This weekend, we officially embark on the "fall festival season" in southern Delaware, with an impressive selection of gatherings on tap for the next few days.
If you live at or near the beach, you're probably aware of these annual events already. But if you're visiting the area this week after Labor Day, boy have you picked a wonderful time to be here!
Check out all the great festivals on tap for this weekend below and pick your favorite, or favorites, to attend in person. No matter what you choose, you can't go wrong, so get out there and enjoy all that coastal Delaware has to offer this autumn.
Now, on to this weekend's events, courtesy of the "Weekender Blog" from the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby's International Realty.
And here we go:
Nanticoke Indian Powwow (Sept. 12-13). A unique Sussex County gathering, to be sure, this year's 38th 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! Visit www.nanticokeindians.org for more information on this year's powwow, as well as the Nanticoke Indian people.
Riverwalk Freedom Festival (Sept. 11-12). Nearby Milford is the setting for the 15th Annual Riverwalk Freedom Festival, which includes a 5K run to support programs for both current and former military, bike and car shows, food vendors and much more. For more information, visit www.milfordchamber.com.
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival (Sept. 12). Join locals, as well as visitors, on the boards in Bethany Beach for this weekend's 37th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. Scheduled for Saturday 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. More than 100 artists are scheduled to attend this year's event. Visit the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Woodland Ferry Festival (Sept. 12). The historic Woodland Ferry near Seaford provides the backdrop for this one-of-a-kind Sussex County festival. From the traditional country breakfast at the nearby Woodland United Methodist Church, to the ferry rides, the children's activities, the great food and the performance by the popular Jones Boys Band, there is something for everyone at this festival in the western part of the county. It's well worth the short drive from the beach. Visit www.facebook.com/woodlandferryfestival for more information.
Lewes Dragon Boat Festival (Sept. 13). A fundraiser for the Sussex Academy, this is the third year for this unique festival that is held at the Canalfront Park in downtown Lewes. The festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, where 20 paddlers propel 46-foot boats much like you would a canoe. There are two boats race at a time, with fans along the canal cheering the teams on. Visit www.lewesdragonboat.com for more information.
These are just a few of this weekend's fun-filled events here in coastal Delaware. For more ideas on what you can do with your friends and/or family, contact your local chamber of commerce or town hall.
And be on the lookout again next week for more great ideas from the Oldfather Group. Now get out there and enjoy all the things that make living at the Delaware beaches such a wonderful experience!