Concerts and Other Outdoor Summer Activities
It’s the height of summer, and despite the heat–there are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you engaged and entertained. (Bonus: many are free!)
Do you have visitors, and are looking for something to do with them? Do you want to get out and about to make friends and enjoy the area? There are so many reasons to READ ON and get connected to the fun across our coastal community this summer.
Every evening, (weather permitting), Cape Water Tours and Taxi offer sunset tours for reasonable prices per person, including senior discounts. It’s a unique way to experience the Delaware Bay from the perspective that only being on the water can provide. Choose from a varied menu of tours, from eco-tours to wildlife tours to lighthouse tours. Departing from several locations, the tours can be guided or not, your choice.
Also happening daily are programs provided by Delaware State Parks. Take a reptile tour, a birding tour, a tour of Fort Miles or a guided tour while hiking over the Indian River Bridge. If kayaking is your pleasure, then take advantage of the chance to learn about the inland bays with an interpreter from the state park. Be sure to make reservation for these inexpensive, yet priceless tours!
If live theater is your preference, then don’t miss Clear Space Theatre’s ample offerings at their new space in Rehoboth Beach. Their 2021 season is packed with options. Whether you opt for a classic like ‘The Sound of Music’, or a new fave in ‘Mamma Mia’, you’re sure to find something great to enjoy!
Our local libraries weigh in with great options to add to your list. The Lewes Public Library is renowned for its programs for children and adults alike, with virtual, in person and even outdoor activities available, such as the children’s learning garden. (Registration for most programs is required in advance.) The Rehoboth Beach Library also has a schedule chock full of events for adults and families, as does the Milton Public Library, which has an active volunteer community that assists with events throughout the quaint town, such as event set ups and cooperation with other organizations such as the Milton Arts Guild.
The Rehoboth Art League is another fantastic resource for classes, ongoing and temporary exhibits and other special events for you and your family to enjoy. Take a class, attend an exhibit or attend their outdoor exhibits held occasionally throughout the year.
In addition to immersing yourself in all of these organizations, here are some of the other options that throughout the summertime provide entertainment at little or no cost!
One of the best resources for daily, weekly and seasonal events is our own DelawareRetiree Calendar, a smorgasbord of posted events. Links to individual websites are included in event descriptions so that you can do a bit of homework in advance to plan your outing.
Other free or inexpensive outdoor events in the summer include:
- Outdoor concerts at Lewes’ Stango Park, adjacent to the library.
- Concerts at various Delaware State Parks (including every Tuesday at Holt’s Landing (northwest of Bethany Beach)
- Daily programs at Delaware State Parks
- Yin Outdoor Yoga by Dimitra every Monday evening at Lewes Canalfront Park
- Lewes Historic Farmers Market
- Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market, Bethany Beach Farmers Market, Milford Farmers Market, Nassau Vineyards Farmers Market, Milton Farmers Market
- Rehoboth Beach Bandstand
- Several free performances at Freeman Arts Pavilion
- Tour 684, every first Friday in Milton
- Ongoing events at Fort Miles, Cape Henlopen State Park (separate calendar)
- “Open Days” at Mill Pond Gardens
Get lost in the outside! There is so much to do, and only so many days to fit it all in. Enjoy!
[And if you happen to have FREE THURSDAYS—well, Thursdays in southern Delaware are hopping with options. With a gorgeous sunset backdrop on the Delaware Bay, Grain on the Rocks at the Cape May – Lewes Ferry Terminal hosts an outdoor concert series entitled “Rockin the Docks”, featuring a wide range of musical acts. “Pods” for four people (you can possibly squeeze in 6, and it’s allowed) are your tickets. Bring a lawn chair, and enjoy personalized wait staff assigned to your pod as you order dinner and beverages from Grain, delivered pronto! Meanwhile, Revelation Brewery’s Beer Garden at Hudson Field, just north of Lewes on Coastal Highway is the host of “Catch the Drift”. Thursday evenings feature free music acts in an outdoor setting (of course, 8 of their brews are available). ]