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This year, the Wedding of the Sea in Atlantic City celebrates its 50th Anniversary!  

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See you on August 15th!

Schedule of Events

2018 Schedule*

Wednesday, August 15
*Doors to Boardwalk Hall open at 11am* 

Time Event Location
12:00 Noon Introductory Program Speaker and special guest – TBA Boardwalk Hall
12:05 PM Mass of the Assumption with Bishop Dennis Sullivan Boardwalk Hall
1:15 PM Procession of the Blessed Mother and Benediction on Boardwalk

Procession to the surf for the Wedding of the Sea with Bishop Sullivan and Atlantic City Official

FREE Shuttles to the Festival depart from Mississippi Ave

Boardwalk & Beach in front of Boardwalk Hall
1:00 – 7:00 PM Festival grounds open St. Michael’s Parking Lot and Quaremba Hall


*schedule tentative – stay tuned for further details!


The Wedding of the Sea Festival is the parish’s signature annual event.  The Wedding of the Sea tradition began in Venice around the year 1000 AD.  The civil and religious leaders of Venice performed an annual “wedding” between  the city and the Mediterranean Sea on the Feast of the Ascension of Christ.  The ritual symbolized the maritime power’s vital relationship to the sea.  The tradition came to Atlantic City through St. Michael’s Church, an historically Italian parish, but was celebrated on a different feast, the Assumption of Mary.  Whether the destination is the beach, the Boardwalk, or the casinos, the great appeal of Atlantic City is the Atlantic Ocean.  The Wedding of the Sea Festival celebrates the relationship of the city and the sea and asks God to grant success to the work of so many to build up our great city.

The Wedding of the Sea Festival will feature 10+ restaurant and bakery vendors, a beer garden, children’s games, face painting, and live music.

Bus Program

NEW: the Wedding of the Sea BUS PROGRAM to make it even easier for organizations and larger groups to join in the celebration!

Your Bus Trip Includes: 

  • VIP Seating at the Mass at Boardwalk Hall
  • Three (3) Raffle Tickets for each guest to be used at the Wedding of the Sea Festival, at St. Michael’s on Georgia Ave., 1:00 – 7:00 PM. If you cannot be present at the prize drawing, you will be contacted if your ticket is drawn. 

FREE Shuttle service to the Festival will run for one hour after the Mass. 

To make reservations, or if you have questions call Jim Persenda – (609) 204-1319

Pricing, departure times, and pick-up and drop-off locations will be based on your location and will be determined upon inquiry.

Reserve Today, Space is Limited!