Weekend events in Delaware, September 29- October 1

Here is a round-up of some of the great events and things to do in Delaware this weekend. While you’re enjoying Delaware, please share travel photos by following VisitDelaware on Instagram and Pinterest and tag your post #Delagram.

Delmarva Paddling Weekend
Thursday, September 28 –Sunday, October 1, 2017
8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Our paddling experiences will be centered around our Trail Towns of Laurel and Milton in Delaware, and Snow Hill and Berlin in Maryland. We will also feature a special paddling experience on Thursday, Sept. 28 to Smith Island, MD, in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay.

Lewes Merchants Fall Sidewalk Sale
Friday, September 29 –Sunday, October 1, 2017
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Lewes
The Lewes Merchants’ Fall 3 day Sidewalk Sale takes place in the Historic Lewes Commercial District around Second Street.

Boo! at the Zoo!
Friday, September 29 –Saturday, September 30, 2017
7:00-9:00 PM
3 Palms Zoo
$5
Blackbird Forest is spooky enough at night, but we have a graveyard, ghosts, scarecrows, pumpkins, skeletons, witches, and a few other surprises along the way! Come see all the animals, but especially the nocturnal animals in their natural habitat!

Dewey Beach Elvis Festival
Friday, September 29 –Saturday, September 30, 2017
Rusty Rudder
This is a festival unlike any you've ever seen - featuring more than 30 Elvis impersonators!

Frightland Opening Weekend
Friday, September 29 –Sunday, October 1, 2017
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Frightland
Selected by the Travel Channel as one of America’s scariest Halloween attractions, Frightland includes haunted attractions such as the Zombie Prison, Horror Hayrides, Haunted Barn and much more.

Screams at the Beach
Friday, September 29 –Saturday, September 30, 2017
6:30 – 10:30 PM
Georgetown
Looking to scare it up a notch? Check out the Haunted Houses, Haunted Hayrides, Woods of Terror, Haunted Cemetery, Mazes and Zombie Paintball at Screams at the Beach.

Lantern Tour of the Old Methodist Cemetery
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 PM
Johnson Victrola Museum
$10
The stories of those buried in this historic cemetery help reveal the meanings behind the elaborate rituals associated with death and mourning in the 19th-century as you are guided among the ornately decorated tombstones of the Wesley United Methodist Church’s old historic cemetery.

Lantern Tour at Indian River Life-Saving Station
Friday, September 29, 2017
8:00 PM
Delaware Seashore State Park
$10
Venture out to the beach with a lantern and hear tales of tragedy and mystery from the station's logs.

Escape to Lewes Open Water Classic
Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Cape May Lewes Ferry
The Delaware Breakwater in the National Harbor of Refuge serves as the backdrop for these amazing open water swimming events in Lewes, DE. Swimmers of all ability levels will be able to test their skills in a one of a kind setting! All you have to do is jump 12 feet off of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry and swim!

1st Annual Nanticoke Heritage Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2017
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Woodland Schoolhouse
Free
Come enjoy musical entertainment, an antique car show, food vendors, crafters, a farmers market, children’s activities, and learn about the Nanticoke Heritage.

2017 Lewes Fall Craft Fair
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Lewes
$5
The Lewes Fall Craft Fair is well known for the exceptional quality of the craftspeople, including new and returning artists from across Delmarva and the Eastern Shore.

Fifer Orchards Fall Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fifer Orchards Farm
It’s not fall without a stop at Fifer’s Fall Fest. Enjoy delicious food from many food trucks, a petting zoo, corn maze, and apple and pumpkin picking!

Lewes Boast the Coast Maritime Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Zwaanendael Museum
Celebrate the Lewes maritime history with a variety of maritime activities.

Korean Festival
Saturday, September 30, 2017
11:00 AM
Delaware Art Museum
Free
Participate in a cultural exchange with activities and performances exploring both traditional and modern Korean culture and celebrating the Korean Thanksgiving, ChuSeok. Activities include traditional dance, K-Pop dance, Korean martial arts demonstrations, pop-up exhibition featuring photography of Korea, Korean food and more.

Wine and Cider Fest 2017
Saturday, September 30, 2017
12:00 – 6:00 PM
Harvest Ridge Winery and Rebel Seed Cidery
$10
Bring your friends and family to the annual event full of food, drinks and shopping.

Fall Wagon Rides
Saturday, September 30, 2017
5:00 PM
Trap Pond State Park
$5 per adult, $3 per child
Take a ride to Cypress Point and beyond in our rustic wagon. The ride will last about an hour as we tour the fields and woods of the park in true farmer fashion (straw hats and coveralls are optional).

Brews on Board
Saturday, September 30, 2017
7:00 PM
Wilmington and Western Railroad
$25
Local craft brews are served on board for your tasting pleasure on a leisurely 1½-hour round-trip through the valley.

Hayrides at Killens Pond State Park
Saturday, September 30, 2017
7:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Killens Pond State Park
$4
The fields and the forest of the park await you on this relaxing ride, and you never know what animals you might see!

Campfire Programs at Killens
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 PM
Killens Pond State Park
Free
Join a naturalist around the campfire and learn about the animals and plants of Delaware!

Hike the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Cape Henlopen State Park
11:00 AM
Free
Hike the meadows and trails, and look for constellations, cloud formations, moon phases, and maybe even a shooting star!

Coast Day
Sunday, October 1, 2017
University of Delaware Sharp Campus
11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Free
Coast Day attendees can interact with researchers, tour ships, try hands-on activities, and attend presentations on a range of topics. Family-friendly activities include an event-wide treasure hunt for answers to questions about the environment and Coast Day exhibits. Children can meet sea-dwelling animals such as horseshoe crabs and dogfish sharks at the critter touch tanks. Everyone can enjoy live music, vendor displays, and seafood favorites showcased by local chefs at the Crab Cake Cook-Off and the Seafood Chowder Challenge.

 

Bonus trip ideas:
Discover new adventures on the Delaware Outdoor Trail.
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Explore the outdoors on the Delaware Geocaching Trail.
Take a step back in time on the Delaware History Trail.
Sip your way along the Delaware Beer, Wine and Spirits Trail.
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