“Market Madness” kicks off the season

Lots of merchandise will be available for sale at Market Madness on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)

Ocean City Boardwalk and Downtown merchants will give shoppers a taste of summer at the all-day Market Madness event on Saturday, March 12 at the Ocean City Music Pier.

The sale will bring together 40 different vendors under one roof and offer discounts on favorite local merchandise, products and attractions.

Event hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food and beverages will be available à la carte. Parking will be free on municipal lands adjacent to the promenade at Moorlyn Terrace, Eighth Street and Ninth Street.

Ocean City’s Boardwalk Merchants Association and Downtown Merchants Association established the new event in 2020 as an early season attraction. It didn’t take place last year due to the pandemic.

Among other companies, participating vendors on March 12 will include:

  • surf mall
  • Aviary
  • shirt shack
  • Jilly’s
  • Sand + Dot
  • Ocean Treasures
  • Payton Jewelry
  • aerial circus
  • Stainton Shop Gallery
  • 7th Street Surf Shop
  • make waves
  • Bowfish Kids
  • Bella U Store
  • Fisherman’s Cove
  • jewelry shack
  • We make it personal
  • Jay’s Crab Shack
  • Manco and Manco
  • George’s Candy/Beach
  • wonderland pier
  • Castaway Cove from Playland
  • Congo Falls
  • 9 North
  • All campuses
  • Goodies Gone Wild
Jackie Evancho returns to Ocean City to perform and be part of the Night in Venice Boat Parade. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Ocean City)


Two popular artists will return this summer to perform with the Ocean City Pops. Jackie Evancho will take part in the Night in Venice boat parade on July 23, then return the following night as a featured guest with the Ocean City Pops Orchestra on July 24. Hit classic artist Katherine Jenkins joins the Pops on August 21.

Since first dazzling viewers at age 10 as a finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Evancho has released a string of platinum and gold albums with sales of more than 3 million. Along the way, she made history: the youngest platinum solo artist, the youngest UK Top 5 debut artist, the youngest person to perform a solo concert at Lincoln Center, among many other honors. All seven of Jackie’s albums have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Classical charts.

Welsh superstar Katherine Jenkins was crowned the “best-selling classical artist of the century” by Classic FM last year. She cemented that title with her 14th No. 1 album on the classic charts.

Both Evancho and Jenkins were hits on previous shows with the Ocean City Pops. Tickets for both shows go on sale Thursday, March 10. Both shows will be included in the subscription package for Pops, which is on sale now for $375. Visit oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

Graham Nash will perform on August 8. (Photo courtesy of Ocean City)


Ocean City announced Monday that Graham Nash (August 8) and Get the Led Out (June 27) will be part of the 28th season of the Music Pier summer concert series. Tickets for both shows go on sale Thursday with special pre-sales earlier in the week.

Nash performed for almost 60 years and rose to stardom as part of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He will perform a mixture of his hits in groups and solo. A staple of the Summer Concert Series, Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out will perform just one show in the Summer Series this year.

The shows are presented by the City of Ocean City and the series is co-produced by BRE Presents and Rose Productions. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10. Shows are scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier.


Monday August 8 at 7 p.m.

Presale: Tuesday, March 8 — Wednesday, March 9, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (use code BRE)

On sale: Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m.


One night only

Monday, June 27 at 7 p.m.

Presale: Wednesday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (use code BRE)

On sale: Thursday, March 10 at 10 a.m.

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