The recent spate of unseasonably warm weather has brought day trippers back to area beaches in recent days, and area businesses are prepping events that they hope will keep the crowds coming.

In Ocean City, Fager’s Island hosted the first edition of its annual, two-weekend Shell Shocked oyster eat Nov. 5. It had sold out about 48 hours prior to its kickoff, and those who were lucky enough to attend received an extra musical surprise.

While the soul-rock quartet Sweet Leda was the featured entertainment, the group brought along their good friends Lower Case Blues for an extended jam session.

The second installment of Shell Shocked will take place at Fager’s from noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 — and this time tickets have sold out well in advance. Classic-rock favorite Opposite Directions will provide the soundtrack this time.

In Rehoboth Beach, last week’s inaugural Towers Comedy Festival was an off-season hit. The headliners included comedienne Tig Notaro, who entertained approximately 2,000 fans Nov. 4 by playing two shows in one day at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Area bars, restaurants and hotels also received an economic boost.

This is the case again this week thanks to the 24th annual Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, which kicked off Monday and continues through Sunday, Nov. 13. In fact, eateries including Matt’s Fish Camp and Lefty’s Allley & Eats are offering discounts in partnership with the festival.

This year’s event includes 14 films and a total of 33 screenings, with most being held at the Cinema Art Theater on southbound Route One (north of Midway).

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