Ocean City’s Special Events Department maintains oversight of all events produced within the Town limits – Private Events produced by independent entities as well as Special Events produced in-house through budgeted Town funds.
The Special Event Department, through the Town’s Private Event Coordinator, acts as the primary point-of-contact for all events utilizing public space within Ocean City. The exception is use of sports fields and sports facilities which are coordinated as field bookings/reservations through the Recreation and Parks Department. Private events follow an approval process that typically requires a minimum of 90 days to complete. The Private Event Application is available in the “Forms” section of the menu along with other applications and information.
Special Events are events produced in-house by the Town of Ocean City. These events currently include:
Springfest – Free Art & Craft Show with food and live music on two stages. Ticketed headline acts in evenings. Located at the Inlet Parking Lot on the south end of Town. Opens first Thursday of May. Hours Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Art’s Alive – Free Fine Art Show encompassing the beautiful lagoon at Northside Park, 200 – 125th Street, Ocean City. Held the final weekend of June. Hours are 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
Sundaes in the Park – Free live concert series held next to the lagoon at Northside Park, 200 – 125th Street, Ocean City. Purchase ice cream or refreshments on site or “Build-Your-Own-Sundaes”! Held every Sunday after Fourth of July through Labor Day weekend. Hours are 7pm to 9pm following by fireworks on site (fireworks by Image Engineering, TEAM Productions and Special Event Productions). Event moves indoors for inclement weather. Bring your own seating.
Concerts on the Beach – Free live concert series along Ocean City’s historic boardwalk at Caroline Street. Held every Wednesday beginning the week after Independence Day through the final Wednesday in August. Hours are 8pm to 9:30pm. Event subject to weather conditions. Bring your own seating.
Sunfest – Free Art & Craft Show with food and live music on two stages. Ticketed headline acts in evenings. Located at the Inlet Parking Lot on the south end of Town. Opens third Thursday after Labor Day in September. Hours Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 10pm, Sunday 10am to 6pm.
Winterfest – Ocean City’s Holiday event featuring over 400 light displays and a heated pavilion containing Photos with Santa, Gift Shop, Hot Chocolate Stand, Instagram Photo Hotspots and more. Located at Northside Park 200 – 125th Street, Ocean City. Event runs from the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Hours are Sunday through Thursday 5:30pm to 9:00pm and Friday and Saturday 5:30pm to 10pm. Admission to the Winterfest Express Ride is $5pp/Children 11 and under are free. Santa photos and other items in the Pavilion are at an additional cost.
Ocean City Christmas Parade – Held on Coastal Highway, this daytime parade features floats, bands and more. The parade begins promptly at 11:00am with an extended route from Old Landing Road north to 120th Street. The southbound lanes of Coastal highway are closed for the parade in that general area allowing spectators to gather curbside. Post-Parade event at the Carousel. Bring your own seating. Event is weather dependent.
For additional information, please click on the event links to the left.