Are you ready for the biggest party on the beach in Ocean City, MD? The 2022 Jellyfish Festival is back in town and ready for a rockin’ weekend. Plus, professional bull riding will be taking place at the Inlet for the first time EVER in OCMD. Beat the crowds at the beach and celebrate the start of summer with these fun activities. June 4th to 5th the beach is coming alive and we hope to see you there!
As always, Explore OC has the inside scoop with everything you need to know to check out the events. Check back after this exciting weekend to hear about the Explore Experience and what it was really like in town!
Jellyfish Festival Attractions
Live Music Line-Up
Saturday, June 4, 2022
- Rasta Country: 12 PM-1:45 PM
- Funk Shue: 2:15 PM - 4 PM
- The Brown Brothers: 4:30 PM - 6 PM
- Cody Clayton Eagle: 6:30 PM - 8 PM
- Tops Cutoff: 8 PM- 9 PM
- Jimmy Charles: 9 PM - 10:30 PM
Sunday, June 5, 2022
- Lauren Glick: 12 PM - 1:30 PM
- Cozy Recordings Competition Winner: 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM
- Full Disclosure: 4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
- Roast John: 6:30 PM - 8 PM
- Cheakaity: 8:45 PM - 10:15 PM
Shore Craft Beer Fest
Start off Jellyfish Festival with unlimited 4-ounce samples from 13 local breweries and over 30 options of beer, seltzers, ciders, and more to choose from. Opt for general admission tickets or go VIP with an extra hour of tastings, a commemorative t-shirt, a pint glass, 2 slices of pizza, etc.
Marine Corp Fitness Zone
Test your fitness skills with rigorous exercises and drills with the 1st State Marine Corps League. Have some fun and bring the kiddos to run the course.
One of the best parts of local events is the local vendors selling their unique creations. Shop around while listening to the live music.
On Saturday, come watch the pro-division participants compete in the cornhole tournament and win up to $1,000 in cash with prizes through 6th place. On Sunday, return to play during the amateur rounds for a chance to win big!
Kid’s Arts & Crafts
Let the creative side run wild and keep the kids occupied while you explore. They can enjoy the fun art projects and crafts guided by our art zone expert and have a blast!
Professional Bull Riding in Ocean City, MD
For the first time EVER, Ocean City will host professional rodeo bull riding. The Bull on the Beach event is put together by Professional Bull Riders (PBR) and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Where will this take place you might ask? The Inlet Lot, of course!
The Inlet Lot in Ocean City will be transformed with an arena, lots of dirt, and bleachers to accommodate the crowds and give you the best views. There are three types of tickets available for purchase—general admission, preferred seating near the chutes, and VIP tickets with catered food, beer, and wine in a covered tent with the best view and an invite to the after-party.
The Explore Experience
Now that the weekend has come and gone, we’ve got all the details about what it was actually like in town if you missed it!
The Jellyfish Festival
The live music was a hit with local stars like the headliner Jimmy Charles whose original songs were great to dance along to and whose soulful voice resonated on the beach. Cody Clayton Eagle, the 20-year-old country singer from West Virginia, also played a handful of originals and covers that got the crowd singing and up dancing in front of the stage. The DJ between sets kept the crowd engaged with fun remixes of radio hits.
The cornhole competition was intense but stayed fun and lighthearted. Even though it ended earlier in the day, the setup was left for festival-goers to enjoy and play during the show.
There were sales of cute and colorful Jellyfish Festival merchandise, and beverages like Twisted Tea, Coors, and Miller Lite. Unfortunately, day two on Sunday was not able to take place because of the high winds on the beach but Saturday was a blast!
Shore Craft Beer Fest
The turnout was great for the full four hours with VIP tickets sold out a couple of days before the festival began. Although it was hot, the crowd showed up to try craft beers from over 10 local breweries on the Eastern Shore. Hoop Tea thrived with refreshing beer alternatives, Big Oyster Brewery always had a line for those wanting more, and people loved gathering around the Blue Earl Brewing Company from Smyrna, Delaware to hear from the lead brewer.
Rasta Country had a crowd set up in beach chairs under umbrellas to enjoy the music and loved getting to see the drummer Zeb who once played in Bob Marley’s the Wailers band and with other stars like Kenny Chesney.
Professional Bull Riding
All three days at the Inlet Parking Lot had a solid crowd filled with cowboy hats and boots for Ocean City’s first-ever professional bull riding event. A horseback rider took to the center of the arena ready to take on a raging bull. When the bull came out, the lasso was ready and whipping through the air until it landed around the bull’s neck and corralled him in.
Brave professionals sat behind the gate, ready to jump on the running and jumping bulls to put on a show. The display was thrilling and no one got hurt, so that’s a win in my book!