It’s Mother’s Day Weekend in America, which means it’s time to show those special ladies in your life how much they mean to you. But in Coastal Delaware, this special time of year also means enjoying and celebrating a local tradition that’s now nearly six decades long.
Yes, it’s the 2019 opening of the one and only Funland on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Still family owned after 57 years, this local treasure provides a full season of low-cost fun for the entire family. It has for decades and will likely continue to do so for many more decades to come.
While we’ll be giving you a preview of the opening weekend here in our weekly events blog, also visit us online on Thursday, May 9, when we’ll be featuring a look back at this wonderful coastal Delaware tradition through the years.
But for the business at hand, we now turn to Oldfather Group CEO Dustin Oldfather for a quick video preview of everything that’s happening during Mother’s Day Weekend 2019 at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Okay, let’s get right to it. Here are the Oldfather Group’s top choices for fun and family friendly events during the weekend of May 10-12 in the coastal region.
We begin in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” of Rehoboth Beach…
Funland Opening Weekend (May 11-12). In what has become a highly anticipated Mother’s Day Weekend tradition in Rehoboth Beach, the fabulous Funland amusement park officially opens it’s doors for the 2019 season this Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.
All games and rides will be open this weekend, beginning at 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and will be open Fridays, Saturday and Sundays for the rest of the month of May, in addition to Memorial Day. The popular Haunted Mansion officially opens for the season on Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m.
Funland will be open seven days a week beginning on Monday, June 3, continuing through Labor Day Weekend in September.
For more information on Funland’s 57th season in Rehoboth, visit funlandrehoboth.com.
Dewey Golden Jubilee (May 10-12). Approximately 200 Golden Retrievers and their owners are expected this weekend for the first of two annual “Golden” weekends in Dewey Beach.
Frequently cited as one of the most dog-friendly beaches in America, Dewey Beach will again be party central this weekend, with dozens of golden haired canines chasing tennis balls on the beach and frolicking in the still chilly waters of the Atlantic.
If you’d like to support the Dewey Golden Jubilee financially, or contribute to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study (GRLS), you can do so through the organization’s Go Fund Me account here.
For more information on the 2019 Dewey Golden Jubilee, visit deweysgoldenjubilee.com.
Nanticoke Indian Heritage Day (May 11). The Nanticoke Indian Tribe invites everyone to its 2019 Heritage Day this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission to the Tribe’s museum in Oak Orchard will be free during the event, which is billed as a celebration of the Nanticoke’s heritage and culture.
Activities for the day include Native American storytelling, tribal dancing and music, vendors and more. For more information, on this year’s Heritage Day festivities, call 945-7022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dewey Arts & Fun Festival (May 11). Taking place at Dagsworthy Street and the beach, the 2019 Dewey Beach Arts and Fun Fest will have a little something for everyone and is being held at the same time as the nearby Lion’s Club Community Day.
More than 70 artists are expected for this year’s edition of the popular Spring time event, as well as a student art gallery, local food trucks, live music, children’s activities and much more.
And if you’re looking for a new addition to the family, pet adoptions will also be taking place during this year’s festival.
The 2019 Dewey Beach Arts and Fun Fest is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 11. For more information, visit www.deweybusinesspartnership.com.
Beachfest Volleyball Festival (May 11-12). This ever growing Spring time sports event is once again being held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, this Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12.
Now also held at satellite locations in both Salisbury and Snow Hill due to the large number of participants, this festival began a few years ago and has become an increasingly popular event in the resort.
Just 40 teams competed in the event’s inaugural year. But it has grown significantly since, with 224 teams competing in 2018 and large numbers expected again for 2019.
You can learn more about this year’s Beachfest Volleyball Festival by visiting the event page online or by calling 1-800-803-6404.
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!