Here’s a rundown of the biggest events at Delaware beaches this summer, from Fenwick Island to Lewes:
Spring Sidewalk Sale
May 17-19 Participating shop owners in both Rehoboth and Dewey Beach peddle their wares, rain or shine, for three days at discount prices. Sale begins Friday and ends Sunday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (store hours may vary).
Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. 302-227-2233. beach-fun.com.
May 25 This craft show features works of fabric art, ceramics, glass, jewelry and photography, among others, by 50 artisans. Also an art auction, bake sale, 50-50 raffle, concessions and a farmer’s market. Admission and parking are free. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lord Baltimore Elementary School, 120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View. 302-732-6336.
June 8 A service recognition celebration saluting police officers, firefighters, paramedics and military personnel. Demonstrations by first responders. Free music at Rehoboth bandstand. 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
June 9 A 1/4-mile ocean swim, 9.67-mile bike ride and 5K run. Also a duathlon (minus the swim). Chip-timed races feature awards for age divisions. Pre-registration is $90, or $100 on race day. 7:30 a.m.
June 15 Visit nine private gardens where a number of artists will be on site, painting the flora. Purchase plants at the Garden Market (30 vendors) and lunch at the refreshment tent. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 on site. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lewes Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center, 120 Kings Highway. 302-645-8073. leweschamber.com.
Old Timer’s Day Classic Car and Truck Show
June 15 Check out vintage cars and tractors, pre-1988, competing for best-in-show awards. Food vendors, a live band and kids’ activities, including fire truck rides and juggling lessons in Selbyville, 30 minutes from the beach. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Church Street, Selbyville. 302-539-2100. bethany-fenwick.org
Rehoboth Beach Fireworks
July 3 There are no bad seats for this annual show by Zambelli Fireworks. The display is launched on the beach, south of Rehoboth Ave., and starts between 8 and 9:30 p.m. depending on weather. Live bands perform at the Bandstand before and after the fireworks.
Rehoboth Beach. 302.245.0304. rehoboth.com.
Old Fashioned 4th of July in Lewes
July 4 The town, rooted in 17th-century lore, offers a day of activities that include vintage games for children, a boat “parade” down the Lewes-Rehoboth canal and another procession through Lewes itself. Fireworks will be set off on a barge at dusk.
July 24-25 Visit about a dozen homes ranging from Bethany Beach to Fenwick Island, including inland towns. Admission ($35) supports the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach. $35 admission helps fund South Coastal Library in Bethany.
Sept. 7 This iconic all-day event, on the beach in Rehoboth, draws crowds to gawk at the artistic creations of teams and individuals. Recent sculptures include dolphins, movie characters, mermaids and, yes, castles. Vote for favorites between 3 and 4 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach, between Delaware and Laurel Aves. 302-227-2233. beach-fun.com.
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Art Festival
Sept. 7 Works of basketry, clay, fiber and other materials crafted by more than 100 artisans are on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A silent auction of pieces donated by the artisans will be held at the bandstand (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) to benefit four area grade schools.
Sept. 12-14 Enjoy live polka bands from across the nation and authentic Polish food without seagulls attacking your pierogi and kielbasa. Festivities start 4 p.m. Sept. 12 and 5 p.m. thereafter. Admission is $16-18 per day (kids under 16 free).