The yearly transition from the dog days of summer to Delmarva’s fall festival season begins in earnest this weekend, with a number of big events scheduled over the next few days.
The calendar will remain busy until early November, as the biggest events of the year will be coming one after another for several weeks straight, giving residents and visitors alike several chances to participate in a big part of what makes Delaware and Maryland’s coastal region such a great place to live and work.
If you love local events and festivals, this will likely be your favorite time of year to be at and near the beaches. So keep checking back on thecoastalcompass.com each and every week as we’ll keep you updated on all that’s going on in the coastal region.
But before we get into everything that’s on the calendar for this weekend after Labor Day, here’s Oldfather Group Founder and CEO Dustin Oldfather with a video preview of what’s on tap here in the coastal region.
Dustin this week is at the Gnu Homes model located at 26043 Mary’s Lane in Milton. Read much more on this property, and the community of Donovan Heritage, by clicking here.
Okay, on to this weekend’s biggest events. Here are our top choices for the weekend of September 6-8 at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.
We begin with a fantastic local custom with roots that date back to well before Europeans settled in coastal Delaware…
Nanticoke Indian Powwow (September 7-8). A unique Sussex County gathering held every year on the weekend after Labor Day, this year’s 42nd Annual Nanticoke Indian Powwow will once again take place in Oak Orchard, near the tribe’s year-round museum.
The powwow provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about the area’s native inhabitants, including their culture, their foods and their traditions. There will also be Native American storytelling, singing, dancing and plenty of other fun to be had. This is a festival that you surely don’t want to miss!
Keep in mind that there are no pets, drugs or alcoholic beverages allowed on the festival grounds during the two days of the powwow.
The 2019 powwow is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 8.
Visit www.nanticokeindians.org or call 302-945-7022 for more information on this year’s powwow, as well as the Nanticoke Indian people.
Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest (September 7). Grab your pail and your shovel and hit the beach this weekend for the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Sandcastle Contest, on the beach between Delaware and Laurel Avenues.
If you’ve never been, this event is quite the scene to behold. Several of the country’s best sandcastle artists will be in Rehoboth Beach creating some of the most elaborate and eye-catching sand creations that you’ll ever see.
Past year’s “castles” have included mermaids, amusement park rides, pyramids, dolphins, actual human athletes and of course the more traditional sandcastles.
Visit www.beach-fun.com for much more on this year’s sandcastle contest in Rehoboth Beach.
Bethany Beach Arts Fest (September 7). Join locals, as well as visitors, on the boards in Bethany Beach for this weekend’s 40th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival.
Scheduled for Saturday, September 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this popular one day show features an eclectic selection of vendors in specialties that include jewelry, glass, pottery, woodworking, photography and more.
Artists will be displaying their works of art along the bandstand and boardwalk areas as well as the street festival areas in downtown Bethany Beach.
More than 100 artists are scheduled to attend this year’s event. Visit www.BethanyBeachArtsFestival.com for more information.
Ocean City Sportsman Expo (September 6-8). A new addition to the fall event schedule this year is the sportsman expo being held this weekend at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.
If you’re a fisher, hunter, boater or outdoorsman, or are interested in becoming one, this is a show that you’re definitely not going to want to miss.
Tickets run between $8 and $15 and can be purchased here.
For more information on the 2019 Ocean City Sportsman Expo, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chocolate Tasting at the Biden Center (September 7). The Biden Center in Cape Henlopen State Park will play host this Saturday, September 7, to the annual chocolate tasting event.
Held to benefit the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park Educational Fund, the event is scheduled to run from 1 to 4 p.m., and tickets cost $6 per person.
For more information, visit www.friendsofcapehenlopen.org.
Cape Gazette Photo
Movies on the Beach (September 6). Now held on Friday nights for the end of summer and beginning of fall, these family friendly movies are fun for everyone. Bring your family, a blanket and some popcorn to the beach for family movie night!
Movies will start at approximately 8:30 p.m. at the bandstand, on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. This week’s selection is “What About Bob?”
NOTE: With school starting soon, the “Movies on the Beach” program has ended for the season in Dewey Beach. Movies will continue in Bethany Beach, but on Friday nights at the grandstand and not on the actual beach as they are during the summer season.
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!