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 winter 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 about the top Delaware Shores fall events and get ready for family fun.

Best Delaware Shores Fall Events for the Family

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Build Sand Castles (September)

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

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

Support the Arts (September)

Each fall in Bethany Beach, over 100 artists showcase handmade creations. For 35-plus years, 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 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 sidewalks, visitors find deals on apparel, clothes, home décor, gifts and souvenirs. Over 20 area businesses welcome browsers to select their favorites while receiving big discounts. This event occurs rain or shine, and remember there is no sales tax in Delaware.

Deweys Golden Jubilee (October)

Each October, Dewey Beach welcomes four-legged friends with a special focus on Golden Retrievers. This top among Delaware Shores fall events 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 will also meet local animal supporters and breeders, take group photos, and a gather around nighttime bonfires where roast marshmallows and enjoy the coastal air.

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Celebrate Halloween With Kids

One of the best Halloween events in Delaware, Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers Festival offers a weekend of fun things to do. Even little ones 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 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, 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.

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Main photo: Michele Dorsey Walfred