For the last couple of decades, coastal Delaware has definitely become more culturally diverse - a large Hispanic population, a very active gay and lesbian community and an influx of residents from other states are perfect examples.

And due to the growing nature of the area, a multitude of new locally owned restaurants have also popped up, along with a great selection of fun local festivals and quality entertainment options.

And it's the latter that we're going to focus on today, specifically the hugely popular Freeman Stage at Bayside, located just a short drive west of Fenwick Island.

The folks at the Carl M. Freeman Companies released their 2018 schedule just a few days ago and the upcoming season promises to be yet another in a string of fantastic entertainment choices for coastal Delaware residents and visitors.

Now, there's no way we could possibly preview all of the acts coming this year to the Freeman Stage - visit their website for that. 

But what we are going to do is hit on some of the highlights of the 2018 calendar. And there are certainly some great acts coming to the region over the next few months.

So, let's take a look at what are sure to be five of the biggest events of the season...

Smokey Robinson (June 1). This Friday evening event promises to be the first big concert of the 2018 summer season, with the legendary singer/songwriter coming to town for one show only.

The co-founder of Motown Records has had many hits over his long career, including "My Girl," "Who's Loving You" and "The Way You Do The Things You Do."

Tickets for this early season show range between $55 and $115 and are now on sale.

Jeff Foxworthy (July 7). The long-time comedian will be in town for one show only, on the evening of Saturday, July 7.

Foxworthy is the largest selling comedy recording artist in history and has won multiple Grammy Awards over his long career, but he is most well-known for his series of redneck jokes that became popular in the 1990s and 2000s.

Tickets to see Jeff Foxworthy range between $50 and $100 and are now on sale.

The Beach Boys (August 3). There aren't many groups that have been around as long as the legendary Beach Boys, and they'll be in coastal Delaware for one show only on the evening of Friday, August 3.

The Beach Boys have been performing since the 1960s and still average 150 shows a year, more than a half-century later.

Ticket prices for the Beach Boys range from $40 to $75 and are now on sale.

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Cheap Trick (August 10). One week after the Beach Boys, the legendary rockers from Cheap Trick will take the Freeman Stage for a Friday evening summer concert.

Rising to fame in the 1980s, Cheap Trick is most well-known for it's mega hits "I Want You to Want Me" and "Surrender" and was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016.

Ticket prices for Cheap Trick range from $40 to $65 and are now on sale.

Vince Gill (August 11). For all the country music fans out there, superstar Vince Gill will take the stage the night after Cheap Trick for a one-time only summertime concert.

Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, Gill's most famous song is "When I Call Your Name," which was named the "Song of the Year" in 1990 by the Country Music Association.

Gill has won a staggering 20 Grammy Awards over his long career.

Tickets for Vince Gill go on sale on Monday, March 26, at 10 a.m., and are now on sale.

The Freeman Stage is an open-air performing arts venue that presents diverse programming in the genres of dance, live music, theatre and children’s programming.

It's supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about the Freeman Stage, and to see the full calendar of events for 2018, visit the company's website.