Each week here in our “Weekender Blog” we feature great events coming up over the next few days at or near the Delaware beaches.

At this point on the 2016 calendar, it’s the middle of the fall festival season locally and that means a bevy of great events over the course of the next several weeks.

For this week’s edition of our blog, however, we also feature two annual happenings taking place in Maryland’s resort paradise of Ocean City, highlighted by the annual four-day Sunfest event at the Ocean City Inlet.

Back across the state line in Delaware, we have a music festival this weekend in Dewey Beach, a beer and wine festival west of Millsboro, a surf fishing tournament at the coast and a walk for an important cause in Rehoboth Beach.

And don’t forget to check out all of the excitement still going on daily at Delaware’s beach resorts. It’s a perfect time to visit Rehoboth Beach now, because the weather is still warm and almost everything is still open and ready for your visit.

And as of earlier this week, the parking meters have been covered up and it’s now FREE to park in Delaware’s most popular coastal resort. So come on out with the family and have a fun day at the beach.

Now, let’s move on to all of the fun and exciting things happening over the next few days at the Delaware beaches. Here are our favorites for the weekend of Sept. 23-25 in or near coastal Delaware:

Ocean City Sunfest (September 22-25). The annual Sunfest is back and bigger than ever this year in Ocean City, with four fun-filled days of musical entertainment, kid’s activities, great food and much more. This year’s headliners include Chubby Checker, Eddie Money and country music star Chris Janson. As always, the festival is FREE to attend. Hours for this year’s event are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.ococean.com/sunfest.

Treasure Hunt at the Beach (September 24-25). Scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24-25, this event takes place on the beach at 3rd Street in Ocean City and features a search for buried treasure. Prizes include jewelry, diamonds and gemstones, as well as gift certificates to area restaurants and shops. There are up to 100 participants per hunt and you must be at least 18 years old to participate. Event times are from 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday. Free entries are available for a $15 donation to the Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. Visit www.parkplacejewelers.com for more information.

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Dewey Beach Music Conference (September22-25). This year’s Dewey Beach Music Conference is spread out over four days and at venues all throughout the coastal resort. Shows are scheduled for the Bottle & Cork, Jimmy’s Grille, Surfside Bar & Grille and the Rusty Rudder. Entertainers this year hail from several different states, so be sure to check the schedule online for your favorites. All evening shows for 2016 are FREE and open to the general public, but you can register online for conference badges and to attend daytime business sessions and VIP parties. Visit www.deweybeachfest.com/dbmc for more information.

Beer & Wine Festival (September 24). Last year’s inaugural festival at Trap Pond was hugely successful, leading to this year’s encore event. Scheduled for 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, this event is held RAIN OR SHINE and includes regular $25 tickets and $5 tickets for designated drivers. This is a 21 and older only festival and participants are cautioned that you will not be allowed to enter without a valid ID. The event is scheduled for the nature center at Trap Pond and all proceeds will be used for purchasing new playground equipment at the park’s campground. For more information, visit www.trappondpartners.com.

Fall Surf Fishing Classic (September 24-25). This is the 19th year for this popular event headquartered at the Old Inlet Bait & Tackle Shop, located about two miles north of the Indian River Inlet. Designated fishing areas include Delaware Seashore State Park and Fenwick Island State Park. A valid fishing license is required to participate in this event, but can be purchased at check-in if you don’t have one. More than $15,000 in prize money will be awarded in 2016. For more information, visit www.oldinlet.com.

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AIDS Walk Delaware (September 24). This is the 30th year for this annual event, a partnership between AIDS Delaware and the Delaware HIV Consortium. The event begins at 10 a.m., at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Sept. 24. Registration begins at hour prior to the walk. Funds raised from the event, as you may have guessed, are used to provide services for people living with HIV or AIDS in Delaware, as well as preventative education. For more information on this year’s event, please visit www.aidswalkde.kintera.org.

Movie Night on the Beach (September 23). Now that the summer season has wrapped up and the kids are back in school, the Monday night movies on the beach in Bethany have moved to Friday nights. Movies still begin at approximately 8:30 p.m., but are now held at the bandstand on the boardwalk. This week’s movie is “Back to the Future.”

The movies on the beach program for Dewey Beach has concluded for 2016.

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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