Many things surrounding Miss America this year seem a little troubled and turbulent, but one annual event promises to be as much fun as ever. The 2018 Miss America 'Show Your Shoes Parade', a favorite with many locals, steps off rain or shine at 4:45p Saturday, Sept 8 and makes its way down the Atlantic City Boardwalk from New Jersey to Albany Aves.

The 51 Miss America hopefuls, decked out in state-themed costumes and those wacky and wonderful custom shoe creations, along with floats and marching bands will be on hand to show us a good time.  Admission is free.

Here are Lite Rock's South Jersey Weekend Happenings

Atlantic City

- Farley State Marina, Golden Nugget:  Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show, thru Sun. 9/9, 10a-6p

- Tropicana: Alanis Morrissette, Fri. 9/7

- Hard Rock: Uncle Cracker, Fri. 9/7

- Hard Rock: Dane Cook, Fri. 9/7

- Borgata: Ventriloquist Terry Fator, Fri. 9/7

- Borgata: Comic Felipe Esparza ('Last Comic Standing' winner), Fri. 9/7, Music Box

- Bader Field: Atlantic City Seafood Festival, 11a-6p Sat-Sun. 9/8-9

- Ocean Resort: The new Ocean Resort's first entertainment headliner, Wanda Sykes, Sat. 9/8

- Showboat: a boxing card featuring 8-round New Jersey State super middlemost title fight between two Atlantic County fighters, Antowayan Aikens (13-4-1) vs. DeCarlo Perez (16-6-1). Sat. 9/8

- Tropicana: Alice Cooper, Sat. 9/8

- Tropicana: Fireworks Over the Boardwalk, 10p Sat. 9/8

- Caesars: The Atlantic City Ballet presents Swan Lake, 7p Sat. 9/8

- Boardwalk Hall: 2019 Miss America 2.0, Sun 9/9

Other fun stuff to do around South Jersey this weekend

- Wildwood: 2018 'Roar to the Shore Motorcycle Rally', thru Sun. 9/9, Convention Center and other locations

- Sea Isle City: 5th annual Sea Isle Food Truck Festival, Fri-Sun. 9/7-9, Kix McNutley's

- Somers Point: Somers Point Beach Concert Series presents CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, 7p Fri. 9/7, William Morrow Beach

- Ventnor: Society of St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, 10a Sat. 9/8, Newport Ave and the Boardwalk

- Ocean City: The Humane Society of Ocean City Funday at Playland Castaway Cove, Boardwalk, $15 wristbands for rides from 1-4p, Sat. 9/8

- Somers Point: Richard Somers Day Ceremony, 2p Sat. 9/8, Historical Society, 801 Shore Road

- Wildwood: Greg Di Antonio Memorial Fun Reggae Fest, 3:30p-8:30p Sat. 9//8, Urie's Waterfront Restaurant

- Cologne:  Vol. Fire ladies Auxiliary Giant Yard Sale, 8a-2p Sat. 9/8, fire hall, 2870 Cologne Ave.