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Jellyfish Festival

The core of Jellyfish is the main stage, right off the Boardwalk in beautiful downtown Ocean City, which will host three days and nights of top-level regional and national music acts. We also will be using the historic Ocean Bowl Skate Park as a music venue. We will be making future announcements along the way as our music and entertainment lineup takes shape.

Jellyfish is more than just the music. Located beside the main stage, you’ll find the Jellyfish Village. It will be five blocks of interactive, family-friendly activities and fun. It will include a fitness challenge, a skateboard and bicycle zone, a secondary music stage, as well as vendors and artists.

We will host performances by a freestyle Motocross team, contests with professional surfers and skateboarders, and events hosted by influencers in the fitness community. These events aren’t just for spectators – we’ll have activities for kids and families, too.

Throughout Ocean City, we will a town-wide tapestry of music, by forming partnerships with local businesses to host Jellyfish Nights. At these intimate live musical performances, registered Jellyfish attendees will get discounts on food and beverages.

Our goal is that Jellyfish becomes a town-wide festival, built by the town, for the town. That can only happen with input from the community. If you’re interested in joining any of our steering committees, which we are now forming, we’ll take in everyone’s input to make this the best festival possible. If you want to help, we have a spot for you.

Jellyfish is led by the trio of Brad Hoffman, Brian Gilpin, and Salty Selt. Hoffman, executive director and the creator of Jellyfish, has 25 years of marketing and event production experience. Gilpin, a veteran of the live entertainment industry since the 1980s, will be in charge of sound, lighting, and video. Selt has more than 20 years of event production and national sponsor relationships.

“The goal has always been to create an exciting music festival for Ocean City visitors and locals alike,” said Hoffman. “The difference between this event and the Dew Tour – to which it’s been compared many times – is that Jellyfish is a music festival with a sports and family entertainment element, while Dew Tour was an extreme sports event that happened to have a concert on the beach. Jellyfish is a more expansive musical experience by far. We’ll have our hub on the beach, but we’ll also have tentacles throughout town, so to speak, spreading great music, good times, and positive economic impact.”

The inaugural Jellyfish Festival is scheduled for June 21-23, 2019. For more information, or to inquire about committee membership, contact Executive Director Brad Hoffman at, or (443) 366-5944.