Ocean City's annual spring fling includes arts, crafts, and a killer music lineup.
It's that time of year again -- Springfest is back in Ocean City! From May 2 to May 5, celebrate spring and summer with an assortment of vendors, artisans, and live music taking place at the Boardwalk's Inlet Lot.
For four days, Springfest will host a variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family. Attendees can peruse craft stands and observe artisans' demonstrations of creations they will have on sale. Food vendors will be there serving up everything from BBQ to ethnic cuisine. Grab a slice of pizza, cool off with a refreshing lemonade -- the options are endless!
Springfest 2018, courtesy of Ocean City
Live music is probably the most anticipated part of Springfest, and this year's headliners are guaranteed crowd-pleasers. On Thursday night, watch Almost Queen rock the stage with the famed British band's popular hits. Friday will feature a rousing set from award-winning country artist LeAnn Rimes, and Saturday will have '80s rockers Night Ranger with special guests The Reagan Years. These events are ticketed, with a price range of $10-$70 per ticket. Tickets for the headlining acts can be acquired through Ticketmaster or the Ocean City Convention Center Box Office.
Wondering how to get there? Thankfully Ocean City is prepared to accommodate festival-goers with easy-to-use transportation, so you can spend more time having fun than fretting about travel. Here are a few options:
Let the Springfest Express do the work for you! This shuttle will meet at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center where for $3 you can get all-day boarding to and from the festival. The shuttle operates every half hour from 9 a.m. until 30 minutes after the last concert of the night. You can park your car for free at the convention center's south lot.
Courtesy of Town of Ocean City Maryland
The Ride the Boardwalk Tram will also be operating for $3 per person one-way. Just park your car at one of the following locations and ride the bus to the event (parking is free):
-- Public Safety Building at 65th Street
-- Northside Park on 125th Street
-- Municipal Lot at 100th Street
The Springfest Express operates from 9 a.m. until the last concert, Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Ride the Boardwalk Tram operates Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (view more information here).
Ocean City Springfest will take place rain or shine Thursday, May 2, to Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ocean City Inlet Lot. Contact the Ocean City Recreation & Parks Department for more information. Festival admission is free.
Will you be attending Springfest this year? What's your favorite part of the festival? Tell us in the comments below!