No matter your age or where you live in coastal Delaware, chances are there’s something special coming up this weekend that you’ve been looking forward to. And I’m not referring to Mother’s Day or the Kentucky Derby, though those are special annual events as well.

No, I’m talking about two sure signs that spring is here and summer in coastal Delaware is drawing closer.

If you’re a young person or a parent with small children, that something likely lies on the southern end of the famous Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk in the form of the bumper cars and the Skeeball and the carousel and all the other rides and attractions that make up Funland – official opening day for 2016 is this Saturday!

And if you’re a bit older and shall we say “more seasoned,” one of the nation’s most popular farmer’s markets is just one week away from it’s 2016 debut, but celebrations begin this weekend with the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market Hoedown. Then next weekend marks the beginning of several months of fresh vegetables, delicious baked goods, healthy fruits and much more for everyone in the Lewes area.

Though these two events highlight the first full weekend of May at the Delaware beaches, they are merely highlights of a busy few days in the area. Check below for a quintet of our favorite events coming up for the weekend of May 6-8 in coastal Delaware.

Here are our choices:

Funland Opening Day (May 7). In what has become a highly anticipated Mother’s Day Weekend tradition in Rehoboth Beach, Funland officially opens it’s doors for the 2016 season this Saturday at 1 p.m. Remember, however, that the games and rides at Funland will only be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the month of May, but will open seven days a week beginning on Friday, June 3. The Haunted Mansion will be closed on opening weekend, but will be open beginning on Saturday, May 14. For more information on Funland’s 54th season in Rehoboth, visit www.funlandrehoboth.com.


Dewey Beach Arts Festival (May 7). This fifth annual event takes place in Dewey Beach, on the corner of Dagsworthy and McKinley Streets, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Activities include an artist and crafter’s market, a student art gallery, live music, children’s activities and magic shows. To learn more, visit www.deweybusinesspartnership.com.

Lewes Farmer’s Market Hoedown (May 7). One week prior to the market’s official opening on May 14, officials will hold the organization's annual “Hoedown” at the Officer’s Club within the confines of Cape Henlopen State Park. The event features locally grown food that will be prepared by Henlopen City Oyster House Executive Chef Bill Clifton, as well as a live auction and live music. Funds from the hoedown help the 35 local farmers and vendors who participate in the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market every year. At last count, over a few tickets remained for this event, so if you’d like to attend, visit www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org or call 302-644-1436 for more information.

Blessing of the Fleet (May 8). Beginning at 2 p.m. at Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes, this annual rite of passage is aimed at keeping boaters safe during the upcoming season and is a fun event to watch from along the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Representatives from local churches say prayers for the vessels, as well as the owners, doing so one-by-one from a waterside dock. This year marks the 29th year local mariners have been “blessed” before heading out on the waters for another summer season. Come out and take a look!

Cape Gazette Photo

Springfest (May 5-8). This popular annual event officially kicks off the season in neighboring Ocean City, Md., and draws huge crowds to the Maryland resort. Centered at the inlet parking lot in south Ocean City, this free four-day festival features an abundance of great entertainment, including several local and regional bands. There will be four big-top style tents set up at the inlet, featuring food, crafts and more. Headliners for this year’s event are Randy Lee Ashcraft & The Saltwater Cowboys, Dr. K’s Motown Revue, Sara Evans and Collective Soul. Visit www.ococean.com/springfest for more information.

There you have it – lots of great things to do this weekend in and near coastal Delaware. So regardless of your choice, get out and enjoy this first full weekend of May here at the beach.

And don’t forget to wish mom a happy Mother’s Day on Sunday. Until next week…