Main Events of the Delaware Beaches

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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

Winter WonderFEST 

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.

Sea Witch® Festival

Don’t Miss the Annual Sea Witch Festival in Rehoboth Beach

Following the summer season, things slow down in Rehoboth Beach. That is, until the end of October. Halloween celebrations kick off in Rehoboth Beach with the annual Sea Witch® Festival.

About the Sea Witch® Festival

The 32nd annual Sea Witch Festival is Rehoboth Beach’s free family-friendly Halloween celebration. Dress up and enjoy the parades, live entertainment, contests and more in downtown Rehoboth Beach. The Sea Witch Festival is Friday through Sunday, Oct. 28-30, 2022

Sea Witch Festival Activities

All through downtown Rehoboth, and at local businesses, you can take part in an array of free activities during the Sea Witch Festival.

Trick-or-treat in downtown Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, watch a classic horror film at the Rehoboth Beach Museum, visit the Kid’s Zone at First Street Station, go on a scavenger hunt and so much more.

Sea Witch Festival Costume Parade

The Sea Witch Festival kicks off with the Sea Witch Balloon and Clipper Ship. Following this headlining float will be hundreds of people, dressed in costume, walking the parade, as well as motorized floats. The parade will follow Rehoboth Avenue. Those interested in watching the parade are advised to arrive before the 9 a.m. start time.

Costumed Dog Parade

The pups have their own Halloween celebration on Sunday with the Costumed Dog Parade. Starting from the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, pet owners and their dogs can come dressed to walk down the boardwalk.

Sea Witch 5K Classic Run and One Mile Fright Walk

On Sunday, take part in the Sea Witch Festival 5K Run and One Mile Fright Walk. There will be over 500 runners dressed in costume to race down Rehoboth Avenue. Prizes will be awarded for running the fastest time and having the best costume.

Vendors

This year’s Sea Witch Festival will have an expanded artisan and vendor area in the Convention Center. From 1–6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. Browse over 30 vendors showcasing and selling their handmade products and goods.

Kid’s Corner

The Convention Center will also feature the Kid’s Corner all weekend long. Each day of the festival, children can enjoy fun Halloween-themed activities, including Spooky Science Fun, trick-or-treat bag decorating, magic shows, monster art and more.

Live Music

There will be live music at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for all three days of the Sea Witch Festival. Several bands and artists will be performing an array of musical genres in free concerts that are perfect for the whole family.

 

Getting to the Sea Witch Festival

Public transportation will be available for those attending the Sea Witch Festival.

If you’re traveling form the south, use the Jolly Trolley. Free parking will be available at the pick-up and drop off locations at Tower Road and Delaware Seashore State Park. The Jolly Trolley is $3 for adult and $1 for kids under 5 one way.

If you’re coming from the north, park at one of the DART Park & Ride locations for free and take the dart for $2 one way or $4.20 for a full-day pass.

Parking

Parking is not recommended on Rehoboth Avenue. Crowd control fencing will be in place Saturday, Oct. 26, before the festival. Parking will be available on the side streets.

More Information about the Sea Witch Festival

For more information about the Sea Witch® Festival, visit Beach-Fun.com

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