UPDATE – THE TOP THREE EVENTS ON THIS LIST HAVE BEEN CANCELED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS. WE’VE NOT RECEIVED ANY UPDATES ON THE REMAINDER OF THE CALENDAR, BUT PLEASE CALL AHEAD IF YOU PLAN ON GOING OUT THIS WEEKEND.
Spring is in the air this weekend at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, with all kinds of fun things scheduled at locations throughout the region.
Highlights for this second weekend of March include the area’s sweetest smelling annual event in downtown Rehoboth Beach, as well as St. Patrick’s Day festivities in both Ocean City and Milford, and a few other fun events in the “Nation’s Summer Capital.”
We all “Sprang Forward” last weekend, which is a sure sign that activities and excitement in Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region is about to pick up in earnest. And that starts this weekend, so get out there and have a great time at and near the beaches!
Here’s Oldfather Group Founder and Chief Executive Dustin Oldfather with more on what’s on tap for the weekend of March 13-15 here in the coastal region:
Okay, let’s get right to it! We begin in downtown Rehoboth and one of the headline events for the first quarter of the year…
Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival (March 14). This Saturday, March 14, is the 30th anniversary of what is certainly the sweetest tasting annual event in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” of Rehoboth Beach.
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, this community event will once again support the good work being done at the Harry K. Foundation, with several local restaurants and residents taking part.
This year’s “First Taste” begins at 11 a.m., and the event runs through the awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m.
There will be nine judged categories for 2020, including Brownie, Cake, Candy, Chocolate Beverage, Cookie, Ice Cream, Pie, Other and Showpiece (non-edible). Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category.
Tickets for the 2020 Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival start at $25, with all proceeds helping hungry Delaware children through the Harry K. Foundation.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Karen Francis at 302.226.0675, purchase in person at Atlantic Jewelry on the Boardwalk or visit the Harry K. Foundation online.
Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 14). Sponsored by the Delmarva Irish-American Club, this annual St. Patrick’s Day event will begin promptly at noon on Saturday, March 14.
The parade begins at 60th Street and heads south to 45th Street, where the judging stand is located and also where the Irish Festival will be taking place.
Visit www.delmarvairish.org for more information on this year’s parade and festival.
Milford St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl (March 14). This 10th annual event has become a fun tradition in Milford over the years, with local businesses, restaurants and breweries all participating in the Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.
The event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, March 14, all throughout the downtown area of Milford.
This year’s “Crawl” will feature downtown businesses hosting beverage tastings from local breweries and wineries, as well as samples of unique food and drinks, live entertainment, bar and restaurant specials and much more.
Contact Downtown Milford, Inc., at 302-839-1180 for more information.
Rehoboth Beach Cherry Blossom Beach Fest 2020 (March 14). The first item up on what is now a four-week event in downtown Rehoboth Beach, an Indoor Japanese Street Fair, is planned for this Saturday, March 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The street fair is scheduled for the Shops at the Pearl Mall, as well as the Cultured Pearl Restaurant & Sushi Bar on Rehoboth Avenue.
Traditional Japanese street food and drinks will be offered during the course of the event, including favorites such as Shochu, Wagashi, Miso, Takoyaki, Sushi and more.
Other events of the 4th Annual Cherry Blossom Beach Fest are scheduled for March 22, March 29 and April 5.
Call 302-227-8493 for more information.
Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival (March 11-15). Sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Seaside Jewish Community, this five-day event will be held at the Cinema Art Theater on Dartmouth Drive in Lewes.
There will be 12 films featured at this year’s festival between Wednesday, March 11, and Sunday, March 15. Admission is $12 per film screening and tickets can be purchased at the door 30 minutes prior to the start time.
For more information, visit the event page online, call the Rehoboth Beach Film Society at 302-645-9095 or email email@example.com.
Rehoboth Concert Band Spring Benefit Concert (March 15). The latest performance of the Rehoboth Concert Band is scheduled for Sunday, March 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Indian River High School in Dagsboro.
Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, with attendees 18 and under admitted for free. They can be purchased online at www.rehobothconcertband.org or with cash only at the door.
Call 302-381-6620 for more information.
Winter Farmer’s Market at Nassau Valley Vineyards (March 15). Nassau Valley Vineyards near Lewes is holding the latest installment of its winter farmer’s market this Sunday, March 15, from 12 to 3 p.m.
The market is still running every other week through Sunday, April 19.
The majority of the market will be indoors, but a few vendors will be set up in the parking lot of Claret Hall, on the grounds of Delaware’s first winery.
Visit www.nassauvalley.com for more information on the winter farmer’s market.
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!