5 Early Fall Events Happening in the Delaware Beaches in 2021

Image by the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

Mark Your Calendar for these Early Fall Events in the Delaware Beaches

By Kelsey Thomas

The end of summer sparks a series of fun and exciting events that will take place throughout Delaware Beaches, from Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach to Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. Whether you’re searching for family-friendly events, food and drink events, live music or free festivals, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Here are our top five events happening in the Delaware Beaches at the start of fall.

Top 5 Early Fall Events in the Delaware Beaches

Aug. 28, 2021: 5th Annual Paddlefest

Spend a day on the water at Delaware Seashore State Park’s 5th Annual Paddlefest. Paddlefest is a four-mile course through the salt marsh creeks of the state park. Along the route, knowledgeable staff members will be stationed to talk about the local wildlife and history, as well as hand out snacks. There will even be a digital course map available for any smart phone. The Paddlefest After-Party will conclude the event, featuring a few food trucks and exhibitors.

Click here to read more about Delaware Seashore State Park.

Sept. 4, 2021: Annual Outdoor Antiques, Vintage & Artisans Fair

Looking to find antique gems, vintage-ware items, and one-of-a-kind art forms? Head on out to the Lewes Historical Society Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street to experience the Annual Outdoor Antiques, Vintage & Artisans Fair. This event, put on by the Lewes Historical Society, will feature artisan and vintage dealers, as well as food vendors and music.

Sept. 11, 2021: 43rd Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

Savor the end of summer in downtown Bethany Beach. The 43rd Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival, hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, will feature a variety of fine artists showcasing their work, which will include paintings, clay, baskets, porcelain, jewelry and much more. There will also be live music and a silent auction sponsored by Jayne’s Reliable that will take place on the Bethany Beach Bandstand from 10 am – 2 pm.

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Sept. 15 – 19, 2021: 6th Annual Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend

The Rehoboth Beach Bears, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting camaraderie and inclusion, is hosting their biggest flagship event and fundraiser at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Convention Center. The 6th Annual Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend will begin with a welcoming dinner Wednesday evening, followed by a series of activities and events throughout the weekend, including an Early Halloween Freak Show and Costume Contest on Friday and performances by LGBT comedian Eric Hahn on Saturday. Reservations must be made through the hotel using group code #10173. There are only 300 spots available so reserve yours today.

Sept. 24, 2021: Craft Beer and Brewery Retreat 

Quench your thirst at Canalside Inn’s Craft Beer and Brewery Retreat in Rehoboth Beach. This 3 day, 2 night excursion will allow you to experience popular Southern Delaware breweries, including Dogfish Head, Big Oyster, Dewey Beer Co., Iron Hill Brewery and others. Not only will you be able to go beer tasting and brewery touring, but you’ll also gain VIP access to Canalside Inn’s Oktoberfest Event held on Sept. 21, 2021.

Boardwalks in Delaware

Check Out these Boardwalks on the Delaware Beaches

There’s so much to see and do when you visit the Delaware Beaches. From Lewes to Fenwick Island, the attractions and activities available are virtually endless. A classic staple to any beach community is a boardwalk. These boardwalks can be the perfect locale for family fun, ocean-front dining and much more. Explore these boardwalks located within the Delaware Beaches.

Boardwalks on the Delaware Beaches

Here are the boardwalks you’ll find on the Delaware Beaches.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk

While the Bethany Beach Boardwalk is less than a half-mile long, its full of charm and maintains an old-fashioned appeal. With its short distance, the Bethany Beach Boardwalk is perfect for taking a walk. Along the way, visit the quintessential beach shops, eateries and stop to listen to live music at the Bethany Beach Bandstand. During the summer season, the bandstand is the site of Bethany Beach’s Summer Concert Series. You can find other events happening along the boardwalk as well.

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Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk

Recognized as one of the best beach boardwalks in the country by numerous travel magazines and websites, the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk bustles with activity during summertime. People from all over come to traverse the boardwalks and browse the shops, dine at the restaurants and enjoy the amusements. Grab a sweet treat from Candy Kitchen then head to Funland or one of the other family-friendly amusements on the boardwalk.

The Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk also plays host to a number of wonderful events for every age and interest throughout the year. Rent a bike and see all of what the one-mile boardwalk has to offer.

Click here to read more about the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

Want convenient access to the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk? Book your stay at one of the hotels located right along the boardwalk. This puts you just steps away from some of the area’s best attractions, shops and restaurants, as well as the beach. The Boardwalk Plaza Hotel offers guests a peaceful reprieve during their vacation while still being conveniently located to all of the action on the boardwalk.

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Gordon’s Pond Trail

Cape Henlopen State Park is a great place for an outdoor adventure. The 5,139-acre park has plenty of areas to explore. Stroll over Cape Henlopen’s elevated boardwalk, along the Gordon Pond Trail. While this boardwalk differs greatly from the other two, it’s a wonderful spot to take in the serene marches and sprawling dunes within the state park. Walk or ride your bike across this boardwalk.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk

Take a Stroll on Bethany Beach’s Charming Boardwalk

Known as the “Quiet Resorts” area of the Delaware Beaches, Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island boast popular, family-friendly beaches. To match the quaint allure of the beach, the Bethany Beach Boardwalk is a shorter boardwalk with lots of charm. The .38-mile-long boardwalk maintains a bygone old-fashioned appeal.

Things to Do on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

While the Bethany Beach Boardwalk does not offer any amusement-style rides and carnival games, you can find quintessential beach shops, eateries and a bandstand.

With its short distance, the Bethany Beach Boardwalk is perfect for taking a walk. There’s nothing like taking in the beautiful view as the ocean breeze blows by you.

Bethany Beach Bandstand

Located near the center of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, the bandstand is the site of live entertainment during the summer concert series. Bethany Beach’s Summer Concert Series is held here and showcases a number of live performances, including tribute bands, military bands and local acts.

Events on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

In addition to the Summer Concert Series on the bandstand, the Bethany Beach Boardwalk plays host to events throughout the summer, for all ages and interests. Browse handcrafted arts and crafts at the Seaside Craft Show, honor the god of the sea during Poseidon Festival and catch a fantastic firework display on the Fourth of July. These are just some of the happenings on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.

Shopping near the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

There are a few gift shops and other classic beach stores on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Find all of your beach needs or purchase souvenirs to remember your trip to Bethany Beach here. These quaint shops echo the boardwalk’s style. Just off the boardwalk, you can find a surf shop, bookstore, art gallery and boutique.

Restaurants near the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

When you need a break from shopping on the boardwalk and soaking up the sun on the beach, relax with a delicious meal from one of the restaurants located right off the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. Indulge in classic beach eats, including fries, ice cream, salt water taffy, fudge, pizza and more.

Grab a quick bite of classic American fare from Shore Break, a casual, family-friendly restaurant. Or, for a more fine-dining meal, visit 99 Sea Level or Mango’s, both serving fresh seafood. Grotto Pizza and Pomodoro Pizzeria offer some of Bethany Beach’s favorite slices. Whatever you choose, end your meal with a scoop of ice cream or another sweet treat from Maureen’s Ice Cream or Kohr Brother’s Frozen Custard.

Hotels near the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

If you’re looking to stay close to the attractions and activities on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk, be sure to book one of the hotels near the boardwalk. Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Residence Inn by Marriott is the only hotel right on the boardwalk. There are, however, more hotels that offer accommodations just a short walk from the beach and boardwalk. These range from luxury hotels with stunning décor to family-friendly hotels with indoor or outdoor pools.

Information About the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

Here are some things you need to know before visiting the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

Parking near the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

There are several pay-to-park spaces available on Atlantic Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, both walking distance from the boardwalk. Pay-to-park spaces are charged from May 15–September 15, and are free the rest of the year. If you plan to drive, it is recommended that you arrive early as parking spaces fill up by 10:30 a.m.

Pets on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk

Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalk from May 15–September 30.

Prohibited Vehicles and Skating Rules

Bikes are only permitted on the boardwalk from 6–9 a.m., daily.

Roller skates, skateboards, motor bikes and motorcycles are not allowed on the boardwalk at any time.