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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 2020 events calendar.

March

Market Madness
Saturday March 7, 2020 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Flanders Hotel, 719 East 11th Street

Boardwalk and Downtown merchants in Ocean City put on a one-day sale. The event includes discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions. Free parking. Food and drink available a la carte.

Ocean City Girls Weekend
Friday April 3, 2020 – Sunday April 5, 2020
Asbury Avenue between 6th – 14th Streets

Girls Weekend is time for you and your friends to hang out in Ocean City without the crowds and dine, have drinks and do some shopping. The event begins with a fashion show at 7:00 pm on Friday at PLAAY Fitness and Yoga, 910 Asbury Avenue. The event features clothes and accessories for sale in Ocean City’s retail shops and modeled by locals of all ages, including members of City Council. The lighthearted event will be catered by local restaurants. Advance tickets ($20) are required and can be purchased at the Welcome Centers, or various shops on Asbury. For more information click here.  www.oceancityvacation.com/blog/girlsweekend2020.

Breakfast with the Bunny
Saturday April 4, 2020 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro, 637 Asbury Avenue

Come out and enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

The Great Egg Hunt
Saturday April 4, 2020 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Beach between 11th – 14th Streets

This egg hunt will be held for five different age groups in different locations. Children ages 0 – 3 will participate at 11th Street; children ages 4 – 5 years old will participate at 12th Street, children ages 6 – 7 years old will be held at 13th Street and children with special needs will be held at 14th Street. Rain date: April 5th.

OC Con – Comic Book & Memorabilia Show
Saturday April 4, 2020 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk

This one-day event celebrates comic books and its heroes.

Breakfast with the Bunny
Sunday April 5, 2020 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Arlene’s On Asbury, 624 Asbury Avenue

Come out and enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

Breakfast with the Bunny
Saturday April 11, 2020 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Yianni’s Café, 841 Asbury Avenue

Come out and enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny.

The Great Egg Hunt
Saturday April 11, 2020 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Beach between 11th – 14th Streets

This egg hunt will be held for five different age groups in different locations. Children ages 0 – 3 will participate at 11th Street; children ages 4 – 5 years old will participate at 12th Street, children ages 6 – 7 years old will be held at 13th Street and children with special needs will be held at 14th Street. Rain date: April 5th.

Frozen Yogurt with the Bunny
Saturday April 11, 2020 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Spoon & Sip, 838 Asbury Ave

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday April 12, 2020 6:30 am – 8:30 am
Music Pier Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Non-denominational service will be held at sunrise.

Dueling Pianos Show
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 12:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

The Philly Keys will be performing their hit dueling pianos show. Free fun for the entire family. The Philly Keys will take a break for our annual Easter Fashion Promenade.  

Easter Fashion Stroll
Sunday, April 12, 2020, 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Come dressed in your Easter’s best to stroll in our Fashion Stroll and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1:00 pm. Prizes awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teen, Adults and Family.

Doo Dah Parade
Saturday, April 18, 2020, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Asbury Avenue from 6th – 12th Streets

Welcome Spring with this comedy parade complete with over 300 basset hounds.

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales
Saturday, April 25, 2020 and Sunday April 26, 2020 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
6th – 14th Streets on the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue

Enjoy special sales from the Asbury Avenue merchants.

Sports Memorabilia Show
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

This show features various types of sports memorabilia.

May

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales
Saturday May 2, 2020 and Sunday May 3, 2020 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
6th – 14th Streets. on the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue

Enjoy special sales from the Asbury Avenue merchants.

Spring Block Party
Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Asbury Avenue between 5th – 14th Streets

Over 350 crafters, food vendors, music and more come out to celebrate spring in Ocean City.

Martin Z. Mollusk Day
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
9th Street Beach

Come and find out if summer is coming early, where hit recording artist Jackie Evancho will be on hand to assist with the festivities.

Modern Muscle Car Invasion
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Boardwalk between 5th – 14th Streets

Modern Muscle Cars will be displayed on the boardwalk.

Treasure Hunt
Saturday May 16, 2020 and Sunday May 17, 2020 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Beach at the Music Pier

Annual open beach metal detecting hunt at the Ocean City Music Pier. Special hunt for kids Saturday morning, only $5.00. Loaner detectors available. Optional big silver hunt on Saturday and optional gold hunt on Sunday in addition to two regular prizes each day. Access our website at http://www.ecrda.org for registration information or sign up at the Music Pier day of event. Sponsored by the East Coast Research and Discovery Association.

Unlocking of the Ocean and Business Persons’ Plunge
Friday May 22, 2020 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Moorlyn Terrace Street Beach, Ocean City

Celebrate the opening of the summer season in Ocean City as participants who are dressed in business suits, carry briefcases and march into the ocean to the tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” to welcome the new season.

Ocean City Memorial Day
Monday, May 25, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue

Special service to commemorate Memorial Day.

National Moment of Remembrance
Monday, May 25, 2020, 3:00 PM – 3:01 PM
Boardwalk between 5th – 14th Streets

The moment of remembrance will take place as Greg Murphy of Buglers Across America sounds Taps to commemorate the moment.

Health, Fitness and Wellness Expo
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

The OCNJ Healthy Living Advisory Council will host the Expo, a free event that will feature health food, fitness classes, speakers, vendors and more.

June

Wonder’s Birthday Bash at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier
Thursday, June 4, 2020, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Wonderland Pier, 6th and the Boardwalk

Celebrate Wonder Bear’s Birthday and 91 years on the Ocean City Boardwalk. Fireworks will be at 9:00 pm.

Ocean City Flower Show
Friday June 5, 2020 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday June 6 10:00 am – 9:00 pm and Sunday June 7, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Flower show features beautiful arrangements in commercial, amateur and kids displays.

Ocean City Restaurant Week
Monday June 15, 2020 – Saturday June 20, 2020
Various Restaurants

Ocean City participating restaurants will offer fixed-price specials during breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as special treats for the whole family. Visit eatinocnj.com for a list of participating restaurants and specialty shops. Sponsored by the Ocean City Restaurant Association.

Antique Auto Show
June 27, 2020 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Ocean City Tabernacle grounds, 6th Street & Asbury Avenue

Come see over 300 vintage vehicles on display on the Tabernacle grounds until 2:00 pm and then there will be a parade on the boardwalk.

Back Bay Family Fun Day
Saturday, June 27, 2020, 11:30 am- 4:00 pm
2nd Street and Bay Avenue

The event highlights what Ocean City’s bay businesses have to offer. Family Friendly fun including live music, fantastic food, entertainment, educational demonstrations and more.

July

Wacky Wednesday – Taffy Sculpting
Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Use your creativity to shape and sculpt Shriver’s salt water taffy into your very own unique masterpiece.  Contest is free but open to the first 250 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Sand Sculpting Contest
Thursday, July 2, 2020, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
6th Street Beach

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

Bike Parade
Saturday, July 4, 2020, 9:00 am – 10:00 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 10am.

Ocean City Fourth of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2020, 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 8, 2020, 6:00 pm0 – 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.

Wacky Wednesday – Pie Eating Contest
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk
Celebrate America with a good old-fashion apple and cherry pie eating contest. No hands allowed! Contest is free and open to all ages, limited to 150 participants.

Wacky Wednesday – French Fry Sculpting
Wednesday, July 15, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier,  Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Use your creativity to shape and sculpt french fries into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free but only open to the first 200 participants. Open to all ages.

Night in Venice
Saturday July 18, 2019 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 to be announced. Fireworks display to follow the parade.

Wacky Wednesday – Christmas in July
Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Celebrate the Christmas holiday season in July with a special craft and a visit from Santa while he is in town on vacation. Dress in red and green to participate in our wacky Christmas meets summer fashion show. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages.

Wacky Wednesday – Mystery Bag
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Participants will receive a brown paper bag filled with random supplies. Your mission: create an object, sculpture or unique work of art using everything in the bag. Contest is free. Limited to 175 participants. Open to all ages.

August

Twins Contest
Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Prizes for those who look the most and least alike. Open to all ages. Registration is free and begins at 5:30 pm, contest begins at 6:00 pm.

Sand Sculpting Contest
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 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.

20th Annual Art of Surfing
Thursday, August 6, 2020, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Friday August 7, 2020 and Saturday August 8, 2020 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

This free family event features original art from surfing’s biggest names, live music, and a chance to meet artists from across the country.

58th Annual Boardwalk Art Show
Friday August 7, 2020 and Saturday August 8, 2020 10:00 am – 8:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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 11, 2020, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
6th Street Beach

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

Wacky Wednesday –That’s How The Cookie Crumbles
Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Use your creativity to shape and sculpt a cookie into your very own unique masterpiece. Contest is free. Limited to 150 participants. Open to all ages.

111th Annual Baby Parade
Thursday, August 13, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Boardwalk

One of the oldest baby parades in the country begins on the Boardwalk, 10:30 am. Registration begins July 6, 2020. For more information, click here. http://www.ocnj.us/babyparade 

Wacky Wednesday – Prince and Princess Party
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Use your creativity to design your own Prince or Princess crown with Miss Ocean City, Junior Miss Ocean City and Little Miss Ocean City! Contest is free. Open to all ages.

Miss Crustacean Hermit Crab Beauty Pageant
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 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 19, 2020, 6:00 pm – 6:30 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.

Wacky Wednesday – Taffy Sculpting
Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Use your creativity to shape and sculpt Shriver’s salt water taffy into your very own unique masterpiece.  Contest is free but open to the first 250 participants. Open to all ages. Start time: 10:30am at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

September

9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
Friday, September 11, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 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.

Street Rod Show
Saturday, September 12, 2020, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Boardwalk

Features classic cars on display. Boardwalk display.

Corvette Show
Saturday, September 13, 2020, 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 19, 2020, 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.

October

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales
Saturday, October 3, 2020, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Sunday October 4, 2020 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between 6th – 14th Streets

Ocean City merchants share special sales for shoppers.

Ocean City, NJ Jeep Invasion
Sunday, October 4, 2020, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Boardwalk between 5th – 14th Streets

Jeeps will be displayed on the boardwalk.

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales
Saturday, October 10, 2020 – Monday October 12, 2020 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM Boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between 6th – 14th Streets
Ocean City merchants share special sales for shoppers.

Fall Block Party and Fireworks Spectacular
Saturday, October 10, 2020, 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 29, 2020, 7:15 PM – 8:15 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.

November

Veterans Day Program
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ocean City Tabernacle, 550 Wesley Avenue

Special service honoring veterans.

Earlier than the Bird” DOWNTOWN Shopping Extravaganza
Saturday, November 21, 2020, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Asbury Avenue

Get out earlier than the bird and jump start your holiday shopping the weekend before Thanksgiving. Shop in your pajamas for early bird shopping specials.

Horse & Carriage Rides
Saturday November 21, 2020 – Sunday November 22, 2020 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue
Free holiday horse and carriage rides are offered on Asbury Avenue each Saturday and Sunday between November 21 – December 20, 2020.

Horse & Carriage Rides
Friday November 27, 2020 – Sunday November 29, 2020 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue

Free holiday horse and carriage rides are offered on Asbury Avenue each Saturday and Sunday between November 21 – December 20, 2020.

12th Annual Fast & Furriest 5k Turkey Trot
Thursday, November 26, 2020, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Boardwalk

Sponsored by the Humane Society of Ocean City. For more information click here. www.hsocnj.org

Christmas in the Downtown
Friday November 27, 2020, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Asbury Avenue

“Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue”. Join the merchants & Chamber in kicking off an old-fashioned Downtown Christmas.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday November 28, 2020 and Sunday November 29, 2020 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location TBD

Join Santa for a delicious breakfast. This event is available every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020. Locations change each week.

Photos with Santa
Saturday, November 28, 2020 and Sunday November 29, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Take a festive photo with Santa Claus every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020.

December

Christmas Parade
Friday, December 4, 2020, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Asbury Avenue from 6th to 11th Street.

Celebrate the holidays with this festive Christmas parade.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 5, 2020 and Sunday December 6, 2020 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location TBD
Join Santa for a delicious breakfast. This event is available every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020. Locations change each week.

Train Show
Saturday December 5, 2020 – Sunday December 6, 2020 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk

Holiday trains will be on display. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children.

Photos with Santa
Saturday, December 5, 2020 and Sunday December 6, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Take a festive photo with Santa Claus every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020.

Horse & Carriage Rides
Saturday December 5, 2020 – Sunday December 6, 2020 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue

Free holiday horse and carriage rides are offered on Asbury Avenue each Saturday and Sunday between November 21 – December 20, 2020.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday December 12, 2020 and Sunday December 13, 2020 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location TBD
Join Santa for a delicious breakfast. This event is available every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020. Locations change each week.

Photos with Santa
Saturday, December 12, 2020 and Sunday December 13, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Take a festive photo with Santa Claus every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020.

Horse & Carriage Rides
Saturday December 12, 2020 – Sunday December 13, 2020 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue

Free holiday horse and carriage rides are offered on Asbury Avenue each Saturday and Sunday between November 21 – December 20, 2020.

Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 19, 2020 and Sunday December 20, 2020 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Location TBD

Join Santa for a delicious breakfast. This event is available every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020. Locations change each week.

Photos with Santa
Saturday, December 19, 2020 and Sunday December 20, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Take a festive photo with Santa Claus every Saturday and Sunday until December 20, 2020.

Horse & Carriage Rides
Saturday December 19, 2020 – Sunday December 20, 2020 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
City Hall, 9th & Asbury Avenue

Free holiday horse and carriage rides are offered on Asbury Avenue each Saturday and Sunday between November 21 – December 20, 2020.

January

First Night New Year’s Eve Celebration
Thursday, December 31, 2020, 4:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Island wide

A complete schedule of entertainment leading up to fireworks at midnight.

First Day Shopping Extravaganza
Friday, January 1, 2021, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Asbury Avenue between 6th – 14th Streets

Welcome the New Year by shopping for tremendous bargains in Downtown Ocean City.

Horse & Carriage Rides
Friday, January 1, 2021, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
City Hall, 9th Asbury Avenue

Celebrate the New Year with a stroll down Asbury Avenue in a horse-drawn carriage.

First Day At The Beach
Friday, January 1, 2021, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and the Boardwalk

Featuring Ocean City’s first dip in the ocean for the New Year.

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

Free Weekly Events in Ocean City

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