April is upon us…finally! It’s safe to say the month of March won’t be greatly missed on the Eastern Shore considering the abysmal weather we’ve endured for the past few weeks. Despite some Delmarvalous events held in March we are ready to say “so long” to March and give a very warm “hello” to April. It’s only fitting that we welcome April and Spring by reveling in all of the months’ events. From Boardwalkin’ for Pets in Ocean City to Berlin’s Coolest Party, April is primed to melt away all of our wintertime (and snowy) blues.

Walk MS: Saturday, April 5th; 9am-1pm; Salisbury

Each year Walk MS brings together those battling MS and their loved ones for a day meant for celebrating the progress made against MS, as well as, to show the power of strong connections and community. When you participate in Walk MS the funds raised will go towards providing hope and strength for the more than 6,000 people living with MS in our community, including cutting-edge research and life-changing programs. For more information on how you can participate in the 5k walk or how to donate, visit walkmdm.nationalsociety.org.

Eastern Shore Fan Con: April 5th; 10am-7pm

The Shore’s biggest anime, comic book and video game event celebrates its third year this Saturday at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Admission is $10 or $8 if you come in costume. For more information, visit www.easternshorefancon.com.

Barks in the Forest: Fun Walk for Dogs: April 5th; 9am

It’s time to get back outside, and that means your four-legged friends too! Furnace Town hosts Barks in the Forest this week, with a dog walk at 10am. Included with your paid admission($10) will be dog treats and surprises, door prizes and free admission to the Furnace Town Village following the walk. All dogs must be leashed, under the control of their owners and up to date on their vaccinations.

2014 Lewes Tulip Festival: April 10th-April 12th

It’s the 5th Annual Lewes Tulip Festival and we can’t think of a better representation of spring than a beautiful arrangement of colorful tulips. Each year, Lewes in Bloom members and other community volunteers band together to plant tulips in the city’s parks and public spaces. The event has grown over the years thanks to generous sponsors and now includes a Tip Toe to the Tulip Map, a photography contest, the Tulip Festival Quilt Exhibit and more. For more information, visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.

Berlin Holistic Health Fair: April 12th; 11am-2pm

Zenna Wellness Studio hosts a health fair filled with holistic vendors and information on everything from juicing to chiropractic care to holistic dog care. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy life.

Berlin Hosts America’s Coolest Party: April 12th; 1am-6pm

America’s Coolest Small Town felt the wrath of Mother Nature last month when heavy rain and storms forced the town to change the date for America’s Coolest Party. Have no fear, the show will go on and will include a parade and downtown throw down in Historic Downtown Berlin.

Komen MD Ocean City Race for the Cure: April 13th @ 7am

Ocean City celebrates the 3rd year for the Parade of Pink, as hundreds of women, men and children gather to walk to the boardwalk for the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. The Race Village opens at 7am with the 5k run and the 5k walk starting at 9am and 9:30am respectively.

Paint Snow Hill: April 17th-April 20th

More than 50 artists from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will descend upon Snow Hill for this three-day Plein Air event sponsored by Bishop’s Stock Fine Art and Fine Craft. The artists’ work will be on display on Saturday, April 19th for a Preview Party, as well as, Sunday, April 20th in the Old Firehouse on Green Street. For more information call 410-632-3555.

Delmarva Birding Weekend: April 25th-April 27th

If you couldn’t tell by our obsession (to put it mildly) with the snowy owl irruption this winter, we are bird enthusiasts. Delmarva Birding weekend celebrates the spring migration of thousands of warblers, shorebirds, waterfowl and raptors with a weekend full of boat trips, paddling treks and expeditions by foot. Birders are encouraged to remind local businesses that they are here to enjoy Delmarva’s natural areas and the birds that inhabit them. Through low-impact tourism, you can help promote bird and habitat conservation. Visit delmarvabirding.org for more information.

Dewey Beach Bacon Fest: April 26th; 1pm-4pm

First there was the Apple Scrapple Festival, then Pork in the Park, and now…the Dewey Beach Bacon Fest! From 1pm until 4pm guests will tour participating businesses and taste amazing bacon inspired samples. Restaurants, caterers and bacon artisans are welcome to compete for “Best Bacon on the Beach.” And because bacon and beer go hand and hand, expect to sample many delicious bacon-inspired brews as well. For more information, call 302-227-7796.

Romp in the Swamp: April 25-27

Prepare yourselves for Worcester County’s First Annual Romp in the Swamp. Friday night, Jeeps will invade Downtown Snow Hill for the People’s Choice Jeep Show, live entertainment by Opposite Directions and a cornhole tournament. Saturday and Sunday the party moves to the Pocomoke Fairgrounds for vendors, swap meets, obstacle courses, mud pits, Jeep tug-o-war and more!

Boardwalkin’ for Pets: April 26; 9am-noon

Join the Worcester County Humane Society rain or shine for their annual walk-a-thon on the Ocean City Boardwalk. All proceeds will benefit the Ocean City area’s no-kill shelter. Either bring your pet for a fun day on the boards or make arrangements ahead of time to walk a shelter dog. Either way, head out to support our local shelter.

Ocean 98.1 Bloody Mary Contest @ Fager’s Island: April 27th; Noon

It’s that time of year, time for the Ocean 98.1 Annual Bloody Mary Contest. Local businesses register and participate each year for the chance to be named the winner for Spiciest, Best Presentation or Best Overall Bloody Mary. The competition heats up – literally – as guests sample the various concoctions.