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What's Happening in Ocean City, NJ 4/16/19

A full calendar of spring events continues on Easter Weekend in Ocean City with a free egg hunt on the beach, a sunrise service on the Ocean City Music Pier, and a piano concert and fashion stroll on the boardwalk.

The second of two massive GREAT EGG HUNTS on the beach between 11th and 14th streets is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday (April 20). The free event invites children ages 7 and under to search for 100,000 eggs scattered in the sand and stuffed with candy and items from local merchants. Separate areas are set up for different groups: 2-and-unders (11th Street), 3-year-olds (11th Street), 4- and 5-year-olds (12th Street), 6- and 7-year-olds (13th Street), and special-needs children (14th Street). The event is sponsored by the Boardwalk Merchants Association. The rain date is Sunday, April 21. The first hunt took place last Saturday. Arrive early or on time, as the hunt often goes quickly. All street parking and municipal lots are free at this time of year. 

All are welcome to join a traditional non-denominational EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE at 6:30 a.m. Sunday (April 21) at the Ocean City Music Pier. The Rev. Dr. Larry Oksten of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church and other local clergy members will lead the celebration, which will include Easter music.

Ocean City’s EASTER FASHION STROLL takes place with judging at 1 p.m. Sunday (April 21) in front of the Ocean City Music Pier on the boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace. The annual event pays tribute to an era when families showed off their finery during walks on the boardwalk.

Anybody is welcome to enter the free event, and no advance registration is required. Prizes will be awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teens, Adults and Families. The PHILLY KEYS will return to Ocean City with their hit dueling piano show to start the festivities at noon Sunday. The show will continue, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for photographs after the Fashion Stroll.

On Saturday (April 20), children will have the opportunity to have BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY or FROZEN YOGURT WITH THE BUNNY. The breakfast is 8 a.m. to noon at Yianni’s Café (841 Asbury Avenue) and the yogurt will be at Spoon & Sip (838 Asbury Avenue) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


CLEAN OCEAN ACTION BEACH SWEEP (April 27): Check in and pick up supplies at the Ocean City Music Pier for a volunteer beach cleanup 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27. All organizations and families are encouraged to participate in this annual statewide event to help keep our beaches clean and safe and to protect our coastal environment. (Because of conflicts with other events, Ocean City’s Beach Sweep falls on a different date this year than other similar cleanups throughout the state.)  For more information, call 609-399-6111, ext. 9711.

GREAT STRIDES WALK FOR THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION (April 27): Support the CF community and have a fun time walking the boardwalk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with registration at the Ocean City High School practice field (Sixth Street and Boardwalk). For more information, visit www. cff.org/greatstrides or call 610-325-6001.

COLONY CLUB FASHION SHOW (April 27): The local Colony Club’s annual Fashion Show Scholarship Fundraiser will be held 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 27 at Ocean City Senior Center (1735 Simpson Ave.). The Fashion Show will feature fashions from Ta Dah and a delicious luncheon buffet. You can shop at Ta Dah and the Colony Club Jewelry Boutiques, along with Tricky Trays. Tickets are $35. Contact Judi Levy for tickets at 609-247-1332 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Proceeds benefit the Colony Club of Ocean City Scholarship Fund.

HISTORICAL MUSEUM SUNDAY BRUNCH (April 28): An Ocean City Historical Museum fundraiser will feature a presentation by John Loeper on “Snow, Ice and Sand.” The event will include brunch at Clancy's by the Bay in Somers Point. Ticket prices: $32 general public, $28 members. Tickets may be purchased at the museum within the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Ave.) or by calling 609-399-1801. Reservations are required.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (April 27 and 28): On the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street. 

SPRING BLOCK PARTY (May 4): More than 350 crafters line a mile of Asbury Avenue from Fifth Street to 14th Street for the Spring Block Party from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday in May. The event also includes food vendors, music and more. For more information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

BOARDWALK AND DOWNTOWN MERCHANT TABLE SALES (May 4 and 5): On the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue between Sixth Street and 14th Street. 

WALK MS OCEAN CITY 2019 (May 5): Walk to create a world free of multiple sclerosis. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Ocean City Civic Center (Sixth and Boardwalk) and the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.walkms.org or call 267-765-5145.  

MARTIN Z. MOLLUSK DAY (May 11): Come and find out if summer is coming early as Ocean City’s mascot seeks his shadow. Event begins at 11 a.m. on the beach at Ninth Street. 

MODERN MUSCLE CAR INVASION (May 11): Modern muscle cars will be displayed on the boardwalk between Fifth Street and 14th Street from noon to 5 p.m. For more information visit www.modernmusclecarinvasion.com

BALLROOM WITH A TWIST (May 11): What happens when you put “Dancing With The Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The Voice” and “American Idol” together on one stage? You get “Ballroom With a Twist.” The show will feature Emma Slater and Tristan MacManus, professional dancers who competed in multiple seasons of “Dancing With the Stars.” “Ballroom With a Twist” comes to the Ocean City Music Pier at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Tickets for the show ($25 to $40) are on sale now. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice, call 609-399-6111, or stop by the City Hall Welcome Center (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue), the Roy Gillian Welcome Center on the Route 52 causeway, the 46th Street Welcome Center, or the Music Pier Box Office on weekends.

TUNES FOR TREES (MAY 11): Piano men Scott Nuss and Andrew Hink will perform the best of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s in a concert to benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. The show features sing-along music on dueling grand pianos. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue). General admission is a donation of $15 per person ($10 with a school ID). Tickets will be sold at the door, based on availability.  For tickets in advance, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WEST CHESTER SENIOR STRINGS (May 12): A free Mother’s Day concert begins at 4 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.