The second weekend in May is a special one for many reasons in coastal Delaware. First and foremost, it's Mother’s Day, a time we all show the special ladies in our lives how much they mean to us.

But there's also a ton of fun planned for the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, specifically Funland’s opening weekend of 2018.

The bumper cars, the Skeeball, the kiddie rides, the arcade games and more will be open this weekend, ready to officially welcome another great season at the Delaware beaches.

And for the second year in a row, Funland is introducing a new attraction to the public. Read below to learn more about that.

Now, here’s our own Josette Castiglione with a preview of what's happening during the weekend of May 11-13 at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.



Now, here are our top five choices for fun and exciting things to do at the Delaware and Maryland beaches for the weekend of May 11-13.

We begin with one of our favorite events of the year. As mentioned above, that is...

Funland Opening Weekend 2018 (May 12-13). In what has become a highly anticipated Mother’s Day Weekend tradition in Rehoboth Beach, Funland officially opens it’s doors for the 2018 season this Saturday at 1 p.m.

And there’s another new ride this year, joining last year's unveiling of the SuperFlip 360. This year it's the "Jungle-of-Fun" that's being introduced to the public, so be sure to check that out when you're on-site.

Remember, however, that the games and rides at Funland will only be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for the month of May (as well as on Memorial Day), but will open seven days a week beginning on Friday, June 1.

The Haunted Mansion will be closed on opening weekend, but will be open beginning on Saturday, May 19. For more information on Funland’s 56th season in Rehoboth, visit funlandrehoboth.com.

Dewey Golden Jubilee (May 11-13). Approximately 150 Golden Retrievers and their owners are expected this weekend for the first of two annual “Golden” weekends in Dewey Beach.

Frequently cited as one of the most dog-friendly beaches in America, Dewey Beach will again be party central this weekend, with scheduled activities that include a “Gold Rush,” a “Poop Patrol Stroll,” a bonfire on the beach and a “Blessing of the Animals.”

For more information on the Spring Golden Jubilee event, visit deweysgoldenjubilee.com.

Dewey Beach Arts and Fun Festival (May 12). This seventh annual event takes place in Dewey Beach, on Dagsworthy Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Activities include live music by Joe Stolio of Joe Bachman and the Party, as well as Chris Steele, a "Picasso's Pet Palette," a Mother's Day themed kissing booth and much more.

The Dewey Artist Collaboration (DAC) will also have a large tent featuring more than 20 artists that fall under its collaborative.

This event is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, in downtown Dewey Beach.

Lewes Farmer’s Market Hoedown (May 12). As a kickoff to the 2018 season, officials will hold the organization's annual “Hoedown” at the Officer’s Club within the confines of Cape Henlopen State Park

The event features live music, local food, farm to table items, beer and wine, an open bar, a live auction and an opportunity to "dance until the cows come home."

Funds from the hoedown benefit the market's educational and charitable programs.

Visit www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org or call 302-644-1436 for more information.

Beachfest Volleyball Festival (May 12-13). This annual volleyball tournament held at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City has exploded in popularity in a very short period of time and now features more than 200 teams fighting it out for bragging rights on the court.

Providing non-stop action and some of the best volleyball you'll see in the mid-Atlantic, the Beachfest Volleyball Festival is a great way to spend a Saturday at the beach.

For more information on this year's event, email Richard Comly at [email protected]

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here in the coastal region.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings at and near the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!