Summer is high season for Delaware’s beautiful Atlantic beaches, but fall is when those sun-drenched shorebirds get in the mood for some fun (and decidedly funky) festival action.

Punkin ChunkinSome of Delaware’s best festivals take their cue from the season itself, featuring autumn’s bounty or focusing on the season’s spooky spirit. Others seem to sense that with the winter’s cold seclusion fast approaching, it’s time to let loose one last time.

But the best of the Delaware fests are a tad off center, whether it’s the madcap rivalries of Punkin Chunkin or the tuneful irreverence of Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral.

Through the fall, the fun plays on: At the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival, kids and adults alike embrace their inner child with costumes and games. At Wilmington’s Fringe Festival, artists of all creative disciplines get an opportunity to explore the outer edges of their craft. And at the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, old-country German food and fun draw thousands each day.

For more information about the events and festivals below, please visit our Events Calendar.

Amish Country Bike TourSeptember
Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral 2
Nanticoke Indian Powwow 7-8
Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival 7
Brandywine Festival of the Arts 7-8
Amish Country Bike Tour 7
Brews By the Bay 14
Hagley Car Show 15
Delaware Pride Festival 15
Fifer Orchards Fall Festival 16-31
Dewey Beach Music Conference and Festival 19-21
Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest 20-22
Millbilly Country Festival 21
Hogs & Hops BBQ Festival 21-22
Fall Beach Party in Dewey Beach 21
Auburn Heights Invitational Car Show 28
Taste of Newark 29

Annual Rehoboth Fall Sidewalk Sale 4-6
Lewes Boast the Coast Maritime Festival 5
Lewes Coast Day 6
Bridgeville Apple Scrapple Festival 11-12
Vendemmia da Vinci Festival 13
Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers FestivalRehoboth Beach Jazz festival 17-20
Hagley Craft Fair 19-20
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival 19
Delaware Wine and Beer Festival 20
Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival 25-27
Sea Witch Skim & Surf Festival 26
Fringe Wilmington Festival Oct. 30-Nov. 3

Punkin Chunkin 1-3
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival 6-10