This time last year, we were dealing with a powerful coastal storm that ultimately caused the cancellation of many great local events, including the wildly popular Wings & Wheels festival at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown.

While weather forecasts and predictions are always changing here on the peninsula, this year seems much more promising, not only for Wings & Wheels, but also for several other happenings and events scheduled for the next few days at or near the Delaware beaches.

We’re now in the heart of southern Delaware’s fall festival season and we hope you’re enjoying all of these great local events during what is a fabulous time of year throughout the region.

This weekend not only marks the return of Wings & Wheels, but also fantastic events in Lewes, Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. So get out there and have some fun over the next few days in coastal Delaware.

And please also return here to our blog page regularly for great local content, including new features we’re starting now on the local restaurant scene and local history.

Please take a minute and read the first edition in the latter category, on Lewes’s Fort Miles by clicking HERE and learning all about this historic fort and the important role it played during World War II.

Now, here are our choices for the weekend of Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 at or near the Delaware beaches:

Wings & Wheels (September 30 – October 1). Now in its eighth year, this fantastic local festival features, as the name suggests, a bevy of old cars and old airplanes. Located at the Delaware Coastal Airport in Georgetown, this FREE Saturday event features World War II re-enactors, great food, a varied selection of entertainment, craft vendors and a question and answer session with 101-year-old Doolittle Raider Lt. Col. Dick Cole. The Friday night pre-show event is reminiscent of the “camp shows” made popular during World War II, complete with a 16-piece 1940s era jazz and swing band. Tickets for Friday night’s show are $45 and can be purchased by calling 302-856-1544. For more information on the 2016 Wings & Wheels festival, visit www.wings-wheels.com.

Boast the Coast Maritime Festival (October 1). This annual event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1 and is sponsored and organized by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. This festival is usually associated with Sunday’s Coast Day festivities, but that event has been cancelled for 2016 due to construction at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus in Lewes. So this year’s Boast the Coast festival includes several local events rolled into one, including the Lewes Merchants’ Fall Sidewalk Sale, tours of the historic Cannonball House, the Lewes Life-Saving Station and the Lightship Overfalls and the Lewes Historical Society’s Fall Craft Fair. This year’s craft fair is on the grounds of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry due to renovations ongoing at the historical society’s campus on Shipcarpenter Street. For more information on the 2016 Boast the Coast Maritime Festival, visit the Lewes Chamber of Commerce online. 

Escape to Lewes Open Water Swim Classic (October 1). Now here's an event you don't see every day. This Sunday, 1,000 people will depart the Lewes Ferry Terminal aboard one of the Cape May-Lewes ferries, travel a few minutes out into the Delaware Bay and jump overboard before swimming to shore. Thus begins the 2nd Annual Escape From Lewes Open Water Swim Classic, and it promises to provide many lifetime memories. Start time for the event is 11:15 p.m. and registrations are accepted up until shortly before the boat leaves shore. Visit www.delmosports.com/escape-lewes-open-water-swim-classic for more information. 

Dewey Beach Elvis Festival (September 30 – October 1). More than 20 Elvis impersonators will invade coastal Delaware Friday and Saturday for this annual event, held at the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. Hear classics all weekend made famous by the King of Rock and Roll, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and many more. This is always one of the most enjoyable events of the year, so make plans this weekend to visit Dewey Beach and pay tribute to The King. Call the Rusty Rudder at 302-227-3888 for more information.

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Bark on the Boards (October 1). This Saturday in Rehoboth Beach, hundreds of pet lovers and their beloved animals will converge on the “Nation’s Summer Capital” for a day of collective fun and entertainment. As this is an election year, the theme for this year’s sixth annual event is “Pups for President” and will feature a patriotic costume contest for the pets. There will also be an 11 a.m. performance by Mid Atlantic Disc Dogs, with the dog walk beginning at noon. All proceeds from the event benefit homeless shelter pets. For more information on the Sixth Annual Bark on the Boards, visit www.delspca.org.

Movie Night on the Beach (September 30). 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., but are now held at the bandstand on the boardwalk. This week’s movie is “Cool Runnings.”

This is the final movie night of 2016 in Bethany Beach.

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!

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