The dead of winter certainly isn’t the busiest time of year at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, but downtown Rehoboth Beach does spring to life every year during the first weekend of February. And 2020 is no different, with thousands of people once again expected on the beach and boardwalk over the next few days.
That’s right, it’s time once again for the annual tradition that is the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge! And don’t let the name throw you, it will once again be held in the “Nation’s Summer Capital” of Rehoboth Beach.
It just began years ago in neighboring Lewes and continues to keep the original name, despite being held just a couple of miles south for several years now.
As always, this year’s event will be a fundraiser for Special Olympics Delaware, with all proceeds going to support the First State’s more than 4,200 Special Olympians.
The Plunge takes place on Sunday afternoon, February 2, but the selection of activities surrounding the event will be held throughout the weekend.
Read much more about the 2020 Lewes Polar Bear Plunge below, as well as other worthwhile events on tap for this first weekend of February.
Let’s get right to it!
Lewes Polar Bear Plunge (February 1-2). This insanely popular wintertime event includes a full weekend of activities in Rehoboth Beach, culminating in the 2020 “Plunge” on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Several thousand “Bears” are again expected to brave the frigid waters of the Atlantic, with even more standing on the beach and the Boardwalk cheering them on. It’s all to raise money for Special Olympics Delaware, and is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year in the First State.
Here are some of the highlights of this year’s event:
5K Run to the Plunge. The run this year begins at a new time, now kicking off at 10 a.m., instead of the traditional start time of 1 p.m. This will be held on Saturday, February 1, with registration beginning two hours before the start of the race
Fire & Ice Festivities. These family fun activities will take place at the Rehoboth Beach Fire Hall on Saturday, from 12 to 2 p.m. Events include hot wing selections, ice cream from several local restaurants and much more.
Restaurant Chili Contest. This is scheduled from 2:30 to 5 p.m., on Saturday at several restaurants throughout Rehoboth Beach. Ballots are $10 and can be purchased at any of the participating restaurants, at the Plunge Registration Booth or at the Fire & Ice event.
Ice Sculpting Demonstration. Always a fan favorite, these unique creations will come to life on the Boardwalk, in front of the Atlantic Sands, beginning at 9 a.m., on Sunday. Read more about this year’s sculptors here.
Sandcastle Art. This is scheduled for Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the beach just south of Rehoboth Avenue. The “Sand Bears” will again be creating memorable works of art, providing great backdrops for your Polar Bear Plunge photographs.
Apres Plunge Party (February 2). When the Polar Bear Plunge officially wraps up, head on over to the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center to keep the fun going throughout the afternoon.
Greg Mack and his band, 33 1/3, will be providing the live music, with Nicola Pizza, chili, cookies and more on the menu.
If you participated in the Plunge, you get in for free. All others pay just $5.
Super Bowl Tailgate Party at Paul’s Kitchen (February 2). Before enjoying the Polar Bear Plunge festivities in Rehoboth Beach, stop by Lewes and enjoy a Super Bowl Tailgate Party with local musician/chef Paul Cullen.
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this pre-game party will feature live music by Flick James, Connor Filicko and Garrett LaCurtis, along with some great food and beverage options and lots of pre-Super Bowl fun.
A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to support the work of The Shepherd’s Office in Georgetown.
Paul’s Kitchen is located on Cedar Grove Road in Lewes. Call 302-228-9775 for more information.
Winter Farmer’s Market (February 2). Nassau Valley Vineyards near Lewes is holding the second installment of its winter farmer’s market this Sunday, February 2, from 12 to 3 p.m.
The market will run every other Sunday from now until Sunday, April 19.
The majority of the market will be indoors, but a few vendors will be set up in the parking lot of Claret Hall, on the grounds of Delaware’s first winery.
Visit www.nassauvalley.com for more information on the winter farmer’s market.
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!