It’s a great time of the year to be in Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region, with several more incredible events planned for the next few days at the beaches.
Rehoboth Beach takes the spotlight this week, with two annual jazz festivals taking place throughout the resort, as well as chances to party with your dogs on Saturday and with your neighbors on Baltimore Avenue this Sunday afternoon.
But the next few days also mark the beginning of a Halloween themed two-weekend event in Ocean City, a zombie themed event in Dewey Beach and much more.
It’s still fall festival weekend at the Delaware and Maryland beaches, with the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival also on the horizon, so get out and have some fun before the weather turns colder for the year.
Here’s what we have for the weekend of October 18-20 in the coastal region. We begin in Rehoboth Beach:
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival (October 17-20). The “Nation’s Summer Capital” will be filled this weekend with the smooth sounds and easy listening of some of the area’s finest jazz music. This year’s performers include Boney James, Will Downing, Peter White, The Four Freshmen, Norman Brown and many more.
The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is held over four days and at various locations throughout Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, including Cape Henlopen High School, the Rusty Rudder, the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and Epworth United Methodist Church.
This popular annual event always brings record crowds to coastal Delaware, with many nationally known jazz musicians, as well as countless local favorites, taking the stage each year.
For much more on “The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World,” visit www.rehobothjazz.com.
True Blue Jazz Festival (October 16-20). Adding to the jazz-filled ambience this weekend will be the 7th annual True Blue Jazz Festival, also taking place in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
Centered at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, the True Blue Jazz Festival features everything from local and regional musicians, all the way to nationally and internationally recognized performers. Other performances are also scheduled for the Rehoboth Beach Firehouse and for Bethany Blues on Route 1.
The event kicks off on Wednesday night with a “True Blue Youth Jazz Appreciation Night,” beginning at 6 p.m. and continuing all the way through Sunday, October 20.
Artists for 2019 include Kat Edmonson, the Bill Charlap Trio, the Fred Hughes Trio and many more, as well as special events throughout the weekend.
For more information on this year’s True Blue Jazz Festival, visit www.truebluejazz.org.
Boo-B-Que By The Sea (October 18). Held at Delaware Seashore State Park, this Friday evening event is comprised of both a pro barbecue competition and a family friendly festival at the beach.
Scheduled for 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 18, this mouth watering event is organized by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and includes a full night of chicken wing tasting, trick or treating and just good family fun.
Parking will be free on Friday evening at the South Inlet Day Use lot, located on the south side of the Indian River Inlet, so head on out to the park for a fun-filled and delicious evening.
Please note that the event is only open to the public on Friday evening this year, as Saturday is now exclusively for members of the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
Visit www.boo-bq.com for more information.
Bark on the Boards (October 19). Grab the pooch and head to the beach this weekend for the 2019 Bark on the Boards block party, scheduled for Saturday, October 19, in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
This year’s event includes a wide selection of activities, planned with you and your four-legged friend in mind. These include a chance to do yoga with your puppy, an opportunity to visit a pet psychic, a “Dock Dogs Diving Competition,” a pet costume contest, a 1K walk and much more.
This year’s Bark on the Boards is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in downtown Rehoboth Beach near the bandstand.
Milton Zombie Fest (October 19). Due to scheduling and logistical issues, the Milton Zombie Fest this year is moving to Dewey Beach, specifically to NorthBeach on McKinley Street, as well as the world famous Bottle & Cork.
The event this year is actually two festivals in one, with a gathering at NorthBeach from 4 to 8 p.m. that’s open to everyone. That concludes with a “Zombie Walk” to the Bottle & Cork, where a group photograph will be taken before the party turns into an adults only affair at 8 p.m., with music provided by 3AM Tokyo.
All proceeds from the 2019 festival will benefit the Milton Theatre, the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Public Library and the Milton Community Food Pantry.
Visit www.miltontheatre.com for much more on this year’s Zombie Fest.
CAMP Rehoboth Block Party (October 20). The good folks at CAMP Rehoboth put on their party hats again this weekend for the annual Block Party on Baltimore Avenue.
Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Sunday, October 20, this annual fundraiser will feature dozens of local restaurants and businesses, as well as non-profit groups and more.
Visit www.camprehoboth.com or call 302-227-5620 for more information.
O.C.toberfest Festivities (October 19-20, 26-27). The annual O.C.toberfest returns to Ocean City over the next two weekends, with all kinds of family fun activities planned for 2019.
Highlights of this year’s event include the “Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade” on October 19 at 1 p.m., on the boardwalk near North Division Street, a “Halloween Beach Maze” both weekends, the “Drive and Disguise Parade” following the pet parade on October 19, the “Great Pumpkin Race” and much more
All O.C. Toberfest events are free to the public. For more information, call 410-798-6304 or email email@example.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!