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Five Things to do in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware This Fall




Even as the summer tourism season is ending, there’s still plenty to do in Rehoboth Beach and the surrounding area. You just have to know where to look. Here are a few of the activities we’re looking forward to.

1. Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

Morris Day & The Time will be appearing at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.It’s back and promises to be better than ever: The 19th annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival runs from October 11 – 14, and will be held in eight different venues around town. Visit the Performing Arts Center in Cape Henlopen High School, Epworth United Methodist Church, the Rusty Rudder, and even the Rusty Rudder’s waterfront deck, to name a few, to see some of the biggest names in local and national jazz performers.

Check out artists like Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, and Eric Roberson at Cape Henlopen Performing Arts Center; Morgan James at Rehoboth Beach Elementary School; Morris Day & The Time at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center; and close it out with the 2018 Closing Party featuring Matt Marshak, Marcus Anderson, Phil Denny, JJ Sansaverino, and Jeff Kashiwa. (This one includes a dinner buffet!)

You can buy tickets at the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival and see the 2018 Festival schedule here.

2. 2018 Sea Witch Festival

Sea witches are the stuff of legend, women with a magical power related to the sea, weather, and other seafaring elements. They’re mean and nasty characters who draw their powers from the sea, tempting mermaids to give up their immortality to fall in love with a human.

They’re also a great subject for a local festival. The Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce will hold the 29th annual Sea Witch Festival Parade as a way to say goodbye to the summer and welcome in another Halloween and colorful autumn. It will be held this year from October 26 – 28.

You can watch the costume parade, the costumed dog parade, the annual Sea Witch Hunt, and live musical entertainment. You can also visit the website and even request to have a program mailed to you.

3. 20th Annual Chautauqua Performances

A Chautauqua is a series of adult education programs and performances, named after the first series of its kind held at a campsite at Lake Chautauqua in upstate New York in the late 1800s. They grew in number around the United States until one finally arrived here in Lewes, Delaware.

This year, the 20th Annual Chautauqua Performances will be held September 13 – 15, 2018 in Lewes, bearing the theme, All Aboard: Delaware and the Railroad. The Chautauqua will split time between two Lewes locations: the Zwaanendael Museum and the Lewes History Museum.

The programs will discuss how important railroads have been to America’s growth and economy and the impact it had on Delaware. Re-enactors from the American Historical Theatre will portray historical figures — including Joshua Lionel Cowen (of Lionel toy trains), a Harvey Girl (a waitress in Paul Harvey’s chain of restaurants), and Mark Twain — and share information and news about the early days of the railroad and American history. They’ll also answer questions and interact with the audience at their different shows.

Admission is free and open to the public.

4. 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival in Lewes, DE

Want to learn about Shakespeare beyond just seeing the plays? Lewes’ 3rd Annual Shakespeare Festival — September 16 – 22, 2018 — will be hosted by the Lewes Public Library.

Daily events will include lectures, films, workshops, book discussions, and a concert. There’s even a bus tour to Washington DC to see the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Sidney Harman Hall Shakespeare Theatre Company.

And then they’ll cap it all off with a free outdoor performance of As You Like It by the Brown Box Theatre Project on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. All events are free and held at the Lewes Public Library. Visit the Lewes Chamber’s page for the full schedule.

5. 40th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival

It happens every year on the Saturday after Labor Day — Sunday, September 9, 2018, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival features artists who work in jewelry, glass, pottery and ceramics, wood, metal, water color and oil painting, photography, and more.

This is a juried art show, which means both the local and national artists were chosen by a panel of judges. They’ll display their creations along the bandstand and boardwalk areas, as well as the street festival areas.

You can also attend the Meet the Artist Brunch on Sunday, September 9th at Good Earth Market, featuring artist John Donato who will share stories about the years he has spent as a local artist and the secrets to creative living. Enjoy a special brunch menu created by Good Earth Market’s Chef, Nino Mancari. All proceeds will benefit local school art programs. (Tickets are available on the Arts Festival website.)

There’s always something happening in and around the Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach, which make them all great places to live or visit. While you’re in town, be sure to check out some of our local restaurants too, including a couple of our favorites.

Photo credit: Jeremy Perez Photos (Flickr, Creative Commons 2.0)