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Delaware Beaches offer much more than summer fun. Whether you are looking to listen to live music, buy eclectic artwork for your home, participate in holiday festivities or just take a break from the beach, guaranteed something entertaining is happening here.
Throughout the year the area hosts events and activities of all sizes for people of all ages and interests. And while this area has a cozy, small town charm, it knows how to throw major celebrations. In fact, a number of the Delaware Beaches’ annual festivals are widely recognized and attract visitors from around the country and world. While there are many events going on year-round to choose from, consider checking out these popular (and editor’s picks!) annual events planned for 2022-2023.
Sea Witch® Festival
Fri., Oct. 28 through Sun., Oct. 30, 1 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The 32nd annual festival, produced by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, is a three-day Halloween party not to be missed. Join the thousands who attend this event each year in Rehoboth Beach. Costume parades, trick-or-treating, contests, monster art and so much more! Beach-Fun.com/Sea-Witch-Halloween-Fiddlers-Festival.html
Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival
Sat., June 4 and Sun., June 5, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m
In its 13th year, this festival will include dozens of sea glass and coastal artists and their works of art including sea glass, jewelry, paintings, photography, driftwood, ceramics and much more. Come purchase beautiful pieces of art and enjoy live music and great food. The festival will be held at Lewes Historical Society in Lewes. Admission is $5 per person each day and children 12 and under are free. HistoricLewes.org/Events/Mid-Atlantic-Sea-Glass-Coastal-Arts-Festival.html
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival
Thur., Oct. 13 through Sun., Oct. 16
With a tagline “The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World!,” this is an event music lovers will definitely want on their calendars! Over 25 artists are lined up to play at this year’s music event to be held in multiple locations in Sussex County. Since 1990 top jazz and R&B musicians—including Al Jarreau, Peabo Bryson, Queen Latifah and more—have been performing at this annual event. RehobothJazz.com
Sat., Nov. 19 through Sat., Dec. 31, open nightly
Take a one-mile drive or an open-air wagon ride through the “Fields of Christmas Dreams!” at Winter WonderFEST in Milton. With its 7th season happening in 2022, this event’s dazzling light display is a community tradition in Delaware Beaches. Presented by Festival of Cheer, Inc., Winter WonderFEST is not only full of family fun but the event raises money in support of community charities. WonderFestDE.org
Fire and Ice Festival
Fri., Jan. 27 through Sun., Jan. 29
Marking its 6th year in 2023, this event’s festivities will include ice sculpture tours and demonstrations, bonfires, fireworks, music and tastings. Bundle up and come celebrate the Delaware Beaches at this unique event. FireandIceDE.com
All dates and times are subject to change. Please call ahead or check online before attending.