Sizzlin’ Summer Calendar
Ocean City Shark Tournament, Greek Festival, Berlin Peach Festival, and more
Published: May 15, 2013
Spring Arts and Crafts Show. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 25, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Isle of Wight at 40th Street, Ocean City, (410) 726-1283, ococean.com, free. Take time from your busy Memorial Day weekend to browse the wares of local artists and craftmakers.
Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts Annual Parade. 10 a.m.-noon June 1, 19th Street and Baltimore Avenue to 26th Street, Ocean City, (443) 618-5130, ococean.com. free. Take your Super Bowl-winning hangover down the shore with this parade featuring players, cheerleaders, mascots, floats, and bands. Feel free to sweat through your purple camo.
OC Air Show. 1 p.m. June 8, (717) 583-0800, ocairshow.com, free to view from the beach. Combine people’s two favorite sun-baked activities—aerobatics and the beach—and you have the OC Air Show. Bust out the SPF 1,000 and squint skyward at death-defying plane maneuvers, parachute jumps, and—since we’ve clearly evolved past airborne cursive—sky typing. Since they have to make money somehow, check the website for tickets for VIP viewing locations and other special events.
OC Car and Truck Show. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 8, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Isle of Wight at 40th Street, Ocean City, (302) 436-0183, occarshow.com, $20, free for children under 7. The 12th-annual iteration of Ocean City’s biggest car show promises fast cars, fast women, and Fat Joe (who’s probably not so fast). Don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll be able to safely hide your Dodge Stratus in the parking garage.
Ocean City Shark Tournament. 1-7 p.m. June 12-16, Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, Ocean City, (410) 213-1121, ocsharktournament.com. free for spectators. Having a shark-fishing tournament in a beach-resort town seems ill-advised. Why tempt fate? But we guess its a proactive way to avoid giant murderous sea beasts from terrorizing the population, so we’ll allow it. If you figure yourself a fisherman in the vein of Robert Shaw, fire up the boat and see if you can land the biggest catch. Or if you just like seeing the grizzled sea captains, be there for the weigh-ins.
Art’s Alive. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15, Northside Park, 127th Street and the Bay, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, ococean.com, free. Who says you have to go to the BMA or MICA to see fine art? The 13th-annual fine arts show features more than 100 artists selling their work, along with live music, activities for kids, and a great view of the bay.
Dew Tour. June 20-23, Ocean City Pier, 401 S. Atlantic Ave., Ocean City, dewtouroc.com. The third annual skateboarding and BMX tour promises to be totally rad, brah. Come by to watch the competition, or if the adrenaline is too much for you, just enjoy some music on the beach.
Movies on the Beach. June 24-Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, Beach at 27th Street, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, ococean.com, free. Sometimes after a long day swimming, playing mini-golf, and walking the boardwalk, there’s nothing better than vegging out and watching a kids’ movie on the beach. And hopefully that’ll keep the youngsters quiet and entertained for a while before they inevitably pass out into a fries-induced coma.
Family Beach Olympics. Tuesdays 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 25-Aug. 6, Beach at 27th Street, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, ococean.com, free. So afternoon thunderstorms have besieged our local vacation hotspot. You’ve been holed up with your entire family for what seems like nigh forever, and you’re THAT close to bludgeoning your children with the Monopoly board. Head over to the beach and use the various competitions, from tug-of-war to sandcastle contests, to blow off some steam and remind yourself that your children aren’t so bad after all.
Concert and Fireworks Uptown and Downtown OC. 8-10 p.m. July 4, Northside Park, 127th Street and the Bay, Ocean City Beach at North Division Street, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, ococean.com. Take your pick between Uptown and Downtown OC for simultaneous live performances and fireworks displays to celebrate the nation’s independence.
Concerts on the Beach. Wednesdays 8-9:30 p.m. July 10-Aug. 28, Beach at North Division Street, Ocean City, (410) 250-0125, ococean.com, free. Swing by the beach (the only place where it is socially acceptable to dance barefoot) and check out reggae bands, some folks purporting to be Rod Stewart or Elvis Presley, and you had better be there for “beach country” stars Randy Lee Ashcroft and the Saltwater Cowboys. Because it’s worth it just to learn what exactly “beach country” is.
Tuckahoe Annual Show. July 11-14, Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association, 11472 Ocean Gateway, Easton, www.tuckahoesteam.org, free. The Tuckahoe Steam and Gas Association is a volunteer group dedicated to preserving the Eastern Shore’s rural heritage. They welcome the public to their 70-acre facility for the annual show.
Greek Festival. July 12-14, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Isle of Wight at 40th Street, Ocean City, (410) 524-0990, stgeorgebythesea.org, free. There’s no Greek unrest on this side of the Atlantic. Just great food, from baklava to spanakopita, followed by music and dancing.
OC Tuna Tournament. 4-7 p.m. July 12-14, Ocean City Fishing Center, 12940 Inlet Isle Lane, Ocean City, (410) 213-1121, octunatournament.com, free for spectators. This tournament has something that tastes better than your tuna salad sandwich: victory. That is, of course, if you can reel in the biggest future maki roll the Ocean City coast has to offer. Or if you just want to look the poor critter in the eye before heading to the fishmonger, stop by for the weigh-ins.
Captain Craig Swim. 6 p.m. July 13, 14th Street on the Beach, Ocean City, (410) 289-7556, ococean.com, registration fee. So you fancy yourself a swimmer, eh? If you think you’re up to it, freestyle, breast stroke, or doggy paddle your way along this 1-mile race in the ocean. Make sure you register for this one—there are T-shirts to be had.
Sundaes in the Park. Sundays 7-9 p.m. July 14-Aug. 25, Northside Park, 127th Street and the Bay, Ocean City, (800) 626-2326, ococean.com. What’s better than sundaes at the end of a hot summer day? Allow us to posit: NOTHING. Throw some sprinkles and chocolate syrup on that otherwise boring ice cream, listen to some cover bands, and watch some magic, juggling, or whichever other awesome kids’ show they have.
Starpower National Talent Competition. July 22-26, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Isle of Wight at 40th Street, Ocean City, (301) 870-9550, starpowertalent.com. Forget all those dancing and singing shows on TV, dragging everything out so you have to watch for months at a time. Check out this dance and talent competition in person and understand just how average we all really are.
Berlin Peach Festival. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 3, Calvin B. Taylor House Museum, 208 N. Main Street, Berlin, (410) 641-1019, taylorhousemuseum.org. It’s not quite in Ocean City, but it’s worth an extra trek back toward civilization. You’ll get peach everything here, from pie-eating contests, to peach pit-guessing contests to handmade arts and crafts. We can’t promise there will be millions of peaches, but there should be more than enough to go around.
White Marlin Open. 4-9:15 p.m. Aug. 5-9, Harbour Island, 14th Street and the Bay, Ocean City, (410) 289-9229, whitemarlinopen.com, free for spectators. Forget Miami and that wretched carcass of a baseball team. See why OC is called the “White Marlin Capital of the World” with this contest to see who can farm the fattest fish.
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