Sunfest in Ocean City, MD
Sunfest is the traditional end of the summer season in Ocean City.
It has moved to October 19 - 22 for 2023.
4 days of FREE music, vendors, food, activities and now a
Shore Craft Beer Garden by Burley Oak
Sunfest 2023 in Ocean City Md
Labor Day may mark the end of summer in some places, but Sunfest marks the transition to Fall in Ocean City, Maryland. In Ocean City, summer is a state of mind that can’t be located on a calendar or constrained to certain months. In fact, the pursuit of endless summer is a major reason why Ocean City waits until October to hold it’s biggest, most popular festival of the year – Sunfest.
Sunfest is October 19-22, 2023
Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
There will be 4 days of FREE music.
Arts & Crafts
At Sunfest, you’ll find tents full of arts and crafts by over 200 artisans and exhibitors from all over the country. You can shop for hours as the artisans show off their handmade art including jewelry, paintings, textiles, clothing, specialty foods, and more.
Boardwalk Tram – The Boardwalk Tram fare is $5 per person, per boarding, one way ride, sold at the north and south tram ticket booths and on any Tram. Major credit cards and exact cash fare is accepted by the Conductor at the rear of the Tram. The tram will run October 19-22 2023 from 10am-10pm Thursday – Saturday, and 10am – 7pm on Sunday during Sunfest.
Bus – the Ocean City bus costs $4 for a Ride-All-Day pass. During Sunfest the bus will run from 6am – 2am approximately every 30 minutes. There will be no bus service from 2am – 6am. There will also be an Express Bus Service to/from 40th St. South Convention Center parking lot and Sunfest fair grounds. The Express Bus Service runs from Thursday thru Saturday 9 am to 10pm and Sunday 9am to 7pm. Service is approximately every 20 minutes.
If you require special assistance with handicapped transportation, please call 410-723-1606. For more information about Sunfest, contact the Special Events Department.
During Sunfest, there are many activities for you and your family to take part in, including Pumpkin Races, Pet Parades, Beach Maze and more.
1. What is Sunfest?
For more than 40 years, Sunfest has brought together musicians, local food and people from all over the region for a 4-day celebration like no other at the beach. Sunfest features a multitude of live music acts, including headlining acts by national recording artists; local restaurants and caterers offering fresh seafood, pit beef, BBQ, fried chicken, funnel cakes and other local and regional fair food favorites; vendors selling artisan products, handmade knickknacks, souvenirs, jewelry and more great products; and plenty of games and amusements to keep the kids occupied. This year, for the first time, Sunfest will have it’s very only Craft Beer Garden selling beer from Burley Oak! Find it in the Inlet Parking Lot which will be transformed into a craft beer garden serving local craft beer pints from Burley Oak Brewery. Sit in their beer garden and listen to the music as you sip your Burley Beer, all Sunfest long!
The Town is committed to lots of great live music during Sunfest, and it’s all FREE! See the music line-up here
Sunfest was rated #1 of the 100 Best Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Vendors differ from year to year, but you can bet that some of the best crafts and foods in the country will always be found at Sunfest. If you’re interested in vending your own wares, the town invites you to fill out an application right here.
The Town moved the Octoberfest activities to Sunfest weekend – or moved Sunfest to the Octoberfest weekend. However you want to look at it, there will be many more activities as a result. beach bonfire fireworks, the Halloween pet parade, the Pumpkin Race, the beach maze and more will all be available to augment your Sunfest experience.
There are a few options when it comes to getting to Sunfest. If you’re near the boardwalk, you can ride the boardwalk tram for $4 per person one-way, 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday – Saturday, 10 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. You can also park for free at Northside Park on 125th street and the Municipal Lot at 100th street, and ride the bus to the Sunfest grounds for $3. In West Ocean City, you can park your car for free at the Park & Ride and take the shuttle for $3 all day.
Thursday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunfest is Ocean City’s most popular festival for a reason. If you’ve never experienced Sunfest or made a late season trip to Ocean City, this is the year for you to change that!
6. Even if you can’t make it, you still can share your memories
We’ve been collecting Ocean City Sunfest photos for years and have them all in a gallery here. Take some time to look at days gone by and share your photos with us on social media!