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Making Waves: A Guide to the Oceans Calling Festival 2023 in Ocean City, Maryland”

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Click here to see the Oceans Calling festival 2023 guide page.

A huge music festival on the beach, walks along the Ocean City boardwalk, waves crashing on the sand, local cuisine being celebrated by celebrity chefs – this is what the Oceans Calling 2023 will bring to Ocean City September 29th – October 1st.  Keep reading to see:

  • Set up pictures with a link to a webcam where you can watch the Oceans Calling set-up live
  • Last minute ticket information and a link.
  • Last minute hotel information.
  • Parking information and suggestions.
  • The new OceanCity.com App details – navigate the festival, find the performances, AND download by midnight on October 1 to be entered to win an Ocean City beercation.
  • Information on the music line-ups.

Click Here to Go to the Oceans Calling Music Festival Guide Page w/FAQs

Setting up 

Setting up for Oceans Calling 2023 in Ocean City, MD

This 3 day festival is already setting up to be ready when tens of thousands of people descend on Ocean City with visions of music on the beach.  The set up began early this week, but they weren’t able to do too much because Tropical Storm Ophelia’s effects were influencing the wind and rain in Ocean City.  Ophelia didn’t deter the set-up for long, however.  They are in overdrive mode setting up.  The stage is already up, decking down, tents erected and the work continues.  To see the set up this morning, click to see the article we just published.

You can also watch the inlet parking lot webcam by Trimpers Rides to see the progress…


With big-name artists each day, you can buy a ticket for one day or all three.  Many of the tickets are sold out, so if you want to join the festivities, you can still find an available ticket on the Oceans Calling website.   There are also verified resale tickets on the Oceans Calling website.

Hotels for Oceans Calling Festival

The Grand Hotel!

Many of the hotels in town may be sold out too, but you can search hotels in the OceanCity.com lodging listings.  You will get the best deal by booking a hotel directly on their site.   You can also see availability and compare rates online here.  The Grand Hotel Ocean City rates that weekend started at $409.  

The Harrison Hotel Group had rooms available as of yesterday.  Just go to https://www.ocmdhotels.com/



You will need to reserve your parking in advance or plan ahead. The traffic will be intense during the Oceans Calling Festival.

You will have difficulty parking for Oceans Calling.  The Town is expecting 50,000 people to join us for this festival, so planning ahead is key.

Trimpers is offering parking that you can book in advance. The OC Bay Hopper is also offering parking and a water taxi ride from Pier 23 in West Ocean City. I would highly recommend that you take advantage of these opportunities in advance.  Here is the message from the OC Bay Hopper:

OC Bay Hopper, Ocean City’s water-based transportation alternative, has just announced additional availability getting to and from the Oceans Calling music festival this weekend. 
The OC Bay Hopper shuttle will depart the Roland E. Powell Convention Center every hour with two boats starting at 12pm/noon with a final return from the festival at 10:30pm.
A new park-and-ride option is now available that includes round-trip transportation and a parking pass for $100 for a group of 4 passengers. Three return times are offered each night with the final return from the festival at 12:10am. Parking is at Pier 23 in West Ocean City.
For up-to-date availability and how to reserve a spot for one of these options, please visit

If you are staying in Ocean City, leave your car at the hotel and take a bus downtown.  You can try parking in the West Ocean City Park & Ride and take the shuttle into Ocean City.  There are also several other public lots and there is street parking, but with the inlet lot closed for the event, there will be an enormous amount of pressure on these spots.   Here is the link to the general parking information.

Navigating the Festival

Find yourself on the map and find the performances, bars & restaurants, and more near you. You can also win an Ocean City getaway.  Download the OceanCity.com App to easily navigate the festival!
Scan now to download the app, then use it to navigate the festival, and win prizes when you get to Ocean City.

OceanCity.com’s partners just built an App just in time to help you navigate the festival and generally find what you are looking for in Ocean City.  You can download it now by scanning the code above or going to https://oceancitydotcom.ourloyaltyapp.com.  


Music Making Waves for Three Days

Oceans Calling 2023 is a three day festival in partnership with musicians O.A.R. featuring over 30 performances on 3 stages on the beach adjacent to the Ocean City boardwalk. 

The BEST way to see all the performances and their associated times and stages is to download the new OceanCity.com App (see below). You will be able to filter by performer, day or stage.

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Download the OceanCity.com App and track all the concerts at the Oceans Calling Music Festival 2023.

Get more information on the festival here.

Friday performances for Oceans Calling Festival 2023


Saturday performers at Oceans Calling Festival 2023

Sunday performers at Oceans Calling Festival 2023


Local Food is a Focus

Experience delicious east coast bites from local food vendors. Plus, learn tricks of the trade from world-renowned chef cooking demos that celebrate the region.  Check out the current list of chefs who will be participating!

Chefs at Oceans Calling Festival 2023


Ann has been with StateVentures since 1999. She moved from Annapolis to Berlin, MD to be closer to Ocean City. She splits her work week between the two locations to help clients and visitors get the best information and value out of our sites. She loves a camera and any excuse to use it.  Her kids are both grown and off adventuring.  Ann loves to travel with her kids and lives with her dog Marley when she's not in Virginia fishing.

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