Ocean City, MD — Springfest celebrates spring and the upcoming summer season Thursday through Sunday, May 3-6, with delicious food, live entertainment, and unique arts and crafts in and around four big top tents located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk.
Ocean City’s 22nd annual Springfest will serve up a continuous variety of musical performances on two stages throughout the event. Admission to the four-day event is free. All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts.
Tickets are now on sale for country star Loretta Lynn, 80s sensations Eddie Money and Survivor, and the Fabulous Hubcaps, all of whom will headline the entertainment at Springfest 2012.
The Fabulous Hubcaps, one of the nation’s most sought after oldies and classic rock show bands, returns to the Springfest stage Thursday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets for this show are $5 and $10.
Loretta Lynn performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Her instantly recognizable delivery is one of the greatest country-music voices in history. As millions who read her 1976 autobiography or saw its Oscar-winning 1980 film treatment are aware, Loretta is a “Coal Miner’s Daughter” with a string of top hits. Tickets for Loretta’s Springfest show range from $25 to $55.
Eddie Money and Survivor take the stage at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 with tickets ranging from $20 to $45. With hits like “Two Tickets To Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Walk On Water,” “Think I’m In Love” and “Shakin,” Eddie Money continues to be one of the hardest working men in rock and roll. Survivor hit the charts in the 1980s with songs like “Eye of the Tiger,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” “Burning Heart” and “Is This Love.” Survivor members Frankie Sullivan (guitars, vocals) and Robin McAuley (lead vocals) keep the signature Survivor sound that the world fell in love with, alive and touring.
Tickets for all three shows are on sale at the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office on 40th St. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-551-7328.
Springfest also serves up a variety of free local and regional musical entertainment. Over 30 vendors will serve a variety of delicious food, while 180 Springfest artisans will delight with their art and craft creations.
Springfest is open rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 3 through Saturday, May 5 and on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A special welcoming ceremony will be held on the outdoor stage on Thursday at 10 a.m. featuring Ocean City Elementary School’s OC Stars.
Travel to Springfest with ease by taking the bus. Ocean City offers a ride-all-day fare, which enables you to get on and off as often as you want for $3 ride all day or $1 per boarding. Satellite parking areas are available with Park ‘N Ride bus service. Park ‘N Ride locations include the West Ocean City Park & Ride, just off Rt. 50 in West Ocean City; Public Safety Building, 65th Street; Gold Coast Mall, 115th Street; and Northside Park, 125th Street (walk to 125th Street bus stop on Coastal Highway). Parking is free at these locations. Extra buses will be in use during the festival and will pick up passengers at any bus stop along Coastal Highway. All bus passengers will be dropped off at the Transit Center on South Division Street, just across the Boardwalk from Springfest. If you require assistance with handicapped transportation, call 410-723-1607.
The Ocean City Transportation Division also offers the Springfest Express Shuttle. The town’s trolleys will offer an express shuttle (no stops) to Springfest from the Convention Center’s south parking lot on 40th St. The cost is $3, ride-all-day or $1 per boarding, same as the regular bus fare. Parking is free at the Convention Center south lot. Trolleys will depart the lot every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. until 30 minutes following the end of the evening’s last concert, Thursday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Springfest Express Shuttle offers convenient service for festival attendees traveling from the northern part of town.
For more information about Springfest, call Recreation and Parks at 410-250-0125 or the Dept. of Tourism at 1-800-OC-OCEAN. You can also visit www.ococean.com.