Spring and fall typically seem to be the busiest time of year on Delmarva when it comes to local events and this spring is no exception. The next few weekends are overflowing with options, which is perfect because we are ready to get out of the house to enjoy all that Delmarva has to offer. If it seems like the past few Saturdays have been cold, rainy, windy, or all of the above, that’s because they have been, so fingers crossed for some warm spring weather. There’s a little something for everyone this weekend on Delmarva, from Earth Day fun at the Salisbury Zoo, to Mud Mayhem in Pocomoke, to the Dewey Brewfest in Delaware. Pick an event (or several), grab your family and friends, and head out for a Delmarvalous weekend:
Paint Snow Hill
When: Thursday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17
Where: Downtown Snow Hill
What: More than 65 artists from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware will gather in Snow Hill this weekend for the three-day plein air event sponsored by Bishop’s Stock Fine Art and Fine Craft. Artists will paint outdoors, with their final work to be displayed on Saturday for the preview party and again on Sunday for the Wet Paint Sale at the Old Firehouse on Green Street (1pm-4pm). The preview party and the Wet Paint Sale will give the community the opportunity to purchase and enjoy the work of the participating artists.
3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury
When: Friday, April 15, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Downtown Salisbury
What: This month’s 3rd Friday celebration is all about Planet Earth in honor of Earth Day. It’s also the first month to celebrate 3rd Friday outdoors again, which is celebration enough! Downtown will be lined with artists and crafters, vendors, and live music. The Plaza and North Division Lawn will also feature local farmers and environmental organizations, including the Look Pretty Play Dirty Mobile Petting Zoo, Green SBY, The Salisbury Zoo, The Ward Museum, and Friends of the Forest, to name a few. For this month’s full lineup of events, click here.
Higher Vibes Fest
When: Friday, April 15, 8pm – 12am (doors open at 7pm)
Where: Headquarters Live, Salisbury
What: Stick around after 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury to enjoy the Higher Vibes Fest at Headquarters Live. The event is described as a multi-genre show featuring local and regional artists who have come together to express creativity through self-expression. Hip-hop, acoustic, beatbox, rock, indie and electronic music will be featured, along with spoken word poetry and visual art. Tickets are just $10 – this is a 21 and over event.
When: Saturday, April 16, 1pm – 7pm
Where: Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill
What: If you’re in or near Dewey Beach this Saturday, we suggest making plans to attend the 7th Annual Dewey Beach Brewfest! The annual event is $28 online and $35 at the door (if tickets remain). Over 30 craft breweries will be on the scene pouring over 90 sample varieties. To boot, there’s brew-inspired food, live music by Pressing Strings, and giveaways benefiting the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. Purchase tickets through www.garysbeachgrill.com.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9am
Where: Salisbury Zoo
What: The Salisbury Zoo will kick-off their Earth Day celebration with their annual Zoo Stampede 5K. The race, which is celebrating it’s 15th year, is a highly anticipated run, taking runners through the Salisbury Zoo and City Park. Participants can pre-register at Vernon Powell Shoes or the Zoo for $20, or the day of for $25. Click here for a registration form.
Earth Day Celebration at the Salisbury Zoo
When: Saturday, April 16, 10am – 4pm
Where: Salisbury Zoo
What: The Annual Earth Day Celebration at the Salisbury Zoo will return this weekend, with a full day of educational events aiming to help promote environmental awareness, as well as to educate on how to be good stewards to the earth. See our full article for details. FYI, this is a FREE event for all ages to enjoy.
Salisbury Rock Show Featuring Carinae, Frankie, and Rainy Day Cacophony
When: Saturday, April 16, 8pm
Where: W.O.R.K. in the Thomas Young Building in Salisbury’s Downtown Plaza
What: W.O.R.K is hosting a Rock Show this Saturday night, featuring both local and out-of-town acts with a wide range of pop and rock styles. Tickets are just $5. Heading the show is Carinae, a psychedelic rock band from Massachusets, followed by Frankie, a local female lofi band, and Rainy Day Cacophony, a D.I.Y punk electric band from D.C.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9am
Where: Pocomoke State Fair Grounds
What: Wheelin’ Season is kicking off this Saturday at the Pocomoke Fair Grounds with an obstacle course, rock and tire garden, mud pits, and show and shine. Breakfast, lunch and soft drinks will be available at the concession stand; tickets are available at the entrance gate for $20.
When: Saturday, April 16, 9am – 4pm
Where: Frontier Town, West Ocean City
What: Dog lovers, this one is for you! This dog-centric event includes the Delmarva DockDogs, cover model search for Delmarva Unleashed, Helio tennis ball lotto, costume contest, pie eating contest, vendors, and more! Gate admission at Pooch Palooza is $5 per human and $2 per dog (children under 10 are free).
Komen MD Ocean City Race for the Cure
When: Saturday, April 16, 7am-11am
Where: Inlet Parking Lot, Ocean City
What: Walk or run the Ocean City Boardwalk this Saturday while helping raise funding for breast cancer research and awareness and celebrating our local breast cancer survivors. The annual event is a major fundraiser for Komen MD, our local chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The Race Village opens at 7am, with the 5K timed run and 5K walk/family run to follow at 9am. The Race Village (located in the Inlet Lot) will also include vendors, activities, entertainment, and food and beverages.
National Park Week
When: Saturday, April 16 – Saturday, April 24
Where: Assateague National Park Seashore
What: It’s National Park Week! National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage, encompassing Earth Day and National Junior Ranger Day. What’s more, you’ll enjoy FREE access to every National Park from April 16 through April 24, which includes free entry all weekend at Assateague National Park!
Ice Cream Social Fundraiser
When: Sunday, April 17, 1pm-3pm
Where: Rayne’s Reef, Berlin
What: Join our local community members on Sunday for an Ice Cream Social Fundraiser at Rayne’s Reef. The local eatery is normally closed on Sundays, but will the family-owned and operated business will be opening their doors and donating ice cream for the event. Ice cream is $5 per person, with proceeds benefiting The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. More specifically, the funds are for Team Bentley Bean and The Great Strides Walk in Salisbury on May 22. Bentley is a local three-year-old who has been battling cystic fibrosis since infancy. See our full article Friday for more details!
Crown Cause for Paws
When: Sunday, April 17, 11am – 3pm
Where: Crown Sports Center, Fruitland
What: In light of the recent influx of dogs to our local shelters, Crown Sport’s Center will be hosting Cause for Paws this Sunday with all donations going to the Humane Society of Wicomico County. Simply bring donations to the main entrance of Crown Sports Center and you will receive a ticket/coupon for either 12 free arcade tokens, one free skate rental, one free laser tag game, or one free skate admission (depending on the item donated).
Ocean City Spring Restaurant Week
When: April 17 – May 1
Where: Participating Restaurants in OCMD
What: Spring Restaurant Week returns to Ocean City on Monday, with dining deals and specials available for two full weeks at participating restaurants. Reservations are not required but are recommended. For details, including a full list of participating restaurants and menu options, click here.
Adopt a Beach
When: Monday, April 18, 5pm – 7pm
Where: Beach @ Holiday Inn Oceanfront, 66th Street, Ocean City
What: In honor of Earth Day, the Ocean City Young Professionals invite you to join them in helping to keep our local beaches trash free! Meet at the beach at 67th street (parking is available at the hotel), bring a trash bag, and dress in your best Christmas/Holiday attire as a nod to the OCYP’s Christmas Spirit Campaign. Afterwards, join the YP’s for drinks at Longboard Cafe!