Ocean City 2018 calendar of events

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, pictured above, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter highlight the OC Air Show on June 16-17.
The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, pictured above, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter highlight the OC Air Show on June 16-17. (Handout photo)


Ravens Beach Bash: Join Ravens players, coaches, cheerleaders and Poe as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown. May 31-June 3. Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel, 10100 Coastal Highway. Free. Event includes Raves Beach Bash Tailgate Party at 6 p.m. May 31. clarionoc.com.



Mako Mania: Mako shark tournament for bluefish and thresher sharks. June 1-3. Daily weigh-ins from 4-7 p.m. Bahia Marina, 21st and 22nd Streets. 410-289-7438 or bahiamarina.com.


Longboard Weekend Pro Surf Contest: On June 9, 16 teams of five compete on longboards on two surf areas. On June 10, professional surfers compete for $5,000. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 9-10. 36th to 37th Street Beach. Free. 443-366-5885 or ococean.com.

OC Air Show: The 11th annual air show features some of the nation's top military and civilian aerialists as well as an appearance by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. 9 a.m. June 16-17. Beach and Boardwalk, 16th Street, Show Center. $13-$399. ocairshow.com.

Firemen's Parade: Features equipment, bands and floats. Part of the Maryland State Firemen's Association's annual convention. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. June 20. Baltimore Avenue, 16th to 30th Street. Free. 410-289-2800 or msfa.org.

OC Car and Truck Show: Features interactive displays, vendors and live performances on the OC Car Show Stage. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. June 23 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. June 24. Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. $10-$20. 410-213-9473 or occarshow.com.

Skate Bowl Bash: Day of skate, door prizes, music from a local DJ and food concessions. 2 p.m.-7 p.m. June 26. Ocean Bowl Skate Park, 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue. Free. 410-289-2695.

New restaurants like Dry 85 and events like Art X are among the highlights of new additions in Ocean City this year.


July 4th Concert and Fireworks: Celebrate independence with a concert on the beach, followed by fireworks. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. July 4. North Division Street Beach. Free. 800-626-2326 or 410-250-0125.

OC Tuna Tournament: Watch participants weigh-in their catch in hopes of winning big money. Weigh-ins are from 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. July 13-15. Ocean City Fishing Center, Route 50 and Inlet Isle Lane, West Ocean City. Free to spectators; $1,000 entry fee for participants. 410-213-1121.

Ocean Games: Annual event held on the shorelines of Ocean City, features three main competitions — a one-mile, three-mile and nine-mile ocean swim and Ultimate Flight Frisbee, a competitive beach Frisbee tournament. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 21. Caroline Street Beach. 410-200-0761 or oceangamesusa.org.

Greek Festival: Join the 29th annual "all things Greek" festival where event-goers can feast on authentic Greek cuisine, including baked lemon chicken, dolmathes, lamb shank, keftedes, spanakopita, tiropitas and more. Begins at noon July 27-29. Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Highway. Free. 410-289-2800 or 800-626-2326 or oceancitygreekfestival.com.

Jesus at the Beach Music and Ministry Festival: Three nights of praise music, drama and dance. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. July 30-Aug. 1. Ocean City Convention Center and Caroline Street Stage, 40th Street and Caroline Street. Free. 410-289-1296 or jesusatthebeach.org.



White Marlin Open: Witness the world's largest billfish tournament. Weigh-ins 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 6-10. Harbour Island Marina, 14th Street. Free for spectators. 410-289-9229 or whitemarlinopen.com.

Artists Paint OC: Plein Air Event: Artists from all over set up their easels along the boardwalk, bayside and beaches to capture the views of OC. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 8-12. OC Center for the Arts, 94th Street and surrounding area. Free. 410-524-9433 or artleagueofoceancity.org.

Captain Steven Harman's Poor Girls Open: Ladies-only billfish release tournament benefiting breast cancer research. Categories also include tuna and dolphin. Aug. 16-18. Bahia Marina, 21st and 22nd streets. bahiamarina.com.


9/11 Parade of Brothers Motorcycle Ride: Annual ride and memorial service to remember Sept. 11, 2001. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 11. Boardwalk, 27th Street to North Division Street. 443-614-3425.

OC Bikefest: Features entertainment and bands, stunt shows, bike builders, vendors, food and beverage. Sept. 13-16. Convention Center and Inlet Lot, 4001 Coastal Highway and 809 S. Atlantic Ave. ocbikefest.com.

Sunfest: Enjoy four days of arts and crafts, food, hayrides, kids activities and music. Headliners include Tina Turner, The Cadillac Three and Daughtry. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 20-22; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23. Free; cost for headline concerts. ococean.com.

Event Series

Beach Lights: Watch the boardwalk light up different colors as searchlights move and sway to the beat of music. 9 p.m.-11 p.m. May 25- Sept. 3. North Division Street Beach. Free. 410-289-2800.

OC Cruizers Car Display: Fifteen classic vehicles will be parked along Somerset Street Plaza, while their owners supervise and educate spectators. 2:30 p.m.-6 p.m. June 3-Sept. 23. Somerset Street Plaza. Free. 410-289-7739.

Sundaes in the Park: Enjoy live music, activities and best of all, ice cream. Sit back and watch the sun set over Assawoman Bay and end the night with a fireworks display. June 17-Sept. 2. Northside Park, 125th Street. Free. 410-289-2800.

Free Movies on the Beach: Bring a beach chair or blanket and enjoy a movie by the ocean. 8:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 17. 27th Street Beach. Free. 410-289-2800.

OC Beach Dance Party: Dance in the sand to music spun by DJ Batman. 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. July 3-Aug. 28. Caroline Street Stage. Free. 410-250-0125.

Sunset Park Party Nights: Enjoy a concert while watching the sun set over the Isle of Wight Bay. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. July 5-Aug. 30. Sunset Park, South Division Street. 410-289-2800.

Beach Fireworks: End the day with fireworks every Monday and Tuesday. 10:30 p.m. July 9-Aug. 28. North Division Street Beach. Free. 410-289-2800.


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