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Best Outdoor Festivals and Events in Lewes DE

Here in Lewes, DE, there is more than just beaches and picturesque coastal vibes on offer. Throughout the year there are all sorts of outdoor festivals and events that you can enjoy – from arts and music, to food and drink, there’s something for everyone!

In fact, many people come from all over to stay with us here at The Beacon Inn when visiting for festivals and events. We’re ideally located as a beach hotel, providing a base for you to explore the region and take part in the great summer events that the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes, DE, region have got to offer.

Book your stay with us today by calling (302) 645-4888 or reserve a room online.

Here are just 10 of the best outdoor festivals and events, what they’re about, and when they’re held.

Lewes Tulip Celebration

April: Downtown Lewes

With a Dutch heritage, each year the Lewes In Bloom organization sponsors events for a tulip celebration. Multiple sites across the Downtown Lewes area hold different events, with previous years including a walking tour, flower sales, and art exhibitions. It’s a great way to get a feel for some of the history of the region with a burst of color in spring.

Lewes Tulip Celebration Downtown Lewes

Image from – R&L Liquors, on Second Street in downtown Lewes, has its windows painted for the Lewes Tulip Celebration.

Delaware State Fair

Late July through Early August: Harrington Raceway and Casino

What better way to enjoy the summer than with a trip to the fair? Each year down at the Harrington Raceway, you’ll find rides, snacks, live music, and more. It’s a great day out for the family and we’re sure you’ll want to go back again and again to see it all.

Delaware State Fair Harrington Raceway and Casino

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Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest

August: Rehoboth Beach

Grab your mini buckets and shovels and get down to Rehoboth Beach for the annual sandcastle contest. It’s open to various ages and includes team efforts and solo entrants. It’s a great way to explore the beach even if you’re not taking part in the contest itself.

Rehoboth Beach Sandcastle Contest Rehoboth Beach

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Rehoboth Art League Fine Art & Craft Show

August: Rehoboth Beach

This year sees the 48th annual Fine Art & Fine Craft show. It will take place at the Henlopen Acres campus and is a great way to see some fantastic artwork – you can even purchase pieces to take back home with you. In addition to the great art, there will also be food, live music, activities for children, and demonstrations from artists.

Rehoboth Art League Fine Art & Craft Show Rehoboth Beach

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Summer Vibes Fest

August: Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach Resort Area

Unable to hold this festival in 2020, with the reopening of Dewey Beach the region is looking forward to welcoming back the Summer Vibes Fest that brought skaters and skimboarders to the area. This event usually extends to live music, events, and games, making it a great day out for all.

Summer Vibes Fest Rehoboth Beach & Dewey Beach Resort Area

Image from – Summer Vibes Festival bringing skimboarding, more to Dewey Beach | DOUG FERRAR | The Daily Times

Firefly Music Festival

September: The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway

Bringing some of the biggest acts from around the world to Dover (just a short drive north of Lewes), you won’t want to miss this event. 2021’s lineup sees Phoebe Bridgers, Tame Impala, Marc Rebillet, Cage The Elephant, and more take to the stage across a four-day extravaganza of live music.

Firefly Music Festival The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway

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Southern Delaware, Wine, Food and Music Festival

September: Millsboro

Want to sample the best cuisine from across the Southern Delaware region? Why not stay with us and visit this tantalizing festival of food, drink, and live music in nearby Millsboro? The event has grown over the years and now donates proceeds to local charities in the community.

Southern Delaware, Wine, Food and Music Festival Millsboro

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Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival

October: Bridgeville

West of Lewes, each year the town of Bridgeville holds the Apple-Scrapple Festival. It’s two days packed with fun for the whole family. From the live music to the crafters and food vendors, it’s a joyous celebration of agriculture in Southern Delaware.

Bridgeville Apple-Scrapple Festival Bridgeville

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Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

October: Multiple venues

With venues spread across the Lewes and Rehoboth Beach region, this festival of jazz is a true celebration of jazz from award-winning artists. Visitors are encouraged to book tickets and accommodation early to avoid disappointment for this ever-popular event taking place across four days in October.

Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

Image from – Jazz fests invade Delaware beaches | RYAN CORMIER | The News Journal

Sea Witch® Halloween & Fiddlers Festival

October: Rehoboth Beach

Celebrate Halloween in style with the Sea Witch Festival – which sees a huge parade of costumed characters and associated games – and the Fiddler’s Festival in Rehoboth Beach. It’s a great day for the kids and even includes a not-so-spooky scavenger hunt for those who scare easily.

Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival Rehoboth Beach

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Don’t miss out on these great events – book your room here at The Beacon Inn for a welcoming stay and to sample some of the delights that our region has to offer.

We have rooms for those taking longer vacations as well as for those visiting especially for outdoor festivals, simply call us today on (302) 645-4888 to speak to our friendly team for 2021 and 2022 bookings.

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