Delaware Shores Fall Events: 6 Festivals for the Family

Delaware Shores consists of several small beach towns that offer fun things to do and events. Although the winters may seem a bit cool for some guests in the area, fall features ideal weather for enjoying culture and hanging out with locals. Read on to learn more about the top Delaware Shores fall events and get ready for family fun.

6 Delaware Shores Fall Events for the Family

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Build Sand Castles (September)

Join over 100 teams to create your sand-sculpted masterpiece at the Sandcastle Contest hosted by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. The event occurs in early September, and visitors can get free lessons and tips the day before the main event.

On Saturday, the festival begins with participants working to create their prize-winning sculpture. Trophies are awarded to the top 10 in both adult and children’s categories. In addition to the contest, guests will enjoy visiting over 20 local vendors and arts and crafts. Those who just want to visit may do so free of charge, and the contest is weather dependent, so check the forecast.

Support the Arts (September)

Each September in Bethany Beach, over 100 artists set-up to showcase handmade creations. For 35-plus years, the Bethany Beach Arts Festival has drawn artists from all over to this early-September festival. Possible displays include antiques, paintings, wood work, metal, baskets, jewelry and more. Other activities families will enjoy range from meeting local artists and vendors to a live radio show and silent auction.

For a different experience year-round, take a self-guided arts and antiques tour through south Delaware.

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Shop Deals and Local Businesses (October)

For over 40 years, the Fall Sidewalk Sale has delighted shoppers with deals in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and along Route One. The event occurs annually in early October and runs Friday through Sunday. While strolling down the sidewalks, visitors will find deals on apparel, clothes, home décor, gifts, souvenirs and more. Over 20 area businesses welcome browsers to select their favorites while receiving big discounts. This event will go on rain or shine, and remember there is no sales tax in Delaware on these items.

Bring Your Golden Retrievers (October)

Each October, the Dewey Beach welcomes four-legged friends with a special focus on Golden Retrievers. This Delaware Shores fall event has hosted over 150 goldens that can’t get enough of the sun, water and tennis balls. Visitors should register for the free event, and other breeds are welcome as long as they are pet- and people-friendly. Important note: Pet owners need to obtain a dog license from Town Hall prior to the event and always clean up after them.

People attending the event will also enjoy meeting local animal supporters and breeders, taking group photos, and a nighttime bonfire where visitors bring flashlights, marshmallows and lighted dog collars to enjoy the coastal air.

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Celebrate Halloween With the Kids

One of the best Halloween events in Delaware, the Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers Festival offers a weekend full of fun things to do for all ages. Even little ones will enjoy the tyke bike race on the boardwalk.

The main event includes a parade full of people in costumes, bands, decorated cars and floats and, of course, the sea witch herself. Other fun activities include live music all weekend, fiddlers, horse shows on the beach, a 5K walk/run, and local vendors coming together to show their support. Those who wish to join the parade must register in advance, but spectators are welcome free of charge. Get the full scoop on the Sea Witch Halloween Festival in Rehoboth Beach.

Catch a Flick (November)

As the oldest and largest event of its kind in Delaware, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival draws film fans from 15 states. The nine-day event occurs early- to mid-November and shows national and international features, documentaries, and shorts.

Visitors have the option to buy individual tickets and special passes, and must have an event pass in order to attend. It’s also recommended that guests pick a back-up film in case the first choice sells out. Screening takes place in various locations in Lewes, check the film festival’s schedule and get the scoop.

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Main photo: Michele Dorsey Walfred