UPDATE: On Thursday, Oceans Calling canceled the festival ahead of Tropical Storm Ian.
"Due to unsafe weather conditions on the Oceans Calling Festival grounds caused by Hurricane Ian and additional severe weather conditions forecasted for the rest of the weekend, we have made the difficult and heartbreaking decision to cancel this weekend’s Oceans Calling Festival. We hoped for a better outcome and are disappointed to share this news, however, the safety of our fans, artists and staff is our top priority."
For tickets purchased directly through Front Gate Tickets, a full refund will be issued to the original method of payment within 30 days.
The three-day music festival Oceans Calling is planned for Ocean City, Md., this weekend.
With 40,000 ticket holders expected, it's one of the larger events held with a limited viewing area, making transportation a large concern both for those going and drivers looking to avoid traffic.
With an outdoor format, weather from Hurricane Ian is also something to watch for Oceans Calling 2022.
Here's what you should know:
What's the weather look like this weekend?
Tickets have been sold as “rain or shine.” However, organizers are watching the weather closely.
"We are monitoring the weather for this coming weekend, and safety is our first concern. We are moving forward with the festival as planned and will keep you updated,” the event posted to its social media page Monday.
On Wednesday, the event swapped stage locations. The main stage, Sea Bright, will now be located near Talbot Street on the beach, while the Rockville Stage will be in the Inlet near the jetty. The inlet parking lot and beach has been known to flood during some storms.
The National Weather Service's Hazardous Weather Outlook warns a combination of tropical cyclone Ian is forecasted to make a second landfall near the Georgia South Carolina border Friday afternoon, before moving northwest and weakening over the Carolinas on Saturday. Meanwhile, strong high pressure will remain anchored across New England into the weekend. The combination of the high to the north and the tropical low to the south will funnel moisture into the region with periods of heavy rain possible Friday night through the weekend.
In addition, breezy to windy conditions along the coast will potentially produce a variety of coastal impacts including coastal flooding, high surf, beach erosion, and strong rip currents. A High Surf Advisory will be in effect from 10 a.m Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday, with a second round of high surf conditions expected later in the weekend.
As of Thursday, the forecast calls for rain Friday mainly after 5 p.m. Breezy, with a northeast wind around 25 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph, and a high near 65. Overnight, it will be windy, with an east wind around 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph, with 1-2 inches of rain possible. On Saturday, 1-2 inches of rain is possible with a high near 69. Breezy, with an east wind 20-23 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Sunday rain and wind is likely with a high near 67. The forecast for the Ocean City area could change as the storm progresses.
Hurricane Ian making landfall Wednesday in Florida as a Category 4 storm, but just 7 mph shy of a Category 5. Overnight it moved across central Florida emerging on the Atlantic Ocean as a tropical storm by Thursday morning.
Where is Oceans Calling?
The Oceans Calling festival will be held on the beach off the Ocean City Boardwalk. The festival's footprint stretches from Second Street to Talbot Street and the boards. The north entrance is near Talbot Street, with the south entrance near Worcester Street.
What's the best way to get to Oceans Calling?
Organizers are encouraging concertgoers to walk, bike or take public transportation to the festival because limited parking, congestion and alternate traffic patterns will make it difficult to get close using a car or Ride Share.
Congestion is predicted to be similar to Fourth of July downtown fireworks.
What roads are closed?
The following alternate traffic patterns should be expected between 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Friday, September 30, Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2nd:
The area south of the Harry Kelley Memorial Bridge (Route 50 Bridge) will be closed to non-event vehicular traffic from about 9 p.m. to midnight, according to the town of Ocean City. The south turn lane off of Route 50 onto southbound Philadelphia Avenue will be restricted to emergency and mass transit vehicles only.
Vehicular traffic south on Philadelphia Avenue will be diverted onto North Division Street, then north on Baltimore Avenue.
A traffic pattern will be established to direct all southbound traffic on St. Louis Avenue to Second Street toward Philadelphia Avenue.
Northbound traffic on Baltimore Ave (between South Division Street to Talbot Street) will be reduced to one lane.
Where can I park?
Heavy congestion is predicted in the downtown area from the Route 50 Bridge to 33rd Street at various times, with peak congestion from 11 a.m. to midnight on each of the three nights.
Parking is limited in the downtown area. Parking is strongly recommended at the West Ocean City Park and Ride Lot. Additional parking is available at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center parking lot and the 100th Street municipal parking lot.
ADA parking is available at each of the municipal parking lots on a first-come, first-served basis, and shuttle services will accommodate all guests. ADA drop-off and pick-up is located at 1 N. Division St.
There are several privately owned parking lots throughout town, many of which charge a fee for use.
The middle lane will be used to stage mass transit vehicles and the easternmost lane will be designated for pedestrian use only.
What's the bus schedule?
Public transportation is available on Ocean City’s municipal buses that travel along Coastal Highway. Whether you’re parked at your hotel/accommodation or at a municipal parking lot (the West Ocean City Park & Ride, the Roland E. Powell Convention Center parking lot, and the 100th Street Municipal Parking Lot) you can ride all day for $3 (exact cash fare required). The Ride-All-Day pass allows you to ride from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. and travel from the South Division Street Transit Center to the North End Transit Center (144th Street & Coastal Highway).
Bus demand when leaving the festival is expected to be very heavy, with similarities to exiting downtown after Fourth of July fireworks.
Concertgoers who plan to take the bus should walk to Baltimore Avenue. Patrons traveling north can catch a northbound bus. Northbound buses will be staged on Baltimore Avenue between Worcester Street and Talbot Street. Patrons traveling west to the West Ocean City Park and Ride can take a bus from the South End Transit Station (South Division Street) directly to the West Ocean City Park and Ride Lot on Route 50.
Expect additional traffic exiting the West Ocean City Park and Ride lot.
How else can I get there?
Walking and/or biking is strongly encouraged as parking is limited downtown. The walk from the north end of the Boardwalk (27th Street) to the Inlet parking lot is approximately a 2.3-mile walk, taking about 45 minutes. Bicycle parking will be available north of North Division Street on/near the Beach/Boardwalk.
If provided, hotels will drop/pick up their guests at Somerset Street, approximately two blocks from the venue.
Rideshare demand will be high, particularly as the festival ends. The official passenger drop-off and pick-up location for Oceans Calling are at 300 St. Louis Ave. The walk from the ballfield to the festival grounds is approximately five to 10 minutes.
The OC Bay Hopper will offer dedicated trips for concertgoers from three locations: 118th Street, Ocean Pines Yacht Club, and Pier 23. Its service will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon until 11:40 p.m. Reservations are required.
This article originally appeared on Salisbury Daily Times: Oceans Calling: weather, location, commute, and more!