Ocean City Running Festival

Runners, there’s still time to sign up for this Saturday’s running festival! For those already registered, check out the schedule of events as provided by race organizer, Corrigan Sports.

Runners Schedule of Events

Ocean City, Maryland’s Roland E. Powell Convention Center
4001 Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD 21842

You must sign-up for this option HERE.

501 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842

501 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842

All half-marathon participants should park at the Inlet Parking Lot and take the shuttle buses to your start line at Assateague State Park in the day beach parking lot.  These shuttles will only travel one-way (to the start line prior to the race) and will not make any return trips to the park.  By parking at the Inlet, your vehicle will be waiting for you when you finish the race and you will be able to depart at your leisure. \

PLEASE NOTE: There is no race day parking available at the Assateague State Park day beach lot. Runners may be dropped off at the round-a-bout outside the day beach lot but are required to do so prior to 8:00am so that we can make way for the shuttle bus drop off and the arrival of marathoners.

We will have enough shuttle buses for every one of the half-marathon starters.  ALL SHUTTLE BUSES WILL LEAVE SIMULTANEOUSLY AT 7:50am after the start of the full marathon and just prior to the 5K/8K Start. Please do not miss your bus as there will be no alternate travel plans available.

Shuttles are scheduled to arrive at the half-marathon start line at 8:15am.  Once you arrive, the bathhouse with toilets, and sinks will be open. (We will supplement the bathhouse with additional port-a-pots.) In addition the 5 Tides Restaurant and Retail Shop will be open offering cooked to order breakfast, premium coffee, snacks and more!

8a- 5K & 8K START TIME
501 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842

Main Beach Parking Lot

501 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842


Known for his High energy, passionate and soulful performances, Jimmy Charles is a rising star you don’t want to miss. An Ocean City, Md. native, Jimmy Charles headed to Nashville to pursue his music dreams after graduating from Towson University. He appeared on the ninth season of “American Idol” and has toured the country opening for Lady Antebellum, Montgomery Gentry, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Merle Haggard and more since launching his music career in 2014. The singer/songwriter found early success with his first single, “Whatever It Takes,” and the power of his second release, “Superman,” solidified his place in the spotlight. Currently his single “They Grow Up Too Fast” is one of the top trending audios on Social media Reels and stories and his song/video “It’s a Maryland Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand” along with receiving Millions of collective streams/views is also being referred to as the new anthem for the State.

501 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842

501 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, MD 21842

Good luck to everyone running in the inaugural festival! Tag us in your photos on social @ocmdhotels

Enjoy SunFest Weekend: The Events Schedule

The much-anticipated SunFest is almost here, and the schedule for music and activities promises a great weekend. Let’s take a closer look at the exciting lineup of daily activities, events, and of course, the music line-up.

Daily Activities

Beach Tennis – Try It! Workshop
Try your hand at Beach Tennis, learning the rules and getting some cardio in. Bring your friends and family, and enjoy a great time.

10:00am-6:30pm: Thursday-Saturday
10am-5:30pm: Sunday

Beach Maze
With Halloween coming soon, Ocean City is also celebrating the holiday during SunFest with a spooky beach maze.

10:00am-5:30pm: Thursday-Sunday

Beach Tractor Rides
The perfect fall activity awaits. Experience the beach and the ocean a different way with the tractor rides. Rides are $5 per person.

11:00am-6pm: Thursday-Saturday
11:00am-5pm: Sunday

BMX Freestyle Exhibition & Workshop
Enjoy the stunts and tricks of BMX riders, and try your hand as well.

10:00am-6:30pm: Thursday-Saturday
10:00am-4:30pm: Sunday

Bike Events at Sunfest

Sunray Bicycle Sprint Race
Get your heart and legs pumping during the Sunray Bicycle Sprint Race. The race has two age groups – 200 meters for ages 15 and over and 50 meters for younger riders. The race takes place between the Pier and Talbot Street. Check and practices start at 8:30am, and official runs start at 10am.

Saturday 10:00am-12:30pm

Beachin’ Bikes Show-N-Shine & Swap Meet
Showcase your bicycles or bike related products at Sunfest’s Show-n-Shine or Swap Meet. Show off your coolest bikes or participate in the judging during the show, and sell or trade your products and parts during the Swap Meet. Show judging starts at 2:30pm and awards will be presented at 5:30pm.

Saturday 10:00am-5:30pm

Pet Events at Sunfest

Casual Pet Competitions
No training required – only fun! Competitions include “Most Tail Wags in 60 Seconds,” “Ball Catch,” “Consecutive Treat Toss,” and more.

11:30am – 12:30pm: Thursday
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Friday
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Sunday

Dock Dogs National Point Competition
Make a splash and watch Dock Dog athletes get major air time during the Dock Dogs competition featuring events like Big Air Wave, Extreme Vertical, and Speed Retrieve.

11:00am – 5:30pm: Thursday
11:00am – 5:30pm: Friday & Saturday
11:00am – 5:00pm: Sunday

PETx Talks
Learn more about being a pet owner from experts from pet care tips to training insights.

3:30pm:  Friday at Caroline Stage – Tally Jackson of K9 Legend
11:00am: Saturday at Caroline Stage – Abby Morells of Shore Dog Training
10:30am:  Sunday at Caroline Stage – Tally Jackson & Abby Morells

K-9 Demonstrations
Check out the training and techniques of dogs at the top of their field.

2:30pm – 3:00pm:  Thursday
11:30am – 12:00pm:  Friday
2:00pm – 2:30pm:  Sunday

Weave Poles & Agility Course
Test out your furry friends’ abilities and agility.

1:00pm – 2:00pm:  Friday
11:30am – 12:30pm:  Saturday
12:30pm – 1:30pm:  Sunday

Halloween Events

Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade & Pageant
Another great halloween event during SunFest! Dress your furry friend up and bring them down to the boardwalk for a fun parade and pageant.

1pm – 3pm:  Saturday

Great Pumpkin Race
Grab a pumpkin and wheels for a downhill race. Whether you prioritize decor or speed, it’s sure to be a good time for participants and spectators.

Registration:  11:30am – 12:30pm
Races Begin:  1:00pm

OC Jeep Club Drive In Disguise & Trunk or Treat
Dress your Jeep for a scare, and then drive down the beach! After the Drive In, enjoy a Trunk or Treat.

Drive in Disguise: 3:00pm
Trunk or Treat: 3:45pm

Saturday Evening Beach Bonfire & Fireworks
After sunset, enjoy a cozy bonfire, live music, and amazing fireworks.

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Fireworks start at 7:00pm

2023 Sunfest Music Lineup

Thursday October 19th

Midway Stage
The Uptown Band – 10:00am
Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia – 1:00pm
Making Waves – 4:00pm

Beach Stage
Chris Sacks Band – 11:30am
Forever TINA The World’s #1 Salute to Tina Turner – 2:30pm
Live Wire – The Ultimate AC/DC Experience – 5:30pm

Friday October 20th

Midway Stage
Beatlemania Again – 10:00am
Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Salt Water Cowboys – 1:00pm
NOMaD – 4:00pm

Beach Stage
Signal Fire – 11:30am
Romeodelight – 2:30pm
Balllyhoo! – 5:30pm

Saturday October 21st

Midway Stage
The McCartney Experience – 11:30am
Guy in Thin Ties – 2:30pm
Monkee Paw – 4:30pm

Beach Stage
Rick K. Road Trip – 10:00am
Spin Doctors – 1:00pm
Not Reely Dan “Steely Dan Tribute Band” – 3:30pm
TreeHouse – 5:30pm

Sunday October 22nd

Midway Stage
Island Fusion – 10:00am
8 Ohms Band – 12:30pm
Callum and the Storm – 3:00pm

Beach Stage
Dry Reef – 11pm
Girlfriend in a Coma – 2:00pm
The Reagan Years – 4:00pm

SunFest promises a great weekend filled with activities, live music, and more that’s sure to keep crowds entertained. From beach tennis to BMX exhibitions, pet competitions to thrilling K-9 demonstrations, even Halloween-themed events like the Great Pumpkin Race, and of course all the art and artisanal products vendors are selling, there’s something for everyone. With great performances and activites lined up all weekend, SunFest 2023 is going to be an event you don’t want to miss. Join the fun and make lasting memories at SunFest this year!

Thanksgiving Dinners in Ocean City, Maryland

As Thanksgiving is just over a month away, now is the perfect time to plan your holiday feast. If you are spending the holiday in Ocean City or are local and just want a break from the kitchen and no cleanup, you are in for a treat! From traditional turkey with all the trimmings to your favorite OC seafood classics, our restaurants offer a great spread and tons of options to choose from.

So get ready to discover the perfect spots to indulge on your Thanksgiving favorites and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Marlin Moon

Indulge in the ultimate Thanksgiving feast at Marlin Moon! From the moment you step in you’ll be treated to a feast unlike any you’ve had before, offering a carving station where you can savor tender roasted turkey, honey glazed ham, and pit beef top round au jus. Or you can dive into their seafood display featuring shrimp cocktail, their famous raw oysters, and smoked salmon. Warm up with the hot station featuring your favorite Thanksgiving sides like spiced sweet potatoes, mac & cheese, green beans and more. You can also hit the cold station for fresh salads, roasted veggies and all the classic Thanksgiving condiments including cranberry sauce.

But don’t forget dessert! Indulge in their pumpkin and apple pies, chocolate chip cookies, and hot peach cobbler at the dessert station.

With prices just $49 per person, $19 for children ages 6-12, and kids 5 and under free, their Thanksgiving feast is an unbeatable value for such a delicious spread!
Seating is limited, so don’t wait to make your reservation; call 410-289-1201 or book online at marlinmoonocmd.com to reserve your spot!

Captain’s Table

Join Captain’s Table this Thanksgiving for a feast like no other. Their Thanksgiving buffet menu is a mix of your favorite Thanksgiving treats and seafood eats. Start your meal with a variety of starters like fruit salad, cheese and crackers, and a smoked salmon board. Indulge in warm rolls, caesar and garden salads, and rich cream of crab soup. The carving station showcases cider-brined turkey breast and honey glazed ham. Entrees include lobster-baked haddock, creole fried oysters, steakhouse grilled sirloin tips, and shrimp and andouille gumbo. Sides like sweet potato casserole and brown sugar glazed carrots round out the meal.

For dessert, enjoy apple pie, pecan pie bars, and more

Priced at just $49 per person, $19 for children ages 6-12, and free dining for kids 5 and under, this Thanksgiving feast is not to be missed.

Join Captain’s Table between 12-5pm on Thanksgiving Day; call 410-289-7192 for seating times or make your reservation online at captainstableoc.com.

32 Palm

Celebrate Thanksgiving in style at 32 Palm where their incredible Thanksgiving Dinner promises a feast you won’t forget! Their Thanksgiving menu features a carving station with mouthwater slow-roasted prime rib, roasted turkey breast, and a delicious variety of entrees from roasted salmon to honey roasted ham. Enjoy your favorite Thanksgiving sides like mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and cornbread stuffing. Indulge in an array of decadent desserts like apple cobbler, assorted cheesecakes, pumpkin pie, and pecan pie.

For seafood lovers, their cold salad display features shrimp cocktail, oysters on a half shell, smoked fish, and lobster bisque as well as a field greens or wedge salad.

Join them from 12-5pm on Thanksgiving day, and secure your reservation by calling 410-289-2525 or booking online at 32palm.com. The price is just $49 per person, with a special rate of $19 for children aged 6-12, and kids 5 and under eat free. Make your holiday memorable with the flavors of 32 Palm.

Coral Reef

This Thanksgiving, Coral Reef invites you to savor the season with their delicious Thanksgiving menu. Choose from three platters, perfect for satisfying those holiday cravings: the Traditional meal featuring herb-roasted turkey with dress and gravy, or smoked ham; the Eastern Shore meal which includes herb-roasted turkey, smoked ham, and crispy fried oysters; or indulge in the Prime Rib Special, a tender prime rib slow-roasted to perfection and served with au jus.

All meals come complete with your choice of soup or salad, fresh rolls, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole or the veggie of the day, and garlic redskin mashed potatoes.

Save room for dessert because they have apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and sweet potato pie.

The whole family is welcomed and encouraged to come as we have a kids menu available at $15 and children 5 and under eat free.

Dinner is served from 12 to 5pm. Make your reservation today by calling 410-289-2612 or book online at coralreefrestaurant.com for a Thanksgiving celebration you won’t forget.

This Thanksgiving, OCMD Restaurants offer a variety of delightful dining options for both locals and visitors seeking a memorable feast without the stress of cooking and cleaning. From traditional turkey to ocean-fresh seafood, they are ready to serve you and your loved ones. Whether you opt for the delicious offerings at Marlin Moon, the amazing buffet menu at Captain’s Table, the savory spread at 32 Palm, or the diverse choices at Coral Reef, you’re in for an unforgettable Thanksgiving celebration.

So, don’t wait too long to secure your reservations, as seating is limited, and these incredible feasts are priced affordably, ensuring that your holiday is not only delicious but also a great value. Make this Thanksgiving a time to savor amazing flavors and create cherished memories with family and friends.

Ocean’s Calling 2023

A Wave of Fun: Oceans Calling Festival Recap in Ocean City, Maryland

Ocean City, Maryland, a coastal gem known for its stunning beaches, vibrant boardwalk, and lively atmosphere, recently hosted the much-anticipated Oceans Calling Festival. This weekend-long event brought together music and the Ocean City community in a spectacular way. Let’s dive into the highlights and unforgettable moments from this festival that made waves along the Atlantic coast.

Day 1: The Opening Splash
The festival kicked off with a burst of energy and enthusiasm as attendees gathered at the Inlet, where the main stage was set against the backdrop of rolling waves. The first day featured a lineup of local bands, captivating the crowd with their musical talents. People lounged on the beach, soaking in the sounds, all while enjoying drinks and tasty eats.
Musical performances that stood out included Toad the Wet Sprocket, Michael Franti, Alanis Morisette and Jack Johnson. Personally my favorite was when Michael Franti joined Jack Johnson together on the Sea Bright stage.

Day 2: Some Rain and A Lot of Fun
Saturday was all about the music and not paying attention to the rain. The incredible performances didn’t stop all day long! Memorable performances included Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Noel Kahan and John Mayer. Another personal favorite was the
energy and excitement provide by Incubus.

Day 3: Rhythms of the Sea
The festival reached its crescendo on the final day with amazing weather and an incredible lineup of nationally renowned musicians. Headliners brought their A-game, creating an electric atmosphere that had the entire crowd dancing on the sandy shores. The sound of the waves provided the perfect natural accompaniment to the music, creating a unique sensory experience.
Weezer and the Lumineers played their hearts out to the crowd’s delight. My personal favorite wash the O.A.R. and Friends including the legendary DMC!

Community and Togetherness
Oceans Calling Festival was not just an event; it was a gathering of like-minded individuals who shared a passion for music, good times, and the ocean.

Riding the Waves of Excitement
The Oceans Calling Festival in Ocean City, Maryland, was a resounding success, bringing together music, friends, food, drinks and community in a celebration of Ocean City. As the festival ended, the waves of enthusiasm, appreciation, and hope continued to ripple out into the world, as we all can’t wait for Oceans Calling 2024!

We have many great options for hotel rooms within walking and biking distances to the festival. Make sure to book your room for 2024! 

Exploring the Natural Beauty of Northside Park in Ocean City, Maryland

Exploring the Natural Beauty of Northside Park in Ocean City, Maryland

Nestled in along the bay in Northern Ocean City, Maryland, Northside Park is a hidden gem that offers a delightful escape from the bustling boardwalk and crowded beaches. This 58-acre recreational wonderland is a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts, families, and anyone seeking a peaceful retreat. From serene walking trails to pristine ponds, vibrant gardens, and a wide array of recreational facilities, Northside Park has something for everyone. In this article, we’ll take you on a virtual tour of this splendid oasis by the sea.

The Park’s Natural Beauty

As you step into Northside Park, the first thing that strikes you is its natural beauty. The park is meticulously landscaped, boasting well-manicured lawns, lush trees, and colorful flowers that create a tranquil atmosphere. It’s an ideal place for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or simply relaxing and taking in the sights and sounds of nature.

Recreational Facilities

Northside Park is not just about serene surroundings; it also offers a wide range of recreational facilities to keep visitors of all ages entertained. Here are some of the key attractions within the park:

Playgrounds: The park features multiple playgrounds for children, equipped with swings, slides, and climbing structures. It’s a great place for kids to burn off some energy while parents relax nearby.

Sports Fields: Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, and even a multi-purpose sports arena. You can often catch local teams practicing or playing games here.

Fishing and Crabbing: The park’s lagoon is a popular spot for fishing and crabbing. Bring your fishing gear or crab traps, and enjoy a day of angling. Just be sure to check Maryland’s fishing regulations before you cast your line.

Picnic Areas: Northside Park has numerous picnic areas with tables and grills, making it a great place for a family barbecue or a simple picnic lunch.

Walking and Biking Trails: Explore the park’s picturesque trails, which wind their way through the park’s natural areas. These trails are perfect for a leisurely walk, jog, or bike ride.

Boat Ramp: If you have a small boat, kayak, or paddleboard, you can access the water from the park’s boat ramp, providing opportunities for water-based recreation.

Dog Park: For dog owners, Northside Park also has a dedicated dog park, where your furry friend can run and play off-leash in a safe environment.

Events and Festivals

Throughout the year, Northside Park hosts a variety of events and festivals that draw locals and visitors alike. The park’s sprawling layout provides ample space for large gatherings and festivities. Some of the most popular events include outdoor concerts, art shows, and the Winterfest of Lights during the holiday season. Be sure to check the park’s event calendar to see what’s happening during your visit.

Northside Park in Ocean City, Maryland, is a testament to the town’s commitment to preserving natural beauty and providing recreational opportunities for its residents and visitors. Whether you’re looking to relax in a peaceful environment, engage in outdoor activities, or attend exciting events, Northside Park has something for everyone. So, the next time you find yourself in Ocean City, make sure to take a break from the beach and boardwalk to explore this hidden gem. You’ll discover a serene and vibrant oasis waiting to be explored.

October Events in Ocean City, MD: Fun-filled Festivities Await!

As October rolls in, Ocean City is gearing up for a month of exciting events that promise something for everyone. From classic car shows and live music to Halloween festivities and beer festivals, there’s no shortage of entertainment and things to do. Let’s dive into the thrilling lineup of October events in Ocean City!

Endless Summer Cruisin’ (October 4th-8th)

Get ready for the 26th Annual Endless Summer Cruisin in Ocean City, Maryland, from October 4th to 8th, 2023. This event is a paradise for car enthusiasts, with car shows and vendors at various locations, including the OC Convention Center Parking Lot and Inlet Parking Lot. Special guest Priscilla Barnes, known for her role in Three’s Company, will be there, as well as Kevin “Kevdogg” Schiele from Bitchin’ Rides. Enjoy live music and don’t miss “The Greatest Piano Men” Broadway-style show that celebrates iconic ‘piano men’ like Stevie Wonder, Elton John, and more. Plus, check out boardwalk parades for added fun.

For more info and tickets/passes, check out the event page.

OCRV & Van Lifestyle Show (October 12th-15th)

Discover the ultimate RV adventure at the OCRV & Van Lifestyle Show in Ocean City, MD, from October 12 to 15, 2023. This event at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center offers an exciting and educational experience for RV enthusiasts. Explore a diverse range of motorhomes, custom van builds, tiny homes, and more. Attend workshops on outdoor space optimization and RV maintenance, and for some added fun, enjoy BMX bike stunts and scenic bayside cruises. Shop for the latest adventure gear and try cutting-edge equipment, and immerse yourself in expert-led seminars. Don’t miss this unforgettable event for family-friendly travel and exploration.

Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band(October 13th)

Experience the electrifying Broadway’s Rock of Ages Band on October 13th. Comprised of rock star musicians and lead singers from the original cast of the Tony Award-nominated musical, this band delivers a thrilling concert. They’re dedicated to recreating ‘80s rock hits with authenticity, performing songs by iconic bands like Bon Jovi, Foreigner, Journey, and more. These musicians have even played with some of the original artists. The lead singers, renowned Broadway stars, elevate the show with their exceptional vocals. Witness the energy, excitement, and nostalgia of ‘80s rock brought to life on stage.

Get your tickets to the performance here.

Harbor Day at the Docks: A Maritime Heritage Festival (October 14th)

Explore maritime heritage at the harborside festival along Sunset Avenue in West Ocean City Commercial Harbor. This event pays homage to the area’s rich history and vibrant fishing industries. Enjoy seafood cooking demos, crab picking contests, fish cleaning showcases, and exhibits highlighting local fishermen and nautical artisans. Dive into educational displays, savor delicious food, and check out the free kids’ activities. The festivities start at 10 am with a traditional Blessing of the Fleet ceremony. Don’t miss live performances by the Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra from 10am-12pm and Randy Lee Ashcraft & the Saltwater Cowboys from 1-3pm. It’s a day of maritime celebration and family fun!

Bronco Beach Bash (October 14th-15th)

Join the Bronco Beach Bash at Ocean City’s Inlet Parking Lot. The main event boasts a Show & Shine competition for Bronco owners to showcase their rides. Watch the Bronco Beach Cruise parade along the beach, commencing at sunrise and ending at 30th Street. For thrill-seekers, the custom-built Sand Course offers three shifts of obstacle fun right on the beach. The event runs from 10 am to 5 pm on both October 14th and 15th. Plus, don’t miss the exclusive Broncos After Dark social events around Ocean City on Friday and Saturday evenings. It’s a weekend of Bronco excitement!

For tickets, check out broncobeachbash.com.

Sunfest (October 19th-22nd)

Ocean City’s iconic Sunfest is back for its 48th year, promising an unforgettable experience. This festival combines art, crafts, and delicious food, featuring talented artisans, artists and food vendors offering everything from Eastern Shore specialties to a variety of flavors like pit beef, gyros, and Asian cuisine. Beer and wine are available for purchase to complement your food. With free live entertainment throughout the day, Sunfest 2023 ensures there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The best part? Admission to this four-day extravaganza is entirely free, making it a must-attend event for all seeking a taste of Ocean City.

OCtoberfest (October 19th-22nd)

Get ready for a spooktacular time at Ocean City’s OCtoberfest from October 19th to 22nd. The festivities kick off with a Halloween Beach Maze running from Thursday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm. Don’t miss the Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade on the 21st at 1 pm, where furry friends flaunt their costumes. On the 22nd, join the excitement with the Great Pumpkin Race at 1 pm, followed by Drive in Disguise and Trunk or Treat (times to be announced). It’s a weekend of frightful fun and family-friendly activities to celebrate the Halloween spirit by the beach.

Shore Craft Beer’s OCtoberfest (October 28th)

Prepare for an unforgettable beer festival at Shore Craft Beer’s OCtoberfest on October 28th. This event located in Sunset Park boasts 15+ local craft breweries offering UNLIMITED tastings of over 40 beer styles, meads, and seltzers. Groove to live music and explore a wide range of vendors. Satisfy your taste buds with delectable offerings from local food trucks. The first 1500 attendees will receive commemorative pints. VIPs enjoy 4 hours of fun, while GAs get 3 hours. This family and pet-friendly fest promises a day of great beer, music, and outdoor enjoyment.

For tickets, check out shorecraftbeerfest.com.

Seacret’s Halloween Party & Costume Contest (October 29th)

Prepare for a Halloween party like no other, but only if you dare! Show off your most spectacular costume at Seacrets for a chance to win a thrilling trip for two to Jamaica. There are also cash prizes for the second and third-place winners, so bring your A-game. Judges will be on the lookout, so make sure to arrive early to secure your spot in the competition. The night promises a lineup of electrifying live entertainment, including Full Circle at 5 pm, Crash The Party at 9 pm, and Kono Nation with DJ Cruz at 10 pm. Get ready for a hauntingly good time!

For more details about this spook-tacular party, check out seacrets.com.

October in Ocean City, Maryland, promises a thrilling lineup of events, ensuring a memorable experience for visitors and locals alike. Whether you’re a car aficionado, music lover, or simply looking to embrace the festive spirit of the season, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the fun this October in Ocean City!

A Guide to Oceans Calling Music Festival

With Oceans Calling under two weeks away, we wanted to give you a run down of all the information from parking, to food, and more, here is all the information you’ll need to plan your festival experience!

General Info

Doors open at 12pm every day with performances starting at 12:30.Festival entrances are at North and South Division Street.The box office is located at 5 Baltimore Ave.You can buy your merch outside of the festival grounds at a pop up between 1st and 2nd streets or inside the festival grounds near the pier.You can re-enter the festival grounds as many times as you need to until 7pm.There will be security doing bag searches upon entry to the festival grounds. Don’t forget to check out Oceans Calling’s bag policy.

Getting to and from the festival

There will be three main parking lots with public transportation options to get to the festival grounds: West Ocean City Park and Ride at 12848 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842, Ocean City Convention Center Parking Lot at 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842, and 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot at 10267 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842.


OC buses will be running during the entire festival weekend to ease traffic and make getting to the festival easier. Luckily, they have a Ride-All-Day option for only $4 which allows you to ride the buses from 6am to 2am. Also, a heads up credit card payment is not accepted so make sure to have exact change for the bus fare.

The West OC Park & Ride shuttle runs to the festival grounds and back between the hours of 11am and 12am.

The OC Beach Bus runs from 144th Street to the festival grounds; however, it is running with a limited number of stops. Check out the official festival map to find your best bus stop, or check out our interactive map.

For guests at one of our hotels, your closest bus stops for traveling to the festival are 17th Street, 23rd Street, 32nd Street, 49th Street, 58th Street, and 67th Street. When you are returning to your room, northbound buses stopping at 12th Street, 22nd Street, 32nd Street, 49th Street, and 66th Street are closest to our hotels.

If you are still looking for a hotel, our properties, Hilton OceanfrontQuality Inn Oceanfront, and Holiday Inn Oceanfront still have availability, and are very close to multiple bus stops making getting to and from the festival a breeze.

Pick Up/Drop Off

If you are being picked up and dropped off by either a taxi, rideshare, or friends/family, the official pick up/drop off location is at 409 Baltimore Ave. With the influx of people for the festival, plan for extra time getting to and from, especially by car.

If you’re looking for a unique way to get to and from the festival, check out the OC Bay Hopper! This water taxi will be taking festival goers to the Talbot Street Pier at M.R. Ducks which is a very short walk to the festival grounds.

It’s $25 per person one way or $50 round trip. The OC Bay Hopper launch locations are at 118th Street, Ocean Pines Yacht Club, OC Convention Center, and West OC’s Pier 23. Seats are limited and not all locations will be running boats frequently. Check out their Oceans Calling shuttle service page for more details.

The Lineup & Schedule

Of course, what everyone is excited for is the ultra-talented line up featuring world renowned names like John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Alanis Morissette, and the Lumineers, but before these headliners take the stage, tons of amazing artists will be performing for the crowds.

Check out the schedule below so you don’t miss out on your favorite acts.

And don’t forget to check out all the local businesses that are on the festival grounds. Our Harrison’s Harbor Watch and The Wedge Bar will be available to all festival goers, and you won’t be disappointed by their delicious food and drinks, and of course, the view.

It’s sure to be an exciting weekend full of amazing live music, delicious food, and obviously tons of fun!

Mark Your Calendars: September Events You Don’t Want to Miss

With only a few days until September, we are looking forward to what the fall months are going to bring – and one of those things is some of the best events of the year!

Wine on the Beach (9/8-9)
Whether you’re a wine connoisseur or just want to do some taste testing, the Wine on the Beach Festival is a great place to try the best wines, beers, and food Maryland has to offer. Also, while you’re there, browse vendor tents selling gorgeous art and handmade products and jam to live music from local artists like Larry Lay, Bird Dog & the Road Kings, Misspent Youth, and Tranzfusion.

Tickets are $35 and include a wine glass and samples, and can be purchased in advance on their website, winefest.com. You can even bring your family if you want to. Tickets for children 13-20 are $15, and children under 12 are free!

Bikefest (9/13-17)
The largest motorcycle rally on the East Coast is back for another year! From a boardwalk parade to shopping, concerts and more, BikeFest is one of the most exciting weeks of the year. With big names like Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more are set to perform, it’s sure to be a week to remember!

Check out ocbikefest.com for more information about the rally!

AdventureFest (9/22-24)
Back for their second year, AdventureFest is a hunting, fishing, and gun show, featuring activities like K9 training, C.O.P.S. support meetings, hunting and fishing expos, a H&H memorial walk, and even a motorcycle rodeo. The event also includes live music performances by artists such as Don McLean of “American Pie” fame and David Bray, as well as auctions for custom items like a gun, surfboard, and autographed guitars. Proceeds will benefit various non-profits supporting law enforcement, military personnel, and veterans. The festival runs from September 22nd to 24th at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center.

You can purchase concert tickets at ocadventurefest.com.

Ocean’s Calling (9/29-10/1)
After being canceled last year due to severe weather, Ocean’s Calling is back and better than ever! This live music and food festival is unprecedented for the town bringing world-renown names like John Mayer, Alanis Morissette, Jack Johnson and The Lumineers – just to name a few.

But the exceptional music line-up isn’t the only exciting thing happening. Celebrity chefs, Robert Irvine, famous for his Food Network programs, Dining: Impossible and Restaurant: Impossible, and Amanda Freitag, best known for her appearances on Chopped, will be doing cooking demos, and revealing “tricks of the trade” for festival goers.

Tickets are limited, but still available at oceancscallingfestival.com

With something happening every weekend, it’s sure to be an exciting September! We hope to see you, and as always, check out our hotels for the best oceanfront accommodations!

Jolly Roger: An OC tradition since 1964

Ocean City, Maryland, is renowned for its stunning beaches, lively boardwalk, and a plethora of exciting attractions. Among these, Jolly Roger Amusements stands out as a beacon of fun and adventure. At the heart of this amusement park lies a thrilling water ride known as “Splash Mountain.” With its nautical theme and captivating twists, Splash Mountain promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the enchanting world of Splash Mountain and discover what makes it a must-visit attraction in Ocean City. We’re also thrilled to offer discounted passes at several of our hotels.

A Journey into Nautical Fantasy

As you approach Splash Mountain at Jolly Roger Amusements, you’re immediately drawn in by its elaborate nautical theme. The ride is inspired by the allure of the high seas and pirate lore, creating an immersive environment that transports riders to a world of adventure and excitement. The attention to detail is evident in the shipwrecks, seafaring decorations, and cleverly placed pirate references throughout the ride.

The Build-Up: Boarding the Ship

As you wait in line, anticipation builds with every passing moment. The ride’s soundtrack, featuring sea shanties and swashbuckling tunes, adds to the atmosphere, creating a sense of camaraderie among fellow riders. Upon reaching the boarding area, you’re met with the sight of a weathered pirate ship ready to embark on a perilous journey.

The Plunge: Heart-Pounding Thrills

Once aboard the ship, the real adventure begins. The ride’s design incorporates both gentle meanders and heart-pounding drops, catering to riders of varying thrill preferences. The twists and turns mimic the ebb and flow of ocean waves, keeping riders engaged and unsure of what to expect next. The highlight, of course, is the dramatic plunge, where the ship hurtles down a steep slope into a refreshing pool of water, creating a splash that delights riders and onlookers alike.

Captivating Sights

As you navigate the course, you’re treated to breathtaking vistas of the amusement park and the beautiful Ocean City shoreline. The ride’s elevation allows for stunning panoramic views, making it a perfect opportunity to snap memorable photos and take in the surrounding beauty.

Fun for the Whole Family

One of the standout features of Splash Mountain is its family-friendly nature. While the exhilarating drops and turns cater to thrill-seekers, the overall ride experience is designed to be enjoyed by families and groups. The thrill factor is balanced with whimsical elements that make it accessible to a wide range of visitors, from young adventurers to those seeking a more relaxed ride.


Splash Mountain at Jolly Roger Amusements in Ocean City, MD, is a true gem that captures the spirit of adventure, camaraderie, and the allure of the sea. Its intricate theming, heart-pounding thrills, and captivating sights make it a must-visit attraction for anyone exploring the vibrant world of Ocean City’s amusements. Whether you’re an avid coaster enthusiast or a family looking for shared moments of excitement, Splash Mountain offers an experience that will leave you with cherished memories of your time spent on the high seas of fun. So, next time you’re in Ocean City, be sure to set sail on this thrilling nautical adventure at Jolly Roger Amusements. Also don’t miss out on purchasing discounted passes at the Hilton, Doubletree and Oceanic hotels.

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