The tulips are blooming, the temperatures are rising and the action is heating up at the beach, which is now a scenic setting for events long before Memorial Day. For proof, look no further than these six diverse events happening this weekend.
Dogfish Head, which bills itself as an “analog beer for the digital age,” is the official brewery of Record Store Day, which pays tribute to independently owned record stores. In honor of the celebration, Dogfish Head is hosting a series events at its Tasting Room & Kitchen, Chesapeake & Maine and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats on April 13-14.
The party gets going on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Tasting Room & Kitchen in Milton with the release of Raison Brett’ra, a barrel-aged, Belgian-style dubbel, and giveaways. Other activities that day include a music-themed brunch at Chesapeake & Maine in Rehoboth, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and a happy hour from 4-7 p.m. at Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth.
On Sunday, Brewings & Eats will host a brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dogfish Head founder and CEO Sam Calagione will hang out from 11 a.m. to noon to chat with fans.
DJs will be spinning tunes at the locations, and you can buy “Sage & Spirit,” a limited-edition, 10-track Grateful Dead album, which is a collaboration between Dogfish Head and the band. Listen to it while sipping American Beauty, the pale ale inspired by the Grateful Dead
For more information about Dogfish Head and its Record Store Day events and locations, visit dogfish.com.
The Coastal Delaware Running Festival, held from April 12-14, includes a marathon, half-marathon and walker-friendly 9K and 5K.
The event benefits the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware State Seashore State Park. The course, which starts and finishes on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, promises to be flat and fast. For more information, call 703-447-5979 or 610-613-4425.
The 10th Annual Lewes Tulip Festival continues this weekend with self-guided tours. This year, there are more than 20,000 tulips to ogle, and many are located near historic buildings. For more information, call 645-8073 or visit leweschamber.org.
CAMP Rehoboth’s Women’s FEST returns with activities from April 11-14. The festival, which dates back to 2001, has become a spring tradition.
While festival passes are sold out, you can still purchase tickets to some events, including performances by singer Ruthie Foster, the band Betty, the duo Mouths of Babes and comedian Karen Williams. Local favorites Viki Dee, DJ Nan and Fay Jacobs will also be on hand.
There are also free events, including the Friday night dance party, yoga, seminars, mixers and art shows. Activities are held at various sites, and the lineup and locations are online.
Two popular beach establishments are celebrating milestone anniversaries this weekend.
The Purple Parrot Grill has been pulling out the stops for its 20th year, and on April 13 from 3-6 p.m. you can get your groove on early with special menu items, libations and music.
134 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 226-1139
The Pickled Pig Pub is marking its 10th anniversary by featuring much-missed dishes from years past, such as hog wings, bacon-wrapped salmon and flash-fried cheese curds. The specials will be offered from April 12-14. Expect limited-run beer offerings too.
18756 Coastal Hwy., Unit 3, Rehoboth Beach • 645-5444