With all the great events that took place last weekend in coastal Delaware, it’s safe to say that the 2016 season is now upon us – at least the so-called “shoulder season” that we experience here at the Delaware beaches every April and early May.

That continues this weekend with more fun-filled local happenings and gatherings. And if you live here year-round, this is a great time of year to get out and enjoy some enjoyable local activities before the high season really kicks off in high gear about a month from now.

Speaking of that 2016 high season, we’re anticipating another great summer here at the Delaware beaches. Activity is already beginning to pick up in earnest along the Boardwalk and Rehoboth Avenue, with businesses re-opening for the year, deliveries being made and more vehicles filling the streets.

And speaking of vehicles, don’t forget to check that parking meter schedule if you’re planning a day trip to the beach sometime soon – they’ll be turned on for the season in the next few weeks, depending on what town you plan on visiting.

But for this weekend, check out the festivals and gatherings we’ve highlighted below and enjoy this springtime weather here in beautiful coastal Delaware.

Here are our favorites for the weekend of April 29-May 1:

Doodles in Dewey (April 30): This is the 11th 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 9:30 a.m. Saturday on the beach, but there’s also an informal “Yappy Hour” planned for the Starboard in Dewey Beach on Friday night. If you’d like to participate with your “Doodle,” visit www.doodlesindewey.com for more information.

Dogfish Head Bike to the Theatre Series (May 1): The first in a four-week series highlighting classic American movies at the historic Milton Theatre, this fun event begins with “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” and kicks off the celebration of National Bike Month. Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Other movies in the series include “American Flyers” on May 8, “E.T. the Extraterrestrial” on May 15 and “Quicksilver” on May 22. Visit www.miltontheatre.com for more information.


Flower & Arts Festival (April 30): To be held at East Coast Garden Center near Oak Orchard, this spring kickoff event features edibles, annuals, perennials, tropical, trees and shrubs, all in a festive environment. The site also includes a new 1,800-square-foot gardening showcase that features a built-in fire pit, fountains, seating walls and much more. There are also classes offered for those attendees who would like to take part. Visit www.eastcoastgardencenter.com for more information.

Tribute to Elvis (April 29): If you’re looking for a fun event this weekend in Dewey Beach, this “Evening with the King” at the Rusty Rudder may be just what you’re looking for. Featuring the fabulous Jesse Garron, ticket prices include a buffet from 6 to 7 p.m., as well as one drink, a live auction and raffles. Tickets are on sale at the Lewes Public Library, with a portion of the proceeds going towards programs at the library. Visit www.leweslibrary.ticketleap.com for more information.


Nage Wine and Food Festival (May 1): This Sunday evening event is the culmination to Wine Week and will be held under the customized pavilion next door to Nage Bistro and Wine Bar, located on southbound Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach. The evening will include live music both inside and outside, wine pairings and more. The event is limited to 400 guests, so visit www.nagerb.com for more information if you’re interested in attending.

With Memorial Day right around the corner, there are a growing number of things to do throughout the region, especially on the weekends. So be sure to check with your favorite chamber of commerce, tourism office or local Website before heading out for some fun in the springtime sun.

And be sure to check back with us next Thursday for previews of more great coastal Delaware happenings here in the “Weekender Blog,” as always brought to you by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

Have a great weekend everyone!