10 Ways to Spend Your Labor Day Weekend at the Beach
Do some solid celebrating before saying goodbye to summer.
1. Chase the rainbow
The annual Sundance celebration at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center benefits CAMP Rehoboth. This year’s two-night event—titled Rainbow XXXI: In the Name of Love—honors Steve Elkins, co-founder and executive director of CAMP Rehoboth, who passed away earlier this year. The auction is on Sat., Sept. 1, beginning at 7 p.m. The Sundance dance party is on Sunday, Sept. 2, beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $80 for both events or $45 for one event, available at camprehoboth.com or by calling 227-5620.
2. Head back to Hogwarts
Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach is hosting the Back to Hogwarts Harry Potter Party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. Little wizards can make Harry Potter bookmarks and clip-on Hogwarts ties. Kids can also paint their own wand and enter to win the costume contest. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 store credit that you can use that evening.
3. Laugh, chuckle and smile
Comedian Vickie Shaw—the self-proclaimed “funniest comedian ever”—will perform at Java Jukebox in Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Shaw has been featured on Comedy Central and in four comedy specials on the LOGO Channel. Tickets are $40.
4. Veg out
Forget the bacon and try healthy, tasty breakfast dishes at Fork + Flask’s monthly vegan brunch buffet, held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call 225-2037.
5. Watch the beach "babes"
Dating back to 1988, the Rehoboth Beach Drag Volleyball Extravaganza serves up some colorful costumes and a lot of fun. It starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2 on Poodle Beach near the intersection of the boardwalk and Queen Street.
6. See a show
You’ll have no problem finding music at the usual hotspots. However, there are also some special live performances this weekend.
Grammy Award-winning singer Michael Bolton, for instance, comes to The Freeman Stage on Friday, Aug. 31. Tickets are $45-$70.
Relive the golden days of “The Tonight Show” with “20 Years of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” at the Milton Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Robbie Howard does more than 40 impressions of the stars who were regulars on the show. Tickets are $20-$25.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 p.m. to midnight, performers from Clear Space Theatre Company’s summer repertory present The Final Bow, a cabaret that signals the lively last hurrah. Admission is free, but donations are welcome at the door.
7. Hunt for bargains
The pickleball courts at The Brush Factory on Kings in Lewes will be the stage for the fifth annual Attic Treasures Sale, held by the Greater Lewes Community Village from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.
8. Sip new "suds"
Dogfish Head is releasing three beer releases at the Milton tasting room on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1. The three beers are Bourbon Barrel-Aged 120 Minute IPA, 120 Minute IPA and Grisette About It! The last two were hand-bottled and numbered by Dogfish Head workers.
On Sept. 1, Revelation Craft Brewery will offer three canned selections: Razz Sour, made with raspberries; Mother-in-Law IPA, made with hops grown by the brew master’s mother-in-law; and the gluten-free Co-Conspirator Apricot Sour. The cans are available beginning at 9 a.m.
9. Send summer off with a bang
The Freeman Stage on Sunday, Sept. 2, will present the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra followed by a fireworks display. This is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) performance. The music starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.
10. Bid adieu to summer at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral
The annual end of summer celebration returns on Sept. 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the north end of the Bethany Beach Boardwalk. The free event is hardly a solemn affair. Bring the kids, wear a costume and prepare to dance to the Dixie Cats, the Downtown Dixieland Band and the Jazz Funeral Irregulars.