Ocean City's 64th annual Night in Venice boat parade features an expanded lineup of celebrities and events this year, but the fun of experiencing the creatively decorated boats and houses and the only-in-Ocean City party atmosphere that rules the night should be much the same.  Why mess with success?

The foursome of Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, young singer Jackie Evancho, U.S. gold medal winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez and former Eagle and talented magician Jon Dorenbos share the grand marshal duties this year.

The Night in Venice boat parade beings at 7p Saturday near the Ocean City-Longport toll bridge and travels along the bayside to Tennessee Avenue, looping in and out of lagoons along the way.  See lots more Night in Venice  information.

Here are Lite Rock's South Jersey Weekend Happenings

Atlantic City

- Kennedy Plaza, Boardwalk: Reggae Weekend live steel drum band 5-9p Fri. 7/27,  favorite sounds from the Caribbean from 1-9p Sat. 7/28, and live acoustic reggae from 2-6p Sun. 7/29, all shows are free

- Borgata: Jerry Seinfeld, Fri-Sat. 7/27-28

- Hard Rock: Frankie Valli and the Four seasons, Fri-Sat. 7/27-28

- Hard Rock: Country band, A Thousand Horses, Fri. 7/27,Theatre at Hard Rock

- Borgata:  Brit Floyd, Sat. 7/28, Music Box

- Hard Rock: Grand opening of Sugar Factory sweets featuring Kourtney Kardashian, 8P Sat. 7/28

- Tropicana:  Fireworks over the Boardwalk, 10p Sat. 7/28

- Tropicana: Mission: Impossible - Fallout, the iMAX Experience, Fri 7/27

- Golden Nugget: My Big Gay Italian Wedding, Sat. 7/28

- Beach: Pro-AM Beach Soccer Tournament, Sat-Sun 7/28-29

- Beach Fest Concert:  The Chainsmokers, gates open at noon at Missouri Ave, Sun. 7/29

Other fun stuff to do this weekend

- Somers Point:  Summer Concert Series presents The Weeklings, Fri. 7/27, Morrow Beach

- Wildwood:  Dutch Hoffman Memorial Lifeguard Championships, 6:30p Fri. 7/27, Lincoln Avenue beach, Wildwood

- Wildwood: Ultimate Beach Frisbee Tournament, 9-5p Sat-Sun. 7/28-29, Schellenger Ave.

- Ocean City:  DWTS favorite, professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is teaching dance classes and meeting fans in Ocean City at two sessions Saturday, July 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

- Hammonton:  Peach Party, Casciano Coffee Bar, 2112 Bellevue Ave, 9a-1p Sat. 7/28

- Wildwood:  WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour, 7:30p Sat. 7/28, Convention Center

- Avalon:  4th annual Wetlands Institute Summer Celebration fundraiser, 6-9p Sat. 7/28

- New Gretna:  First annual Summer Fest, 2-8p Sat. 7/28, N. G. Firehouse, 609-412-0044, live music from Motts Creek Pickers

- Ocean City:  The Ocean City Pops with singer Jackie Evancho,  Sun. 7/29, Music Pier

- Wildwood Crest:  Sunset Lake Food Truck Fest, 4-9p Sun. 7/29


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