Springfest 2010

A guide for getting to and getting around Ocean City's kick-off to its summer season

May 06, 2010

Ocean City's Springfest 2010 runs through Sunday at the Inlet Parking Lot, at the south end of the Boardwalk. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, except for Friday night's Country Rat Pack concert ($20-$40) and Saturday's Teen Idols show ($20-$47). Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 410-481-7328 or ticketmaster.com. Call 800-626-2326.

Getting there:

By car: Ocean City is about a three-hour drive from Baltimore, depending on the traffic (which can get downright nasty on weekends, especially if the weather is nice). Simply follow I-97 south to U.S. 50 east, then follow 50 (don't forget to bring along $2.50 for the bay bridge toll) to the very end. That's Ocean City, and the Inlet Parking Lot is to your south, at the end of Baltimore Ave. (If you want to turn around on Rt. 50 and start heading west, it's only 3,008 miles to its western end, in West Sacramento, Calif. Fascinating drive, though.)

By bus: Greyhound offers twice-daily bus service to Ocean City from both the Baltimore and Baltimore Travel Plaza terminals. Round-trip fares run appr. $100. 800-231-2222 or greyhound.com.

Parking in Ocean City: Since Springfest takes up the Inlet Parking Lot, parking will be at a premium this weekend. Express park-and-ride buses to Springfest can be boarded at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 4001 Coastal Hwy. Parking is free; bus fare is $2. Free parking is also available at five other bus stops: the Presbyterian Church on 13th Street, the Public Safety Building on 65th Street, Ocean Plaza Mall on 94th Street, Gold Coast Mall at 115th Street and Northside Park on 125th Street.

Another possibility: Leave your car in the town's Park & Ride lot, off Rt. 50 in West Ocean City, for free and take the $1 shuttle buses to Springfest.

Chris Kaltenbach
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