Get ready for another fun and exciting weekend here at the Delaware beaches, as the Summer of 2016 continues from Lewes to Fenwick Island and all points in between.

This second weekend in June features some exciting and fun things to do for the entire family, at locations all throughout the coastal region.

From the explosions of color at Warrington Manor near Cool Spring, to lighthouse cruises and car shows and even some good old time country and western music in Milford, there’s a little bit of everything on tap over the next few days here in coastal Delaware.

Next week also marks the return of one of the area’s most popular summertime traditions, as the big screens will again dominate the beach and your favorite family friendly Hollywood flicks will light up the evening skies in both Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach.

But there are, of course, more things going on at the beach than we can possibly feature here on our regular “Weekender Blog.” So here are a few quick hitters for the weekend:

  • Farmer’s Markets. These have opened up for the season throughout the area. Check your local chamber of commerce Websites for times and locations where you live or are visiting.

  • Food Truck Friday. This is ongoing throughout the season at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road. Check it out!

  • Party on the Beach. This kids’ event in Dewey Beach is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 14.  Visit HERE for more information.

  • Rehoboth Beach Veg Fest. Events from June 10-12 throughout the Rehoboth Beach area. Visit RehobothVegFest.org for more information.

Okay, now that we’ve whet your appetite for a few fun things happening this weekend, let’s move on to the main events. Here are our choices for fun and exciting happenings at the Delaware beaches for the weekend of June 10-12:

Delmarva Lavender Festival (June 11-12). If you’ve never been to Lavender Fields when the plants are in full bloom, you owe it to yourself to check it out this weekend. This Saturday and Sunday marks the inaugural festival celebrating this versatile and colorful plant that dominates the five acres at Warrington Manor near Cool Spring. Activities for the two-day festival include seeing how lavender soap is made, demonstrations on how to grow and harvest lavender and joining the ladies of the Milton Garden Club as they teach attendees how to make a lavender wreath. A farm to table lunch is also available throughout the day on Saturday. Sunday events are dominated by two high teas at 1 and 4 p.m. For more information, visit Lavender Fields online.

PLEASE NOTE: This event is part of the 2016 Cape Farm and Garden Tour. Tickets for that tour are now sold out, so some activities will not be available to all attendees. However, all are welcome to Lavender Fields this Saturday and Sunday to visit the farm and learn more about lavender and how it’s cultivated.

Car Show at Independence (June 11). This fourth annual event is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, at the Independence community near Millsboro. This is a FREE event for spectators and promises lots of food and fun for everyone. Several food trucks will be on hand offering local delicacies, as well as live music by the Fabulous Greaseband and lots of great cars to check out. A portion of the proceeds raised during the day will benefit the Tunnell Cancer Center. Please call 302-245-4262 for more information on this event.

Lighthouse Sunset Cruises (June 11). Cruise up the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal and capture closeup views of the two lighthouses that today dominate the Delaware Breakwater. Both the East End Light and the Harbor of Refuge Light will be featured on this two-hour tour conducted by the Delaware River & Bay Lighthouse Foundation. These tours depart from the Anglers Marina in Lewes, which is located approximately 100 yards past Irish Eyes restaurant. Call 302-226-3866 or 302-542-4432 for more information or to book your cruise.

PLEASE NOTE: These cruises are nearly always full and it’s possible that this weekend’s trip may be sold old. However, if that's the case, book your trip today for one of the two other trips to be held this summer. The dates for those tours are on Saturday, July 23, and Saturday, Sept. 1


Brewgrass Festival (June 12). If you enjoy locally crafted beer and country music, then you definitely don’t want to miss the Second Annual Brewgrass Festival, scheduled for this Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m., in Milford’s Bicentennial and Memorial Parks. Local participating breweries include 16 Mile, Crooked Hammock, Mispillion River Brewing and Dogfish Head. In addition to the locally crafted beer, lots of local food and a total of eight live bands playing throughout the day, other festival activities include a painting event with the Mispillion Art League, games of bocce ball and corn hole and a homebrew competition. General admission tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the event, and if you want to bring your own designated driver, that cost is only $5. For more information, contact Sara Pletcher at [email protected]

Movie Night on the Beach (June 13). These popular summertime events return next Monday in both Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. Held every Monday night during the season, 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. on the beach at Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach and Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach. This week's selections are "Cinderella" (Dewey Beach) and "The Peanuts Movie" (Bethany Beach).

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware beaches.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near coastal Delaware.

Have a great weekend everyone!