Greetings and welcome once again to the “Weekender Blog,” brought to you as always by the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

We hope you got out last week and enjoyed some of the fantastic fall festivals that were on the calendar for the first weekend after Labor Day. We kicked the season off with a bang with FIVE big annual events right here in southern Delaware.

This weekend isn’t nearly as busy as the last one, but there are still lots of fun things happening at or near the Delaware beaches here in mid-September. And don’t forget the onset of “Local’s Summer” as the weather, and the water, is still warm enough to get out and have a great time here at the beach.

Do you want to know more about the tradition that is “Local’s Summer?” Read our blog from last week by clicking HERE or on the photo below.

But now on to this coming weekend here at the Delaware beaches, a period that is highlighted by the annual Hispanic Festival, or Festival Hispano if you will, in downtown Georgetown.

If you like Hispanic food, lots of great dancing and colorful costumes, this is the festival for you.

There are also dragon boat races, a jazz festival, a couple of food-centered gatherings and much more happening over the next few days in beautiful coastal Delaware.

And don’t forget the beautiful beaches, the local farm markets and our fabulous locally owned and operated restaurants, all of which are open and still going strong this fall.

It’s been a great summer, and it’s also shaping up to be a wonderful autumn here in southern Delaware. So get out and enjoy it!

It won’t be long, after all, before we’re all shoveling show and complaining about how cold it is. But not now – it’s “Local’s Summer” at the Delaware beaches and there’s plenty to see and do right here in our own backyard.

Now, here are our choices for the weekend of Sept. 16-18 in coastal Delaware:

Festival Hispano (September 18). This fun annual festival celebrates the Hispanic culture, which has been the fastest growing demographic in southern Delaware for many years now. The 21st annual event moves to the Sussex County Seat of Georgetown this year and includes great music, folk dances, lots of delicious Hispanic food and a special area reserved for children. Now held on Race Street in downtown Georgetown after several years in Millsboro, Festival Hispano has become one of the highlights of the fall and is one you surely don’t want to miss. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on the 2016 Festival Hispano, visit www.laesperanzacenter.org/festival.

Photo Credit: Allison Burris Castellanos

Lewes Dragon Boat Festival (September 18). A fundraiser for the Sussex Academy, this is the fourth year for this unique festival that is held at the Canalfront Park in downtown Lewes. The festival is highlighted by the dragon boat races on the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, where 20 paddlers propel 46-foot boats much like you would a canoe. There are generally three boats that race at a time, with fans along the canal cheering the teams on. This has quickly become one of the most enjoyable events on southern Delaware’s fall festival calendar. Visit www.lewesdragonboat.com for more information.


Freeman Stage Arts & Jazz Festival (September 17). All summer long, quality entertainment has been featured at the local gem that is the Freeman Stage, near Fenwick Island. But this Saturday will be one of the best of the year, with some of the most talented jazz artists to ever appear in coastal Delaware scheduled to perform. While enjoying the music, you can also stroll the grounds and preview the artwork of many of the Delmarva Peninsula's finest artists. For more information, visit www.freemanstage.org.

Eat in the Street (September 18). Like the Dragon Boat Festival, this is the fourth year for this unique local event in Milford, where participants enjoy a four-course meal and entertainment while relaxing in the middle of downtown Walnut Street. This year's menu has been designed by several of the area's finest chefs, and will include locally sourced wines and beers. For more information visit www.downtownmilford.org.

Lewes Oktoberfest (September 16). Downtown Lewes will be transformed into a coastal Delaware beer garden this Friday night, with Bavarian-style dancers performing on Market Street, between Front and Second Streets. German cuisine will be featured in many of the local restaurants and sponsor Dogfish Head will have a significant presence. There will also be a 10-piece German Oompah Band and commemorative beer steins for sale. Visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon (September 17). This 20th annual event is scheduled for Saturday in Dewey Beach, with several new additions for 2016. If you want to cheer on your favorite competitor, or just watch all of the action, come on out to the beach on Saturday morning for all of the swimming, the biking and the running. There are duathlon, aquabike, triathlon and triathlon relay events all scheduled for this Saturday. All proceeds from the event are donated directly to the Sussex Family YMCA.

Movie Night on the Beach (September 16). Now that the summer season has wrapped up and the kids are back in school, the Monday night movies on the beach in Bethany have moved to Friday nights. Movies still begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the beach at Garfield Parkway. This week’s movie is “Up.”

The movies on the beach program for Dewey Beach has concluded for 2016.

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!

Looking to buy a home in coastal Delaware? Give us a call at 302-260-2000, or visit our Search Page at theoldfathergroup.com to view homes currently on the market in coastal Delaware.

And if you've had any thoughts of selling your home, visit coastaldelawarehomesvalues.com to instantly learn your home's approximate value.