The 2019 fall festival season has once again been two months of good times and great fun at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, but perhaps the biggest event of them all is taking this place weekend in Delaware’s most popular coastal resort.
Yes, it’s time once again for the annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, as always organized and coordinated by the hard working folks at the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.
There are other special events these next few days as well, but the final full weekend of October is always dominated by this annual fun-loving festival that now takes place over three days in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” of Rehoboth Beach.
This is the 30th anniversary of the festival, which started slowly back in the late 80s but is now one of the biggest and most anticipated events of the year.
Keep reading below for much more on this year’s Sea Witch Festival, including highlights of many of the weekend’s biggest events. But first, take a listen as The King himself gives you a hunka hunka burning video preview of what’s coming up during the final weekend of October at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Now, here are our choices for the weekend of Oct. 25-27 in the coastal region…
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival (Oct. 25-27). When thinking of this annual festival, most people think of the costume parade up and down Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday morning. And while that’s certainly the highlight of this three-day gathering, there’s much, much more to see and witness at Rehoboth Beach’s most well known annual event.
Once again, thousands of visitors are expected in the resort this weekend for three days of fun in 2019’s extended season. Listed below are a few of the highlights of this year’s Sea Witch Festival, including the always popular pet parade on Sunday.
This is just a small sampling of what’s happening this weekend at the Sea Witch Festival. Visit www.beach-fun.com for a complete schedule of the weekend’s activities.
- Costume Parade. Saturday, Oct. 26, beginning at 11 a.m., down Rehoboth Avenue. Get there early for a good view.
- Sea Witch Hunt. Find the Sea Witch and you could win $200! This is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Information table is located at the Rehoboth Bandstand.
- Old Fashioned Kids’ Beach Games. Games held on the beach at Baltimore Avenue, beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
- Pony Rides on the Beach. Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 fee and this activity is weather dependent.
- Kid’s Corner at the Convention Center. Held during all three days of the festival, from 1 t0 6 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lots of great activities!
- Haunted Bonfire Beach Party. Also including a “creepy graveyard trail,” this will be held in Dewey Beach at Dagsworthy Avenue, on Friday beginning at 7 p.m.
- Sea Witch 5K Classic Run. Begins at Grove Park at 9 a.m. on Sunday. Visit www.seashorestriders.com for more information.
- Costumed Dog Parade. Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. Parade will be down the boardwalk and include an approximately 1.5 mile walk. Winners will be announced at the bandstand at 2 p.m.
Children’s Fantasy Trail (Oct. 25-27). This fun, family friendly annual event will take place on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday Oct. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Don’t forget to wear your costumes in the spirit of Halloween. The cost is $5 per person.
For more information, call 302-645-6852.
Wags, Witches & Warlocks Festival (October 26). If Sea Witch didn’t give you enough of a Halloween fix, or if you just feel like partaking in two great events on the same day, head to Bethany Beach this Saturday for the 2019 Wags, Witches & Warlocks Festival.
Scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this festival is open to both humans and pets, with proceeds benefitting the Brandywine Valley SPCA.
One of the highlights of the event will be the parade that begins at 10 a.m., which is followed by a costume contest as well as trick or treating in downtown Bethany Beach from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Visit www.wagswitchesandwarlocks.com for more information on this event.
Autumn Home & Condo Show (October 26-27). Scheduled for this weekend at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, this annual show features exhibitors in many different areas related to homes and condominiums.
Scheduled hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with vendors in such areas as flooring, kitchens, furniture, windows and doors, solar products and many more.
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens and $5 for children between 5 and 12 years of age. Children under 5 are admitted for free.
Call 410-213-8090 for more information on this year’s Autumn Home & Condo Show.
Ocean City Pet Expo (October 26-27). The second big event scheduled for the Roland E. Powell Convention Center this weekend is the 2019 Ocean City Pet Expo, which will be held on both Saturday and Sunday.
A wide selection of exhibitors will be on hand on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pets are welcome at the event, but they must be kept on leashes at all times.
Pet activities are scheduled for both days, including both “Dress Up” and “Best In” contests. Admission prices are the same as for the Home and Condo Show and include admission to both events.
Email email@example.com for more information on this year’s Ocean City Pet Expo.
Ross Mansion Community Fall Festival (October 26). If you live in the western part of the county, or feel like taking a short drive over to Seaford, there’s a fun community event planned for this Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Activities at this year’s Fall Festival include face painting, trunk or treating, music, games, hayrides and tours of the historic Governor Ross Mansion.
Admission is $2 for the event, with children under 2 admitted for free.
Creature From The Black Lagoon Showing (October 26). If you’re in town for the Sea Witch Festival and feel like taking in a classic movie, the Rehoboth Beach Museum is where you’re going to want to be at 7 p.m. this Saturday, October 26.
The classic “Creature from the Black Lagoon” is a great way to spend the weekend before Halloween. And stay after the show for some light refreshments and fellowship.
There’s no admission fee for the evening, though donations to the museum are accepted and appreciated.
Call 302-227-7310 for more information.
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!