With November now upon us, southern Delaware's busy fall festival season is in it's final days and attention has turned toward the upcoming holidays.

But before we get to the Thanksgiving turkey and the annual visit from Ole' Saint Nick, we still have a few more fun events to tell you about here in southern Delaware.

This weekend's headlining event is the yearly Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, which showcases many of the region's finest independent films and provides a great way to spend some time over the course of the next several days here at the Delaware beaches.

But there are other fun happenings in store for these next few days as well, and you can read all about them below in our "Weekender Blog," as always brought to you by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.

Now, here are our choices for this first weekend of November in the coastal region...

Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov. 1-11). This festival founded by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society has become one of the most popular in the region in recent years, with ticket sales reaching 20,000 or more annually.

The festival showcases around 100 of the best independent films, including features, documentaries and shorts, and also offers informative seminars, opportunities to converse with celebrity guests and special events.

The event is held at several locations in the resort, including the Cinema Art Theater, Cape Henlopen High School and the Unitarian Universalist Church on Route 9.

Visit www.rehobothfilm.com for more information.

Delaware Resorts 55+ Expo (Nov. 3). This annual event is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Cape Henlopen High School and will focus on residents age 55 and above. 

Exhibitors include medical services, home health care agencies, physical fitness programs, residential communities and home service companies. 

Medical representatives will also be on-site providing health screening and evaluations and there will be several prizes and giveaways distributed throughout the course of the day. For more information, call 302-236-0857 or visit www.rehobothtoday.com/55expo.

Proceeds from the 2018 Delaware Resorts 55+ Expo will be used to benefit Lewes/Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.

Rehoboth Art League Holiday Fair & Craft Show (Nov. 3-4). This year marks the 29th annual holiday fair at the Rehoboth Art League in Henlopen Acres. More than 30 artisans will be on hand for 2018 in many different specialties, including jewelry, glassworks, pottery, painting and woodworking.

Visit www.rehobothartleague.org for more information.

Native American Day (Nov. 3). Scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., this cultural event will be held at the Nanticoke Indian Museum on Route 9 in Oak Orchard.

Scheduled activities include museum tours, Native American food, music, dancing, Native American storytelling, vendors, face painting and more.

The event is free to the public, but donations are appreciated and will be used to benefit the programs at the Nanticoke Indian Museum.

Call (302) 945-7022 for more information on this special event.

Preview of 2018 Return Day (Nov. 8). This traditional and hugely popular Sussex County event isn't happening until Thursday, Nov. 8, but we're previewing it here today as it will be occurring before the following weekend is upon us.

The unique southern Delaware gathering dates back to as early as 1792, though the exact date remains a bit of a mystery due to the often-inefficient record keeping of the time.

It’s held biennially two days after Election Day and it’s a festival that is uniquely Sussex County. And if you’ve ever attended, you know that the festival’s traditions and customs are held in high regard and are continued every even numbered year without fail.

To read our historical blog entry about Return Day, click on the photo below of Delaware's own Joe Biden. This photo was taken at the 2008 event, two days after he became the Vice President-Elect of the United States.

The 2018 event again features the area's largest parade, which is scheduled to begin at 1:30 and run west to east along Market Street and through The Circle, where judges and dignitaries will be located.

Highlights of the parade this year will include, as always, politicians from competing parties who will officially be "burying the hatchet" during the course of the day, as well as both the University of Delaware and the Delaware State University marching bands, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and much, much more!

The Grand Marshal for the 103rd version of Return Day will be Sussex County Councilman George Cole, who is retiring this year after more than three decades on the council.

To learn more about Return Day 2018, visit www.returnday.com.

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

Have a great weekend everyone!


NOTE: With the wrapup of the fall festival season and the off-season about to set in for several weeks, our "Weekender" blog will be taking a hiatus until March, at least the weekly version of it. But we will be posting updates on area events on a monthly basis, and also be on the look out for a few special events postings from time to time. And we'll be back and posting on a weekly basis on Saint Patrick's Day Weekend 2019.