Indian River arts festival moves to September

Those who attended an arts festival in July at the Indian River Marina in past years and loved it, but thought maybe they’d somehow missed it this year — they are in luck — as is anyone looking for a fun family activity.

The Autumn Art Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 14, at the marina, is a reboot of the seafood and art festival previously held in the third week of July, according to Delaware State Parks spokesperson Jayme Gravell.

Because July is peak boating and beach season, organizers felt moving the event to September might make it more enjoyable for everyone, from the vendors to the festivalgoers, Gravell said. With the start of the “shoulder season,” parking should be much easier for the Autumn Art Festival, she said.

The festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature many of the same artist and vendors, as well as a variety of food trucks, entertainment, children’s activities, and a beer- and wine-tasting area for the adults.

In addition to a selection of handmade wares and other retail vendors, the festival will feature entertainment by steel drum musician Jimmy G, as well as an appearance by Lollipop the Clown from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Pumpkin painting activities (painting pumpkin cutouts) for children will help usher in the fall decorating season, and there will be pinatas for the kids to have fun with as well.

Hammerheads Dockside, located at the marina, will host a beer- and wine-tasting venue from 11 a.m. to 4 pm. Food trucks will be parked around the pavilion during the entire festival, with local favorites including Fat Daddy’s BBQ from Georgetown.

The artists will be lined up along the bulkhead area of the marina.

There is no charge for admission to the festival, and parking is also free of charge.


By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter