Why let Labor Day weekend indicate the end of summer? The sun is shining, the humidity is falling, and Ocean City is still operating in full swing! While the entire month of September is enjoyable in town, Sunfest, taking place Sept. 21-24th this season, is Ocean City’s biggest festival.

Explore the Inlet for the town’s 43rd annual event! Sunfest hours are 10am-10pm Thursday-Saturday, and 10am-6pm Sunday. Each day is filled with delicious foods from over 30 vendors, arts and crafts, activities for all ages, hayrides, and lots of live entertainment! Headlining musical performances include Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (jazz group) on Thursday, Clint Black (country artist) on Friday, and Christopher Cross (Grammy winner) on Saturday, each beginning at 8pm.

Admission to Sunfest is completely free, and aside from the featured headlining performances, there will be free musical entertainment including Sir Rod, Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis, and Rick K. and the Allnighters on the indoor and outdoor stages throughout the entire event! Make sure to catch the last free performance by Beatlemania Again at 4:30pm Sunday.

Along with the Asian cuisine, gyros, and many other unique foods, most of the boardwalk shops and restaurants will be open during sunfest hours, so food options will be limitless!

Don’t forget that although the first day of Fall is during Sunfest, you’re still at the beach. Water temperatures peak during mid-September, so it’s the best time to go for a swim in the ocean!

There will also be a Kite Festival on the beach, courtesy of Kite Loft. If you’re big into flying kites, bring yours and engage in the fun! Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the view. Rumor has it there are kite battles and kite-flying techniques that you have never seen before.

Avoid the crowds and stress of limited parking around the event area. There will be free parking at the South Convention Center lot on 40th St., Northside Park on 127th St., and the Municipal Lot on 100th St. For just $3, hop on the Sunfest Shuttle from the Convention Center, or take Ocean City’s public bus to the Inlet.  

While there are countless ways to have fun this Sunfest down at the Inlet, check out some other events taking place nearby during the weekend such as the Sandcastle Home Tour, Out of the Darkness Walk, Treasure Hunt on the Beach, and more!