We sincerely hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July holiday here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. But the party doesn’t stop all summer long, and we have more great events coming up over the next few days to tell you about.
Read below for much more about this weekend’s biggest events, but here’s a little bit of a spoiler – you may want to visit the always fabulous Delaware Seashore State Park, where one of the most enjoyable family events of the season is taking place this Saturday.
Other events we’ll be telling you about in our latest “Weekender Blog,” are being held in historic Lewes, at the local treasure that is the Freeman Stage near Fenwick Island and in Maryland’s favorite summertime resort of Ocean City.
Read below for much more on what’s happening this weekend in the coastal region, but first take a listen as Oldfather Group founder and CEO Dustin Oldfather gives you a quick video preview of all the action.
Note: The Seafood & Arts Festival mentioned in the video above has been canceled and will not be held this Sunday.
Okay, so let’s jump right into it shall we? Here are the Oldfather Group’s top choices for fun and family friendly events coming up during the July 12-14 extended weekend at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Sandcastle Contest at Delaware Seashore State Park (July 13). One of the most popular annual events at Delaware Seashore State Park, the sandcastle contest is being held for the 39th time this Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The state park and the popular Big Chill Beach Club are co-sponsoring the event for 2019, which should make for a fun and memorable day on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.
Registration for the contest begins at 9 a.m. and judging begins at 12:30 p.m, with prizes awarded afterwards. And Big Chill will be open all day, so taking a break and grabbing something to eat or drink should be relatively easy.
This event is free and all members of the public are invited to join the competition. Call 302-227-6991 for more information on this year’s Delaware Seashore State Park Sandcastle Contest.
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Lewes Summer Craft Fair (July 13). The always well-attended Lewes Summer Craft Fair will be held this Saturday, July 13, at the Lewes Historical Society Complex on Shipcarpenter Street downtown.
Scheduled for 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., fine artisans from throughout Delmarva are expected for this year’s event, which will also feature live music, food options and more.
Call 302-645-7670 or visit www.historiclewes.org for more information.
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Lewes Antiques Show and Sale (July 12-13). Also in Lewes this weekend is the 2019 Antiques Show and Sale, held each year at Bethel United Methodist Church on West 4th Street.
This year’s show will feature two dozen dealers, each displaying their collections of quality antiques and collectibles.
Lunch will also be served each day, with hours running from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13. Admission is $5 each day.
Visit www.bethellewes.org for more information.
Maryland State Surfing Championships (July 13). Cowabunga this weekend dude, as the 2019 Maryland State Surfing Championships come to Ocean City.
Scheduled for Saturday, July 13, the event will be on the beach at 35th Street and will run from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The event is organized by the Eastern Shore Surfing Association, which holds six amateur surfing competitions each year in Ocean City. This weekend’s event includes competitions in several age and gender groups, and is a qualifier for the East Coast Championships to be held later this year.
The White Party at the Freeman Stage (July 13). Scheduled for the Freeman Stage this Saturday, July 13, the “White Party” is a fundraiser for the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the evening will consist of cocktails, a gourmet meal, live and silent auctions, live music and dancing under the stars at the Freeman Stage.
Organizers ask that you wear casual white beach attire in keeping with the theme of the evening.
Tickets for this exclusive event are $300 each, a portion of which is tax deductible.
Learn more about the White Party at www.freemanstage.org.
Movies on the Beach (July 15). 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 “Finding Nemo” (Dewey Beach) and “The Karate Kid” (Bethany Beach).
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!