On the Eastern Shore, fall is a local’s favorite time of year as the crowds die down and the roads become less congested. Labor Day weekend, September 1st through the 4th, marks the inevitable end to summer but also brings the start to many other terrific events and activities to enjoy!
Kick off the first of many of these events on Saturday, September 9th with the 39th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. The beloved one day show will entail beautiful handmade jewelry, glass and pottery pieces, watercolor and oil paintings, quality photography, basketry, woodworking and so much more. Grab a delicious funnel cake and stroll down the famous boardwalk as you enjoy the most beautiful mild weather coupled with perfect beach backdrop as your peruse the various stands.
After comes the ever popular four day Sunfest event, from September 21st through the 24th.Within just a short drive from our quiet community you can dive into the unique atmosphere of Summer without all the heat. Sunfest hosts an array of different arts and craft vendors, plenty of food, activities for kids, and live music for all to enjoy. Headlining acts for this year are jazz group Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, country music star Clint Black, and Grammy winner Christopher Cross and the Beatlemania Again.
Another perennial Ocean City fall favorite, Wine on the Beach festival, celebrates their 22nd year on the 29th through the 30th of September. Come out to the Inlet Lot to enjoy various fine wines on the East Coast along with an assortment of micro-brewed beer and craft vendors as well. Casually stroll through the festival with your sample glass, provided to you upon admission, and relax with friends as you listen to popular local recording artists entertain on the oceanfront stage throughout the festival.
Fall gives us so many opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature. In addition to all of the awesome events going on, September is a great time for golf. Courses in the area become less crowded making it the ideal time to tee off on one of the 17 championship courses and enjoy optimal weather conditions as you play. Perhaps after that, head over to one of the many fabulous breweries in the area to watch your favorite sports teams hash it out on a big screen.
Fishing is another great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful weather. Not to mention it is one of the best times to so due to the annual migration of iconic fish species move down the Eastern Shore. Get out to Sunset Marina (which is only 26 minutes away) for OC Marlin Club Labor Day Tournament from September 1st through the 3rd. Then at the end of the month comes Rocktoberfest from the 21st to the 22nd. It is Ocean City’s only 24 hour rockfish tournament and is followed by an Eastern Shore bonfire and pig roast on the beach at Fishtales.
All in all, fall is a great time to get out of the house while you still can to experience all of the different activities that the Eastern Shore has to offer. So be sure to take this opportunity and head to one of these terrific events before the weather turns!