“Off-season” is a term that’s destined to be retired in Ocean City, thanks to a calendar that’s packed with fun activities all year ‘round.
Heritage flights, vintage planes from past eras and F-35s will showcase the current and historic marvels of military aviation in the skies above at the Ocean City Air Show,
The hum of classic engines ushers in the summer, with the Ocean City Car and Truck Show, June 11 & 12. The OC Car and Truck Show at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center is one of the largest custom car and truck shows in the country, with more than 700 vehicles and vendors.
In the following week, experience the thrill of witnessing the aerial acrobatics of the Air Force’s famous Thunderbirds at the Ocean City Air Show, June 18-19. Heritage flights, vintage planes from past eras and F-35s will showcase the current and historic marvels of military aviation in the skies above. Interactive exhibits, simulators, and food and merchandise vendors are there for the enjoyment of those on the ground. It’s not only a patriotic event, it’s pure exhilaration for spectators of all ages.
Art is in focus at Northside Park at 125th St. & the Bay on June 25 & 26, as more than 100 artists display and sell their treasures at the 16th annual Arts Alive event. Have lunch, enjoy music, and check out free educational and artistic activities for children Sat. and Sun. from 9am-5pm.
As always, Ocean City is a wonderful place to celebrate Independence Day weekend, with events on the beach and the bay. The Fourth of July Celebration brings entertainment, games, food and a giant fireworks display to Northside Park at 125th St. & the Bay. The fun begins at 8pm with a live concert followed by fireworks at 9:30pm. On the ocean side, the celebration kicks off at 8pm with a Concert on the Beach at North Division St. Fireworks will follow at 9:30pm.
Motorcycle enthusiasts will not want to miss OC BikeFest, Sept. 15-18. There will be live music, entertainment and fun at three locations: the Inlet, the Convention Center, and the Boardwalk. This year’s BikeFest headline performers will be on the Ocean Stage at the Inlet.
Summer may officially end the third week in September, but it’s hard to tell in Ocean City, as the resort’s biggest festival, Sunfest, kicks off on Sept. 22. Sunfest features fine art, distinctive crafts, performers on two stages, and a variety of food vendors. Children’s activities include hayrides and inflatables on the beach. Evening headline entertainers require tickets, available on Ticketmaster.com, or at 800-626-2326.
The Sunfest Kite Festival starts Sept. 22 between 3rd St. and 6th St. on the beaches and Boardwalk. The festival includes a children’s workshop, kite battles and the East Coast’s premier sport kite competition. Master kite flyers showcase their talents Thur.-Sun., 10am-9pm.
Hot rods will be in town Columbus Day weekend as the 17th Annual Endless Summer Cruisin’, beginning Oct. 6, brings over 2,000 hot rods, customs and classic cars to the resort. Admission is charged for this 4-day event.
O.C.Toberfest returns to Ocean City Oct. 22-23 and 29-30 with free family fun! Meander through the Halloween Beach Maze while encountering pirates, witches, zombies and ghosts. Children of all ages will be pleasantly horrified by the spooky characters that lurk within this maze. On Oct. 22 at 1pm, dress your family pooch up in his best Halloween costume and march on the Boardwalk in the “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade” for a chance at prizes and other treats. Monetary and pet supply donations will be collected at this free event to support the Worchester County Humane Society. The fun continues on the following Saturday, Oct. 29 at 1pm with “The Great Pumpkin Race.” Contestants build their own unique pumpkin racecars and compete in speed and creativity. Enter your own pumpkin hot-rod or cheer on your favorite. Either way, “The Great Pumpkin Race” will have you rolling in entertainment.
Ocean City really shines Nov. 17-Jan. 1, when Winterfest of Lights brings dazzling lights to locations throughout the town for the holidays. Tour the tunnel of lights and the Inlet and see the old-fashioned lighted wreaths along city streets. Northside Park at 125th St. & the Bay is a must-see, with hundreds of animated lighted displays. Browse the gift shop, have a photo taken with Santa, and sip hot chocolate in the heated, decorated tent while you wait to tour the lights on a tram for a small fee.
Entry to many of these events are with paid admission, so please visit www.ococean.com/events or call 800-OC-OCEAN for information on prices, parking, hours, and more.