Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, and there’s a good chance Martin Z. Mollusk forecasts an early summer in Ocean City. That means it isn’t too early to plan for Ocean City’s spring and summer events.
Ocean City’s season of special events begins April 3 with the three-day Girls Weekend. Here’s some of what you can expect and several ways to plan ahead.
The Flanders Hotel, Port-O-Call, Biscayne Suites, Northwood Inn, Ocean City Mansion and Inn the Gardens Bed-and-Breakfast are taking reservations for special package deals, and tickets will go on sale soon for the Fashion Show kickoff. Find details and new announcements on the Girls Weekend event page on Facebook.
OC Con 2020
Ocean City’s annual comics and memorabilia festival, scheduled for April 4 and 5 at the Ocean City Music Pier. More information is available at ocnjcon.com.
2020 Race Events
Races include the OC Con Super Hero Run & Dash (April 4), the Ocean City Triathlon/Duathlon (May 17), the OCNJ Labor Day Run (Sept. 7), the OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K and 10-Mile Walk/Run (Sept. 27) and the Trail of Two Cities (Nov. 7). Start training now and visit www.ocnj.us/race-events to sign up.
Summer Broadway Series
Ticket sales opened Monday for several shows. The Ocean City Pops and Ocean City Theatre Company will present “The Producers” (July 7-10) and “The Sound of Music” (Aug. 4-8) along with OCTC’s “Broadway on the OC Boardwalk” (June 24).
Tickets are also on sale for the annual Children’s Theater Series, which will bring five different morning shows to the Ocean City Music Pier (June 30-July 28).
Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111 or stop by Ocean City’s welcome centers at City Hall and or the Route 52 causeway.
U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band
The concert by the brass ensemble takes place at 2 p.m. March 15 at the Ocean City Music Pier. The show will feature orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions, and distinctive arrangements. The seating will be general admission, and the doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
Ocean City Pops
Season tickets are now available by calling 609-525-9295. Tickets for individual shows will be available when the full schedule is announced in the spring. Tickets for a season-opening May 9 concert featuring Jackie Evancho are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.
Doo Dah Parade and Mr. Mature America Pageant
Barry Williams, who starred as Greg Brady in the classic sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” will be grand marshal of the 2020 Doo Dah Parade in Ocean City on April 18 and return that night to emcee the Mr. Mature America Pageant. The pageant is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, April 18 on the Ocean City Music Pier.
Tickets are available at oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, 609-399-6111 or at Ocean City’s welcome centers at City Hall and on the Route 52 causeway. Registration also is open for any individuals, groups or businesses who want to participate in the Doo Dah Parade at noon that day.
Joining the parade can bring awareness to your business or cause before summer. Sign up at www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade.
Summer Concert Series
The schedule is nearly complete. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.com for the following shows: Get the Led Out (June 22), Los Lobos and Alejandro Escovedo (June 23), Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie (June 29), Killer Queen (July 13), Straight No Chaser (July 20), Marshall Tucker Band and Pure Prairie League (Aug. 24).
Schedule of Major Events
- May 2: Spring Block Party
- May 9: Martin Z. Mollusk Day
- May 22: Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Persons Plunge
- June 15-20: Restaurant Week
- July 18: Night in Venice
- August 13: Baby Parade
- September 19-20: Ocean City Airport Festival and Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show
- October 10: Fall Block Party