There are a couple of weekends every year when the historic "First Town in the First State" takes center stage as far as coastal Delaware events go. One is Coast Day Weekend in the fall, and the other is the weekend of the Lewes Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale.
In 2018, the latter event begins on Friday, May 4, and runs through Sunday. So be sure to stop by Lewes this weekend for the sidewalk sale, as well as many other great events that have been scheduled for this first weekend in May.
But after you've enjoyed historic Lewes, head south to Maryland's favorite summertime playground of Ocean City, where the annual four-day Springfest event runs from Thursday through Sunday in the Inlet parking lot.
It should definitely be another great weekend in the coastal region - here's Dustin Oldfather to tell you more.
REMINDER: be sure to check out the interactive map at the end of this blog entry to learn more about this weekend's featured events.
Now, here are the Oldfather Group's top five choices for things to see and do this weekend in the coastal region.
Let's start with the biggest happening of the weekend, which is...
Springfest (May 3-6). This popular annual event officially kicks off the season in neighboring Ocean City, Maryland, and draws huge crowds to the seaside resort.
Centered at the inlet parking lot in south Ocean City, this free four-day festival features an abundance of great entertainment, including several local and regional bands.
There will be four big-top style tents set up at the inlet, featuring food, crafts and more. Headliners for this year’s event are country music superstar Trace Adkins and rock and roll legend Bret Michaels.
Hours for the 2018 Springfest festival are Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit www.ococean.com/springfest for more information.
Wetlands Celebration Day (May 5). This second annual event will be held this Saturday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Trap Pond State Park, located between Millsboro and Laurel.
Events include free boat tours, canoe rentals, guided wetland walks, youth fishing, a bike rally, food vendors and more.
The first 125 vehicles to arrive at the park on Saturday will be allowed entry free of charge. For more information, call 302-739-9939 or visit www.de.gov/wetlandscelebration.
Lewes Merchants' Spring Sidewalk Sale (May 4-6). The historic district on and around Second Street in downtown Lewes will be abuzz with activity this weekend, as most merchants will be participating in this annual three-day event.
Scheduled hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Blessing of the Fleet (May 6). Beginning at 2 p.m. at Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes, this annual rite of passage is aimed at keeping boaters safe during the upcoming season and is a fun event to watch from along the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal.
Representatives from local churches say prayers for the vessels, as well as the owners, doing so one-by-one from a waterside dock.
This year marks the 31st year local mariners have been “blessed” before heading out on the waters for another summer season. Come out and take a look!
Cape Gazette Photo (Steven Billups)
British Motorcar Show (May 5). For the 23rd year, a wide array of classic British vehicles will be on display at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday.
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!