What to Do at the Beach This Weekend: July 27–31

Take in an art exhibition, try a few new eateries and more.


The arts are thriving at the beach this weekend. A few exhibitions are on final call, while others are just getting started. Meanwhile, the hits keep on playing, from Lewes to Fenwick and from bandstands to big stages. While shows featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead and Chicago are sold out, The Freeman Stage at Bayside and other venues have some impressive concerts coming up. Take a peek!


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Ted Vigil

What: The John Denver lookalike has been performing since he was 10 years old and toured the world. He is a singer, songwriter and, not surprisingly, a tribute artist, who’s performed for Denver’s Windstar Foundation. Tickets are $20–$30.

When: Saturday, July 29, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Where: Milton Theatre 

The Waterman’s Daughter

What: The Milton Historical Society and Milton Theatre are partnering to bring this one-woman musical drama to the coast. The play is inspired by the life of Lilyan Stratton Corbin—an author, actress and philanthropist who grew up in Crisfield during the oyster boom in the late 1800s. Tickets are $10–$15.

When: Sunday, July 30, 7 p.m.

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Where: Milton Theatre 

Music Interpreted: America

What: This exhibition reveals participating artists’ interpretations of the popular 1968 Simon & Garfunkel song, “America.” The show runs until Aug. 7.

When: Wednesdays–Saturdays, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Where: Milton Arts Guild’s gallery


12” x 12” by Twelve

What: The exhibition features 12 artists whose works are all the same size: 12 inches by 12 inches. (When framed, they may be larger.)

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When: Through Saturday, July 29

Where: Peninsula Gallery

Lost off Lewes

What: Staying at the beach for a week? This tour is available every Wednesday and features artifacts and the hull from the DeBraak, which capsized off the coast of Delaware on May 25, 1798. (It was lost until 1984, when modern equipment detected the wreck. In a quest to find the rumored gold, a salvage company pulled up the hull in 1986. There were no gems or gold coins, but there was a treasure trove of artifacts, now owned by the state.) Admission is limited to people ages 10 and older. Tickets are $10. Call 302-645-1148 to reserve.

When: Wednesdays, 9–11 a.m.

Where: Starts at the Zwaanendael Museum

Olive & Oats by Azafrán

What: Café Azafrán owner Richard Steele has returned to Lewes with a charming new eatery. Grab some goodies on your way to the beach!

Where: The old site of Half Full and Patty’s Deli, near the former Café Azafrán location

When: For breakfast, lunch and coffee

Rehoboth Beach

Opening of the annual Members’ Fine Arts Exhibition

What: The exhibition showcases the work of more than 125 members of the Rehoboth Art League.

When: Friday, July 28; the exhibition will remain up through Sept. 3

Where: Rehoboth Art League in Henlopen Acres  

A Chorus Line

What: The Broadway hit about aspiring dancers and singers comes to Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $17–$32.

When: Friday, July 28, to Monday, July 31; 7:30 p.m.

Where: Clear Space Theatre Company

Love Seed Mama Jump

What: The beloved six-piece band from Dewey is giving a free performance.

When: Friday, July 28, 8–9:15 p.m.

Where: Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

Bella’s Bartok

What: Picture Salvador Dali and Toulouse-Lautrec fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band. That’s the spectacle you can expect from Bella’s Bartok. There is no cover charge.

When: Friday, July 28, 10 p.m.–midnight

Where: Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen

What: The singer-songwriter from the punk rock band goes solo. There is no cover charge.

When: Saturday, July 29, 10 p.m.–midnight

Where: Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats

Vinyl Shockley

What: Local celeb Ed Shockley keeps the beat with a drum while fronting the band.

When: Saturday, July 29, 8–9:15 p.m.

Where: Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

The Roadhouse Bar & Grill

What: This new restaurant is proof that everything old is new again. It once occupied this exact same spot on Route 1, which was most recently home to Delaware Distilling Company. This time around, it has a new vibe and an updated menu, all of which was inspired by a Route 66 theme.

When: 3–11 p.m.

Where: Midway Shopping Center

Dewey Beach

Fitz and the Tantrums

What: Judging by the buzz, this is one of the most eagerly anticipated performances of the summer. This soulful Los Angeles band first hit the scene with “Pickin’ up the Pieces” in 2010, and has been bringing people to their feet every since. Tickets are $45.

When: Sunday, July 30, 9 p.m.

Where: Bottle & Cork

The 15th Annual College Day 5K

What: Walkers and runners are invited to wear their college colors.

When: Sunday, July 30, beginning at 8 a.m. (Kiddie race starts at 7:50 a.m.)

Where: Starts at Northbeach

Bethany Beach

Sarah Williams

What: Williams is a Nashville-based singer and pianist.

When: Friday, July 28, 7:30–9 p.m.

Where: Bethany Bandstand

Ocean View

Tickled Pink

What: Gallery One’s artists were inspired by the phrase “Tickled Pink,” which originally referred to a flower. See what they created. 

When: Seven days a week, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., through Aug. 1

Where: Gallery One

Fenwick Island

Locals Under the Lights

What: This free event features local and up-and-coming artists, including Bettenroo, Meredith Rounsley, Twice Removed, Mama’s Black Sheep and Zander Jett. Bring your own chair.

When: Thursday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Where: The Freeman Stage at Bayside

Sutton Foster

What: A Broadway veteran with 11 shows under her belt, Sutton Foster is a singer, actor and dancer. Tickets are $42. Bring your own chair.

When: Sunday, July 30, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Freeman Stage at Bayside

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