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Ocean City Special Events

Ocean City Festivals and Events are held year-round. If you’re looking for things to do in Ocean City, or want to know what is going on in Ocean City, you’ve come to the right place. Here is Ocean City’s 2021 events calendar.


Bike Parade
Sunday, July 4, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Longport Bridge Parking Lot

Bike parade is an annual tradition, sponsored by the Gardens Civic Association. Registration is at 9:00 am and the parade begins at 10:00 am.

Ocean City Fourth of July Celebration
Sunday, July 4, 2021, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Kite flying competition at 7:00 pm followed by entertainment on the beach next to the Music Pier. A spectacular boardwalk fireworks display tops off the evening at 9:00 pm.

Freckle Contest
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Registration is free and begins at 5:30 pm in front of the Music Pier. Contest starts at 6:00pm.

Night in Venice
Saturday July 24, 2021 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Longport Bridge to Tennessee Avenue

Annual boat parade features highly decorated boats and houses along the parade route. This year’s theme is “Honoring our Heroes”. Fireworks display to follow the parade.


Sand Sculpting Contest
Thursday, August 5, 2021, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
6th Street Beach

Open to kids, teens, adults and families! Registration is free and begins at 9:00 am. Judging takes place by 11:00 am.

58th Annual Boardwalk Art Show
Friday August 6, 2021 – Sunday, August 8, 2021 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Ocean City Boardwalk

Leading artists from throughout the East Coast exhibit and sell their work. Traditionally an ideal place to buy fine artwork at reasonable prices.

Pamper Scamper
Tuesday, August 10, 2020, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
6th Street Beach

Annual baby crawling race. Registration is free and begins at 8:30am. For babies up to 15 months.

111th Annual Baby Parade
Thursday, August 12, 2021 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ocean City Boardwalk

One of the oldest baby parades in the country begins on the Boardwalk, 10:30 am. Registration begins July 5, 2021.

Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
6th Street Beach

This is the original beauty contest for crustaceans. Families, Kids, Businesses and Organizations are invited to enter their crustacean in this annual contest. The winner receives the Coveted Cucumber Rind Cup and gets to walk down a flowery runway. Registration is free and starts at 5:30 pm and contest begins at 6:00pm. Open to all ages.

Hermit Crab Races
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm
6th Street Beach

Watch as some of the fastest crabs in the universe compete in this world-famous race immediately following Miss Crustacean pageant. Registration begins at 5:30 pm.


Street Rod Show
Saturday, September 11, 2021, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ocean City Boardwalk

Features classic cars on display. Boardwalk display.

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Saturday, September 11, 2021, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue

“A Day to Remember” will include music, prayer and reflections on the memory of lives lost and on the community spirit that was renewed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.

Corvette Show
Sunday, September 12, 2021 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets

Over 350 cars exhibited. One of the largest shows of its kind in the East. Models from every year Corvettes were manufactured comprise this colorful show.

Ocean City Airport Festival
Saturday, September 18, 2021 and Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM and Sunday, September 19, 2021 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Municipal Airport, 26th & Bay Avenue

This annual festival features a ground display of unusual airplanes ranging from World War II Planes to Classics and Warbirds. The event will feature a parachute jump with a landing on the 7th Street Beach at 7:00 pm on Saturday followed by a Pyrotechnic Show from Team Fastrax on Saturday from 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm, viewable from the entire boardwalk. On Sunday, there will be an aerobatic air show over the ocean between 6th – 14th Streets.


Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales
Saturday, October 2, 2021 – Monday October 12, 2020 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between 6th – 14th Streets

Ocean City merchants share special sales for shoppers.

Ocean City, NJ Jeep Invasion
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Boardwalk between 5th – 14th Streets

Jeeps will be displayed on the boardwalk.

Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Asbury Avenue between 5th – 14th Streets

Over 400 crafters, food vendors, music and more. In the evening, fireworks over the boardwalk from 6th – 14th Streets.

Halloween Parade
Thursday, October 28, 2020, 7:15 PM – 8:20 PM
Asbury Avenue from 6th – 11th Streets

Come enjoy this Halloween parade which will proceed down Asbury Avenue. The parade is sponsored by the Ocean City Exchange Club.

For more information on what’s going on down the shore, click on the links below:

Avalon Festivals and Events

Cape May Festivals and Events

Sea Isle City Festivals and Events

Stone Harbor Festivals and Events

Wildwood Festivals and Events

For more information about Ocean City, click on the links below:

About Ocean City

Ocean City History

Ocean City Attractions

Ocean City Beach Information

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Where to Eat in Ocean City

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