As with every weekend between now and late fall, there’s no shortage of fun and family friendly things to do here at the Delaware beaches over the next few days.

With everything now open for the season and the weather having finally turned warm and sunny, this is THE TIME to fully enjoy all the great things about living in coastal Delaware.

Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along Rehoboth Avenue, or a trip to Cape Henlopen State Park, or an action-packed day with the little ones at Funland, there’s no better time than early summer to take a trip to the beach and enjoy the day.

And when the mood strikes and you feel like enjoying a few other fun activities in the area, we have another round of great choices for you here in this week’s “Weekender Blog,” as always brought to you by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

This week’s selections really run the gamut of fun and exciting things to do here in coastal Delaware. We have one of the area’s longest running local festivals in Selbyville, one of the newest in Lewes, a demonstration at the Indian River Lifesaving Station that everyone should really witness at least once and a throwback to the days of doo wop music in Georgetown.

In short, it’s a great time to get out and have some fun this weekend. No matter your choice, we hope you have another great weekend here at the Delaware beaches.

Here are our selections for the weekend of June 18-20 here in coastal Delaware:

Old Timer’s Day (June 18). This is the 59th year for this popular coastal Delaware festival in Selbyville. Jointly sponsored by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, this traditional celebration features cars, tractors and emergency vehicles that are more than 30 years old, as well as live music, lots of vendors, plenty of rides and activities for the kids and door prizes. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Saturday in downtown Selbyville. Click HERE for more information on this fun annual festival.

Chautauqua Festival (June 19-23). This festival, modeled after the popular ones that have taken place in upstate New York for decades, is held at locations throughout Lewes, including Zwaanendael Park and the Lewes Historical Society complex. While these events are held throughout the country, the version in Lewes features re-enactors who take on the personas of historical figures and educate their audiences on many different moments and events that took place through the years. There are also several educational lectures and presentations during the five days of the festival. For a complete schedule of events, visit this special page on historiclewes.org.

Breeches Buoy Rescue Drill (June 18). If you’ve never seen the Coast Guardsmen at the Indian River Lifesaving Station reenact the breeches buoy rescue system, you owe it to yourself to check it out this Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. This is the system members of the life-saving service used back in the 19th century to rescue shipwreck victims from shore, and it is incredibly entertaining to see. There is a nominal fee for this event – $6.50 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children ages 6 to 12 – but it’s well worth the cost of admission to see this incredible demonstration of the life-saving service. Call the Indian River Lifesaving Station at 302-227-2800 for more information.

See an example of a breeches buoy rescue via the YouTube video below.


S.N.A.P. It! (June 18). This family event will be held at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge and is centered around photography of nature. Standing for Shutterbugs for Nature And Photography, the S.N.A.P. It! program provides the cameras and includes instruction on how to photograph nature, and then gives participants time to actually go out and do just that. Photographs will be displayed in the visitor’s center at the refuge and each participant will also go home with a printed photo to remember their day. Cameras are limited, so call the refuge today at 302-684-8419 to reserve your spot. The event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., this Saturday at Prime Hook.

Oh What a Night (June 18). This “evening of doo wop and oldies” will take place at the CHEER Community Center east of Georgetown on Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Featured performers are the Jersey Jukebox and the Del Angels, both back at the CHEER Center for the second time. The Jersey Jukebox opened for such groups as The Duprees, Little Anthony and the Imperials and The Tokens back in the day, while the Del Angels will perform hits from such groups as Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and The Chantels. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Tony DelFranco at 302-515-3047 or by visiting the CHEER Center on Sand Hill Road, just east of Georgetown.

Movie Night on the Beach (June 20). 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 "Minions" (Dewey Beach) and "The Sandlot" (Bethany Beach).

So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and have some fun this weekend here in fabulous coastal Delaware.

And be sure to check back here in our “Weekender Blog” next week for more great fun and exciting things to do at or near the Delaware beaches.

Enjoy!