Next week will feature more cars as the Free State Corvettes return to Ocean City, and it’s Oktoberfest time again.
Just when things have quieted down from the big bass of Bike Week the Cruisers are coming to town to amp things up once again. It’s going to be a lovely Fall weekend with a sliver of a chance of rain, but a considerable chance of mid-to-low 60s temperatures – so if you have to choose between them opt for the jacket and leave the umbrella behind.
First thing’s first though – being fed. Restaurant Week continues until Oct. 9 when several local eateries will be offering prix fixe menus giving no one a good excuse not to try something out. Reservations are suggested because this event is very popular, but that’s not to say they’re strictly necessary. Depending on the restaurant, the price ranges from $10 to $40 and is an excellent way to give a new restaurant a test run. There are a couple of dozen participating restaurants so be sure to ask before you order.
The Cruisers event begins on Oct. 6 but there’s really no way to tell when they’ll arrive. We’re certain there will be signs they are here. More than 1,500 show, muscle and classic cars are expected. Boardwalk events, parades and all sorts of car-themed events will be taking place throughout the island. Official events center on the Boardwalk and the Convention Center but other events won’t be too hard to find. Mostly you’re going to find them in pretty much any open space – parking lots for example – and these roving car shows are at least half the fun of the event. Everyone is driving around and looking at all the other cars so there’s something different within the same space every couple of hours.
But, hey, if you’re just here for some relaxation and recreation, there’s a fishing tournament happening. The Mid-Atlantic Fishing Tournament will see 100 different six-person teams fishing for prizes and trophies. It’s going to take up about 100 blocks of beach from 20th to 120th Streets so do your beach wanderings north or south of there. It’s probably going to be too cold to swim, but surfers might want to take special note so they don’t become trophies themselves.
Food, fishing and fun are all over the island this week, along with plenty of classic hot rods and other fancy cars. There are still plenty of things to see and do in Ocean City but there’s also privacy if you want it and are willing to do a little searching.