CRDA: DO AC Free - July '19

CRDA: DO AC Free - July '19


Leta’ M. Bowman

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July sets the stage for all the fun, free and entertaining events taking place in Atlantic City this summer.  Concerts, fireworks, family events and more are a sure way to DO AC for visitors and residents alike.  Listed below are just a few of the opportunities available.


DO Kennedy Plaza

With funding provided by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA), Kennedy Plaza is once again abuzz with daily entertainment. 

Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, Broadway on the Boardwalk features cast members performing selections from some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musicals on Broadway today.

July 8: Oklahoma!, Chicago, Be More Chill, Waitress

July 15: Rock of Ages, Jersey Boys

July 22: Hadestown, Tootsie, King Kong, Beetlejuice

July 29: Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Hamiltunes


Tuesdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Tribute Tuesday offers the next best thing to seeing your favorite artist in person, delivering great music, on point stage performances and excitement.

July 2: Rockin the Paradise (Styx)

July 9: E-Street Shuffle (Bruce Springsteen)

July 16: Big Eyed Phish (Dave Matthews Band)

July 23 Earth, Wind & Fire Review (Earth Wind & Fire)

July 30: CSN Songs (Crosby, Stills & Nash)


Wednesdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Mardi Gras AC brings an eclectic selection of musicians to the Boardwalk featuring classic rock, reggae, blues bands and more.

July 3: “The Music That Made Tony Mart’s Famous”

July 10: Maria Muldaur, Rick Estrin and The Nightcats

July 17: Third World, Marcella Simien & Her Lovers

July 24: Gary US Bonds, Walter “Wolfman” Washington & The Roadmasters

July 31: The Phantom Blues Band, Dr. Phil & The Heart Attacks


Thursdays @ 7:00 p.m.

Jazz on the Beach Series spotlights local jazz artists and headlining musicians. 

July 4: Sean Jones Quartet (Headliner: Kameelah Samar Quintet)

July 11: Carmen Lundy Quartet (Headliner: Lee Smith w/Odean Pope Quartet)

July 18: Jason Marsalis Quartet (Headliner: Greg Moore & Lotus Jazz Quartet)

July 25: Charlie Sepulveda Sextet (Headliner: Edgardo Cintron Latin Jazz Band)


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays @ 6:00 p.m.

Appealing to a wide variety of music genres, the Boardwalk Summer Concert Series has a little something for everyone.

July 5: Sensamotion

July 6: E-Street Shuffle

July 7: The Benjamins

July 19: Shorty Long & The Jersey Horns

July 20: Triple Rain Run

July 21: Screaming Broccoli

July 26: The Flip N’ Mickeys

July 27: Sensational Soul Cruisers

July 28: The Nerds


DO Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 17 & 24 @ Noon

Enjoy plays by the “Bard of Avon” with a comical twist as the Atlantic City Theatre Company presents The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) at Kennedy Plaza.



DO Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall

Monday - Friday @ Noon

Built between 1929 and 1932 by the Midmer-Losh Organ Company, experience the world’s largest pipe organ with a recital and tour. 


Tuesday, July 23 @ 11:30 a.m.

All are welcome for the unveiling of the newly renovated lobby and ribbon cutting for the “Atlantic City Experience.” The $10M+ lobby renovations include the replacement of escalators, the addition of staircases, interactive video boards, silhouettes and the “Atlantic City Experience” historical showcase.  The Atlantic City Experience, curated by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, provides an interactive timeline with movable partitions, a mini theater with video clips highlighting key dates in the City’s history and several historic display cases and touch screens with hundreds of historical images of Atlantic City.  The “Atlantic City Experience” will be open to the public, Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


DO Absecon Lighthouse

Get creative and a little wacky during Wacky Wednesdays at the Absecon Lighthouse.  Each week, kids ages 12 and under can enjoy fun arts & crafts, activities and theme related movies.
July 3: The Salty Sea
July10: Pirates & Mermaids
July 17: Fairy Tales
July 24: Gifts of the Garden
July 31: Dinosaurs

While there, be sure to check out the many exhibits and tour the Keeper’s Cottage museum.

DO Yoga
Thursdays @ 6:00 p.m.

Grab a mat and find your inner peace as The Leadership Studio brings yoga classes to the Absecon Lighthouse.


DO A Movie

Get your lawn chairs and popcorn ready because movies are back!  Courtesy of the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, *Movies under the Stars brings blockbuster hits to Gardner’s Basin and Bartram Avenue beach.  All movies start at dusk.

Sundays - Gardner’s Basin

July 7: Jaws (PG)

July 14: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Round (PG)

July 21: Black Panther (PG-13)

July 28: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG)


Thursdays - Bartram Avenue beach

July 11: Jaws (PG)

July 18: The Lego Movie 2: The Second Round (PG)

July 25: Black Panther (PG-13)

*Movies are subject to change.  If the case of inclement weather, movies will be shown the following evening.


DO The Arts Garage

Friday, July 5 @ 4:00 p.m.

Join staff and partners for the Noyes Arts Garage Open House.  In addition to a tour of the facility and art exhibitions, guests can partake in life-size games, face painting, an ice cream bar and more.

Saturdays @ 11:30 a.m.

satARTdays is a themed art program for children taught by Mallory Maugeri. 

July 6: Ocean Themed Frame Decorating

July 13: Popsicle Stick Weaving

July 20: Slime-Making

July 27: DIY Bird Feeders


Wednesday, July 17 @ 7:00 p.m.

The South Jersey Poets Collective hosts World Above, an open mic and featured poet reading. 


Thursday, July 18 @ 4:00 p.m.

Volunteers are being sort to participant in creating a Mosaic art installation.  No supplies needed.


Friday, July 19 @ 5:00 p.m.

Game on!  Enjoy life-size Jenga, Connect Four and more during the Art Garage’s Outdoor Game Night.


DO A Concert

Wednesday, July 3 @ 7:00 p.m.

Head over to Brighton Park for the U.S. Navy Band Cruisers.  The band plays music ranging from jazz, rhythm & blues and classic rock to adult contemporary and pop, as well as original material.


Thursdays @ 5:00 p.m.

Dance as if no one is watching as Marsolluna + Co presents the Live @ 5 Concert Series at Tanger Outlets.

July 4: SCR

July 11: RYNO

July 18: Dynasty Marie & Bonus Room

July 25: JR Moore, Ingram Hill

(Also, see DO Tanger Outlets)


Thursday, July 18 @ 5:00 p.m.

The Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Third Thursday Concert Series will feature Kingsley Ibeneche.  A Jersey native, Ibeneche’s music is “Soul-Experimental,” fusing physically charged sounds with melodic and fluid movements.

(609) 345.2269, ext. 3112

(Also, see DO The Library)


Saturday, July 20 @ 1:00 p.m.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) and the city of Atlantic City are pleased to announce the return of the Gardner’s Basin Free Summer Concert SeriesEnjoy the sounds of classic soul and R&B with Ladies of Skyy, The Emotions and GQ


DO A Mocktail

Wednesday, July 3 @ 11:00 a.m.

Join the HERO Campaign as they promote designated driving during the HEROtini Mocktail Tasting on the Boardwalk in front of Tropicana.  Tasters can enjoy delicious alcohol-free mocktails made by bartenders from many local restaurants and bars.


DO Fireworks

Thursday, July 4

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s annual July 4th fireworks will begin at 9:00 p.m.  Those over 21 can enjoy free admission to the Beer Garden for viewing.  The fireworks show will be visible from various locations in the surrounding areas.


Tropicana Atlantic City will dazzle the night sky with Fireworks by Grucci followed by its stunning Multimedia Light & Sound Show beginning at 10:00 p.m.  

(609) 340.4000


DO Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Ripley’s will feature mind-blowing feats of entertainment and fun for all to enjoy.

Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Carl the Eye Popper


Monday, July 8 & 29 @ 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Nick & Kevin Show (Two Crazy Teenage Magicians)


Wednesday, July 10 and Tuesday, July 23 @ Noon - 4:00 p.m.

Matt Cadabra (The Magician)


Tuesday, July 16 and Wednesday July 17 @ Noon - 6:00 p.m.

The Mighty David Gonzales


Shows will be performed on the top of every hour so there is always a chance to catch one.


DO The Library

The Atlantic City Free Public Library offers a wide range of events this July for all ages. 


Friday, July 5 @ Noon

Self-Defense for Women

Women will learn techniques that could be helpful in warding off potentially dangerous situations.


Tuesdays @ 1:00 p.m.

The Teen Entrepreneur Series offers teenagers the chance to learn the beginning concepts necessary to start a business.

July 9: Business Plan 101

July 16: Business Plan Review

July 23: Crafting a Winning Elevator Pitch

July 30: Presenting Your Elevator Pitch


Thursday, July 11 & 25 @ 3:30 p.m.

Comic Drawing with Joe Del Beato

Marvel DC Comic illustrator Joe Del Beato will offer comic book art drawing instructions for kids and teens ages 7 to 17.  No experience is necessary.


Friday, July 12, 19 & 26 @ 10:30 a.m.

Introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong

Combining slow deliberate movements, mediation and breathing exercises, the ancient Chinese practices of Tai Chi and Qigong can help with circulation, balance and alignment.


Thursday, July 18 @ 11:30 a.m.

Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move and soar while telling a series of stories.  Kids ages 9 and over will experience the science of power and energy through hands-on experiments.


Friday, July 19 @ 1:00 p.m.

Take a walk through history and the story of Motown as the library presents the film, Standing in the Shadows of Motown.  The film tells the story of The Funk Brothers who were the house band that performed and recorded for Motown from 1959 to 1972.

Thursday, July 24 @ 3:00 p.m.
Who says crafts are for kids?  The library will kick off its new Adult Craft Club for adults 18 and over.  Participants will make creative paper beads from recycled magazines and books.  Due to limited space, registration is required.


To see a full calendar of free events provided by the library, visit


DO Tanger Outlets

July 5 @ Noon

Join in on the fun as Tanger Outlets hosts a day of family-friendly games, a DJ, photo booth and more.


Beginning July 20

Be in awe of nostalgia and class at the Gene London’s Golden Age of Hollywood Fashion Exhibit.  See authentic costumes worn by screen legends including Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and many others.


DO Daily

Beach & Boardwalk

Be it the warm sand between your toes or the cool ocean breeze against your skin, Atlantic City’s tagless beaches are a great way to enjoy the summer.  The beaches are even equipped with handicap access ramps so everyone can enjoy the sand and surf. 


Whether it’s people watching, strolling, shopping or riding a rolling chair or tram, the Atlantic City Boardwalk is always alive with the sights and sounds of summer.


With first class entertainment, name brand shopping outlets and eclectic dining options, DOing AC free is one of the many ways to enjoy this amazing city.


In addition to the DO FREE listings here, the Atlantic City casinos and many area establishments also offer free entertainment year round.


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About the CRDA:
The only agency of its kind nationwide, the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents since 1984. Under the 2011 Tourism District Act, the Authority's mission evolved from statewide projects to becoming the state's key economic development agency for Atlantic City. CRDA's expanded responsibilities now include land use regulation, tourism marketing and clean and safe initiatives. The CRDA also oversees Historic Boardwalk Hall (the leading entertainment venue of its size in the country) and the Atlantic City Convention Center. In total, CRDA has invested nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide, of which $1.8 billion has been invested in Atlantic City, spurring business investments and expansions, and creating permanent jobs in the process.


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