Dylan Fest A.C.
In 2009, then-24-year-old Kristie Buble, a police officer in Long Branch, N.J., rolled up to a house with a "For Sale" sign to detain an older man wandering in the middle of a downpour. He wore two raincoats and had tucked his black sweatpants into his black rain boots. He claimed he was Bob Dylan. The story made national news because, as Buble discovered after driving him to a caravan of tour buses and demanding to see his passport, he actually was Bob Dylan, in town for a national tour. On Saturday, the sounds of the Nobel Prize winner will return to the Jersey Shore — only this time, it won't be the real man. Dylan Fest A.C. is bringing three tribute acts –– Watson & Shocket, Just Like the Women, and 5 Believers –– to Dante Hall Theatre. Alongside Dylanesque folk stylings, attendees can expect art exhibits and wine tastings at the Noyes Arts Garage.
7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dante Hall Theatre, 14 N. Mississippi Ave., Atlantic City. $20 in advance; $25 at the door. 609-626-3890, dylanfest-ac.com
Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash
In 1984, Mike Siderio, Tattoo Beach Bash promoter, tried to open a tattoo shop in Wildwood. But he was met with resistance –– a lot of it. The neighborhood blocked him from bringing his work to Wildwood. It wasn't until 1990 that Siderio was able to start his business –– and he had to launch it in a neighboring town. Sidero's tattoo parlor was the first of its kind in Cape May County. Twenty years later, in 2010, after tattooing had burst into the mainstream, it was Sidero who founded the Tattoo Beach Bash in Wildwood. This weekend marks the seventh convention –– a three-day affair of live tattooing, food, contests, and some major ink artists from across the country.
Noon-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Wildwoods Convention Center. $20 per day, or $40 for weekend, Free for kids 12 and younger. 609-972-6671, wildwoodtattoo.com.
Jus Nice Sneaker Convention
Justin "Jus Nice" Roper grew up in Wildwood, and has always had a thing for sneakers and style. In 2014, Roper channeled his fashion sensibility into his own clothing line, AlwaysDope. The next summer, he hosted his first Jus Nice Sneaker Convention at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Saturday marks the third annual sneaker-con, where sneakerheads will have the chance to buy, sell, and trade their favorite shoes. The whole thing is DJ'd by local producer DJ Cree, and "sneaker legend" Mayor will be on scene. Attendees can expect giveaways and raffles along with their shopping.
Noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Wildwoods Convention Center. $25, 609-305-3658, wildwoodsnj.com/calendar.
Wedding of the Sea
According to lore, a fleet of Venetian ships set sail for modern-day Croatia in A,D, 1000 to fight off a crew of Dalmatian pirates. Before they left, the local bishop blessed the waters. That simple and wholly usual act wouldn't have garnered attention if the Venetians hadn't enjoyed a monumental victory, which afforded the city-state a newfound nautical dominion. Ever since, the port town has celebrated the anniversary of their conquest with a wedding –– between the sea and the city. Centuries later, the tradition continues in Atlantic City, home to many descendants of Venetian immigrants. The festivities kick off at noon Tuesday, with opening remarks from A.C. Freeholder Chairman Frank Formica. At 1:15, a procession from Boardwalk Hall, with Bishop Dennis Sullivan and Mayor Don Guardian, heads to the seaside. After Bishop Sullivan performs the ceremony with a ring of flowers in the water, attendees can enjoy themselves at the festival grounds, where restaurants, bakeries, games, and music will be set up until dusk.