As we begin our transition from coastal Delaware’s traditional summer season and into the height of the fall festival season, we have a bit of a lull for the next week or two in terms of annual events and happenings in the region.

But that’s not to mean there isn’t plenty to do – trust us, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There’s ALWAYS lots of ways to stay busy when the weather is warm and the beach is hopping at full strength.

And there’s one thing for certain – the weather has certainly been warm over the last few days here in coastal Delaware. There are lots of ways to cool off though, both for adults and for the kids.

We have some great water parks at the beach, including Jungle Jim’s and White Water Mountain at Midway. And of course, there’s the ocean water itself that’s always cool and refreshing and good for an afternoon dip. Just be sure to use plenty of sunscreen and stay safe.

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For the grownups, the air is always crisp and cool at our great local restaurants and bars. So pick your favorite and enjoy a fun evening with friends, while partaking in  some great local food and libations.

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We hope you enjoy these last few weeks of the Summer of 2016 before we transition into fall. There’s still plenty to do, so get out there and enjoy yourself while you still can.

But, we also want to whet your appetite for what’s in store during the fall festival season, one of the best times of the year to be in southern Delaware. There are so many big annual events on the horizon, including Return Day this year, held two days after the election in Georgetown.

Check back here in our "Weekender Blog" every week to learn what festivals are coming up during the next few months.

But for now, let’s focus on what’s coming up over the next few days at or near the Delaware beaches. Here are our choices for events and happenings for the extended weekend of August 19-22 in coastal Delaware:

Bikes & Beers Delaware (August 21). Have you ever considered combining a long bike ride with a pint of Dogfish Head beer? Well if you haven’t, here’s your chance to give it a try. There are two separate bike rides to choose from this Sunday, either a 15 mile casual ride or a 42 mile ride meant for more experienced cyclists. Participants receive a free Bikes and Beers pint glass, a free pint of Dogfish Head Namaste beer, entrance into the post-event festival and snacks and water along the ride. Registration is at the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, beginning at 8:30 a.m., with the longer ride beginning at 9:00 and the 15 mile ride beginning at 10:30. Visit for more information.

Ultimate Flounder Pounder Open (August 19-21). Billed as the “largest flounder fishing tournament this summer on Delmarva,” this event will take place in Long Neck from Friday through Sunday, with more than $100,000 in prize money on the line. Registration is capped at 250 boats, so inquire today to check on availability. The fee is $250 per boat, including the captain. Up to five additional anglers can be added for an additional fee. Registration is available in person at Paradise Marine, located on Bay Road in Long Neck. Visit for more information.

Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open (August 18-20). Now here’s something fun for all the girls out there. Just across the state line in Ocean City this weekend, the Bahia Marina on 21st Street Bayside will host the Captain Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, a special ladies only billfish release tournament to benefit breast cancer research. In the last three years, this event has raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. It will be held from Thursday to Saturday in Ocean City. Visit for more information.

Playtime at the Beach (August 20). If you have a pooch and you’re looking for something fun to do with him/her, come on out to Rigby’s Bar and Grill in Rehoboth Beach this Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m., for this dog-friendly happy hour sponsored by the Delaware Humane Association. It promises to be a good time for man (or woman) and dog. Call 302-571-0111 for more information.

Gladys Knight at the Freeman Stage (August 19). Plan a visit to the Freeman Stage near Fenwick Island this Friday night to see a concert by the one and only Gladys Knight. One of the greatest rhythm and blues singers of all time, Knight’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m., this Friday. As of the time of this writing, there are still tickets available. Visit for more information.

Movie Night on the Beach (August 22). Held every Monday night during the season, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket, and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night! Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week's selections are "Aladdin" (Dewey Beach) and “Toy Story 3" (Bethany Beach).

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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