If you can't find anything to do during September and October in Delaware's coastal region, well then you just aren't trying. The fall festival season, which continues this weekend with five more huge events, is simply one of the best times of the year to live at or near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
We urge you to get outside this weekend and visit one or more of the great southern Delaware festivals we're going to be featuring below. We promise, you'll have a great time!
Headlining this week is the annual Wings & Wheels Festival at the Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown, but other family friendly events are happening in Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. So if you live in southern Delaware, this is a fantastic weekend for you to get out and enjoy some of the best that Sussex County has to offer.
Keep reading below for everything you're going to need to know for the weekend of October 5-7 at and near the Delaware beaches.
But first, here's the Oldfather Group's Julie Seymour with a quick video preview of this weekend's festivities.
Thanks Julie! Okay, on to the business at hand.
Here are our top picks for fun, family-friendly festivals for the first weekend of October here in the coastal region:
Wings and Wheels (October 6). This fantastic local festival features, as the name suggests, a bevy of old cars and old airplanes and has become one of the highlights of the fall festival season in recent years.
Located at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, this free Saturday event features World War II re-enactors, the United States Navy parachute team, great food, a varied selection of entertainment, craft vendors and much more.
There's no parking on the airport grounds this year, but off-site parking is available at Sussex Academy for $5 per vehicle. People movers and busses will be running beginning at 9 a.m., on a constant loop to the airport and back.
For more information on the 2018 Wings & Wheels festival, visit www.wings-wheels.com.
Boast The Coast/Coast Day (October 6-7). The 23rd annual Boast the Coast Day is scheduled for this Saturday, and is sponsored and organized by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce.
As is the custom, the event is held in association with Sunday’s Coast Day festivities, held at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus in Lewes.
Boast the Coast Day will feature many great activities this year, including children's activities in 1812 Park, seafood tasting, a Cape Water Taxi tour along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, tours of the Lightship Overfalls, the Cannonball House and the Lewes Life-Saving Station, food vendors, and lots more.
The theme for Sunday's Coast Day festivities is "Science Serving Coastal Communities." Highlights of Sunday include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits.
Children can also meet sea-dwelling animals, such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks, at the critter touch tanks and everyone can enjoy live music, vendor displays and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.
For more information on the 2018 Coast Day and Boast the Coast Day events, visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce online.
Greyhounds Reach the Beach (October 6-7). Started more than 20 years ago, this unique event brings greyhounds from around the country, and their owners, together for a few days of fellowship and special events.
Many of these pooches are retired from the racing industry and were later adopted by their owners when their careers at the track were finished.
There are more than 50 vendors in the Rehoboth/Dewey area who participate in the event, so if you see a few sleek and stealth hounds at the beach this weekend, be sure to say hello.
Visit www.grtb.org for more information on this unique gathering.
Lewes Historical Society Fall Craft Fair (October 6-7). Scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, the fall craft fair is planned for the same weekend as the popular Boast the Coast Day festivities.
Held at the Lewes Historical Society (LHS) campus on Shipcarpenter Street in downtown Lewes, admission to the festival is $5 per person, with all proceeds benefitting educational and preservation programs at the LHS.
More than 4,000 visitors are expected this year for the craft fair, which is well known for the exceptional quality of the craftspeople, including new and returning artists from across Delmarva.
For more details about the Fall Craft Fair, or for more information on The Lewes Historical Society, call 302-645-7670.
Lewes Oktoberfest (October 6). Scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, downtown Lewes will be taking on a decidedly German theme for a few hours this weekend.
The event is designed as an authentic Munich festival, complete with Bavarian-inspired food from local restaurants, a special edition Dogfish Head craft beer, an Oom Pah band and much more.
This is an annual fundraiser for the Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park and will take place in the park, located at 211 Front Street in downtown Lewes.
For more information, visit www.lewescanalfrontpark.org, or call 302-645-2795.
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!