Boats and food top the March agenda of events in Atlantic City.
Boat Show sets sail
The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show launches March 1 for a five-day “cruise” at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Now in its 38th year, the show will feature more than 500 boats, represented by hundreds of dealers and manufacturers.
Unique this year is a 20- by 30-foot indoor paddle pool where visitors can try things like stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and other sports.
Tickets are $16 for adults; children 15 and younger are free.
For complete information or to purchase tickets, visit ACBoatShow.com.
Restaurant Week on the menu
Atlantic City Restaurant Week takes place March 5 to 10. Participating restaurants will offer lunch for $15.17 per person and dinner for $35.17 per person. Visit ACRestaurantWeek.com for complete information.
Speaking of restaurants, Tropicana opens three new Jose Garces concepts March 3:
• Olon Restaurante is a fine dining seafood restaurant located in the former oceanfront space occupied by Fin. Fresh seafood will be served in distinctive, modern presentations. Olon is the name of a city in Ecuador and represents Garces’ Ecuadorian roots. Olon will be open seven days a week for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner 5 to 11 p.m., midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Make reservations on Open Table or by calling (800) 345-8767.
• Okatshe is a Japanese sake and noodle bar located next to Olon in the former Seaside Café. To be open daily from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Okatshe is a take on the Japanese word for “sweets.” The décor will resemble a Japanese streetscape and the menu will feature sushi, sake and noodle bar food stalls with a unique Japanese candy store at the entrance.
• La Cerveceria is the interactive, double-sided bar in the center that connects the two restaurants. The menu will feature seafood, sushi and other items along with 24 types of draft beer. La Cerveceria will have live entertainment from 9 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and holiday weekends. The bar will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
As if those new restaurants are not enough, Tropicana celebrates Bacon Week, March 19 to 25. Indulge in unique bacon dishes including bacon cocktails, desserts, and more. Bite into a half-pound BLT, savor a bacon ice cream sundae, or drink your bacon in a bacon infused martini. View the menu at tropicana.net/baconweek.
Run for your life
To work off some of that food, participate in the 38th annual St Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 10 miler and 5K run on March 18. The annual run starts at 10 a.m. at Chickie’s and Pete’s at the Tropicana. Participants can register in advance online at www.jbsportstiming.com. In person registration will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 17 and March 18 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Chickies’s and Pete’s. While supplies last, long sleeve shirts will be provided to those who pre-register. For the ninth consecutive year, the run will benefit both the Donny Fund and the South Jersey Field of Dreams. For more information call John Glassey at (609) 641- 8666.
Tropicana also will hold a Spring Fever Festival beginning March 18 through May 15. The festival will feature food and drink specials, seasonal photo ops featuring sand sculptures and a Mariachi-shaped topiary located in Palm Walk, giveaways, themed nightlife events, a free concert and more.
Here are other “insider” tips about what’s happening at Atlantic City’s casinos:
Bally’s Atlantic City
Win a 60-second trip to the Money Booth on March 11 to grab as many free play vouchers as you can for your share of $100,000 in prizes. Through March 11 receive one entry daily by swiping at a designated Promotional Kiosk. Plus, for every 25 tier credits earned you’ll receive one additional entry. Play every Wednesday to increase your odds with 5X earned entries.
$15,000 Super Bingo Tournament (March 26 by invitation). Call (888) 426-9172 to reserve.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
$5,000 Bingo (March 6 by invitation).
1,500 Bonus Slot Dollars every 15 minutes (March 12 and 24).
$20,000 Slot Tournament (March 20 and 21 by invitation).
For details visit the My Borgata Center
Lewis Black (March 10), The King In Concert (March 17), Jeff Ross and Dave Attell (March 18), Piff the Magic Dragon (March 24), America (March 25). For tickets visit TheBorgata.com or call (866) 900-4TIX (4849).
Caesars Atlantic City
Earn entries beginning March 1 to win one of three luxury cars or $45,000 in cash in the Ride Like A Caesar Giveaway. Drawings are April 22 in the hotel lobby. Details at the Total Rewards Center.
ZZ Top (March 3), Brain Candy Live (March 10). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com.
Golden Nugget Atlantic City
Johnny Mathis (March 18), The Bacon Brothers (March 25). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or call (800) 736-1420.
Free $2,500 Slot Tournaments (March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30) every hour from 3 to 7 p.m.
$100,000 Gift Extravaganza March 4 in The Grand from 4 to 8 p.m. Earn entries March 3 and 4.
$10,000 Bingo Bonanza (March 6, 13, 20 and 27).
New and inactive 24K Select Club cardholders can get up to $100 same day free play.
See the 24K Select Club for details on the tournaments, Gift Extravaganza, bingo and the free play promotion.
Win a share of $150,000 in free spins and cash prizes in Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City Winter of Jackpots. Earn entries through March 4 for a chance to win a share of $150,000 in free spins and cash prizes. Receive one free entry daily by swiping at a designated Promotional Kiosk. Plus, for every 25 tier credits earned you’ll receive one additional entry. Play every Tuesday to increase your odds with 5X earned entries.
Millionairemaker Qualifier Slot Tournament (March 10 and 11 by invitation). Details at the Total Rewards Center.
Mary Wilson of the Supremes (March 2), Tracy Morgan (March 4), The Three Degrees (March 9), Gary Lewis & The Playboys (March 16), The Chi-Lites (March 23), The Manhattans (March 30), Bacon Brothers (March 25). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or call (800) 736-1420.
Resorts Casino Hotel
Play your favorite slots or table games to earn entries through March 26 to win a 2017 Mercedes CLA 250. For every tier point you earn, you’ll receive one entry into the sweepstakes. The drawing will be at 6 p.m. March 26, but you must activate your entries on March 26 by playing any slot machine or table game while using your Star card.
Free self-parking continues.
John Ciotta (March 1-2, 5, 7-8, 12-16, 19-25, 26-29), Carpenters Remembered (March 11), Laser Spectacular Presents the Music of Pink Floyd (March 25). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com or the Resorts Box Office.
Tropicana Atlantic City
$5,000 Countdown To Spring sweepstakes (March 18). Five winners each will receive $1,000 in free slot play. Trop Advantage cardholders receive one entry for every one promotional point earned from March 1 to 17. Activate entries at any comp machine between 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 18.
Enter for your chance to win a stay at an Aruba timeshare. Look for the kiosk in The Quarter through midnight April 30. The drawing will take place at 10 a.m. May 4. One entry per person. Certain restrictions apply for both promotions. Visit the Trop Advantage Center for details.
Grand Funk Railroad (March 4), Patrizio (March 17), 38 Special (March 18), Dom Irrera (March 25). For tickets, visit Ticketmaster.com, call (800) 745-3000 or check with the Tropicana Box Office.
Another entertainment option at Tropicana is Atlantic City’s only IMAX® Theatre. Through March 9 see “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.” Through April the theater is showing “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey” and “Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience” on select dates.
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