Jump into Fall at the Delaware Beaches!

September 19, 2020

By: Lauren Cosca

This fall, the Delaware Beaches are going to be jam packed with fun activities and events for visitors and locals of all ages! Various restrictions have been put in place for the safety of the residents and any tourists, but there is still a ton of exciting indoor and outdoor happenings across the region this harvest season. Take a trip with friends, family, or make it a solo trip and get into that long-awaited fall mindset you have been itching to dive into during this far-from-normal summer.

 
There are tons of spooky and Halloween themed events happening across the state. The Full Moon Cruise will take you across the Delaware Bay to view the beautiful night sky. The boat leaves from Angler Road and the trip lasts 90 minutes. Check online to buy your
tickets in advance! 

Opening night for Nightmare’s Haunted House in Laurel is October 2nd and will be open every single Friday and Saturday night in October, as well as November 1st and 2nd! This haunted house is full of spooky surprises and not recommended for children under the age of seven. 

If you are obsessed with haunted houses, make sure you stop in at the Bewitched and BEDazzled Hotel in Rehoboth Beach. It is rumored to be haunted, and all staying guests get a free guided ghost tour! There is also a virtual Ghost Tour of Sussex County on October 15th with Dr. Carol Pollio at 6:30. 

The Milton Theater is going to be showing several spooky movies in October. Each movie has two screening times, both at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. On October 15th they will be showing the original Exorcist film, and on October 25th they will be screening Hocus Pocus. September also brings two live shows that are great for people wanting to get into the Halloween Spirit. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be performed on September 19th at 10:00 p.m. and will be followed the next evening with a live performance from the Psychic Medium Mandie Stevenson at 7:30 p.m.

Many local farms in the Delaware area offer entertaining activities for anyone looking to really get into the Autumn spirit. T.S. Smith Orchard Point Market in Bridgeville features apple picking and a petting zoo on their 800-acre farm! You can also enjoy their fresh produce and bakery while you take in the crisp fall air. 

A photogenic display in front of the petting zoo at T.S. Smith Orchard Point Market. Photo taken by Charlene Sandifer.

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm. The final date for this year is the last Tuesday in October. Spend the afternoon enjoying a wide variety of produce, coffee, honey, breads, spices, pickles, and more! 

Several bushels of fresh and local peaches. Photo provided with permission by The Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market.

Sodel Concepts is hosting two different Oktoberfest events, one at Thompsons Island on September 18th from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and an Oktoberfest Flights and Bites event at the Clubhouse at Baywood on September 30th from 4:00 to 6:00. 

Breweries are a great place to take in the changing colors and enjoy locally brewed beer this fall. In Rehoboth there is the Dogfish Head Brewery, The Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery, and more. Lewes Beach features the Crooked Hammock Brewery and the Big Oyster Brewery and Dewey Beach has the Dewey Beer Company.

 

The Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes allows patrons to enjoy live music while sipping on fresh local wines. Take in the beauty of the vineyard with various local food vendors on your free self-guided tour. The Nassau Valley Vineyard also offers tastings for only 10 dollars, guided tour groups, educational seminars, and specialty tastings. From May to mid-October, there is also a farmer’s market at the vineyard with over 20 vendors, live music, and a sangria bar!


Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery in Frankford offers live music all year round. Tuesdays and occasional Wednesdays is “Sippin with Sloths,” where the Barnhill Preserve brings actual sloths for you to hang out with while you sample different types of wine! It is currently sold out, but more dates will be offered in October. Soulfire Collective also teaches outdoor yoga at the vineyard on Thursday evenings. 

Four different wines being tasted with breathtaking farm views. Photo provided with permission from Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery.

Delmarva Discovery Tours offers a wide variety of fun tours for all different types of people. They have tours for of-age adults such as their Wine and Coastal Farms Tour and the Beach Area Craft Beverage Tour, which is perfect to do if you are not familiar with the area and do not want to miss out on any of the fun alcohol attractions in the area!

This year marks the 43rd Annual Sidewalk Sale in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. It starts on October 2nd on the 4th. Browse local vendors without having to go inside shops and see why this event is a hit year after year. 

Take the family camping this fall to a beautiful location in Delaware with breathtaking views and sunsets. The Delaware Seashore State Park has two campgrounds that are available to rent for those looking to stay in tents or RV’s. Those who visit can go kayaking, venture to the peak of the Indian River Inlet bridge, or take a long walk through the Burton Island Nature Preserve. Cape Henlopen State Park also offers camping on its 7,000-acre property. 


Bonfires on the beach are one of the most exciting and relaxing things you can do while vacationing in Delaware. Bonfires are permitted in Dewey, Lewes, and Fenwick, but unfortunately not Rehoboth. A permit is required for anyone who wishes to have a bonfire. Quest Kayak will set up an entire beach party for you and clean it up! They provide tons of games like corn hole, ladder golf, horseshoes, and disc golf. They will even supply you with beach chairs and umbrellas. The best part is, they will set up your entire bonfire! Check out their website for rates and prices.

A party enjoying a bonfire put together by Quest. Photo provided by Quest Kayak.

Every year people flock from all over the country to attend the famous Rehoboth Jazz Festival. This year, the event will occur the weekend of October 16th at the Rusty Rutter. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. Many artists will be preforming including Gerald Veasley & Carol Riddick, JJ Sansaverino, Matt Marshak, and Alex Bugnon. The team behind the Rehoboth Jazz Festival have even managed to snag the 2020 Artist of the Year, Maysa. Maysa has been nominated for a Grammy and is a Soul Train Award Winning singer.

There is no shortage of fun places to check out this fall in Delaware. Just because the weather is not hot and sunny 24/7 anymore, does not mean the beach is not still a great place to visit. If you have never been to the Delaware Beach area in the fall, don’t go another year without making the trip. From breweries, to pumpkin patches, and everything in between, the Delaware area is the perfect place to spend your 2020 fall season.

 

Check out more things to See & Do at the Delaware Beaches! Visit our See & Do section! 

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