While there are certainly other things happening this final weekend of October, and we'll touch on a few of them in today's "Weekender Blog," the next few days will be dominated by Rehoboth Beach's biggest party of the year.
This is the 29th edition of the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, as always organized and coordinated by the good folks at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.
We’ll highlight the biggest events of this festival below so you can maximize your enjoyment over these absolutely fabulous three days of coastal Delaware fun.
But first, here's Richard DeCore with a quick video preview of all that's happening this weekend in the coastal region.
Now, let's get right to it! Here are our top choices for fun and family-friendly events for the weekend of Oct. 26-28 in the coastal region:
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival (Oct. 26-28). When thinking of this annual festival, most people think of the costume parade up and down Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday morning. And while that's certainly the highlight of this three-day gathering, there is much, much more to see and witness at Rehoboth Beach’s most well known annual event.
Once again, thousands of visitors are expected in the resort this weekend for three days of fun in 2018’s extended season. Listed below are a few of the highlights of this year’s Sea Witch Festival, including the always popular pet parade on Sunday.
But you can also visit www.beach-fun.com for a complete schedule of the weekend's activities.
And be sure to check back on our blog page this Friday for a story detailing the nearly three decade history of this fantastic local festival.
- Costume Parade. Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at 11 a.m., down Rehoboth Avenue. This is the major event of the three-day festival and one you don't want to miss!
- Sea Witch Hunt. Find the Sea Witch in this exciting scavenger hunt style activity. This is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The information table is located at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.
- Old Fashioned Kids’ Beach Games. Games held on the beach on Baltimore Avenue, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- Pony Rides on the Beach. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 fee and this activity is weather dependent.
- Fiddlers' Featival. Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.
- Hayrides. Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor's Center on Rehoboth Avenue.
- Sea Witch 5K Classic Run. Begins at Grove Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday.
- Costumed Dog Parade. Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Parade will be down the boardwalk and include an approximately 1.5 mile walk.
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Children’s Fantasy Trail (Oct. 26-28). This fun, family friendly annual event will take place on Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday Oct. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Don’t forget to wear your costumes in the spirit of Halloween. The cost is $5 per person.
For more information, call 302-645-6852.
Dewey Beach Haunted Events (Oct. 26). This will actually be two events in one, held in conjunction with the 2018 Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach.
From 7 to 9 p.m., on Dagsworthy Avenue and the Beach, the town will be hosting both a Haunted Bonfire and a Haunted Trail and Graveyard.
The bonfire will feature events that include a live DJ, dancing, carnival games, a ghost story teller and more, while the haunted trail and graveyard is a guided tour experience that comes with a price tag of $5 per adult and $2 per child.
Transportation to both of these events is provided by the Jolly Trolley.
Boos, Brews & Booze (Oct. 27). Scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, on the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society, this fun event for grown-ups will include tastings by several local breweries and food from area restaurants.
Breweries scheduled to be at the event include Dogfish Head, Revelation Craft Brewing, Brimming Horn Meadery, Beach Time Distilling and Sposato Family Vineyards.
Living history characters will also be on hand, telling authentic tales of murder and mayhem that include murder, witches and even a sailor who tragically, and quite literally, lost his head.
Tickets for this event are $60 and will benefit the soon to open Children's Discovery Center at the Lewes History Museum.
For more information, visit www.historiclewes.org.
Community Fall Festival (Oct. 27). The historic Governor Ross Mansion in Seaford is the backdrop for this fall festival, scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Scheduled activities include face painting, trunk or treating, pumpkin decorating and much more.
Tickets are $2 and children 2 and under are admitted for free.
Shore Craft Beer Fest (Oct. 27). This fourth annual Ocean City event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Sunset Park overlooking the Assawoman Bay.
Scheduled activities include unlimited tastings of more than 40 beers from 16 breweries, food trucks, live music by Johnny Bling, vendors and much more.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 410-703-1970 or visit www.shorecraftbeerfest.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!