Delaware beaches 2014 events

MAY

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Festival. Pay tribute to the natural wonders of Delaware Bay – the horseshoe crbas and migrating shorebirds – at this festival on May 24 at Milton Memorial Park. Visitors can take boat rides, join a scavenger hunt and see arts and crafts as well as live music and food. Free. Info: historicmilton.com

'Cruisin' Exhibit. Mark the history of motion with this exhibit celebrating bicycles, pedal cars and toys. Opens May 24 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Info: rehobothbeachmuseum.org

South Side Shoot Out. Team Skim USA will compete May 31- June 1 at Delaware Seashore State Park. Info: skimusa.org

JUNE

Downtown Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Week. Dinner guests enjoy fixed price meals at participating Rehoboth eateries, including Bramble & Brine, Cilantro, Dos Locos, Espuma, Jake's Seafood House, Lup di Mare and Salt Air. Runs June 1-6 in Rehoboth Beach. Get three-course meals for $25, $35 and $45. Info: downtownrehoboth.com

Jolly Trolley History Tour. The Jolly Trolley provides the wheels and the Rehoboth Beach Museum adds the juice to this tour showcasing the history of Rehoboth Beach. Tour dates are June 5, June 19, Aug. 21, Sept. 4 and Sept.18 at 9 a.m. Tour starts at the Anna Hazzard House, 17 Christian St., Rehoboth. Tickets are $10 and reservations are required. Info: 302-227-7310

Rehoboth Beach VegFest. Rehoboth Beach's VegFest festival celebrates vegetarian foods on June 13-15 with cooking demos, music, guest speakers, a catered picnic and more. Free festival on June 14. Info: rehobothvegfest.org

Lewes Garden Tour. Take a self-guided tour through some of the most beautiful private gardens in historic Lewes. Then browse more than 40 vendors at a garden market in Zwaanendael Park. This year's tour includes a water-garden installation created by landscape architect Paul Devilbliss. Free shuttle service available. Event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the tour. Info: 302-645-8073

Monday Night Movie on the Beach. Dewey Beach offers free movies each week on the beach at Dagsworthy Street, weather permitting. "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" will kick off the summer-long film fun. Movies start at 8:30 p.m. Mondays, June 16- Aug. 25. Free. Info: beach-fun.com

Bonfires on the Beach. Weekly bonfires on Dewey Beach at Dewey Beach Life-Saving Station, Dagsworthy Street. Event held 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Wednesdays, June 18-Aug. 27. Free. Info: beach-fun.com

Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival. See works from more than 40 sea glass vendors, as well as decoy carvers and waterfowl artists. Festival starts 9 a.m. June 28-29 at Lewes Historical Society, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes. Tickets are $5; good for both days. Info: 302-645-7670

Paddle Fenwick. Stand-up paddle board festival and races take place June 28-29. The races will begin at 11 a.m. June 29 at Holts Landing State Park in Millville. Registration and pre-race events will be held at Harpoon Hanna's in Fenwick Island on June 28. Info: 302-537-6500, ext. 4

JULY

Downtown Rehoboth Beach July Fourth Fireworks. Main Street and Zambelli Internationale present the annual fireworks display along the beach and boardwalk in Rehoboth at 9:15 p.m. July 4. The fireworks are funded by the community and donations are welcome. Info: 302-227-2772

Rehoboth Art League Cottage Tour. Tour cottages and gardens of Rehoboth Beach. Tour starts at 10 a.m. July 8-9. Tickets are $30. Info: rehobothartleague.org

Running of the Bulls. This annual beach tradition, sponsored by local nightlife spot The Starboard, continues the chase on July 12. Info: therunningofthebull.com

AUGUST

36th Annual Sand Castle Contest. More than 100 teams show off their sand castle creations on Aug. 2 at Fisherman's Beach at the north end of Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk. Event is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is free. Info: 302-227-6446 or beach-fun.com/sandcastle-contest

41st Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show. More than 100 artists are showcased on the grounds of the Rehoboth Art League in this annual gathering of fine art, food, entertainment and music. Event is Aug. 9-10 and Aug. 16-17 at the Rehoboth Art League, 12 Dodds Lane, Rehoboth Beach. Admission is $5. Info: rehobothartleague.org

Antique Show. With more than 50 years of history, the show brings together antiques from more than 50 dealers. Event takes place Aug. 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at Lewes Historical Society, 110 Shipcarpenter St., Lewes. Tickets are $5; kids younger than 12 admitted free. Info: 302-645-7670

East Coast Pond Skim Championships. Skim USA presents The Zap Amateur World Championships of Skimboarding. Aug. 9-10 at Saulsbury Street, Dewey Beach. The competition begins at 9 a.m. Info: alleyoopskim.com

Eastern Shore Afram Festival. On Aug. 8-9, the festival will feature live music, food vendors, exhibits and more. Located at Seaford Sports Complex, 490 Market St., Seaford. Info: 302-628-1908 or easternshoreafram.org

SEPTEMBER

14th Annual Riverwalk "Freedom" Festival. The festival will be held Sept. 5-6 in Milford and features food vendors, live entertainment and fireworks. Info: milfordchamber.com

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. More than 100 artists display their wares at the annual free event, held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 at Bethany Beach boardwalk. Free. Info: 302-539-2100

Dewey Beach Triathlon. This three-hour race will be held 7:30 a.m. Sept. 13 at Delaware Seashore State Park. Info: deweybeachtriathlon.com

Woodland Ferry Festival. The community festival will be held Sept. 13 along Woodland Church Road in Woodland, Del. The events pay tribute to the historic Woodland Ferry, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There will be food vendors and entertainers including The Jones Boy Band, Charlie Paparella and the Oliver Church String Band and the Good News Tour. Info: seafordde.com