The White Marlin Open, the world’s largest offshore billfish tournament held annually in Ocean City, today announces it will host Marlin Fest, a new free outdoor viewing experience at the 3rd Street Bayside Ballpark that will coincide with the 48th annual fishing tournament. The event, presented by HUK, will be held August 2 through August 6 and will feature a festival-like atmosphere as well as real-time, unobstructed views of the live stream of the tournament weigh-ins via large LED screens.

“We’re excited to announce that we are expanding our satellite location this year and hosting our first Marlin Fest. This event will be held in addition to our traditional White Marlin Open tournament and Harbour Island weigh-in event,” Madelyne Rowan, Tournament Director. “We can assure the thousands who attend the White Marlin Open that they will continue to experience the first-class event that they have become accustomed to--whether it’s at Harbor Island or Marlin Fest at the Bayside Ballpark.”

A Free, Family-Friendly Viewing Experience

Held from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm each day, the event welcomes families to bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out and enjoy live music and views of the anglers as they bring in their daily catches to nearby Harbour Island. Vendors will be onsite selling a variety of items including official Marlin Fest merchandise and White Marlin Open gear, as well as food and alcohol. 

“Our Marlin Fest viewing event will have a festival-like atmosphere with live entertainment and live streaming of the weigh-ins on a massive screen with the beautiful Assawoman Bay as the backdrop,” shared Sasha Motsko, Tournament Director. “Families will have ample room to spread out, relax, and cheer on the boats as they head to Harbour Island.” 

Marlin Fest is a free event, no ticket or registration is needed. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available—for more information contact To register to participate in the White Marlin Open tournament, visit