Memorial Day is still a couple of weeks away, but this second weekend in May is a special one for many reasons in coastal Delaware. First and foremost, it's Mother’s Day, a time we all show the special ladies in our lives how much they mean to us.
But once the cards are handed out and lunch is finished, take mom by the hand and guide her to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk for Funland’s opening weekend of 2017.
The bumper cars, the Skeeball, the kiddie rides, the arcade games and more will be open this weekend, ready to officially welcome another great season at the Delaware beaches.
And this year mark’s another first for Funland as well, and that’s the addition of a new ride that promises upside down views of Rehoboth Beach. It should be a lot of fun and we encourage everyone to visit the boardwalk this weekend and enjoy themselves.
Other events this weekend include the Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day in Oak Orchard, a fun happening in Ocean City and two pet-friendly events in Lewes and Dewey Beach.
Here’s our own Dustin Oldfather to give you a preview…
So get on out there and have some fun this weekend. Make it one to remember here in beautiful coastal Delaware.
Here are our choices for the weekend of May 12-14, first in map form…
Funland Opening Weekend 2017 (May 12-14). In what has become a highly anticipated Mother’s Day Weekend tradition in Rehoboth Beach, Funland officially opens it’s doors for the 2017 season this Saturday at 1 p.m.
And there’s a new ride this year, adding to the anticipation. The SuperFlip 360 will give riders a 360 degree view of Funland, the Boardwalk and the beach and promises plenty of thrills and memories for years to come.
Remember, however, that the games and rides at Funland will only be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the month of May (as well as on Memorial Day), but will open seven days a week beginning on Friday, June 2.
The Haunted Mansion will be closed on opening weekend, but will be open beginning on Saturday, May 20. For more information on Funland’s 55th season in Rehoboth, visit funlandrehoboth.com.
Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day (May 13). The Nanticoke Indian Tribe invites everyone to its 2017 Heritage Day this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to the Tribe’s museum in Oak Orchard will be free during the event, which is billed as a celebration of the Nanticoke’s heritage and culture.
Activities for the day include performances by the Nanticoke Dance Troupe and the Tidewater Agency Drummers, face painting, native arts and crafts and more.
Pooches in the Park (May 13). Lewes Canalfront Park officially goes to the dogs this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., for the anticipated “Pooches in the Park” event.
Activities include interactive demonstrations, dock diving dogs, exhibitors, games and prizes and family photos with your pooch.
Visit lewescanalfrontpark.org for more information.
Dewey Golden Jubilee (May 12-14). Approximately 150 Golden Retrievers and their owners are expected this weekend for the first of two annual “Golden” weekends in Dewey Beach.
Frequently cited as one of the most dog-friendly beaches in America, Dewey Beach will again be party central this weekend, with scheduled activities to include a “Gold Rush,” a “Poop Patrol Stroll,” a bonfire on the beach and a “Blessing of the Animals.”
For more information on the Spring Golden Jubilee event, visit deweysgoldenjubilee.com.
Dewey Beach Arts Festival (May 13). This sixth annual event takes place in Dewey Beach, on Dagsworthy Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Activities include live music by Mark Luckenbill, food trucks, interactive demonstrations and more than 50 artists presenting their creations.
The Salisbury Zoo and Delaware State Police will also be running interactive setups during the event.
To learn more, visit www.deweybusinesspartnership.com.
White Marlin Festival (May 13). This 13th annual event is scheduled for 12 to 3 p.m. this Saturday in Ocean City.
Events include children’s entertainment, exhibits and live music. But the main event is the annual crab soup cook-off, with local professional chefs competing for the title of “Best Crab Soup.”
For more information on this event, visit ococean.com.
Whatever you do this weekend here at the Delaware beaches, we hope you have a great time. And be sure to visit us here again next week for more information about coastal Delaware's regularly scheduled festivals and events.
Have a great weekend everyone!