As we draw closer to Memorial Day Weekend here in the coastal region, outdoor happenings and events will continue increasing in both scope and frequency.

We have some of the area's biggest and best festivals coming up in the next several weeks, beginning with several fun events over the next few days.

Highlighted by the annual Coastal Delaware Running Festival, this third weekend of April is filled with fun happenings throughout the coastal region.

Read more about our top five choices for the weekend of April 20-22 below, but first here are the Oldfather Group's Dominick Scott and Celeste Beaupre with a video preview.


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.

Okay, let's take a look at this weekend's top events, beginning with...

Coastal Delaware Running Festival (April 20-22). For the first time in 2018, the most popular components of this fourth annual event will begin and end on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk.

These include the 9 kilometer run, as well as both the half marathon and the full marathon.

Festivities begin on Friday, April 20, with an expo to be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, from 6 to 9 p.m. Participants for the weekend events can also pick up their race packets at this time.

There will be a 5K run held on Saturday, April 21, beginning at 9 a.m., at the Dewey Beach Lions Club facility on McKinley Street.

And Sunday is the main event of the weekend, with the 9K race, the half marathon and the featured full marathon all kicking off at staggered starting times in the morning. A finish line "grand celebration" is planned for Grotto Pizza on Rehoboth Avenue.

Even if you’re not participating in the event, consider finding a spot along the race route to cheer on the runners and maybe hand out a cup or two of much-needed water to the more than 2,500 expected participants.

For more information on this fantastic local event, visit www.codelrun.com.

Rehoboth Beach/Dewey Beach Bacon Festival (April 21-22). This annual event is held at nearly two dozen locations throughout Rehoboth and Dewey and is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday’s event is held in Dewey Beach and Sunday’s event is planned for locations in neighboring Rehoboth. Both general admission and VIP tickets are available – more information can be obtained by calling 302-227-7796, or by emailing [email protected]

A highlight this year will be the "bacon bonfire," planned for 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, on Orleans Street in Dewey Beach.

Visit www.idewey.com for more information on this year’s bacon festival.

Dewey Beach Brewfest (April 21). More than 30 craft breweries will be participating in this ninth annual event, planned for April 21, from 1 to 7 p.m.

The event is hosted by Gary's Dewey Beach Grill, located on Route 1, and is a fundraiser for opioid awareness.

Live music will be provided by Pressing Springs and brewery gear will be raffled off during the course of the afternoon and evening.

Ticket prices run $28 with designated driver tickets available for free. To purchase tickets, or for more information, click HERE.

Delaware Seashore Lighthouse Weekend (April 20-22). If you've ever been curious about Delaware's lighthouses, or if you just want a fun weekend with your family and/or friends, then this event hosted by Delaware State Parks is for you!

This event is held over three days and includes a two-night stay at the cottages on the Indian River, as well as a full itinerary of lighthouse and maritime heritage tours and presentations.

One highlight of the event is a 19th century style surfman dinner that will be served inside the Indian River LIfe-Saving Station near the Indian River Inlet.

This event is for participants 21 years and older, with ticket prices beginning at $185 for the weekend.

For more information, call 302-227-6991 or visit www.destateparks.com.

Boardwalkin' For Pets (April 21). Here's a fun event that you can enjoy with the four-legged members of your family, just over the state line in exciting Ocean City, Maryland.

Sponsored by the Worcester County Humane Society, think of this as a walk-a-thon that your pets can participate in.

All proceeds from the event benefit Ocean City's no-kill animal shelter, so bring your pet and have some fun.

The event is scheduled for this Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., will begin at the inlet and is being promoted as a rain or shine event.

For more information, call 443-235-5647 or visit www.worcestercountyhumanesociety.org.

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 beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!