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Ocean City's 40th Annual Sunfest event takes place Sept 18-21 at the Inlet parking lot along the downtown section of the Boardwalk.

Sunfest Turns 40!

Fantastic Food, Fun & Fall Weather

Ah, Sunfest. One of Ocean City, MD`s most popular events is finally here, and it`s having a birthday! Sept. 18-21 (Thurs to Sun), the 40th Annual Sunfest will be held in the downtown Inlet & Boardwalk area. As always, there will something for everyone music, entertainment, artists, craft vendors, kids activities, inflatables, hay rides & FOOD (Eastern Shore delicacies, pit beef, gyros, Asian cuisine & more)! Weather forecast for the weekend is looking like it will be ideal, with sunny skies and highs in the mid-70`s  still flip-flop weather 🙂

Admission into the Sunfest tent area is FREE, with the exception of tickets to see headlining acts, such as the Righteous Brothers Bill Medley, Eric Paslay, Parmalee, and Rick Springfield. Festival hours are Thurs-Sat 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Sun 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. In addition, the following events will be taking place simultaneously within the town of Ocean City, making this coming weekend an even more exciting time to be in town:

9/18 Fireworks at 10:05 p.m.
9/20 Laser Shows on the Beach at 9:00, 10:00 & 10:30 p.m.
9/18-19 Sand Castle Home Tour (11 homes in OC & surrounding area), sponsored by Art League of Ocean City
9/18-21 Sunfest Kite Festival (2nd St.-6th St.), sponsored by The Kite Loft

For these and other upcoming Ocean City events, visit our Events Calendar.

“Fall” in Love with OC | Free Night!

Looking to get away this fall? Well, look no further. During the months of Sept. & Oct., a select number of our beautiful vacation rentals are offering Buy 3 Nights, Get 1 Free (four nights for price of three)! Many of these rentals are located in our most in-demand communities, such as Sunset Island and Belmont Towers.

If you’ve never been to Ocean City, MD during our “second season,” you’ll find that there are fewer crowds, less traffic, mild temps – and best of all, lower rates! Not to mention, many popular events take place during the fall months (see below). With a deal like this and so many reasons to visit, you`ll be sure to fall in love with OC!

Upcoming OCMD Events

Sept 11-14 OC BikeFest
Sept 18-21 Sunfest
Sept 26-27 Wine on the Beach
Oct 2-4 Mid-Atlantic Surf Fishing Tournament
Oct 3-4 Free State Corvette Weekend
Oct 9-12 Endless Summer Cruisin`
Oct 12-26 OC Restaurant Week
Oct 25 Seaside 10-Mile & 5K Run
Oct 25-26 Autumn Home & Condo Show

Don’t be Afraid to get a Little Sand on Your Hands!

Enjoy playing in the sand? Then you definitely won’t want to miss all the action going down at Sandfest 2014! Watch and marvel as talented sand sculptors create incredibly elaborate, massive sand sculptures that will cover the beach from N. Division to 4th Street. The sculpting will take place August 18-22 with two sculptures being built each day. They are expected to measure about 10 feet tall and 30 feet across. The sculptures will be lit up at night which will be a great sight for those walking the downtown boardwalk.

August 23-24 offers interactive activities for visitors as well as sculptors. These include sand art contests, sculpting lessons, photo ops and more. This will be a fun time for the whole family so if you’re in town, be sure to stop by.

Sculptures will remain through September 1.

Looking to squeeze in a vacation before the kids go back to school? Don't miss out on all the fun that Ocean City has in store for August!

August Adventures Await in OCMD

Looking to squeeze in an Ocean City vacation before the kids go back to school? It’s hard to believe that half-way point of summer is already here feels like we just got started! Vantage vacation rentals are the perfect spot for making your end-of-summer memories. Check out some of the fun events that Ocean City has in store for August!

Aug 1-Sept 1 OC Tall Ship Event
Aug 4-8 White Marlin Open
Aug 8-10 Artists Paint OC – A Plein Air Event
Aug 18-Sept 1 OC Sandfest
Aug 22-24 Ocean City Jeep Week
Aug 29-31 Labor Day Weekend Art & Craft Festival

Plus…FREE activities going on every day of the week:

Monday & Tuesday – Beach Fireworks on N. Division St. @ 10 p.m.
Tuesday – Family Beach Olympics on 27th St., 6:30-8:30 p.m. (Ends 8/5)
Wednesday – Movies on the Beach on 118th St. @ 8:30 p.m.
Thursday – Movies on the Beach on 91st St. @ 8:30 p.m.
Thursday – Sunset Park Party Nights on S. Division St. & Bay, 7-9 p.m.
Sunday – OC Beach Lights on N. Division St. @ 9:30, 10 & 10:30 p.m.
Sunday – Sundaes in the Park at Northside Park (small fee), 125th St. & Bay, 7-9 p.m.
Every Day – Free Family Program at OC Life-Saving Station Museum @ 10 a.m.
Every Night – Jolly Roger Amusement Park Free Circus @ 5 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Browse our website to find your Perfect Beach Rental & discover more Upcoming Events.

“Crossbones” Tall Ship Comes to OC

Ahoy, mateys! Aug. 1-Sept. 1, visitors to Ocean City, MD will have the opportunity to experience what 16th century exploration was like first hand. As part of the Sail to Sunny 16th Century Ship Tour 2014, tall ship El Galen Andaluc­a will be docked in town (bayside at 3rd St. & Chicago Ave.) and open for public tours 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily on five of its seven decks. El Galen Andaluc­a is 500 tons, 170 feet long, and the only ship of its kind sailing today a replica of late 16th century merchant vessels and war ships that made up the early navies of Europe. Her smaller sister ship, Nao Victoria, was to accompany her on this tour, but will have to remain in their home port of St. Augustine, Fla. due to mechanical issues.

After her visit to Ocean City late last summer, El Galen spent three months in Puerto Rico filming for the new NBC series “Crossbones.” Not only does Crossbones feature El Galen as one of the magnificent ships of the cast it also stars actor John Malkovich as the legendary pirate Blackbeard! The season finale of Crossbones will be airing while El Galen is in town, on August 2 at 8 p.m. EST. Click Here for an overview and full episodes of “Crossbones.”

Tickets are on sale now and are being offered online at a 25% discount from the day-of-event price. For more information on the tour and to purchase tickets, head to: http://www.tallshipevent.com/. If you happen to be in town July 30 or 31, you may just get to see El Galen as she sails majestically along the coast and through the Inlet (we will update our Facebook page with the exact arrival date when we hear it). Check out our YouTube channel to see a video of El Galen from last year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vantage Sponsors White Marlin Open

The 41st Annual White Marlin Open is quickly approaching and Vantage Vacation Rentals is proud to be a sponsor of this thrilling event. From August 4th to 8th, Anglers from all over will compete right here in Ocean City for prizes totaling over $2 million! Prizes will be awarded for largest White Marlin as well as Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, and Shark.

This event is just as entertaining for the spectators as it is for the Anglers so be sure to pencil this in during your vacation. Fishing begins at 8:30 a.m. each day and ends at 3:30 p.m. Weighing will take place every evening from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Harbour Island Marina, on 14th Street and the bay.

Keep in mind that most boats will be coming in between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. each day, so if you`re trying to decide the best time to join the fun, this would be your best bet. Not able to make it to the big event? No problem. There will be a White Marlin Cam so you can stay caught up on all the action. This will be available for iPhone/iPad and Android, as well.

For more information on registering, rules, and the event, go to http://www.whitemarlinopen.com/.

Don't miss all the action as Ocean City, MD hosts the Dew Tour, June 25-29, 2014.

Don’t miss Dew Tour, June 25-29

Don’t miss out on all the action and excitement of the Dew Tour, taking place on the beach in downtown Ocean City, MD June 25-29. This will be the 4th consecutive year that Ocean City has played host to this adrenaline-filled extreme sports event. Over 100 of the country’s most talented and gutsy athletes will compete in BMX & skateboarding events over the course of the event, starting with Semi-Finals on Thurs. & Fri., followed by Finals on Sat. & Sun. Set-up crews, trucks, front-end loaders, and more have been hard at work setting up enormous stadiums, ramps, half pipe and trick courses in front of the Boardwalk. Finally, it’s time for the fun!

In addition to the BMX & skate competitions, Dew Tour will also feature a surfing contest, free concerts, and the “Dew Tour Experience” – an area of the complex where visitors can browse vendors, win prizes, get free merchandise, and become immersed in the extreme sports culture. All Dew Tour events and activities are free, but VIP passes can purchased if you want to guarantee yourself a seat at one of the events. If you arrive early enough and don’t mind waiting in line an hour or so, you can usually get a free seat. It will be well worth the wait!! Visitors also have the ability to watch as the BMX & skateboard athletes practice. Competitions will be streamed live on DewTour.com, and several will also be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network. This week’s events are as follows:

Wed. June 25 (gates open at 2:00 p.m.)

2:00-4:00 p.m. – Skate Bowl/BMX Park/Skate Vert Practice
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Shop Battle: City vs. City
5:00-7:00 p.m. – Unlock the Bowl

Thurs., June 26 (gates open at 12:00 p.m.)

5:30-7:30 p.m. – Skateboard Vert Semi-Final
8:00-10:00 p.m. – Surf Shop Final

Fri., June 27 (gates open at 12:00 p.m.)

1:30-3:30 p.m. – BMX Park Semi-Final
4:00-4:45 p.m. – Skateboard Street Session
6:00-8:00 p.m. – Skateboard Bowl Semi-Final
9:00-11:00 p.m. – Beach Concert featuring SKATERS & Cage the Elephant

Sat., June 28 (gates open at 12:00 p.m.)

1:00-3:00 p.m. – BMX Park Final
4:00-4:45 p.m. – BMX Street Session
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. – Skateboard Vert Final
9:00-11:00 p.m. – Beach Concert featuring heRobust & GRiZ

Sun., June 29 (gates open at 12:00 p.m.)

2:00-4:00 p.m. – Skateboard Bowl Final
5:00-6:30 p.m. – BMX Vert Final

Vantage Resort Realty & Little Pink Houses of Hope team up to bring a week of rest and rejuvenation in Ocean City, MD to families affected by breast cancer.

“Beach House Angels” Donate Homes

Little Pink Houses of Hope Comes to OC

It`s amazing what a little sand & salt water can do for the soul. Just stand on the beach, look out on the vast ocean, and somehow life is back in perspective. This coming week, Vantage will have the honor of giving this much-needed beach experience to some families who need it all the more. We are teaming up with Little Pink Houses of Hope, a non-profit organization whose mission is to give rest, recovery & reconnection to families affected by breast cancer through week-long beach retreats. During the retreat which is the first of its kind in Ocean City families will get to spend quality time together, as well as with other families who`ve battled breast cancer. Shared meals, fun activities & outings are being planned to make it special & relaxing.

Vantage Owners & Local Businesses Rally Support

Of course, none of this could be possible without the generosity of our homeowners, who willingly gave up their vacation rentals (and a week`s rent) for the visiting families. We are overwhelmed and humbled by how quickly and wholeheartedly these Beach House Angels responded – many of whom have been affected by breast cancer in some way and simply want to give back. In addition, many local businesses & organizations have come forward to donate their resources, such as Viking Golf Amusements, Wobbly Wheel Boardwalk Bicycles, BJ`s on the Water, Bull on the Beach, Walk on Water Stand Up Paddleboard Company, Oceanic Fishing Pier, Dana Marie Photography, Red Door Community Center, and Shore Community Church. Even Vantage will be providing passes for families to visit Assateague Island, as well as grocery store gift cards so that Little Pink Houses of Hope organizers can make meals and stock the kitchens with food during the week.

If you`re in town May 31-June 7, be on the lookout for Little Pink Houses of Hope yard signs posted in front of some of the Vantage Vacation Rentals!

24th Annual Cruisin' Ocean City rides into town May 15-18, 2014. Car show features over 3,500 customs, classics, muscle cars, trick trucks, and more.

Cruisin’ OC & OC Restaurant Week

Vroom, vroom! Beep, beep! While driving around the last few days, it doesn’t take long to figure out that the 24th Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City is coming up this weekend, May 15-18, 2014. Unique & colorful cars are at every turn, making the sea of everyday SUV`s, sedans & compacts look just a little bit boring.

Starting today, the OC Inlet & Convention Center parking lots will come alive in a total celebration of car culture – one of the largest car shows on the east coast! This show features over 3,500 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars & more. In addition, spectators can enjoy a variety of live entertainment, attractions, vendors, car auctions, and even celebrity guests, including actors Mackenzie Phillips and Paul LeMat of American Graffiti. Be sure to get to the Boardwalk early on Thurs., Fri. or Sat. morning (8 a.m.) as hundreds of cool cars will make their way from 27th St. all the way down to the Inlet Parking Lot. Event runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thurs.-Sat., and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sun. General Admission for Cruisin’ Ocean City is $10 for adults, and FREE for kids 14 & under. More info at event website CruisinOceanCity.com.

While you’re in town, grab something great to eat during the spring installment of Ocean City Restaurant Week, which is wrapping up this Sunday. From casual fare to fine dining, visitors will enjoy special, fixed-priced menus of $10, $20, $30 & $40 being offered at various participating restaurants. No passes, tickets or coupons required. For a complete list of restaurants, visit OceanCityRestaurantWeek.com.

View more upcoming events throughout the season at the Vantage Events Calendar.

 

Ocean City Maryland Kite Fest

Fly a Kite, Run a Race, Walk a Dog

We have a great weekend coming up here in Ocean City – can you say events galore? With the weather forecast calling for sunny skies and temps in the 60`s & 70`s, this is the perfect opportunity to bring the family out for some fun at the beach!

Fri-Sun, April 25-27 – MD International Kite Expo (on the beach between 2nd & 6th St.)
Start off the weekend with some good old fashioned kite flying at MD International Kite Expo sponsored by Kite Loft. Watch kite experts show off their tricks and even participate in various activities, such as free stunt & power kite lessons, games & more.

Sat, April 26, 7:00 a.m. – 10th Annual Island 2 Island Half Marathon & 5K
Saturday begins with the 10th Annual Ocean City Half Marathon/5k. This year`s island to island event features a new route, with participants starting on Assateague Island and finishing at the Ocean City Inlet. Proceeds benefit Worcester Youth & Family Counseling, and all donations are greatly appreciated. There will be a fantastic post party with food, drinks, and live music, so be sure to join the fun!

Sat, April 26, 9:00 a.m.-Noon – Board Walkin for Pets Walk-a-Thon
For all you animal lovers, be sure to hit the Boardwalk this Sat. morning for Worcester County Humane Society`s annual event Board Walkin` for Pets. Bring your own dog to walk, or adopt one for the day! All proceeds benefit the Ocean City area`s no-kill pet shelter.

It`s going to be an fun-filled weekend, and the season is just heating up! For more details on these & other upcoming OC events, or check out the Vantage Events Calendar.

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