6 Fun Things to Do with Mom this Mother’s Day in and Around Ocean City

On Sunday, May 12, treat Mom to some fun and entertainment on her special day in and around Ocean City.

From dining to shopping, the options are wide and varied, but all are great ways to show your mother just how much you care. Here are some ideas to help you start the brainstorming process:

  • Shopping Along Asbury Avenue: Many moms would love to spend their special day shopping and Asbury Avenue offers a great stretch of stores in which she can indulge in a shopping excursion. Some of the spots you may want to pop into include Stainton’s, Seagrass Boutique, Artisan Body Products, Sunsmiles Sandals and Beachwear, She’z the Boss, Ta-Dah, and many more!
  • Stroll the Boardwalk: Take Mom up to the boardwalk for a day of strolling, shopping, dining, and entertainment. The Ocean City boardwalk offers a great spot to take part in many different Mother’s Day activities throughout the day. Bring her into Marty’s and Henry’s for some Mother’s Day shopping, which she is sure to enjoy.
  • Mini-Golf the Day Away: As summer quickly approaches, more and more shops and activity spots are opening their doors, including mini-golf locations. Bring Mom to Congo Falls Adventure Golf at 1132 Boardwalk for some mini-golf fun.
  • Amusement Rides for the Adventurous Mom: If your mother is the adventurous type, bring her to Gillian’s Wonderland Pier on Mother’s Day where all moms ride for free on Sunday, May 12.
  • Dine Out This Mother’s Day: Many moms just want a day off from cooking on Mother’s Day and if this sounds just about right, make sure Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger in the kitchen on Sunday. Many spots in and around Ocean City are offering brunch, lunch, and dinner options for Mother’s Day, including Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, Jon and Patty’s, OC Surf Cafe, and more.
  • Wine Tasting in South Jersey: For the wine-loving moms out there, wine sipping throughout South Jersey is an option. Various wineries throughout South Jersey (a short drive from Ocean City) will be offering wine specials, complimentary tastings, and other fun things for your mother to enjoy. Each winery will offer something different on this special day. Some of the winery options include Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, Balic Winery, and White Horse Winery.

However you choose to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12, just make it a beautiful and relaxing day. Happy Mother’s Day!


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!

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.



Happening Tonight: Ocean City PBA 61 Fundraiser at DiOrio’s Circle Cafe

Make plans to attend the Ocean City Police Benevolent Association (PBA) Local 61 fundraiser tonight at DiOrio’s Circle Café in Somers Point and help raise money to support the Ocean City PBA.

The fun unfolds at DiOrio’s tonight, Saturday, April 6, from 6–9 p.m., and is an excellent way to help the Ocean City PBA Local #61 to raise money to support many wonderful community efforts, including scholarships for local students and events to support the community.

Tickets are $25 per person and the price includes draft beer, wine, food offerings, plus the opportunity to take part in raffles and purchase 50/50 tickets. If you don’t have your tickets yet for tonight’s event, don’t worry, as tickets will be available at the door.

Spend the evening at DiOrio’s enjoying excellent food and beverage offerings and helping to raise money to support Ocean City PBA Local 61 and all that this wonderful organization does for the benefit of the Ocean City community.

Over the Bridge: Linwood Farmers Market Opens for the Spring Season on April 6

Have you been craving farmers market goods during the off-season and eagerly anticipating the spring season opening of the Linwood Farmers Market? If so, that time is now!

Linwood Farmers Market will start its spring season on Saturday, April 6, at its usual location in Central Square at 199 New Road in Linwood. From farm-fresh veggies to unique artisan goods, the Linwood Farmers Market has it all. The farmers market will operate every Saturday through May 11, from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Ready to take a peek at a few of the Linwood Farmers Market participants who will be selling their products during the spring season? Here are some of the wonderful farmers and vendors who will be on hand during the farmers market festivities:

And, make sure you attend the market on opening day to enjoy some special treats for the seasonal grand opening, including the following:

Make plans to explore the Linwood Farmers Market on the morning of Saturday, April 6, and enjoy fresh-from-the-farm products and handmade items from local vendors (and support local farmers and artisans at the same time!).


Somers Point Brewing Company to Open April 11

This just in! Somers Point Brewing Company, located at 705 West New York Avenue in Somers Point, will be opening its doors for the first time to the public on Thursday, April 11, from 4–9 p.m.

Be one of the first guests to see the newest brewery in South Jersey and indulge in Somers Point Brewing Company beverage offerings on opening night.

If you’re unable to make it to the opening night on April 11, stop by during one of the following times to sip some Somers Point Brewing Company brews:

  • Friday, April 12: 2–9 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: noon–9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 14: noon–6 p.m.

Congratulations to the Somers Point Brewing Company team on your upcoming opening!

Over the Bridge: Upper Township Restaurant Week (March 24–29)

If you find yourself over the bridge in Upper Township this week and working up an appetite, you’re going to want to enjoy the wide array of dining specials offered at a number of local restaurants during the Upper Township Restaurant Week. This fantastic dining offering will be taking place from Sunday, March 24, to Friday, March 29, in various Upper Township locales including Beesley’s Point, Ocean View, Marmora, and more.

From tacos to seafood, casual dining to more upscale eateries, you’ll have your pick of the exact type of dining offering you’re searching for during the Upper Township Restaurant Week. Best of all? You’ll get some pretty spectacular dining deals as you enjoy the delicious food offerings.

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Upper Township Restaurant Week will feature prix fixe meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cost for each meal will be $7.19 for breakfast, $12.19 for lunch, and $19.19 for dinner. Participants of Upper Township Restaurant Week will include ten Upper Township Business Association members.

Ready to see the full list? Here are the restaurants which will be participating in the 2019 Upper Township Restaurant Week:

Start planning your Upper Township dining stops for this week and visit one or more of the previously-mentioned restaurants to enjoy these special dining deals during Upper Township Restaurant Week.