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Your Guide to the Must-See Events in Atlantic City This Season

By Jessica Tzikas | June 14, 2017 | Culture

Schedule a three-day weekend: Atlantic City’s summer entertainment calendar brings the heat.

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Get your Fourth of July festivities started early when Mary J. Blige hits the Borgata on July 3.

Still home to some of the area’s best entertainment all year long, Atlantic City gets even hotter in the summertime. With legendary singers and the world’s biggest rock acts, you have no excuse not to ditch the city for a long weekend in AC.

There’s no better way to kick off the summer than with an icon, and this year that icon is Mary J. Blige. Performing at the Borgata (theborgata.com), the singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, best known for her song “Be Without You,” holds nine Grammy Awards. See the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul perform her countless hits on July 3. If you miss Miss Blige, you can still get your hip-hop soul fix with Jill Scott on July 16, also at Borgata. The Philadelphia-born songstress is sure to belt out career-making songs like “Golden” and “A Long Walk.”

Head straight to the sand to see Pink perform a seaside show as part of the Atlantic City Beachfest Concert Series 2017 (acbeachconcerts.com) on July 12. This is the only East Coast performance, and one of only a handful in North America, for the Philly native this summer. If country music is more your speed, that weekend also welcomes Brantley Gilbert, stopping in Atlantic City on July 13 as part of his The Devil Don’t Sleep summer tour with Luke Combs.

On July 30, the Top 40 band OneRepublic, along with Fitz and the Tantrums and James Arthur, will be at the Borgata for their 2017 Honda Civic Tour. Fans can expect to hear favorites like “Counting Stars” and “I Lived,” plus songs from their recently released album.

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Still going strong after 53 years, the Who proves who’s got stamina with a stop at Boardwalk Hall.

True classic-rock worshippers can indulge in some nostalgia with The Who, making the rounds on their 2017 tour. Performing at Boardwalk Hall (boardwalkhall.com) on July 22, the English band will mark its 53rd year this summer. Expect to hear many of the hits from their extensive catalog, plus a few surprises.

Keep the summertime laughs going with Ron White, who grabs the mic at the Tropicana (tropicana.net). Best known for his part in the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, the cigar-smoking comedian brings his brash humor to AC on July 22. (Pro tip: Order a Scotch for the show.) Stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco hit the stage in Atlantic City this past January, and due to overwhelming demand, he’s back again, July 6–8 at the Borgata, as part of his Why Would You Do That? tour. His comedy is outspoken—he is known for saying what we’re all thinking—and he has gained popularity since working with the likes of Vince Vaughn and Jerry Seinfeld.

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Dig into international bites at Tropicana’s Taste of the Quarter in August.

If you come for the shows but stay for the food, Tropicana offers a taste of both this August. On the 21st, savor bites from Tropicana’s favorite bars and restaurants during the 10th annual Taste of the Quarter festival. This familyfriendly event includes plates from hot spots like Carmine’s, The Palm, Cuba Libre, and others.

There’s tons to do on land, of course, but on August 23, it’s all about the air. Celebrating its 15th year, the Atlantic City Airshow (airshow.acchamber.com) is a free event open to the public, featuring the US Air Force Thunderbirds, the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, and a US Navy F-18 Super Hornet. Watch them soar through the sky and perform difficult aerial maneuvers—all from the beautiful beaches and boardwalk of Atlantic City.

Rounding out the summer is none other than Smokey Robinson. Hear songs like “Tracks of My Tears,” “Cruisin’,” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” on August 25 at the Tropicana. Ten-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan will also perform at the Trop for one night only, on August 12.

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Dig into international bites at Tropicana’s Taste of the Quarter in August.

There’s a host of ongoing entertainment, too. Throughout the summer (ending August 13), Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City (caesars.com/harrahs-ac) brings the best in tribute performers to the stage with Legends in Concert. Sing along to your favorites from Elton John, Prince, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, and many more.

Back again at the Borgata and all new for 2017, The Burlesque Show is sure to please its devoted fans with a refreshed cast of dancers, comedians, and other performers, all decked out in those glimmering rhinestones. Catch it every Thursday this summer and straight through October.

Whether you’re looking for great music, mouthwatering food, or an unforgettable event, Atlantic City is the place to be at the Shore this season. We’ll be waiting for you on the beach.



Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY PARAS GRIFFIN/GETTY IMAGES (BLIGE); BY KEVIN MAZUR/GETTY IMAGES FOR DESERT TRIP (THE WHO); COURTESY OF TROPICANA ATLANTIC CITY (TROPICANA); BY JOHNNY LOUIS/FILMMAGIC (ROBINSON)