Okay, we’re all tired of the rain and we understand more showers are possible for the weekend. But we’re going to be optimistic and go ahead with this week’s “Weekender Blog” anyway, as always brought to you by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

But just in case, we’ll throw in one or two “rain or shine” events, should Mother Nature decide to have yet another bad day.

Highlighting the festivities for this weekend, just days before the busy Memorial Day holiday, is some good music, lots of great bargains and a festival honoring everybody’s favorite springtime treat – the strawberry!

And speaking of the strawberry, Sussex County’s farmer’s markets are beginning to open up throughout the area, so keep on the lookout for those. Milton, for example, is having a special “asparagus festival” this weekend, so if you’re an asparagus lover, head on over to the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton on Saturday between 3-6 p.m. to buy as much of it as you want.

You’ll notice in our preview of this week’s happenings that there are many that have the word “festival” in them. That’s because it is indeed the time of year when Southern Delaware’s vibrant festival season begins to really pick up steam.

And we’re here to keep you up to date on everything that's “on tap” at the Delaware beaches.

So, take a few minutes and check out all that’s happening this weekend in coastal Delaware. As a side note, if it does rain, do your homework first and make sure your planned event hasn't been postponed or cancelled.

We’re hoping the weather doesn’t play a part in these, our choices for fun goings on this weekend at or near the Delaware beaches:

Bald Cypress Bluegrass Festival (May 21). Scheduled for Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. in Frankford, this event features five bands and will be headlined by Grammy-nominated musician Courtney Hartman. A fundraiser to benefit Delaware Wild Lands, the Bald Cypress Bluegrass Festival will also feature a selection of food trucks, as well as ice cream from Vanderwende Farm Creamery and local craft beer from Crooked Hammock and Dogfish Head. The festival will be held at the Roman Fisher Farm, located at the edge of the Great Cypress Swamp, or 245558 Cypress Road if you have GPS. Tickets to the event cost $25 for adults and $10 for children between the ages of 5 and 17, and also include a tour of the swamp, the largest contiguous forest on Delmarva. Click HERE for more information or to purchase tickets.

Peace, Love & Horseshoe Crab Festival (May 21). The festival with the cool 70s sounding name is back for the seventh year, celebrating the Mispillion River and the important role it plays as a habitat for horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. Held at the DuPont Nature Center, located east of Milford at 2992 Lighthouse Road, the event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes music, food, local wildlife and displays in the nature center, among other things. Call 302-422-1329 for more information.

Beer & Barrel Festival (May 21). This one is located a short drive from the beach in Bridgeville, but if you’re in the mood for some great local beer, wine and other treats, visit this year’s Beer & Barrel Festival. Activities include corn hole games, live entertainment, local vendors and music by the Runner Ups and Mike Hines and the Look. The event will be held at the Heritage Shores Club, off Route 13 in Bridgeville, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased HERE. THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT.


St. Philip’s Strawberry Festival (May 21). Before heading to the Beer & Barrel Festival in Bridgeville, consider stopping by Laurel for St. Philip’s 10th annual Strawberry Festival. Slated for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the historic church on Central Avenue, this event traditionally features craft vendors, kids’ games, local community organizations, funnel cakes, chicken salad and oyster fritter sandwiches and a celebration of all things strawberry. There will be an abundance of the fruit on display and for sale, as well as strawberry ice cream, strawberry lemonade, strawberry shortcake and more.

Rehoboth/Dewey Spring Sidewalk Sale (May 20-22). If you’re interested in a bargain this weekend, then the Rehoboth/Dewey area has just the thing. The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 33rd annual Spring Sidewalk Sale this Friday through Sunday, with dozens of businesses throughout the resort towns participating. And if it rains, no worries – THIS IS A RAIN OR SHINE EVENT. Visit the Chamber's Website for more information.

Fish N Kids (May 22). This FREE event on Sunday will be held at Lewes Canalfront Park and features lots of fun activities for the family, including fishing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and making your own fishing poles. For more information, visit www.lewescanalfrontpark.org.

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So, there you go! A half-dozen fun and entertaining things to do this weekend in beautiful coastal Delaware. Rain or shine, be sure to get outside this weekend and have some fun, as Memorial Day and the busy summer season is now just a few days away.

And, as always, be sure to check back here in the “Weekender Blog” each and every week for plenty of fun and entertaining things to do at or near the Delaware beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!