Only one week to go before Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off the 2019 summer season at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. And that means increased activity and plenty of fun and exciting outdoor events are now popping up on the weekend events calendar.
And that includes what are going to be a busy few days here in the coastal region, with seven big events that we’re going to tell you about in this week’s “Weekender Blog,” as always brought to you by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
On the slate for this weekend is a festival with a groovy name near Milford, another geared toward the vegetarian and vegan crowd in Rehoboth Beach, a special gathering for area pet lovers and one of the region’s largest car shows in Ocean City.
There’s really something for everyone this weekend at the beaches, so keep reading below to learn more about what’s happening over the next few days.
But first, take a listen as Oldfather Group Founder and Chief Executive Dustin Oldfather gives you a sneak peak at what’s coming up during the weekend of May 17-19 here in the coastal region.
Thanks Dustin! Okay, on to what everyone is here for, and that’s all you need to know about our seven featured events for this third weekend of May at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
We begin with a fun and educational event at the DuPont Nature Center…
Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival (May 18). This annual event is held at the DuPont Nature Center near Milford and celebrates the picturesque Mispillion Harbor, more specifically the waterway’s importance as a habitat for horseshoe crabs and other wildlife.
Events for the day will include environmental eco-stations for the kids, bird watching, tours of the nature center, food trucks and more. The festival is organized and run by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.
Scheduled to run from 12 to 3 p.m., visitors can park at the Cedar Creek Boat Ramp parking lot and take the shuttle back and forth to the nature center.
To learn more about the 2019 Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival, visit the event website here.
Pooches in the Park (May 18). This seventh annual event will be held at Canalfront Park, in the heart of historic Lewes, and is scheduled to run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.
Activities for the day will include K-9 demonstrations, dock diving dogs, pet and family photos, more than 20 specialized vendors, prizes and much more.
Organizers do stress that all dogs must be on a 6-by-8-foot non-retractable leash for the afternoon, in order to maintain an organized and stress-free event.
For more information on Pooches in the Park, call 302-645-2795 or visit www.lewescanalfrontpark.org.
Rehoboth Beach Vegfest (May 17-19). This free festival takes place at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach this Friday through Sunday.
Friday evening includes a special film screening and Sunday morning features a vegan brunch at 11 a.m., to be held at Fork + Flask at Nage. But the main part of the weekend is the actual VegFest festival on Saturday, May 18, scheduled for 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church on Holland Glade Road.
The day will include several speakers, food tastings, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, a “yoga village,” kids’ activities, live music and much more.
For more information on this annual event, call 302-604-4316 or visit www.vegrehoboth.org. To make reservations for the Sunday morning brunch, call 302-226-2037.
Cruisin’ Ocean City (May 16-19). This is the 29th year for this four-day Ocean City event, that features more than 2,000 custom and classic cars and trucks at different locations throughout the resort.
If you’re coming to Ocean City to enjoy this year’s event, head to either the Roland E. Powell Convention Center on Coastal Highway or to the Inlet parking lot. There will also be various car shows scattered throughout the resort, as well as at the U.S. 13 Dragway in Delmar.
Admission to the 2019 event is $10 for Thursday and Sunday, $15 on Friday and Saturday or $35 for a weekend pass. Children under 14 are admitted for free, with an adult. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Sunday, which is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on the 2019 Cruisin’ Ocean City event, call 410-798-6304.
St. Philip’s Strawberry Festival (May 18). Scheduled for this Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m., this fun and family friendly event in Laurel is being held for the 13th year and highlights the peak of strawberry season in southern Delaware.
Enjoy scrapple sandwiches for breakfast, chicken salad for lunch and more strawberry themed desserts than you can likely eat. Or head over to the nearby Hope Lodge for oyster fritters and cream of crab soup.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church is located on Central Avenue in downtown Laurel, and several vendors will be set up inside the church throughout the course of the festival.
All proceeds for this event will be used for community outreach in western Sussex County. For more information on the 2019 strawberry festival, call the church at 302-875-3644.
Rehoboth Beach Spring Sidewalk Sale (May 17-19). If you’re looking for a bargain before the onset of the busy summer season, head to the beaches this weekend for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual Spring Sidewalk Sale.
Scheduled for 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. all three days, merchants in three areas will be participating in this year’s event – downtown Rehoboth Beach, downtown Dewey Beach and on Route 1.
For more information on this year’s Spring Sidewalk Sale, visit the Chamber’s website at www.beach-fun.com.
Family Fix-It Fest (May 18). Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 18, this springtime festival will be held at the Hudson Fields complex near Milton.
This is promoted as an “outdoor vendor showcase and festival” and events and activities will include home-related vendors, a touch a truck contest, face painting, a kid’s scavenger hunt, food trucks, live music and much more.
For more information on the 2019 Family Fix-It Fest near Milton, visit www.familyfixitfest.com.
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!