Festivals and Outdoor Events Aplenty the Weekend Before Memorial Day 2019 at the Delaware and Maryland Beaches

May 15, 2019

Only one week to go before Memorial Day Weekend officially kicks off the 2019 summer season at the Delaware and Maryland beaches. And that means increased activity and plenty of fun and exciting outdoor events are now popping up on the weekend events calendar.

And that includes what are going to be a busy few days here in the coastal region, with seven big events that we’re going to tell you about in this week’s “Weekender Blog,” as always brought to you by the real estate professionals at the Oldfather Group of Ocean Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

On the slate for this weekend is a festival with a groovy name near Milford, another geared toward the vegetarian and vegan crowd in Rehoboth Beach, a special gathering for area pet lovers and one of the region’s largest car shows in Ocean City.

There’s really something for everyone this weekend at the beaches, so keep reading below to learn more about what’s happening over the next few days.

We begin with a fun and educational event at the DuPont Nature Center

Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival (May 18). This annual event is held at the DuPont Nature Center near Milford and celebrates the picturesque Mispillion Harbor, more specifically the waterway’s importance as a habitat for horseshoe crabs and other wildlife.

Events for the day will include environmental eco-stations for the kids, bird watching, tours of the nature center, food trucks and more. The festival is organized and run by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Scheduled to run from 12 to 3 p.m., visitors can park at the Cedar Creek Boat Ramp parking lot and take the shuttle back and forth to the nature center.

To learn more about the 2019 Peace, Love and Horseshoe Crab Festival, visit the event website here.

Pooches in the Park (May 18). This seventh annual event will be held at Canalfront Park, in the heart of historic Lewes, and is scheduled to run from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18.

Activities for the day will include K-9 demonstrations, dock diving dogs, pet and family photos, more than 20 specialized vendors, prizes and much more.

Organizers do stress that all dogs must be on a 6-by-8-foot non-retractable leash for the afternoon, in order to maintain an organized and stress-free event.

For more information on Pooches in the Park, call 302-645-2795 or visit

Rehoboth Beach Vegfest (May 17-19).  This free festival takes place at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach this Friday through Sunday.

Friday evening includes a special film screening and Sunday morning features a vegan brunch at 11 a.m., to be held at Fork + Flask at Nage. But the main part of the weekend is the actual VegFest festival on Saturday, May 18, scheduled for 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the church on Holland Glade Road.

The day will include several speakers, food tastings, exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, a “yoga village,” kids’ activities, live music and much more.

For more information on this annual event, call 302-604-4316 or visit To make reservations for the Sunday morning brunch, call 302-226-2037.

Find out what else is happening this busy weekend here

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