[Baltimore Sun] Guide to Ocean City beaches for summer 2024: What not to miss

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WHAT’S NEW

21st Street Jurassic Golf 

Nick’s Mini Golf’s newest course opened earlier this year. You won’t be able to miss the new ropes course as it dominates the dinosaurs. nicksminigolf.com 

Country Calling Festival

Jelly Roll is a headliner for the inaugural Country Calling Festival, Oct. 4-5 in Ocean City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

OCT. 4-5: Eric Church, Tyler Childers, Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson are set to headline on the shores of Ocean City for this debut festival. Come listen to 25 artists across three stages over two days at the iconic Ocean City Boardwalk at Ocean City Inlet Beach. The festival features performances from Bailey Zimmerman, Riley Green, Brothers Osborne, Warren Zeiders, Dwight Yoakam, Clint Black, Martina McBride, Tanya Tucker, and more. Single-day general admission starts at $155. Fans can find the entire lineup at countrycallingfestival.com

EVENTS

PBR Ocean City Seacrets Classic

MAY 31-JUNE 2: Prepare to unleash the beast when the Professional Bull Riders bring the Ocean City Seacrets Classic back to town. For three days, the top riders will show off their skills at hanging on for dear life on the back of a bucking bull. There will be food, drink, pyrotechnic displays and live music. Ticket prices start at $40. Ocean City Inlet, 809 South Atlantic Ave. pbr.com

Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 25: Patti LaBelle performs onstage during the BET Awards 2023 at Microsoft Theater on June 25, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

JUNE 6: Don’t miss this power duo. Gladys Knight is known for such songs as  “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me” and more. Patti LaBelle is known for “Lady Marmalade,” “New Attitude,” and more. Freeman Arts Pavilion, 31806 Lakeview Drive, Selbyville. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $59 plus fees. freemanarts.org

Ocean City Grand Prix

JUNE 7-9: Get ready to witness the power, speed and skill of top-tier offshore powerboat racing during APBA National Series Race. Follow the action near 16th Street in Ocean City, or watch from parties. For dates, locations, and races, go to raceworldoffshore.com/ocean-city

July 4th Music & Fireworks

JULY 4: Grab a lawn chair and search the skies overhead for the annual Independence Day Celebration. In addition to the fireworks display, there will be music. The annual summer celebration will be held at two locations: the first is Downtown on the Beach at North Division Street and the second is uptown at Northside Park. 9 p.m. Free.

OC Beach Dance Party

JULY 8- AUG. 5: Get your party on at the Ocean City Dance Party. Local disc jockeys will play your favorite dance songs at Caroline Street Stage on the beach by the boardwalk. Come early with friends, a beach chair and blanket and stake out a spot close to the stage. The free event runs Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 8. For more information, call 410-250-0125 or 800-626-2326.

White Marlin Open

White Marlin Open
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Fishing boats line up to have their catches weighed at the White Marlin Open scales at Harbour Island during the 2023 tournament. (Jerry Jackson/Staff)

AUG. 5-9: The White Marlin Open is a 51-year-old deep-sea fishing tournament held annually. Long known as the “World’s Largest Billfishing Tournament,” the event has awarded over $105 million for catches of the gamefish. The 2023 competition drew 400 boats, over 3,500 contestants, and awarded over $10.5 million in prize money, including the top individual prize of $6.23 million, which established a new world record award for the catch of a fish. 1 Fake St., Ocean City. whitemarlinopen.com

Ocean City Jeep Fest

AUG. 22-25: Enjoy one of the biggest and most popular Jeep events in the Mid-Atlantic. Three times a day, there’s the Sand Course. This custom-built playground for your Jeep is meant to feel like a roller coaster ride on four wheels. In the shadow of the Pier amusements, adjacent to the Boardwalk, this course is designed to be user-friendly. Ocean City Convention Center, 4001 Coastla Hwy., Ocean City. Registration is required. Multiple packages are available, starting at $125. oceancityjeepfest.com/home

OC Air Show

The United States Navy Blue Angels preform during the Ocean City Air Show. (Baltimore Sun file photo)

AUG. 24-25: The OC Air Show brings the nation’s top military and civilian aerial acrobatic acts to the beach for a weekend of jaw-dropping flight demos, scintillating stunt shows, fabulous flight formations, pinpoint parachute jumps, and more mesmerizing acts that defy gravity and common sense. View the show from the beach or boardwalk, or join special viewing parties on top of hotels and businesses that put you face-to-face with the country’s top pilots and flight teams. You can also buy tickets to view from the designated show area on the beach. Go to ocairshow.com for schedules, VIP ticket options and more information.

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