Good day everyone and welcome once again to the "Weekender Blog," brought to you every week between March and December by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.

This is the second installment of 2018 for the popular weekly segment, and today we shine the spotlight on two annual events taking place in Maryland's favorite summertime resort of Ocean City.

But while the Home, Garden & Condo Show and the Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Festival take center stage over the weekend of March 16-18, there are also some happenings in coastal Delaware you may want to put on the family calendar for the next few days.

But before we give you all the nuts and bolts info on these great yearly events, here's Oldfather Group Chief Buyer Consultant Adam Linder with a video preview of what's on tap for this third weekend of March.


REMINDER: be sure to check out the interactive map at the end of this blog entry to learn more about this weekend's featured events.

Okay, let's take a look at what's on tap here in the coastal region. What follows are our choices for the top five events and happenings during the weekend of March 16-18:

Ocean City Home, Condo & Outdoor Show (March 16-18). This three-day event in Ocean City promises thousands of ideas for your home, all under the rather enormous roof of the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway.

This is the peninsula’s largest show of it's kind, featuring all the goods and services you need for your home or condominium. There will also be free drawings, door prizes and lots of other bargains and surprises. 

Hours are Friday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Admission prices are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students. Attendees 13 and under, as well as members of the military, police departments and fire departments, are admitted FREE with valid identification.

Click HERE for more information.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival (March 17). Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day like you never have before, in nearby Ocean City. 

Begin your day with a festival at the 45th Street shopping area at 11 a.m., followed by the popular parade beginning at noon. 

The parade route runs from 60th Street to 44th Street and will feature marching units, floats, local celebrities and more. There's a $50 fee to join the parade, and all entries should be decorated with an Irish theme.

Visit www.delmarvairish.org for more information on this event.


Rehoboth Beach Cherry Blossom Beach Fest (March 15-19). After the success of last year's inaugural Cherry Blossom Beach Fest, the event is back again in 2018 and will now be held over five days, from Thursday, March 15, to Monday, March 19.

The event celebrates annually the sister relationship between the State of Delaware and Japan's Miyagi Prefecture, and in 2018 benefits the Cape Henlopen High School, Dover High School and Miyagi student exchange programs.

Events are planned for for all four days, with the main event occurring between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. This will be an indoor Japanese Street Fair at the Cultured Pearl and admission is free and open to the public.

Crafts, games, souvenirs, music and traditional Japanese street foods will all be featured, as well as a Japanese “Cosplay Fashion Show,” beginning at 3 p.m.

Visit www.cherryblossombeachfest.com for more information.

Saint Patrick’s Day “Toasting the Town” Pub Crawl (March 17). This seventh annual event has quickly become a fun tradition in Milford, with six local businesses, two restaurants and five breweries participating in this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day festivities. 

The event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, all throughout the downtown area of Milford. 

Contact Downtown Milford, Inc., at 302-839-1180 for more information.

Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park Flea Market (March 17). The Officer's Club, within the confines of Cape Henlopen State Park, plays host this Saturday to a special flea market, with proceeds used to support the programs at the park.

Merchandise, hot dogs, chili, large pretzels and baked goods will all be on sale during the course of the event, which is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Visit www.friendsofcapehenlopen.org for more information.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here in the coastal region.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!