Greetings everyone and welcome once again to our regular "Weekender Blog," where we keep you up to date on everything that's happening at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

We've got some great events on tap this weekend in the coastal region, highlighted by an insanely popular festival a few miles west of the beaches in Seaford, an annual sandcastle building contest at Delaware Seashore State Park and a couple of great happening in historic Lewes.

Read below for everything you need to know about these fantastic events happening over the weekend of July 13-15 at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

But first, here's Dustin Oldfather  from the Villages at Five Points in Lewes, with a preview in video form.


Okay, let's get right to it. Here are our top choices for family fun during the weekend of July 13-15 here in the coastal region...

Nanticoke Riverfest (July 14). This 24th annual event is held a short drive from the beach in the western Sussex city of Seaford, and is the municipality’s largest annual festival. 

The focus of the event is on the Nanticoke River, still one of the most pristine waterways feeding the Chesapeake Bay. Hundreds of people will take to the river on Saturday on intertubes and all kinds of wild and wacky floatable creations. 

Other activities include canoe and kayak races, a car show, a hidden idol contest, a “duck dash,” a youth fishing tournament and dozens of local vendors. 

Visit www.nanticokeriverfest.com for more information, including a complete schedule of events. The festival is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., this Saturday, July 14.

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38th Annual Sandcastle Contest (July 14). This event begins on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Delaware Seashore State Park and is open to everyone.

This is the 38th year for the sandcastle building contest, which offers contests for both amateur and experienced sandcastle builders in multiple age groups. Prizes will be awarded and a good time is promised to all participants. 

There will also be a variety of hands-on, beach-themed activities throughout the day. Call Delaware Seashore State Park at 302-227-2800 for more information.

Lewes Antiques Show & Sale (July 13-14). This is the 60th year for this popular local event, held at Bethel United Methodist Church on Fourth Street in Lewes. The show features a bevy of quality antiques and collectibles and is normally very well attended. 

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5.

Visit www.bethellewes.org for more information.

Lewes Historical Society Craft Fair (July 14). Held at the Lewes Historical Society complex on Shipcarpenter Street, this annual craft fair is always very popular with locals and tourists alike. The day will feature dozens of artisans from Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland, as well as lots of live music and food options. 

Call 302-645-7670 or visit www.historiclewes.org for more information on this fun annual event. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in downtown Lewes. Admission is $5 each and children under 12 are admitted free.

Proceeds from this event will benefit educational and preservation programs at the Lewes Historical Society.

Movie Night on the Beach (July 16). Held every Monday night during the season, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket, and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night! Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week's selections are "Despicable Me 3" (Dewey Beach) and “The Emoji Movie" (Bethany Beach).

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

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

Have a great weekend everyone!