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Delaware communities host a variety of fun filled events throughout the year. Visit this site frequently for updated calendar listings, or subscribe to the Southern Delaware Explorer Magazine
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May 23 - Opening party for the Overfalls Lightship, in Lewes. At the Virden Center, Lewes, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For details, call 644-4534 or visit the Web site www.overfalls.org
May 23-25 - Seaford Heritage Weekend, Governor Ross Plantation, North Pine Street Extended, Seaford. Visit www.seafordchamber.com or call the chamber at 302-629-9690.
May 24 - Horseshoe Crab-Shorebird Festival. Celebrating nature at both Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge and along the river in downtown Milton. Vendors, tours 7 fun. 302-684-1101, www.historicmilton.org.
May 26 - Annual Memorial Day Service at the Sussex County Courthouse, Georgetown, at 12:30 p.m. For details, call 856-2035.
May 30, 31 & June 1 - NASCAR race weekend at Dover International Speedway, US 13, Dover. NASCAR fans and stars will descend on the town for the races on the Monster Mile. For details, call 800-441-RACE.
May 31 - SeaSide Train Show at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. 100 dealers, 4 operating train layouts, 302-537-5557 or www.trainweb.org.
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June - Summer - Bethany Beach Bandstand Concerts, Garfield Pkwy. & Boardwalk, 7:30 p.m., 302-539-5484, www.townofbethanybeach.com.
June Summer - Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Concerts, Rehoboth Ave. & Boardwalk, 8 p.m., 302-644-2288, www.rehobothbeachbandstand.com.
Wednesdays Milton Riverfront Park Concerts, 7-9 p.m. in Milton Memorial Park, behind library on Union St. (Rain: Milton Theater). Bring chair, blanket & friends. 302-684-1101, www.historicmilton.com.
Fridays in June, July & August - Tours of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies' Hugh R. Sharp Campus, Lewes. The tours start at 10:30 a.m. and last for about an hour. Reservations required. Info: (302) 645-4346.
Tuesdays in June, July & August - Concerts in Stango Park, Lewes, at 7 p.m. For information, call the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, 645-8073.
June 1 - Taste of Lewes, hosted by Friends of the Lewes Canalfront Park, Virden Retreat & Conference Center at 12 noon. Call the Lewes Chamber at 302-645-8073 or visit www.leweschamber.com
June 7 Princesses, Mermaids, Pirates & Knights, Oh My!! Mascot Roundup!!! For more information calll the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 302-227-6446 or visit www.beach-fun.com.
June 7 - Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show presented by the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee in Downtown Bethany Beach. Juried show of crafts. For more information contact the Town of Bethany Beach at 539-8011 or visit www.townofbethanybeach.com.
1st Sat. each month - First Saturday in the First State First State Heritage Park in Dover provides special programs including tours of Legislative Hall and special activities at area museums. Spirits of the Green costumed interpreters. 302-739-9194 or www.destateparks.com/heritagepark.
June 7 32nd Annual Delmarva's Day in the Park Festival, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at State Streeet Park, Delmar, Del. Food crafts, raffles, door prizes, attractions, games, live music, 50/50 & more. A fun-filled day for the entire family! For more information call 302-846-3336. Sponsored by the Greater Delmar Chamber of Commerce.
June 8 - Taste of Coastal Delaware. In the parking lot of the Millville Town Center. Featuring samples from several area restaurants. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information call the sponsor, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, 302-539-2100.
June 13-14 The annual Miss Delaware Pageant will be held at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, fee, www.missdelaware.org.
June 14 - Kids Fest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the state fairgrounds, Harrington. Horse and wagon rides, workshops and barrel racing. There will also be a health expo, presented by the Nemours Foundation, a youth talent show, carnival booths and food. Admission is $1 and ride and game tickets are 25 for $5. Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware. For details, call 398-5194 or 422-4453.
June 14 - 5K Run/Walk "Miles for Molly" benefits Lewes' Children's Beach House Sandcastle Day Camp Program. Post-race silent auction. Free beer for all registrants over 21. Tee shirts for 1st 100 runners. Prizes for overall male & female winners, top 2 runners in each 5-year age group to 70, and top 3 male & top 3 female walkers. To register call 302-645-9184 or visit www.cbhinc.org.
June 14 - Annual Best of the Beach Art Auction. Sponsored by the Beebe Medical Foundation and the Beebe Medical Center, the auction will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Beebe Health Campus on Delaware 24, about a mile from Delaware 1, Lewes. For details, call 644-2900.
June 14 - the 52nd annual Old Timer's Day, Selbyville. Sponsored by the town of Selbyville, the event will be in downtown Selbyville. There will be a classic car show, food and craft vendors and a variety of outdoor activities. For details, call 302-436-8314
June 15-18 - Annual Chautauqua Festival. Delaware Humanities Forum event held at the Virden Center, U of D College of Marine Studies. Easy access from either Pillottown Rd. or New Rd., Lewes. 800-752-2060, www.dhf.org.
June 20 & 21 - Peninsula Bluegrass Festival. The festival is held near Georgetown at the Nutter Marvel Carriage Museum, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. There is an admission fee. For details, call 875-3708 or visit www.peninsulabluegrass.com.
June 21 - Lewes Garden Tour. The annual self-guided tour features private and public gardens throughout Lewes. The gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On the day of the tour, a garden market will be set up in Zwaanendael Park, featuring vendors as well as free lectures and entertainment. Sponsor is the Lewes Chamber of Commerce. For details, call 645-8073.
June 20-22 - Paint Out, sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League and Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Dozens of artists will set up easels throughout town, then sell their paintings. For information, call 227-2772 or visit the Web site www.rehomain.com or www.rehobothartleague.org.
June 20 & 21 - Delmarva Chicken Festival. The annual festival to celebrate Delmarva's poultry industry will be held in Salisbury, Md. While each town can add features to the festival, which is held in a different town each year, the giant frying pan, a series of games called Chicken Capers and the education exhibit featuring a hatchery are mandatory. For more information, call the Delmarva Poultry Industry, 856-9037, or visit the Web site www.dpichicken.org
June 27-28 - Seafaring Days, celebrating Lewes' heritage. At the historical complex in Lewes. Admission is $3, free for children under 12. For details, call the Lewes Historical Society, 645-7670, or visit the Web site www.historiclewes.org.
June 28 Join the African American Festival set for Legislative Mall in Dover. 302-736-0101.
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July 4 - The traditional Rehoboth Beach Independence Day fireworks show. The show will be off the Boardwalk at Rehoboth Avenue, starting at about 9:15 p.m. Sponsor is Rehoboth Beach Main Street. For details, call 227-2772 or visit the Web site www.rehomain.com.
July 4 - Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade and fireworks. The parade, with six marching bands and five other bands riding in trucks, will march down Pennsylvania and Atlantic avenues in the resort town. Starting time is noon and red, white and blue bicycles, as usual, will be the highlight. The fireworks, visible throughout Bethany Beach, begin at dusk. For details, call 539-8011 or visit www.townofbethanybeach.com.
July 3 & 4 - Laurel's Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration. Laurel's annual celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence begins with a parade on the evening of the 3rd. A prayer breakfast starts the day on the 4th and ends at dusk with fireworks. During the day, activities will take place throughout the town. The sponsor is the Laurel Chamber of Commerce. For details, call 875-9319 or visit www.laurelchamber.com.
July 4 - Lewes' Old Fashioned 4th of July and boat parade, Old fashioned games on 2nd Street begin at 10 am in downtown Lewes followed by the boat parade beginning at 2 p.m. in the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal. Call the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, 645-8073 or visit www.leweschamber.com for more information.
July 5 - Sidewalk Art & Artisan Show. The show, sponsored by St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Lewes, will be held on Second Street in downtown Lewes from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and there will be entertainment. Admission to the show is free. For details, call 645-8479.
July 4 Old Fashioned July 4th in Dover: Parade, musical entertainment, craft and food vendors and a fireworks extravaganza, free admission, sponsored by the July Fourth Committee, Legislative Mall, downtown Dover, 11 a.m. to dusk. www.4thofjuly.com.
July 5, 12, 19 & 26, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 Historic Lewes Farmers Market, Lewes Historical Society.
July 7 - Delaware Seashore Sandcastle Contest. The contest will be held at Delaware Seashore State Park, south of Dewey Beach, beginning at 9 a.m. Sponsor is the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation. Participation is free, but the daily admittance fee to the park, $4 for in-state cars, $8 for out-of-state cars, applies. For details, call 227-2800.
July 8 & 9 - annual Cottage Tour, sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League. Homes on the tour will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Admission is $15. For more information, call 302-227-8408 or visit their website at www.rehobothartleague.org
July 10, 11 & 12 - Lewes Antique Show and Sale. The annual antique show is sponsored by Bethel United Methodist Church and is held in the church's fellowship hall at West 4th and Market streets, Lewes. For details, call 645-9426.
July 11, & 12 -Nanticoke Riverfest. The annual festival in Seaford celebrates the Nanticoke River, called the most pristine tributary of the Chesapeake Bay. As part of the festivities, organizers sponsor a Float-In on Saturday, in which water lovers enjoy a 45-minute float down the river. Other activities will take place in Gateway Park, downtown Seaford. They will include a pageant, entertainment, a carnival, food and craft vendors and entertainment. For details, call the city of Seaford, 629-9173, or visit www.nanticokeriverfest.com
July 12 - Lewes Historical Society Craft Fair. In the Lewes Historical Society Complex, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3, free for children under 12. For more information call 645-7670.
July 17 - 26- 88th annual Delaware State Fair. The fair, a Delaware tradition, takes place on the Delaware State Fairgrounds, US 13, Harrington. All the traditional excitement of the fair - competitions, entertainment, food and rides - will be back. For more information call 302-398-3269 or visit www.Delawarestatefair.com
July 18 - Sept. 7 - annual Member's Fine Arts Exhibit, at the Rehoboth Art League. Opening reception is July 18, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 302-227-8408 or visit www.rehobothartleague.org
TBA Best of Delaware Party, 6 p.m., Rollins Center, Dover Downsฎ Hotel & CasinoSM, 1131 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, 800-711-5882.
July 19 Lightship Overfalls Aquathon (5K / ? mi. swim), Georgia Avenue Lewes Beach, 8 a.m. Call the Lewes Chamber at 302-645-8073 or visit www.leweschamber.com
July 19-28 -- Experience the "10 best days of summer" at the Delaware State Fair, Route 13, Harrington. This years fair offers something for all ages, including nationally acclaimed musical talent to local artisans, blue ribbon pies to cotton candy, from ferris wheels to tractor wheels. Admission is $6 at the gate; no admission for children six and under. 302-398-3269 or www.delawarestatefair.com.
July 23 & 24 - annual Beach and Bay Cottage Tour. The Friends of the South Coastal Library sponsors the annual house tour in the Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island area. Houses are open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30. The group suggests early reservations because the tours often sell out. For details, call 537-5828 or visit the Web site www.foscl.com
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Aug. 2 - Antique show. The Lewes Historical Society sponsors the annual show in the historical complex on Shipcarpenter Street, Lewes. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3, free for children under 12. For more information call 645-8073 or visit www.historiclewes.org
Aug. 2 - 30th annual Sandcastle Contest. In the sand of Fisherman's Beach on the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. There is no charge for spectators. For details, call 227-2233.
Aug. 2 - Recreation of the May 14, 1945 Surrender of U-858. Fort Miles Historical Area Cape Henlopen State Park 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Call 302-645-6852 for more info.
First Saturday in the First State 1st Saturday Each Month First State Heritage Park in Dover provides special programs including tours of Legislative Hall and special activities at area museums. Spirits of the Green costumed interpreters. 302-739-9194 or www.destateparks.com/heritagepark.
Aug. 8 and 9 - AFRAM Festival. The festival, which celebrates the African-American heritage of many Sussex citizens, is held at Nutter Park, Seaford. For details, call 628-1908 or visit www.seafordchamber.com/afram.html
Aug. 9,10, 16 and 17 - annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Exhibit, sponsored by the Rehoboth Art League. The fine art and fine craft exhibit features the works of more than 100 artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. For more information, call 302-227-8408 or visit www.rehobothartleague.com
TBA Join the town of Wyoming for its Annual Peach Festival, Old Railroad Station, in Wyoming. 302-697-3587.
Aug. 8, 9, 10, 16, & 17 - I Do! I Do! A Musical about Marriage. This little gem of story was the first two-person musical ever performed on Broadway, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the creative duo behind The Fantasticks and 110 In the Shade. The best way to describe this story is through the titles of the songs. "I Love My Wife", Something Has Happened", Love Isn't Everything", "Flaming Agnes", The Honeymoon Is Over", "My Cup Runneth Over", "When the Kids Get Married ", What Is A Woman?", "Some One Needs Me", "Roll Up the Ribbons" and "This House." Friday and Saturday shows start at 7 p.m. and the Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. For information, call 684-3400 or visit the Web site www.miltontheatre.org.
Aug. 14-16 - Millsboro Big Thursday Festival, sponsored by the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce. At Cupola Park. Admission is free. For details, call the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, 934-6777.
Aug. 16 Second Annual "Paddlin' for the Bays" Kayak Poker Paddle and Cookout. The event benefits habitat restoration in the Inland Bays. Visit www.inlandbays.org or call Eric Buehl at 302-226-8105.
Aug. 16-17 East Coat Skimboarding Championship at Dewey Beach. For more info visit skimusa.org.
Aug. 23 - Broadkill River Canoe and Kayak Race, Milton. The town's annual race will wind along the Broadkill River starting at 10 a.m. and end up in Milton. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded. Proceeds benefit the Milton Theatre. For information, call 684-3400 or visit www.miltontheatre.org.