15 Things to Do at the Beach This Weekend

Here’s what’s happening May 25 through June 1.


The official start to the beach season begins this weekend—so grab your towel, some sunscreen and this must-do list so you don’t miss any of the action.


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Milton/Prime Hook Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Festival

What: The area’s eco-friendly salute to the coast’s favorite crustacean and the shorebirds that love them is a much-loved tradition. Take a ride on the Horseshoe Crab Express train ride, rent a canoe or boat and go on a nature walk.
When: Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m–4 p.m.
Where: Milton Memorial Park and Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge (a shuttle bus moves between the two venues)

Serafin String Quartet

What: Those who prefer a violinist’s strings to a DJ’s spins can sit back and savor Beethoven String Quartet in C Major along with other compositions.
When: Friday, May 26, 8 p.m.
Where: Milton Theatre

Boats! Buttons! Beans! Beer! Walking Tour

What: The industries that have fueled Milton’s economy are revealed during a tour that lasts about an hour. The cost is $5 if you’re not a member of the Milton Historical Society and free if you are.
When: Saturday, May 27, 9:30 a.m., weather permitting
Where: Starts at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery


Beach Escape Weekend

What: Celebrate the debut of The Crooked Hammock Brewery’s 12-ounce beer cans featuring Wai Ola and Actively Fishing as a kickoff to a music-filled weekend at the “Hammock.” The cans feature the artwork by Paul Carpenter.
When: Steal the Pint Night is Thursday, May 25. Music follows all weekend
Where: The Crooked Hammock

Zwaanendael Museum’s Sixth Annual Maritime Festival: A Sailor’s Life for Me

What: Ahoy, matey! Find out what life was like at sea and in the harbor town that supported maritime like during a series of free events held throughout Lewes, including Life at Sea demonstrations, a living history encampment, tours of the Overfalls, a lightship, and tours of the hull of the DeBraak, which sank off the Cape Henlopen coast on May25, 1798.
When: Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sunday, May, 28, 9 a.m–.4 p.m.
Where: Various locations in Lewes, including the Zwaanedael Museum, Canal Front Park and the Lightship Overfalls

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Lewes Memorial Day Parade

What: Wear your red, white and blue or your military attire to the American Legion Post 17’s parade through downtown Lewes.
When: Monday, May 29, at 11 a.m.
Where: Starts at the Lewes Presbyterian Church parking lot and crosses the canal bridge.

Delaware By Hand Members Annual Outdoor Show

What: Peruse the wares of more than 50 artists in such mediums as glass, sculpture, leather, jewelry and photography
When: Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Zwaanedael Park

Fort Miles Museum Open House

What: Tour Battery 519, part of America’s defense system during World War II and learn about the Boeing B-17, dubbed the “Flying Fortress.”
When: Saturday, May 27, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Where: Cape Henlopen State Park

Fifth Annual Summer Kickoff

What: Blue Earl Brewing and Painted Stave Distilling will join forces with Teller Wines to offer tastings, while Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli will park its food truck at the scene.
When: Saturday, May 27, noon–4 p.m. for the food truck; 1–4 p.m. for beer and spirits tastings; 3–6 p.m. for wine tastings
Where: Teller Wines on Savannah Road

Rehoboth Beach

Angry Water

What: Explore the impact of storms on the beach area with a new exhibit that focuses on lighthouses, shipwrecks, lifesaving stations and rebuilding.
When: Opens Saturday, May 27
Where: Rehoboth Beach Museum

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Mason’s Famous Lobster

What: Just one block from the beach, this casual eatery with counter service boasts the real deal: chunks of lobster packed into a split-top hot dog bun. Get it with chips or a cup of clam chowder. Don’t forget the root beer from Maine.
When: Anytime the craving hits you. Grab some to go for your friends on the beach.
Where: Ocean block of Rehoboth Avenue

Dewey Beach

Kristen & the Noise

What: If you’re making it a four-day weekend, kick off the holiday with one of the area’s favorite bands. Bring your dance shoes—the five-piece group is guaranteed to get you on your feet.
When: Thursday, May 25, 10 p.m.
Where: The Starboard

Rick Arzt Trio/Savannah Band/The Rockets

What: Memorial Day weekend starts with hot tunes and cool views of the Rehoboth Bay.
When: Friday, May 26, beginning at 2 p.m. The Rockets come on at 9 p.m.
Where: The Rusty Rudder

Bethany Beach

Poseidon Festival

What: Stretching for six days, the event kicks off with a Caribbean Carnival with steel drum duo Island Fusion at the bandstand at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Other events include limbo contests, the U.S. Navy Cruisers Band, a Pirate Night, a Jimmy Buffet tribute ban and a mermaid parade.
When: May 27–June 1
Where: Downtown Bethany Beach

Fenwick Island

Bindlestiff Family Circus

What: A little bit vaudeville, a little bit burlesque, this circus bucks the norm—and it’s free. Bring you own chair and enjoy.
When: Saturday, May 27, 7 p.m.
Where: The Freeman Stage at Bayside

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