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Sunfest in Ocean City, MD

Sunfest is one of the biggest events of the year.

Sunfest 2021 in Ocean City Md

Labor Day may mark the end of summer in some places, but Sunfest marks the transition to Fall in Ocean City, Maryland. In Ocean City, summer is a state of mind that can’t be located on a calendar or constrained to certain months. In fact, the pursuit of endless summer is a major reason why Ocean City waits until September to hold it’s biggest, most popular festival of the year – Sunfest.

8 things to do at Sunfest in Ocean City

Don't cry because summer's over - smile because fall is almost here, and that means it's time for Sunfest. Sunfest is the biggest festival in Ocean City and it's been...

1. What is Sunfest?

For more than 40 years, Sunfest has brought together musicians, local food and people from all over the region for a 4-day celebration like no other at the beach. Sunfest features a multitude of live music acts, including headlining acts by national recording artists; local restaurants and caterers offering fresh seafood, pit beef, BBQ, fried chicken, funnel cakes and other local and regional fair food favorites; vendors selling artisan products, handmade knickknacks, souvenirs, jewelry and more great products; and plenty of games and amusements to keep the kids occupied.

2. Music

As always, three big musical acts will take the stage throughout the weekend. This year our headliners are:

  • The Fabulous Hubcaps on Thursday evening
  • The Eli Young Band on Friday evening
  • Rick K on Saturday evening (free)

Click here to purchase concert tickets. All performances begin at 8 p.m.

3. Vendors

Sunfest was rated #1 of the 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Vendors differ from year to year, but you can bet that some of the best crafts and foods in the country will always be found at Sunfest. If you’re interested in vending your own wares, the town invites you to fill out an application right here.

4. Transportation

There are a few options when it comes to getting to Sunfest.  If you’re near the boardwalk, you can ride the boardwalk tram for $4 per person one-way, 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday – Saturday, 10 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can also park for free at Northside Park on 125th street and the Municipal Lot at 100th street, and ride the bus to the Sunfest grounds for $3. In West Ocean City, you can park your car for free at the Park & Ride and take the shuttle for $3 all day.

5. Hours

Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunfest is Ocean City’s most popular festival for a reason. If you’ve never experienced Sunfest or made a late season trip to Ocean City, this is the year for you to change that!

6. Even if you can’t make it, you still can share your memories

We’ve been collecting Ocean City Sunfest photos for years and have them all in a gallery here. Take some time to look at days gone by and share your photos with us on social media!


From the Blog:  Sunfest in Ocean City, MD

Events During Sunfest in Ocean City, MD

Eli Young Band at Sunfest

Fabulous Hubcaps at Sunfest



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