Two of the gems of southern Delaware’s fall festival season take center stage this weekend as both the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and Bridgeville’s Apple Scrapple Festival return for their 2016 runs.

Each festival draws thousands of visitors from throughout Delaware, as well as surrounding states, and contribute significantly to the local economy during the so-called “shoulder season” between Labor Day and mid-November.

There are other events on the schedule as well, most notably the Corvette Weekend in Ocean City, but these two are certainly the belles of the ball for the next few days here in coastal Delaware.

Southern Delaware’s fall festivals keep visitors coming to our area long after the traditional Memorial Day to Labor Day summer season has ended and really helps to make the Delaware beach area more of a year-round destination than in years past.

And these festivals that anchor the second weekend in October are two of the best and the biggest of the fall. Even better – since the Jazz Festival is held over four days and Apple Scrapple encompasses two, there’s plenty of time to get out and visit them both.

We think you’ll be glad that you did!

As it’s October and nearly time for Halloween, we also encourage you to visit some of the great haunted attractions in and near coastal Delaware. 

Check out our recent writeup on these spooktacular sites.

Now, on to one of the greatest festival weekends of the year in southern Delaware. Here are our choices for the weekend of Oct. 14-16:

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival (October 13-16). The “Nation’s Summer Capital” will be filled this weekend with the smooth sounds and easy listening of some of the area’s finest jazz music. This year welcoming the legendary Ramsey Lewis, along with perennial favorites Jeffrey Osborne and Patti Austin, the 2016 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is held over four days and at various locations throughout Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

This popular annual event always brings record crowds to coastal Delaware, with many nationally known jazz musicians, as well as countless local favorites, taking the stage each year. Shows for 2016 will be held at several different sites, including Cape Henlopen High School, Rehoboth Beach Elementary School, the Rusty Rudder, the Bay Center and Epworth United Methodist Church. Plus there will be many local restaurants and bars offering great entertainment. For the full schedule and list of performers this year, visit www.rehobothjazz.com.

Apple Scrapple Festival (October 14-15). This is one of the biggest events of southern Delaware's fall festival season and is one surely not to be missed. Ranked by national publications as one of the top 100 festivals in the United States, this quirky event centers on the two things tiny Bridgeville is known for – T.S. Smith Apples and RAPA Scrapple. Activities include a car show, food vendors, craft vendors, carnival rides, live music and a special "Scrapple Slinging" contest among many of the area's mayors and civic leaders.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the event and is still FREE to attend and also FREE to park. For more information on the 2016 Apple Scrapple Festival, visit www.applescrapple.com.

CAMP Rehoboth Block Party (October 16). Never let it be said that the folks at CAMP Rehoboth don’t know how to throw a party. Now one of the organization’s main annual fundraisers, this year’s Block Party will be held on Baltimore Avenue and will feature dozens of restaurants, caterers and businesses participating. This second annual event is scheduled for 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16. For more information, email either Chris Beagle at [email protected] or Murray Archibald at [email protected]

 SDTR Barn Dance (October 15). Scheduled for 5 to 10 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding Arena on Harbeson Road in Milton, this event features a live auction, raffles, a cash bar, line dancing and much more. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Lewes Chamber of Commerce office on Kings Highway or at Irish Eyes Restaurant in Milton, or online at www.sdtrbarndance.tickettleap.com. All proceeds from this event benefit the work being done at Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding, an organization that provides equine-assisted therapy to disabled children and adults in southern Delaware.

Ocean City Corvette Weekend (October 14-15). This marks the 30th anniversary of this supercharged event in Ocean City, again sponsored by the Free State Corvette Club. Scheduled for Oct. 14 and 15 in the resort, the weekend is marked by many great events for Corvette owners and guests, including a Friday Night Dance Party, a Boardwalk Parade, buffet dinners, three competitive car shows and more. All proceeds from this year’s event go to benefit the Spina Bifida Association of Maryland. For more information on the 2016 Ocean City Corvette Weekend, visit www.freestatecorvette.com.

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!