As most of you know, the primary focus of the Oldfather Group's popular "Weekender Blog" is to keep our readers apprised of all the great events and happenings occurring regularly here in the coastal region.

Many of these events are local festivals that have contributed greatly to the quality of life at and near the Delaware beaches for many years now.

With that said, we kick things up a notch this week with the first big event of the 2018 Spring/Summer season here in coastal Delaware - and that's the 50th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival.

Keep reading for everything you want to know about this fantastic, family-friendly festival, being held once again on the grounds of beautiful Cape Henlopen State Park.

We've also got a number of other great events lined up for this Easter Weekend, both here in Delaware and just across the state line in Maryland's favorite summertime playground of Ocean City.

Here's the Oldfather Group's Dustin Oldfather and Bob Burton to whet your appetite...


REMINDER: be sure to check out the interactive map at the end of this blog entry to learn more about this weekend's featured events.

Okay, so let's jump right into all of this weekend's great events! Here are our top choices for fun and exciting things to do in the coastal region for the weekend of March 30-April 1...

The Great Delaware Kite Festival (March 30). Held at Cape Henlopen State Park and co-sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of this beloved early season event here in coastal Delaware.

The festival once again kicks off with an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m., followed by kite competitions for children and teenagers. There are also several other events during the day, including the “highest kite” contest, an egg toss competition and, perhaps the most important moment of all, FREE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CUPCAKES!

There's no cost to attend the festival, but entrance fees to the state park do apply. These are $5 for those with Delaware license plates and $10 for cars with out-of-state license plates. Transportation via the Jolly Trolley will also be available from the park’s beach parking lot.

For more information, visit the official website of the event HERE, or call 302-645-8073.

Bunny Palooza (March 31). The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation will be holding its sixth annual Bunny Palooza event this Saturday, March 31, in Bethany Beach.

The event is highlighted by dual 5K and 10K runs, which begin downtown and end on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. The 10K race begins at 8:30 a.m., with the 5K race beginning an hour later.

There will also be a special post-race party at Mango’s on the Boardwalk, with beer provided by NKS Distributors.

The cost of the event is $30 for the 5K run and $40 for the 10K run. Online registration has now closed, but onsite registration will be open on the Boardwalk until 15 minutes before the start of the race.

Learn more at the official Bunny Palooza event page.

Easter Kids’ Fun Fair and Arts & Crafts Show (March 30-31). Just across the state line in Ocean City, this fun two-day event is scheduled for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway.

This event will be open to the public on both Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs are $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and free for children ages 3 and under, as well as for firemen, police officers and members of the United States military.

The event promises two fun-filled days of activities, including games, rides, Easter egg hunts, photo ops with the Easter Bunny and much more.

For more information, as well as a full entertainment schedule, visit the events page HERE.

Cape May-Lewes Ferry Easter Breakfast (March 31). Celebrate the Easter holiday this Saturday, March 31, on the grounds of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Lewes.

Seating times for this special holiday event are 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., and admission includes a breakfast buffet, photos with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg hunt on the green. Prices are $24 per adult (age 13 and above) and $14 per child, with children under 3 admitted fee.

Reservations are required for this event. Call 800-643-3779 for more information.

Adult Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt (March 30). With it being Easter Weekend, there are plenty of special egg hunts around the coastal region designed with children in mind. And we're going to feature a couple of those below.

But an adults only event in Frankford definitely stands out, so we're highlighting this one for the "young at heart" demographic.

Beginning at 7:45 p.m. this Friday, March 30, head out to Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery for this unique event, with half of the proceeds from the $8 tickets going to support Easter Seals of Delaware & Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Prizes will be given out during the course of the evening and you're asked to being a flashlight to take part in the fun.

Visit the Salted Vines website for more information.

Lewes Canalfront Egg Hunt (March 31). This will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Besides the egg hunt, other events include photos with the Easter Bunny, face painting and balloon artistry. 

The event is located, as you can probably guess by the name, on the canalfront in historic Lewes. 

Call 302-645-2795 for more information.

Dewey Beach Egg Scoop (March 31). This is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the beach at Dagsworthy Street. 

This will actually be three different egg hunts in one, with kids ages 5 and under beginning at 11:15, ages 6 to 8 kicking off at 11:45 and children between 9 and 11 years old starting at 12:15. 

There will also be photos with the Easter Bunny, games, music and more. 

Call 302-228-3701 for more information.

Cape Gazette Photo

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here in the coastal region.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!