, $99-$199, hardrockhotelatlanticcity.com

Tim McGraw comes two the Hard Rock two nights this weekend.
Jack Plunkett / Invision/AP
Tim McGraw comes two the Hard Rock two nights this weekend.


Six weeks shy of Woodstock’s 50th, Margate throws its own all-day rendition. Nonstop music includes performances and dance lessons from both the South Pacific Island Dancers and Jersey country artist Nikki Briar. New this year: a BAGGO bag toss tournament. Returning: the fire department-sponsored beer and margarita garden. Free jitney service along Atlantic Avenue between Coolidge and Fredericksburg Avenues from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday (rain date: Sunday), from Huntington to Granville Avenue beaches, Margate, free, 609-822-1129, margatehasmore.com

All American Variety Show

Seaside Heights kicks off its Monday night concert series and gets an early start on Independence Day with patriotic song and dance.

7 to 9 p.m., Monday, Franklin Avenue Stage, Boardwalk at Franklin Avenue, Seaside Heights, free, exit82.com

63rd Army Band Performance

The instrumentalists of Sea Girt’s National Guard Training Center head south for an annual beachside performance.

7 p.m., Tuesday, Surfside Park, 30th Street and the beach, Avalon, free, 609-967-3066, visitavalonnj.com

Heritage of America Band

The U.S. Air Force brings an active duty ensemble from Virginia to Cape May for a rousing concert of patriotic classics.

7 p.m., Monday, Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave., Cape May, free, 609-884-9565, discovercapemaynj.com

Ventnor Independence Mile and Fun Run

Early birds get the T-shirts for an evening miler.

7 p.m., Wednesday, Newport Avenue & the Boardwalk, Ventnor City, $15, $10 for age 10 and under, 609-823-7950, ventnorcity.org

Ocean City Pops

O.C.’s municipal orchestra starts its 91st summer with “A Star-Spangled Spectacular,” led by Vince Lee. The coming season features Caissie Levy a.k.a. Elsa from Broadway’s Frozen (July 14) and Grammy-nominated Cheyenne Jackson (Aug. 21).

7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Ocean City Music Pier, 825 Boardwalk, Ocean City, $20-$25, 609-399-6111, oceancitypops.org

Meghan Trainor

On the eve of her free show in Philly (where she opens for Jennifer Hudson), the poppiest of stars goes down the Shore to intro her new album, Treat Myself.

8 p.m., Wednesday, the Borgata, 1 Borgata Way, Atlantic City, $69-$99, 888-228-4748, theborgata.com

Meghan Trainor plays the Borgota on the eve of her free show in Philly.
Meghan Trainor plays the Borgota on the eve of her free show in Philly.

Patriotic Pooch and Family Independence Day Parade

Because there’s nothing cuter than a pug in an Uncle Sam hat, North Wildwood decorates both dogs and bikes for a side-by-side parade. (Prizes awarded to both.)

9 a.m. (check-in at 8:15 a.m.), Thursday, Bill Henfey Park, 204 E. Eighth Ave., North Wildwood, 609-522-2955, wildwoodsnj.com

Ocean City Bike Parades

The island’s north and south ends close a few blocks each to cars, so streamer-adorned trikes and two-wheelers can parade freely.

10 to 11 a.m., Thursday, south end: 40th Street and Asbury Avenue; Gardens: Longport Bridge parking lot, free, 609-399-6111, oceancityvacation.com


Before the 9 p.m. fireworks, Long Branch hosts a massive shindig featuring sand sculpting, live bands (Goldenseal, Motor City Revue), a puppet show, capoeira demo, roving stilt walkers, balloon artists, clowns, and a juggler on a unicycle.

10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday, Great Lawn and Garfield Memorial stages, along Long Branch Boardwalk, Long Branch, 732-222-0400, oceanfestnj.com

Avalon Boat Parade

High tide brings red, white, and blue bathing suits and banners for a bayside procession from the yacht club to 25th Street.

11:30 a.m., Thursday, 704 Seventh St. to 25th Street, Avalon, free, 609-967-3066, visitavalonnj.com