Labor Day weekend is always a bittersweet time in Ocean City, Maryland. The kids are back in school, the tourists are slowly dwindling in numbers, and locals prepare to get their town back as the sun begins to set on another amazing summer season. Back in May, Ocean City kicked off that season with a bang during Memorial Day, and Labor Day weekend is the culmination of the three month long party that was summer. It’s not too late to make some final memories before the chill of fall sets in, so don’t put away the beach chairs and get ready for the kick off of football season just yet. Ocean City is offering up plenty of events, attractions, and things to do to make this last three day weekend the biggest beach celebration of the summer.
Here is a look at the best Ocean City has to offer this holiday weekend:
From now through Labor Day Ocean City residents and visitors have the chance to sail back in time to the 16th Century and get a first hand look at what it was like to be a Spanish explorer navigating the high seas in search for new lands and fortunes. El Galeon, a replica Spanish tall ship, has been touring the world since January and is currently docked in Ocean City between 3rd and 4th St Bayside, offering daily tours that raise awareness of maritime history. Stop by today and step aboard this floating time machine for a cultural experience you won’t soon forget.
The White Marlin Open may be the most lucrative big game fishing tournament in the entire world, but it is not the only prestigious tournament of its kind in the White Marlin Capital of the World. This weekend, the OC Marlin Club hosts its 55th Annual Labor Day White Marlin Tournament. The fishing takes place off-shore on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with nightly weigh-ins at Sunset Marina from 5:30-7:00pm.
Labor Day weekend marks the return of a time-honored Eastern Shore tradition just a day trip away from Ocean City in Crisfield, Maryland: the National Hard Crab Derby. Some 64 years ago, waterman from Maryland’s southernmost town brought their feistiest live crabs to race in front of the post office. That once modest competition between rival watermen has bloomed into a weekend long event that draws watermen from all over the state; as well as thousands of spectators who want to witness the derby, crab picking contest, and boat docking contest, and enjoy the dozens of vendors offering fine local delicacies. Full details of the event can be found at www.nationalhardcrabderby.com.
Visit our Appearing Live page for full band listings and entertainment schedules, and our Out & About page for complete listings of events, activities, and things to do in Ocean City this week. You can also follow us on Twitter @ocfun and facebook.com/ocfun for updates all week long about everything Ocean City.