There’s been some wild and wacky weather over the last couple of weeks here in the coastal region, including a pair of rare tornadoes touching down not far from the beaches. But hopefully things will settle down a bit as we close in on Memorial Day Weekend and the beginning of the busy summer season.
We have a number of great local events to tell you about this week, at both the Delaware and the Maryland beaches. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to get out and enjoy some of spring’s best events and festivals, this is a perfect weekend to do so.
In total, we’re highlighting seven fun and family-friendly happenings for this final weekend of April here in the coastal region. Here’s Oldfather Group Chief Executive Dustin Oldfather with a quick video preview, then keep reading below for much more on all of this weekend’s signature events.
Now, here are our top picks for fun and family friendly events over the weekend of April 26-28 at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
Ocean to Bay Bike Tour (April 26-27). This is one of coastal Delaware’s premier spring events and features hundreds of bicyclists completing one of four courses – either a 36-mile, a 50-mile, a metric century or a century route.
There’s also a “fun ride” on Friday, from 12 to 4 p.m., which encompasses 15 miles in coastal Delaware.
This year marks three decades for the popular riding event, which is organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, The event will only be cancelled in the event of extreme weather, and all routes begin and end in Bethany Beach. As always, completion of the route is not mandatory.
The kickoff of the Ocean to Bay Bike Tour is staggered, beginning at 7 a.m., with the Century Ride and running through the beginning of the 36-mile ride at 8:30.
Visit www.oceantobaybiketour.com for more information.
Delmarva Spring Birding Weekend (April 25-28). If you love wildfowl, then these four days in coastal Delaware and Maryland are made just for you.
This 24th annual event includes boat trips, paddling treks and expeditions on foot during the spring migration through Delmarva of many different species.
Included during the four days of the event are excursions that focus on the many different types of bird species that either make their home on the peninsula, or whose migratory routes take them through the area annually.
Visit the event page on www.delmarvabirding.com for more information on this four-day, two-state excursion.
Bacon Fest (April 26-28): Throughout this two day event, there will be more than 20 locations in both Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach serving up special bacon inspired dishes.
Beginning Saturday with several locations in Dewey Beach and continuing the next day in Rehoboth, “Bacon Fest” features samples from coastal restaurants, discount offers, event t-shirts and much more.
And you won’t want to miss the Friday evening welcome party at the Rusty Rudder, from 6 to 9 p.m., and the Bacon Bonfire in Dewey Beach on Saturday evening.
The final event of BaconFest will be the “Best Bacon on the Beach” awards ceremony at the Starboard on Sunday afternoon.
If you plan on attending the event, you can choose from either a VIP pass or general admission. For more information on this event, click HERE or call 302-227-7796.
Southern Delaware Kidney Walk (April 28). This 10th annual event is planned for Sunday, April 29, at Cape Henlopen State Park and is sponsored by the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland and Delaware.
Several hundred people are expected for this year’s event, which kicks off at 11 a.m. Check-in begins an hour earlier and a brief ceremony will precede the beginning of the walk.
Participants can choose from a three-mile route or a shorter route that is designed with patients in mind, especially those using strollers and wheelchairs.
Other activities at this Sunday event include music, Vanderwendes ice cream truck, a petting zoo, family friendly vendors, games and more.
To register or for more information, visit www.donate.kidney.org.
Dewey Doodle Romp (April 26-28): This is the 14th year for this popular event that brings together “Doodles” and their owners for a fun time at the beach.
Also called Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, this event features the breed of dog that is a cross between Labrador retrievers or golden retrievers and standard poodles. The festivities will officially begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on the beach, but there’s also an informal “Yappy Hour” planned for Bluecoast in Rehoboth Beach, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday.
One of the highlights of the annual event is the costume parade, which begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Visit www.doodlesindewey.org, or call 301-467-5523 for more information.
Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition (April 26-28). This international event, now in its 49th year, draws carvers, collectors and visitors to the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City every spring and is organized by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art in Salisbury.
Several thousand dollars in prize money is awarded each year in several different categories, with the winner of the main competition winning the title of “world champion.”
The three-day event is the world’s largest such gathering and is the longest running wildfowl carving competition in the world.
Hours for the 2019 event are Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Multi-Day passes are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens and free for children under the age of 12. There is also a group rate of $6 a person, if you have at least six people with you at arrival.
Pooch Palooza Dog Festival (April 27-28). For a good time with your pet this weekend, visit the always fun Frontier Town theme park in West Ocean City for the 2019 Pooch Palooza Dog Festival.
Planned for Saturday and Sunday, both days from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., several events are planned for the weekend. These include a pie eating contest, a “Fast Fetch” competition, lure chasing, a “Delmarva Unleashed Cover Model Search” and much more.
Tickets are $12 for one day or $20 for both, and children 10 and under are admitted for free.
For more information on this event, call 410-726-7334.
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!