By: Erin Go Brach - AKA Erin Jones
Cheers to the 7 luckiest things to eat, drink and enjoy in Ocean City, Maryland, this March.
Kicking off its 7th season (such a lucky number!) on Friday, March 2, film lovers can mingle with festival organizers and filmmakers– producers, directors, and actors– from this year's selections. Make sure to get your passes early to attend all events and make the most of your festival experience. Head to their website for their Film and Event schedule, so you don't miss anything. Keep your eyes peeled for any "Biggest Little Farm" or other famous directors.
Whether you're planning a date night, family night, or starting your St. Patrick's Day weekend early, Marc and friends will have you feeling all the feels on Friday, March 10. Sing along to stripped-back renditions of O.A.R. favorites (it really was a crazy game of poker!) and carefully curated covers. Opening for Marc will be a multi-instrumentalist band member of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, John Lampley. There's also a rumor that John and another O.A.R. friend will be joining Marc on stage during his set! Trust us - you don't want to miss this show!
Calling all fitness gurus or anyone looking to burn off the Guinness calories. Pull your green leggings and start your morning off strong with a 5k on the Boardwalk. The course will begin running south toward the inlet, around the pier, eventually making a 180-degree turn back on the Boardwalk heading north, past Shenanigans starting area, up to 16th st, then making another 180-degree turn heading south once again down the boards to the finish line at 4th st. You now have your workout done for the day, so you can indulge (guilt-free) in all the Irish foods and green drinks you come across today. Still time to register.
4- Ocean City's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
Over 40 years of celebrating, the Delmarva Irish-American club presents its annual parade on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m., parading through mid-town Ocean City, MD, starting on 57th street headed south toward the 45th street village. With over 60 parade entries, there is excitement on every block for 90 min straight. Pipe and drum bands will bring the sounds of Ireland to the streets of Ocean City, along with high school marching bands and festively decorated floats sponsored by local businesses, groups, and organizations. Then head to 45th street to the Irish Festival. Grab their signature green beer, check out live music by The Pat O'Brennan Trio, grab this year's parade apparel, and slog a Fish & Chips Platter while the kids get their face painted. Spectators can enjoy the free-admission Festival at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m.
Pro Tip: Find a good curb spot and put your blanket and chairs down early to ensure your crew gets the best place to see the activity!
Suppose you want to feed your Irish craving. In that case, Coin's Restaurant and Pub has delicious Corned Beef and Cabbage to fuel you for the weekend's festivities. Their specialty Corned Beef & Cabbage dish with potatoes is essential for enjoying authentic Irish food and listening to live music. If you're really hungry after your 5k, order a Crab Cake Dinner. You'll see why Coin's is voted Ocean City's Best Of: Crab Cake.
Kicking off their opening weekend on Thursday, March 9, with James Gallagher and Off the Boat Pipe Band, live music all weekend long is Celtic-filled and sure to be the start of a great weekend to get you feeling the luck of the Irish. Check out their music lineup here. Also, you won't want to miss their St. Patrick's Day celebration on March 17, at 11 a.m. Then, wrapping up their double weekends of fun, Sunday, March 19, is the Bearded Men's Society Fundraiser from 1–4 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Julia Drummond
Ok - Aretha might be different from what you think of when celebrating the Irish, but who needs an excuse for good music and great entertainment in O.C.? On stage at the Performing Arts Center on March 21 at 8 p.m., is R.E.S.P.E.C.T. An electrifying tribute celebrating the music of the legendary Aretha Franklin. This concert experience takes audiences on a journey of love, tragedy, courage, and triumph. Starring a live band and supreme vocalists, come experience a night of music by one of the greatest artists ever. Grab your green sequin dress for this night of dancing in the isles to favorite hits "Natural Woman," "Think," "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me," "Chain of Fools," "Respect," and many more. The concert features all your favorite hits in one evening. You too will be out of your seat and dancing in the aisles as you lose yourself in the music that inspired a generation. For more information or tickets!
Now that you know our Lucky 7 happenings this month, head on over to ococean.com/stay and book your March getaway for a little Irish fun in O.C.M.D.