Whether it’s dog parades, dancing or celebrating the horseshoe crab, there’s plenty of ways to have fun with the whole family this weekend in South Jersey.

Doo Dah Parade

April 14
Share some laughter at Ocean City’s annual Doo Dah, a silly parade featuring marching bands, floats and more than 300 basset hounds. The fun starts at noon at Sixth Avenue and travels downtown along Asbury Avenue. For more information, call 609-399-6111 or visit the website.

Irish Dance Competition

April 14
Thousands of Irish dancers of all ages will perform at the Wildwood Convention Center during the “Feis at the Beach” Irish dance competition. Performances will run from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 800-992-9732 or visit the website.

Slow Art Day

April 14
Slow down at Grounds For Sculpture during Slow Art Day, a global event that aims to help people discover the joy of looking at and loving art. The event encourages visitors to spend 10 minutes looking carefully at one of a select number of artworks. Free with park admission. For more information, visit the website.

The Dance

April 14
Join Lourdes Health System for a night full of dining and entertainment at Fairmount Water Works on Philadelphia’s Boathouse Row. The evening starts at 6 pm and will celebrate the 2018 Healing Spirit Honoree Dr. Alan Pope. Tickets are $375. For more information, visit the website.

Hope Gala

April 14
Celebrate cancer survivors during the American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala at The Merion in Cinnaminson. Dance to live entertainment and enjoy a cocktail hour and dinner from 7 pm to midnight. Cost is $250. For more information, call 215-985-5342 or email Ali.gill@cancer.org.

Earth Day Celebration

April 15
Plant trees, vegetables and flowers while learning about Liberty Lake Day Camp in Bordentown from 11am to 3pm. Have a s’more, enjoy educational activities and more. Current, past and prospective camp families are encouraged to attend. There is no cost. For more information, visit the website.

Celebrate Horseshoe Crabs

April 15
Head to the Rancocas Nature Center for “Connect with Nature: The Season of the Horseshoe Crab,” as these prehistoric creatures get ready for their annual migration and spawning across SJ shores. The nature center will offer a closer look at the horseshoe crab during this special event presented by Sue Slotterback of the Wetlands Institute. This event is free, but donations are encouraged. For more information, visit the website.

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