2019 Memorial Day Weekend in Ocean City Has Arrived

The weekend we’ve been eagerly anticipating, Memorial Day weekend, is upon us!

It’s been a long winter and this weekend offers a chance to embrace the upcoming summer festivities along with honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Memorial Day weekend in Ocean City introduces the unofficial start to summer and this means that our favorite seasonal restaurants and shops will be opening their doors once again.

The following will highlight some seasonal openings and detail Memorial Day weekend activities throughout the town, including the must-attend Memorial Day service at the Ocean City Tabernacle.

Unlocking of the Ocean and Businsessperson’s Plunge

To kick off Memorial Day weekend, the city will be hosting its annual beachside event, the Unlocking of the Ocean and the Businessperson’s Plunge. This fun event will unfold at noon today, Friday, May 24, on the Moorlyn Terrace Street beach next to the Ocean City Music Pier. This annual event includes the ceremonial unlocking of the ocean for the summer season and features local vendors and business owners in business dress going for a celebratory swim as the Ocean City High School Marching Band plays “Pomp and Circumstance.”

All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to gather at the Music Pier starting at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony today will also include the recognition of an extremely important donation of a defibrillator by the local Coast Guard Auxiliary. The new defibrillator will be set up outside of the Music Pier and provide easy access to this important emergency medical equipment, should it be necessary to do so.

Ocean City Beach Patrol to Begin Guarding Beaches on Saturday, May 25

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Starting Saturday, May 25, the Ocean City Beach Patrol will be out on the beaches protecting the community as residents and visitors enjoy the first pre-summer swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The guarded beaches will be limited in number pre-season and include the following beaches from Saturday, May 25, through Friday, May 29:

  • St. Charles Place
  • Brighton Place
  • 8th Street
  • 9th Street
  • 10th Street
  • 11th Street
  • 12th Street
  • 26th Street
  • 34th Street
  • 58th Street

The beaches are guarded during the hours of 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays.

Be safe and only swim at guarded beaches during OCBP hours.

Now Open: Seasonal Restaurants and Shops to Visit

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Although some of our favorite restaurants and shops have been open year-round or had their seasonal opening around the time of the Spring Block Party weekend, others are just now putting out their awnings and opening their doors to the dining and shopping crowds. Some of your favorite seasonal spots which are now open or will open during Memorial Day weekend include the following:

  • Santucci’s: The moment we’ve been waiting for is now here! Santucci’s will be open today, Friday, May 24, at their new location at 944 Boardwalk.
  • Bungalow Bowls: The team at Bungalow Bowls (1054 Asbury) is opening a second location on the boardwalk and is hoping to open the new shop this Saturday, May 25. This is still tentative, but be sure to check out the new location at 816 Boardwalk this weekend to see if the doors are open.
  • Heart Beet Kitchen:  Heart Beet Kitchen is open for the season in Ocean City. You can find all of your healthy and delicious dining options at Heart Beet Kitchen, located at 801 8th Street.
  • Playa Bowls: Playa Bowls opened its doors for the season last week and will be serving up acai bowls, poke bowls, and other culinary delicacies at its location in the Promenade Food Court at 744 Boardwalk.
  • Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns: Now open daily, starting at 7 a.m., Mallon’s at 1340 Bay Avenue will be serving up all of its popular sweet treats for the summer crowd to enjoy.
  • Blitz’s Market: The second Blitz’s Market at 2100 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season.
  • Salty Seahorse: This new home decor and jewelry boutique opened its doors at 714 Asbury Avenue a few weeks ago and the Salty Seahorse is a shop you’re going to want to visit!
  • Beach Bucket Lunch: Spending the day on the beach and didn’t have a chance to pack lunch? No problem! Beach Bucket Lunch starts its lunch delivery service for the season today, Friday, May 24.
  • Crunchik’n: Crunchik’n is open for the season at 1348 Boardwalk and you can once again indulge in all of your menu favorites at this popular boardwalk eatery, including their exceptional Korean fried chicken with a wide array of sauces.

Dancing for Hailey Lemonade Stands

When driving, walking, or riding your bike around town this weekend, be sure to be on the lookout for Dancing for Hailey lemonade stands. Purchase a nice cold glass of lemonade and see your donation go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation! Some of the lemonade stand spots scheduled for Saturday, May 25, are as follows:

      • Acme (8th and West): 9–11 a.m.
      • Local Gym and Fitness (908 Asbury Ave.): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
      • Randazzo’s (34th and Asbury): 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

Memorial Day Service at the Ocean City Tabernacle

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And, the most important reason for this weekend is to honor those who have lost their lives fighting for our wonderful country and protecting our freedom. Don’t miss the Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 27, at the Ocean City Tabernacle (550 Wesley Avenue) at 11 a.m. The service will include special guest speakers and the opportunity for the community to come together and honor those who have served.

Battle of the Badges in Ocean City to Benefit American Red Cross

Each year, the Ocean City Fire Department and Ocean City Police Department engage in a little friendly competition to encourage blood donations for the American Red Cross.

This year’s Battle of the Badges will take place on Thursday, June 6, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, located at 501 East 8th Street. Here’s how Battle of the Badges works: Individuals sign up to donate blood during this designated timeframe on June 6. When blood donors sign up, they will be able to choose which team they are rooting for, Ocean City firefighters or Ocean City police officers. The group of first responders which has the most individuals on their team wins the Battle of the Badges!

It’s easy to sign up to give a blood donation during the Battle of the Badges. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for an appointment or register online at RedCrossBlood.org and search by entering the following sponsor code: oc battle of the badges.

Not only will your blood donation during the Battle of the Badges event help others in the community, but you’ll be able to cheer on your favorite first responders and grab a Battle of the Badges t-shirt, too.

Good luck to the Ocean City firefighters and Ocean City police officers in this friendly competition for a great cause!

 

Lemonade Stands and Annual Dancing for Hailey Event in Ocean City to Benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Dancing for Hailey is an incredible fundraiser held in Ocean City each year to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and honor the memory of summer resident Hailey Parker.

This year’s Dancing for Hailey event will be held on Sunday, June 9, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m., in front of The Dance Place on 8th Street between Ocean Avenue and Wesley Avenue. This fabulous fundraiser brings the community together for a day of family-friendly activities, sweet treats from Yoasis, special guests (the Ocean City Nor’easters and Ocean City Fire Department showed up last year!), a silent auction, one hour of free amusement rides following the event, and, of course, dancing! The cost to attend is a suggested donation of $10, but all donations are greatly appreciated. All proceeds raised at the event will go directly to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

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As a lead up to this popular and important fundraiser, lemonade stands will be held around town during Memorial Day weekend to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and add to the donations which will be raised on June 9. Two of the spots you can visit on Saturday, May 25, for a glass of lemonade in honor of Hailey and to benefit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation include the Acme at 8th Street and West Avenue from 9–11 a.m. and at Local Gym and Fitness, located at 908 Asbury Avenue, at 11 a.m. And, be on the lookout for other lemonade stands in Ocean City as you travel throughout town on Memorial Day weekend.

This fundraising event is held to honor Hailey, an 11-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer in 2015 and sadly lost the battle with the disease later that year. This young fighter was determined to do something for other children who were going through the same thing. Upon learning of her diagnosis, Hailey set up a lemonade stand in her yard to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a Philadelphia-area nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer in the name of its founder, Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma as an infant and passed away in 2004 at the age of 8 years old.

Both Hailey and Alex were true proponents in the fight against childhood cancer and wanted to do what they could for other children going through this as well. Today, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation continues the work of Alex just as the Dancing for Hailey event and other fundraising events honor Hailey’s memory by raising money to be used in the fight against childhood cancer.

Stop by one or more of the lemonade stands set up throughout Ocean City this weekend to buy a cup of lemonade and support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. And, be sure to mark Sunday, June 9, down on the calendar to attend Dancing for Hailey in honor of her memory and to raise additional funds to help in the battle against childhood cancer.

To learn more about Dancing for Hailey and/or to make a donation, visit the fundraising page today!

 

2019 Ocean City Spring Block Party to Unfold Saturday, May 4

Twice a year, Ocean City holds its extremely popular block party event. This year’s Spring Block Party will unfold on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and take place along Asbury Avenue, between 5th and 14th Streets.

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More than 350 craft vendors will have vendor tables lined up along Asbury Avenue, offering their unique products for sale to the crowd. In addition, Ocean City Spring Block Party attendees will be able to enjoy delicious food offerings of a wide array, live music and entertainment, kid’s activities, and so much more!

The vendor tables you’ll be able to peruse during the Ocean City Spring Block Party offer eclectic items, ranging from handmade jewelry to eye-catching clothing items to exquisite home decor pieces. Each vendor will offer something completely different and you are bound to find exactly what you are searching for during the block party, whether its a piece of jewelry, garden decor item or some other must-have offering.

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The block party is free to attend, but you’ll probably see quite a bit of tempting items you’ll want to purchase as you stroll along Asbury Avenue so you may want to bring some spending cash with you!

Don’t miss this exceptional bi-annual event, as it’s a great way to come together with the community and support craft vendors at the same time by purchasing their unique and creative items.

Over the Bridge: Somers Point Bayfest Returns April 27

In its 30th year, Somers Point Bayfest makes its return on Saturday, April 27.

Head down to Bay Avenue in Somers Point from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for this popular one-day festival which offers live entertainment, food vendors as far as the eye can see, artisan vendors, environmental information booths, and kid’s activities to keep the one young ones entertained.

Proceeds raised from the annual event go to fund special projects for the Somers Point community. Funds from past years were used to install new public beach playground equipment, place lovely banners along Bay Avenue, improve Bud Kern Field, and so many other projects.

The live entertainment offerings will be in full swing all day long with music by the following bands:

You’re certain to work up an appetite during Somers Point Bayfest and you’ll find plentiful food options to choose from ranging from savory to sweet and including seafood specialties, sandwiches, light bites, sweet treats, and more.

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Be sure to bring the kids along for the day’s events as there will be plenty of fun, kid-friendly activities taking place which are certain to keep the young ones entertained.

Somers Point Bayfest is also a great time to do some shopping and gather some important information about the environment, as vendors and environmental information providers will also be on hand throughout the festival.

Parking for this rain-or-shine event is available at Bud Kern Field and Fire Hall #1, with disabled parking available at the theater parking lot.

Don’t miss a day of fun, food, and live entertainment in Somers Point, just a short drive over the bridge from Ocean City!

Easter Weekend Happenings in Ocean City

It’s Easter weekend and Ocean City is filled with residents and visitors alike, celebrating with their families and enjoying this special holiday weekend.

From dining offerings to kid’s activities, you’ll find plenty of options to fill your Easter weekend with fun. Here are some of the events and offerings taking place in Ocean City this weekend:

Easter Egg Hunt (April 20)

If the weather cooperates, bring your kids to the Ocean City beach today, Saturday, April 20, for the annual Easter egg hunt, which begins promptly at 2:30 p.m. The egg hunt will take place from 11th Street through 14th Street, with a different age group at each beach: 0-2 years and 3 years (11th Street); 4 and 5 years (12th Street); 6 and 7 years (13th Street); and, special needs children (14th Street). If necessary, a rain date of April 21 has been reserved. For further information, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ.

Easter Weekend Dining

Plenty of Ocean City establishments are opening their doors to the public for the season this weekend, if they haven’t done so already, and offering dining options for the crowds to enjoy. There may even be some spots where a visit with the Easter bunny will be taking place:

  • Yianni’s Cafe: Visit Yianni’s Cafe today, Saturday, April 20, from 8 a.m.-noon, for Breakfast with the Bunny. Yianni’s is located at 841 Asbury Avenue.
  • Spoon and Sip: The Easter bunny will be hopping down to 838 Asbury Avenue later today (April 20) to Spoon and Sip for Frozen Yogurt with the Bunny from 2-4 p.m.
  • Varsity Inn: Enjoy Easter Sunday breakfast with the Easter bunny at 9 a.m. at the Varsity Inn.
  • Dockside Kitchen: Dockside Kitchen is now open for the season and serving brunch today from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Even better? Dockside Kitchen is offering a Washout Special today only (due to the rain) and offering 10% off of your dining check!
  • Mallon’s: Mallon’s Homemade Sticky Buns is open and will be serving up its sensational sticky buns and other sweet treats. Stop by this weekend from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. and grab some delicious baked goods.

Easter Sunday Sunrise Service

Begin your Easter Sunday by taking part in the Sunrise Service, a non-denominational worship service to be held at the Ocean City Music Pier at 6:30 a.m. All are welcome to join in on this service by the sea.

S(hopping) Around Town

Easter weekend means that many shops are now open for the season. Stroll around town and visit the various stores in the downtown area, on the boardwalk, and throughout the entire city. Here are some spots to visit this weekend:

  • Pumpkinbuds: Pumpkinbuds in Stainton’s at 810 Asbury Avenue will be offering 20% off of your purchase through April 21. The shop is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Hoys 5 & 10: Grab all of your Easter necessities at Hoys 5 & 10 this weekend.
  • Henry’s: Visit one or both of Henry’s locations on the Ocean City boardwalk (9th Street and 12th Street) for Ocean City-themed apparel and exquisite jewelry items.
  • Island Gypsy: Island Gypsy at 760 Asbury Avenue is now open for the season and is a great spot to scoop up all of your favorite women’s boutique clothing items.

Have a wonderful weekend in Ocean City!

Not-to-be-Missed Events Taking Place This Weekend in Ocean City and on the Mainland

Springtime has arrived and the event season in Ocean City is starting to unfold in full force. This weekend brings plenty of entertainment options for you to enjoy on the island and on the mainland as well. From strolling pups to a new brewery, you’re going to have your fill of fun and excitement in South Jersey.

Here’s what’s taking place this weekend:

  • Somers Point Brewing Company is now open: The Somers Point Brewing Company had its grand opening yesterday, Thursday, April 11, and will be open throughout the weekend for you to try the newest brews to hit South Jersey.
  • Somers Point April in Paris: Every year, Somers Point holds its April in Paris event throughout the city. This year’s event is now under way and runs through Sunday, April 14, with Parisian-themed dining, events, music, and more.
  • Doo Dah Parade: Get ready for the basset hounds to parade down Asbury Avenue (more than 500 basset hounds!). The Doo Dah Parade will unfold on Saturday, April 13, at noon, running along Asbury Avenue, from 6th Street to 12th Street, and then heading up to the boardwalk to promenade back down to 6th Street. This is one of the kickoff events of the entertainment season in Ocean City and provides spectators with puppy-filled fun as basset hounds and their owners walk down Asbury Avenue, dressed in costumes, alongside marching bands, floats, and more. Special weekend guest, and host of the Mr. Mature America Pageant later that evening, Barbara Eden, will be the grand marshal.
  • Mr. Mature America Pageant: Do you have your tickets yet for the Mr. Mature America Pageant on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m.? If not, don’t worry, as there are still some tickets left for this fun and entertaining event at the Music Pier. Gentlemen ages 55+ will compete against one another in a variety of categories, including interview, talent, poise and appearance, and an on-stage question. Barbara Eden will be the esteemed host of the evening. Grab your tickets today for this wonderful Ocean City event on Saturday night and see who gets crowned Mr. Mature America!

In addition to these aforementioned events on the calendar, more stores and restaurants will be opening their doors as the summer season quickly approaches, so be sure to check to see if your favorite seasonal shop or eatery is now open for business.