The 2019 fall festival season continues this weekend with a half dozen events that we think you’re definitely going to want to check out here in the coastal region.
The weekend’s calendar is as eclectic as it comes, with huge fall events in several of the region’s favorite beach resorts. From Ocean City all the way north to Milford, this is a great few days to get outside and enjoy all that Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region has to offer.
Here’s Oldfather Group Founder and CEO Dustin Oldfather with a quick video preview of all of this weekend’s featured events.
Now, on to the events we’re featuring for the weekend of September 13-15 at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. We begin in Milford and one of the biggest events of the fall…
Riverwalk Freedom Festival (September 14). One of the biggest events of September is planned for this Saturday, September 14, just a short drive from the Delaware beaches in the city of Milford.
The 2019 Riverwalk Freedom Festival, enjoying its 19th year, is one of the larger outdoor festivals of the fall season and is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford.
It’s scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., with planned activities that include food trucks, a pet parade, a beer garden, a car show, live bands and a fireworks display at dusk.
For more information on this jewel of southern Delaware’s fall festival season, visit the website for the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Milford.
Balloons Over Sussex (September 14-15). Visit the Delaware Coastal Airport near Georgetown this weekend for the 2019 Balloons Over Sussex hot air balloon festival.
More than a dozen hot air balloons will be filling the skies above the airport, with plenty of activities scheduled throughout the two days of the event.
A fundraiser for the Sussex Academy Foundation, parking is free at the Delaware Coastal Business Park but there is an admission price to the festival of $10 for adults and children 10 years of age and older. Children under 10 are admitted for free.
Activities for the festival include passenger flights (for a fee), tether balloon rides, kids’ activities, entertainment, plenty of food and vendors and much more.
For more on the 2019 Balloons Over Sussex Festival, visit the website for the event.
Festival Hispano (September 15). Again being held in the Kimmeytown area of Georgetown, the 2019 Festival Hispano is the largest event of its kind in southern Delaware and is always extremely well attended.
Coordinated by La Esperanza, there are usually more than 40,000 people who descend on the Sussex County Seat for this celebration of the Hispanic community.
Scheduled activities and events include Latin music and dances, traditional arts and crafts and a huge amount of Latino cuisine and traditional food choices.
For much more on Festival Hispano, visit www.festivalhispano.com.
Ocean City Bikefest (September 12-15). Now the largest motorcycle rally on the east coast, this year’s Ocean City Bikefest is scheduled for September 12-15 in Maryland’s favorite coastal playground.
Three big concerts are on tap this year from legendary artists ZZ Top, the Stone Temple Pilots and Cheap Trick, as well as vendors from throughout the United States, plenty of alcoholic beverages, trick shows and much more.
Though this is really a resort wide event, activities will be centered around the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway.
Visit www.ocbikefest.com for much more on this year’s Ocean City Bikefest.
Indian River Marina Autumn Art Festival (September 14). This year’s autumn art festival at the Indian River Marina is scheduled for Saturday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the shores of the Indian River Bay.
Located within Delaware Seashore State Park, activities included for the 2019 edition of this fall festival include food trucks, music, wine and craft beer tastings, crafters and artisans and plenty more fun choices for the entire family.
Visit www.destateparks.com for more information.
Shakespeare Festival (September 15-21). The Lewes Public Library is again hosting its annual Shakespeare Festival beginning on Sunday, September 15, and running through Saturday, September 21.
All events and activities for the week are free to the public, though registration is requested by calling the library at 302-645-2733.
There are several events and sessions each day of the event, including a bus trip to Washington, D.C., on Friday, September 21 that includes visits to the Folger Shakespeare Library and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
For much more on the 2019 Shakespeare Festival in Lewes, visit the event page at www.lewes.lib.de.us.
Movies on the Beach (September 13). Now held on Friday nights for the end of summer and beginning of fall, 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. at the bandstand, on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. This week’s selection is “Mamma Mia.”
NOTE: With school starting soon, the “Movies on the Beach” program has ended for the season in Dewey Beach. Movies will continue in Bethany Beach, but on Friday nights at the grandstand and not on the actual beach as they are during the summer season.
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!