Best Events in Ocean City, MD

This is your guide to some of the best events in Ocean City Maryland. Ocean City hosts exciting festivals, concerts, exhibitions, parades, and shows year-round for visitors and locals alike to enjoy.

The Monte Carlo Hotel Group is here to host you, your family, and friends to attend the most popular Ocean City MD events taking place in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Book your stay ahead of time to beat the crowds during the best events in Ocean City!

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St. Patrick's Day

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is a show stopper in town and is our official kick-off to the spring season. The Parade is always scheduled for the Saturday prior to St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, unless St. Patrick’s Day falls on Saturday.

The parade brings crowds from all over to embrace the luck o’ the Irish and the festival at the 45th Street shopping center has plenty of music, dancing, food, and drinks. Besides the parade and festival, many restaurants and bars in town love to celebrate with St. Patrick’s Day specials and events of their own to attend.



Springfest is the exciting festival that celebrates spring and the upcoming summer season. You don’t want to miss out on four days of delicious food, live entertainment, and unique arts and crafts. You’ll find Springfest located in the Inlet Lot at the south end of Ocean City’s famous Boardwalk.

The rain or shine, family-friendly event has something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to bring your appetite to chow down on delicious Eastern Shore delicacies and browse local vendors for art and other unique creations.

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Cruisin’ Ocean City

This fun spring event brings crowds and vehicles from all over! The annual car show takes place in Ocean City MD in May and showcases Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, Classics, and more. At the Convention Center and Inlet Lot there is plenty of live entertainment, vendors, music, and celebrities in attendance for the Cruisin’ event.

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Air Show

The annual OC Air Show returns to our beach every June for a spectacular weekend of high-flying fun. You can enjoy VIP viewing seat options to watch the fly overs from the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and other talented performers from the AirDotShow Live Tour.

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The Fourth of July

July 4th is huge in Ocean City with music and fireworks for all to enjoy! In the middle of summer, our town loves to celebrate our nation’s birthday with all of your friends and family. There are two locations for fireworks and fun downtown on the beach at N. Division Street and Uptown at Northside Park. Start planning your trip now!

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White Marlin Open

The White Marlin Open is a 48-year-old deep-sea fishing tournament held annually in Ocean City Maryland and long known as the “World’s Largest Bill Fishing Tournament.” For fishermen, anglers, and spectators all over, this week is one of the biggest of the year with the opportunity to win millions in prize money for the best catch.

While the weigh-ins begin, Marlin Fest is the place to be to watch the action with vendors, live entertainment, food, and drink. The excitement that runs through town during this week is unlike any other and you don’t want to miss it!

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OC Bikefest

The OC Bikefest brings bikers from all over the country to enjoy entertainment like bands, stunt shows, bike builders, vendors, food, and beverages at the Inlet Parking Lot and Ocean City Convention Center. Join in with your bike, or come to admire the machines as they parade up and down Coastal Highway. Enjoy premier live music at the Inlet Parking Lot and enjoy dozens of vendors at the Convention Center and Inlet Lot.

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Jeep Week

Jeep lovers from all over love celebrating this weeklong event full of beach crawls, sand courses, show & shine events, and other exciting activities for Jeep owners and enthusiasts. Whether you participate with your Jeep or sit back and marvel at the ones in town, you’re in for a treat.

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Sunfest is another big, spectacular festival in the Inlet Lot in Ocean City for everyone to enjoy. Similar to Springfest, there are four fun-filled days of live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors, and kid’s activities. Stay tuned for more information on each year’s event because Sunfest hosts big music headliners every year!

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Winterfest of Lights

The holiday walk-through event of Winterfest of Lights is the best way to kick off the holiday season. The elaborate light displays will not disappoint as Northside Park is transformed into a winter wonderland. Bring the whole family to marvel at the beautiful lights, sip hot chocolate, shop for Christmas gifts, and take pictures with Santa, of course.