If you’re looking for some fun outdoor things to do here in coastal Delaware, then you’re going to love this final weekend of April here at the beach.
We have six great festivals and events for you to choose from, and we’re going to tell you all about them here in our latest “Weekender Blog,” as always brought to you by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.
Read below for all the details about this weekend's events, but here's a quick preview in map form. Each southern Delaware event is highlighted, with the area where it's to be held clearly indicated.
But first, we want to give you a heads up that our annual blog detailing the new additions to the coastal area since the end of 2016 will be posted very soon.
Our “New for 2017” writeup should be out in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on our Blog Page, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages, to learn more about what’s new and fresh at the Delaware beaches for 2017.
Also, a reminder that the popular movies on the beach events will also be returning soon for another warm weather season. These events are held in both Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach and we'll be previewing the latest movies each week here in our “Weekender Blog.” So keep an eye out for that as well.
Now, on to all of the great stuff coming up for this final weekend of April here at the Delaware beaches.
We begin this week with…
Ocean to Bay Bike Tour (April 29). This is the 28th year for the award-winning bicycling event, which features rides of 30, 50 and 100 miles. Beginning and ending in picturesque Bethany Beach, riders will meander though several coastal areas, including Holt’s Landing, Dirickson’s Creek and Salt Grass Point.
Thousands of riders are again expected for the event, which is open to all age groups, but participants age 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult and are also required to wear helmets.
The event begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., with the latter hours dominated by an “after party” that will feature music, food vendors, door prizes and more.
Visit www.oceantobaybiketour.com for more information on this rain or shine event.
Doodles in Dewey (April 29-30). This is the 12th year for this popular event that brings together “Doodles” and their owners for a fun time at what's been dubbed “one of the most dog friendly beaches in the United States” by organizers.
Also called Labradoodles and Goldendoodles, this event features the breeds of dog that are a cross between Labrador retrievers or golden retrievers and standard poodles.
The festivities will officially begin Saturday morning on the beach, but there’s also an informal “Yappy Hour” planned for the Lighthouse in Dewey Beach on Friday night.
Visit www.doodlesindewey.org for more information.
Bug & Bud Festival (April 29). This is one of the highlights of the spring festival season here in southern Delaware. Held on the shores of the beautiful Mispillion River in Milford, this family friendly event is highlighted by the always-popular Ladybug and Tree costumed parade, which even allows dressed up pets to be involved in the fun.
The festival also features a kayak race on the river, local entertainment, a children’s art show, “ladybug decorated” paddleboat rides and plenty of vendors.
If you plan on a day in Milford this Saturday, however, make sure you go early and get a good seat for the parade, which starts at approximately 9:30 a.m. and winds its way through downtown Milford.
Visit www.downtownmilford.org or call 302-839-1180 for more information on this fun springtime event. Scheduled hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Milford.
Delmarva Spring Birding Weekend (April 27-30). If you love wildfowl, then these four days in coastal Delaware are made just for you. This event includes boat trips, paddling treks and expeditions on foot during the spring migration through Delmarva of many different species.
The annual "weekend" includes events in both Sussex County, Delaware, and neighboring Worcester County, Maryland. Locations include Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, the DuPont Nature Center, Bombay Hook, Redden State Forest and picturesque Smith Island, Maryland.
For more information on the 2017 Delmarva Spring Birding Weekend, including a full schedule of events, www.delmarvabirding.com.
Southern Delaware Kidney Walk (April 30). This is one of more than 100 kidney walks around the country and will take place this Sunday at Cape Henlopen State Park.
Beginning at 11 a.m., with check-in starting an hour earlier, the walk will meander through the park and will help raise money for the National Kidney Foundation.
Learn more HERE or by calling Nicole Scharf at 410-726-8732.
Vintage Purse Themed Tea Party at the Rehoboth Beach Museum (April 30). If you’re looking for something a little different to do this weekend, consider this themed event at the Rehoboth Beach Museum on Rehoboth Avenue.
A fundraiser to aid the important work the museum does in preserving the history of Delaware’s favorite seaside resort, the cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members, with the event being held twice in the afternoon, at both 2:00 and 4:30.
The museum will also be collecting items for the Immanuel Shelter during the course of the event.
Call 302-227-7310 for more information, or to reserve a seat, or visit www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.