It's Labor Day Weekend here in the coastal region, and that means one final blowout before the official end of the Summer of 2018.

It's certainly been a fantastic summer here at the beaches, and it's not over just yet! That comes on Monday, when the good folks in Bethany Beach mourn the end of the season with the town's annual Jazz Funeral on the Boardwalk.

Read much more about this annual tradition below, and plan on heading out to show your respects on the afternoon of Labor Day Monday.

Other featured events this weekend are spread throughout coastal Delaware, and offer some great opportunities for enjoying these last few days of the summer season.

Here's the Oldfather Group's Emily Gibson with more information on what's coming up this holiday weekend in the coastal region.


Whatever your plans, we hope you'll pick your favorites and get outside for a great time over the extended holiday weekend.

Now, here are our top picks for family fun activities over Labor Day Weekend 2018...

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral (Sept. 3). It’s that time of year again when we say goodbye to the Summer of 2018 and begin looking forward to the Summer of 2019, and the next traditional summer season in the coastal region. 

This year marks the 33rd time that this family-friendly satirical event has taken place in Bethany Beach. The event begins with a “private wake” at 5 p.m., followed by a solemn procession down the Boardwalk at 5:30.

Three jazz bands - the Dixie Cats, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the Jazz Funeral Irregulars - will be providing the entertainment for the day, and are not to be missed.

As always, attendees are encouraged to get into the spirit by wearing black and preparing to say their goodbyes to the Summer of 2018. 

Visit www.jazz-funeral.com for more information on the 2018 Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

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Sundance 2018 (Sept. 1-2). Held this year in memory of CAMP Rehoboth co-founder Steve Elkins, who passed away a few months ago, this promises to again be one of the hottest parties of the season and is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.

A major fundraiser for the gay and lesbian community center, this fun-filled event attracts nearly 1,000 participants each year to the "Nation's Summer Capital."

Activities for 2018 include silent and live auctions, a cocktail buffet, an open bar, "Sundance Disco Twilight Tea," plenty of dancing and music provided by Studio 54 D.J. Robbie Leslie and DJ/Remixer Joe Gauthreaux.

As always, all proceeds benefit the activities and programs of CAMP Rehoboth.

Visit the website for the event, or call 302-227-5620, for more information.

Drag Volleyball Game (Sept. 2). Now here’s a Labor Day Weekend tradition that everyone should witness at least once in his or her lifetime. 

Held on the south end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, widely known in the gay community as “Poodle Beach,” this fun and wacky annual event pits teams of male volleyball players competing for prizes and bragging rights, while dressed in drag. 

Each team portrays a particular theme, which contributes to the brevity of the day. 

This entertaining coastal Delaware event has been a long-standing Labor Day tradition for 30 years. The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Poodle Beach.

Ceremony to Honor Delaware's Fallen WWII Soldiers (Sept. 2). This solemn event is scheduled for the Fort Miles Museum Artillery Park on the grounds of Cape Henlopen State Park, this Sunday at 11 a.m.

Organizers plan for 100 service members' names to be read, all Delawareans who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.

Park entrance fees are in effect for this event.

Visit the Fort Miles online for more information.

History Happened Here: Cape Water Taxi Cruise (Sept. 3). Join a knowledgeable Lewes Historical Society guide on board the Cape Water Taxi for a cruise along Lewes's waterways.

This journey through the city's maritime past covers several decades. You'll learn about the important role of the iconic Delaware Breakwater, as well as the storied history of its construction. 

And don't forget your cameras for special shots of the two lighthouses that adorn the Breakwater off of Lewes Beach.

The cost for the tour is $22 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Labor Day. Call 302-644-7334 for more information.

NOTE: The Movies on the Beach program for Bethany Beach will continue through September, but will be moving to Friday evenings beginning on Sept. 7. This is due to school starting and Monday night being a school night.

The Movies on the Beach program in Dewey has concluded for 2018.

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a fun and exciting few days here at the Delaware and Maryland beaches.

And be sure to check back here next week in our “Weekender Blog” for more great happenings in and near the coastal region.

Have a great weekend everyone!