Atlantic City’s Busy Summer Gets Busier With Borgata’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

Atlantic City’s flagship casino is getting ready to party.

Beginning in June, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will host a series of concerts, culinary events, casino promotions, and special events to commemorate its opening 15 years ago. The celebration will kick off at around the same time AC hits the ground running on one of its busiest summers ever.

Borgata President and COO Marcus Glover said in a press release that the summerlong celebration reflects the best of what the casino is about:

“As Borgata celebrates 15 years as both leaders and innovators in the Atlantic City market, we are excited to present an entire summer of programming that truly encapsulates what makes Borgata the preeminent travel destination on the East Coast.”

Borgata’s big party plans

Borgata is focusing its summer anniversary celebration on music, food, and casino promotions. Here are just a few of the highlights:

Music and comedy

Some of the headlining acts include Ringo Starr, Barry Manilow, Camila Cabello, and Britney Spears.

The casino will also welcome comedians including Dave Chappelle and Sebastian Maniscalco. At the time of publishing, Maniscalco’s show was sold out, save for premium VIP packages starting at $250. Chappelle’s show still had tickets available starting at $129.

Other acts include:

  • Michael Che
  • Kings of Leon
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Ken Je0ng
  • 3 Doors Down & Collective Soul


A quartet of culinary events leads the way in the series of foodie galas that are a part of Borgata’s celebration.

Executive Chef Romeo DiBona will prepare a multi-course dinner for the Old Homestead 15th Birthday Dinner, which is an homage to the casino’s Old Homestead restaurant.

Celebrity chef Michael Symon will headline “an outdoor Birthday Bash complete with festival games and activities” plus a few other festivities.

Izakaya Sake Bar will mark its 10th birthday on Aug. 3 during the summer bash.

The last of the headlining food acts will be a sunset party with Wolfgang Puck that will take place Aug. 11.

Casino promos

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Borgata celebration part of landmark Atlantic City summer

Borgata’s 15th anniversary is just one part of what is arguably Atlantic City’s most important summer in decades.

Hard Rock Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino are opening June 28, a fact that will presumably draw thousands of people to Atlantic City and provide the city a seminal moment in its rebirth.

Each new property represents its own redemption narrative. The Hard Rock exorcised the remaining labor demons that shuttered the Trump Taj Mahal, while Ocean Resort Casino hopes to clear the closet skeletons left by oft-contemptuous developer Glenn Straub.

In addition to this dual opening, Resorts Casino Hotel will celebrate its 40th anniversary starting Memorial Day weekend. Hard Rock’s grand opening entertainment lineup combined with Resorts’ and Borgata’s anniversaries puts Atlantic City on the map as a concert hotspot.

So is there too much going on in Atlantic City? Perhaps. But for a city that has had its share of rough times, the multiple celebrations are a welcome change of pace.

You won’t be bored in AC this year.

About the Author

J.R. Duren

A three-time winner of the Florida Press Club Excellence in Journalism contest, J.R. Duren works as a freelance writer with a focus on the NJ online gambling and online casino industry. He writes for a number of publications, including Bespoke Post, Our Amazing Norway, Barcelona Metropolitan, Snooth, and the Villages Daily Sun.