It’s not the fall festival season we enjoy most autumns at and near the beaches, but there are a number of great events taking place this weekend in the coastal regions of both Delaware and Maryland.
From Bethany Beach to Ocean City, Milton and more, it’s a great chance to get outside and enjoy a good time at the Delaware and Maryland beaches before the weather turns cold for the winter.
Most of this weekend’s events continue to be outdoors, due to COVID-19 restrictions that are still in place in both states.
But while most things are taking place outside, we kick things off for this final full weekend of October with a first-ever event in the “Quiet Resort” of Bethany Beach.
And if you’re feeling hungry any time over the next few days, you’re definitely going to want to take note of this special event that’s being held at locations throughout the resort.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Local Cuisine Restaurant Week (October 21-25). This inaugural event in the “Quiet Resort” of Bethany Beach is being held over five days, with a dozen restaurants and three hotels planning to participate.
Restaurants will be creating special menus for the event, which is sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Delaware Tourism Office and the Coastal Point newspaper.
Scheduled dates for this first-ever coastal event is Wednesday, October 21, through Sunday, October 25. Participating restaurants include Bethany Blues, the Crooked Hammock, Matt’s Fish Camp, the Cottage Cafe, Fork & Flask and several others.
View all participating restaurants and hotels, as well as specials and schedules, at www.localcuisineDE.com.
Delaware Botanic Gardens Free Appreciation Days (October 24-25). The general public is invited to see the new Delaware Botanic Gardens for free this Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m, both days. Reservations are required, however, due to current state mandated restrictions.
The Delaware Botanic Gardens has a host of activities and interactive programs for visitors, including walking tours, educational classes, children’s activities, several different gardens and displays and much more. The space is divided between plateau, woodlands and more than 1,000 feet of tidal waterfront on Pepper Creek.
On-site gardens include the Meadow Gardens, the Woodland Gardens, the Freshwater Pond and Gardens, the Great Lawn and several more.
Learn more about the Delaware Botanic Gardens online at www.delawaregardens.org or call 302-321-9061.
Milford Ghost Tours (October 24). Get into the Halloween spirit this October by taking the short drive to Milford and taking in a host of ghost stories about the town on the shores of the Mispillion River.
Let by local residents Claudia Leister and Dave Kenton, these two-hour tours are scheduled for Saturday, October 24, from either 5 to 7 p.m., or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The event will begin at the Causey Mansion and end at the Marshall House, with cocktails provided to all participants at both locations. Social distancing and mask use will both be required.
Each tour is limited to 25 people and all participants must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets are $20 each.
This is Halloween Event (October 25). Hudson Fields near Milton will be playing host this Sunday, October 25, to a special Halloween themed event to benefit the front line workers at Beebe Healthcare.
Titled “This is Halloween,” the event includes a double feature of Halloween themed movies, as well as food, music, artists, vendors and entertainment options throughout the day.
Children are invited to Hudson Fields around 5 p.m., for a special trick-or-treating event, with several stations located around the event grounds distributing all sorts of treats and various goodies.
Scheduled food vendors include DaNizza Pizza, Kona Ice, Street Kitchen and Sea Hogg, with beverages provided by Revelation Brewery, Nassau Valley Vineyards, Brimming Horn Meadery and Beach Time Distilling.
The family friendly “A Nightmare Before Christmas” will be shown on the big screen beginning at around 6 p.m., with the John Carpenter Classic “Halloween” following soon after the completion of the first film.
Social distancing mandates must be followed during the event, with attendees required to wear masks while walking around the grounds. They can be removed once seated in socially distanced “pods” for the showing of the films.
This is a free event, but donations are accepted and will be given to Beebe Healthcare’s frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Shore Craft Beer Fest (October 24). Nearly 20 craft beers will be available for public consumption at the 2020 Shore Craft Beer Fest, scheduled for this Saturday, October 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., at Sunset Park in Ocean City.
All tickets must be ordered online and in advance for this year’s event, and can be bought in groups of six. Food will also be available, which is sold separately and will be delivered to your table by the Street Kitchen food truck.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by Full Circle Duo, which will be playing throughout the three-hour event.
Visit www.shorecraftbeerfest.com or call 410-703-1970 for more information on this year’s Shore Craft Beer Fest in Ocean City.
Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade (October 24). Even your pets like getting into the Halloween spirit, and they can do just that this Saturday, October 24, on the Boardwalk in Ocean City.
Dress your pets up in their favorite Halloween costumes and take them for a leisurely stroll on the Boardwalk. The parade begins at 1 p.m., on Saturday, and is free to all participants.
Prizes will be awarded in several categories and donations will be accepted in support of the Worcester County Humane Society.
Registration for the parade begins at 12 p.m., with the parade beginning on the Boardwalk at North Division Street an hour later.
Call 410-798-6304 or email Jacklyn@specialeventpro.com for more information on this year’s pet parade in Ocean City.
Milton Theater Shows (October 22-25). There continue to be great shows every weekend at the Milton Theatre.
Just keep in mind that attendance is still limited due to social distancing requirements. So if you see a show you’d like to attend, buy your tickets as soon as possible.
Here’s what’s coming up this weekend at the Milton Theatre.
- Thursday, October 22 at 2 and 7 p.m. – Quayside @ Nite with Lower Case Blues
- Saturday, October 24 at 3 and 8 p.m. – Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show
- Sunday, October 25 at 2 and 7 p.m. – Hocus Pocus Film Screening – Rated PG
Keep visiting www.thecoastalcompass.com every week for the latest events and happenings taking place at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
And whatever you plan on doing this weekend, have a great time here in the coastal region.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!