This previously-published article has been updated for the 2018 season –ed.
Custom and classic cars, hot rods and trick trucks will be out in Ocean City this October 4 – 7 for the 21st annual Endless Summer Cruisin’ event at the Inlet Parking Lot and 40th Street Convention Center.
Events kicks off Thursday with car shows, vendor showings and awards presentations and continue through Sunday, with more than 2,000 automobiles on the streets and on display.
The main events take place at the Inlet, where car shows run throughout the weekend, said event promoter and organizer Meredith Herbert of Special Event Productions Inc.
What’s New in 2018
Rockapella: The weekend of Endless Summer Cruisin’ will be kicked off Thursday night with a performance by pop and soul vocal group Rockapella at the Convention Center.
Rockapella delivers an electrifying evening of fun, bringing their unique blend of tight harmonies and slick dance moves. This show will have you dancing on your feet! Rockapella has indeed proven that creating original pop & soul magic onstage is what sets them apart.
Tickets to Rockapella can be purchased at the Box Office in the 40th Street Visitor’s Center, or or from Ticketmaster 1-800-551-SEAT.
Celeb sightings: Celebrity guests at the Endless Summer festivities include Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins, in town to celebrate American Graffiti’s 45th anniversary. The American Graffiti show cars will be on display in the Convention Center Thursday – Saturday. Additionally, Mike Finnegan from the show Roadkill will be at the Inlet on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Takin’ It to the Strip: Head north to the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar, DE for Takin’ It to the Strip on Friday and Saturday for a No Prep Shootout, King of the Strip Showdown, Burn out contests, Jet Dragsters from Larsen’s Motorsports, vendors and more.
Special Event Zone Ordinance: New in 2018, the Town of Ocean City will be classified as a Special Event Zone through the Endless Summer weekend. There will be double fines and strict enforcement for speeding, reckless or negligent driving, spinning wheels and alcohol-related driving offenses, and encouraging drivers to commit traffic violations will not be tolerated.
Wednesday and Thursday
Endless Summer Cruisin’ doesn’t officially begin until Thursday, but early arrivals can sign in at the Convention Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and Seacrets will host an R&M Welcome Show followed by a kick-off party from 5 – 10 p.m.
Cruisin’ will really kick-off with the first Boardwalk parade on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. Car shows at the Inlet and the Convention Center are all day, including a hot rod and custom car show and the American Graffiti show cars at the Convention Center. Meet Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins, enjoy music by Mook Jones and play a game of bingo, all starting on Thursday and ending on Saturday. Don’t forget the Rockapella performance on Thursday at 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday
The days begin at 8 a.m. with a Boardwalk parade, where cars will start at 27th Street and travel to the Inlet Parking Lot.
At the Inlet and the Convention Center, car shows will continue to run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Around 30 vendors will be on site selling “anything from nostalgia automotive-related items to jewelry,” Herbert said. There will be live entertainment.
The Takin’ It to the Strip car show runs from 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday and 12 – 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Enjoy live music by Mook Jones and Golden Touch, daily bingo and awards presentations and vendor showcases at the Inlet and the Convention Center, and catch Mike Finnegan beachside at the Inlet on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, the day will begin with a Rodders for Christ Chapel Service at the Inlet from 9 – 9:20 a.m. Endless Summer events will take place at the Inlet only on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to around 4 p.m.
At 2 p.m., the Grand Finale Awards Ceremony starts. Around 400 awards will go to the winners among the more than 2,000 annual registrants. Events wrap up around 4 p.m.
Up to 200 cars will line the parking lot and Main Street until 2 p.m.
The full schedule of events and times can be found here.
If you can’t make it to Endless Summer Cruisin’ this year, mark your calendars for the 22nd annual 2019 event: Oct. 10 -13.