(May 3, 2019) Music, arts and crafts vendors and a full food menu highlight Ocean City’s 29th annual Springfest celebration, and the start of the resort’s summer season.

“Springfest is just a great staple event for the town with free music, great food and a lot of craft booths and vendors,” said Frank Miller, Ocean City Special Events superintendent.

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More than 30 food vendors will sell a variety of dishes, ranging from hot dogs to fried Oreos and crab cakes at Springfest, at the inlet parking lot this weekend.

Thousands of people from all across the country come to browse more than 200 craft booths, get a bite to eat at one of the more than 30 food vendors or check out dozens of free concerts.

“Some vendors have been coming for years and years, and if you love that great festival food just go stand in the tent for 20 minutes … you can smell those wonderful aromas,” Miller said.

Last year’s Springfest attendance exceeded 2017’s total by 30,000 people, pulling in 137,570 visitors over four days. One factor in the good attendance was the ideal weather, Miller said.

New this year, the Ocean City Police Department will feature a K-9 and mounted patrol demonstration located east of the entertainment pavilion.

“Sunfest in 2018 was our first year that we did an Ocean City Police Department K-9 demonstration [and] that went over so well that for Springfest 2019, we decided to bring that back and we’re going to run that all four days,” Miller said.

Arts and crafts vendors will sell candles, photography, fine and glass art, jewelry, decorative items, accessories, wind chimes, bird houses, furniture, pottery and other individually-crafted merchandise.

“The vendors may change up so you’ll see some new vendors here and there,” Miller said. “You’ll see your favorite vendors as well … whether it’s on the food side or the arts and crafts side or the commercial vendor side.”

The venue will provide a full menu such as crepes, pit beef, ham, turkey, bacon-wrapped corn dogs, pizza, funnel cakes and deep-fried candy and Oreos.

Dozens of free musical performances will be taking place all weekend from country to rock, reggae and tribute bands.

While at Springfest, check out the official event merchandise tent just inside the main entrance. 

For more information, visit www.ococean.com/springfest or call 800-626-2326.

There will be limited to no parking during the festival at the inlet parking lot. Guests are recommended to park their vehicles for free at the Public Safety Building on 65th Street, Northside Park on 125th Street or the Municipal Lot on 100th Street and take the bus to Springfest. Bus fare costs $3 for the whole day.

Parking is free at the convention center south lot on 40th Street. Shuttles depart the lot every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. until 30 minutes following the end of the evening’s last concert, Friday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $3.

Festival goers can ride the Boardwalk tram directly to the Springfest grounds for $4 per person one-way. The tram runs from 10 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Guests can also use the Park & Ride on Route 50 in West Ocean City. Park for free and use the non-stop shuttle to Springfest. The cost is $3.

Those who require special assistance with handicapped transportation should call 410-723-1606.

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