Ocean City greeted the new year in style with spectacular First Night and First Day celebrations, and the city is planning a full calendar of special events for 2023.
It’s not too early to start planning for family fun in the new year, and attached is our tentative schedule for the year, including all of the biggest annual events.
The city’s Martin Luther King Jr. Ceremony will kick things off and bring the community together to honor Dr. King’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 16. The event will start at noon and move to the Ocean City Music Pier this year.
The spring season opens with Girls Weekend from March 24 to March 26, and the OC Con Comic Book and Memorabilia Show on March 25 and March 26.
The Great Egg Hunts on April 1 and April 8 will invite children to stop by participating boardwalk stores in their search for eggs and treats. The Easter Dueling Pianos Show and Fashion Stroll will be on Sunday, April 9.
The madcap Doo Dah Parade falls on April 15 this year and will feature the usual brigade of basset hounds. The Sports Memorabilia Show will be April 29 at the Music Pier.
Martin Z. Mollusk seeks his shadow on May 5, and we’re betting that he’ll bring us another early summer. The Spring Block Party returns on May 6. The Fall Block Party is on for Oct. 7 with fireworks scheduled for 9 p.m. that evening.
All of the favorite weekly summer events will be back – like the Farmers Market, Wacky Wednesdays, Funtastic Tuesdays and Market Days in the downtown, and Mummers Night and Family Nights up on the boardwalk.
Night in Venice – Ocean City’s premier summer event – is set for Saturday, July 29. Look for announcements soon on this year’s theme. Fireworks will light up the back bay after the completion of the parade.
The Baby Parade will return for the 113th time on Thursday, Aug. 10.
Fall events include the Ocean City Airport Festival and Parachute Pyrotechnic Show on Sept. 16 with the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show on Sept. 17.
If part of your New Year’s resolution is to get back in running shape, the OCNJ Half Marathon on Sept. 24 is a great race and a great goal.
The 2023 holiday season will kick off with Earlier Than the Bird on Nov. 18 and continue with Christmas in the Downtown – Our Miracle on Asbury Avenue on Nov. 24, the Christmas Parade on Dec. 1, and First Night on Dec. 31.
Be sure to check the full calendar above for more events and more detail, and check back throughout the year for additions and updates.