Thursday, August 16, 2012

8th Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival, featuring Chubby Checker, Celebrates the City of Wildwood’s Centennial Anniversary


Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in the Wildwoods with FREE family fun and music at the 8th Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival on Sunday, September 2.

The end-of-summer celebration will take place noon-10 p.m. at Fox Park, located on Ocean Avenue directly across from the Wildwoods Convention Center, and festivities will include games, crafts, food and merchandise vendors, FREE live music and much more.

The entertainment line-up will begin at noon, featuring Just in Time, Bitter Sweet, Jeremiah Hunter Band, Beatlemania, The Blue Notes, Charlie Gracie, 45 RPM, and The Trammps.

Chubby Checker – the man who introduced the still popular dance craze, “The Twist,” for the first time in the Wildwoods in 1960 at the Rainbow Club – will take the stage at 9 p.m. for a FREE performance. A fireworks extravaganza on the beach at Rio Grande Avenue will conclude the Centennial Celebration at 10 p.m.

Admission to the Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival is FREE.

For additional information about the 8th Annual Wildwood Block Party and Music Festival, please call 609-522-2444.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit or call 800-992-9732.   

About the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority

The Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA) was formed in 1993 to consolidate the tourism economy of its three founding municipalities: Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. The Wildwoods have won numerous travel and tourism awards, heralding the resort for its beaches, boardwalk and attractions. In 2010, the Wildwoods Doo Wop Architecture was named “One of the Top Ten Architectural Wonders in America” by The Wildwoods were also named among Smarter Travel’s Ten Best Beach Towns in America in 2010, as well as one of Sherman’s Travel’s “Top Ten American Boardwalks” for the second year in a row. In 2009, the Wildwoods were selected as one of’s “50 Authentic American Experiences.” The Wildwoods made the list of “15 Destinations on the Rise” for TripAdvisor in 2012. In addition, the Wildwoods were also voted “Best Town” in the 2009 and 2011 PHL-17 Philly Hot List, Jersey Shore Edition contest. The Wildwoods were also named “Best Beaches in New Jersey” in the 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Top Ten New Jersey Beaches public survey, sponsored by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Wildwoods’ beaches were also named “Best Beach for Family Vacations,” “Best Beach for Tourism,” “Best Beach for Events,” “Best Beach for Eco-Tourism” and “Best Beach for Day Trips” in the same surveys. The Tourism Authority operates the Wildwoods Convention Center and acts as the island’s destination marketing organization overseeing the development, research, planning, marketing, advertising, promotion, public and media relations encompassing the tourism, meeting and convention industry in the Wildwoods. Additionally, the Authority funds, assists with and hosts more than 180 annual special events to enhance the visitor experience and extend the tourism season, including the Thunder On The Sand Race Series, Family Nights On The Boardwalk, Friday Night Fireworks, the New Jersey State Barbeque Championships and Anglesea Blues Festival, Classic Car Shows, the International Kite Festival, Irish and Italian Festivals and the National Marbles Tournament, among others. For more information about the Wildwoods, contact the GWTIDA at 1-800-WW-By-Sea (800-992-9732) or visit its web site,

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