Mark Your Calendars For These Popular Southern Delaware Festivals

There are many things to love about living and working in the southern reaches of the nation’s First State, among them the low cost of living, the friendly people and, of course, the 26 miles of Atlantic coastline that we’re lucky to have and to appreciate.

But the area has also become known in recent years for the large number of local festivals that highlight the annual calendar. The number of events has really grown in recent years, to the point where southern Delaware has become more and more recognized regionally, and sometimes even nationally, for these local happenings.

So, what we want to do today is just give you a sort of “mark your calendar” type of writeup, highlighting some of the area’s most well-known and largest events.

But first, a short disclaimer – there are literally dozens and dozens of events here in the area between now and mid-fall, many more than we can possibly mention here in this blog entry.

This is not, nor is it meant to be, a comprehensive list. It’s simply a way to make everyone aware of the when and the where for some of the area’s biggest annual festivals for 2017.

So what we’re going to do is simply highlight and single out 10 of the largest and most popular ones and only ones, at least for this writeup, that are located in Delaware. We can feature some of the events in neighboring Maryland in the future.

With that being said, let’s briefly highlight some upcoming southern Delaware events, beginning with…

  • Old Timer’s Day Festival (June 17 in Selbyville). A great family-friendly day and the signature event for the town of Selbyville. Visit or call 302-539-9434 for more information.

  • Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival (June 24-25 in Lewes). Held at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal, this is one of the region’s premier sea glass festivals and always draws huge crowds. Lots more information on this event is available HERE.
  • Independence Day Celebration (July 4 in Laurel). This will be the 24th year for the popular Independence Day event in Laurel, which concludes with one of the area’s best fireworks displays. Click HERE for more information.
  • Nanticoke Riverfest (July 8 in Seaford). This is Seaford’s biggest annual event and is, as the name implies, focused on fun activities on and near the Nanticoke River. Visit for more information.

  • Eastern Shore AFRAM Festival (August 12 in Seaford). This festival includes music, cultural performances, food, vendors and community non-profit organizations. Visit the AFRAM website for more information.
  • Nanticoke Indian Powwow (Sept. 9-10 in Oak Orchard). This is an annual event celebrating the culture of the Nanticoke Indian Tribe, the original inhabitants of southern Delaware. Visit for more information.

  • Wings & Wheels Festival (Oct. 7 in Georgetown). This fun event held at the Delaware Coastal Airport centers around old cars and old planes and is always a fan favorite. Visit for more information.

  • Apple Scrapple Festival (Oct. 13-14 in Bridgeville). This is one of the area’s most popular annual events, centered around the Sussex County favorites of locally grown apples and scrapple. More information available at
  • Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler’s Festival (Oct. 27-29 in Rehoboth Beach). This is the 28th year for this incredibly popular coastal event, which now encompasses three days and is highlighted by the costume parade down Rehoboth Avenue on Saturday. Click HERE for more information on the Sea Witch Festival.

  • World Championship Punkin Chunkin (Nov. 3-5 in Bridgeville). Punkin Chunkin returns for another year at the same site in Bridgeville where it’s been held since 2013. Visit for more information.

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