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MAY

Ravens Beach Bash. Fans can join players, mascots, cheerleaders and more as the team turns beachtown into Ravenstown, May 29-31. Activities include flag football, tailgating, a bonfire and more. The action is headquartered at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel. Info: clarionoc.com or 410-524-3535

Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts. The Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts, a group of more than 75 Ravens fan club members in the Mid-Atlantic region will hold their annual parade on May 31. The two-hour parade will feature Ravens players and cheerleaders, bands, floats and mascots. Event will begin at 10 a.m. and run along Baltimore Avenue, from 19th Street to 26th Street. Free. Info: 443-619-5130

OC Beach Lights. On Sunday nights, May 24- Aug. 31, see an 8-minute laser light show that fills the sky with special effects, music – and new this year, fireworks — all visible from the boardwalk. A special patriotic show kicks off the summer season on Memorial Day weekend. Show times are 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Free. Info: ococean.com

JUNE

Movies on the Beach. Enjoy the first night of free Movies on the Beach. The movies are shown Wednesday evenings, June 4 through Aug. 27, at 8:30 p.m. at the Carousel Resort Hotel, 118th Street Oceanfront. Rain or shine. Info: ococean.com

Mako Mania. So you think you can catch a shark? The 18th annual Mako Mania shark tournament will be held June 6-8 at the Bahia Marina, between 21st and 22nd streets. Even people who don't compete enjoy watching the sharks being weighed. Info: bahiamarina.com

O.C. Cruzers.  Check out the cool vehicles displayed by The O.C. Cruzers along Somerset Street, near the boardwalk. The cars will be displayed during all of Somerset Plaza's music events. Dates are June 8, June 15, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24 and Sept. 21. Info: ocdc.org

Wine in the Park.  Sample microbrew beers and wines all weekend from Mid-Atlantic vineyards while listening to live music and enjoying delicious food. Wine in the Park runs noon to 8 p.m. June 13-15 at Northside Park, 125th Street. The $25 admission include a wineglass and samples. Info: winefest.com

Art's Alive. Art's Alive offers its annual Fine Art Show at Northside Park, June 14-15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with more than 100 artists displaying and selling their works. There's also live music, food and art activities for kids. Free. Info: ococean.com/events/arts-alive

Maryland State Firemen's Association conference. Maryland State Firemen's Association comes to Ocean City for its annual conference June 15-18. A three-hour parade with fire-fighting equipment, bands and floats will begin at 1 p.m. on June 18, and travels along Baltimore Avenue from 16th Street to 30th Street. Info: msfa.org

OC Air Show. The OC Air Show, June 14-15, features team parachute jumps and formation flights — just a few of the awe-inspiring attractions to see at this popular annual event. This year the event will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The show is free and visible along the length of the Boardwalk, but VIP seating is available. Info: ocairshow.com

OC Car and Truck Show. All things automotive, including classic vehicles and trick trucks, make the OC Car and Truck Show one of the largest car shows on the East Coast. Expect special guest appearances, live entertainment, interactive displays and vendors selling all kinds of stuff for cars and trucks. The show, held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, runs 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 21 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 22. Info: occarshow.com

Dew Tour in Ocean City. Skateboarders, BMX bikers and more action sports competitors will perform dizzying feats of athleticism during the Dew Tour, returning to Ocean City for a fourth year and bringing plenty of entertainment, including free concerts. The action takes place June 25-June 29 on the beach. Info: dewtouroc.com

Family Beach Olympics. Go for the gold. Family Beach Olympics, held Tuesdays,, June 24 through Aug. 5, on the beach at 27th Street, features a variety of contests for all ages. Events may include sand castle contests, tug of war, relays and more. Free. Info: ococean.com

JULY

Fourth of July celebration. The Ocean City Department of Recreation and Parks puts on a great show for the Fourth of July, starting with a free concert at 8 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Fireworks take place on the beach and also at Northside Park.  Info: oceancitymd.gov

Concerts on the Beach. The first free Concert on the Beach of the summer is on July 9. The concerts are held Wednesdays through Aug. 27, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the North Division Street Beach. Bring a chair, and consider arriving about 20 minutes early to get a good spot. Schedule is subject to change, but performers include Hot Sauce Sandwich, Rising Sun Reggae Band and Poole & the Gang. Info: ococean.com

Ocean City Tuna Tournament. Weigh-ins for the 27th annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament begin at 4 p.m. at Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane. They can be pretty exciting, with cash payouts of $500,000 or more for the July 11-13 event. Info: ocfishing.com

Greek Festival. The St. George's Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City is bringing the flavors, sounds and sights of Greece to the Ronald E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, with its 23rd annual Greek Festival, July 11-13. Shop for Greek goods at the vendors, eat Greek food and listen to Greek music. Info: stgeorgebythesea.org

Sundaes in the Park. Bring your picnic basket and beach chairs to Northside Park at 127th Street and the Bay, and for a small fee, make ice cream sundaes and enjoy live entertainment on Sunday evenings,  July 13 to Aug. 24. On July 13, the Key West Band provides a Jimmy Buffet tribute, and Mike Rose puts on a magic show. Info: oceancitymd.gov

AUGUST

White Marlin Open. Billed as one of the world's largest billfish tournaments, the White Marlin Open draws hundreds of boats and thousands of visitors. This year's event takes place Aug. 4-8. If you're looking to checkout the action from afar, head down to the inlet to watch the boats head out in the morning and come back in the evening with their catch. Info: whitemarlinopen.com

Berlin Peach Festival. Celebrate this juicy fruit Aug. 2 at the 6th annual Berlin Peach Festival. Enjoy food, crafts, children's games and a peach-pie eating contest at the Taylor House Museum, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Info: taylorhousemuseum.org

Plein Air Paint Out. The street and boardwalk of Ocean City will be dotted with artists interpreting the beauty around them at the Art League of Ocean City hosts its annual Plein Air event, Aug. 7-10. Admire the creations, and join in with one of your own. Info: artleagueofoceancity.org

Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Festival. Visit the Ronald E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, on Aug. 29-31 for the Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Festival, and shop for one-of-a-kind pottery, candles, glass art and more. Info: ocshows.com

SEPTEMBER

OC BikeFest. The annual BikeFest festival will be held Sept. 11-14 at 4001 Coastal Highway and 809 Atlantic Ave. The event features motorcycle stunt shows, vendors and live music. Info: ocbikefest.com

Sunfest. From Sept. 18-21, Ocean City's biggest festival will marks its 40th anniversary. Sunfest offers live performances, over 30 food vendors and arts and crafts presentations on the boardwalk. The event takes place 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Info: ococean.com

Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Shows.  Treasures of The Earth will preview jewelry fashion with contemporary and classic designs in metals, crystals, minerals and fossils. There will be jewelers and wire wrappers present. Event is Sept. 26-28 at the Convention Center, 40th Street. Info: treasuresoftheearth.net

Wine On The Beach: Enjoy East Coast wineries, micro-brewed beers, Delmarva cuisine, arts and crafts and live music at the 17th annual Wine On The Beach Festival. The event is Sept. 26-27, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Inlet Parking Lot. General admission is $30 for adults, $15 for ages 13-20 and free for children younger than 12. Info: winefest.com

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