Merchants Team Up for ‘Market Madness’ Sale

Merchants Team Up for ‘Market Madness’ Sale

Ambassadors working with the Cape May County Health Department will answer questions people may have about social distancing.

Boardwalk and downtown merchants in Ocean City will offer discounts on favorite local merchandise, goods and attractions at a new event planned for Saturday, March 7. “Market Madness” will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historic Flanders Hotel.

The one-day sale will feature select merchandise, goods and offers from 40 Ocean City vendors. Ocean City’s Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association are planning the event as an early-season attraction for Ocean City and a chance to preview what will be on the shelves this summer.

Parking will be free, and food will be available for purchase a la carte.

Ocean City’s downtown shopping district on Asbury Avenue is one of the centerpieces of Girls Weekend, which will take place April 3 to 5 this year.

The Boardwalk Merchants will sponsor the first of two Great Egg Hunts on the beach on April 4. These attractions lead into a season of non-stop special events throughout Ocean City.

Girls Weekend brings together friends for a weekend of shopping.


Ticket sales for the popular annual Girls Weekend Fashion Show will open on Monday, Feb 10. The fashion show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and this year moves to a larger venue at PLAAY Fitness and Yoga at 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. They will be for sale:

  • At the Route 52 Causeway Welcome Center
  • At the City Hall Welcome Center (9th Street entrance at 861 Asbury Avenue)
  • At Ta-Dah (1040 Asbury Ave.), Making Waves (836 Asbury Ave.), 7th Street Surf Shop (720 Asbury Ave.) or the Sneaker Shop (704 Asbury Ave.)
  • Online through the Girls Weekend Blog:

Hotel and accommodations specials have been announced, and classes and activities will be following in the next few weeks. Follow updates on the Girls Weekend Facebook event page or on the event blog at

Tickets are on sale now for the Fashion Show April 3. (Photo courtesy City of Ocean City)


NATURE FUN-DAY (Feb. 15): All are invited to a free “Family-Friendly Nature and the Environment Fun-day” featuring zoo animals, crafts, games, music and stories.

The event will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Howard S. Stainton Senior Center within the Ocean City Community Center (1735 Simpson Avenue).

Activities will include making your own pine-cone birdfeeder. Sponsors include the Cape May County Park and Zoo, the Ocean City Environmental Commission and the Ocean City Free Public Library.

U.S. AIR FORCE BAND (March 15): Enjoy a free concert by the brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band. The show will feature orchestral transcriptions, patriotic favorites, jazz standards, new compositions and distinctive arrangements.

You must reserve tickets for this free concert by visiting, stopping by an Ocean City Welcome Center or calling 609-399-6111. General admission seating. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.

Jasmine, left, and Alexis D’Angelo check out a snake at the 2019 environmental fun day event.