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Sometimes the best events are when the crowds are gone...
Fireside Chat at Cold Spring Brewery: 4. Cold Spring Brewery, 720 Route 9, Cape May, NJ 08204. 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gather around the fireplace for a lecture on “Dangerous at Both Ends: The 19th Century American Whaling Industry” by Jim Stephens, Deputy Director, Historic Cold Spring Village. 609-884-898-2300, ext. 11. www.hcsv.org

Murder Mystery Weekend: 5-6. East Lynne Theater will host the weekend at The Henry Sawyer Inn at 722 Columbia Avenue and Twin Gables Inn at 731 Columbia Avenue in Cape May, NJ 08204. These exciting weekends allow guests to portray the detective, murderer, victim, witness, curious bystander, and other crime-related characters, with Frank Smith, an experienced retired Philadelphia police detective, giving just enough information to get sleuthing skills going. Packages include Friday night appetizers at the Henry Sawyer Inn, dinner at one of Cape May’s fine restaurants, breakfasts at the inns, and a dessert reception on Saturday evening – all while guests continue to gather clues to solve the crime. The all-inclusive cost for two people in a deluxe room is $529 plus tax; an upgrade to a 2-room suite is $60 additional. Add a third or fourth person in a suite for an additional $139 plus tax per person. Reservations are made through www.henrysawyerinn.com or by calling 609-884-5667. To reserve at www.twingables.com, call 609-884-7332. Those who do not need housing, but would like to participate in the weekend, may also contact The Henry Sawyer Inn about cost and details. For information about this and other East Lynne Theater Company events, call 609-884-5898 or visit www.eastlynnetheater.org

Girls Weekend: 5-7. Ocean City. It’s time to put yourself first! Girls Weekend Downtown on Asbury Avenue between 6th and 14th Streets. Fashion show Kick-Off Event on Friday evening, shopping and dining specials all weekend, accommodation packages, wellness classes, and so much more! www.oceancityvacation.com

County Healthcare Resource Day: 6. Wildwoods Convention Center. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 609-463-6521 or www.CMCHealth.net

OC Con Super Hero Run – 1 Mile & Kids Super Hero Obstacle Dash: 6. Ocean City. Pre-registration & Race Day Registration. 9:00AM Start Carey Stadium 6th St & Atlantic Ave. For more information & registration 609-525-9317. www.ocnj.us

Wildwood Fishing & Boating Expo: 6-7. Wildwoods Convention Center. Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 609-377-1617. www.FishingExpoWildwood.com

OC Con - Comic Book & Memorabilia Show: 6-7. Ocean City. Join us for a fun filled weekend at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. www.ocnjcon.com

Business at the Beach Expo: 10. Wildwoods Convention Center. 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Free. 609-465-7181. www.CapeMayCountyChamber.com

Exit Zero Jazz Festival: 11-14. Cape May Convention Hall and other venues. One of the most respected music festivals in the world. Over 100 international touring musicians. Atmosphere is styled after European festivals, with fest goers strolling from venue to venue sampling the many styles of music from jazz, soul, reggae, blues, and R&B. 609-849-9202. www.exit0jazzfest.com

Waves of Grace Women’s Retreat: 12-13. Wildwoods Convention Center. Fri: 6-9 p.m. Sat: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 609-220-8529 or www.beverlymethodist.org

Second Saturday Wine Tasting: 13. Village on High, Millville – Glasstown Arts District. Admission Fee includes food tastings. 856-371-0716. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

ECC Cheer Shore Show Down: 13. Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 866-52-CHEER. www.SpiritBrands.org

Wild Chocolate & Wine Festival: 13-14. Byrne Plaza, 3400 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood. Sat.-Noon to 8 p.m. Sun- Noon to 6 p.m. It’s a dream come true for all Chocolate lovers. Byrne Plaza will be showcasing all things chocolate in one location. There will be candies, fudge, cookies, cheesecakes, fruit and nuts, just to name a few. And to top it off there will be Chocolate Wine, Beer/Stout and Spirits for sampling and bottle sales. We will also have some food trucks to satisfy your food cravings and retail vendors offering their Easter and chocolate inspired wares and products. Bring the family for some family fun activities. Join in the fun for a chance to win an Easter Basket (One each day) and enter to win the big prize on Sunday by guessing how many corks are in the wine glass. woyftevents.com

Doo Dah Parade:
13. Ocean City: 6th to 12th Streets on Asbury Avenue. Noon. Welcome Spring with this comedy parade complete with over 300 basset hounds. Starts on Asbury Ave. and then up to the Boardwalk ending at the Music Pier. The annual Pieasco will follow as the grand finale! For more information call 609-399-6111. www.ocnj.us/Doo-Dah-Parade

Mr. Mature America Pageant: 13. Ocean City Music Pier: Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. 7pm. A pageant for Men 55 years and older. First event of its kind in the U.S. Contestants compete in talent, poise and interview categories. Pageant will emphasize the relevance and contributions of our Senior Citizens. or call 609-399-6111. oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice or call 609-399-6111.

The Great Egg Hunt: 13. Ocean City. 11th- 14th St. Beach. 2:30pm. Five (5) age groups 0-2yrs and 3yrs (11th Street) 4 and 5yrs (12th Street) 6 & 7yrs old (13th Street) Special Needs Children (14th Street) Rain date: April 14th. 1-800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

Beast of the East Cheerleading Championship: 14. Wildwoods Convention Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 866-52-CHEER or www.SpiritBrands.org

Greater Wildwood Chamber of Commerce Family Fun Night & Bonfire: 19. Wildwood Beach at Rio Grande Ave. 6-10 p.m. 609-729-4000 or www.Wildwoods.com

Third Friday: 19. Glasstown Arts District, Millville. The District comes alive with those enjoying the arts, entertainment and more. Exhibition openings, live music, dining and shopping in a festive atmosphere. Levoy Theatre www.levoy.net. 856-293-0556. www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

‘War at the Jersey Shore’ Youth Wrestling Tournament: 19-20. Wildwoods Convention Center. 856.642.7592 or www.AtlanticCoastWrestling.com

The Great Egg Hunt: 20. Ocean City. 11th- 14th St. Beach. 2:30pm. Five (5) age groups 0-2yrs and 3yrs (11th Street) 4 and 5yrs (12th Street) 6 & 7yrs old (13th Street), Special Needs Children (14th Street). Rain date: April 21st. 1-800-BEACH-NJ. www.oceancityvacation.com

Greater Wildwood Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt: 20. FREE. Beach at Lincoln Ave, Wildwood. Noon. Rain date 4/1. 609.729.5501. www.oceancityvacation.com

Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt: 20. FREE. Beach at 19th Avenue, North Wildwood. Noon. 609.729.2170. www.oceancityvacation.com

Ed’s Funcade Easter Sunday Egg Hunt: 21. FREE. On the Boardwalk at 23rd Ave, North Wildwood. Noon – 1:30 p.m. 609-729-3223 or www.EdsFuncade.com

Easter Sunrise Service: 21. Cape May. The Cove on Beach Avenue, 6:30am, 609-884-3949.

Easter Fashion Stroll: 21. Cape May. Rotary Park, 400 Lafayette Street, Noon Registration, 1pm stroll, 609-884-9565. www.discovercapemaynj.com

Easter Sunrise Service: 21. Ocean City. A traditional non-denominational service by the sea. All are welcome. 6:30am, Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

Dueling Pianos Show: 21. Ocean City in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. The Philly Keys will be performing their hit dueling pianos show starting at Noon. Free fun for the entire family! The Philly Keys will take a break for our annual Easter Fashion Promenade. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

Easter Fashion Promenade: 21. Ocean City in front of the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace & Boardwalk. Come dressed in your Easter’s best to stroll in our Fashion Promenade and meet the Easter Bunny. Judging begins at 1:00pm. Prizes awarded for Best Dressed Children, Teen, Adults and Family. 609-399-6111. www.oceancityvacation.com

Cape May’s Spring Celebration: 26 – May 19. Varied venues in Cape May. Celebrate the season of Spring in America’s first seaside resort with four weeks of events including a Private Homes Tour, Ghost Tours, food and wine events, a Sip Into Spring Festival and crafts show, living history programs, Armed Forces Day, Murder Mystery Dinners and much more. 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278. www.capemaymac.org

Irish Dance (Feis) Competitions: 27. Wildwoods Convention Center. 10 a.m. Free. 215-886-3669. www.cumminsschool.com/feis-at-the-beach.html

Boardwalk & Downtown Merchant Table Sales: 27-28. Ocean City. 6th – 14th Sts. on the boardwalk and Asbury Avenue. www.oceancityvacation.com

Mud Hen Half Race Series Weekend: 27-28. The Wildwoods. Several races in various locations including 8k, 5k and a kids’ race. 609-849-8908. www.DelMoSports.com

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