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Lynn Bartlett an Ocean City Realtor

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COOL WEATHER FUN in Ocean City MD…2013!

In spite of the calendar calling for an end to summertime, the fun continues in Ocean City Maryland. Fall brings the best – fishing and fewer crowds meaning the sand and surf are all yours! Exploring Assateague Island offers added excitement. Below are listed a few of our seasonal events and activities scheduled for YOUR enjoyment here at our resort. Please join us…



September 12 – 15:  OC Bike Fest.  Inlet parking lot.  OC BikeFest will bring national entertainment and bands, stunt shows, bike builders, vendors, food and beverage to the Boardwalk, Convention Center, and the Inlet.  For more information, please visit www.ocbikefest.com.

***September 19 – 22:  SUNFEST.  Inlet Parking Lot.  Ocean City’s most popular festival!  Sunfest celebrates summer’s end and fall’s fabulous beginning at the Ocean City Inlet Lot and beach.  This nationally recognized festival brings family fun-filled days of music, food, and an array of arts and crafts to the festival grounds.  Nationally known & regionallypopularentertainers highlight four days of fall fun.  All entertainment is free with the exception of the headline acts.  Festival hours are Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  For more information, call 1-800-626-2326.

In addition to all of the activities and entertainment at Sunfest you may enjoy the Sunfest Kite Festival…On the Beach from 3rd Street to 6th Street
Bring the family and let your spirits soar!  Enjoy days filled with spectacular kite flying.  Thousands of spectators travel to see master kite flyers from around the world showcase their aerial displays of art.  Kite-making workshops and kite battles.  For more information, contact Jay Knerr at 410-289-7855 or visit www.kiteloft.com.

Note:  September 18-22:  21st Berlin Fiddlers’ Convention.  Main Street Berlin.   Held each year simultaneously with the Ocean City SUNFEST nearby (7 miles). 21st Annual Berlin Fiddlers’ Convention  Annual event begins Friday evening with a free concert, continues through acoustic  competition on Saturday.  Also, crafters & food vendors.  Friday 7-10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.  For more information, call 410-641-4775, email info@berlinchamber.org, or visit www.berlinchamber.org.

September 27 – 28: Wine on the Beach.  Inlet Beach Area.  The 18th Annual “Wine Festival on the Beach” will be held September 27 & 28 at the Inlet Lot with wineries from the East Coast.  The festival will be open Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

In addition to the vast array of wine offerings, there will be several vendors offering an array of International cuisine.  There will be several arts & crafts vendors and micro-brewed beers for purchase.  Popular local recording artists, including “Bird Dog and the Road Kings” will provide relaxing music during the days of the festival.

While strolling from winery to winery with your complimentary wine tasting glass that you’ll receive upon entering, you can mingle with your friends while sipping fine wine, marveling at the fine arts and crafts along the way and still be enjoying the live entertainment with our sand stage setting.  Bring your chair or blanket and enjoy the entertainment.

Tickets for the festival are $30 (General Admission) at the gate.  The cost includes a commemorative wine glass and sample coupons.  For those who do not drink, General Admission includes commemorative wine glass and unlimited soft drinks from the designated driver location.  $15 for children ages 13-20 and must be accompanied by a parent.  Children age 12 and under are free.

No one under age 21 is admitted without a parent.  For advance tickets and hotel information, please call 1-800-OC-OCEAN or simply stop by the Convention Center Box Office to purchase your tickets in advance.  For additional information, call the Wine Line at 410-280-3306 or visit www.winefest.com for a discount coupon.

September 27 -28:  Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show.  Convention Center 40th St.  Come and see 14k, sterling silver jewelry, pearls, beads, loose stones, crystals, and more.  Classic and contemporary designs for show and sale.  Admission.  Friday, 12-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, contact Barbara Haney at 804-746-7663 or Tote1523@treasuresoftheearth.net or visit www.Treasuresoftheearth.net.




Oct. 4-5:  Free State Corvette Club Weekend.  Clarion Hotel and Inlet Parking Lot.  Great annual event for Corvette enthusiasts and owners.  This is the largest Corvette Club sponsored event on the East Coast of the United States with over 1,200 Corvette enthusiasts attending from Canada to Florida.  Car shows, road rallies, a parade and other related activities raise money for charity.  Friday at the Clarion, 10100 Coastal Hwy., from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday at the Inlet Parking Lot from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.freestatecorvette.com or email pr@freestatecorvette.com.

Oct. 10-13:  16th Annual Endless Summer Crusin’.  Convention Center & Inlet Parking Lot.  Hot rod car show features more than 2,000 customs, muscle cars, street machines, classics, and more.  Live entertainment, manufacturers’ midway, boardwalk parades, and special attractions.  Admission.  For more information, contact Meredith Herbert at 410-798-6304 or infoevent@aol.com or visit www.endlesssummercruisin.com.

Oct. 13- 27: Ocean City Fall Restaurant Week.  Many spectacular restaurants will create special menus designed to tempt your taste buds. Special, fixed-priced menus will be offered throughout the two-week event. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Just simply choose a participating restaurant and dine out during the dates of the promotion. For information call the Hotel-Motel-Restaurant Association at 1-800-626-2326 x 2, www.oceancityrestaurantweek.com, inquire@ocvisitor.com

Oct 19-27: OCtoberfest on the Beach 2013 – Beach at North Division St., Dorchester St. & Somerset St. Bayside/Boardwalk/Inlet.  FREE HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!


A Beach Maze with Halloween displays, music and activities, including a Howl-o-ween Costume Pet Parade and a Great Pumpkin Race.  10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily.  For more information, contact infoevent@aol.com or visit www.specialeventpro.com.

BEACH MAZE – October 19-20 and 26-27.  Maze hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting) N. Division Street & the Beach.  Wicked witches, pirates of the sand, scary scarecrows, ghouls in the graveyard, zombies, and more await your arrival.  It’s free! Be there if you dare!

HOWL-O-WEEN PET PARADE – Saturday, October 19th, on the Boardwalk at N. Division Street (rain date October 20) – Lots of prizes and surprises for best-dressed pets, family and friends.  Gather your goblins, dress in your best costume and parade the boards. Free with donation of pet food or other pet-friendly items to Humane Society.  For more information, click on www.specialeventpro.com/octoberfest.php.

Oct. 24-31:  Local’s Week at Life Saving Station Museum.  Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum at the Inlet.  4th Annual Local’s Week at the Life-Saving Station Museum.  Everyone’s a “Local” during the Ocean City Museum Society’s Local’s Week.  FREE Admission for all who think of Ocean City as their home: residence, vacation, time-share, day trippers! Join us as we celebrate all that makes Ocean City a place we all want to call home! 10:00 a.m. – to 5:00 p.m. For more information on Museum events, visit: www.ocmuseum.org

Oct. 26-27:  CEO Coin & Currancy Show.  Convention Center.  Professional coin and currency dealers will be buying and selling U.S. & World Coins and Currency, plus free appraisals & free admission. Hours:  Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4   For more information, contact Carl Ostiguy at 443-623-7025 or ceocoins@comcast.net, or visit www.coinshows.com.

October 26,: SEASIDE 10-Mile and 5K Run – 2013.  Inlet Lot.  This well-known event will take place rain or shine!  Join in the 10-mile or 5K race, both starting at the Ocean City Inlet.  The race begins at 9:00 a.m.  The race course includes the world famous Ocean City Boardwalk.  Registration fees for participants.  For more information, contact Chris Klebe at 443-497-4324 or visit www.octrirunning.com.


Oct. 26-27: Autumn Home & Condo Expo and Art and Craft Fair.  Convention Center, 40th Street.  The Autumn Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping, and decorating their homes.  Exhibitors will be on hand with merchandise, product demonstrations, and interior and exterior displays.  With a combination of new products and advice from the pros, the Home Show inspires homeowners with ideas on enhancing their home’s comfort and functionality, as well as aesthetic appeal, and overall value.
In addition, the Art and Craft Fair will offer a wide assortment of creative and unique gifts and accessories made by artists and quality crafts people from near and far.  Admission:  $5 Adults, 13 and under free, Military free (includes Autumn Art & Craft Fair). Saturday 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  For more information, visit www.oceanpromotions.info.



November 1 – March 30: Horseback Riding at Ocean City’s Beach. Ocean City now offers horseback riding on the beach during winter, early spring.
Permit applications are now available to persons wishing to ride horses on Ocean City’s beach. Applications can be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall at 301 Baltimore Avenue or online at www.oceancitymd.gov.
The cost is $20 for a single-day permit and $50 for a seasonal permit. Horseback riding will be allowed on the beach beginning at 27th Street and extending south to the Inlet jetty between the hours of 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. November 1 to March 30.

Nov. 21 -Jan. 1: Winterfest of Lights, town wide, Inlet lot and Northside Park, 127th Street: Dazzling lights on cold winter nights put everyone in a holiday mood. Northside Park display open Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. www.oceancitymd.gov/Recreation_and_Parks/special events.html.  Winterfest of Lights has been named a prestigious Top 100 Event for 2010 and 2011 by American Bus Association.
 Northside Park, 125th Street & The Bay
Sunday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 5:30 p.m. -10:30 p.m.

Enjoy this award-winning holiday paradise created for the whole family!  More than one million holiday lights sparkle throughout your favorite beach resort.  Northside Park will have hundreds of animated, lighted displays.  Relax and sip hot chocolate in the heated Winterfest Village pavilion.  Browse Yukon Cornelius’ gift shop for a special gift and have a photo taken with Santa.  Board the Winterfest Express to tour the lights, including the themed exhibits of your favorite fairy tales.  Admission.  Sunday – Thursday, 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30-10:30 p.m.  For more information, call 800-OC-OCEAN, 410-250-0125, or visit www.ococean.com.

November 29 – December 25: Victorian Christmas, Berlin, MD: Month-long celebrations include animated window displays, horse and carriage rides, breakfast with Santa, concerts, parade, house tours, Victorian fashion show and teas. Santa visits weekends at the Atlantic Hotel. www.berlinchamber.org


Dec. 1- January 2, 2010: Winterfest of Lights continues. Dazzling lights and displays throughout Ocean City Maryland. www.ococean.com


Stay tuned to view a listing of ALL the delightful events in the Ocean City Maryland events for the new year…Wishing everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2014

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