Guide to Delaware beaches for summer 2023: What not to miss

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Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival

 The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival.

June 3-4: Peruse arts and crafts inspired by and made from the sea at the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival. The festival offers works by coastal artists, including the namesake sea glass burnished by sands and tides. Other wares include jewelry, driftwood, paintings and more. Head to the Lewes Historical Society. 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission costs $5 and children 12-and-under get in free. Proceeds will help fund educational and preservation programs of the Lewes Historical Society. For more information call 302-645-7670 or go to

Bonfires on Dewey Beach

Wednesday night bonfires on the beach in Delaware.

Ongoing: Bring your family and friends and huddle around a warm open fire to ward off chilly ocean breezes at Bonfires on Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Street. Every Wednesday from June 21 to Aug. 23, 7 p.m. to midnight, come down to the shore with a beach chair, blanket and marshmallows to roast. Parking is free from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and the event is weather dependent. The free event is sponsored by the Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce. Restrooms are provided at the Lifesaving Station and donations are welcome to keep the bonfires burning in the future.


Rehoboth Beach Fireworks

Rehoboth Beach Main Street fireworks.

July 2: Celebrate the Fourth of July two days early at Rehoboth Beach Fireworks. The night sky will light up beginning at 9:30 p.m. The display will take off from the beach between Philadelphia and Hickman streets and be visible all along the mile-plus beach and boardwalk. Arrive early to get a good spot to watch the rockets red glare.

Race For The Ribbon 5K

July 8: For those who don’t want to spend all their time relaxing at the beach, take part in the Seashore Strider Summer Racing Series. Lace up your running shoes and exercise in the fresh air, sunshine and seashore breezes at the 15th Annual Race For The Ribbon 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. at Wilmington Avenue and the Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach. Registration fee is $25. The event raises money to help families and children stricken with cancer.


Beebe Bash

July 14: Party hard from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and raise money for a good cause while doing it at the 9th annual Beebe Bash at the Lighthouse Cove Event Center, 1301 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach. There will be an open bar, food stations, live music including DECADE80, an auction and more. Proceeds from the event help support emergency health care services at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus and the South Coastal Health Campus in Millville. Ticket prices start at $150.

Summer Seaside Concert Series

Sept. 2-Oct. 28: Get your music on at the Sand, Sea and Sounds of Summer Seaside Concert Series at Bandstand Bethany Beach, 1 Garfield Pkwy., Bethany Beach. Each concert runs from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dates and performers: Sept. 2: Kategory 5; Sept. 3: Still Surfin’; Sept. 16: Beatlemania Again; Sept. 17: Broadway at the Beach; Sept. 23: Ronstadt Revue; Sept. 24: Love Seed Mama Jump; Sept. 30: Jimmy Charles; Oct. 1: Hot Sauce; Oct. 7: Angry Young Band; Oct. 8: The Jimmies; Oct. 14: Dialtones Acoustic; Oct. 15: Over Time; Oct. 21: Quiet Fire; Oct. 22: Rick K Road Trip; Oct. 28: Hathway Brothers; Oct. 29: The 19th Street Band. The bands range from classic rock to cover to country and western.