What to Do at the Beach This Weekend: June 16–18, 2017

Concerts, crafts, a Miss Delaware competition and more.

Pageant crowns, country music and classic cars are all among the featured activities this weekend at the Delaware beaches. Only a short drive from Firefly, the coast is also a side trip for festival attendees who want to enjoy some sun and sand in between acts.



Summer Sizzler

What: An all-ages event featuring DJ Razz, Danny PM and Brand on Wax. Tickets are $5-$10.

When: Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.–midnight

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Where: Milton Theatre


Family Boat Building Weekend

What: Watch participating groups and families as they build shallow-draft wooden boats, called Bevin’s skiffs, with the help of the Lewes Historical Society’s volunteer crew.

When: Friday, June 16–Sunday, June 18

Where: Lewes Historical Society; the launch is Sunday,  at 1 p.m. at the nearby Lewes Canalfront Park

Find Your Fire: The Miss Delaware Competition

What: Fourteen women from across the state will vie for the crown. Tickets are $35 for the mezzanine and $50 for orchestra seats.

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When: Friday, June 16, 7–10 p.m.

Where: Cape Henlopen High School

Judy Sings the Blues

What: This four-piece blues band features strong vocals and a funky vibe.

When: Friday, June 16, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Bethany Blues on Route 1

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Firefly Fireside Chat with Sam Calagione

What: This special-edition chat with the founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery includes coworker Bryan Selders and an ’80s-style jam session. Bring your own Namaste ale—the inn will provide orange juice to make “Namosas.”

When: Saturday, June 17, 10–11:15 a.m.

Where: Dogfish Head Inn

19th Annual Chautauqua: “Service, Suffrage, and Swing: World War I Era in Delaware”

What: The Delaware Division of Historical & Cultural Affairs, the Lewes Historical Society, the Lewes Parks and Recreation Commission and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce have teamed up again to host the educational Chautauqua program, named for Lake Chautauqua, where such programs were first held in the 19th century.

When: Sunday, June 18–Thursday, June 22

Where: Zwaanendael Park, Lewes Public Library and Lewes Historical Society

Rehoboth Beach

44th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibition

What: An exhibit of crafts ranging from baskets and handmade paper to leather and wood. Elizabeth Deans, the design historian and assistant director and professor at the Smithsonian-George Mason University, is the judge.

When: Friday, June 16–Sunday, July 23

Where: Rehoboth Art League

Southern Drawl Band

What: This Tennessee-born band plays—what else?—Southern rock and country music.

When: Friday, June 16, 9 p.m.–midnight

Where: Conch Island Key West Bar & Grill

2017 Summer Fundraiser Celebration for Delaware Stonewall Democrats

What: Sarah McBride, national spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign and the first trans person to speak at the Democratic National Convention, is the featured speaker. Tickets are $50.

When: Saturday, June 17, 2–4 p.m.

Where: Mariachi’s Restaurant

Triple Rail Turn

What: With the motto “All Country, All the Time,” you know what to expect with this modern country band.

When:  Sunday, June 18, 8–9:15 p.m.

Where: Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

Dewey Beach

Breeches Buoy Rescue Drill

What: The Indian River Life-Saving Station’s most popular program returns. See how the surfmen once rescued shipwreck victims using a Lyle gun (a small cannon) and a wreck pole—a pair of pants sewn into a lifesaver. ($6.50 for adults; $5 for seniors aged 62 and up; $4 for kids aged 6–12; free for ages 5 and under.)

When: Saturday, June 17 (also on Sunday, July 23, and Saturday, Aug. 12), 1 p.m.

Where: Indian River Life-Saving Station

Old 97s & Turnpike Troubadours

What: From Dallas and Oklahoma, these two bands pack a rock ‘n’ roll punch with a soulful edge.

When: Sunday, June 18, 9 p.m.

Where: Bottle & Cork

Bethany Beach

Lower Case Blues

What: This popular band’s tunes go well with wine. Tickets are $10.

When: Friday, June 16, 7:30–10:30 p.m.

Where: Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery

Fenwick Island

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra “Starry Night Opera” with Opera Delaware

What: Maestro Julien Benichou directs this musical marriage between musicians and singers. This is a bring-your-own-chair event. Tickets are $15.

When: Friday, June 16, 7 p.m.

Where: The Freeman Stage at Bayside

60th Annual Old Timer’s Day Classic Car & Truck Show

What: This free event features cars, trucks, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and earlier. Come also for the music, food, vendors and children’s activities.

When: Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Where: Church Street in Selbyville


What: This band plays covers from such bands as the Allman Brothers, Pearl Jam and Foo Fights, as well as original songs.

When: Saturday, June 17, 8–11 p.m.

Where: Treasure Beach RV & Campground

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