Delaware beaches calendar of events

Delaware beaches calendar of events
Channel your inner Hemingway with less risk and trouble, thanks to Dewey Beach's night spot The Starboard. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. June 24. 2009 Coastal Highway. Free. (Kristen Latham / HANDOUT)


Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Resort Area 34th annual spring sidewalk sale: Bargain-hunt in downtown Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach and on Route 1. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 19-21.


14th Annual Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival: This environmentally oriented event, with arts and crafts, covers an area from Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge to the historic center of the town of Milton. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 27. Free.


Third annual Beebe Beach Bash: Dinner, open bar, dancing with The Fabulous Greaseband and other activities for benefit of Beebe Healthcare. 6 p.m. June 3, Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes. $125; VIP, $300.

Coastal Delaware Restaurant Week: More than 60 restaurants offer three-course prix-fixe meals at $25, $35 or $45 each. June 4-9.

Rehoboth Beach VegFest: A vegetarian-friendly weekend June 9-11, Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Road 271, with a film screening Friday night; food, speakers, cooking demonstrations, adoptable animals and more Saturday; and a veggie brunch Sunday.

Beach Goes Blue: The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and USO salute police, firefighters, paramedics, military and all those who serve. Day starts with a foot race/walk and ends with a light show on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m. June 10.

Lewes Garden Tour: Tour private gardens in the historic town, enjoy refreshments, watch local artists at work at the 27th annual event. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 17. $20 in advance, $25 day of the tour (only at Fisher-Martin House). Free shuttle service for ticket holders.

Old-Timers' Day Classic Car & Truck Show: Cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older will contend for "Best in Show" at the 60th annual attraction, plus music and activities for children. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17. Church Street, Selbyville. Free; vehicle registration $10.

3rd Annual Kids Catch-All Tournament: A weekend of fishing for youngsters 3-18. June 23-25 at Indian River Marina, Delaware Seashore State Park. $25 per participant or $150 per boat with up to six participants.

20th Annual Running of the Bull: Channel your inner Hemingway with less risk and trouble, thanks to Dewey Beach's night spot The Starboard. 12 p.m.-4 p.m. June 24. 2009 Coastal Highway. Free.

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival: In the event's eighth annual edition, nearly 70 sea glass artists are joined by decoy carvers and waterfowl artists. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 24 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 25. Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, 43 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes. $5 per person, per day; children under 12 free.


St. Peter's Episcopal Church 51st Annual Art Show: Event to benefit those in need includes a juried show of arts and crafts, a raffle of donated artwork, a silent auction and luncheon in the church hall. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 1. Second and Market streets, Lewes. Free; lunch at a nominal cost.

Downtown Rehoboth Beach July 4 fireworks: On the beach and boardwalk, July 2, approximately 9:15 p.m.; depending on the weather, fireworks may be launched any time after 8 p.m. No rain date. Free entertainment at the Bandstand before and after the show. Free, but donations are encouraged.


Nanticoke Riverfest: Boats, cars, a fishing tournament, an art show and more for the 23rd time in historic Seaford. 9 a.m. July 8.

68th Annual Cottage Tour of Art: The Rehoboth Art League offers a two-day self-guided tour of homes ranging from the historic, including the Peter Marsh Homestead, to the contemporary. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. July 11 and 12. $35 per person, ages 13 and up.

Wine tasting and art auction: Event to benefit Kinfolk, which supplies free laptop computers and internet access to hospitalized and homebound children. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. July 19. Virden Conference Center & Retreat Center, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes. $30.

Seafood and Arts Festival: Indian River Marina at Delaware Seashore State Park opens for seafood, activities and art for the ninth annual festival. July 22. Free.


5K Run for the Paws: Annual event to benefit the Delaware SPCA. 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 5, Dewey Beach.

44th Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show: More than 125 artists and artisans from around the country will appear at the Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach; also scheduled are food, music, historic tours, face-painting, a Dogfish Head Beer Garden and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5 and 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. $5.

Skimboarding: Watch the Zap Pro/Amateur World Championships of Skimboarding, 1904 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach. Aug. 11-Aug. 13. Riders meeting, 8:30 a.m.; competition begins, 9 a.m. Free.

Eastern Shore Afram Festival: Cultural events including live music, vendors and community resources at the 22nd African-American cultural festival. Aug. 12. Seaford Sports Complex, North Market Street Extension, Seaford. Free.


Sand Castle Contest: The 39th annual contest is open to adults and children; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult when registering. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Rehoboth Beach between Delaware and Laurel avenues. Registration between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; sculptures must be completed for judging by 3 p.m., when they will be open to view. Winners will be announced about 5 p.m. Free sculpting lessons and demonstrations with sculpting artist Darrell O'Connor will be held 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the beach at Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk.

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17th annual Riverwalk 'Freedom' Festival: Food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks. Sept. 9, downtown Milford. Free.

39th Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival: More than 150 artists will display jewelry, painting, photography and other works in a juried show along the bandstand and boardwalk areas. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9. Free.


Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon: 21st annual event also includes a duathlon (half-mile beach run), an Aquabike division (half-mile swim and 16-mile bike) and a relay event. 7:30 a.m. Sept. 16.

SUPS with Your Pups 2: The event will include paddle-boarding clinics for doggies and their masters, paddle-board demos, the latest in boards and equipment, pet-friendly vendors and SPCA dogs who would love to go paddle-boarding with you. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 16, Abbott's Mill Nature Center, 15411 Abbott's Pond Road, Milford.

Lewes Dragon Boat Festival: The fifth annual event raises money for the Sussex Academy; children's activities also scheduled. 9 a.m. Sept. 17. Canalfront Park in downtown Lewes. Free.

Dewey Beach Music Conference: A two-day, three-night performance that also includes monitoring sessions, demonstrations and meeting with music professionals. Sept. 21-24, various Dewey Beach locations. Registration $35 until Aug. 24; $50 per band after.

Tour de Sussex: Cycle through Georgetown, Milton, Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, and Laurel. Starts rain or shine at 8 a.m. Sept. 23 at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown. Registration $55-$75; $25 16 and under.

Event series

Bethany summer concert series: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with occasional midweek events, June 9-Sept. 3. Free; audience welcome to bring their own chairs. Bethany Beach Bandstand. 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Dewey Beach Monday Night Movies on the Beach: Attractions include "The Lego Movie," "The Good Dinosaur" and "Zootopia." Free; donations encouraged. Approximately 8:30 p.m., June 12-Aug. 28, on the beach at Dagsworthy St.

Dewey Beach Bonfires: Free; donations encouraged. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday nights, June 13-Aug. 30 except July 4, on the beach at Dagsworthy St.

Lewes Summer Concert Series: Beginning with the Miss Delaware contestant showcase, attractions include the Delmarva Big Band, the British Invasion Experience and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Free. 7 p.m. June 13-Aug. 29 on the open-air stage in Stango Park next to the Lewes library.

Bethany's Movies on the Beach: Monday night showings include "The Wild Life," "Sing," "Moana," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Finding Dory," June 12-Aug. 28 off Garfield Parkway. Friday night showings are "The Founder," "The Jungle Book," "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "La La Land," Sept. 8-29 at the Bandstand.

Rehoboth Bandstand 54th Annual summer concert series: Every kind of music including country, military, and tributes to the 70s, 80s, Elvis and the Beach Boys. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, June 16-Sept. 2. Free. All shows 8 p.m.-9:15 p.m. except July 2, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Rehoboth Beach bandstand.

Cinema by the Surf: Partly sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Film Society. Films TBA. 8 p.m.-10 p.m. July 20, Aug. 17. Free. Rehoboth Bandstand.

Painting with a twist: Campers ages 7-12 will explore the world by the sea June 26-June 30; animals at the zoo, July 17-July 21; and plants and critters in the garden, Aug. 7-Aug. 11. All activities run from 9 a.m. to noon; they include making a 16-by-20-inch painting each day, games and other fun activities, and an art show from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays. Camp fee of $200 for the week or $40 a day includes all supplies and snacks each day. Painting with a Twist, 17723 Coastal Highway, Lewes.

Select attractions at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville (

"Starry Night Opera," 7-9 p.m. June 16, The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, with maestro Julien Benichou, and Opera Delaware. $15; free for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own chairs.

Renaissance Raven: Baltimore Ravens' Justin Tucker. 7-9 p.m. June 18. The Ravens' two-time Pro Bowl kicker, who is also a classically trained singer, will discuss the relationship between his success in his two fields. $24-$40; general admission is bring your own chair and free to children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Jay Leno, 7-10 p.m. June 30. The veteran comedian, former "Tonight Show" host and car buff performs. $55-$100; seats assigned.

The O'Jays, 7-10 p.m. July 1. The original lead singers, Eddie Levert and Walter Williams, continue to front the group, which has been performing for more than 50 years. $57-$475; seats assigned.

"Legally Blonde: The Musical," 7-10 p.m. July 14. The international award-winning musical based on the movie. $15; children under 12 free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own chair.

Mary Chapin Carpenter, 7-10 p.m. Aug. 8. The five-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee performs songs from her expansive 14-album catalog and new songs from her latest record, "The Things That We Are Made Of." $35-$55. General-admission seats are bring your own chair and free for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult.

"The Little Mermaid: The Musical," by Clear Space Theatre Company, 7 p.m. Aug. 17. Adapted from the Disney movie. Bring your own chair. $15 for adults; free for children 12 and under, who must be accompanied by an adult.

Arts and Jazz Festival, 10 a.m. Sept. 16. Vibe artist and teacher Joe Baione performs at noon, followed by tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, with bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Jochen Rueckert. A discussion with the artist is scheduled afterward. Free.