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How to make the most of the last days of summer

Step 1: Be in Ocean City.

That’s really the most important step. Once you get here, everything else will fall into place. There’s the beach and the boardwalk and all the places to eat and drink and play—you already know that if you’ve ever been here before!—but there’s also a number of really cool, unique events going on in these final dog days of summer that’ll keep you busy and have you forgetting that it’ll soon be time to go back to work and school. Click on the event headings for details. 

Hotel Week

8/27 – 9/10

You’re going to want to save some money and vacation on the cheap, of course, so take advantage of the upcoming Hotel Week deals. You’ll be surprised what kind of bargains–and amazing views!–you’ll find this year. Check out our guide here

El Galeon

til 8/30

You better get down here fast! El Galeon is only going to be here until the 27th, and the 17th century replica ship is a must-see (not to mention a ginormous, how-could-you-not-see) of the Atlantic. Check out our photoblog here

Free outdoor Hamlet

8/31 – 9/23

Hamlet
Local theater troupe Brown Box Theatre will be putting on free, outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, all over Delmarva from the parks of Ocean City to Main Street in Berlin.

Beard & Mustache Competition 

9/8

Beard competition
This one’s on the quirkier side, but it’s sure to be a super fun and interesting time. Not to mention the event is for charity, and collecting items like toilet paper, paper towels and garbage bags for Diakonia Inc. The 3rd Annual Beard & Mustache Competition will be held at the 28th St. Pit & Pub, where beards will be judged in categories including longest, wildest, softest, fakest, worst-groomed, best-groomed and best in show. 

Brews on the Beach

9/9

…And if you couldn’t get enough beards at the Bearded Man fundraiser, Shore Craft Beer’s annual Brews on the Beach festival is happening the next day, on September 9. Stick your toes in the sand and kick back with samples of delicious, local craft beer. Check out the website here

…And more 

Ice cream
There are other fun (and mostly free and family-friendly!) things to do in Ocean City as the summer comes to an end, so check out our events page and start planning your final trip of the season.

This post was updated 8/28/17. 

Kristin
Kristinhttp://kristinhelf.tumblr.com
Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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