This family-friendly event is FREE and OPEN to the Public!

Each year, we welcome over a thousand people from our local community, as well as folks from far and wide.

All are welcome!

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Free, Online Pre-Registration

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There are 2 options for Pre-Registration:

  1. Register for FREE to get freebies when you arrive at the Festival
  2. For a donation of $20, you will receive extra rewards!

The Parish appreciates your generosity, as this is our primary annual fundraiser.

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Schedule of Events

2019 Schedule

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

Time Event Location
12:00 Noon Introductory Program Speaker and VIP special guest 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 Mayor Gilliam

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

FREE Parking available at Fairmount & Mississippi Avenues, *across the street* from Angelo’s Fairmount Tavern – look for the Wedding of the Sea sign!


This Festival is FREE and OPEN to the public.

The Tradition:

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 Adriatic 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.

At the Festival:

The Wedding of the Sea Festival will features over a dozen of our favorite neighborhood restaurant and bakery vendors, a beer garden, adults’ and kids’ games, raffles, face painting, and live music.

Our 2019 participating food vendors are Dock’s Oyster House, beer garden provided by Ducktown Tavern, as well as desserts from Peace Pie, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church! As always, you can look forward to the great food offered by the Vietnamese, Hispanic and Italian communities of the Parish!

Get Involved! As a business, a volunteer or as a festival-goer! Details coming soon!

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!