Sunfest has always been one of our favorite events of the year. Each September, Ocean City throws the annual fall festival complete with a headlining band (most often one of country’s hottest performers), sinful foods we crave year round, and the season’s most popular crafts.  Nothing screams fall more than Sunfest, we promise. However, this year is a little different. Sunfest is celebrating its 40th anniversary!

In addition, hundreds of demonstrating artists will be there to entertain you and discuss their creations as you peruse through the iconic tents. This year, over 30 food vendors are scheduled to set up featuring a smorgasbord of famous Eastern Shore cookin’, BBQ, gyros, Asian delicacies, fried everything and more including our personal favorite, oyster fritters. While you’re there, enjoy free entertainment on two stages each and every day.  The best part about Sunfest is the fact that it’s free admission… you can enjoy all the festival has to offer without paying a dime. Stroll the tents and taste samples… or just browse the arts and crafts. All entertainment is free except for the headlining acts which start at 8:00PM Thursday, September 18th.

The (big) entertainment:

Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley: Thursday, September 18th 8:00PM

Eric Paslay & Parmalee: Friday, September 19th 8:00PM

Rick Springfield: Saturday, September 20th 8:00PM


Thursday, September 18th


10:00AM: Opening Ceremony

11:30AM: Natty Beaux

1:30PM: Frakie & The Pack

3:30PM: Rick K & The Allnighters

5:15PM: Teenage Rust

6:30PM: Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis


10:30AM: Rick K & The Allnighters

12:30PM: Recreation Dancers

2:30PM: Natty Beaux

4:30PM: Frankie  & The Pack

8:00PM: Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley (Not free)


Friday, September 19th


11:00AM: Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys

1:00PM: The Stickers

3:00PM: The Galaxy Collective

5:00PM: Front Page News

6:30PM: The Stickers


10:00AM: The Janitors

12:00PM: Rick K & The Allnighters

2:00PM: The Janitors

4:00PM: Richie Fields

8:00PM: Parmalee and Eric Paslay (Not free)


Saturday, September 20th


11:00AM: The Stickers

1:00PM: Sir Rod

3:00PM: The Diamonds

5:30PM: Separate Ways The Band “Journey Tribute”


10:00AM: The Diamonds

12:00PM: Bob Lougheed & The Memphis Mafia

2:00PM: Richie Fields

4:00PM: British Invasion Experience

8:00PM: Rick Springfield (Not free)
Sunday, September 21st


10:00AM: The Diamonds

12:30PM: Bluesman Tom Larsen full band

2:30PM: Party Like It’s…

4:30PM: The Reagan Years

12:00PM: Lollipop the Clown (Roaming Entertainment


11:30PM: Poole and The Gang

1:30PM: Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark

3:30PM: Mike Hines and The Look




  • We suggest taking the Park & Ride. It’s $1!! You can’t beat it… plus no worrying about parking, drinking and driving, etc…
  • Bring cash! Skip the ATM fees and take some cash. With all the food you’ll be wanting to eat, cold beer and fabulous crafts… it will be so much easier to just have some on you!
  • Stay for the free music! Some of our favorite local performers are there to give you a free show. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the amazing talent.
  • Bring a jacket. With temperatures still mind-blowingly hot this week, September will still surprise you. Bring a jacket as the wind might pick up in and around the inlet and temps always drop as the sun goes down.